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ios9_logo iOS9 bricking 1000s of iPhone 6 handsets

Practice is probably a restraint of trade in EU

In what could turn out to be a massive PR disaster for Apple, thousands of iPhone 6 owners have managed to ‘brick’ [render useless] their handsets by opting to installing the latest iOS 9 upgrade. The problem seems to affect those who have had their handset repaired by independent specialists – rather than taking it back to an official Apple retail store. The bricking problem has been labelled the “error 53″ bug and Apple is fully aware of it. Unfortunately, if it is deliberate, then in the EU the practice is probably illegal in EU as a restraint of trade. If not, them the automotive companies could have a field day. Continue reading

Huawei_logo Old guard handset makers shrinking fast

Even Apple isn’t immune says Juniper Research

It seems that the old guard manufacturers of smartphones – such as Microsoft (aka Nokia)’ BlackBerry (RIM); Sony (Sony Ericsson); and HTC are seeing their handset shipments shrinking fast. The beneficiaries are mainly Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. But, according to market watchers – Juniper Research, even Apple isn’t immune to this trend. Apple posted its slowest ever YoY [Year on Year]  iPhone growth – reporting a 0.4 per cent YoY growth in iPhone shipments for Q4 2015. Apple did make record profits, though. Oh. And the USA is partly responsible for the slow down. Continue reading

Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

itunes presents the major obstacle MNOs must unite to confront iPhone migration issues

The real obstacle is protected iTunes music

The Sunday Telegraph reports here that MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] are trying to put pressure on Apple to make it easier to switch from an iPhone to an Android based handset from the likes of Samsung. The motivation is clear. iPhone users are by default high spending individuals. However, few Apple Fanbois ever defect from the iPhone to highly priced rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy range. The knub of the problem, MNOs believe, is that it is very difficult to transfer personal data from an iPhone to an Android alternative. Most of the data can be transferred  but the real killer is trying to migrate DRM protected iTunes music from an iPhone to something else. But this is an issue on which MNOs need to present a united front. Continue reading

apple_pay2 HSBC knows something about Apple Pay we don’t

Why was iPay specifically mentioned in lost card report?

A very curious thing happened when we here at GoMo Towers reluctantly reported a debit card from the UK’s HSBC bank as either lost or stolen. When we did eventually manage to speak to an HSBC call centre agent, one of the questions we asked took us by surprise. She needed to know whether the debit card in question had actually been registered with Apple’s Apple Pay online payment system. Why did this particular service spark HSBC’s interest? Is there a potential flaw in the system whereby HSBC customers who lose their debit cards are more open to potential fraud than others using similar services? It would be nice to know. Continue reading

strand on IoT  & mobile payments Strand Consult’s 2016 predictions match our thinking

Especially when it comes to Nokia, the IoT and mobile payments

Although his company is Danish, it seems that John Strand’s Strand Consult appears to think on almost exactly the same lines as we do here in the UK at GoMo Towers. So it was by a stroke of luck that we managed to rescue the Stand Consult predictions for 2016 from our spam filter. Here are the three predictions which stand out for us … “2016 will be an especially bad year for Microsoft [read Nokia].” Another is that the “Internet of Things reality will arrive but prove to be no goldmine for mobile network operators [MNOs].” And finally, “Mobile payment is here – Visa and Mastercard are the killer apps.” Continue reading

hosseini - even if it is apple, he couldn't say Oxford Don may hold key to wearables market

He’s invented screens requiring almost zero power – eatyourheartout Apple
hosseini – even if it is apple, he couldn't say
It appears that an Oxford [England] based academic – Dr Peiman Hosseini, may have come up with the solution to the heavy power consumption of high profile wearable devices. [Mentioning no names - apple. Ed] What Hosseini [...]

fisker's photo is in the post Don’t panic over iOS 9 hack, Mr Mainwearing

No major worries says MWR InfoSecurity

As part of its Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty programme, Zerodium has offered up to $3 million for anyone who could prove they’ve been able to penetrate the defences of Apple’s latest mobile OS – iOS9. Without revealing the details (yet), Zerodium revealed in a tweet that it had received a successful entry – reputedly winning a $1 million reward from Zerodium. Zero Day hacks are, of course, vulnerabilities which haven’t been made widely publicised and are, of course, very lucrative for the discoverer. However, David Chismon – senior researcher with MWR InfoSecurity believes this isn’t cause for widespread panic amongst Apple fanbois. Continue reading

