Category Archives: Apple
Suzhou subsidiary starts offering iPhones
China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with around 750 million subscribers, looks to have finally agreed terms with Apple to sell its devices after adverts for iPhones appeared on a subsidiary’s website. The site went live late last night [2nd December 2013] offering the IPhone 5s and 5c for availability in Suzhou, a city of five million just west of Shanghai. It’s thought China Mobile chose Suzhou not only because of its relatively wealthy citizens more able to afford iPhones, but also as a place where it could iron out the wrinkles in 4G delivery. Until now part of the problem has been China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA protocol, used solely by the carrier and which the iPhone doesn’t support. Continue reading
GoMo News answers reader’s question on Apple’s file format
As we get closer to Xmas, Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve always noticed an increased interest amongst readers in music. And in particular audio formats. Hence, we published ‘The best audio file format for your smartphone’ back in 2011. The feature was written by myself – Mac MacLaren – in my capacity as head honcho of the UK’s leading live music listing site, Lemonrock. In the article, I recommended ALAC as my favourite audio format. This prompted one reader to ask us, “Can android smartphones read ALAC?”. The short answer is YES! Continue reading
Yer 5c is just for plebs, mate
Apple’s more expensive iPhone 5s outsold the company’s 5C model by three to one in the UK, latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech suggest. But although there appears to be a British consumer preference for the pricier handset, Apple is still losing market share. In the three months to October 2013, smartphones running Apple’s operating system slipped from 32.7 per cent in 2012 to 28.7 per cent now. In the USA, says Kantar, the decline is even more marked – down from 47.2 per cent to 40.8 per cent during the same period. Continue reading
Announces a major deal with Reliance Telecom
With the increasing penetration of the Internet in India, consumers are sticking close to current technology – especially the younger generation. This has led to increasing interest amongst consumers in high-end smartphones like Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. Hot on the heels of this opportunity, Apple intends to further increase the sales of its iPhones in India, which is expected to become the world’s biggest consumer electronics market in the next decade. As we earlier reported, Apple is already paying real attention towards Indian and Chinese markets for further growth in its iPhone sales. Now it has done its first ever deal with an Indian MNO [Mobile Network operator]. Continue reading
Sunday Times’ Tony Smith recommends app & iCloud
An answer supplied by our good old mate Tony Smith in the Sunday Times today [November 17th 2013] for its technology workshop feature (Don’t Panic) was so useful we couldn’t possibly not mention it to GoMo News readers. Somebody with the initials PT (from just down the road from us in Worcester Park, UK) had done what we all fear. Deleted some precious photos on an iOS device. In PT’s case it was an Apple iPad tablet but the answer could so easily apply to iPhone, too. Smith mentions an application called iPad/iPod/iPhone Data Recovery from iStonsoft. However, it’s really worth reading Tony’s complete answer online but you’ll have to subscribe to there service first. Go here and pick an option. Continue reading
This time it is profits from Italy going through Eire
iPhone maker, Apple, is accused of hiding its profits once again. This time it is in Italy sources told Reuters here that the US based company has allegedly been hiding €1 billion from the local tax authority. The Italian subsidiary of Apple booked some of its profit through Irish-based subsidiary Apple Sales International (ASI), thus lowering its taxable income in Italy, it is claimed. However, Apple basically denies that it has done anything legally incorrect. In a statement the company said, “Apple pays every dollar and euro it owes in taxes and we are continuously audited by governments around the world.” Continue reading
by Martin Hayward, director of marketing, Mirror Image
Back in September , Apple fans rushed to get their hands on the new iPhone 5s and 5c. The availability of these new Apple smartphones and the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Curve should give mobile advertisers and mobile app developers reason enough to pause. After all, the introduction of new devices can create new challenges concerning how brands work with mobile ads. Brands may need to rework their content and ad delivery strategies to ensure they are compatible with, and fully exploit, the new device features and capabilities. Continue reading
Why aren’t we in the least bit surprised?
