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1st Windows 10 smartphone from Microsoft

Lumia 950 has dual anntena & super camera

Nokia – or should we say Microsoft, has just [October 2015] announced the latest smartphone in its Windows based range – the Lumia 950. This is, of course, Microsoft’s first Windows 10 flagship smartphone. Obviously this handset will have to play on its hardware features because it doesn’t have a cat in hell’s chance of competing on the ‘mobile apps supported’ front. Traditionally, Nokia has chosen to go big on the capabilities of the built-in camera. This is exactly the sort of smartphone which will lead to the disappearance of the consumer dedicated digital camera. But what intrigued us here at GoMo Towers is the fact that the company decided to go it big on the handset’s dual antenna system. Continue reading

Google & Microsoft agree to end their patent battle

Dr Aaltonen diagnoses boredom with pursuit of the pointless

It seems that industry giants – Google and Microsoft, have finally agreed to end their respective patent battle.
According to Dr Aleksi Aaltonen, an assistant professor of information systems with Warwick Business School, commented, “Patent battles are business as usual for tech giants that use them for various purposes. Lawsuits are used to claim financial damages but undoubtedly are also used for strategic manoeuvring and even for PR.” He hints, however, have probably become bored with pursuit of pointless. He added, “Given that software patents are often notoriously ambiguous, lawsuits tend to become drawn out affairs that can last years.” Continue reading

icrosoft  -fogg Redmond has lost the mobile OS war again

Inc industry comments from IHS Technology on Windows 10 launch

If you watch the latest TV adverts from Redmond based giant, Microsoft, you could be forgiven  for not having the  slightest clue what Windows 10 actually delivers. This latest version of Windows (and no-one has successfully explained what happened to Windows 9.0) works on both mobile and PC. So it seems that Windows Phone is dead. Just like Windows Mobile was before WP6. Thus, according to Ian Fogg, director of mobile analysis with IHS Technology, “Microsoft has lost the smartphone OS war to iOS and Android.” The plus side – it seems that Cortana, Microsoft/Nokia’s answer to Apple’s Siri, has made it onto the desktop. Continue reading

nadella Satya Nadella’s email announcing Nokia job losses

Workforce reductions “primarily in our phone business”

Here’s a transcript of the email sent out to Microsoft (and therefore former Nokia) employees by current CEO, Satya Nadella … “Team. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared with you our mission, strategy, structure and culture. Today [July 7th 2015], I want to discuss our plans to focus our talent and investments in areas where we have differentiation and potential for growth, as well as how we’ll partner to drive better scale and results. In all we do, we will take a long-term view and build deep technical capability that allows us to innovate in the future. With that context, I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business and share more on last week’s mapping and display advertising announcements. We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business.” Continue reading

Outlook_screen Microsoft to end Outlook Andriod app support pre ICS/4.0

Beast of Redmond slips back into its old ways

It seems that Microsoft is planning to end support for the old version of its Outlook app for Android on handsets which cannot run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above. This is due to happen on on July 31st [2015]. So it’s a jolly good idea for consumers to ensure that their Android handsets are running Version 1.2.23 of the Outlook which is the very latest version of the app that appeared on June 25th [2015]. Download it from here. Versions installed before January 29th [2015] (when it also introduced Outlook for iOS) will shortly become defunct, therefore. This doesn’t leave owners of older Android handsets high and dry, however. There are ways around the problem, of course. However, its is indicative of Redmond based Microsoft’s attitude to customers who can’t be bothered to update their hardware. Much like those still running Windows XP on perfectly good PCs. Continue reading

Mail on Sunday calls for action over bill shock

MNOs should bring security & protection in line with banks

The leading UK national newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, has called for more protection for consumers over ‘bill shock’. This follows a complaint from a British woman, Laura Harris, over a £2,000 ($3,100) bill she managed to run up with local MNO[Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone. The worrying thing is that she managed this feat mostly by linking her Apple iPhone to a Microsoft Exchange email server. She discovered the cause by contacting a specialist firm, Forensic Mobile Services, which claimed that “Exchange email services have known technical issues that can result in high data usage when used on Apple devices.” Known by whom, GoMo News would like to know? Anyway, Ms Harris and the Daily Mail (here) have subsequently called for UK MNOs to bring security and protection in line with banks [financial institutions]. Continue reading

schmidt - forced to unbundle apps from android? Android could be under threat from EU bureaucrats

Europe gunning for search engine giant – Google

The European Union (EU) has a history of taking on high tech giants (almost inevitably US based) and – after long and protracted battles – winning. It’s happened to the likes of Microsoft and Intel before. And now, it seems, it is the turn of Google – best known as a search engine giant. However, in the mobile world the company holds great sway thanks to its leading mobile OS – Android. Which is where the European Commission is now focusing to see if Google is breaking European anti-competitive laws. Interestingly, in his time at Novell, current Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, would have been more than happy to see the EU intervene and Novell’s arch enemy – Microsoft. So he’s well aware of the dangers. Continue reading

MS-DOS_dir MS-DOS Mobile is real app but no OS

The joke could well be on the Microsoft Lumia team!

