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Mobile applications

the real thing Fake Xcode wreaks havoc with apps on iTunes

China based attack even affects TenCent’s WeChat

It seems that malware dubbed XcodeGhost has been found embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps on Apple’s iTunes App Store. No reason for most iOs users to panic because the affected apps all seem to be those aimed at the Chinese market. It seems that the malware got passed Apple’s software checkers because it was introduced by a bogus copy of Xcode – the software required by all those wishing to develop iOS apps. Worryingly, however, it is app developers who are being targeted in this attack. The official line is that it was quicker to download the bogus Xcode from Chinese servers rather than Apple’s own. However, GoMo News would speculate that since the licence fee for Xcode is so high, developers were drawn to the fake version because it was free. 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

Github_growth GitHub’s planned expansion and growth in Europe

Press release

June 17th 2015. GitHub is announcing the European expansion of its collaborative software platform. With over 9.5million users already established globally, the company is looking to support them with teams now in place across Amsterdam, Germany, the UK and France. Within Europe the creation and maintenance of software is of growing importance. It not only builds a base of intellectual property, creative talent and revenue – it also generates further income. This income is massive now, and it’’s growing all of the time. Pierre Audoin Consultants (here) estimates that, from 2009 to 2020, the revenue from license fees, services and paid web-based software will increase from €231 billion to €385.5 billion. Continue reading

Airport_Angel-Screenshot Finally some useful action on the Airport Angel app

At last Barclays Premier Life passengers might be happy

By complete accident, here at GoMo Towers we were browsing through old Android apps that we’d once installed and noticed that Airport Angel had recently been updated [May 18th 2015]. Our original story about the Airport Angel service being available free with Barclays Premier Life accounts first ran in 2008 (See here). Ever since, GoMo News has been inundated with requests for help. The Angel service is currently being offered by the CPP Group and even though we did manage to speak to Joanne Gibbons, head of customer propositions with CPP, we still couldn’t answer all readers questions. Until now. Continue reading

- grimson Yttro gets over 2 million game app views

iOS version still to launch though

Having launched a mere six weeks ago [March 2015], Yttro Mobile claims that is changing the face of content discovery as we know it. Certainly for games fans. It revealed that its disruptive mobile platform, Yttro Game App Discovery, is already conquering the Android world. That’s thanks to over 100,000 downloads since the launch which has resulted in more than two million game app views inside Yttro. On top of that it can boast some 200,000 plus install referrals to Google Play. The only fly in the ointment? Well, the iOS version for iPhones, etc is still not with us despite being promised soon. Continue reading

Yttro_logo A brand new mobile expedition experience

Press Release

March 20th 2015. Chances are, consumers have heard of Bejewelled, Angry Birds, and Temple Run. So have all their friends. (And so has most of the world.) Beyond these famous names, though, what else is there? Many have a feeling that a whole hidden trove of games is waiting to be discovered. But how does one find them? They’re not on the iTunes Top 10, or on the Google Play store. It’s possible to furtively/hopefully try typing specific things into the search bar: – such as ‘racing’ or ‘car. However, when the result is a drop-down list of 10 out of a myriad of search results, the whole thingfeels hopelessly tedious. The world of mobile games deserves to be discovered in a way that does fuller justice to the amount of diversity, possibility, and fun out there. As current platforms don’t seem to cut it, so Yttro Mobile has created its own. Continue reading

sure-shot mood booster - brecht Doodle app makes organising social meet-ups effortless

Free app puts a stop to the endless & painful game of planning ping pong

Press release

April 15th 2015. Doodle, the world’s most popular social planning tool, has launched its new iOS app for the iPhone. The free app spells the end of organisational chaos amongst friends, lovers or family members to ensure users always get a date in the diary for those unforgettable social occasions. Trying to get a group of friends, relatives or, even worse, stags and hens to agree on date and time for a social event is a stressful and painful task. In fact, research shows that 61 per cent1 of Brits have axed group events after the agonising and drawn-out planning process of sorting out a date. 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

Apps_word_NA_15 Apps World North America 2015

[ May 12, 2015 10:00 am to May 13, 2015 7:00 pm. ] Organisers:  Sixdegrees
Venue:  Moscone Centre West
Location:  San Francisco, USA

