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Skyep+pchome GoMo forced to watch YouTube to get Skype help

Our Skype account gets tagged to a Taiwanese web site

Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve been facing absolute chaos with our Skype account. It got ‘tagged’ to PC Home which is Skype’s partner in Taiwan or China. We’re not quite sure how it happened but escaping the mess has proved unbelievably complex and impossible to date. Despite the fact that Skype (now owned by Microsoft) is a voice call supplier, you can’t actually speak to an agent. We decided that the answer was to use Skype’s Live Chat Support service. In order to access Live Chat we first had to watch an independently produced help video on YouTube (see below). Continue reading

spot the old messenger contacts Microsoft kills off MSN Messenger

Bows to fact that apps are now key to IM popularity

It appears that Microsoft has decided to call a complete halt to its legacy IM [Instant Messaging] service which started out life as MSN Messenger and eventually mutated into Windows Live Messenger. The company seems to be bowing to harsh realities. MSN got its boost because it was bundled with the Windows OS. Today, it is the mobile apps which dictate fashion. Anyway, Microsoft doesn’t really need two separate IM systems. It has an excellent one which came with Skype – a service which it acquired for $8.5 billion (£5.1 billion) back in 2012. The only surviving version of the MSN service is being switched off in mainland China on October 31st [2014] after 15 years. Continue reading

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[ September 1, 2014 8:00 am to September 3, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: S&S Media Group
Venue: nhow Hotel Berlin
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Register: here

The Internet of Things is becoming the main driver of innovation for the economy, society and culture. Intelligent, networked devices will soon populate everyday and business life. Smart Homes, Connected Cars or Industry 4.0 but are only the tip of the iceberg IoT! [...]

devika's photo is in the post Guest Post: Microsoft’s 1st phone after Nokia acquisition – Lumia 530

by Priyanka Jaiswal, a blogger who works with MyPriceIndia

Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphones on 23th July [2014]. This model is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset in the Lumia series after it had acquired Nokia. By contrast, the Lumia 630 was announced just few days before the deal of Nokia acquisition closed. Lumia 530 is a budget Windows smartphone which is announced with the ever lowest price in Lumia series. It is priced at around INR 6840 ($114). This phone should hit the shelves of mobile phone stores this month [August 2014]. Continue reading

Only WP8 handsets can run BBM for Windows Phone

Beta version out in the Windows Phone Marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we were predicting as far aback as March 2014 here that BlackBerry and Microsoft has cosied up so far that a version of BBM for Windows Phone handset was inevitable. Then Then back in June [2014], Blackberry CEO, John Chen told analysts that ‘BBM for Windows Phone will def be out in July‘. Well, he was right but the company left it to the absolute last minute to do so – July 31st! The bad news is that the app will only run on handsets running Windows Phone version 8 [WP8]. Absolutely typical. Not content with leaving all Windows XP users in the lurch, now all of those who went over to Nokia Lumia phones in the very early days like us with the Lumia 800 can’t have BBM. Although there is a glimmer of hope. Continue reading

shows our commitment to cross-platform - sims BBM now available for some Windows Phone (ie WP8) users

Only works on WP8 and higher

Press release

July 31st 2014. BlackBerry, a global leader in mobile communications, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher. “We are intent on bringing the most popular application experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform,” said Bryan Biniak, vp & general manager for developer experience with Microsoft. “BBM on Windows Phone brings our customers the secure, easy-to-use messaging experience they demand, and we expect that new features will roll out in the months to come.” Continue reading

nadella - mobile first By axing Nokia X series, Microsoft gets to focus entirely on the Lumia brand

Special report by our Indian technical correspondent

In an email to Microsoft employees last week [July 2014], CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would lay off 18,000 employees over the course of the year and most of them (12,500) would be from Nokia’s handset division. These layoffs are Microsoft’s way of restructuring around a Nadella’s view of Microsoft as a “mobile first, cloud first” organisation. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin SIM roaming specialist Top Connect predicts Germany will win World Cup

