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- o'shead IoT antennae come back to USA courtesy of Taoglas

IOTx design centre is complete with 2 anechoic chambers & team of engineers

What is claimed to be a unique facility for North American wireless device manufacturers and mobile network operators [MNOs] has just opened up in San Diego, California. Taoglas‘ IoTx facility brings back to the USA the manufacturing of small runs of antennas. Hence M2M and IoT module manufacturers can now source, build and test products quickly in the States – thus saving money and speeding time to market. The Taoglas IoTx Centre is unusual because such facilities are usually private. Continue reading

Margrethe Vestager As BT gets away with it, 3UK faces restrictions on O2 deal

Dominant broadband player buys 2 MNOs but smallest stifled

GoMo News readers with long memories will recall how the EU used to blame the large numbers of MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] in each member state for the lack of swift 4G rollout. Now, it seems, our non-elected masters will seek major concessions from the UK’s smallest MNO – Three [3UK] if it is to succeed in buying rival operator – O2. Reports suggest that European Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager,will demand major concessions over spectrum held by a possibly combined O2 and 3UK. The irony here is that 3UK had to wait absolutely ages before T-Mobile would release spectrum to it – required as part of the merger between the Orange and T-Mobile networks now forming EE. 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

kim_fisker Industry veteran Fisker joins Spirent’s device intelligent unit as CTO

Will bring his expertise to group’s VoLTE DM rollout

Cellular industry veteran, Kim Fisker, has joined  Spirent Communications as  its as CTO [Chief Technical Officer] for the group’s Mobilethink and Tweakker operations. The pair form Spirent’s device intelligence business unit. Fisker has worked in the telecoms industry for over  20 years. “Kim Fisker brings a wealth of telecoms development knowledge, expertise and leadership to Mobilethink and Tweakker,” commented Lars Houbak, general manager with Mobilethink. Soem of the big names where Fisker has worked include the highly infulentual Swedish company, Ericsson. Houbak added, “His  [Fisker's] world class VoLTE expertise couldn’t come at a better time looking at our growing VoLTE DM trial pipeline.” Continue reading

Janis_zech GoMo chews the cud with Fyber’s Zech

We get Janis Zech’s take on the current state of mobile advertising

Recently, whilst he was visiting London, GoMo News had the chance to chat with Janis Zech – COO co-founder with Fyber about the current state of play in the mobile advertising market. We asked him: – What is next for mobile?; does he feel that ad-blockers are a bad thing?; if there is a shift in the type of tools developers are using; what benefits Fyber’s mediation offering has: and what elements that Fyber offers do rivals leave out? Continue reading

alan_mamedi Truecaller reaches 200m user milestone & launches new tagging

Feature to add contextual information to contact numbers

Truecaller doubles user base in >10 months & launches Tagging feature to curate intelligent database & adding context to contacts

Press release

November 6th 2015. Truecaller has announced that its global community has reached the 200 million user milestone, doubling its user base in less than 10 months. With this milestone comes a new feature bringing richer information to the screens of Truecaller users around the world – number tagging. Launching immediately on Android, the company’s free phonebook app Truecaller and dial pad replacement app Truedialer will now come equipped with a new option that will let users to tag a contact based on a broad range of categories such as transportation, banking / finance, or drinks and nightlife, making it even easier to ID your Apex minicab driver or your bank. 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

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

sure_logo Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery

The GSM MNO which covers Diego Garcia that is

Here at GoMo Towers when we were browsing the Daily Telegraph web site recently, we spotted an article written one year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Entitled ‘MH370 one year on: everything you need to know‘, naturally it was a roundup of the most popular conspiracy theories. Reading through them we were struck by how convincing the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia actually is. We’ve always said that the records kept by cellular operators could how the key to where the plane travelled after it made a u-turn. However, we’d never thought to mention Sure – the GSM mobile network operator [MNO] which runs a service that covers Diego Garcia. If the mobile phones of passengers and crew really were ringing days after the aircraft’s disappearance, the Sure network could well have been providing the connexion. Continue reading