Whilst most news sites fell hook-line-and-sinker [completely] for the MS-DOS Mobile for Nokia Lumia phones announcement, GoMo News knew that it was really a joke. [See 'MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed'.] The reality is that the MS-DOS app does exist but only currently runs on Windows Phone 8 handsets. Which is why it wouldn’t download onto our own Nokia Lumia 800 Mangophone. We’ve now seen the app running on a WP8 handset and understand what the Lumia development team were doing. It’s a fake OS that appears to work. Aimed at techies old enough to remember what DOS commands like SET Blaster actually did. Continue reading

water_resist Water resistance key to wearables

Bathing with your smartwatch on essential

In advance of the impending commercial availability of both the Microsoft Band and the Apple Watch (in the UK), GoMo News has been looking at key differentiators in the fledgling wearables market. One ‘must-have’ we’ve identified is being able to wear your smartwatch in the bath or shower. Taking it off to bathe is a unwanted chore. Looking at the key players, we’ve noticed that Motorola with its Moto 360 may have a definite advantage given that the 360 has a ruggedised rating of IP67. In other words it’s as near as damn it waterproof. Seeing as Motorola is the company which gave us the Defy ‘partyproof’ handset this comes as no surprise (see here). Continue reading

app won't download in UK MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed

Microsoft has very warped sense of humour

Here at GoMo Towers we nearly fell off our bar stools when we saw the blog posting here announcing that, “Today Microsoft launch MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones.” We guess that this being April 1st 2015 [April Fools Day], this is just one big spoof. Unfortunately, the Redmond based company hasn’t made it clear at all. It’s even gone as far as creating a download for the product here which gives the news even more credibility. Sadly, over here in Blighty [UK] we can’t actually try to download this app to our Lumia handset because the Windows Phone store reports it isn’t available in our region. To make matters worse, the Lumia team are currently still insisting the product is real. Continue reading

talk to your smartwatch Apple Watch could face competition from Band

Will Cupertino really shift 21 million Watches in 12 months?

Recently, Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald in the USA predicted that Apple would sell some 21 million Watches in 12 months. Which seems a rather optimistic prediction given that the iWatch only works with specific Apple iPhones.  Whereas the opposition is promoting fairly hardware agnostic wearable technology. Earlier in March [2015], Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Band had been available in the UK for pre-order for £169.99 (circa $250). That figure is an guide rather than a guarantee. However, it compares to £299 ($445) for an entry level Apple Watch. Here at GoMo Towers we don’t think it is battery life that will be the Watch’s Achilles heel, we think that it will be vulnerability to water damege. Just like previous Apple offerings. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft could have advantage in wearables

Its smartwatch works with 3 mobile OS

How the world has changed. One time developers could produce their software for just one OS – Microsoft’s Windows. And happily ignore Apple. Now the tables have turned. Everyone’s talking about the Watch – which only works with one OS – Apple’s iOS. So app developers could logically tailor their wares to just the one mobile OS. However, here at GoMo Towers, we think we’ve spotted that Microsoft has some advantages which most observers seem to have overlooked. Its  wearable offering – the Band, works not only with Windows Phone but also with iOS and Android. Plus whilst the Band is geared heavily at fitness – it is still usable as a smartphone. Check out the Band specs here. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft Band tech info

Wearable bracelet with smartwatch-like capabilities

Full Technical Specifications

Supported mobile devices: Windows Phone 8.1 update with Bluetooth; iOS 7.1 or later (iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus) & Android 4.3 – 4.4  with Bluetooth

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)

Battery life: 48 hours of normal use; advanced functionality like GPS use will impact battery performance Continue reading

affiliate_summit Affiliate Summit West 2015

[ January 18, 2015 10:00 am to January 20, 2015 7:00 pm. ] Organisers: Affiliate Summit
Venue: Paris Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, USA

Register for tickets here

This three day conference includes an exhibit hall with affiliates, merchants, vendors, and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts. Continue reading

app_promo_berlin_14 App Promotion Summit Berlin 2014

[ November 20, 2014; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: All Amber
Venue: Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Location: Berlin, Germany

Register: here

Meet the experts and learn about the full range of app marketing techniques at the App Promotion Summit in Berlin. This year’s speakers include SoundCloud, Microsoft, Wooga and Blloon. Continue reading