Monthly Archives: September 2011
Rating: Aims to offer built-in QR code reader
As shows like the Mobile World Congress (MWC) have so clearly demonstrated, offering a mobile app to accompany the event is an absolute must these days. Which is why GoMo News was so impressed to learn that the leading UK technology event – IP EXPO – has just launched its own mobile apps. Rather than merely offering an iOS app for iPhone users, the show’s organisers have commissioned Android and BlackBerry apps, too. If you’re still glued to your Symbian smartphone don’t despair as there’s a really excellent mobile version of the standard web site. To surf it from your mobile phone, just point your browser to http://mobile.ipexpo.co.uk. Of course, that mobile site isn’t just aimed at Nokia owners – it will work for any brand of smartphone (Windows Mobile, bada – even Windows Phone Mango). Continue reading
Here’s your Monday round-up of the hottest mobile marketing stories from across the globe. Location aware SMS platforms; 4G in UAE; NFC payments at petrol stations and more.. Continue reading
Small business owners in Ireland can now benefit from a virtual landline number on their smartphone via a new app, launched today by Blueface in partnership with the 3 network.
The iPhone app is the first of its kind in Ireland and promises ‘big business phone services at small business prices’, by enabling business owners to run a fixed line telephone number from their smartphone and make cost savings as well as the convenience of a landline number for customers. Continue reading
Rating:mBlox fined for aiding Battery Booster UK scam
The UK’s regulator of premium rate telephone services (PRS), PhonepayPlus, has acted to tackle hidden threats to consumers from apps on smartphones.The watchdog is primarily concerned about apps which maliciously charge consumers without their knowledge or consent. Hence – in order to protect the digital and m-commerce markets (as well as the interests of consumers) – Phonepayplus has been consulting with industry stakeholders. It has now come up with a series of key recommendations. Paul Whiteing, PhonepayPlus’ CEO, commented, “We know that the best regulation is one that works collaboratively with industry to pre-empt before problems occur that harm consumers and damage markets.” Sadly, industry stalwart – mBlox – managed to perpetuate one of the worst instances of app malware so far. Continue reading
Rating: Actually, the company is more confident of 2011 date
Following increased speculation that there will be a delay in the release of the first WP7-based Nokia handset – taking the date into 2012, Nokia has been forced to act. Speaking on September 23rd ,Nokia – which is still the world’s largest phone maker by volume – told Reuters Canada here that it was “increasingly confident its first Windows Phone would reach consumers this year .”This was obviously a move to counter the likes of The Street which posted a story on YouTube which blatantly claimed that a WP7 handset from Nokia wouldn’t arrive in 2011. The Street is a financial orientated publication and Nokia could have reacted to protect its share price. Continue reading
Aims at beginners and experienced developers
How about this for an event which claims to address all the key issues surrounding making money out of mobile apps? It’s the App Conference and the good news is that the even takes place in sunny California (Santa Clara) and is taking place on October 26th-27th . The event’s organiser is Engage Digital Media. Even better is that there’s a Hackathon, happening simultaneously and registration for that event is free! The App Dev Hackathon and Bootcamp will take place on October 27th  at the Santa Clara Convention Centre between 9 am – 8 pm. The conference will place an emphasis on cross platform development and revenue growth strategies, and is aimed at both developers and business professionals. Registration and pricing is available here. Continue reading
Rating: Females only do it occasionally
A mobileSQUARED report – Mobile Consumer Trends (MCT) – forecasts that in the UK males will make up more than 60 per cent of heavy or frequent app downloaders in 4Q 2011. By contrast UK females are only dominant in the occasional downloaders category. Amongst the occasional downloaders, females also form the majority of users – both frequent and infrequent. Continue reading
Here is our TV coverage from CWTA Wireless Canada. If you are interested in mHealth and new devices take a look!
Rating: Symbian has used it before
Don’t ask how but GoMo News ended up chatting with CERN’s Axel Naumann at a meal hosted by Coverity in a cheese restaurant in London’s Marylebone district. Naumann works for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – better known as CERN. Of course – as we all know – Tim Berners-Lee was working at CERN when he accidentally the worldwide web. Anyway, Naumann was telling GoMo News about how he’d used Coverity’s Static Analysis tool to test 50 million lines of software code in Large Hadron Collider software and it helped CERN fix more than 40,000 defects. This got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be a neat trick to apply this tech to a mobile OS? Say bada, Aliyun or Android? Unfortunately Symbian beat me to it. The company had starting using Coverity’s tools back in 2008. Continue reading
KDDI, Japan’s second largest mobile carrier, is rumoured to have acquired the rights to sell the hotly anticipated iPhone 5 according to a report by the Nikkei newspaper.
Rating: That’s the rapper not the mammal
We’ve never heard of it before, but apparently ketai (see Wikipedia here) is a custom format for novels specially written for reading on a mobile phone. Now – working in conjunction with Nokia – the successful children” story writer author Terry Deary has written one on a Nokia E6. (We’re now sure of that but Nokia thought it was an E7). The novel is called The Perfect Poison Pill Plot and just to give it a boost, Deary has tied up with rap star and Londoner – Chipmunk. He’s released his narrated version in five short video clips which you can see on Nokia’s Facebook pages here. Continue reading
Here’s your Friday morning round-up of the hottest mobile marketing stories from across the globe. Papa Murphy’s partners with Phizzle; Mobile tech growing at events; the top do’s & don’ts for Mobile Ad Design and more…
This is one of the best interviews I have seen with Nokia for a long time. Jeremy Belostock talks to Tony Sklar about NFC at the NFC World Congress in the South of France.
The sending the pictures by tapping is very simple and I think that Jeremy makes a good point about NFC for the masses -not only in industrialised areas.