Monthly Archives: August 2011
Rating: Latest statistic for UK national audit body, ONS
The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONC) has just reported that almost half (45 per cent) of all Internet users have accessed the mobile web in 2011. The ONS opinions survey shows that 71 per cent of 16-24 year old Internet users accessed the Internet via a mobile, phone – the highest of any age group. This figure is up from 44 per cent in 2010. The group least likely to access the mobile web were (shock, horror) Net users aged 65 or over. We could never have predicted that, then. Continue reading
Rating: Joins RIM’s store in using Bango payment system
Bango has secured an agreement with Opera Software to provide mobile payments for the Opera Mobile Store. Opera joins BlackBerry maker, RIM, as one of the leading app stores using Bango for mobile payments. Users of the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browser will be able to purchase apps and pay for content within apps. They can place the charges on their carrier bill or through credit card using Bango’s browser-based payments directly from the mobile handset. The Opera Mobile Store is accessible through a single-click from the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers. This makes it immediately accessible to more than 100 million customers with no downloading or special provisioning required. Continue reading
Rating: Provides database on 6,500 handsets & data cards
In order to enable network operator or MVNOs to better target their customer retention campaigns, Mobilethink Analytics has just launched a next-generation analytics service. The processing tool provided gives clients access to a device database, enabling them to identify every feature of 6,500 phones and connect cards. It breaks the data down into make; model; screen size; OS/Java; plus, whether it’s 2G or 3G and has a GPS. Over 170 mobile phone capabilities are supported by the database, making it the most powerful tool in the industry, Mobilethink claims. Continue reading
There are quite a few changes going on at GoMo News at the moment. The site will be tweeked and some new pages are being added and the banners are all changing!
PaymentOne’s merchant customers can now offer Telefónica Germany subscribers the option to charge services up to 30 euros directly to their mobile phone carrier bill. The partnership enables one time transactions, recurring subscriptions, in-app billing and Web billing.
Rating: Turn off all those ‘data hog’ apps
It’s so easy to do. As an Android handset owner you download a multitude of apps. Then – despite many tariffs offering ‘unrestricted’ data usage – you suddenly find you’re landed with unexpected data bill. Trying manually to sort out the mess and close apps that aren’t essential is both frustrating and time consuming. Which is why Onavo has finally ported its award winning app over from iOS to Android. It is available now for free on the Android market. It provides a decent level of level of flexibility so you can control all of those apps which seem to have acquired a mind of their own. For example, Onavo Lite app flags the chief culprits and allows users to make apps ‘WiFi only’ – effectively stopping the data leakage. Onavo has researched which apps are the biggest mobile data ‘hogs’. It is also hoping that by applying ‘crowdsourcing’ techniques to the app, it will provide instant advice to user on whether or not newly downloaded apps are data hogs or likely to cause issues with data plans. Continue reading
Rating: ex-Mirror journalist admitted to celebrity phone hacking in 2002
An eagled-eye GoMo News reader has spotted something that we should really have known all along. Namely that the default passwords for UK mobile voicemail systems have been in the public domain for at least nine years. So knowledge about hacking into celebrity mobile voicemails was available to Mirror journalists during Piers Morgan’s reign as editor of the Daily Mirror. Morgan was editor from 1995 to 2004. However, in October 2002, the former Daily Mirror ‘City Slicker’, James Hipwell told, the Media Guardian that journalists regularly breached the voicemail boxes of those in the public eye for stories. “There are many stories every week – mainly show business – that couldn’t have been got by any other means. It’s underhand and it’s not encouraged but it is common practice and everyone does it.” The reason we should have known this being that this particular GoMo News hack wrote that story for The Inquirer back in September 2003 here. Continue reading
Rating: BBC finds Amesys info in Tripoli spy centre
An explosive TV report from courageous BBC news reporter, Orla Guerin, inside Colonel Gaddafi’s Homeland Security Headquarters in Tripoli accidentally exposes the role played by France’s Amesys in helping the Libyan spy operation. The report aired on the BBC News yesterday (August 29th 2011) clearly shows Amesys’ log and details of a presentation on the walls of the Libyan centre. It is clear from the bulletpoints from the presentation that Amesys technology was providing the Libyans with a cellular geolocation capability that could be used to track suspects. Separately, the report showed Trust’s ISDN software. GoMo News has long suspected that ISDN engineers’ sets (butt phones) can be used to hack mobile phones. Continue reading
Rating: Who will buy webOS? BlackBerry? QNX? Symbian?
A very popular game at the moment is who might buy one of the failing mobile OS? Prime candidates for a sale at the moment are the ex-Palm OS – webOS – which HP doesn’t seem to want any more. Then there’s the BlackBerry OS which could come with QNX if you decided to buy Research In Motion (RIM) itself. Alternatively there could be Symbian but GoMo News believes it is too strategic to Nokia even now to sell off to a Japanese handset manufacturer who still uses it. There’s also a strong temptation to think purely in terms of the number of apps in a mobile OS’ online app store. Other considerations might prevail – such as acquiring an OS purely for its patents or to take just one advanced aspect of the OS and build it into an existing OS. Continue reading
DISCUSSIONS RE WIND HELLAS
Vodafone Group confirms that it has entered into discussions with Largo Limited to explore a potential business combination between Vodafone Greece and Wind Hellas. Discussions are at an early stage and there is no certainty as to whether an agreement will be reached.
Rating: Text/SMS or email also consume little bandwidth
It seems that mobile phone users weren’t given much good advice on the best way to use their cellular mobile phones during Hurricane Irene which recently hit the East Coast of the USA. Eventually the US Federal Emergency Management Agency urged the public to “Use email or text messages…so that emergency officials can continue to receive and respond to urgent calls.” This definitely sounds like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. It came after so many people tried to call friends and relatives to check on their safety that the cellular networks became overloaded. GoMo News reckons that the best thing to have used would almost certainly be an Instant Messaging (IM) service such as BlackBerry Messenger offered by RIM. Continue reading
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