stuff - rosewell Guest Post: The mobile web is broken & even Google knows it

by James Rosewell, CEO with 51 Degrees

Earlier this month [October 7th 2015], Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) arrived from Google endorsed by some of the most prestigious names in publishing and technology. Google’s introductory blog states … “Publishers around the world use the mobile web to reach these readers, but the experience can often leave a lot to be desired. Every time a webpage takes too long to load, they lose a reader – and the opportunity to earn revenue.” Consequently, brands like the BBC, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Twitter, LinkedIn and WordPress are all involved with AMP. What this declaration implies – supported by many authoritative voices in publishing and technology, is that – from a revenue perspective, the mobile web is broken. Continue reading

More Ask Asif answers

Here our resident handset expert, Asif Iqbal Shaik, answers readers’ questions.
Asif works for the highly respected Indian mobile phone price comparison website –
These are genuine posts sent to our offices by readers of GoMo News
Prawin asks …
“Is the Xolo Black good and worthy for 13,000 rupees? Are the customer care and services of Xolo good?”
Asif Shaik replies …
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Brit car trading web site experiences major phishing attack

Somehow gave out our mobile phone no.

It seems a relatively low profile UK car trading web site ( has come under attack from some extremely persistent East European hackers. The sophisticated phishing attack nearly persuaded a GoMo News associate to part with her ID and password. The crux of this attack was very clever in that a lack of phone calls in response to a placed advert was painted as a technical issue. And our colleague was invited to “confirm” her advert by the hackers. Theoretically, the recipient shouldn’t have been open to such an attack as she’d chosen to remain anonymous with regard to her phone number which isn’t ‘printed’ anywhere in the advert. But somehow the hackers got to it. Continue reading

1st Windows 10 smartphone from Microsoft

Lumia 950 has dual anntena & super camera

Nokia – or should we say Microsoft, has just [October 2015] announced the latest smartphone in its Windows based range – the Lumia 950. This is, of course, Microsoft’s first Windows 10 flagship smartphone. Obviously this handset will have to play on its hardware features because it doesn’t have a cat in hell’s chance of competing on the ‘mobile apps supported’ front. Traditionally, Nokia has chosen to go big on the capabilities of the built-in camera. This is exactly the sort of smartphone which will lead to the disappearance of the consumer dedicated digital camera. But what intrigued us here at GoMo Towers is the fact that the company decided to go it big on the handset’s dual antenna system. Continue reading

- luvaglio Bizzby wants to be the Uber of handymen discovery

Better move fast to fend off Big Guns, then

In the Bad Old Days [BODs], if you had a great bit of software, you only had to worry about one deadly foe – Microsoft. Nowadays, mobile entrepreneurs have multiple potentially lethal competitors. The list includes Google, Amazon and Apple. Plus possibly Microsoft, still. And the only major escapee to date is Uber. So what do you do? Well, if you are Rohan Sinclair Lugvaglio, founder of the Bizzby app, you start cuddling up to VCs [Venture Capitalists] PDQ [Pretty Damn Quick]. And that is exactly what he’s done. Lugvaglio is reputedly in last stage talks with two Californian based VCs and aiming to break into two out of the four BRIC countries: India and Brazil. What does Bizzby do? Essentially it puts you in touch with local handymen. Then there’s Bizzby Sky which will enable customers to have items picked up or delivered by drone. Ambitious or what? Continue reading

emma_lloyd_15 Sky’s Emma Lloyd on ad-tech start ups

Only work with them if click with Sky Media & marketing group she says

A really interesting interview with mobile industry veteran, Emma Lloyd, recently caught our eye in the Sunday TelegraphGoMo News, of course, has a long history of interaction (See ‘Bye Bye BT Movio‘) with Ms Lloyd who currently runs the show as Sky’s director of business development and partnerships. The comment which drew most attention was this … “We’ll only work with an ad-tech start-up like Sharethrough, for example, if both Sky Media and our marketing group want to work with them,” says Lloyd. Of course, Sky has already invested [September 2014] in Sharethrough. But it’s an interesting insight into Sky’s approach to investing in start-ups. Continue reading

real_time_ads Real-Time Advertising Summit UK ’15

[ November 18, 2015 8:00 am to November 19, 2015 6:00 pm. ] Organisers:Active Communications International (ACI)
Venue: Thistle Marble Arch
Location: London, UK

Registration: here

The theme of this show is the quickly evolving programmatic landscape. This is ACI’s second annual Real-Time Advertising Summit in London. It will bring together the comprehensive spectrum of perspectives on programmatic from brands, ad agencies, publishers and ad tech. Continue reading

Google & Microsoft agree to end their patent battle

Dr Aaltonen diagnoses boredom with pursuit of the pointless

It seems that industry giants – Google and Microsoft, have finally agreed to end their respective patent battle.
According to Dr Aleksi Aaltonen, an assistant professor of information systems with Warwick Business School, commented, “Patent battles are business as usual for tech giants that use them for various purposes. Lawsuits are used to claim financial damages but undoubtedly are also used for strategic manoeuvring and even for PR.” He hints, however, have probably become bored with pursuit of pointless. He added, “Given that software patents are often notoriously ambiguous, lawsuits tend to become drawn out affairs that can last years.” Continue reading

Counterfeit handsets present major challenge to African MNOs

Luckily Mobilethink believes it has the ideal solution

The use of cloned or counterfeit mobile handsets is a problem which MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] and MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] in mature markets can afford to ignore. But that’s not the case in Africa. Such devices may form anything between 10 and 20 per cent of an African operator’s device base, according to Mobilethink. A genuine GSM handset should, of course, have a unique IMEI number. But that would involve paying the GSMA. Hence the popularity of counterfeiting. Additionally, the company quotes the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK,) as claiming that sub-standard components are often used in manufacturing cloned devices which have not been put through safety checks and might emit higher than recommended radiation levels. Hence, some countries such as Kenya and Nigeria have introduced legislation ordering carriers to trace and block cloned and counterfeit devices. It’s a nightmare for African MNOs but Mobilethink thinks it has the answer. Continue reading