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hosseini - even if it is apple, he couldn't say Oxford Don may hold key to wearables market

He’s invented screens requiring almost zero power – eatyourheartout Apple
hosseini – even if it is apple, he couldn't say
It appears that an Oxford [England] based academic – Dr Peiman Hosseini, may have come up with the solution to the heavy power consumption of high profile wearable devices. [Mentioning no names - apple. Ed] What Hosseini [...]

alan_mamedi Truecaller reaches 200m user milestone & launches new tagging

Feature to add contextual information to contact numbers

Truecaller doubles user base in >10 months & launches Tagging feature to curate intelligent database & adding context to contacts

Press release

November 6th 2015. Truecaller has announced that its global community has reached the 200 million user milestone, doubling its user base in less than 10 months. With this milestone comes a new feature bringing richer information to the screens of Truecaller users around the world – number tagging. Launching immediately on Android, the company’s free phonebook app Truecaller and dial pad replacement app Truedialer will now come equipped with a new option that will let users to tag a contact based on a broad range of categories such as transportation, banking / finance, or drinks and nightlife, making it even easier to ID your Apex minicab driver or your bank. Continue reading

no clear boundaries for data ownership - moar professional athletes will help drive smart clothing sales

Fitness wearables market worth $10bn by 2020 says Juniper

The fitness wearables sector will generate over $10 billion in hardware revenues by 2020 (up from an estimated $3.3 billion in 2015), a new study from Juniper Research has found. This tripling effect will be largely driven by the sales of wrist-based trackers, whilst hundreds of thousands of connected garments used by professional sports teams will showcase wearable technology’s most advanced capabilities. The is latest research – ‘Smart Wearable Devices: Worldwide Consumer & Enterprise Markets 2015-2020‘, has also found that that devices offering more advanced fitness tracking capabilities – such as heart-rate tracking and blood-oxygen saturation levels, are becoming more popular. Continue reading

xAd spots a rise in inverse showrooming

Launches its Mobile Path to Purchase report

xAd has launched its biggest research of the year – the company’s third annual ‘UK Mobile Path to Purchase’ report. This study examines how consumers’ relationship with mobile and physical location affects purchase expectations and decisions. 2015′s study contains online survey data from 1,500 UK-based smartphone users who have used their devices for a purchase decision in the previous 30 days. Perhaps the most surprising finding is a rise in ‘inverse showrooming’. This was where 60 per cent of consumers who research goods and services in-store then proced to convert. those searches to purchases on location. Consequently, this new research reveals that consumer purchase decisions are influenced by real-time location. Continue reading

slash OPEX support costs - abhari Tweakker makes important inroad into US MVNO market

Provides its device guides to GIV Mobile

In an important step in its drive into the USA’s MVNO [mobile virtual network operator] market, Tweakker has announced a tie with GIV Mobile. The MVNO claims to be the third oldest no-contract wireless company in the USA – created by PTEL Mobile, its parent company. As the name implies, GIV Mobile donates 8 per cent of the monthly plan amount to the charity of the subscriber’s choice. That’s a bit like the people’s operator (TPO) in the UK which gives 25 per cent.  Crucially, by deploying Tweakker’s device guides on its website, GIV claims to have slashed its OPEX expenditure. Continue reading

Amstrad_E3 Sour grapes as Sugar gets Nokias banned from Beeb

Claims he got BBC to stop prominently displaying WP phones

A very interesting claim has emerged from British peer, Lord Alan Sugar, concerning the removal of visible branding for the GSM handsets used in the popular BBC soap opera – East Enders. He told the Sun on Sunday, “I’ve got them banged to rights.” A Cockney phrase meaning that he’d got clear proof. Namely, that when characters on the BBC show send text SMS messages to each other, it’s very clear that Nokia branded phones are being used. Which is against Beeb[BBC] rules. However, GoMo News can reveal that this is, in fact, sour grapes. His Amstrad E3 videophones got barred from The Apprentice – the Beeb show that Sugar fronts. Continue reading

Screens are obsolete even before installed- mondale Renting tablets/smartphones to airlines is untapped market

Great opportunity for a mobile reseller

Here at GoMo Towers, we think we have just spotted a great opportunity for mobile resellers. Namely, renting out tablets/smartphones for use by airline passengers. The idea was sparked by a story in The Times – ‘Don’t forget your tablet: it’s the end of inflight movies’.  This revealed that a small airline operator, WestJet, is planning to scrap  the installation of traditional in-flight entertainment systems. Instead the airline plans to stream entertainment to passenger’s mobile devices. Which is OK if they remember their devices and they are fully charged. Otherwise it’s a brilliant rental opportunity. Continue reading

with iphones should not panic  -chisom Don’t panic over iOS 9 hack, Mr Mainwearing

