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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.

A50S - cat amongst pigeons Price of Karbon A50S causes turmoil in UK Press

Brits asking why iPhone is £549 and the A50S just £26?
A50S – cat amongst pigeons
The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, (see here)  has managed to set the cat amongst the pigeons with a story about an Indian made handset – the Karbon A50S.  It compared the Indian smartphone against Apple’s finest and asks why one [...]

Opera Mediaworks divides 2.3m Brit iPhone app users into 10 groups

All the better to work out which brands they might interwork with

It’s an interesting concept – categorising smartphone (in this case only the iPhone) users via the types of apps they have installed in order to predict how they will interact with mobile ads. Well, that’s exactly what Opera Mediaworks (which claims to be the largest mobile advertising platform) decided to do. The research identified ten different mobile user profiles based on the apps they have. The research was actually conducted by The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre. Entitled ‘The App DNA Behavioural Study‘, it categorised 2.3 million British Apple iPhone users.We’re not sure how just studying iOS users helps with targeting Android users, though. Continue reading

- dyson Customer numbers & data usage up at 3UK

Three UK delivers operating profit of £123m for Q1-Q2 2014

Growth in customer numbers plus growth in data usage per customer helped Three UK [3UK] deliver operating profits of £123 million for Q1-Q2 2014. This compares to £86 million in Q1-Q2 2013 and £121 million in Q3-Q4 2013. A number of industry-leading initiatives have helped to drive these improvements in profitability including one of GoMo News‘ favourites – Three inTouch which offers VoWifi (Voice over Wi-fi) which officially launched this week [July 2014]. Plus 3UK offers new contract handset and SIM-Only plans which include unlimited free 0800 [freefone] numbers. Plus the company has attractive roaming deals, too. Continue reading

extremely ambitious goal - dowden 1st reaction to 5G promise for London by 2020

Charles Russell LLP reckons laws probably need changing

An interview given to the UK newspaper, Daily Telegraph, here by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has caused quite a stir. He appears to have promised 5G mobile data will be available for all in London by 2020. Let’s hope he didn’t mean just the City of London, which is only a square mile. Anyway, it is one hell of a pledge and could prove a major headache for his partner which appears to be the University of Surrey – which is based near GoMo Towers in Guildford. However, leading law firm Charles Russell LLP, believes that the regulatory environment will have to change for this deadline to be met. Continue reading

- kirstein Motorola Solutions hoping to shake up mobile app development

Introduces RhoMobile Suite with loads of features but @ competitive price

Transparency of pricing isn’t exactly forthcoming in the app development industry. This is something which the RhoMobile Suite v5.0 just released by Motorola Solutionsis hopefully addressing. Unconfirmed reports say that the likes of Appcelerator and Big Blue’s [IBM's] Worklight are considerably more expensive. Those suppliers who are closer in price such as Xamarin and PhoneGap don’t offer the range of features RhoMobile does, according to our mole. Such features including development capabilities like synchronisation, push, and app management. Continue reading

fantastic opportunity - quelle BlackBerry to acquire German anti-eavesdropping tech

Probably has lots to do with the USA’s spying on Chancellor Merkel

Reviving smartphone maker, BlackBerry should acquire a leading high-security voice, data encryption and anti-eavesdropping specialist, Germany’s Secusmart. Previously, the two companies have provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to a significant number of German government agencies. This includes almost all German government ministries and naturally including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nice to see the Canadians helping the Germans to defeat the USA’s spying activities, then. It also shows how CEO Chen knows how to focus on BlackBerry’s strenghts. Continue reading

It’s possible to recover SD files – revisited

GoMo News unimpressed by reader’s recommendation of Remo Recover

It’s that time of year again and yet another GoMo News reader accidentally deleted all of the photos stored on his smartphone’s SD memory card. Which was a disaster since he’d just returned from a highly enjoyable holiday [vacation] in Italy. Worse still, our reader subsequently took three new photos – which were saved onto the memory card. Luckily, we’d encountered this problem before (see ‘It is actually possible to recover deleted SD card files‘).
Subsequent to publishing that story, reader, Darrien Gordon , emailed us to recommend “the most widely used and popular tool known as Remo Recover.” We beg to differ. We found it unuseable. Good news? We eventually recovered 50 photo files for our reader. Continue reading

chant_marley Marley Chant speaker is cool alternative to festival going

If you can’t join ‘em beatbox ‘em

This weekend GoMo News should really have been in Charlton Park, England attending the WOMAD world music festival. But it just didn’t happen. Luckily the House of Marley decided to come to our rescue and cheer us up by loaning us the Chant – a Bluetooth compatible portable speaker. Let’s face it – this device looks totally cool right down from its ‘REWIND’ fabric cover to the little Ethiopian (rasta) flag label. It’s the perfect accessory for creating your own mini music festival using a smartphone/tablet and/or MP3/music player [Think iPod]. The main reason we’re giving this product a rave review is that the sound it produces is really unbelievably good for a device so small, light and portable. It also happens to be genuinely easy to use. Continue reading

