Author Archives: Tony Dennis

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

Aeromobile_inflight Almost one year on for missing Malaysian flight MH370

More pointers that mobile phone calls could hold the key

We are fast approaching the first anniversary [March 8th 2014] of the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. It seems that a new theory is beginning to take hold which is completely contrary to the view advocated by GoMo News in – ‘Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked.’ As reader Yuval has put it – “The phone calls issue holds the truth.” However, Yuval believes the opposite to us – namely that there was no cellular activity amongst the crew/passengers after entering Gate C1. He argues that the two Iranian passengers “were hard at work on their devices’ keypads as controling something. Maybe disturbing communications.” In complete contrast, we think that efforts were made to make calls from the stricken flight. Continue reading

- clemmer Apple’s NFC supplier NXP to merge with Freescale

Ex-Philips firm to combine with ex-Motorola one

Probably best known in the mobile industry as the provider of NFC chips for Apple’s first Near Field Communication handset – the iPhone 6, NXP Semiconductors is set to merge with another chip specialist. The target is Freescale which is a former division of former mobile giant – Motorola. NXP itself was once part of the Dutch Philips Group. The driver behind this particular move? GoMo News thinks it is almost certainly related to the growing buzz around the Internet of Things [IoT] – formerly known as M2M [Machine-to-Machine] communications. NXP’s merger with Freescale creates a group which has a market capitalisation of roughly $40 billion. Continue reading

evil_goat Punch Through Design offers Bluetooth controlled evil eyes

Never mind evil monkey, check this goat out

The guys at Punch Through Design (PTD) obviously must have been seriously out of it to have devised a way of using their technology as off-the-wall as the Fluffy Murder Mystery video. Basically this features a toy goat fitted with evil eyes which can be controlled via a simple iPhone [iOS] app. The hook is that the Chinese New Year [last Thursday, February 19th 2015] celebrates the Year of the Goat. So what did the guys at PTD do? Well, they used a low cost LightBlue Bean microprocessor, and two common LEDs plus several resistors to create a toy goat with LED eyes that are controlled via Bluetooth and iOS. How bizarre. Continue reading

GSMA cuts back on hacks attending MWC 2015

Is this wise Captain Mainwearing?

News has reached us here @ GoMo Towers that a number of former hacks have been turned down for Press accreditation at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The reason seems to be that writing isn’t their ‘prime activity’. Which seems fare enough given that everybody else has to pay – even if they have their own blog. However, this sets a dangerous precedent for both journalists and exhibitors alike. It seems that the show’s organisers – the GSMA are overlooking a prime rule for publicity. There’s no such thing as Bad Press. The worst thing that can happen is if no-one writes anything about a particular event. This kind of behaviour has happened before, of course. Continue reading

moms primary target - bager Mobile is crucial for brands targeting young mums says IAB

Only 5% of Millennial Mums in China have no smartphone

Brands should definitely be concentrating on mobile as the prime channel to reach the so-called ‘Millennial Mums’ according to a new report produced by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and BabyCenter. Not only is the reported time spent by these feamles on mobile exceeding or approaching parity with TV, but they are incredibly likely to switch brands. The report is entitled ‘2015 State of Modern Motherhood: Mobile and Media in the Lives of Moms‘ and it looks at young mothers aged 18 to 32 in the USA, Brazil, Canada, China and the UK. According to the report, motherhood triggers new priorities when it comes to purchase decisions, sparking a substantial brand shift moment in a wide range of categories. Continue reading

strong leadership rang out loud & clear - duffy UK telecoms firms say strong leadership essential

Also set to grow 4x faster than UK’s GDP says Barclays

In terms of what was likely to be important for sustaining or accelerating growth over the next twelve months, telecoms businesses placed particular emphasis on marketing and advertising, in addition to the strong leadership that has helped them achieve success to date. That’s according to the Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team’s Fast Growth Tech survey which was carried out by Illuminas. It surveyed the owners, founders and CEOs of 501 growing UK technology businesses with turnovers of £3million – £50 million, of which 81 per cent operate in the telecoms industry. It also showed that on average, telecoms businesses predicted that they will grow by 11 per cent over the course of the year. That’s over four times faster than the UK’s GDP forecast for 20151 (2.6 per cent). Continue reading

Driverless cabs need mini cabbies’ input says Kabbee

Ah, but do Google & Google go south of the river?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article here the scourge of the London black cab [taxi] community, Uber is now following in Google’s steps and looking at driverless cabs technology. Which is all well and good, but rival taxi hailing app provider – Kabbee is miffed that neither the search giant – Google, or the extremely well funded taxi app provider Uber bothered to attend its recent driverless cars roundtable it held last autumn [2014]. According to Justin Peters, CEO of Kabbee, “We were surprised when both companies [ Uber & Google] failed to send a representative to the roundtable, seeing as it@s such an important subject for them.” Continue reading

