Monthly Archives: November 2012

WIMA_USA 2nd WIMA NFC USA

[ November 27, 2011 9:00 am to November 29, 2012 7:00 pm. ] Organiser: WIMA
Venue: San Francisco Arirport Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Location: San Francisco, USA
Web: www.wima.mc

For WIMA NFC USA 2012 WIMA is building on previous innovation and enabling greater business opportunities within the event by adding new and exciting elements to drive forward the NFC ecosystem. Continue reading

French comedy actor, Gildas Pugot, played the farmer Painted French QR cows was a spoof but …

Rating: All good stories eventually become true (ref Mike Magee)

Oh dear. It seems that GoMobile News fell for a really convincing spoof video of a French farmer who had painted his cows with giant QR codes as an advertising gimmick. See our previous story here. Apparently, the video starred a fairly famous comedy Actor, Gildas Pugot, who belongs to a French comedy troup known as Qualite [Quality] Street. We’ve been pointed in the right direction by another blog site, QR Code Artisthere. However, “all good stories eventually become true” [Mike Magee]. Two French farmers here are apparently experimenting with ‘bio’ paints which will stop the QR codes washing off in the rain. Continue reading

juniper-logo Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) will become a ‘must-have’ feature in smartphones

Rating: Demand driven by augmented reality and location based services

Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are sensor devices commonly found inside mobile devices and include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity & temperature sensors. Well, mobile augmented reality and location based services will be powered by over four billion such components according to a report just released by Juniper Research. The company forecasts that that they will become an important differentiator for mobile device manufacturers. The popularity of such devices amongst mobile phone and tablet manufacturers should ensure that component prices decline as volumes go up, the Juniper report – ‘MEMS in Mobile’, predicts. Continue reading

FrenchQRcow French cows painted with QR codes cause local stir

Rating: Gimmick works as advertising medium

An eagle eyed reader (Jim) spotted a great video here on YouTube about the use of QR codes with cows. It harks back to a story we ran in December [2011] about British farmers branding their cows with QR codes for auction here. This video is in French – with subtitles in English. For some stupid reason many English-speaking viewers assume it must be a joke whereas it’s actually a genuine documentary and has opened up a relative gold mine of information about French QR code industry players whom GoMoMobile News had previously never encountered. For that reason alone it’s worth a look.The video is many by a local French company – Anoriant.TV which covers a region of France called Lorient. Which we presume is on the East of the country. Continue reading

nokia mix radio may be biggest loser How to personalise Mix Radio on your Nokia W7 Mango phone

Rating: GoMobile News finally gets this feature to work

Ever since GoMobile News bumped into an official ‘Nokia Trainer’ in Basingstoke for the Lumia W7 Mango range, we’ve been intrigued by its music facilities. He convinced us that there was a whole wealth of facilities buried deep inside the ‘Nokia Music’ hub which regular fans of W7 Mango never quite discover. We must have misunderstood because we could have sworn he claimed there was Nokia’s answer to the popular Shazam app built in, too. That would be the kind of app which listens and then identifies music tracks. We can find no such facility. However, we did manage to totally personalise the ‘Mix Radio’ feature – in the end. Continue reading

Momac to develop mobile website for O2 loyalty program

Press release

April 25th 2012. Momac, a leading provider of mobile interface
solutions for operators, was recently selected to build and host the mobile site for the O2 Priority Tickets program, a site where O2 customers can get tickets up to 48 hours before general release to thousands of gigs and events across the UK. According to Momac Managing Director, Felicity Austin, the goal of the project was to offer end-users even more on-device services. O2’s new mobile site emulates the look and feel of the Priority Tickets website, giving members access to pertinent entertainment information and allowing them to log in and purchase tickets directly from their mobile phones. Continue reading

iPhone app downloads plummet in March, while mobile marketing costs hold steady, reports Fiksu

Daily downloads drop by two million driven by multiple converging influences

Press release

April 27th 2012. Fiksu, the industry’s first cost-effective mobile app user acquisition platform spanning the global mobile ecosystem, has reported that mobile app downloads plunged by 30 per cent in March, returning to pre-iPhone 4S launch levels. The cost to acquire loyal users dipped very slightly during the month. The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index (which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free US iPhone apps) dropped by almost two million daily downloads to 4.45 million daily downloads, down from 6.35 million in February. Continue reading

Print Apps World Europe 2012

[ October 2, 2012 10:00 am to October 3, 2012 6:00 pm. ] Earl’s Court 2
London, UK
2nd-3rd October 2012
www.apps-world.net/europe

