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ios9_logo iOS9 bricking 1000s of iPhone 6 handsets

Practice is probably a restraint of trade in EU

In what could turn out to be a massive PR disaster for Apple, thousands of iPhone 6 owners have managed to ‘brick’ [render useless] their handsets by opting to installing the latest iOS 9 upgrade. The problem seems to affect those who have had their handset repaired by independent specialists – rather than taking it back to an official Apple retail store. The bricking problem has been labelled the “error 53″ bug and Apple is fully aware of it. Unfortunately, if it is deliberate, then in the EU the practice is probably illegal in EU as a restraint of trade. If not, them the automotive companies could have a field day. Continue reading

lockwood - starting with iOS first Bundle aims to crack local advertising

News aggregation app coming to a city near you soon

Initially, the GoMo News team thought that a new app to be released next month [February 2016] by Bundle would bomb through failure to differentiate itself. Significantly, however, the GoMo News team learnt something different when talking to Kelvin Lockwood, CEO with Bundle, about the product. He reckons that local advertising is still thriving but the major spend is still on print. What drives people to these papers is a thirst for local news. So his company has developed an app that aggregates news from a variety of different sources – including local newspapers.  The result should be a platform that will be able to attract local advertising. Currently, it is just a small matter of fine tuning the selection of stories which the app picks. Continue reading

Noel_braterman Brit firms throwing out PABXs for mobile app

Pink Telephone company seeking more resellers

Over 400 SMEs in the UK are already installing an app – App2Chat, which effectively enables them to throw away an existing switchboard (PABX) an use their mobile phones instead. Developed by RIPTec, the product is now being distributed by  the Pink Telephone Company in London [UK]. It could, of course, be used anywhere in the world with GSM networks. Only launched back in December [2015] at The Business Show in London, The Pink Telephone expects to have a 2,000 SME business user base by October [2016]. The firm is actively seeking resellers to up-sell App2Chat to their SME customers and expects to sign up 20 by the end of January [2016]. 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

gets round Beeb's restriction - barvinko View the Beeb’s F1 TV on Android & iOS using TVButler -anywhere

Apparently beats the BBC’s [Beeb's] restriction on IP addresses

Here in sunny London at the George Tavern, GoMoNews believes it has just seen a solution which would allow Formula One fans to watch the Beeb’s F1 TV coverage on Android & iOS devices using the TVButler solution. The product comes from Eindhoven based dvblogic but the main advantage is that you can view live or recorded TV programes from absolutely anywhere. According to Pavlo Barvink, CTO with dvblogic, his company’s solution overcomes “the BBC’s [Beeb's] restriction on IP addresses.” So normally, you couldn’t view content in Spain, for example, because you’d have a non-UK IP address. The only catch? TVButler requires you to have utilises local, network attached storage [NAS] from suppliers such as Synology, Netgear, QNAP, ASUSTOR and Western Digital. Eventually it might be possible to just use MAC OS 10 version but that version is coming soon. Continue reading

sure-shot mood booster - brecht Doodle app makes organising social meet-ups effortless

Free app puts a stop to the endless & painful game of planning ping pong

Press release

April 15th 2015. Doodle, the world’s most popular social planning tool, has launched its new iOS app for the iPhone. The free app spells the end of organisational chaos amongst friends, lovers or family members to ensure users always get a date in the diary for those unforgettable social occasions. Trying to get a group of friends, relatives or, even worse, stags and hens to agree on date and time for a social event is a stressful and painful task. In fact, research shows that 61 per cent1 of Brits have axed group events after the agonising and drawn-out planning process of sorting out a date. Continue reading

Global Wireless Solutions launches new version of enterprise-grade network diagnostic app

This one is for consumers
New iPhone app based on same powerful engine used in GWS’s enterprise product
Consumer app features streamlined interface for network testing

MARCH 24th 2015. Global Wireless Solutions (GWS), the world’s leading independent mobile network testing and analysis company, has released an iOS version [Apple iPhone] of its enterprise benchmarking app for consumers. The enterprise version of GWS’s app (currently only available on Android devices) is the most configurable diagnostic app on the market and was designed to allow RF engineers and other wireless experts to measure real-time engineering level data. Continue reading

effectively engage users - peiró PUSH Technologies to help integrate push into apps

Support for Gingerbread to Lollipop + Apple’s Swift

It appears that in advance of a European roll-out of multi-channel mobile marketing & customer messaging platform PUSH technologies has launched its latest-version of it PUSH SDK for iOS and Android developers. Alerts, reminders and campaigns via push notification, SMS, instant message & email can all be sent out using the company’s technology. The SDK enables Android & iOS app developers provide multi-channel delivery of real-time notifications. The SDK really does support a wide cross section of iOS and Android mobile OS releases. It has support for support for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) – 5.0 (lollipop) and for iOS developers not only does it support iOS 8 but the Swift language, too. Continue reading

fiksu_index_914 New mobile devices and app enthusiasm drive marketing rates up in September, Fiksu indexes find

Cost to acquire loyal app users hits all-time high, growing 34% year-over-year

Press release

October 27th 2014. Fiksu, developer of award-winning app marketing technologies, has published its latest Fiksu Indexes which reflect the impact of iOS 8 and new iPhone 6/6 Plus launches on app marketing. The September Indexes show ongoing increases in app marketing costs and app downloads, with the benchmark Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index reaching an all time high. These increases were largely spurred by the unprecedented adoption of new Apple devices along with growing demand for mobile media across the board, causing the rising tide in mobile marketing competition, app downloads, and media costs. Continue reading

icloud won't restore to 8.0 Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after major bugs revealed

Reveals the danger of relying on iCloud backups

Apple has been forced to apologise to those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update on their iPhones after it caused some users (including those on EE in the UK) to experience signal loss. The update was only available briefly yesterday [September 4th 2014] before it was pulled. The catch is that once you’ve installed an iOS update, you need to use iTunes software to go back. Hence Apple had to issue advice to those who had upgraded here. It involves downloading the correct file for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and then not being able to use the Health app. Consequently, Apple has said it is working flat out to create iOS 8.0.2 which should fix the bugs. 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

ibm had finerprint recognition back in 2004 Next iPads will have fingerprint recognition

Should also be packed slid with IBM sourced apps

Cupertino’s finest – Apple, thrives on the hype it manages to create amongst its loyal followers – the Apple fanbois. It also relies on intense media speculation about its forthcoming products such as the alleged iPhone 6 which should make its appearance on September 9th [2014]. Given that the products are actually made by contractors in China, you’d kind of expect major leaks of photos showing what its new products look like but to date there’s been nothing which looks 100 per cent genuine. So instead, Apple fanbois have been contenting themselves with rumours about the next generation of iPad branded tablets. Which might be launched separately in October [2014]. And feature fingerprint recognition plus software sourced from IBM. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading

don't take iPhone 6 tips from Brit comedians like Ali G iPhone 6 probable launch date of September 9th

Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z

A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th [2014]. Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading

not at the expense of real life - myers Smartphones killing Brits sex lives

28% check their smartphones during sex act

They say that there’s an app for everything these days, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are apps to improve your sex life. This discovery was made by none other than the UK’s Sun newspaper, of course. It then went on to rate five of the leading sex apps for iOS and Android. The article was prompted by shock findings from a survey carried out for TigerMobiles.com by market research and polling agency, Carter Digby. They asked 1,500 couples in the UK between 18-30 a range of questions on their sex lives and smartphone usage habits. A shocking 28 per cent revealed they have even checked their phone during sexual intercourse. Continue reading