smelie_chargers GoMo editor advises Daily Mail on phone chargers

Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis talks to FeMail’s Alice

Most GoMo News readers will probably be unaware that our managing editor, Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis, has been talking to journalist, Alice Smellie, who writes for the FeMail section of the UK newspaper – The Daily Mail. Alice had been searching frantically for a mobile phone expert and Tony’s name was put forward by PR guru, Chaz Brooks of Chaz Brooks PR. Ms Smelie had been tasked with reviewing mobile phone chargers to find out what women might conceivably carry around in their handbags (pocketbooks) as a backup should their indispensable smartphone suddenly run out of juice. Tone’s become quite an expert on the subject as his phones regularly run out of juice at music festivals such as WOMAD Charlton Park [UK]. Continue reading

sign our petition - see below GoMo calls for WhatsApp to offer N73 client

Or maybe Nokia India will help out

Although the smartphone was discontinued on 25th April 2006, Nokia’s N73 still proves hugely popular amongst Indian consumers. However, these N73 users continue to be frustrated because this particular device is incapable of running the leading IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp. Consequently GoMo News is constantly bombarded with requests for information on this subject. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a special Nokia N73 & WhatsApp Help Page forthose seeking to load this app. The bad news is that you can’t run WhatsApp on the Nokia N73 at present. Presently, there’s a new twist readers are currently begging GoMo News to create a WhatsApp client that will run on the N73. Hence, we’re appealing to WhatsApp to modify their code so it can run on this classic Nokia handset. Continue reading

ghosts & footprints can remain - moses Forensic expert confirms BlackBerry BB10s are ultra secure

Longmere Consultants specialise in recovery of deleted texts

Most people believe that once you press the delete button on a mobile telephone, then that text message [SMS] has gone forever . However, according to UK forensic data recovery experts, Longmere Consultants, this is not always the case. The company specialises in recovering deleted texts; photographs; call logs; chat messages; files; and phone books from mobile phones. However, John Moses md with Longmere confirmed to GoMo News that the exception that proves the rule is the Blackberry Q & Z series (BB10 devices) plus the 9320 series which are non-recoverable. So, in effect, Longmere is confirming that BlackBerry’s smartphones are about the securest devices you can have out there. By contrast, iPhone are amongst the easiest to recover from. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Hardware clinic: How to force Windows 8.1 to recognise your iPhone

Time consuming & frustrating process. Check your USB cable too

It may have something to do with the long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft (although Microsoft once saved Apple and bailed it out), but here at GoMo Towers we couldn’t believe how difficult it was for one reader to connect her iPhone to her nearly new laptop PC. The laptop was running Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows 8.1 and the software vendor isn’t doing itself any favours if it wants to persuade existing Windows XP users to migrate to its latest software. Because the whole process was time consuming & frustrating. We eventually fixed the problem but it took hours. Continue reading

Skype on the Nokia XL Nokia’s bet on Android smartphones is working with Nokia X in India

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Many were sceptical about the success of Nokia X series of Android smartphones when they were officially announced because those devices don’t use Google’s version of Android. They use AOSP [Android Open Special Project] instead. According to internal rumours, even Microsoft was trying to put an end on Nokia’s Android plans. Nokia X might also be the reason for Microsoft’s hurried acquisition of Nokia. Continue reading

BlackBerry_playbook BlackBerry issues an new Playbook OS update for PlayBook

Users will need it to continue using BlackBerry World

Although most observers are doing a very good job of trying to write off Blackberry’s tablet offering – the PlayBook, the brave little device won’t lie down and die. Today [April 1st 2014] BlackBerry has issued an OTA [Over-The-Air] update which takes webOS to 2.1.0.1917. We had 2.1.0.1753 previously. The whole point about this upgrade is it modifies the payment processing system. So those PlayBook owners who want to continue purchasing apps and agmes or making in-app purchases will have to install the upgrade by April 3rd [2014]. Is this a sign that BlackBerry might do more in the tablet space, GoMo wonders? Continue reading