No major worries says MWR InfoSecurity

As part of its Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty programme, Zerodium has offered up to $3 million for anyone who could prove they’ve been able to penetrate the defences of Apple’s latest mobile OS – iOS9. Without revealing the details (yet), Zerodium revealed in a tweet that it had received a successful entry – reputedly winning a $1 million reward from Zerodium. Zero Day hacks are, of course, vulnerabilities which haven’t been made widely publicised and are, of course, very lucrative for the discoverer. However, David Chismon – senior researcher with MWR InfoSecurity believes this isn’t cause for widespread panic amongst Apple fanbois. Continue reading

a clear warning - erlin Brain Test malware more cunning than 1st thought

Tripwire’s Erlin warns of dangers

An app known as Brain Test has been infecting Android phones since August [2015]. Apparently, it pushes unwanted ads onto devices. However, researchers now think the malware may be more advanced than previously thought. According to a report cited by EWeek, the malware installs a rootkit allowing hackers to run an arbitrary code on the infected device. Tim Erlin, director of security IT and risk management at Tripwire commented, “Ads appearing on your Android phone outside of a specific application are a clear warning sign that something is wrong.” Continue reading

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Battery life is prime concern for phone users

Latest research from Protect Your Bubble bad news for Apple

According to research carried out by mobile phone insurance specialist, Protect Your Bubble, 37 per cent of UK mobile users have noticed their battery life deteriorate dramatically since they acquired their first handset. So, in light of the iPhone 6S ‘battery-gate’ fiasco – if battery life is what consumers care about, then Apple may be in a bit of trouble. Significantly, the research found that long battery life is the top priority for over half of buyers 51 per cent when choosing a new phone. And it’s even more important to mobile users than which mobile operating system [OS] the phone has (36 per cent). Continue reading

Industry reaction to BT’s takeover of EE

Meanwhile the Three/O2 looks increasingly uncertain

It seems that the UK’s CMA watchdog has provisionally approved the merger of BT – the incumbent telecoms operator and leading UK mobile network operator [MNO] – EE. It seems that this permission was widely anticipated but it appears that the efforts of Hutchison Whampoa – owner of the Three mobile network, to acquire rival MNO – O2 may not be so successful. Here is some industry reaction to this news … Mark Soden, md for Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) practice at Norman Broadbent commented, “Sceptics in the sector are up in arms about BT’s potential acquisition of EE, but the huge advantages are clearly being ignored – the combined business is a positive development that will benefit customers.” Matthew Howett, practice leader for regulation with with Ovum, said, ” Of course the more challenging transaction to win regulatory approval will be that of Three/O2. Continue reading

UK’s Mobile Infrastructure Plan isn’t working out

Rural mast rollout just hasn’t happened

It seems that the UK government’s good intentions in aiming to fund the rollout of cellular/4G to remote areas – so-called ‘not-spots’, just hasn’t worked. Known as the Mobile Infrastructure Plan (MIP), the intention was to provide around £150 million of funding to help build some 600 cellular masts. This initiative started some four years ago [2011] but to date [October 2015] a mere six have actually been completed. The onus is on the two UK mobile network infrastructure providers – Arqiva and the Wireless Infrastructure Group, to get the relevant planning permissions. But the dice are heavily loaded against them. Curiously, one unexpected consequence is that Airwave (the UK TETRA supplier) has been given a stay of execution. Continue reading

TalkTalk breach may aid security software vendors

UK MNOs should look to beef up their customer service systems

The extremely high profile cyber attack on one of the UK’s leading ISPs [Internet Service Providers] could prove good news for those offering security solutions for MNOs’ [Mobile Network Operators] customer service systems. The victim last week [October 2015] was TalkTalk. However, its parent company – the Carphone Warehouse, was a victim of a similar attack back in August [2015] when cyber criminals reputedly gained access to the bank details of 2.4 million customers. That number included some customers of Carphone’s MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] – Here at GoMo Towers we view this latest attack as a wake-up call for MNOs and suggest that UK based MNOs,  should look to beef up their customer service systems. Continue reading

two thirds + of  contract customers now 4g - milsom EE builds on lead as Europe’s largest 4G MNO

Adds 1.7 million accounts in just 3 months

It seems that leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is continuing to acquire new 4G customers at an impressive rate. The operator has added 1.7 million accounts in just three months (up to September 30th 1015). That takes EE’s total 4G customer base to 12.6 million. The company hopes to hit 14 million 4G users by Q1 2016. It has also reached a milestone whereby over 50 per cent (52 per cent)  now have 4G. It attributes part of it 4G growth to tablets and also Apple iPhone sales. Good job, then that EE’s then CEO, Olaf Swantee, met up with Apple’s Tim Cook to ensure the latest iPhone supported EE’s own flavour of 4G (See ‘EE’s Swantee confirms personal intervention over iPhone 5‘). Continue reading

key to drive further into BYOD - stevanovski ACN’s Flash Wireless selects Tweakker for BYOD play

Press release

October 22nd 2015. Spirent Communications’ device intelligence business unit Tweakker has announced a US-wide connectivity and device guide agreement with Flash Wireless.  As the wireless division of ACN, the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services, Flash Wireless gives consumers the power to choose from the nation’s top networks, contract and no contract options, and the choice to bring along a favourite device or upgrade to a new one – and all at an outstanding value. Continue reading