Monthly Archives: April 2014

EE/Orange confuses subscribers with Glaswegian call centre

Problem could get worse as it pushes 4G to existing subscribers

UK mobile operator, EE (which owns the T-Mobile and Orange brands) is at risk of confusing its existing clientelle as it seeks to encourage them to take up its highly successful 4G offering. Earlier, EE had revealed that almost a million (900,000) subscribers had signed up to its 4G offering in Q1 2014. EE said that this was the strongest quarterly take-up for 4G that it had experinced to date. It means that almost three million (2.9m) customers now enjoy its 4G service. However, some of the tactics the UK mobile network operator [MNO] is employing have very definitely perplexed existing customers. Its all thanks to a deal EE has done with Glasgow, Scotland based 1Call Direct. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas X not enough to save Nokia in merging markets

Plus HERE Maps wasn’t part of the acquisition

Despite elation amongst the financial markets that Microsoft had finally acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division, Noka actually managed to post a year-on-year decline in handset sales by 30 per cent. Nokia also revealed an operating loss of $452 million. In Nokia’s defence, one observer suggested that Nokia’s patent licensing business pulled in roughly $119 million in profit over the last three monthsand that HERE maps brought in $13.8 million. However, Nokia admitted that “Our Smart Devices net sales were affected by competitive industry dynamics including the strong momentum of competing smartphone platforms.” According to Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream, “Emerging markets consumers’ desire for smartphones is increasingly being met by an onslaught of cheap handsets from all corners.” Continue reading

suri - class of 1989 @ mit Rajeev Suri named new Nokia CEO moving up from NSN

Heavy duty Indian connexion for both Nokia & Microsoft

Having completed the sell-off of its Devices & Services division to Microsoft, Nokia has named Nokia Rajeev Suri as its new CEO. Its a predictable move since Suri had been heading up the solutions & networking division – formerly Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN]. It is reported that Nokia currently acquires around 90 per cent of its remaining revenues from the networking division. But there’s a strong connexion between Suri and current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella both were MIT student -just a year apart. Not at the Massachusetts Instute of Technology as you might have thought but at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka. Continue reading

paym_phones Paym launches April 29th 2014 in UK

Press release

April 29th 2014. Paying back IOUs to friends and family just got easier, following the UK launch today [April 29th 2014] of Paym, the new secure way to pay using just a mobile number across nine banks and building societies. Paym is now available to more than 30 million people across the UK – customers of Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Cumberland Building Society, Danske Bank, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander and TSB are able to send and receive Paym payments. The service will expand further later in the year, becoming available on more than nine out ten current [checking] accounts, covering in excess of 40 million customers. Continue reading Samsung profits slip as it feels the heat from rivals

First quarter results from Samsung Electronics, the division of the South Korean manufacturing giant that makes smartphones, show profits slipped 3.3 per cent in the wake of increased competition.
At 6.43 trillion won (£3.71 billion), they were down 1.2 per cent from 6.51 trillion won a year earlier. Samsung admitted it expected the weakness to continue into Q2 as margins on its Galaxy handsets continued to be squeezed and competition hotted up in the low to mid range handset sector. Continue reading

- punskaya VASCO Announces Acquisition of Cronto (UK)

Cronto offers a patented visual transaction signing solution for financial sector
Acquisition provides technology for VASCO’s core banking market and MYDIGIPASS.COM
Strengthens VASCO’s innovation initiatives

Press release

May 20th 2013. VASCO Data Security International, (NASDAQ: VDSI), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products and services, has announced its acquisition of Cronto, of Cambridge (UK), a provider of secure visual transaction authentication solutions for online banking. VASCO acquired all of the stock of Cronto in exchange for an initial cash consideration of €15 million and contingent cash consideration in the form of an earn-out of up to a maximum of €2 million (combined, approximately $21.9 million using the exchange rate of 1.29). Continue reading

Mobile payments arena hots up in UK

Paym from Payments Council covers more banks than we thought

In our previous story ‘GoMo discovers HSBC bank Paym service by accident‘, we initially thought that this pay-by-mobile service was limited to just our own bank – HSBC. However, it turns out that the service is actually operated by an outfit calling itself the Payments Council and will cover some 30 million people in the UK initially. Besides HSBC, the scheme works with eight other banks. It is aimed at making payments between friends and family much easier as all you need to know is the other person’s mobile phone number. However, participants need to have downloaded and signed up for the online banking service of their own bank via mobile. Continue reading

