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gold standard for inter platform comms - kader Waiting line to join BBM disappears

BlackBerry’s IM system on course to become No. 1 private messaging platform

As we previously reported here, BlackBerry’s official BBM client for Android and iPhone devices was downloaded over 10 million times in the first 24 hours. Now that its first week has ended, over 20 million new users have joined BBM bringing the worldwide total to more than 80 million monthly active users. Significantly, BlackBerry has transformed itself into a major player on Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Play app stores. BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the iTunes App Store. It shows that BlackBerry is maintaining a strong position in markets such as Canada (no surprise); the USA; the UK and Indonesia. Now the focus is on keeping those users active. Continue reading

blackberry probably small change for zuckerberg Facebook’s ‘secret talks’ with BlackBerry hint at last minute bid

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

we worked around the clock - mccormack Adquant announces rollout of mobile engagement ads, mobile ads with video, and CPA bidding for mobile ads

A Facebook-qualified Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD), Adquant’s rapid implementation of mobile ad improvements on Facebook drives immense value to clients

Press release

October 25th 2013. Adquant has announced the full roll-out of mobile advertising upgrades. Recently, Facebook announced several new updates to their mobile advertising offering which included a new feature for mobile app ads, support for video creatives and cost-per-action (CPA) bidding. The rapid implementation of these new features gives Adquant’s clients an impressive mobile advertising toolset to drive app installs and maintain engagement with their existing customer base. Continue reading

Nokia finally gets into phablets & tablets

Industry comments on six new Nokias launches

At the first Nokia World since Microsoft made public its intention to acquire Nokia, the company announced six new devices. In the Lumia and Asha ranges. Finally,
the Finnish based company has embraced two of the fastest-growing form factors in today’s device market: – phablets and tablets. The Lumia 1520 is an attractive-looking phablet with high-end specifications. Nokia’s lower-priced phablet, Lumia 1320, is also an intriguing proposition. However, Nokia’s first tablet (based on Windows RT) the Lumia 2520 is significant because it won’t be offered as a Wi-fi only device. Only one that runs via LTE. Continue reading

Azimo selects WorldPay to support global expansion

Money transfer business turns to WorldPay to help strengthen global offering

Press release

October 17th 2013. WorldPay, a global leader in payment processing, risk and alternative payments and Azimo, a mobile and internet based money transfer business, have announced an agreement which will see WorldPay manage inbound payment processing for Azimo. Based in the UK, Azimo serves customers from all over the world providing the capabilities for consumers to send money to banks, cash pay-out locations, home delivery and mobile wallets in 190+ countries. Continue reading

1st phase of social TV shopping integration - farris Get★This unveils first real-time web video shopping platform

Get★This’ web video shopping widget seamlessly connects audiences with brands they love

Press release

October 3rd 2013. Get★This , the first social shopping experience for TV and video audiences, has announced the launch of a web video shopping widget, the first real-time method for viewers to shop items featured on screen and in-sync with web videos. The Get★This widget enables audiences to shop their favourite shows by delivering a seamless user experience and single-cart checkout within the media player. Additionally, Get★This offers fans expanded editorial coverage of trends, style and entertainment at Continue reading

trend towards more transparency - faida Pressure group attacks UK Commons report on advertising

Adblock Plus accuses Brit MPs of siding with advertisers & dismissing privacy concerns

A recent report from the UK’s House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee shows that web user’ rights to personal privacy are being subsumed by the advertising industry’s interests. That’s according to Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus who accuses British MPs of failing to protect consumer rights. The inquiry by an influential all-party committee of MPs has backed ‘targeted advertising’ based on personal details gathered through an individual’s online history. Continue reading

blippar ad in the daily mirror Kellogg’s harnesses AR for ad campaign thanks to Blippar

blipp printed in Daily Mirror helps ad go viral

Here’s a nice example of how augmented reality can be leveraged by a brand for its advertising and marketing. And get a charity involved in the whole package. The brand in question isbreakfast cereal maker, Kellogg’s,  and its campaign is the Give a Child a Breakfast which aims to donate 2 million breakfasts to UK children. It has actually been set up in association with The Daily Mirror newspaper and the AR (augmented reality) company in question is Blippar. The company’s app runs on iOS, Android, BlackBerry BB10 devices. We tried it an managed to share the video on our GoMo Newsfeed Facebook page here Continue reading

twitter might go big on mobile ads Twitter ignites Twittersphere with proposed IPO

