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maxime_de_nanclas Guest Post – Pay wars heat up

Contactless P2P payments could mean victory
by Maxime de Nanclas, COO with Mobeewave

Recent speculation [November 2015] about Apple’s venture into creating a P2P (phone to phone) payment system for mobile devices is just the latest move in what has come to be known as the ‘Pay Wars’. In the same week, Samsung was also the subject of similar speculated reports which went so far as to drill down to specific technology capabilities that would include the option for contactless transactions, whereby a user taps a phone or card to another NFC device to transfer funds or conduct payments. Just this past week, LG announced they are working on their own mobile payment solution called LG Pay in partnership with a Korean credit card issuer. Continue reading

DWMF_amsterdam Digital Marketing World Forum Amsterdam

[ April 13, 2016 7:00 am to April 14, 2016 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Sixdegrees
Venue: Felix Meritis
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hashtag: #DMWF

Registration: here
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Whether you specialise in influencer marketing; customer engagement; social media analytics; marketing automation; personalisation; analysing sentiment; or other areas in the digital and social marketing sphere, DMWF provides a fantastic forum to access to a senior level audience. Continue reading

lars_houbak2 Guest Post: – VoLTE – $1bn invested but little return

by Lars Houbak, general manager of Spirent Mobilethink

Heralded as the most disruptive mobile technology yet, more than an estimated one billion dollars has already been invested by operators to make their networks capable of handling Voice over LTE (VoLTE) traffic. But the return to date on those investments so far is minimal. The expected traffic hasn’t happened partly because of device manufacturers failing to upgrade most of their smartphone build with VoLTE Device Management (DM) support. This is the missing link between the users and an easy and hassle-free VoLTE service. Here Lars Houbak explains why device management support in devices is fundamental for the mobile industry to successfully roll out VoLTE services and for MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] to start getting a full return on investment. Continue reading

stuff - rosewell Guest Post: The mobile web is broken & even Google knows it

by James Rosewell, CEO with 51 Degrees

Earlier this month [October 7th 2015], Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) arrived from Google endorsed by some of the most prestigious names in publishing and technology. Google’s introductory blog states … “Publishers around the world use the mobile web to reach these readers, but the experience can often leave a lot to be desired. Every time a webpage takes too long to load, they lose a reader – and the opportunity to earn revenue.” Consequently, brands like the BBC, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Twitter, LinkedIn and WordPress are all involved with AMP. What this declaration implies – supported by many authoritative voices in publishing and technology, is that – from a revenue perspective, the mobile web is broken. Continue reading

real_time_ads Real-Time Advertising Summit UK ’15

[ November 18, 2015 8:00 am to November 19, 2015 6:00 pm. ] Organisers:Active Communications International (ACI)
Venue: Thistle Marble Arch
Location: London, UK

Registration: here

The theme of this show is the quickly evolving programmatic landscape. This is ACI’s second annual Real-Time Advertising Summit in London. It will bring together the comprehensive spectrum of perspectives on programmatic from brands, ad agencies, publishers and ad tech. Continue reading

an end to Africa's smartphone nightmare - houbak Guest Post: BYOD is the beginning of the end for subsidised handsets

by Lars Houbak, general manager with Mobilethink

Mobile network operators [MNOs] & MVNOs in most regions have experienced steady erosion in ARPUs since 2010 according to analysts Strategy Analytics. Despite a collective $700 billion investment in infrastructure over the past ten years, revenue growth has been almost flat since 2007. Subscriber acquisition and retention costs (SAC/SRC) take 27 per cent of a Western European operator’s operational expenses (OPEX). Out of that, 69 per cent goes to device subsidies and can take as much as 19 per cent of a typical operator’s OPEX. Forward profitability is therefore threatened due to combined flat revenue and increasing subsidy costs. Continue reading

it's working and ready to go - winand Upp available at Apple Stores across the UK

Live life unplugged with a portable hydrogen fuel cell

Press release

November 19th 2014. Intelligent Energy Holdings (LSE: IEH), the energy technology group, has announced the UK retail launch of Upp- the portable power solution driven by a hydrogen fuel cell to power up USB-compatible devices. Upp is made available at Apple Stores across the UK and can also be ordered from the Upp website here. The starter pack, consisting of an Upp fuel cell and Upp Cartridge, has a recommended retail price [RRP] of £149/$157. Once the reusable cartridge is empty, the customer simply exchanges it for a replacement cartridge at an authorised Cartridge Exchange point (RRP of £5.95/$9.33).  Dr Henri Winand, Chief Executive Officer of Intelligent Energy, commented, Upp represents the start of the next generation of energy devices, a signal to the portable electronics market that customers are ready to adopt transformative technologies.” Continue reading

integrate15 Integrate + API World 2015

[ September 28, 2015 8:00 am to September 30, 2015 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: DevNetwork
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Centre
Location: Santa Clara, USA