Indie Prize showcase games announced for Casual Connect Asia

Over 80 game development teams to showcase games

Press release

April 29th 2014. Indie Prize, a scholarship program created by the Casual Games Association for independent developers, has announced the games to be showcased at the Indie Prize Showcase at Casual Connect Asia May 20th – 22nd 2014. The Indie Prize Showcase for Casual Connect Asia is supported by Google Play with prizes from Photon and Marmalade. Continue reading

Texas based Cirrus swoops on ailing Wolfson

Struggling audio manufacturer Wolfson Microelectronics, which provides smartphone components for the likes of Samsung, could soon be taken over by Texas-based Cirrus Logic it was revealed today [29th April 2014].
The news, buried in an update on Wolfson’s Q1 results, reveals that the tiny Edinburgh-based manufacturer is recommending a cash purchase by Cirrus of its entire share capital, placing the value of Wolfson’s stock at 235 pence compared to its close in London last night of 134 pence. If the deal goes ahead, it would mean a 75 per cent uplift in Wolfson’s share price. Continue reading

EE boss hits out at cost of new regulatory changes

EE, Britain’s biggest mobile network operator, could soon pass the three million 4G customer milestone and is on track to double that number by the end of the year.
But the growth in customers switching to superfast services has yet to reflect itself in revenues which fell 3.6 per cent to £1.55 billion as EE added only 123,000 new contract customers during the three months to March. This compares to 166,000 for the same period last year.
New regulatory measures, such as Ofcom’s proposed increase to the operator’s spectrum license fee, are also a potential drag on profits. According to CEO Olaf Swantee, the actions of regulators alone burdened EE with an additional £38 million during the quarter to March 2014, largely because of the changes to roaming charge legislation and tougher rules on wholesale mobile call charges. Continue reading

air_france Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked

What if the plane did go north instead of south?

Here at GoMo Towers, we always love a conspiracy theory but the plight of the passengers and crew on the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 continues to fascinate us. Today [April 28th 2014], it was announced that the aerial search for wreckage in the Indian Ocean will cease as it has almost certainly sunk. Plus the search area in that ocean has been changed again. What ever happened to the theory that the plane turned north? We think that mobile phone records need to be checked again. Continue reading

Pierre_naggar UK ad spend to top £20bn for 1st time in 2015

Success will hinge on digital ad campaigns which deliver relevant ads

According to the Advertising Association/Warc, the UK’s ad spend is set to top £20 billion for first time in 2015. It concludes that mobile will remain the fastest growing ad medium through 2015. However, the rate of growth will slow to a mere 45.5 per cent [wow! - Ed] in two years’ time. Total internet ad spend growth is also expected to slow, falling to 12.2 per cent in 2015, from 15.6 per cent in 2013. With these figures pointing towards an explosion in mobile, Turn‘s md for EMEA, Pierre Naggar explains how there will be increased competition to deliver a more personalised advertising experience on this channel for consumers. Continue reading

everyone wants desire 210 - yang HTC’s focus on mid-range devices like Desire 210 might save the company

by our Indian correspondent – Asif Shaik

There have been many articles discussing how HTC is failing in spite of the company releasing great devices like HTC One M8. But almost nobody is talking about how HTC can prevent itself from failing with the right focus on the mid-tier smartphone segment. Quite a while back, during the initial launch of One series, HTC CEO, Peter Chow, stated that his company will only focus on the high-end One series devices like HTC One X and HTC One S. But lack of focus on its mid-range Desire series smartphones cost HTC heavily as its cash flow became heavily eroded. Continue reading

android 21 times more risky than iOS Hurry to register for Info Security Europe

London based show isn’t just for IT professionals

Those who have been around for some years might think that Info Security Europe – better known as Infosec, is the sort of show which is just aimed at IT professionals. The network manager who was tasked with keeping viruses out of the corporate LAN. Well, times have moved on and Infosec has plenty to offer those operating in the mobile arena. In fact, there are plenty of themes this year [2014] which are very mobile specific. The show takes place in London, England tomorrow [April 29th 2014] and attendance is free. But you’ve only got about an hour left to register before the organisers, Reed Exhibitions, hit you with a £35 entrance fee! Continue reading

info_security_14 Info Security Europe 2014

[ April 29, 2014 9:00 am to May 1, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Reed Exhibitions
Venue: Earl’s Court
Location: London, UK
Twitter: #Infosec14

Registration here

Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s Number One Information Security event. Featuring over 325 exhibitors; the most diverse range of new products and services; an unrivalled education programme. Continue reading