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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

Pay a game-changer - 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

apple will have its work cut out - zoller Watch to increase Apple Pay’s popularity

Industry reaction to Apple’s wearable technology release

Much as GoMo News had anticipated, Apple’s announcement of its Watch range of wearable devices has focused on how it should help increase the popularity of its Apple Pay mobile payment service – even though at presence the system is currently restricted to the USA only. As Apple itself said – the Apple Watch can be used to pay for coffee via Apple Pay. Jon Worley, CEO for marketing with Proxama urges that retailers and brands should take note of the opportunities that Apple Watch will offer them.” If anyone can create a buzz around a new product then it is Apple but when it comes to smart watches it will have its work cut out,” Eden Zoller, principal analyst for consumer services and payments at Ovum, warns. Continue reading

merges hardware & software like never before - ive Apple Watch available in nine countries on April 24th

Press release

March 9th 2015. Apple has announced that Apple Watch, its most personal device yet and the newest innovative addition to Apple’s ecosystem, will be available on Friday April 24th [2015] to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the USA. Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion. Highly customisable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist. Continue reading

UK banks set for NFC cave-in thanks to Apple

Talking big bucks puts NFC on map

How ironic that a company which held out against the industry-wide enthusiasm for NFC – Apple, has now sown the seeds for British banks to finally cave in. These are the same banks which refused GoMo News a contactless card because of insufficient funds going through the account. But if you own an iPhone 6, apparently, the banks are now going to be fighting for your custom. Apple’s influence can be seen from the terminology now being used. Today it is ‘wave and pay’ whereas for years, the correct expression was contactless payments. Continue reading

2015 will finally be year of nfc 1st Top Ten Techie predictions for 2015

Juniper Research glazes into its crystal ball

As the end of 2014 draws nearer, the temptation to produce a Top Ten list of predictions becomes overwhelming and the first to cave in is UK based analyst firm, Juniper Research. Our favourite is the prediction that 2015 will be ‘The Year of NFC [Near Field Communication]‘- at last! More intriguing is the suggestion that 2015 will be the year in which budget phablets and smartphones go global. Another trend that Juniper has spotted is that Juniper anticipates that 2015 will be the year that location based services move indoors. Deep linking inside apps is destined to become mega, too. Continue reading