A study released by mobile wallet company, CloudZync http://www.cloudzync.me has reveals that half of Apple smartphone users have access to loyalty schemes on their mobile, compared to one in three Android users. On average, consumers with smartphones (of any manufacture) can access eight loyalty schemes through their devices. Additionally, three in four smartphone-owning Brits (74 per cent) now aware of mobile wallet solutions. However, Apple fans are most loyal shoppers with one in two Apple iOS users have access to loyalty schemes through their mobiles. Continue reading
It’s all down to co-processing & iBeacons, apparently
GoMo News has just been chatting with Magic Software UK’s David Akka who has put forward a very convincing case for the fact that Apple has started to build a unique ecosystem with the introduction of the iPhone 5s. The ecosystem is firmly proximity based. And it will bring in revenue streams from mobile advertising and vouchers which will leave the rest of the handset players floundering in its wake, he reckons. We were pretty much convinced by Akka’s arguments and are prepared to believe that Apple has, for once, got mobile advertisers right. We’re so sure that it heralds the demise of NFC, though. Continue reading
Shares slump as earnings disappoint
Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs has warned that demand for hi-end smartphones is maturing, weighing on its earnings next year and eating into market growth generally. The US based chip giant released its latest quarterly earnings last night [6th November 2013] in which it confirmed profits had fallen short of Wall Street expectations. But Jacobs claimed that this was more down to an unexpected legal award against the company, otherwise both revenues and earnings would both have comfortably beat expectations for the period. As it was, revenues for the three months to September 2013 rose by 33 per cent to $6.48 billion, compared with expectations of $6.24 billion. Continue reading
Deadline to decide on Prem Watsa’s offer just a few days’ away
The takeover battle for troubled Canadian smartphone pioneer, BlackBerry, has taken yet another twist, with news that social networking site Facebook could now be in the bidding. There are just two working days to go before BlackBerry’s board is meant to decide on the original $4.7 billion offer from former director Prem Watsa, though he has yet to name who else is in his consortium. Other rumoured suitors include Samsung, Google and Chinese giant Lenovo. Co-founder Mike Lazaridis and even former Apple CEO John Sculley have been mentioned. But with next Monday’s deadline [4th November 2013] fast looming, and at which point the BlackBerry board will need to decide on if to take Watsa’s $9 a share offer, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting a possible last-minute bid by Facebook. Continue reading
Survey finds tech-mad men are even more obsessed than we thought
A shock survey by money saving website, NetVoucherCodes.co.uk, has found that over 5 per cent (one in twenty) of tech mad men would rather have a broken heart instead of a broken iPad. Apple’s fanbois are even more obsessed than we had thought, GoMo News concludes. This new survey asked 480 men if they would sacrifice a relationship to save their favourite gadgets. A heartless five per cent said they would rather be without love than without their smartphone. This was followed by four per cent who would ditch their partner to save their laptop. Continue reading
But profits for Q4 reveal historic decline
Apple was standing on the cusp with investors last night [28th October 2013] after hinting that earnings could start growing again as iPhone sales gain traction. Although the company recorded its first fall in profits since 2001, with Q4 profits at $7.5 billion compared to $8.2 billion last year , CEO Tim Cook insisted Apple was “stronger than ever” and would consider returning more cash to shareholders by the beginning of 2014. Analysts had feared that the cheaper iPhone 5C model would perform poorly, but overall sales of iPhones came in at $33.8 million in the quarter, up 26 per cent on the year.
Stock in the Cupertino giant initially fell four per cent in after-hours trading but then recovered to gain as much as one per cent, as Apple explained that margins would be closer to 38.5 per cent if not for the deferred revenues from its software giveaway.
Apple shares are still trading below their record high of $702 but have risen by about a fifth a 20 in the past three months. Last night they closed at $529, up less than 1 per cent on the day. Continue reading
Vodafone UK promotes Apples & Kindles but not Nokias
Perhaps we are reading too much into this but Vodafone moved very quickly to announce that it will offer Apple’s two new tablets – the iPad Air with Wi-fi + Cellular in the UK on 1st November  and the iPad mini with Retina display later that month [November 2013]. This follows pretty closely on the news that it had reached an exclusive partnership with Amazon over the Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet. Vodafone will provide the connectivity for the new Amazon tablets to give Kindle users ultrafast access to millions of books, movies, music tracks, apps. All via Vodafone’s 3G and 4G networks. The company also confirmed to GoMo News that the two new Apple devices are compatible with its own flavour of 4G. But what about Nokia? Continue reading
Subsidised handsets in the UK could soon be a thing of the past following a decision by regulator Ofcom allowing phone users to ditch their “fixed price” contracts if there is a price hike.
Until now customers on contracts involving monthly billing could only cancel if price rises caused “material detriment,” a legally untested term, otherwise they were invariably obliged to continue paying until the deal ends or face an exit penalty.
But, after nearly a year of deliberations, Ofcom has ruled the practice is unfair to consumers and that in future “fixed” should mean exactly that – and, if it doesn’t, customers should be free to take on a contract elsewhere. Continue reading