Registration: here

Claiming to be the largest conference 100 per cent focused on integrating technologies, with 3,000 plus attendees, is Integrate + API World 2015. Participating companies include Google, Facebook, IBM, HP, Linkedin, and over 200 more. Continue reading

tfl_payments What forms of Oyster contactless payments TfL actually supports

You need the right question to get the right answer for London transportation

It really should be called the Ministry for Disinformation, but TfL [Transport for London] has finally admitted here that it does support Apple Pay  (See ‘Apple Pay UK isn’t compatible with Oyster – yet)’ as a means for paying for your transportation on the London public transport network. The vast majority of UK citizens would understand this capability as an ability to stand-in for the long-accepted ‘Oyster’ card. But, of course, you need to utilise industry jargon and equate ‘contactless payment’ with Oyster. So the list of Oyster replacement methods includes – bPay, EE’s Cash on Tap plus Vodafone’s SmartPass applications for pay as you go where contactless is accepted. Consumers also need to know that when paying for their journeys through London, only those on rail services must touch in and out to pay the right fare. Whereas on buses and trams, consumers only have to touch in. Well, that’s going to confuse the Hell out of tourists, isn’t it? Continue reading

Smart Contactless World

[ September 15, 2015 10:00 am to September 17, 2015 5:00 pm. ] Organisers: Strategies Telecoms & Multimedia
Venue: Palais du Pharo
Location: Marseilles, France

Registration: here

This show is all about proximity services for connected Consumers. Previously the NFC World Congress), the event now covers all the contactless services: – NFC, HCE, BLE/Beacons, Cloud-based, QR Code, and LBS. Central to this 5th instance of the show, the main theme is the connected consumer and citizen. Smart Contactless World also focuses on applications and usages based on all proximity technologies. Continue reading

m2m_innovation M2M Innovation World Congress 2015

[ September 15, 2015 9:00 am to September 17, 2015 7:00 pm. ] Organisers: Strategies Telecoms & Multimedia
Venue: Palais du Pharo
Location: Marseilles, France

Registration: here

M2M [Machine-to-Machine] Innovation World invites both IT and vertical industries to show how M2M/IoT [Internet of Things] technologies transform business and create new business opportunities. This show will explore in particular M2M/IoT innovation applied to industry, utilities, connected cars, retail, smart cities, smart homes and healthcare. Continue reading

wpw_beijing Wireless Power World 2015

[ September 18, 2015; 11:00 am; ] Organisers: Demand-Led—Shanghai
Venue: Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast
Location: Shanghai, China

Register: here

The 4th annual Wireless Power World 2015 has been organized by DEMAND-LED three times with huge success. Most of the attendees regarded the opportunity as a valuable one, especially with the breakthrough of wireless charging technologies in 2015. Plus, the merger of A4WP& PMA and the rapid growth of wireless charging in EV and wearable devices, This coming event will provide a great platform for top experts from the whole industry chain. Continue reading

nadella Satya Nadella’s email announcing Nokia job losses

Workforce reductions “primarily in our phone business”

Here’s a transcript of the email sent out to Microsoft (and therefore former Nokia) employees by current CEO, Satya Nadella … “Team. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared with you our mission, strategy, structure and culture. Today [July 7th 2015], I want to discuss our plans to focus our talent and investments in areas where we have differentiation and potential for growth, as well as how we’ll partner to drive better scale and results. In all we do, we will take a long-term view and build deep technical capability that allows us to innovate in the future. With that context, I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business and share more on last week’s mapping and display advertising announcements. We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business.” Continue reading

Nancy Griffin Guest Post: The mobile screen revolution

by Harsha Mistry a blogger who sometimes works with PokerStars

Revolution may seem like a strong word to use when describing the impact that mobile screens have had on the world, but when you look at how much computing was changed, it starts to make sense. Even our idea of what constitutes a computer has been irreversibly altered and we’re moving forward in a way that few could have predicted just a few short years ago. With the new face of mobile screens and the infinite universe of apps tailored to every possible interest, we’re in a brave new era where usability, responsiveness, and mobility go hand in hand (pun intended) with computing. Let’s take a look how the touchscreen has improved the online poker playing experience. Continue reading

mpayments_summitt_logo mPayments Summit London 2015

[ June 9, 2015; 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. ] Organisers: AIME,
Venue: America Square Conference Centre, 1 America Square,
Location: London, UK

Register: here

Built on 20 years of experience in the direct operator/carrier billing space, this world-leading event showcases how mobile operator billing in its various guises now represents an ideal payment channel for interactive services, digital content and physical goods across a wide range of vertical sectors. Continue reading