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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

End of XP is great news for Android & iOS

Why exactly do you need a desktop PC instead of a tablet or smartphone?

A great deal is being written about Microsoft ending ‘Extended Support’ for Windows XP today [April 8th 2014]. A great deal of it is mere scaremongering and reminiscent of the Millennium bug which never actually wreaked havoc. The software giant might have shot itself in the foot, however. If you look carefully at what the analysts are saying, they are actually advocating going mobile without truly appreciating it. For example, take this quote from Richard Edwards, principal analyst for enterprise mobility & productivity software at Ovum, “Compared to smartphones and tablet devices, PC operating system upgrades are an ugly affair.” Exactly. It’s not actually time to think about upgrading from XP, it’s time to ask yourself, “Why exactly do I have a desktop again?” Continue reading

if you can get it to work - nokia store on android Nokia Store can be accessed by regular Android & Sailfish handsets

Not all Nokia’s AOSP apps will run on them, though

GoMo News has been attempting to discover what apps are available for the Nokia X now that it has been officially released in multiple global markets. For example, the handset sold out in the UAE within a day of going on sale. The ‘X’ is, of course, the first Nokia handset to run Android Open Source Project (AOSP). However, whilst visiting the Nokia app store ( formerly Ovi) via the web, we still aren’t able to set the ‘X’ as our default handset. This in turn has led GoMo to discover that it is theoretically possible to access Nokia’s Android apps stash by downloading an Nokia Store app to your Android – or even Sailfish – handset. If you can get it to work that is. Continue reading

making its way to china? Nokia to launch MixRadio in China

Linked to Bill Gates’ return to Microsoft

According to a report in today’s [March 23rd 2014] Sunday Times, Nokia is on the verge on launching a version of its MixRadio streaming service into China. Like other observers, GoMo News would question the wisdom of such a move. As a country its inhabitants aren’t known for much respect for digital copyrights. Which could prove a flaw in Nokia’s business plan. We especially like the newspaper’s suggestion that Bill Gates is somehow behind the move. Continue reading

the bugged infographic Probably the worst WP8 Hot Tip from Microsoft ever

Advice on custom ringtones virtually useless

One of the  missing features which is most irritating (for long-time Nokia users especially) is a lack of configurable ring tones. Nokia virtually invented the ringtone market so it is hard to see why it has tolerated the lack of easily configurable ringtones with its latest Windows Phone (WP8) handsets. Consequently, GoMo News was delighted to see a tweet which lead to an infographic – explaining how to install “custom ringtones”. Except when we tried to follow the instructions – they absolutely don’t work for us. Continue reading

lumia 1520 costs $700 Microsoft trying to catch up on Dual SIM market with Windows Phone 8.1

Lava & Karbonn to launch dual-boot Windows/Android phones

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

According to latest (Q4 2013) IDC numbers, Android had a majority 78.1 per cent share of smartphone shipments worldwide, while iOS stood still on 15.2 per cent whilst Windows Phone stood at a distant 3 per cent. Hence Microsoft is doing everything possible to push its market share towards double digit numbers and eat into its more successful competitors namely iOS and Android. In its latest attempt, the company is trying to target the lower end of the smartphone market, especially in the developing BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Continue reading

mistake to push the touch only Z3 Skype may release BB 7 client for Indonesian BlackBerries

Now that Chen seems to have cuddled up to Microsoft

With BlackBerry’s John Chen seemingly building on a close relationship with Microsoft (see ‘BBM for Windows Phone app may be imminent‘), the next obvious move is for Skype to open up its platform to all BlackBerry owners – not just those who happen to own a BB10 device. We’ve downloaded Skype onto our BlackBerry Q5 handset, for example. As regular GoMo News readers will know, Skype is now part of Microsoft. And talking of parts of Microsoft – so is Nokia these days. Which is why BlackBerry has announced that it will be making a BBM client available for not just Windows Phone handsets but for the Nokia X (Android/AOSP) handset, too. The key here is Indonesia. Continue reading

dixie's photo is in the post Guest Post: My highlights from MWC 2014 Barcelona

by Greg Beck, a tech writer who works with Hyperoptic

Each and every year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) offers us the possibility of taking a good look at some of the latest and most exciting smartphones available on the market, but also allows us to discover new and ground-breaking devices and applications before anybody else. This year’s edition of the MWC took place between February 24th-27th [2014] in the city of Barcelona, where leading figures such as WhatsApp’s CEO, Jan Koum, and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, joined the audience in order to share their vision about what to expect in the near future. Continue reading

onedrive for bb10 BBM for Windows Phone app may be imminent

BlackBerry might also sell a personalised BBM ID

We’re a little slow off the mark here at GoMo Towers because we’ve only just noticed that there’s now a OneDrive cloud storage option available for BlackBerry BB10 users. We spotted this when an ad for OneDrive (which had to be recent because the SkyDrive name has been dropped) appeared as an ad when downloading from BlackBerry World. Given that Microsoft only made the app available a few days ago [March 2014], we think that BlackBerry will reciprocate. And what better way to do it than making a BBM for Windows Phone app available? Particularly since it looks like BlackBerry is considering monetising BBM by selling personalised BBM IDs. Continue reading

baidu's pic of nokia moneypenny/lumia 630 Dual SIM WP8.1 handset leaks as Lumia 630

