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Failo_logo Feelings running high in taxi apps war

Cabbies being urged to “Delete the app and win back revenue”

Here in the UK capital (London) feelings are running high as there is heightened tension around the use of mobile phone apps by consumers. The arch enemy in all of this this – (as far as GoMo News was aware) being the Uber app. This US-based service has angered London Cabbies [Black taxi cab drivers] who complain that the app gets around existing regulations intended to protect passengers. Added to this there are scare stories emerging about the behaviour of Uber drivers. For example, a Californian site, Valleywag, ran one about a woman abducted by an Uber driver here. But even the Hailo app which is aimed at Hackney Carriage drivers is upsetting London Cabbies, it seems. Continue reading

underlying appcosts still rising - alder Apple’s iPhone 6 & iOS 8 increase loyal app user cost by 34%

Fiksu’s Indexes show how latest launches affect developers’ costs

A massive increase (34 per cent) in the cost to developers of maintaining loyal app users has just been reported by Fiksu. The latest Fiksu Indexes (for September 2014). The company is blaming the rise on the impact of iOS 8 and new iPhone 6/6 Plus launches on app marketing. Fiksu says that whilst it reports onthe increase month-over-month and year-over-year, “it is important to note that there is more enthusiasm for devices and apps than ever before.” Not all of it is down to Apple. Events in the Android world will have some influence. However, Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) on Android dropped to $0.08, down 10 per cent month-over-month and 9 per cent year-over-year. Continue reading

Brit rails against Apple’s baseless trademark dispute

Given up trying to sue Amazon so why us says Rust?

A tiny Brit company is complaining bitterly at the tactics of California’s finest – Apple, which appears determined to secure the English word ‘app’ as its own trademark. Tony Rust, md with Apt Projects which owns the TCM Big App Store has told GoMo News that Apple’s attempt to prevent it using the trademark ‘TCM Big App Store’ is totally baseless; an absolute farce; and misuse of process. “After receiving Apple’s 77 page detailed document of opposition to our TCM Big App Store trade mark application,” Rust revealed, “Our researchers turned up a mass of references which clearly show that in July 2013 Reuters reported that, “The long dispute between Apple and Amazon over the term ‘App Store’” had come to an end. The upshot was that Apple agreed to end the lawsuit with promises from Amazon not to countersue.” The joke is that the ‘apps’ which TCM sells don’t even run on an iPhone or a Macintosh – they are meant forPCs and/or servers. Continue reading

ema_logo A mere 15% of firms are ready for mobile says EMA

Shocking new study from analysts – Enterprise Management Associates

Only 15 per cent of enterprises are fully prepared to meet mobile requirement, according to a recent survey of IT professionals by analyst firm, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). That’s despite the fact that 60 per cent indicated they considered mobile management important or critical to their businesses. The report also found that larger organisations were more likely to be prepared than smaller organizations by a factor of roughly 50 per cent. The survey results also indicate that a company’s perception on the importance of workforce mobility is of greater significance than economic factors; the size of the company; or the resources it has available. The full results of this survey will be released next week [27th October 2014]. Continue reading

gauging consumer perceptions - pirc Lab42 Survey reveals perceptions of Apple Pay & mobile payments

45% of non-iPhone owners would switch to an Apple iPhone for access to Apple Pay

Press release

October 20th 2014. According to a study of 500 smartphone owners released today by market research firm Lab42, 45 per cent of consumers with non-iOS devices (Android, Blackberry or Windows smartphones) would be willing to switch to an iOS device in order to have access to Apple Pay. Respondents cited the top four benefits of Apple Pay as: – 1) security, 2) not worrying about losing credit or debit cards, 3) not having to carry physical cards in wallet, and 4) simple setup. Fifty-four per cent of all respondents would consider using Apple Pay, while the remaining 46 per cent were split evenly between those who would not consider using it (23 per cent) and those who are still unsure (23 per cent). Continue reading

accepted as a sales channel -zdral German app links to Oktoberfest injury cover

Could be useful if you fall off a table whilst dancing like we did

As the Internet and mobile phones displace traditional platforms for selling insurance in the USA and the UK, it seems that German companies are now waking up to the digital age. According to the Rakyat Post here, Munich insurer Die Bayerische is selling a one-day policy for €5.99 , for the two-week Oktoberfest festival which has become synonymous with the Bavarian capital. To get the cover, however, means downloading the app. The app can provide online casualty insurance with 50,000 euros (RM207,760) in accident cover. It also shows you where the nearest loos [toilets] are and tries to help visitors decipher Bavarian dialect. Continue reading

Anything goes social network could displace Facebook

Ello, ello, ello – what do we have here?

