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

yume_logo LG confuses GoMo over portal announcement

Rating: YuMe joins Smart TV Alliance, though

An announcement made by LG Electronics at the beginning of this week [August 27th 2012], about a new Smart TV game portal called Game World has caused real confusion here at GoMobile Towers. The company appears to have ‘launched’ without actually providing access to the public until next month [September 2012]. Every time GoMobile News tried to find a definite product it evaporated in front of us. Hopefully, some of the confusion will disappear as four more companies have joined the Smart TV Alliance founded by LG along with Philips and Toshiba. The Alliance is working towards version 2.0 of its SDK. Continue reading

ZTE-logo ZTE Grand X IN handset to be sold across Europe beginning in Sept ’12

Press release

August 30th 2012. ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, announced that it will launch its first Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) smartphone with Intel Inside, the ZTE Grand X IN. This ZTE flagship handset is the latest product from the ZTE Grand series and will be launched in Europe in September [2012]. Continue reading

Rob_james Guest Post: Can GPS tracking improve your driving experience?

by Rob James, occasional blogger for Nina Tracking

GPS trackers are increasingly being used as part of car security. Fitted to dashboards, and synchronised with satellite navigation systems and smartphone apps, GPS can be used as a way to track down a vehicle if it is stolen, and can also be used to boost navigation as a drivers’ assist[ance]. Consequently, geographic tracking offers numerous opportunities to improve your everyday driving experience – making it simple, more straightforward to plot, and enhanced through the use of smartphone integration. Best of all, GPS provides you with peace of mind when dealing with any potential hazards on the road. Below are five significant benefits derived from using GPS tracking. Continue reading

Tokyo judge rules Samsung didn’t steal Apple patents

Apple’s global patent dispute with arch rival Samsung took another twist early today [31st August 2012] when a judge in Japan ruled that smartphones and tablets made by the Korean manufacturer didn’t violate the US company’s designs.
The lawsuit related to Apple’s patents for synchronizing music and video data with servers but, in delivering his verdict, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji not only threw out the claim but also awarded costs against the US giant. Continue reading

xerox parc Samsung off hook vs Apple for the moment

Rating: Isn’t this damaging the entire ITC industry?

Leading mobile phone vendor, Samsung, is off the hook for the moment. A US  judge has set December 6th [2012] as the date for the next hearing in the Korean manufacturer’s battle with Apple Computer. What that means is that Samsung shouldn’t miss out on the vital pre-Xmas sales season. Especially if the company immediately appeals the decision as is widely expected. Samsung’s shares jumped 3 per cent yesterday [August 29th 2012] as a result. GoMobile News can’t help but think that these IPR battles are holding back the entire ITC sector, though. Continue reading

Rob_smith_mds Guest Post: CSPs – the new BYOD educators?

The unstoppable escalation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has meant that it is no longer a case of whether businesses choose to embrace it, but when and how

by Rob Smith, director for market development with MDS

MDS’ recent 2012 Connecting with Business Customers research (see here) suggests that the proportion of businesses adopting BYOD practices is justifying the hype. Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of big businesses (those with 1,000 plus employees) have already implemented a policy for workers seeking to use their personal mobile devices for work activity, while – encouragingly for smaller businesses – slightly under half (49 per cent) of SMBs have put actions into place. Continue reading

avast-logo AVAST Software shows how to launch a successful Android app

Rating: 10m downloads and highest ranking in class

It’s nice to see one of GoMobile News‘ favourite apps doing so well. AVAST Software has just informed us that its avast! Free Mobile Security app for Android passed an important milestone -10 million installations, by August 1st 2012. The company’s goal is to reach 20 million installations by Q1 2013. AVAST claims that avast! Free Mobile Security is the highest ranked security solution in the Google Play store (formerly Android Market) with 4.7 out of 5 stars. Continue reading

Verizon_wireless_logo Vodafone investors exasperated by lack of fruit from US mobile venture

Suspicions mount that partner Verizon Comm wants to squeeze it out of joint venture

