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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

Tech Trailblazers awards announce Firestarter Bursary for non-VC Funded early stage startups

New deadline of September 19th 2014 to reflect new categories of IoT and FinTech

Press release

August 29th 2014 – The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed startups, the Firestarter program. This has being created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for the new lean startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. This new program will attract more earlier stage startups within the accelerator and incubator communities as well as those self-funding or with angel, seed and crowdfunding as their primary source of investment. Continue reading

ghosts & footprints can remain - moses Forensic expert confirms BlackBerry BB10s are ultra secure

Longmere Consultants specialise in recovery of deleted texts

Most people believe that once you press the delete button on a mobile telephone, then that text message [SMS] has gone forever . However, according to UK forensic data recovery experts, Longmere Consultants, this is not always the case. The company specialises in recovering deleted texts; photographs; call logs; chat messages; files; and phone books from mobile phones. However, John Moses md with Longmere confirmed to GoMo News that the exception that proves the rule is the Blackberry Q & Z series (BB10 devices) plus the 9320 series which are non-recoverable. So, in effect, Longmere is confirming that BlackBerry’s smartphones are about the securest devices you can have out there. By contrast, iPhone are amongst the easiest to recover from. Continue reading

big supporter of startup ecosystem - ortiz Deadline extended for Tech Trailblazers awards

Coz there’s new Fintech & IoT categories – both key mobile areas

Things have suddenly got pretty hectic for those running the highly successful Tech Trailblazers awards. The guys have just announced a new category for the awards: – namely, the FinTech Trailblazers. The new category will reward the best of breed FinTech startups who are blazing trails in the financial/technical services sector. There was already a new category for 2014 which is the Internet of Things [IoT] which we still call M2M. These two categories join the existing actegories: – Cloud, Infosecurity, Big Data, and Storage. Crucially, there is a new deadline … Startups have until September 19th [2014] to complete their entries. And there’s a reader offer. Continue reading

Vodafone continues its fourplay quest

Now it’s the turn of the Greeks with Hellas Online

As a sign that the UK’s leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator] still feels that the future lies in offering its customers a complete bundle, Vodafone has announced that its Greek subsidiary has agreed to acquire a 72.7 per cent stake in Hellas Online (HOL). It reckons that HOL – a leading provider of broadband and fixed-line telephony in Greece, has around 0.5 million customers. That represents a market share of approximately 11 per cent based on its own research. For that stake Vodafone is willing to pay the Intracom Group and World Equities Investments Holdings a total cash consideration of €72.7 million. This will help provide Vodafone Greece with the ability to offer the infamous four play to its customers. Continue reading

plouffe- uber's latest hiring What London cabbies need is better apps

As Uber hires yet another political heavyweight to back its cause

Here at GoMo Towers, we can’t help but think that what London cabbies really need in their fight against the fast-growing Uber mobile app is better technology. Rather than legal victories or greater political protection. In a sign of the way things are going, the folks at Uber have hired another political heavyweight in the shape of David Plouffe. An American, he is widely accredited with helping Barack Obama being elected US President not once but twice. Uber is, of course, fighting a global battle and what happens in the USA will undoubtedly affect Europe, for example. We can’t help but think that what London cabbies [taxi drivers] really need, however, is better technology in their apps. Continue reading

source: daily mail david hartley UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin Top Connect is continuing its drive to build customerbase in USA

Show time in Las Vegas from brains behind TravelSim

The leader player in the mobile roaming niche market, Top Connect is continuing its drive to build its customerbase in USA. The brains the TravelSim product is planning to showcase its offering by targeting US mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] as potential US distributors. Hence the company has announced that it will exhibiting its world leading ‘call back’ product at The PrePaid Press Expo show. This event is being held in Las Vegas, USA on 18th-20th August [2014]. Continue reading

demina - in 3rd place South African becomes loyalty & gamification winner

Poland’s Przybylski is 2nd & Russia’s 19 yr-old Demina is 3rd

A 36 year old South African, Martin Naude became the first African winner of the Loyalty and Gamification World Championship. At the other end of the spectrum, Daria Demina of Russia became the youngest award-winner at the tender agoe of 19 years. In an extremely tight finish, Naude held off the ‘King of Play’ Krzysztof Przybylski (Warsaw, Poland) to take the top prize of $2,000. After a split judging decision, Naude was adjudicated winner on countback across the 12 World Leading Judging authorities. Both Naude and Przybylski have educational backgrounds in computer science, with Naude a Loyalty Rewards specialist and Przybylski a Gamification experienced professional. For Naude this was never about the money. Continue reading

battery probs with moto g after update GoMo experiences battery drain issues with Moto G update

We need to install some serious tools after KiTKat 4.4.4 upgrade

Initially, here at GoMo Towers we were over the moon [joyous] when our loan Moto G from Motorola received the message that an update existed that would take this iconic smartphone up to the very latest version of the Android mobile OS – v4.4 KitKat. We’d hoped for significant improvements and in one sense we weren’t disappointed. We really like the Updated Phone dialler. However, the downside was that the poor little Moto G’s processor almost went into meltdown mode (literally). The handset got very hot an battery life dropped sub 12 hours. So we got in touch with Motorola. Continue reading

WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading

ceasefire_gaza GoMo story from 2009 accidentally goes mega

shows depth of feeling over crisis in Gaza

As a result of an unfortunate bug in our content publishing system, stories posted on GoMo News don’t actually display the year when they were published. Consequently, a story we first published five years ago in 2009 – ‘Mobile SMS petition gains over 100,000 texts for Gaza appeal’ has gone mega. As far as we can tell, therefore, texting the word “Ceasefire” to the text shortcode 81819 won’t help ease current [2014] tensions in the Middle East. Continue reading

left 2 right - krishnan, nayar, pulickal M&C Saatchi lands Delhi’s February in agency partnership

It’s all going to be happening in Shahpur Jat

Following a strategic review of M&C Saatchi Worldwide’s operations, Saatchi’s new Indian agency – M&C Saatchi February has been created. It’s a tie-up between February & M&C Saatchi and will be headquartered in February‘s offices in Delhi’s up-and-coming creative zone of Shahpur Jat. Significantly, February’s founders Gopal Krishnan and Nirmal Pulickal will be taking over leadership of the combined operation. The pair will be supported by Anjali Nayar, who is currently CEO of M&C Saatchi Delhi. Whilst India is the world’s second most populous country, it is currently the fourteenth largest advertising market. Plus it has one of the lowest advertising spends per capita. However, with the advertising marketing already growing by 8 per cent per annum. Hence the deal. Continue reading