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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

ARM_Logo_hires Funny – ARM holdings looks good to us

Maybe Bernstein hasn’t heard of the IoT, then?

Cambridge based microchip designer, ARM, has come in for a bit of stick recently. Apparently a respected market analyst, Bernstein, has decided that the bottom has dropped out of smartphones. So this news affected both ARM and iconic device maker – Apple. This is intriguing because we can bet our bottom dollar that Bernstein never realised that ARM was founded as a result of co-operation between Acorn (the UK home computer maker) and Apple. Anyway, the good news is that there are plenty of positive signs for ARM. For starters, Xiaomi – the Chinese smartphone manufacturer enjoying major success in India, is a good ARM customer. And recently, Hong King based FIH Mobile (which makes the Xiaomi smartphones) forecast that its own profit will more than double. In the meantime, ARM has show that it knows the way things are going in the mobile world and is behind wearable technology as well as the IoT [Internet of Things] which we all used to known as M2M [Machine-to-Machine] technology. Continue reading

it's early days - Doku Apple’s entry into UK mobile payments could be gamechanger

So market watcher, uSwitch.com, seems to think

“When the world’s biggest company wades into mobile payments, you know it’s going to be a game changer,” says Ernest Doku, a technology expert with uSwitch.com. “The support of some of the UK’s best known retailers, from Marks & Spencer to the Post Office, doesn’t hurt either,” he added. We all know, of course, that the introduction of Apple’s iTunes changed the face of music retailing. Now the Apple brand is being brought to bear on the whole concept of a mobile wallet, which has yet to become mainstream. What has Apple got which the opposition hasn’t? The answer appears to be a higher level of security – particularly with fingerprint recognition. Continue reading

Kaushlendra_Singh Guest Post: 5 handsets that are better than an iPhone

Especially if you are an Android lover in India

by Kaushlendra Singh, a writer with CashKaro

The world of smartphones is aconstantly developing industry which sees another device released consistently. Conspicuously, Apple’s iPhone’s enjoy a definite rivalry with other mobile suppliers such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and HTC – to give some examples. Aside from these wel–known contenders, the new participants like Xioami, Gionee and OnePlus are fit for giving strong rivalry to the Apple iPhone. Out of the considerable number of brands on offer (which our Indian readers can buy online through the latest CashKaro mobile phone offers), the iPhone 7 is liable to face rivalry from the five smartphones which I outline below. Continue reading

Another one nearly bites the dust

Another smartwatch that is …

With the advent of the Apple Watch (iWatch), here at GoMo Towers we thought we ought to put the previous generations of smartwatches through their paces. AFter all, you can’t seriously comment on the failings of the cheerleader for wearable technology is you haven’t tried the competition. We seem to have fixed on Sony’s products as good examples. However, GoMo News has immediately identified what appears to be the Achilles Heel of the smartwatch – thr device’s water resistance. So far, by taking the original Sony smartwatch into the bath, we have ended up with an unuseable device. Now, it seems that our Sony Smartch 2 is set to follow suit as the result of water damage. The million dollar questions is … “Will Apple Watch owners put up with the loss of $400 (minimum) of technology if they merely forget to take the smartwatch off their wrists? Continue reading

continued strength of iphone & app Store - cook Samsung retains smartphone crown despite iPhone’s Chinese sales

Sales in China did rise 71% though

Although Apple’s recently released figures (the quarter ending in March 2015) show that sales of the iPhone in China alone rose 71 per cent to £10.8 billion ($16.8 billion), research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung still retains the smartphone crown. It wasn’t just in China, either because overall iPhone sales were up by an impressive 40 per cent. The Cupertino based tech giant sold 61.2 million iPhones in this last reported period – up 40 per cent and above expectations. The company raked in profits of £8.7 billion ($13.6 billion), up from £6.6 billion ($10.2 billion) in 2014. However, Samsung recaptured the No.1 smartphone seller slot by shipping 83.2 million devices in Q1 2015compared to Apple’s 61.2 million. Continue reading

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

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

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

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