Register: Register for your free developer pass here – here
Register: for your paid workshop pass with the GOMONEWS special discount code I89GS/GoMoNews20 for a 20% discounthere

Apps World – the developer conference and exhibition for mobile, TV & enterprise apps is returning to the tech capital of North America (San Francisco) in 2015 for two days. The event will include no less than six free to attend developer workshop tracks plus a free exhibition with over 350 exhibitors. Continue reading

developer positions open - helioui Game Connection America claims best year yet

Over 2,700 attendees, nearly 11,983 meetings plus 247 exhibitors

If you weren’t in San Francisco, USA for the first week of March [2015) then you missed Game Connection '15. The organisers claim that the conference had a record-breaking turnout of more than 2,700 attendees and visitors. They participated in no fewer than 11,983 meetings with 247 exhibitors. Plus there was an increase of attendees by 60 per cent from the previous year [2014]. But don’t worry because there’s still plenty of time to get ready for Apps World North America 2015 which also just so happens to be taking place in San Francisco between May 12th-13th. Continue reading

Update for official F1 app finally emerges

Just two days before it is really needed

Phew! Here at GoMo Towers we were getting more than a tad [measure] worried as the first race in the Formula One motor racing calendar in Australia was fast approaching. And we’d had no indication of an updated version of  the ‘Official Formula 1 app’. Which was sailing close to the wind because the first race in the F1 [2015] calendar is now only days away. Well there’s good news. An update to the ‘Official’ F1 app is now available. The best bit is that the ‘Update’ which enables existing app users to upgrade to the 2015 ‘Premium’ version includes a calendar. Only snag? BlackBerry users are still left out. Continue reading

GoMo fights losing battle with Motorola Assist app

Driving app that only really works stationary

Here in GoMo Towers we are big fans of Motorola [branded] handsets. Current circumstances mean that the team spends a load of time in the driving seat. Hence we were initially delighted to discover the existence of Assist – part of the Motorola’s software add-ons for the Android OS. Part of Assist is  ’Driving’ – a sub-division of which is ‘Talk to me’ – a fairly straightforward text to speech conversion app. The idea is great and would be a great boon. Except that for 95 per cent of the time, Talk to Me fails us disappointingly. And it’s all down to a basic  design parameter –  the decision to utilise a data connexion rather than leveraging local processing power. Continue reading

veremis - facebook news local content Facebook turning to developing markets with Lite app

Social network usage in Asia increasing 26% year on year

Facebook has just soft-launched a new app for Android – ‘Facebook Lite’ , which on the face of it is aimed at emerging markets. The move to largely unexplored regions is logical, given that in developed markets social media sites have probably reached saturation levels. However, it might well not be quite enough to simply make a lighter version of the standard app to contend with the myriad of devices out there plus slower connexion speeds. According to Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream in order to succeed in developing markets, Facebook will also need to have local understanding. Continue reading

- sah ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime on Play

Discover smartphone habits and manage a digital diet

Press release

January 20th 2015. ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime, a self-help Android app that allows users to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time they spend on their smartphones and favourite apps. The app provides a fun, visual, and easy-to-navigate personal log or ‘timeline’ of their smartphone use. And people even have the option to share their mobile use times on social media with friends. With statistics showing that most people sleep next to their smartphones, and 90 per cent regularly overuse their device, QualityTime is ideal for those suffering from smartphone addiction. Continue reading

li & kalanick Uber taxi app won’t find Chinese market easy

Chinese tech giants Tencent & Alibaba offer rival products

It seems that everything isn’t going Uber’s way in the Chinese market, which is despite the fact that Chinese search giant Baidu confirmed that it is Uber’s latest investor last week [December 17th 2014]. The reason is that Uber is up against the Kuaidi Dache app which is backed by Alibaba and against the Didi Dache app from Tencent. Regular GoMo News readers will already be familiar with Tencent’s WeChat product from articles such as ‘N73 users should be Wechatting not Whatsapping‘. As we previously reported here, tencent is China Top Three best recognised brand. Meanwhile Alibaba is China’s answer to eBay and reported almost $300 billion worth of online sales in its year to June 30th [2014].  So Uber has a real fight on its hands. Continue reading