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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.

Anything goes social network could displace Facebook

Ello, ello, ello – what do we have here?

Here at GoMo Towers, we thought that the most famous thing to come out of Burlington, Vermont [USA] was Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Now it seems that the Green Mountain State could have given birth to a Facebook-killer in the shape of the Ello social network. The social network’s motto is “Simple, beautiful and ad-free”. And it could pose a big threat to the likes of Facebook if Net surfers genuinely get fed up with feeding their personal data to the likes of Google and Facebook so that advertisers can target them more effectively. The only snag is that to get onto Ello currently is best achieved by being recommended by a friend. Bizarrely that a model which Gmail originally adopted. Continue reading

snapchat_ads Snapchat takes advertising for US based users

Warns it’s going to feel a little weird at first

Over the weekend of the 18th-19th October [2014], Snapchat decided to test the waters by accepting advertising for its users in the USA. This is what the firm said in its official blog …. “This weekend we’re placing an advertisement in ‘Recent Updates’ for Snapchatters in the USA. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this because it’s the first time we’ve been paid to put content in that space.” The move didn’t surprise some observers. according to eMarketer, mobile advertising will total $18.99 billion in the USA this year [2014], up 78 per cent from $10.67 billion in 2013. Continue reading

people go straight to mobile - kordestani Google looking strong in emerging markets

Android One is particularly key for India

When Google announced its Q3 earnings recently, the results disappointed most industry analysts. Google’s worse than expected performance has been blamed on a slow down in paid click-through revenue. However, one of the areas that Google is looking strong is their mobile strategy in emerging markets. As Google chief business officer, Omid Kordestani, commented, “Emerging markets are fundamentally different from developed. In countries like Indonesia [currently BlackBerry's stronghold - Ed.], people go straight to mobile. That’s why you see us launch things like Android One.” Here Marco Veremis, Upstream’s CEO, comments on the earnings what Google is doing right in their approach to emerging markets – especially in India. Continue reading

GoMo desperately seeks alternative live F1 audio feed

BBC blatantly ignores the first B in its acronym

The BBC is absolutely accustomed to receiving accusations of bias. But GoMo News thinks it might be perpetuating a first – criticising the media company for a lack of positive discrimination towards British athletes. Yes, we can safely say that the BBC’s Formula One [F1] commentary for the first ever Russian Grand Prix (October 12th 2014) barely made any mention of Jenson Button and was forced to make the occasional observation about fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton mainly because Lewis (who drives for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team) led the race from start to finish and eventually won it. Consequently, here at GoMo News we are urgently seeking a source of live coverage for the next F1 race (in English) which is broadcast for free on the Net. We’ll listen via mobile whilst images are displayed using old-fashioned broadcast TV media. Continue reading

jimmy_wales Wiki man goes global with non-GSM network

So your handset won’t roam onto TPO when visiting the USA

“Everything I have done is global, so we should be thinking global from Day One,” Jimmy Wales told the Sunday Telegraph. The man who is credited with starting Wikipedia was talking about his involvement with The People’s Operator (TPO)- a UK MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] which has a USP of giving 10 per cent of its revenues to charity. He’s decided to help the fledgling company break into the crucial USA market. However, he’s decided to do so through US operator – Sprint. GoMo News chuckled when we learnt this because Sprint uses cdmaOne technology so Brits travelling abroad won’t be able to roam onto the US equivalent of TPO. The vats majority of the world’s cellular networks use GSM technology. If Mr Wales had just looked on Wikipedia he’d have found GSM has at least a 90 per cent share of the cellular market. Let’s hope Mr Wales has more luck in picking charities to support TPO USA than the UK version did. Continue reading

csr circuit board CSR could still be hopeful of bid from Apple

Extends deadline for a bid from Microchip Technology

CSR has extended the deadline for any further bid from US-based Microchip Technology to October 15th [2014] “to enable the parties to conclude their ongoing discussions” the company said in a statement. As GoMo News previously reported here, CSR rejected Microchip’s initial approach as too low. NSB’s analysts have suggested the value of the CSR could be as high as $2.7 billion. We still believe that Apple might come forward with its own bid because CSR’s chips form a critical part of certain of its products. Continue reading

caudwell - completely shocked Phones 4U High Street presence is carved up

EE and Vodafone move in on prized UK retail outlets

It was almost inevitable. When the UK’s second largest mobile phone retailing chain, Phones 4u, went into administration on September 15th [2014], it was obvious who would step in. And two of the UK’s main mobile network operators [MNOs] – EE and Vodafone have done just that. Vodafone agreed to purchase of 140 Phones 4u stores ( saving 887 jobs) last Friday [September 19th 2014]. And today EE – which trigger the administration by refusing to renew its contact with Phones 4U, has agreed to purchase 58 stores, safeguarding 359 jobs. This outcome follows the fact that Phones 4u’s arch rival, Dixons Carphone, had announced that it was purchasing 160 outlets and agreeing to take on 800 staff from existing stores operating inside the former Dixons stores. Continue reading

