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Globetrotter-battery Powered up phones requirement at airports counter-productive

What happens if we all start carrying battery packs?

The news that various British airlines – especially those flying passengers to the USA, have started to insist that travellers’ mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets, must be powered up could well prove to be counter-productive. This GoMo News hack doesn’t believe he is unusual but if an airline wanted to confiscate either my mobile phone or my laptop, then there wouldn’t be any point me getting on that plane. Both are vital tools for performing my line of work. Normally it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep both items charged. But our recent experience flying back to Britain from Barcelona suggests otherwise. We’re all for countering terrorism but you have to be pragmatic about these things. Continue reading

the passport keyboard Promised Passport from BlackBerry could stem customer loss

Making it easier to put Android apps on BB10 too

There have been some pretty comprehensive leaks about BlackBerry’s next BB10 based device – the Passport. Michael Clewley, director of software product management at BlackBerry says it will deliver “a step change in productivity”. He was writing in an official BlackBerry log which has been removed. So, thanks to mobilesyrup, you can read his blog here. Why does it increase productivity? Because this promised BB10 smartphone has a touch-enabled keyboard. Simultaneously BlackBerry has been making it easier for Android developers to port their apps to BB10 devices (including Passport). This might stem the diminishing loyalty of BlackBerry consumers in 2014 recently discovered by British comparison site Cashforphonescomparison. Continue reading

Dixie_Somers Guest Post: Major differences between Android vs iPhone users

by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who works sometimes with Apple Shark

In my opinion, in North America Android users are far more likely to be found in lower income areas, whereas middle and upper class regions tend to favour the iPhone. This can be put down largely due to the major price differences between the two. For example, an Android handset can easily be obtained for less than half the price of an iPhone. In addition, monetisation differences make Android apps much cheaper than iPhone equivalents. The price divide also creates a separation in price. Young college students generally have less money, thus they are grouped with the lower income Android users no matter what area they live in. Continue reading

lebara_tweakker Tweakker’s web app simply switches an iPhone to MVNO data

Could save you from having to unlock the phone

A while back when we ran a story entitled ‘US MVNO Ultra Mobile connects through Tweakker‘ we spotted a reference to a special facility for Apple’s iPhones. The company claimed it can provide, “a unique solution for iPhones where the customer is guided via SMS and web-apps through an automatic setup process.” This turns out to be an extremely useful facility for MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] who know that a large number of potential subscribers want to migrate using their iPhone. The problem is that MVNOs’ APNs [Access Point Names] are not included in Apple’s own iPhone activation ‘process’ files. Without Tweakker’s solution this can prove to be a support nightmare for MVNOs. Continue reading

full english & iphone recharge in 1 - biolite Cook full English & simultaneously charge your iPhone

Good for some music festivals which hopefully includes WOMAD

The sun is shining here in Blighty [UK], so our thoughts naturally turn to hopes of a balmy [sunny] Summer of music festivals. What’s an Englishman/woman’s major challenge when camping out in the middle of nowhere – as is the case with most music festivals? Answer: – How are you going to cook a full English breakfast?* Oh, and what are you going to do about re-charging your iPhone (or any other smartphone for that matter)? We came across one device which sounds like it is the answer to any English person’s prayers. The Biolite Camping stove. Basically you can burn wood to heat the frying pan and charge your smartphone simultaneously. Camp fires and barbecues are banned at most music festivals but some such as WOMAD Charlton Park allow camping stoves. Continue reading

built on offering disruptive mobile packages - kassim US MVNO Ultra Mobile connects through Tweakker

Connectivity firm to provide APN settings to fuel Ultra Mobile’s continued growth in the US market & cut customer care costs
Tweakker experiencing strong growth in North American MVNO markets

Press release

May 14th 2014. Mobile connectivity leader Tweakker has announced that it has entered into a supply agreement with USA-based mobile virtual network operator [MVNO] Ultra Mobile to deliver Access Point Name (APN) configuration to its growing domestic customer base. This is the fourth USA-based MVNO that Tweakker has entered into supply agreements with in recent months and the firm is focussed on developing similar agreements with many more US-based MVNOs. Continue reading

adblocker_facebook AdBlock comes out for Safari – but not iPhone

GoMo gets clarification that it is desktop only

Now that there’s a major shift over to mobile in terms of online advertising, here at GoMo Towers we’re still bemused that major advertising refuznik – AdBlock, has not managed to extend its reach. So when we spotted the news that a version of AdBlock Plus had come out for Safari, we thought AdBlock had at last started to make headway into the mobile ads sector. No such luck. This is what an official AdBlock spokesperson told us … “It [adBlock Plus] only works on desktop versions of Safari, not iPhones. The reason for this is that the iPhone version of Safari and the desktop version of Safari are entirely different thing. And like all phone versions of popular desktop browsers, with the exception of Firefox, phone-version Safari does not (yet) support extensions.” So there you go. Continue reading

cards exceed capacity of physical wallets - parisse Bluesource to integrate Vodafone Wallet into its app