Now in its third year, Apps World has grown to be one of the leading global multi-platform events in the mobile industry, and this year’s Earl’s Court 2 event is set to be the biggest yet. With over 5,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals expected for two days of high level insight and discussion. With 10 targeted workshop tracks, speed meeting, 1-1 meetings, parties, and awards, the event will be tackling a spectrum of issues across the app ecosystem. Continue reading

RIM-logo-2 Guest Post: Thorsten Heins takes RIM by the Reigns as new CEO

Technology journalist, Alysa Jeff, takes you back over the BlackBerry maker’s recent history

Mike Lazaridis, who founded the firm back in 1984, served as the CEO of BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion (RIM), until very recently with the co-chief, Jim Balsillie. The two were heading the firm; however, as of now both Lazaridis and Balsillie have quit, and forwarded Thorsten Heins to take charge of their position as the firm’s chief. Prior to the departure of Lazaridis and Balsillie, RIM was experiencing some turbulence as it faced some serious competition. The maker of the BlackBerry recently underwent a phase where it was unable to provide even its services. Continue reading

Over a quarter of Brits keen to use mobile payments

Increase in number of smartphone users willing to ‘wave and pay’

Press release

April 26th 2012. The appetite for mobile payments in the UK is strong with 29 per cent of British mobile owners keen to use their mobile more than cash or cards to pay for goods or services less than £20 if their phone had the capability. This is according to a recent YouGov consumer survey conducted online on behalf of Intelligent Environments (IE), a digital banking provider. The figure rises amongst 18-24 year olds who own a mobile phone, with 41 per cent who would choose to use their mobile more than cash or cards to pay for goods or services less than £20. Continue reading

O2-wallet O2 creates a stir with its Mobile Wallet offering

Rating: Should help boost contactless payments

O2′s announcement of the O2 Mobile Wallet in the UK has created quite a stir within the UK. O2’s service will not only facilitate money transfers but also contactless payments in the near future. As Fred Huet, md with Greenwich Consulting points out, “The fact that so many high-street retailers have signed up already means that it is likely to get some strong traction, as consumers get used to paying for goods via mobile.” The announcement has also generated a flurry of stats, including one survey from YouGov conducted online on behalf of Intelligent Environments (IE). According to James Richards, Director of Mobile, Intelligent Environments, “Consumer appetite to use the ever-ubiquitous mobile device to make payments and manage money is alive and kicking.” Which is good news considering all the scaremongering over mobile payments’ security. Continue reading

iPhone 4S hits record high activations while iPads continue to dominate enterprise tablet activations

Good Technology’s Q1 2012 device activation report

Good Technology sees significant growth as Q1 activations nearly double the previous two quarters combined

Press release

April 26th 2012. Good Technology, the leading provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility and collaboration tools for a range of mobile devices, today released its quarterly device activation report for the first quarter of 2012. The full report – available here, provides a breakdown of smartphone and tablet devices activated amongst Good’s enterprise customers, which include eight of the top 10 financial institutions; seven of the top ten healthcare organisations; half of the Fortune 100; and companies from every major industry. The results demonstrate that companies continue to embrace the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend and accept new devices into the enterprise. Continue reading

adfonic-developer V 2.0 of Adfonic SDK for iOS and Android released

Rating: Incorporates alternatives to Apple’s phased out UDID

Adfonic has announced the availability of version 2.0 for iOS and Android of the Adfonic SDK. The company claims that its SDK Version 2.0 increases revenue opportunities for mobile app developers. Paul Childs, CMO with Adfonic, commented, “Rich media is changing the game for advertisers and creating huge demand and the opportunity is now here for developers to see a significant uplift in earnings as a result.” By integrating the new SDK, developers can access a wide range of advanced mobile advertising campaigns including video and rich media, which can deliver significantly higher eCPMs for developers. Continue reading

O2-wallet O2 Wallet launches

Press release

April 26th 2012. O2 has announced the launch of O2 Wallet – a seamless and secure digital wallet service that will deliver the benefits of mobile money to more UK consumers than any other product or service currently available. Continue reading

stream_logo Stream Communications allies with JT to deliver pan-European M2M

Rating: Roaming & M2M specialist combine

A pan-European machine to machine (M2M) mobile network service is to be rolled out by JT – a recognised Tier One mobile network operator and Stream Communications which claims to be a leading M2M specialist. JT may be familiar with some GoMobile News readers originally as Jersey Telecom. Thanks to its special relationship with the UK mainland, JT has evolved into becoming a roaming specialist. The pair hopes to build on one of the most promising sectors in the mobile and cellular world – M2M. Stream claims analysts have predicted a 27 per cent compound growth per annum (CAGR) to 2016. The pair argues that this service will offer true pan-European reach at an effective price point. Continue reading