OTT giant could become big in mobile advertising sector

Eating its own cooking, OTT messaging service, Twitter, has set the Twittersphere alight by tweeting that it intends to list in the USA. Twitter tweeted yesterday [September 12th 2013] that it had applied to the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the go-ahead to sell shares. The move follows Facebook’s $104 billion (£66 billion) stock market launch in May 2013. Facebook has been able to restore faith in its shares by proving that it could make money out of mobile advertising. Hence, observers predict that Twitter will go heavily into mobile ads. After all, earlier in 2013, the company announced that it had surpassed 200 million users and there’s been increased advertising activity on the site already. Continue reading

OTT or RCS? - Raimundi Acision launches MAVAM Mexico 2013

Users adopt multiple messaging services to meet shifting needs across reach, reliability and enriched features

Mobile Value Added Services (VAS) represent 33 per cent of sales for Mexican operators, equivalent to $MEX15 billion (USD $1.21 billion), with half still generated by SMS & MMS

Press release

August 29th 2013. Acision, the global leader in mobile messaging, has launched its research report, MAVAM Mexico 2013 (Acision Monitor of Mobile Value Added Services (VAS) – fourth edition), which analyses the evolution and usage trends of VAS in Mexico. This is the first of three reports looking at the VAS trends across Latin America, with particular focus on Mexico, Brazil and Argentina – the latter two of which will be launched soon. Continue reading

touch_sensors Kodak puts aside negatives to emerge from bankruptcy

Former dedicated camera supplier moves into smartphone sensors

On Monday [August 19th 2013], a US Bankruptcy judge Allan Gropper, approved plans which will enable the company to has restructure. As a consequence, Kodak will morph into a commercial printing company rather than one which deals directly with the public. A main activity for the new Kodak will be the supply touch-screen sensor components for smartphones and computer tablets. The news helped improve the share price of UniPixel (UNXL) its touch sensor manufacturing partner. Continue reading

adblocker_facebook Adblock Plus claims 69% object to ads appearing in Facebook mobile app

Thankfully awareness of adblocking is low in the UK

Some worrying research on consumers reaction to advertising on Facebook have come from an online survey conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Adblock Plus. It claims to have found that almost 70 per cent object to ads appearing in Facebook mobile app. A lowly 3 per cent actively like Facebook ads. In particular, two thirds of people dislike ads that appear in their Facebook news feeds. Of course, Adblock Plus’ answer is to encourage people to download its mobile app – which presently only works on Android. Fortunately, for advertisers awareness of adblocking is low in the UK. Continue reading

Harris Why People Want Loca North Americans hungry for mobile offers, Harris Poll shows

Press release

August 15th 2013. A new Placecast poll conducted online within the USA by Harris Interactive shows that mobile phone owners are more interested now than in previous years in receiving offers from brands on their mobile phones, provided they have given explicit permission to the company. Conducted in May [2013] among over 2,000 US adults, the poll revealed a 19 point increase in interest in receiving local mobile alerts from 2009 to 2013. This research comes from the latest survey (Wave IV) in Placecast’s ‘Alert Shopper’ series, one of the longest running research series looking at consumer behaviour and mobile marketing. Continue reading

Jose_Garcia tyntec Joyn struggles as operators partner with OTT providers

Research reveals 29% of mobile operators believe GSMA’s offering Joyn is not the solution to successfully compete with messaging service providers such as WhatsApp and Skype

Press release

August 13th 2013. GSMA-backed standard Joyn is struggling to drive significant operator support, limited by its complexity and slow speed to market, according to new research by mobilesquared and mobile interaction service provider tyntec The international survey among more than 40 MNOs (mobile network operators) and MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) reveals that only 7 per cent of mobile operators now believe Joyn is the solution to combat the threat of Over The Top (OTT) voice and messaging services such as Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp. Continue reading

miappi-gomo-new Brit social media aggregator miappi responds to criticism

Oh the power of the press!

Taking on board what some might regard as pretty harsh criticism from GoMo News (OK and points made by others, too), Brit firm miappi has made some changes to the Miappi UI. Okay, the actual service was still very much in beta when we wrote about it but originally users were greeted by a wall with just 12 tiles. Those displayed a summary of recent posts but not in strict chronological order. If you know your own content (and obviously most do) that would be confusing because there wouldn’t appear to be any logic to why certain things were being displayed. Which is why GoMo News described the results as “jumbled” in our original story – ‘Social media aggregator miappi disappoints‘. Miappi now looks different. Continue reading