That’s all based on Skype calls so it must be right then

Specialist roaming SIM supplier, Top Connect, is now predicting that Germany’s football team will win the soccer fanatics’ version of the Super Bowl – the World Cup. We’ve heard of data mining, but the way in which this Estonia based company (just in case you thought there was a bias) reached its conclusion is fascinating. Thanks to its unique relationship with (Microsoft owned) Skype, the supplier of the call back TravelSim roaming card has analysed its traffic. In particular it has looked at German, Dutch and Argentinean users of its SIMs. Relevant nations given that the English team out of the competition in the very early stages but their teams are still in contention. Top Connect is now reporting an impressive 21 per cent increase in free Skype calls being made to TravelSim users currently watching the World Cup in Brazil. Continue reading

Rummage touts itself as ripe for Nokiasoft acquisition

We think that Google might be more interested

A UK-based software company called Computer ConQuest reckons that its software is ripe for acquisition from the new behemoth which is Nokiasoft – a term which it reckons has been coined by former Nokia chief, Stephen Elop. Apparently the company claims that Elop has suggested that neither ‘Microsoft Mobile’ nor Nokia will be the long-term brand names that consumers can expect to hear. Which is, of course, interesting. The company also maintains that the emergence of smartphones as devices utilised by millions of people o na daily has made information accessible with just a few clicks of the finger. So what has Computer ConQuest done to combat this situation. Launched a program – Rummage that only runs on Windows 7 (for PCs). Eh? Continue reading

lumia 630 dual You should choose Lumia 630 any day over Nokia XL

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

As we reported back in April [2014], ‘Nokia X has experienced a good amount of traction in India‘, this was mostly due to the fact that it was the first dual SIM smartphone from Nokia. Since then, Nokia has released slightly upgraded versions of Nokia X in the form of Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Continue reading

lumia arc of wonder with 1020s in NYC Nokia & Microsoft pull Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder stunt

Anything to promote Lumia 1020′s 41 mp camera

It’s not the first time that Nokia’s Creative Labs has pulled a stunt to publicise the fact that buried inside Lumia smartphones is a powerful 41 megapixel camera. Now – with a little help from Microsoft, the smartphone vendor has produced the ‘Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder’ in co-operation with filmmaker Paul Trillo. He created the Arc from 50 Lumia 1020 smartphones controlled by a Microsoft Surface tablet using a special app which was designed for the Windows 8 mobile platform. The venue? NYC (New York City, USA), of course. Continue reading

suri - class of 1989 @ mit Rajeev Suri named new Nokia CEO moving up from NSN

Heavy duty Indian connexion for both Nokia & Microsoft

Having completed the sell-off of its Devices & Services division to Microsoft, Nokia has named Nokia Rajeev Suri as its new CEO. Its a predictable move since Suri had been heading up the solutions & networking division – formerly Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN]. It is reported that Nokia currently acquires around 90 per cent of its remaining revenues from the networking division. But there’s a strong connexion between Suri and current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella both were MIT student -just a year apart. Not at the Massachusetts Instute of Technology as you might have thought but at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka. Continue reading

Pin_finder2 Latest BBM update for Android fails to excite

Still great deal of negative feedback

As Microsoft made it very clear this week when it finalised the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division, the way to make money out of mobile currently is out of services. The demon of Redmond will be pushing the likes of OneDrive to Asha and Nokia X owners rather than desperately trying to get consumers to buy WP8. And BlackBerry ought to be doing exacgtly the same thing with its BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) IM offering. So when we saw there was a new update for BBM for Android, we got quite excited here at GoMo Towers. To no avail because all the latest versions claims to offer is bug fixes. Which prompted a whole host of reviewers to say the bugs weren’t fixed. Worse still there is no sign of the BBM for Windows Phone yet. Continue reading

elop is the one on the right Microsoft finally clinches the Nokia Devices deal

Plans to plan in the affordable mobile devices market, though

Yesterday [April 25th 2014] Microsoft finally completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The curious thing is that the deal doesn’t cover everything. Nokia told its users that , “it will continue to run its businesses, including HERE location-based products and services, which are not part of the Microsoft acquisition. With the completion of this sale, the Nokia Devices & Services business will be part of a Finnish entity, Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. ” No surprises for guessing who got the job of heading up the Microsoft Devices Group? Step forward Stephen Elop who is former Nokia President and CEO. 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