GoMo kind of likes the WOMAD festival app

Improvement on previous years

We should actually be in a field in Wiltshire right now but circumstances beyond our control meant we haven’t gone to the WOMAD world music festival this year [2014]. Nonetheless we decided to review the events’ Android app anyway. Especially since our gut feeling is that the app is a lot better than previous years. Once again it has been created by App Majik and it only appeared a few days before the festival started. Our view is that apps like this should be released a few weeks in advance and it should be left to users to download the updates. Continue reading

- macmillan Pollen’s Macmillan comments on app poverty line

Possibly 98.4% of developers living on it

A recent report – based on research by Vision Mobile, entitled ‘Developer Economics Q3 2014: State of the Developer Nation‘ revealed that many app businesses currently are not sustainable. Crucially, the report found that just 1.6 per cent of developers generate most of the app store revenue. Martin Macmillan, CEO with new FinTech company Pollen, appears to have coined a new phrase for this – the “app poverty line”. Thus, in effect, as many as 98.4 per cent of mobile app developers may be living below the app poverty line. Hence Macmillan offers useful advice to developers. Talking to Pollen itself is the tip he neglected to mention. Continue reading

tstia app screenshot GoMo News gets frustrated with Channel 4 app

Trying to vote with The Winner Takes It All app

There’s good ideas for creating brilliant marketing plans and there’s the harsh reality which the implementation of an app presents to real people. GoMo News was all fired up to participate in an online music contestant voting system. Then we discovered how many hoops we had to jump through. This whole exercise in mobile marketing has been created by the British TV station, Channel 4, in conjunction with content producers Endemol ( most famous for Big Brother). The pair has produced an app which enables the UK public to vote for wannabe superstars. It’s called The Singer Takes It All (TSTIA). Instead of hours of fun, it seems to offer hours of frustration. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight Thales predicts wi-fi on planes will be universal

Not sure how French defence giant will benefit

Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of the French defence giant, Thales, is predicting that Wi-fi will soon be fitted by most commercial airlines. He to the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, said that recent advances in the technology will mean that within a couple of years broadband services would be available for all passengers on short and long-haul flights “for the price of just a few pounds [£s] per flight.” Apparently, this change the face of civilian air travel. Does he mean that satellite broadband is coming down in price? Or that the dishes can track satellites more accurately. Why not use cellular instead or as well? Continue reading

Globetrotter-battery Powered up phones requirement at airports counter-productive


What happens if we all start carrying battery packs?

The news that various British airlines – especially those flying passengers to the USA, have started to insist that travellers’ mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets, must be powered up could well prove to be counter-productive. This GoMo News hack doesn’t believe he is unusual but if an airline wanted to confiscate either my mobile phone or my laptop, then there wouldn’t be any point me getting on that plane. Both are vital tools for performing my line of work. Normally it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep both items charged. But our recent experience flying back to Britain from Barcelona suggests otherwise. We’re all for countering terrorism but you have to be pragmatic about these things. Continue reading

matt_banham Omlis acquires massive techie Banham as new CTO

Aims to be global provider of hacker free mobile payments

The arrival of Matt Banham at global mobile payments solutions provider, Omlis, has been heralded as the dawn of a new day for the business. He’s been appointed as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and really does have an impressive technical background. For example, he was instrumental in developing the world’s first operational, real-time, predictive air traffic control system. The appointment follows a number of recently announced strategic partnerships such as one in Latin America with ISN Technologies which facilitates transactions for some of Chile’s largest organisations. The UK based company claims to be a leading provider of hacker and fraud free mobile payment solutions and has the IP for its proprietary technologies to back them up. Continue reading

liberate-speakers Marley offspring get into earth friendly audio products

House of Marley offers Bluetooth compatible audio accessories

At an event entitled ‘Xmas in July’, GoMo News ran into an intriguing company in the audio field – The House of Marley. The company produces a range of mobile-friendly audio products such as in-ear headphones; on-ear headphones; over-ear headphones and portable audio systems. Given that musician-backed tech companies such as Beats Electronics have just become very trendy (see ‘Dr Dre may add fizz to Apple’s music brand‘), a company founded by Bob Marley’s off-spring looks set to be going places. Continue reading