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smelie_chargers GoMo editor advises Daily Mail on phone chargers

Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis talks to FeMail’s Alice

Most GoMo News readers will probably be unaware that our managing editor, Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis, has been talking to journalist, Alice Smelie, who writes for the FeMail section of the UK newspaper – The Daily Mail. Alice had been searching frantically for a mobile phone expert and Tony’s name was put forward by PR guru, Chaz Brooks of Chaz Brooks PR. Ms Smelie had been tasked with reviewing mobile phone chargers to find out what women might conceivably carry around in their handbags (pocketbooks) as a backup should their indispensable smartphone suddenly run out of juice. Tone’s become quite an expert on the subject as his phones regularly run out of juice at music festivals such as WOMAD Charlton Park [UK]. 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

You’re too late to buy a Google Glass

Google’s AR flagship device too expensive

The news has sneaked out that Google has decided to kill off its flagship AR [Augmented Reality] device (which are spectacles)  in the shape of Glass. GoMo News attempted to purchase what will inevitably become a collector’s item – much like Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5, before the deadline but we were obviously too late. You’re still invited to join the Google Glass Explorer programme here but there was no attempt to extract our credit card details. The Google spin doctors are attempting to paint this defeat in a positive light but it does help to  explain why Apple’s iWatch has yet to appear. The ‘wearables’ market is proving a very difficult nut to crack. Continue reading

consolidation a top priority -fok More hints 3UK might take over O2

Everyone likes UK MNO consolidation

A common reason often given for the USA having overtaken the UK in terms of 4G availability is that there were too many MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] for a country as small as Britain to support. Hence, GoMo News believes that the powers-that-be will relish the thought of another merger between two MNOs in Blighty. Canning Fok, who is md with Hutchison Whampoa which is behind 3UK (Three) almost certainly thinks the same thing. Which is why a £8-9 billion bid for O2 as rumoured yesterday [January 18th 2015] in the Sunday Times would almost certainly get the go-ahead. Shame for the analysts that such a move doesn’t include a ‘fourplay’ element, then. Continue reading

supplying mobile users with aprevention - murphy Brit invents waterproof coating for phones

We seek handset to test out Splash on

Here at GoMo Towers we have just been contacted by our old friends, Reviveaphone. Regular readers will remember this company as the creator of product which fixes phones with water damage – as recommended by us here. The company’s 21 year old founder, Oliver Murphy, has secured investment on the British hit TV show, Dragons Den, for his newest invention called Splash. What it does i to provide a nano coating for smartphones which provides a water resistant shield. Murphy claims that this prevents damage to phones when they come into contact with liquids.All we’ve got to do now is decide which handset to test Splash on. Continue reading

WN_awards Voting for WN Mobile Games Awards starts today

To Russia with love

Here’s your chance to influence the outcome of the Winter Nights [WN] Mobile Games Awards 2015. There will be two rounds of online voting and the first starts today [January 15th 2015] and ends on January 22nd [2015]. The second round starts on January 21st and ends on January 29th [2015]. The nominations are for Advertising platform / Traffic Provider; Analytics platform; sound in games; localisation service and platform partner relations. Now if you want to know who the nominees are, all you have to do is visit the web-site here. Perhaps the best bit is that the winnders will be announced at the WN conference which just so happens to take place in St Petersburg, Russia. Continue reading

set the industry standard - trapp AlarmTILT deploys tyntec’s mission-critical SMS technology

Chiefly for emergency communication services

January 12th 2015. Mobile interaction specialist tyntec.com has announced it is working with AlarmTILT to provide SMS technology for emergency communication services. AlarmTILT, a product brand of M-PLIFY, specialises in alert management and in particular ‘mission-critical’ communications which rely on timely delivery in order to function effectively. AlarmTILT uses all available channels, including SMS, to call, invite, organise, synchronise and inform groups of people and manage real-time responses and acknowledgements. tyntec’s proven track record of high quality & service guarantee combined with its message transmission technology ensures that 97 per cent of SMS messages are delivered within 60 seconds. Continue reading