Sex chat provider cons customer data out of Vodafone

TeleBilling tries to charge GoMo Towers

Here at GoMo Towers, we were extremely puzzled when a bill from sex chat content provider, TeleBilling, arrived on our doormat. The company was attempting to recover the princely sum of £35 from us for six texts sent from a prepaid Vodafone [UK] account. There are numerous things wrong with such a demand but it does raise some horrendous questions concerning how personal data being held by Vodafone managed to find its way into the hands of a dubious content provider. The most important question that needs to be addressed is how exactly did TeleBilling link the mobile phone SIM card in question to our name and address? Continue reading

3 has expanded by acquisition- delaney Now ST predicts Sky will become O2 MVNO

There’s no doubt that UK players are taking fourplay seriously

Having successfully predicted that Hutchison would announce a bid for the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operators] O2 as we reported in ‘More hints 3UK might take over O2‘, the Sunday Times newspaper is predicting another Brit tie-up. This time it is a potential MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] deal between BSkyB (which runs Sky) and O2. Rather than with Vodafone.  Which seems a little strange as Sky and Vodafone UK are pretty close. Meanwhile there has been somewhat mixed reaction to the potential 3UK and O2 tie-up amongst analysts such as Juniper Research, IDC and uSwitch which Whampoa finally confirmed here. Continue reading

You’re too late to buy a Google Glass

Google’s AR flagship device too expensive

The news has sneaked out that Google has decided to kill off its flagship AR [Augmented Reality] device (which are spectacles)  in the shape of Glass. GoMo News attempted to purchase what will inevitably become a collector’s item – much like Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5, before the deadline but we were obviously too late. You’re still invited to join the Google Glass Explorer programme here but there was no attempt to extract our credit card details. The Google spin doctors are attempting to paint this defeat in a positive light but it does help to  explain why Apple’s iWatch has yet to appear. The ‘wearables’ market is proving a very difficult nut to crack. Continue reading

consolidation a top priority -fok More hints 3UK might take over O2

Everyone likes UK MNO consolidation

A common reason often given for the USA having overtaken the UK in terms of 4G availability is that there were too many MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] for a country as small as Britain to support. Hence, GoMo News believes that the powers-that-be will relish the thought of another merger between two MNOs in Blighty. Canning Fok, who is md with Hutchison Whampoa which is behind 3UK (Three) almost certainly thinks the same thing. Which is why a £8-9 billion bid for O2 as rumoured yesterday [January 18th 2015] in the Sunday Times would almost certainly get the go-ahead. Shame for the analysts that such a move doesn’t include a ‘fourplay’ element, then. Continue reading

supplying mobile users with aprevention - murphy Brit invents waterproof coating for phones

We seek handset to test out Splash on

Here at GoMo Towers we have just been contacted by our old friends, Reviveaphone. Regular readers will remember this company as the creator of product which fixes phones with water damage – as recommended by us here. The company’s 21 year old founder, Oliver Murphy, has secured investment on the British hit TV show, Dragons Den, for his newest invention called Splash. What it does i to provide a nano coating for smartphones which provides a water resistant shield. Murphy claims that this prevents damage to phones when they come into contact with liquids.All we’ve got to do now is decide which handset to test Splash on. Continue reading

Samsung’s handset division loses its shine

Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though

Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading

can prove very costly - boyd Moonpig temporarily halts mobile app purchasing

Security flaw revealed by developer Paul Price

The news broke today [January 6th 2015] that an API flaw with Moonpig’s mobile apps (Android & iOS) has exposed details of 3.6 million customers. The revelation came from developer, Paul Price, who claims to have notified the popular online supplier of personalised greetings card as long ago as August 2013. In response, the company has temporarily suspended purchasing from mobile apps whilst it investigates the allegations. However, Chris Boyd,a malware intelligence analyst with Malwarebytes has told GoMo News that he thinks Moonpig has been too tardy with acting on the provided intelligence. Continue reading

3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list

Spain and New Zealand now on the list

Showing how seriously Three [3UK] – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] is treating the challenge presented by network roaming,  it has just added to two destinations where  UK travellers are set to enjoy ‘free’ calls. Spain and New Zealand have been added to the list from April 1st 2015. (Sadly that’s after this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) takes place in Barcelona).  Three is also giving its UK customers a helping hand by teaming up with Expedia.co.uk to offer 12 per cent  off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app. Continue reading