James Rosewell writes:
51Degrees.mobi's figures show 10 per cent of web traffic in the UK originates from mobile devices. In India this figure rises to over 90 per cent. With global mobile internet usage expected to grow from 14 million at the end of 2010 to 788 million by the end of 2015, every business needs a strategy for mobile connectivity.
Iain, James and Mark discuss the week's news - including recent criticism of Orange UK and Carrier IQ, an MVNO that prints customised phones, disappointing BlackBerry PlayBook sales, a couple of mobile payment deals and an interesting mobile app from Yahoo.
Mobile banking and payment company mFoundry, which recently announced a partnership with MasterCard, has confirmed it’s received an investment of $18 million (£11.5 million) in growth capital.
The investment was led by MasterCard along with Intel Capital, FIS and Motorola Mobility.
The winners of the inaugural Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been announced at a ceremony attended by Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda.
The competition was launched earlier this year in partnership with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum. Its aim was to reward developers who’d used the power of smartphones and the mobile internet to support the needs of disabled and older people.
Location-based social network Gowalla is to close at the end of January, having been acquired by Facebook.
User data isn’t being transferred; Gowalla says it intends to provide an easy way for users to export this information.