Of course the Nokia X Android is dual SIM too

Well the rumour mill has shot into overdrive with a leak of what will almost certainly be the first dual SIM Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8) handset – a Nokia Lumia. The leak’s source appears to be the Chinese web site Baiduhere. The big money is that the device – probably codenamed Moneypenny, will be the the Lumia 630 whilst the Lumia 635 will be a single SIM version. We’re not quite sure why so many observers are saying it is based on the Lumia 620 when the 630 very definitely has a 4.5 inch screen with 854 x 480 pixels. We thought the 620 had a 3.81 inch screen so how can the 630 be based on it? Continue reading

paul_routledge Guest Post: Meeting the demands for the smarter home

by Paul Routledge, senior business manager with D-Link

Thanks to our new found attachment to smartphones and always-on access to the digital world, we have become impatient for ever more information and control. Vendors everywhere are scrambling to develop yet more devices to enable us to access, monitor and manage our homes when we’re not there. We can already keep an eye our homes using IP cameras. We can also stream music and films from home servers and monitor and control use of our networks when we’re out, but that just isn’t enough, so soon we’ll be able to do a whole lot more. But why is the home automation market suddenly flourishing? Continue reading

Facebook-Skype Facebook could earn $800m from a Skype copy says Strand

If Facebook/WhatsApp get into VoIP it’s bad news for MNOs

Without even mentioning the recent WhatsApp announcement, John Strand of Denmark’s Strand Consult argues that if it should decide to introduce cheap voice calls (via VoIP), Facebook could potentially blow Microsoft’s Skype right out of the water. As he says, “f you can talk to friends in Facebook, why would you need to use Skype?” Look at the facts. Facebook is already the world’s largest communications provider with over 1 billion users. It’s a platform where people communicate by voice, text and data. At $175 billion it has a larger market cap that any mobile network operator [MNO], save for China Mobile or Vodafone. And logically, Skype could be one of the first victims of Facebook’s entry to the VoIP market. Continue reading

mobile_voip Cheap voice calls specialist introduces an app for Nokia Asha phones

Symbian is dead so long live Nokia’s Series 40

With the news that WhatsApp is considering offering its users free calls and the fact that arch rival LINE already offers such free calls, it’s easy to forget that in the majority of cases, consumers still have to pay for ‘cheap’ international calls. The technology which makes these calls possible is, of course, VoIP [Voice over IP]. Although Skype has its own flavour of the technology, VoIP is what it utilises to provide cheap callers for its subscribers, for example. However, Skype doesn’t suit everyone and it certainly does cover all mobile platforms. Which is where cheap phone call software specialist – Mobile VOIP comes in. And guess what – Mobile VOIP has just announced that it now has a VoIP client for Nokia’s S40 Asha (Series 40) range of handsets. Continue reading

spot the onedrive icon The difference between Microsoft’s OneDrive & SkyDrive

by our Microsoft specialist

GoMo News noticed the obvious discrepancy here between the branding Nokia is using with its latest X range over cloud storage and existing branding. We asked our resident Microsoft specialist, Rajveer Rathore, which was correct? SkyDrive or OneDrive? His answer was … Microsoft rebranded cloud storage services (available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android users) as OneDrive as of 19th February, 2014. The company was forced to do so as it lost a trademark battle over the name ‘Sky’ with the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). Continue reading

spot the skydrive icon with the nokia x MWC: Spot the Nokia X deliberate mistake

Is it SkyDrive or OneDrive? BBM launched or not?

Whilst trawling through all the information supplied on the biggest U-turn in cellular history – Nokia selling Android phones, we spotted the deliberate mistake. Take a look at the promotional pictures of the Nokia X and you can clearly see an icon bearing the name for Microsoft’s cloud based service. SkyDrive. But it should be OneDrive. The company renamed the service OneDrive five days ago from SkyDrive after losing a bout with those arch haters of free information- the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). Although to give the company its due, the ordinary British consumer would assume that SkyDrive was one of BSkyB’s products. Continue reading