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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

Watch once again expected to impact mobile payments

Industry comment from Powa’s Wagner

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s global launch on Friday April 25th [2015], another industry observer has sent GoMo News his comments on how the Apple Watch will make waves in mobile payment. (See ‘Watch to increase Apple Pay’s popularity‘). E-commerce and mobile expert Dan Wagner, CEO of Powa Technologies, believes that The launch of  the Apple Watch marks the first time consumers will have access to a product that combines two of the fastest growing technologies in recent years: – wearable technology and mobile payments. Another noted analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has estimated that pre-order numbers are around 2.3 million units with Apple expected to ship between 15 and 20 million Apple Watches in 2015. Continue reading

GoMo needs friends & relatives of MH370 tragedy to come forward

There could be vital evidence buried in your call records

Once again here at GoMo Towers we have been contacted by some-one with a keen interest in all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. This time it is the turn of an avid flyer and blogger – Barrie Taylor who lives in South Africa. Barrie left GoMo News a comment about our story concerning the alleged pressure group – Voice 370 (see here). Now Mr Taylor’s arguments make a great deal of sense to us but he also argues that there isn’t any actual evidence concerning where the plane might have crashed. We think the opposite. Call records held by mobile phone operators could help pinpoint the final flight path of this tragic airliner. If only friends or relatives of the passengers/crew would contact us. Continue reading

Apple Watch to cause havoc for traffic cops

The laws saying nothing about tapping your wrist

When the Apple Watch finally hits the streets, there’s a grave danger that it could cause havoc for traffic cops. Currently the situation is pretty straightforward. In countries where the use of mobile handsets (particularly holding it to your ear) is banned, the Watch might prove to be an excellent way of getting around the rules and regulations. As GoMo News’ own experimentations with smartwatches has proved, you can phone somebody really easy by pressing a button on a smartwatch and using a couple of taps. In some circumstances, we expect this kind of behaviour to be actually more distracting (and therefore potentially dangerous) than holding a phone to your ear. To see just how easy it would be to initiate a call using a Watch, you can view some of the four new Guided Tours Apple place on the Apple Watch dedicated web site. 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

Medium contacts GoMo News over missing MH370 airliner

Uses Internet rather than the Ether

In a comment to our article ‘Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery’, a person calling him/herself the ’7B Messenger’ has come up with yet another theory as to why wreckage from the Malaysian flight MH370 has never been found, GoMo News received a communication from a spiritualist medium. Rather than using the Ether to pass this message on, however, 7B posted a comment instead. Given that the powers-that-be have so far failed in their attempts to locate the missing plane, going to a spiritualist seems like a viable last resort. It’s interesting in that 7B actually gives co-ordinates. Those who love satellite images may well be able to conform if there was any signs in the area given area close to the time the aircraft was actually lost. In a nutshell this medium seems to think that the Australians are searching off the wrong part of their coastline. Continue reading

Apple needs to talk to Seiko over kinetic tech

Licensing the technology could cure Watch battery problems

Over recent weeks, it has become obvious to even the hardiest Apple fanbois that when it finally arrives, the Watch will almost certainly not last anything like the 18 hours the company claims its battery will last for for general usage. The figure of 18 hours is arrived at by Apple  from tests conducted back in March [2015], where an Apple Watch was paired with an iPhone. The variety of typical uses included: – 90 time checks;90 notifications; 45 minutes of app use; and a 30-minute workout with music playback from the Watch via Bluetooth. However, it turns out that audio playback and more worryingly, fitness workouts will prove a major drain on the device’s battery. Already, of course, there have been numerous suggestions on how to make Watch recharging easier. GoMo News, however, reckons that there are some obvious  technologies which could help reduce battery drain in the first place. The most obvious one is Seiko’s Kinetic energy tech. Continue reading

skewered approach - Dr KF Lai Banks fail to promote their services via mobile

They’re using TV instead says BuzzCity

According to mobile advertising network, BuzzCity, the Banks are failing to communicate on the very devices they are offering their services on. Only 16 per cent of marketing spend for mobile banking was placed on mobile advertising, a decrease of 10 per cent from 2013 and less is spent on radio and newspaper – 9 per cent respectively. By contrast, TV cited as the most used medium for promotions with 42 per cent. Those figures are taken from to BuzzCity’s latest report which is available for free downloading from here. It also reveals a 60 per cent increase in people using their mobile devices to bank online. Continue reading

Christopher_dean New report finds over 60% of all in-game revenues are generated by only 0.23% of players

Is the mobile games business getting smarter?

