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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

Ask Asif: Google & Samsung plus Xolo

Our Agony Uncle, MySmartprice.com‘s Asif Shaik answers readers’ handset questions

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Sandeep Bansal asks …
Sir, Is it right that Samsung’s contract with Google will expire by March 2015 and so Samsung’s phones will not get an update?

Asif Shaik replies …
Dear Sandeep,
It is simply not true. Samsung will continue to make Android based devices. Samsung will most definitely update many of its current devices like the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and other devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Continue reading

miruna's photo is in the post Guest Post: The iPhone 6 is not such a babe when it comes to innovation

by Miruna Gheorgita, a writer with Cellz

The iPhone 6 frenzy took over the internet mainly with high praise. Much of it detailed the evolutionary approach that Apple blew people away with. But seriously now, let’s focus some objectivism over the facts and draw a realistic conclusion on where Apple stands with its newly announced iPhone 6. Apple products have always combated criticism by being great looking above all and for representing what once was a real definition on what novelty is. Today, we have the iPhone 6 which brings novelty only for being the most debated subject amongst technology geeks, for the last months. As a quick overview, all features this cutie brings have nothing to do with out of the box design, attributes and technology. Continue reading

we're poised to ride this wave - davies Adbrain recruits Paolo Pironi as European director

Former Googler worked on AdWords, YouTube & DoubleClick

Paolo Pironi, a former Googler has just been hired to lead Adbrain’s business development across EMEA markets. Pironi joins Adbrain as EMEA director of business development. His remit is to help the company grow its business and secure strategic commercial partnerships in the UK and beyond. Pironi has a strong background in digital advertising and programmatic, having spent almost five years of his early career at Google, working across AdWords, YouTube, and DoubleClick products. More recently, he served as business development director at Videoplaza – a popular digital video ad serving company among European commercial Broadcasters. There Pironi took its video SSP proposition from beta launch to full-scale commercialisation globally. Continue reading

schiller -showcased Brit app for Air 2 Caribu follows Citymapper in bit Apple thumbs up

Brit apps prove popular with Californian tech giant

A second British app has just received the seal of approval from Cupertino-based Apple within just a few weeks. This time it was the turn of Caribu, which is designed to help absent parents read to their children. At the launch of the new iPad Air 2 by Apple’s marketing guru, Phil Schiller, Caribu was on the receiving end of a coveted endorsement from Apple. Back in September [2014], of course, when Apple unveiled its Apple Watch smartwatch (aka the iWatch) the tech giant chose Citymapper, a London-based transport app, to help showcase the wearable device. Continue reading

people go straight to mobile - kordestani Google looking strong in emerging markets

Android One is particularly key for India

When Google announced its Q3 earnings recently, the results disappointed most industry analysts. Google’s worse than expected performance has been blamed on a slow down in paid click-through revenue. However, one of the areas that Google is looking strong is their mobile strategy in emerging markets. As Google chief business officer, Omid Kordestani, commented, “Emerging markets are fundamentally different from developed. In countries like Indonesia [currently BlackBerry's stronghold - Ed.], people go straight to mobile. That’s why you see us launch things like Android One.” Here Marco Veremis, Upstream’s CEO, comments on the earnings what Google is doing right in their approach to emerging markets – especially in India. Continue reading

jetpac's web site announcement Google’s acquisition of AI tech Jetpac sounds alarms

Better download the City Guides iOS app fast before it goes

The news leaked out from San Francisco based, Jetpac, was being acquired by Google way before the search giant confirmed the fact itself. JetPac is an artificial intelligence (AI) firm specialising in deep learning technology. To date, the company has been know for the three apps it offers Apple iOS users via the iTunes app store. The chief of these is City Guides. You’d better download it fast because Jetpac announced on its own web site that it is going to pull the app shortly and stop actively supporting it from September 15th [2014]. That’s one reason to panic. The other concerns Jetpac’s ability to spy on your photos. Continue reading

1m+ now enjoy benefits of Vodafone 4G - rose Vodafone claims to be the 1st UK MNO to sell Google’s Chromecast

