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diego_reunion Plane debris points to Diego Garcia as MH370 intended destination

Aussies were searching sea 3,000 miles from La Reunion

Here at GoMo Towers, we always have been ready to entertain any theories as to what actually happened to lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Now it seems that what looks very definitely part of a Boeing aircraft has washed up on the French held island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Which is something like 3,000 miles away from where the Australians have been searching for the missing plane. However, the item of wreckage is reportedly covered in barnacles which is consistent with it being in the water for a significant period of time. Look at the maps of sea currents which other news stories have featured and it is easy to see that the aircraft part could easily have drifted from Diego Garcia – the island which is part of the British Indian Ocean territory. But used as an airbase by the USA. Why has the USA so consistently pooh-poohed [discredited] the reports that an aircraft was spotted flying low over the island and could have been the missing flight? Continue reading

MOTO_G_2ND GoMo says Hellomoto to Moto G 2nd gen

Those awfully nice PR people have loaned us one

A string of co-incidences (some happy, some unhappy) has led to the GoMo News team being loaned a Motorola Moto G (Second Generation with 4G/LTE) by the company’s awfully nice PR people. We’re really keen to see if the processor power and speed of 4G with the latest Moto G will cure the problems we were having with running Motorola’s Assist (driving) software with our previous 1st generation Moto G (the XT1032 model). Incidentally, the latest model Moto G is an XT1072. What sparked our request for a new phone was an invitation to meet with Motorola at the end of this month [July 2015]. That usually means there will be a new handset launched -so stay tuned. As a result of swapping from old to new Moto G models, we’ve also gained some useful insights in to EE’s (the UK MNO/Mobile Network Operator’s] Clone Phone app. 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

European nations accelerate alongside America in the programmatic race

Press release

May 20th 2015. The last twelve months show significant growth in the programmatic marketplace thanks to broader adoption of programmatic buying on all channels around the globe, according to the new Advertising Intelligence Report from Turn, the digital hub for marketers. As brands and agencies embrace programmatic, the landscape for mobile and video has seen increased spending and growing competition as EMEA and APAC markets continue to mature towards stable levels of high competition. The report shows data-driven marketing trends worldwide from April 2014 through March 2015, compared with the same period last year – April 2013 through March 2014. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight GoMo needs friends & relatives of MH370 tragedy to come forward

There could be vital evidence buried in your call records

Once again here at GoMo Towers we have been contacted by some-one with a keen interest in all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. This time it is the turn of an avid flyer and blogger – Barrie Taylor who lives in South Africa. Barrie left GoMo News a comment about our story concerning the alleged pressure group – Voice 370 (see here). Now Mr Taylor’s arguments make a great deal of sense to us but he also argues that there isn’t any actual evidence concerning where the plane might have crashed. We think the opposite. Call records held by mobile phone operators could help pinpoint the final flight path of this tragic airliner. If only friends or relatives of the passengers/crew would contact us. Continue reading

gmasa_logo Global Mobile App Summit & Awards 2015

[ May 28, 2015 8:00 am to May 29, 2015 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Dot Com Infoway
Venue: ITC GrandChola
Location: Chennai, India
Web: www.gmasa.org

Tickets available from here.

To bring together mobile media Moguls of the industry and provide industry wide recognition for the best mobile apps. 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

garena's forrest li Links between Canada & Asean continue to grow

Smartphone maker BlackBerry started it, of course

There seems to be an increasing bond between Canada and the South East Asian[Asean] region. Here’s an interesting example: -the Ontario Teachers’ pension Plan has just decided to invest in a Singapore-based company called Garena. What does it do? Well, it provides a heady mix of gaming, social media and – increasingly more importantly, m-commerce. The Canadians at least have recognised the potential of the SEAN market which has two key benefits: – a large population (620 million) and a reliance on cellular technology to access the Net. And Blackberry led the way with the introduction of its Z3 Jakarta model – aimed specifically at the Indonesian market. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight Almost one year on for missing Malaysian flight MH370

More pointers that mobile phone calls could hold the key

We are fast approaching the first anniversary [March 8th 2014] of the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. It seems that a new theory is beginning to take hold which is completely contrary to the view advocated by GoMo News in – ‘Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked.’ As reader Yuval has put it – “The phone calls issue holds the truth.” However, Yuval believes the opposite to us – namely that there was no cellular activity amongst the crew/passengers after entering Gate C1. He argues that the two Iranian passengers “were hard at work on their devices’ keypads as controling something. Maybe disturbing communications.” In complete contrast, we think that efforts were made to make calls from the stricken flight. Continue reading

veremis - facebook news local content Facebook turning to developing markets with Lite app

Social network usage in Asia increasing 26% year on year

Facebook has just soft-launched a new app for Android – ‘Facebook Lite’ , which on the face of it is aimed at emerging markets. The move to largely unexplored regions is logical, given that in developed markets social media sites have probably reached saturation levels. However, it might well not be quite enough to simply make a lighter version of the standard app to contend with the myriad of devices out there plus slower connexion speeds. According to Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream in order to succeed in developing markets, Facebook will also need to have local understanding. Continue reading

Samsung’s handset division loses its shine

Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though

Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading

Latest plane crash proves authorities searching wrong area

Even more conspiracy theories about Flight MH370

Another aircraft tragedy has recently struck in Asia with the loss of AirAsia’s  Flight  QZ8501 off Borneo. However, the fact that the authorities have swiftly recovered both debris and bodies from this ill-fated aircraft throws further suspicions on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH370. If debris can be found so quickly for QZ8501, why has none ever been recovered for MH370? The obvious answer is that the search for the missing MH370 aircraft has always been in the wrong place. And GoMo News feels that locations such as Vietnam’s coast or Diego Garcia in the Maldives hold more credibility. 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

Unlike the N73, Nokia’s X6 runs WhatsApp

We’ve even found a site that has the correct file for download

By some kind of historical accident, GoMo News has become the reference point that everyone visits when searching for information on how to run the popular IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp, on old Nokia handsets. Normally, we’re asked why the N73 won’t run this app and we’ve explained the reasons behind this is very great detail on our Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page. However, we’ve just experienced a new twist. Reader Shaik Humi has just asked us whether his Nokia X6 can run WhatsApp. We’re absolutely convinced that it can. There’s even a site from which you can load the X6 version. Continue reading

Samsung Tizen Z1 promised for India on Jan 18

Leaked presentation slides  indicate India will be first, then China & Korea

Reliable sources have leaked the fact that Samsung intends to launch a Tizen OS based (see ‘Tizen mobile OS 101: Understanding Tizen’s origins‘) handset – the Z1 in India. The launch date is probably going to be January 18th [2015]. The Indian launch should then be followed by similar launches in a February [2015] in China  with a South Korean launch following some time after that. Samsung’s first ever Tizen handset, the Samsung Z, was announced at a Samsung Developer Conference, San Francisco, USA on June 3rd [2014] but never actually materialised.  the expected price should be around INR 5,700 ($90). Continue reading