Amazon introduces Kindle with free 3G

Should be OK as long as no-one hacks it for tethering

Amongst all of the hype surrounding the launch of new mobile devices today [September 19th 2014] from Amazon comes one model which is bundled with free 3G. That’s right. Free 3G. The device in question is the Kindle Voyager. Now it is going to take some time for us to trawl through the small print on this offer but in the meantime Amazon is promising free cellular coverage in over 100 countries and territories. It’s a great idea as long as hackers don’t find of way of enabling other devices to share the free 3G link. Continue reading

dave_evans GoMo mourns loss of our journalist – Dave Evans

Far more than just a good financial news hound

It’s with great sadness that the team here at GoMo News has to announce the loss of our financial correspondent – Dave Evans. He finally lost a long battle with cancer on Saturday 13th September [2014]. For this publication, Dave has served us as a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His current focus was on share price trends within the mobile/cellular sector. However, Dave was far more than just a good financial news hound. he was a skilled writer and displayed an excellent sense of humour as witnessed by the first story Dave wrote for us ‘What The Butler Saw‘. Dave’s keen eye for a story and speed of copy delivery will be sorely missed here at GoMo News. Continue reading

Biggest winner from the latest Apple hype is NFC

And consequently the NFC Bootcamp in New York, New York winds too

Here at GoMo Towers we’re not quite sure why Apple held out against NFC [Near Field Communication] for so long but its decision to include the technology inside the iPhone 6 will have plenty of beneficiaries. We looked around for the most obvious winner from Apple Pay and decided it must be the guys behind the NFC Bootcamp to be held in New York, New York [USA]. The NFC Bootcamp covers the latest technology, innovations and trends affecting both businesses and consumers including Apple Pay. And the best bit is that it is only a week away. Continue reading

Watch out for NFC in Apple’s product announcements

Finally to do a U-turn about a technology it didn’t invent

Until today, Cupertino-based Apple has been pretty vocal in its dismissal of NFC [Near Field Communication] as a key technology in the mobile space. GoMo News has always maintained that Apple was instead keen on pumping up its AirDrop (Wi-fi based) technology instead. Comments by Apple’s Phil Schiller have always been taken to mean that the company has on intention of incorporating it. But the rumour mill insists NFC will be inside the iPhone 6 and maybe even an iWatch. According to Ovum, Apple might complete a full U-turn and make the NFC sector its own! Continue reading

lines' idezawa will be key speaker Multi-platform event – Apps World moves London venue

Relocates from Earls Court to ExCel for 2014

In its fifth year, Apps World Europe is changing venues from London’s Earls Court exhibition centre to the high tech ExCel venue in the UK capital’s trendy Docksland area. Regular GoMo News readers will recall how one of the first apps shows in Britain – Symbian World used to be held in ExCel. By contrast, of course, Apps World prides itself in being the leading global multi-platform event in the mobile industry with annual shows held in San Francisco as well as London. Next year [2015] will see the first Apps World Germany to be held in Berlin, too. Continue reading

Skyep+pchome GoMo forced to watch YouTube to get Skype help

Our Skype account gets tagged to a Taiwanese web site

Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve been facing absolute chaos with our Skype account. It got ‘tagged’ to PC Home which is Skype’s partner in Taiwan or China. We’re not quite sure how it happened but escaping the mess has proved unbelievably complex and impossible to date. Despite the fact that Skype (now owned by Microsoft) is a voice call supplier, you can’t actually speak to an agent. We decided that the answer was to use Skype’s Live Chat Support service. In order to access Live Chat we first had to watch an independently produced help video on YouTube (see below). Continue reading

sign our petition - see below GoMo calls for WhatsApp to offer N73 client

Or maybe Nokia India will help out

Although the smartphone was discontinued on 25th April 2006, Nokia’s N73 still proves hugely popular amongst Indian consumers. However, these N73 users continue to be frustrated because this particular device is incapable of running the leading IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp. Consequently GoMo News is constantly bombarded with requests for information on this subject. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a special Nokia N73 & WhatsApp Help Page forthose seeking to load this app. The bad news is that you can’t run WhatsApp on the Nokia N73 at present. Presently, there’s a new twist readers are currently begging GoMo News to create a WhatsApp client that will run on the N73. Hence, we’re appealing to WhatsApp to modify their code so it can run on this classic Nokia handset. Continue reading

video ads to increase dramatically - yong Citrix’ latest report show mobile video’s importance

Those meerkat people 1st in UK with Facebook video ads

In its bi-annual analysis of mobile usage and experience worldwide, the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report shows a significant increase in the use of mobile video over 2013. This applies to advertising as well as entertainment, which is trending towards video ads away from banner ads, indicative of the power of video ads to engage an audience. For example, comparethemarket.com [not comparethemeerkat.com – Ed.] became the first UK brand to run Facebook Premium Video ads. Additionally, Twitter has introduced promoted video, and Instagram launched video ads. The latest report also finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks. Continue reading