Samsung’s handset division loses its shine

Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though

Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading

T-Mobile acquiring lion’s share of US contract phones

Signed up 1 million on phone contracts in Q4 2014

It appears that T-Mobile US under CEO John Legere is stealing customers from its rivals among the Big Four mobile network operators [MNOs]. For Q4 2014, the company has announced that it had 2.1 million net additions and, crucially, one million of those were post contract customers with mobile phones. 0.3 million were tablet style contract customers who are generally regarded as far less lucrative. The rest were prepaid customers. The announcement meant that T-Mobiles shares rose 1.6 per cent in early New York trading. Continue reading

can prove very costly - boyd Moonpig temporarily halts mobile app purchasing

Security flaw revealed by developer Paul Price

The news broke today [January 6th 2015] that an API flaw with Moonpig’s mobile apps (Android & iOS) has exposed details of 3.6 million customers. The revelation came from developer, Paul Price, who claims to have notified the popular online supplier of personalised greetings card as long ago as August 2013. In response, the company has temporarily suspended purchasing from mobile apps whilst it investigates the allegations. However, Chris Boyd,a malware intelligence analyst with Malwarebytes has told GoMo News that he thinks Moonpig has been too tardy with acting on the provided intelligence. Continue reading

3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list

Spain and New Zealand now on the list

Showing how seriously Three [3UK] – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] is treating the challenge presented by network roaming,  it has just added to two destinations where  UK travellers are set to enjoy ‘free’ calls. Spain and New Zealand have been added to the list from April 1st 2015. (Sadly that’s after this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) takes place in Barcelona).  Three is also giving its UK customers a helping hand by teaming up with Expedia.co.uk to offer 12 per cent  off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app. Continue reading

lei jun - more like gates than jobs Xiaomi’s Lei Jun should be compared to Gates not Jobs

If you have to compare someone to a famous North American, that is

Recently [January 3rd 2015] there was a very interesting profile in the Financial Times [FT] entitled, ‘Lei Jun, China’s smartphone billionaire … The man behind the world’s most valuable start-up“. That’s a reference to the fact that his company has just been valued at $45 billion [£29.3 billion]. The FT mentions the fact that Lei Jun dislikes comparisons between himself and Steve Jobs of Apple fame – something which GoMo News highlighted back in December 2013 here. When we reported that WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell made Lei Jun his hot tip. So as the comparison keeps being made, we reckon that Lei should be compared to Bill Gates rather than Steve Jobs. Continue reading

Music streaming sites hit digital music sales

Figures from Nielsen Music suggest Spotify-style sites are to blame

Market watcher, Nielsen Music has just released figures showing how how music publishers fared in 2014. It seems that music streaming sites – such as Spotify, have impacted the growth of digital music sales.  Indeed, after a decade of strong growth, in the UK download sales fell during 2014. Nielsen says that digital album sales fell by nine per cent to 106.5 million albums in the USA. By complete contrast, audio and video streaming increased in the USA by 50 per cent. Continue reading

mike short astonishes gomo Vodafone’s 1st phone call resurrects Motorola false claim

GoMo surprised that Dr Short appears to back this theory

Here at GoMo Towers, we were dumbfounded to receive a Press release appearing to suggest that the IET’s Dr Mike Short backs the claim that Motorola’s Martin Cooper’s made the first mobile call in the USA back in April 1973. The release says Cooper’s was “the first public cellular Mobile call recognised internationally.” We have multiple issues with this claim. Firstly, it wasn’t public because it was part of a lab trial. Secondly it wasn’t cellular because Motorola didn’t have more than one test cell. We just wish that somebody at Ericsson would finally tell GoMo News who made the first call on its public network for Saudi Arabia back in 1981 using a system called NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony). Continue reading

Latest plane crash proves authorities searching wrong area

Even more conspiracy theories about Flight MH370

Another aircraft tragedy has recently struck in Asia with the loss of AirAsia’s  Flight  QZ8501 off Borneo. However, the fact that the authorities have swiftly recovered both debris and bodies from this ill-fated aircraft throws further suspicions on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH370. If debris can be found so quickly for QZ8501, why has none ever been recovered for MH370? The obvious answer is that the search for the missing MH370 aircraft has always been in the wrong place. And GoMo News feels that locations such as Vietnam’s coast or Diego Garcia in the Maldives hold more credibility. Continue reading