Here at GoMo Towers, we thought that the most famous thing to come out of Burlington, Vermont [USA] was Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Now it seems that the Green Mountain State could have given birth to a Facebook-killer in the shape of the Ello social network. The social network’s motto is “Simple, beautiful and ad-free”. And it could pose a big threat to the likes of Facebook if Net surfers genuinely get fed up with feeding their personal data to the likes of Google and Facebook so that advertisers can target them more effectively. The only snag is that to get onto Ello currently is best achieved by being recommended by a friend. Bizarrely that a model which Gmail originally adopted. Continue reading

schiller -showcased Brit app for Air 2 Caribu follows Citymapper in bit Apple thumbs up

Brit apps prove popular with Californian tech giant

A second British app has just received the seal of approval from Cupertino-based Apple within just a few weeks. This time it was the turn of Caribu, which is designed to help absent parents read to their children. At the launch of the new iPad Air 2 by Apple’s marketing guru, Phil Schiller, Caribu was on the receiving end of a coveted endorsement from Apple. Back in September [2014], of course, when Apple unveiled its Apple Watch smartwatch (aka the iWatch) the tech giant chose Citymapper, a London-based transport app, to help showcase the wearable device. Continue reading

people go straight to mobile - kordestani Google looking strong in emerging markets

Android One is particularly key for India

When Google announced its Q3 earnings recently, the results disappointed most industry analysts. Google’s worse than expected performance has been blamed on a slow down in paid click-through revenue. However, one of the areas that Google is looking strong is their mobile strategy in emerging markets. As Google chief business officer, Omid Kordestani, commented, “Emerging markets are fundamentally different from developed. In countries like Indonesia [currently BlackBerry's stronghold - Ed.], people go straight to mobile. That’s why you see us launch things like Android One.” Here Marco Veremis, Upstream’s CEO, comments on the earnings what Google is doing right in their approach to emerging markets – especially in India. Continue reading

new breed of MVNO services - white Mobilise Consulting moves into MVNO big time

MVNO operation in Ireland for Dixons Carphone is 1st major job

A specialist comms consultancy, Mobilise Consulting has made its first move in the competitive arena of supplying services to of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services. It couldn’t have made a better start in the UK as the UK’s leading mobile retailer, Dixons Carphone, has become the first customer. Mobilise Consulting says it won the contact in the face of fierce competition from some of the biggest consulting firms in the global industry. The one-year contract is to help launch Dixon Carphone’s mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in Ireland in Q3 2015. Continue reading

GoMo desperately seeks alternative live F1 audio feed

BBC blatantly ignores the first B in its acronym

The BBC is absolutely accustomed to receiving accusations of bias. But GoMo News thinks it might be perpetuating a first – criticising the media company for a lack of positive discrimination towards British athletes. Yes, we can safely say that the BBC’s Formula One [F1] commentary for the first ever Russian Grand Prix (October 12th 2014) barely made any mention of Jenson Button and was forced to make the occasional observation about fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton mainly because Lewis (who drives for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team) led the race from start to finish and eventually won it. Consequently, here at GoMo News we are urgently seeking a source of live coverage for the next F1 race (in English) which is broadcast for free on the Net. We’ll listen via mobile whilst images are displayed using old-fashioned broadcast TV media. Continue reading

commuters won't tolerate dead zones - carter Mobile black-spots on rails – GWS survey results

Commuters forced to look out of the window as up to 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks attempted on trains fail

  • Three [3UK] crowned best network for commuters who like to talk Vodafone for commuters on 3G, and EE for commuters on 4G
  • 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on commuter train routes failed during testing
  • But EE, O2, and Vodafone all heavily relying on their older 2G networks to cover commuters – following most rigorous train connectivity study ever conducted
  • St. Pancras wins mobile connectivity wooden spoon

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jimmy_wales Wiki man goes global with non-GSM network

So your handset won’t roam onto TPO when visiting the USA

“Everything I have done is global, so we should be thinking global from Day One,” Jimmy Wales told the Sunday Telegraph. The man who is credited with starting Wikipedia was talking about his involvement with The People’s Operator (TPO)- a UK MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] which has a USP of giving 10 per cent of its revenues to charity. He’s decided to help the fledgling company break into the crucial USA market. However, he’s decided to do so through US operator – Sprint. GoMo News chuckled when we learnt this because Sprint uses cdmaOne technology so Brits travelling abroad won’t be able to roam onto the US equivalent of TPO. The vats majority of the world’s cellular networks use GSM technology. If Mr Wales had just looked on Wikipedia he’d have found GSM has at least a 90 per cent share of the cellular market. Let’s hope Mr Wales has more luck in picking charities to support TPO USA than the UK version did. Continue reading

dear mr richards we'd like to complain in the strongest terms UK quartet publish Open Letter to UK comms watchdog

Open letter to Ed Richards, CEO with Ofcom

From Three UK; TalkTalk Group; Federation of Communications Services (FCS) and LetsSaveMoney.com

29th September 2014

Sir,

As representatives of some of the UK’s leading challenger telecoms operators; an industry body; and a consumer champion, we believe switching reform is essential and long overdue. That’s why we welcome Ofcom’s renewed focus on switching and the move towards a consistent Gaining Provider Led process that puts the interests of consumers first. As the call for inputs on the switching roadmap closes, we wanted to emphasise the importance of delivering lasting reform for the whole sector. Continue reading

icloud won't restore to 8.0 Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after major bugs revealed

Reveals the danger of relying on iCloud backups

Apple has been forced to apologise to those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update on their iPhones after it caused some users (including those on EE in the UK) to experience signal loss. The update was only available briefly yesterday [September 4th 2014] before it was pulled. The catch is that once you’ve installed an iOS update, you need to use iTunes software to go back. Hence Apple had to issue advice to those who had upgraded here. It involves downloading the correct file for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and then not being able to use the Health app. Consequently, Apple has said it is working flat out to create iOS 8.0.2 which should fix the bugs. Continue reading