Category Archives: iphone
Has US President accidentally let the cat slip out of the bag
It appears that an off-the-cuff comment from the US President, Barack Obama, that he can’t use a US designed mobile handset might have revealed more than he intended. He claimed that he couldn’t actually use an Apple iPhone for ‘security reasons’. On the surface of this, it could be a reference to the fact the the US authorities have always regarded Canadian designed BlackBerries as being more secure. GoMo News‘ love of conspiracy theories, however, would cause us to speculate that the real reason is that US agents have found the means to hack iPhones but not handsets originating from other countries. Continue reading
Suzhou subsidiary starts offering iPhones
China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with around 750 million subscribers, looks to have finally agreed terms with Apple to sell its devices after adverts for iPhones appeared on a subsidiary’s website. The site went live late last night [2nd December 2013] offering the IPhone 5s and 5c for availability in Suzhou, a city of five million just west of Shanghai. It’s thought China Mobile chose Suzhou not only because of its relatively wealthy citizens more able to afford iPhones, but also as a place where it could iron out the wrinkles in 4G delivery. Until now part of the problem has been China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA protocol, used solely by the carrier and which the iPhone doesn’t support. Continue reading
Yer 5c is just for plebs, mate
Apple’s more expensive iPhone 5s outsold the company’s 5C model by three to one in the UK, latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech suggest. But although there appears to be a British consumer preference for the pricier handset, Apple is still losing market share. In the three months to October 2013, smartphones running Apple’s operating system slipped from 32.7 per cent in 2012 to 28.7 per cent now. In the USA, says Kantar, the decline is even more marked – down from 47.2 per cent to 40.8 per cent during the same period. Continue reading
Body-in bag man had been to Def Con 18
There’s been a lot of publicity recently in the UK about the mysteriously death of Brit, Gareth Williams, who worked for the spying agency MI6 (officially known as SIS). His body was found in a bag in his own bath. The British Police have controversially concluded that there’s no evidence that Williams was unlawfully killed when he died back in August 2010. However, GoMo News has developed a new theory that maybe Williams was actually a mobile phone hacker. Rather than someone who dealt with computers of other forms of espionage. We just think there was something strange about the number of SIM cards and mobile phone found in his flat after his death. Continue reading
by Greg Shuey, marketing strategist with youAPPi
These days, smart businesses are finding all kinds of ways to develop interesting apps that compliment their core offering. For example, take the iPhone app called What Knot from Columbia Sportswear. This app has nothing to do with outdoor apparel, but is a fantastic way to provide value to those who most likely use or will use their products in the future. The problem is, your brand is probably not as well known as Columbia Sportswear is in the USA and installs don’t come as easy as the What Knot app. So what is a small to medium sized business to do? Does this mean they should stay out of the mobile space by not creating an app at all? Nope! Continue reading
Nokia still dominates the Middle East says Netbiscuits
Building websites just for the Top Ten leading mobile devices is no longer an acceptable approach to a mobile web strategy, according to Netbiscuits. This recommendation is based on the findings of the latest Netbiscuits Web Trends report for Q3 2013. This reveals mobile web usage patterns based on more than three billion hits on the Netbiscuits platform. The Top Ten devices- including iPhone, Samsung and BlackBerry devices, only accounted for 47 per cent of total traffic on the Netbiscuits cloud platform. The report also shows that there are massive variations via region. For example, Nokia dominated in the Middle East with over a third (36 per cent) global traffic share. Continue reading
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
But profits for Q4 reveal historic decline
Apple was standing on the cusp with investors last night [28th October 2013] after hinting that earnings could start growing again as iPhone sales gain traction. Although the company recorded its first fall in profits since 2001, with Q4 profits at $7.5 billion compared to $8.2 billion last year , CEO Tim Cook insisted Apple was “stronger than ever” and would consider returning more cash to shareholders by the beginning of 2014. Analysts had feared that the cheaper iPhone 5C model would perform poorly, but overall sales of iPhones came in at $33.8 million in the quarter, up 26 per cent on the year.
Stock in the Cupertino giant initially fell four per cent in after-hours trading but then recovered to gain as much as one per cent, as Apple explained that margins would be closer to 38.5 per cent if not for the deferred revenues from its software giveaway.
Apple shares are still trading below their record high of $702 but have risen by about a fifth a 20 in the past three months. Last night they closed at $529, up less than 1 per cent on the day. Continue reading
Subsidised handsets in the UK could soon be a thing of the past following a decision by regulator Ofcom allowing phone users to ditch their “fixed price” contracts if there is a price hike.
Until now customers on contracts involving monthly billing could only cancel if price rises caused “material detriment,” a legally untested term, otherwise they were invariably obliged to continue paying until the deal ends or face an exit penalty.
But, after nearly a year of deliberations, Ofcom has ruled the practice is unfair to consumers and that in future “fixed” should mean exactly that – and, if it doesn’t, customers should be free to take on a contract elsewhere. Continue reading
Deal with China’s largest carrier could open iPhone floodgates
A breakthrough by Apple in China could soon be on the cards after the Cupertino giant posted an advert for someone to manage its operations in the region, insisting that “extensive knowledge” of the TD-SCDMA comms protocol was needed – as used exclusively by China Mobile. In August this year  research firm IDC reported that Apple was still losing ground in China, where its market share almost halved in the past year. But that could be reversed if Apple could strike a deal with China Mobile, the nation’s largest carrier with around 750 million subscribers but which has yet to offer a subsidised iPhone on its network. Continue reading
You can keep checking this URL to see if it reappears in NZ
There’s still no more signs of BBM for iPhone or for Android for that matter. It seems that we won’t see either client oozing out until at least next week, according to Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry writing in InsideBlackBerry.com. He’s thrown light on what happened by saying that the unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app – posted on file sharing sites, “resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than [expected].” Which would explain why the few lucky one in countries like New Zealand who got their hands on BBM for iPhone and it hasn’t been turned off. Continue reading
Price rises much smaller than after iPhone 5 announcement back in 2012
More evidence it would seem that the iPhone 5S and 5C haven’t inspired Apple fanbois as much the iPhone 5 announcement back in 2012. According to mobile phone recycling comparison site CompareMyMobile, the rise in valuations up just 120.25 per cent This is a smaller rise than expected, especially following the 367.57 per cent rise in valuations following the iPhone 5 announcement. By contrast, BlackBerry valuations almost doubled from 10.27 per cent to 20.3 per cent following the 5s/c release. Continue reading
Complaints about iOS 7 still pour in
Despite his fierce critics, Apple’s CEO’s Tim Cook (he whose name cannot be mentioned) seems to have down well. GoMo News should have realised this for the high number of activations recorded by Localytics (see previous story here). However, Apple has just officially announced that it sold an impressive nine millions handsets in just three days after their appearance in the shops. BlackBerry’s Thorsten Heins must be feeling sick because he couldn’t even sell 7 million Z10s. Anyway, it appears that Apple has genuinely run out of stock (although we strongly suspect that it is just the 5s that consumers can’t buy in stores. Continue reading
September 23rd 2013. Apple has announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history. Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are available in the USA, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks. Continue reading