Swrve releases 2015 mobile monetization report covering 20 million players of free mobile games
Average monthly spend increased 33% from 2014

Press release

April 9th 2015. Swrve , the world leader in mobile marketing automation, has announced the results of its latest 2015 Mobile Monetisation report. The just-published report reveals that free-to-play game revenue remains skewed towards a small group of most active spenders – with just 0.23 per cent of all players accounting for 64 per cent of all revenue. The report covers the latest industry data relating to the monetisation of free-to-play game players on mobile, based on real user data covering tens of millions of mobile gamers. Continue reading

spiegelhalter - smartphones causing less nookie Smartphones blamed for couples having less sex

Not content with funding wars in Africa & depleting ozone layer, etc

It seems that, once again, the ubiquitous smartphone has got the blame for a worrying new trend. This time the smartphone is apparently behind a dip in the number of times couples are having sex. Well, this appears to be the theory of one David Spiegelhalter who has the curious title of Winston Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University in the UK. Whilst promoting his new book – ‘Sex by Numbers‘, Prof Speigelhalter suggest that there is a possibility that the increasing violation of work into private life made possible by the mobile revolution may be to blame for a drop in the number of times per month couples are having sex. Continue reading

Google may be talking to Three as MVNO

Believable rumours of our time

The was a report (here)  in the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, that the British arm of Three – Three [3UK] (owned by Hutchison Whampoa) is having talks with the powers-that-be at Google HQ. The reason? Well, Three is taking pride is the fact that it is providing free roaming to its existing subscribers in 18 geographies where it has a presence of its own.  (See ‘3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list‘).  Meanwhile, Google has an announced intention to provide its users with a low cost network which would cost the same everywhere – in an attempt to shake up the US cellular market. Hence the assumption is that Google is toying with the idea of becoming a Three MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator]. Continue reading

MS-DOS_dir MS-DOS Mobile is real app but no OS

The joke could well be on the Microsoft Lumia team!

Whilst most news sites fell hook-line-and-sinker [completely] for the MS-DOS Mobile for Nokia Lumia phones announcement, GoMo News knew that it was really a joke. [See 'MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed'.] The reality is that the MS-DOS app does exist but only currently runs on Windows Phone 8 handsets. Which is why it wouldn’t download onto our own Nokia Lumia 800 Mangophone. We’ve now seen the app running on a WP8 handset and understand what the Lumia development team were doing. It’s a fake OS that appears to work. Aimed at techies old enough to remember what DOS commands like SET Blaster actually did. Continue reading

app won't download in UK MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed

Microsoft has very warped sense of humour

Here at GoMo Towers we nearly fell off our bar stools when we saw the blog posting here announcing that, “Today Microsoft launch MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones.” We guess that this being April 1st 2015 [April Fools Day], this is just one big spoof. Unfortunately, the Redmond based company hasn’t made it clear at all. It’s even gone as far as creating a download for the product here which gives the news even more credibility. Sadly, over here in Blighty [UK] we can’t actually try to download this app to our Lumia handset because the Windows Phone store reports it isn’t available in our region. To make matters worse, the Lumia team are currently still insisting the product is real. Continue reading

talk to your smartwatch Apple Watch could face competition from Band

Will Cupertino really shift 21 million Watches in 12 months?

Recently, Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald in the USA predicted that Apple would sell some 21 million Watches in 12 months. Which seems a rather optimistic prediction given that the iWatch only works with specific Apple iPhones.  Whereas the opposition is promoting fairly hardware agnostic wearable technology. Earlier in March [2015], Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Band had been available in the UK for pre-order for £169.99 (circa $250). That figure is an guide rather than a guarantee. However, it compares to £299 ($445) for an entry level Apple Watch. Here at GoMo Towers we don’t think it is battery life that will be the Watch’s Achilles heel, we think that it will be vulnerability to water damege. Just like previous Apple offerings. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft could have advantage in wearables

Its smartwatch works with 3 mobile OS

How the world has changed. One time developers could produce their software for just one OS – Microsoft’s Windows. And happily ignore Apple. Now the tables have turned. Everyone’s talking about the Watch – which only works with one OS – Apple’s iOS. So app developers could logically tailor their wares to just the one mobile OS. However, here at GoMo Towers, we think we’ve spotted that Microsoft has some advantages which most observers seem to have overlooked. Its  wearable offering – the Band, works not only with Windows Phone but also with iOS and Android. Plus whilst the Band is geared heavily at fitness – it is still usable as a smartphone. Check out the Band specs here. Continue reading