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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.

Watch once again expected to impact mobile payments

Industry comment from Powa’s Wagner

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s global launch on Friday April 25th [2015], another industry observer has sent GoMo News his comments on how the Apple Watch will make waves in mobile payment. (See ‘Watch to increase Apple Pay’s popularity‘). E-commerce and mobile expert Dan Wagner, CEO of Powa Technologies, believes that The launch of  the Apple Watch marks the first time consumers will have access to a product that combines two of the fastest growing technologies in recent years: – wearable technology and mobile payments. Another noted analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has estimated that pre-order numbers are around 2.3 million units with Apple expected to ship between 15 and 20 million Apple Watches in 2015. Continue reading

Apple Watch to cause havoc for traffic cops

The laws saying nothing about tapping your wrist

When the Apple Watch finally hits the streets, there’s a grave danger that it could cause havoc for traffic cops. Currently the situation is pretty straightforward. In countries where the use of mobile handsets (particularly holding it to your ear) is banned, the Watch might prove to be an excellent way of getting around the rules and regulations. As GoMo News’ own experimentations with smartwatches has proved, you can phone somebody really easy by pressing a button on a smartwatch and using a couple of taps. In some circumstances, we expect this kind of behaviour to be actually more distracting (and therefore potentially dangerous) than holding a phone to your ear. To see just how easy it would be to initiate a call using a Watch, you can view some of the four new Guided Tours Apple place on the Apple Watch dedicated web site. Continue reading

schmidt - forced to unbundle apps from android? Android could be under threat from EU bureaucrats

Europe gunning for search engine giant – Google

The European Union (EU) has a history of taking on high tech giants (almost inevitably US based) and – after long and protracted battles – winning. It’s happened to the likes of Microsoft and Intel before. And now, it seems, it is the turn of Google – best known as a search engine giant. However, in the mobile world the company holds great sway thanks to its leading mobile OS – Android. Which is where the European Commission is now focusing to see if Google is breaking European anti-competitive laws. Interestingly, in his time at Novell, current Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, would have been more than happy to see the EU intervene and Novell’s arch enemy – Microsoft. So he’s well aware of the dangers. Continue reading

Medium contacts GoMo News over missing MH370 airliner

Uses Internet rather than the Ether

In a comment to our article ‘Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery’, a person calling him/herself the ’7B Messenger’ has come up with yet another theory as to why wreckage from the Malaysian flight MH370 has never been found, GoMo News received a communication from a spiritualist medium. Rather than using the Ether to pass this message on, however, 7B posted a comment instead. Given that the powers-that-be have so far failed in their attempts to locate the missing plane, going to a spiritualist seems like a viable last resort. It’s interesting in that 7B actually gives co-ordinates. Those who love satellite images may well be able to conform if there was any signs in the area given area close to the time the aircraft was actually lost. In a nutshell this medium seems to think that the Australians are searching off the wrong part of their coastline. Continue reading

Apple needs to talk to Seiko over kinetic tech

Licensing the technology could cure Watch battery problems

Over recent weeks, it has become obvious to even the hardiest Apple fanbois that when it finally arrives, the Watch will almost certainly not last anything like the 18 hours the company claims its battery will last for for general usage. The figure of 18 hours is arrived at by Apple  from tests conducted back in March [2015], where an Apple Watch was paired with an iPhone. The variety of typical uses included: – 90 time checks;90 notifications; 45 minutes of app use; and a 30-minute workout with music playback from the Watch via Bluetooth. However, it turns out that audio playback and more worryingly, fitness workouts will prove a major drain on the device’s battery. Already, of course, there have been numerous suggestions on how to make Watch recharging easier. GoMo News, however, reckons that there are some obvious  technologies which could help reduce battery drain in the first place. The most obvious one is Seiko’s Kinetic energy tech. Continue reading

firefox_promo Mozilla wakes up to mobile browsing’s power

Urges PC users to put latest Firefox on their Android devices

It seems that Mozilla – the power behind the popular Firefox browser, has finally woken up to the power of the mobile browser. This month [April 2015], the organisation decided to promote the fact that surfers can have exactly the same browser on their Android smartphone or tablet as they’ve been using for ages on the PC (desktop). (See here). Having recently upgraded Firefox on its Windows based PC, GoMo News spotted the promotion which points to version 37.0.1 of the Firefox mobile browser. It’s described as the “most customizable Android browser yet. Fast, smart and safe.” This is something which Google has been doing for ages with its rival browser, Chrome, of course. Continue reading

MNO sourced unlocking proves best option for Blackberry

What’s an MEP code anyway?

In order to take advantage of Three UK’s [3UK's] free data roaming offer, GoMo News decided to pull the plug on its existing contract with Orange (now EE). Especially as the British MNO [Mobile Network Operator] could not do a deal on a subsidised handset which we would actually want (i.e. BlackBerry or Motorola). This left us with the problem of a BlackBerry Q5 locked onto EE. It was at this juncture that we discovered the joys of MEP codes. They are the BlackBerry version of a PUC [Personal Unblocking Code] or PUK [PIN Unlock Key] code which an MNO provides to an existing customer to convert a locked handset into a SIM-free one. Continue reading

Google may be talking to Three as MVNO

Believable rumours of our time

The was a report (here)  in the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, that the British arm of Three – Three [3UK] (owned by Hutchison Whampoa) is having talks with the powers-that-be at Google HQ. The reason? Well, Three is taking pride is the fact that it is providing free roaming to its existing subscribers in 18 geographies where it has a presence of its own.  (See ‘3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list‘).  Meanwhile, Google has an announced intention to provide its users with a low cost network which would cost the same everywhere – in an attempt to shake up the US cellular market. Hence the assumption is that Google is toying with the idea of becoming a Three MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator]. Continue reading

MS-DOS_dir MS-DOS Mobile is real app but no OS

The joke could well be on the Microsoft Lumia team!