Load all your loyalty cards straight into Vodafone’s mobile wallet

Vodafone has struck an agreement with Bluesource, an Austrian software house, to integrate the Vodafone Wallet into its ‘mobile-pocket’ app. The Bluesource app is one of the most popular customer cards and shopping apps in Europe. The integrated app will be progressively rolled out in countries where Vodafone has already launched its mobile wallet. So it will start in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain in June [2014] with other countries including the UK expected to follow later. But will it work on the iPhone? Continue reading

- boyd Flaw in iPhone email encryption causes stir

Germany’s NESO Security Labs spots potential email security flaw

The news site are alight with the news that a researcher working for the NESO Security Labs in Germany, Andreas Kurtz, has spotted a potential vulnerability in the security of email attachments for those using the latest Apple iOS software. He apparently managed to prove the bug worked even with an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4. Apple has acknowledged the bug’s existence but it’s still not clear what will happen next. Continue reading

iPhone owners more risqué - Spencer Skewed survey says iPhone users send more sexts

We’re not quite sure how these figures were put together

The practice of sending explicit, sexual text messages to other people is known as ‘sexting’. Last month [April 2014] GoMo News reported on a survey carried out by which claimed that Samsung handsets knocked Apple’s iconic iPhone into second place when it comes to sexting here. Now a new survey carried out on behalf of UK based we site, insurance2go, found that more than 30 per cent of iPhone users had sent an explicit message. Even those with a BlackBerry (21 per cent) sent more sexts than the 17 per cent who used a Samsung device. GoMo News wonders why all the leading brands of Android handsets aren’t grouped together – why just Samsung? 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

Juned.-Ghanchi Tools that aid in iPhone app development

by Juned Ahmed, a mobile business consultant at Indian App Developers

The iPhone’s success has taken the world of mobile apps to the next level altogether. More and more mobile app developers are participating in iPhone app development. They want to enhance the user experience with these apps. Most of the apps have been introduced based on the customer feedback provided. However, there are instances where most people have indulged in experience based apps such as an ebook reader or an entertainment schedulers. Well, users may be a developer for mobile apps, but not necessarily for iPhone based apps. This is why users need help of tools that will ease the whole process out for users. All users need to do is purchase or download these tools and use them to create the necessary mobile apps for users’ iPhone. Here’s my list of useful apps that will aid in the iPhone app development process. Continue reading

Secret_screenshot Sshhh! It’s Secret Inc Secret app for iPhone

Social networking – only for those in USA

Here’s a new twist on social networking – an iPhone App called Secret which really does keep your identity secret. The idea appears to be to start wicked rumours with this app and then keep everyone guessing who actually let the cat out of the bag [started it]. The app is apparently the work of two former Google employees (calling themselves Secret Inc)– which makes it all the more puzzling that there’s currently no Android version of this app yet. There is an Android app called secret which is very similar but it isn’t the work of the same developer. The app is all the buzz in Silicon Valley but there’s a catch – at present you can only download this app if you’re based in the USA. Continue reading

apply could swap to wireless chargers like the gear 4 Apple could be forced to add micro-USB port by EU

Modernised radio equipment directive could enforce common phone charger

Iconic smartphone manufacturer, Apple, could find itself forced to add a micro-USB port to its iPhone mobile handsets by a European MEPs. They have just amended the draft law to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for radio equipment. They’ve definitely got mobile phones in mind here. The logical outcome would be a one-charger-fits-all for handsets – and a micro-USB port is the only viable option. Hence, if Apple is going to sell smartphones within the EU (and therefore Europe) it could be forced to add a micro-USB port to its devices. Continue reading

jane_miller Guest Post: A bite of the Apple in 2014

What should we expect from Apple?

by Jane Miller, a freelance writer & contributor

It appears that Apple has a knack of coming out with the hottest gadgets. Apparently, according to CNBC’s All-America economic survey, half of North American households agree with this. Over 55 million families owned at least one Apple product in 2012. What’s more, 10 per cent of households without Apple products planned to join the ‘in crowd’ in 2013. I predict that this trend isn’t about to end any time soon (not shortly). To discover what else you can expect from Apple in 2014, read on. I believe we’ll see an iPhone 6; the iWatch; and an iPad Pro. Continue reading