Investors in Britain’s Vodafone are getting increasingly vexed over whether a special dividend is forthcoming through its joint ownership of Verizon Wireless, America’s largest mobile operator.
Verizon, 45 per cent owned by Vodafone, finally got around to paying a dividend in February this year [2012] after a long gap. It resulted in a £2.8 billion windfall for Vodafone most of which was distributed to its shareholders via a special 4 pence dividend. With Verizon’s revenues still on the up, analysts had expected the pattern to be repeated, calculating the dividend bonanza could rise to £3 billion this financial year and to £4 billion by 2016. Continue reading

GoMo discovers app store inside app store

Rating: box Gallery feature has hidden benefits

Completely by accident, GoMobile News chanced upon an app store within an app store which could help enterprise iOS users surmount the daunting evaluation and selection process which they currently face. We were chatting with Christopher Yeh, who is vice president for box‘s Platform product. What we were really there to discuss is how box has ended up being at the meeting point of three current trends in mobile: – cloud, BYOD, and native mobile apps. However, whilst demonstrating the product, Yeh showed GoMobile News, the box app’s Gallery facility. In this case, it was running on an Apple iPad tablet – but the same facility applies to other mobile OS version. Using Gallery, you can browse apps which box has selected and then download (and pay for them) via Apple’s iTunes App Store. Continue reading

tomtom-ecoplus Zenith enjoys 3 month ROI on fleet management system

Rating: Powered by TomTom and Vodafone’s M2M network

A study commissioned by Vodafone from Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has found that the lorry fleet operated by Zenith Hygiene Group has saved almost 600 tonnes of CO2 a year. Zenith has been deploying TomTom Business Solutions‘ business fleet management technology which is enabled by Vodafone’s global machine-to-machine (M2M) network. ERM reported that, “In financial terms, it is estimated that if Zenith Hygiene continues at the current level of fuel efficiency, it could save in the region of £218,000 per year on fuel costs, with a further potential £50,000 on reduced maintenance costs.” Zenith’s financial savings have resulted in an ROI (Return-On-Investment) being realised by the cleaning and hygiene firm within just three months. Continue reading

GSMA_Arab_World 38th GSMA Arab World Summit to be hosted by MACH

Rating: MENA region to focus on monetising mobile data

In recognition of the growing emphasis on the effective monetisation of mobile data services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA),  MACH, has announced that it will be hosting the 38th GSMA Arab World Summit. It is due to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 4th – 6th September, 2012. The GSMA mHealth team will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday 5 September 2012 entitled, ‘The mHealth Opportunity in the Middle East’. The event is set to bring together leading representatives from across the communications industry to discuss the future of mobile. Continue reading

GSMA_Arab_World MACH proud to host 38th GSMA Arab World Summit

Milestone achievement recognises growing momentum for MACH in region, as operators look to effectively monetise mobile data

August 29th 2012. MACH, the leading provider of cloud-based managed communication services, has announced it will be hosting the 38th GSMA Arab World Summit, due to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 4th – 6th September, 2012. The move represents a major investment by MACH to support the event’s ongoing work to drive telecoms development and innovation in the area. The event is set to bring together leading representatives from across the communications industry to discuss the future of mobile services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Continue reading

GSMA_Arab_World 38th GSMA Arab World Summit

[ September 4, 2012 9:30 am to September 6, 2012 6:30 pm. ] 38th GSMA Arab World Summit
Theme: Monetisation of mobile data services
Organisers: GSMA
Venue: Four Seasons Resort
Location: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Web: GSMA Arab World #38 Continue reading

Adobe-Flash-Logo Major hole in Windows Phone 7 still exists

Rating: No Adobe Flash support means no webcams

An enormous gap in the Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango) OS which we thought had been fixed a long time ago has just caught us out. Unlike our rival publications, GoMobile News actually eats its own cooking. So we were trying to view a live webcam feed on our Nokia Lumia 800 W7 Mango smartphone. After hours of messing around, we discovered that Adobe still hasn’t created a version of Flash for WP7 – even though it was rumoured to be working on such an offering as long ago as 2010. The net effect was that we couldn’t view a webcam feed on our Mangophone despite our best efforts. If WP7 wants to oust Android, then it has got to do a lot better than this. Continue reading