Malwarebytes reacts to Cinese iTunes attack

Bit worrying that XcodeGhost is almost undetectable

In the wake of the news here that Chinese hackers had managed to infiltrate mainstream apps posted on the official Apple iTunes App Store, Thomas Reed, director of Mac offerings with software security experts, Malwarebytes, has shared his reactions to the XcodeGhost outbreak. According to Reed, the attach is “the largest app store breach in history and anyone using iOS or OS X could potentially be affected.” He also gives some insights into why Apple has so far provided little guidance on how consumers could spot if they are running an affected app. Reed says it appears to be a form of dynamic library hijacking, where apps dynamically load libraries of code that they look for in one of multiple locations. “It’s hard for any user to be on guard against this kind of malware. Especially on iOS, where security features in the system make anti-malware software impossible,” Reed added. Continue reading

the real thing Fake Xcode wreaks havoc with apps on iTunes

China based attack even affects TenCent’s WeChat

It seems that malware dubbed XcodeGhost has been found embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps on Apple’s iTunes App Store. No reason for most iOs users to panic because the affected apps all seem to be those aimed at the Chinese market. It seems that the malware got passed Apple’s software checkers because it was introduced by a bogus copy of Xcode – the software required by all those wishing to develop iOS apps. Worryingly, however, it is app developers who are being targeted in this attack. The official line is that it was quicker to download the bogus Xcode from Chinese servers rather than Apple’s own. However, GoMo News would speculate that since the licence fee for Xcode is so high, developers were drawn to the fake version because it was free. Continue reading

iD will be offering the iPhone 6s in the UK

Check which MNOs will be offering Apple’s latest smartphones

Here at GoMo Towers, we noticed an announcement from leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, that it will be offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the UK with LTE-A (4G+) support as well as Wi-fi calling. EE will offer the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, beginning on 25th September [2015]. Customers can pre-order the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from Saturday 12th September [2015] onwards from here. This announcement aroused our  curiosity as to which other UK MNOs and MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] will be offering Apple’s latest and best. The answer is to visit this particular question , or by visiting a page on Apple’s web site here which revealed that in addition to the obvious players – 3UK, Vodafone, and O2 (including Giff-gaff) and EE, of course, both BT and iD will be supporting these latest handsets. This is impressive since iD is a relative new player in the UK market (see here) and is a mechanism for Carphone to tie in even more consumers.
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- lawson-stratham Apple is working with Brits on iPhone fuel cell

Could have major implications for markets like India

Rumours have emerged recently that Apple is working with a British technology company has developed a  hydrogen fuel cell that is small enough to be factory fitted inside one of its smartphones. The company is Intelligent Energy and in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph here, Intelligent Energy’s CFO, Dr Mark Lawson-Stratham, mentioned working with a partner. He said while the tech is still a couple of years away from being ready for the general public, “But it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?” Naturally, with Apple be notoriously harsh to suppliers who leak information, the company refused to confirm that the smartphone manufacturer was Apple. However, Intelligent Energy has strong links with Apple which already sells its Upp fuel cell charger in its stores. The technology has, of course, major benefits for emerging markets such as India, where traditional mains electricity supplies can prove difficult to find. A whole new market for reusable cartridge could open up for retailers, too. Continue reading

it's working and ready to go - winand Upp available at Apple Stores across the UK

Live life unplugged with a portable hydrogen fuel cell

Press release

November 19th 2014. Intelligent Energy Holdings (LSE: IEH), the energy technology group, has announced the UK retail launch of Upp- the portable power solution driven by a hydrogen fuel cell to power up USB-compatible devices. Upp is made available at Apple Stores across the UK and can also be ordered from the Upp website here. The starter pack, consisting of an Upp fuel cell and Upp Cartridge, has a recommended retail price [RRP] of £149/$157. Once the reusable cartridge is empty, the customer simply exchanges it for a replacement cartridge at an authorised Cartridge Exchange point (RRP of £5.95/$9.33).  Dr Henri Winand, Chief Executive Officer of Intelligent Energy, commented, Upp represents the start of the next generation of energy devices, a signal to the portable electronics market that customers are ready to adopt transformative technologies.” Continue reading

Pay_hsbc Apple Pay UK isn’t compatible with Oyster – yet

Contactless payment system has more holes than a sieve

Congratulations to Apple for finally launching its contactless payment system in the UK today [July 14th 2015] as we predicted here. Sadly, as a contactless payment system, Apple Pay has more holes than a sieve. For starters, there appear to be more “coming soon” financial institutions, than those which actually matter. The list of eventual supporters includes Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank and TSB. What’s weird is that HSBC – which was amongst the participants to accidentally reveal the July 14th launch, isn’t included. Instead there are only American Express, MBNA, Santander, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank in the financial sector. Embarrassing since HSBC is included on the official Apple Pay we page’s screen shots. Worse still, there’s no mention of the anticipated support for Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Oyster payment system. Continue reading

applepay Leaked Waitrose memo points at July 14th for Apple Pay UK

Brits might prove more enthusiastic than their American cousins

It’s hard to think of an offering from the Cupertino based mobile device maker that will prove more popular in the UK than in the USA. However, that well prove to be the case with Apple’s contactless m-commerce solution – Apple Pay. A leaked  memo from major UK supermarket group, Waitrose,  points at July 14th  [2015] for Apple Pay to go live in the UK. Thanks largely to systems such as the Oyster [Metro travel payment] card in the UK, British citizens have grown accustomed to contactless payments. Another irony is that McDonald’s (the US burger chain) has also been a major force in popularising contactless payments in Britain. Hence, Apple Pay could well prove to be nore popular on this side of the Atlantic. Continue reading