Special deal for anyone with Vodafone Red 4G plan

Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile network operator [MNO] in the UK to sell Google’s Chromecast media-streaming device. The company is making Chromecast available to all Vodafone customers at an RRP price of £30 through Vodafone’s 375 retail outlets across the UK. Significantly, however, the device is available to all new and existing Red 4G customers at the discounted price of £25. “With more than one million customers now enjoying the benefits of Vodafone 4G, we’re expecting Chromecast to be a big hit,” commented Cindy Rose, consumer director with Vodafone UK. Continue reading

use the chant, luke Marley Chant speaker is cool alternative to festival going

If you can’t join ‘em beatbox ‘em

This weekend GoMo News should really have been in Charlton Park, England attending the WOMAD world music festival. But it just didn’t happen. Luckily the House of Marley decided to come to our rescue and cheer us up by loaning us the Chant – a Bluetooth compatible portable speaker. Let’s face it – this device looks totally cool right down from its ‘REWIND’ fabric cover to the little Ethiopian (rasta) flag label. It’s the perfect accessory for creating your own mini music festival using a smartphone/tablet and/or MP3/music player [Think iPod]. The main reason we’re giving this product a rave review is that the sound it produces is really unbelievably good for a device so small, light and portable. It also happens to be genuinely easy to use. Continue reading

true native advertising campaign - warner Native advertising campaign for Google Voice developed by Mapp Media

In conjunction with Essence Media, Songkick & MapMyFitness

A brand new, interactive native advertising campaign for Google Voice has been launched by Mapp Media . The campaign has been developed in conjunction with Essence Media and in partnership with Songkick and MapMyFitness. It pulls in information that is relevant to the user depending on the user’s environment and location. The Mapp Media campaign targets users according to factors such as context, location and interests. For example, when a music fan is on the O2 Venue page, the Voice Search ad prompts the user to ask for the best route to the O2 or which bars are in the O2. Continue reading

perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer? Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go? Continue reading

former tag man patrick pruniaux Apple poaches F1 watch maker exec for iWatch

Speculation about Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux hiring

Tag Heuer which is perhaps best known for its luxury F1 (Formula One) watches and part of luxury goods group LVMH has announced that one of its execs, Patrick Pruniaux, is leaving the company today, July 7th 2014, to join Apple. This adds to rumours that the Cupertino-based company is readying itself to launch into the wearable technologies sector. With all the bets being on an iWatch smartwatch. It also fuels speculation that Apple might be pitching the iWatch right at the top of the luxury watch price bracket. Especially since it has already hired execs from Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Paul Deneve. Continue reading

850% increase in sign-ups - betram London cabbies spark 850% rise in Uber downloads

Instead of blocking Trafalgar Sq cabbies should promote Hailo

In an ironic twist, Brit black cab drivers in London probably wish that Brussels had intervened in the UK for once. As we reported back in April [2014] – ‘Brussels court rules Google-backed Uber taxi app illegal‘ the Belgians made Uber illegal in their own capital. The Uber app, backed by Google and Goldman Sachs, links up customers with private cabs whose owners don’t comply with strict licensing rules. Unlike London’s black cab taxi drivers. So cabbies protested against the app in Trafalgar Square this week. The net result? According to Uber UK’s general manager, Jo Betram, “We’ve seen an 850 per cent increase in sign-ups week-on- week.” Own goal for black cabbies, then. Continue reading

Rummage touts itself as ripe for Nokiasoft acquisition

We think that Google might be more interested

A UK-based software company called Computer ConQuest reckons that its software is ripe for acquisition from the new behemoth which is Nokiasoft – a term which it reckons has been coined by former Nokia chief, Stephen Elop. Apparently the company claims that Elop has suggested that neither ‘Microsoft Mobile’ nor Nokia will be the long-term brand names that consumers can expect to hear. Which is, of course, interesting. The company also maintains that the emergence of smartphones as devices utilised by millions of people o na daily has made information accessible with just a few clicks of the finger. So what has Computer ConQuest done to combat this situation. Launched a program – Rummage that only runs on Windows 7 (for PCs). Eh? Continue reading

Rachael_dane Guest Post: Motorola’s Moto G – more value than the price

Designed for emerging but doing well in developed markets

by Racheal Dane, a blogger & marketer who works with StealthMate

Motorola may have been targeting the market in the developing countries with the Moto G, a budget variant of Moto X, but this mobile phone shows a lot of promise and the chance to make an impact even in developed countries. There is plenty to love about the budget phone, being offered at under $200 across the globe, though there are some compromises that users may want to settle for. Continue reading