Whilst most news sites fell hook-line-and-sinker [completely] for the MS-DOS Mobile for Nokia Lumia phones announcement, GoMo News knew that it was really a joke. [See 'MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed'.] The reality is that the MS-DOS app does exist but only currently runs on Windows Phone 8 handsets. Which is why it wouldn’t download onto our own Nokia Lumia 800 Mangophone. We’ve now seen the app running on a WP8 handset and understand what the Lumia development team were doing. It’s a fake OS that appears to work. Aimed at techies old enough to remember what DOS commands like SET Blaster actually did. Continue reading

water_resist Water resistance key to wearables

Bathing with your smartwatch on essential

In advance of the impending commercial availability of both the Microsoft Band and the Apple Watch (in the UK), GoMo News has been looking at key differentiators in the fledgling wearables market. One ‘must-have’ we’ve identified is being able to wear your smartwatch in the bath or shower. Taking it off to bathe is a unwanted chore. Looking at the key players, we’ve noticed that Motorola with its Moto 360 may have a definite advantage given that the 360 has a ruggedised rating of IP67. In other words it’s as near as damn it waterproof. Seeing as Motorola is the company which gave us the Defy ‘partyproof’ handset this comes as no surprise (see here). Continue reading

talk to your smartwatch Apple Watch could face competition from Band

Will Cupertino really shift 21 million Watches in 12 months?

Recently, Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald in the USA predicted that Apple would sell some 21 million Watches in 12 months. Which seems a rather optimistic prediction given that the iWatch only works with specific Apple iPhones.  Whereas the opposition is promoting fairly hardware agnostic wearable technology. Earlier in March [2015], Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Band had been available in the UK for pre-order for £169.99 (circa $250). That figure is an guide rather than a guarantee. However, it compares to £299 ($445) for an entry level Apple Watch. Here at GoMo Towers we don’t think it is battery life that will be the Watch’s Achilles heel, we think that it will be vulnerability to water damege. Just like previous Apple offerings. Continue reading

car_wifi EE missing marketing trick with Car Wifi

Taxi drivers obvious targets for Buzzard 2

Whilst visiting our local EE retail store, GoMo News happened to spot a leaflet designed to promote the Brit MNO’s [Mobile Network Operator's] own label mobile Wi-fi hotspot device called simply the Buzzard 2 aka Car Wifi. From the text and the advert illustrations, it is clear that the Brit 4G MNO is intending to target families with this device. The typical Buzzard 2 customer would therefore be a parent who wishes to keep his/her children quiet in the back of a car. By providing a mobile Wi-fi connexion, young people can then entertain themselves on a long journey by keeping up with social media, emails and the like. However, taking up this offering is about as clear as mud to the average person. Plus it is aimed at the wrong audience. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft could have advantage in wearables

Its smartwatch works with 3 mobile OS

How the world has changed. One time developers could produce their software for just one OS – Microsoft’s Windows. And happily ignore Apple. Now the tables have turned. Everyone’s talking about the Watch – which only works with one OS – Apple’s iOS. So app developers could logically tailor their wares to just the one mobile OS. However, here at GoMo Towers, we think we’ve spotted that Microsoft has some advantages which most observers seem to have overlooked. Its  wearable offering – the Band, works not only with Windows Phone but also with iOS and Android. Plus whilst the Band is geared heavily at fitness – it is still usable as a smartphone. Check out the Band specs here. Continue reading

schmidt - forced to unbundle apps from android? Schmidt claims Google Glass isn’t dead after all

It just smells funny *

Like most industry observers, when it became apparent that Google had stopped selling its AR [Augmented Reality] spectacles – Google Glass, GoMo News took that as meaning the project was dead. (See ‘You’re too late to buy a Google Glass’). Not so, apparently. Multiple sources are now quoting an interview given to the Wall Street Journal by Google’s executive chairman – Erich Schmidt. He claimed, “We ended the Explorer [developer] programme and the Press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true.” This time, however, it’s unclear what Google means by the phrase that it is still working on Glass to “make it ready for users”. Continue reading

sure_logo Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery

The GSM MNO which covers Diego Garcia that is

Here at GoMo Towers when we were browsing the Daily Telegraph web site recently, we spotted an article written one year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Entitled ‘MH370 one year on: everything you need to know‘, naturally it was a roundup of the most popular conspiracy theories. Reading through them we were struck by how convincing the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia actually is. We’ve always said that the records kept by cellular operators could how the key to where the plane travelled after it made a u-turn. However, we’d never thought to mention Sure – the GSM mobile network operator [MNO] which runs a service that covers Diego Garcia. If the mobile phones of passengers and crew really were ringing days after the aircraft’s disappearance, the Sure network could well have been providing the connexion. Continue reading