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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

- cox Smartphone-based models are key disruptor for M2M says Juniper

India and China are expected to see rapid adoption of smart metering

Smartphone-based models have become the key disruptor for M2M [Machine-to Machine communications], as sectors such as healthcare, consumer electronics and retail continue to evolve, says Juniper Research. In its new research, ‘M2M & Embedded Devices: Strategic Analysis & Vertical Market Forecasts 2015-2019‘, the analyst firm forecasts that the roll-out of smart metering initiatives will see rapid up-take over the next six years. “Both India and China are expected to see rapid adoption of smart metering as new metering infrastructure is installed and smart cities are created,” commented Anthony Cox, the research’s author. Juniper Research predicts that the M2M sector will generate service revenues of over $40 billion globally by 2019 – doubling the size of today’s market. Continue reading

Connected cars to Represent 20% of global car market by ’19, says Juniper

Telematics to remain the M2M sector champion despite high growth in smart-metering

June 2nd 2015. Leading hi-tech analysts Juniper Research are forecasting that the telematics sector will continue to outperform all other M2M markets over the next five years, in revenue terms, with one in five passenger vehicles connected globally by 2019. Smartphone-based models have become the key disruptor for M2M, as sectors such as healthcare, consumer electronics and retail continue to evolve. Juniper Research forecasts that the M2M sector will generate service revenues of over $40 billion globally by 2019 – doubling the size of today’s market. Continue reading

MWC_Shanghai_15 Mobile World Congress Shangai 2015

[ July 15, 2015 8:00 am to July 17, 2015 7:00 pm. ] Organisers: GSMA
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) & Kerry Hotel Pudong
Location: Shanghai, China

Register: here

From connected cars and wearable tech to mobile payments and smarter cities, mobile is revolutionising and enhancing every aspect of our lives. Previously known as Mobile Asia Expo, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will celebrate the amazing possibilities that mobile brings us. Industry professionals and mobile-passionate consumers alike are invited. 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

moms primary target - bager Mobile is crucial for brands targeting young mums says IAB

Only 5% of Millennial Mums in China have no smartphone

Brands should definitely be concentrating on mobile as the prime channel to reach the so-called ‘Millennial Mums’ according to a new report produced by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and BabyCenter. Not only is the reported time spent by these feamles on mobile exceeding or approaching parity with TV, but they are incredibly likely to switch brands. The report is entitled ‘2015 State of Modern Motherhood: Mobile and Media in the Lives of Moms‘ and it looks at young mothers aged 18 to 32 in the USA, Brazil, Canada, China and the UK. According to the report, motherhood triggers new priorities when it comes to purchase decisions, sparking a substantial brand shift moment in a wide range of categories. Continue reading

Xiaomi proves credentials as handset dark horse

Makes rivals such as Lenovo look like minnows

Here in GoMo Towers we have been quietly following the fortunes of Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. Especially in the Indian market. But we weren’t quite ready for its tremendous success in the financial markets. The company has just raised $45 billion in VC money. To put that in perspective, massive disruptive app producer, Uber, which is even based in San Francisco but only managed $40 billion by comparison. Arch rival to Xiaomi is the familiar name of Lenovo. Continue reading

li & kalanick Uber taxi app won’t find Chinese market easy

Chinese tech giants Tencent & Alibaba offer rival products

It seems that everything isn’t going Uber’s way in the Chinese market, which is despite the fact that Chinese search giant Baidu confirmed that it is Uber’s latest investor last week [December 17th 2014]. The reason is that Uber is up against the Kuaidi Dache app which is backed by Alibaba and against the Didi Dache app from Tencent. Regular GoMo News readers will already be familiar with Tencent’s WeChat product from articles such as ‘N73 users should be Wechatting not Whatsapping‘. As we previously reported here, tencent is China Top Three best recognised brand. Meanwhile Alibaba is China’s answer to eBay and reported almost $300 billion worth of online sales in its year to June 30th [2014].  So Uber has a real fight on its hands. Continue reading

Chinese office to be powerhouse - poulsen Chinese MVNOs big lure for mobile connectivity firm

Tweaker eyes up 25+ MVNOs coming onto Chinese market

As regular GoMo News will already know, the tide is turning against the established mobile phone makers – such as Samsung and Apple, towards local handset manufacturers in emerging markets. So focusing on China makes a great deal of sense for numerous reasons. Brands like BlackBerry and Apple already have their products made in China under contract, for example. Plus there is a new phenomenon just emerging in the Chinese market – the rise of the MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator]. Which is why handset connectivity software specialist, Tweakker has just announced a new focus on the region. Continue reading

WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

oneplus one - designed on an apple? OnePlus has missed a trick by bundling Google apps

GoMo had big hopes for this CyanogenMod based handset

When we first heard that there was a handset being shipped with a version of the CyanogenMod mobile OS, here at GoMo Towers we got quite excited. That’s because we like the software and until now, ordinary consumers had to go through the complicated process of ‘rooting’ the handset to get it. However, OnePlus (which is part of the Chinese group – Oppo) has done a deal to ship its much-hyped ‘One’ handset with CyanogenMod version 11. [Not a first because the Oppo N1 shipped with CyanogenMod]. Anyway, the one thing we knew about CyanogenMod is that it doesn’t come as standard with all of Google’s apps. Sadly, the One does so we think OnePlus has missed a big trick. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

primarily driven by the west - hanage AppFlood Data Report reveals Chinese mobile advertisers crave worldwide inventory for global campaigns

Almost 70 per cent of Chinese mobile advertising spend is on inventory outside Asia
Russia was the primary European target for Chinese advertisers, followed by Italy, Germany and Ukraine
Europe accounted for 20 percent of AppFlood’s global web traffic, behind Asia and Middle East

Press release

April 29th 2014. AppFlood, the largest global mobile RTB [Real Time Bidding] network from China, today released its inaugural quarterly Data Report providing a snapshot of the state of the global mobile advertising industry based on ad traffic and revenue across its network. The report highlights the growing influence of China in the global mobile advertising industry. It revealed 68 per cent of Chinese mobile advertising spend was for inventory outside of Asia. The inventory from outside of Asia that Chinese mobile advertisers craved most was from the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Continue reading