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continued strength of iphone & app Store - cook Samsung retains smartphone crown despite iPhone’s Chinese sales

Sales in China did rise 71% though

Although Apple’s recently released figures (the quarter ending in March 2015) show that sales of the iPhone in China alone rose 71 per cent to £10.8 billion ($16.8 billion), research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung still retains the smartphone crown. It wasn’t just in China, either because overall iPhone sales were up by an impressive 40 per cent. The Cupertino based tech giant sold 61.2 million iPhones in this last reported period – up 40 per cent and above expectations. The company raked in profits of £8.7 billion ($13.6 billion), up from £6.6 billion ($10.2 billion) in 2014. However, Samsung recaptured the No.1 smartphone seller slot by shipping 83.2 million devices in Q1 2015compared to Apple’s 61.2 million. Continue reading

Karel_ellis_gray adsquare strengthens UK presence with Karel Ellis-Gray

Additional country manager for France to follow

With nearly a decade’s experience in the digital industry, Karel Ellis-Gray has joined adsquare – the Berlin-based provider of mobile audience data, as country manager for the UK. Increasing its man-power in core markets to meet agency needs means, for example, that UK clients can access adsquare audience data via market leading demand side platforms such as AppNexus, byyd, StrikeAd, AdMaxim, and LiquidM. Prior to adsquare, Karel has gained nearly a decade’s experience in digital and mobile advertising, most recently at Trademob and Next Performance. He will now lead adsquare’s UK operations, working directly with UK advertisers, agencies and trading desks to make ads more relevant. Continue reading

sure-shot mood booster - brecht Doodle app makes organising social meet-ups effortless

Free app puts a stop to the endless & painful game of planning ping pong

Press release

April 15th 2015. Doodle, the world’s most popular social planning tool, has launched its new iOS app for the iPhone. The free app spells the end of organisational chaos amongst friends, lovers or family members to ensure users always get a date in the diary for those unforgettable social occasions. Trying to get a group of friends, relatives or, even worse, stags and hens to agree on date and time for a social event is a stressful and painful task. In fact, research shows that 61 per cent1 of Brits have axed group events after the agonising and drawn-out planning process of sorting out a date. Continue reading

Watch once again expected to impact mobile payments

Industry comment from Powa’s Wagner

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s global launch on Friday April 25th [2015], another industry observer has sent GoMo News his comments on how the Apple Watch will make waves in mobile payment. (See ‘Watch to increase Apple Pay’s popularity‘). E-commerce and mobile expert Dan Wagner, CEO of Powa Technologies, believes that The launch of  the Apple Watch marks the first time consumers will have access to a product that combines two of the fastest growing technologies in recent years: – wearable technology and mobile payments. Another noted analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has estimated that pre-order numbers are around 2.3 million units with Apple expected to ship between 15 and 20 million Apple Watches in 2015. Continue reading

GoMo needs friends & relatives of MH370 tragedy to come forward

There could be vital evidence buried in your call records

Once again here at GoMo Towers we have been contacted by some-one with a keen interest in all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. This time it is the turn of an avid flyer and blogger – Barrie Taylor who lives in South Africa. Barrie left GoMo News a comment about our story concerning the alleged pressure group – Voice 370 (see here). Now Mr Taylor’s arguments make a great deal of sense to us but he also argues that there isn’t any actual evidence concerning where the plane might have crashed. We think the opposite. Call records held by mobile phone operators could help pinpoint the final flight path of this tragic airliner. If only friends or relatives of the passengers/crew would contact us. Continue reading

Apple Watch to cause havoc for traffic cops

The laws saying nothing about tapping your wrist

When the Apple Watch finally hits the streets, there’s a grave danger that it could cause havoc for traffic cops. Currently the situation is pretty straightforward. In countries where the use of mobile handsets (particularly holding it to your ear) is banned, the Watch might prove to be an excellent way of getting around the rules and regulations. As GoMo News’ own experimentations with smartwatches has proved, you can phone somebody really easy by pressing a button on a smartwatch and using a couple of taps. In some circumstances, we expect this kind of behaviour to be actually more distracting (and therefore potentially dangerous) than holding a phone to your ear. To see just how easy it would be to initiate a call using a Watch, you can view some of the four new Guided Tours Apple place on the Apple Watch dedicated web site. Continue reading

schmidt - forced to unbundle apps from android? Android could be under threat from EU bureaucrats

Europe gunning for search engine giant – Google

The European Union (EU) has a history of taking on high tech giants (almost inevitably US based) and – after long and protracted battles – winning. It’s happened to the likes of Microsoft and Intel before. And now, it seems, it is the turn of Google – best known as a search engine giant. However, in the mobile world the company holds great sway thanks to its leading mobile OS – Android. Which is where the European Commission is now focusing to see if Google is breaking European anti-competitive laws. Interestingly, in his time at Novell, current Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, would have been more than happy to see the EU intervene and Novell’s arch enemy – Microsoft. So he’s well aware of the dangers. Continue reading

Medium contacts GoMo News over missing MH370 airliner

Uses Internet rather than the Ether

In a comment to our article ‘Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery’, a person calling him/herself the ’7B Messenger’ has come up with yet another theory as to why wreckage from the Malaysian flight MH370 has never been found, GoMo News received a communication from a spiritualist medium. Rather than using the Ether to pass this message on, however, 7B posted a comment instead. Given that the powers-that-be have so far failed in their attempts to locate the missing plane, going to a spiritualist seems like a viable last resort. It’s interesting in that 7B actually gives co-ordinates. Those who love satellite images may well be able to conform if there was any signs in the area given area close to the time the aircraft was actually lost. In a nutshell this medium seems to think that the Australians are searching off the wrong part of their coastline. Continue reading

Apple needs to talk to Seiko over kinetic tech

Licensing the technology could cure Watch battery problems

Over recent weeks, it has become obvious to even the hardiest Apple fanbois that when it finally arrives, the Watch will almost certainly not last anything like the 18 hours the company claims its battery will last for for general usage. The figure of 18 hours is arrived at by Apple  from tests conducted back in March [2015], where an Apple Watch was paired with an iPhone. The variety of typical uses included: – 90 time checks;90 notifications; 45 minutes of app use; and a 30-minute workout with music playback from the Watch via Bluetooth. However, it turns out that audio playback and more worryingly, fitness workouts will prove a major drain on the device’s battery. Already, of course, there have been numerous suggestions on how to make Watch recharging easier. GoMo News, however, reckons that there are some obvious  technologies which could help reduce battery drain in the first place. The most obvious one is Seiko’s Kinetic energy tech. Continue reading