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Carphone considering becoming MVNO on 3UK

Not sure how this will affect Talk Mobile

According to reports, the UK’s leading mobile retailer, the Carphone Warehouse is in advanced negotiations with mobile network operator [MNO] Three (3UK). The intention is to create a Mobile Virtual Network Operator [MVNO] to rival the likes of Virgin Mobile or Tesco Mobile. The rumour has it that Carphone Warehouse could even launch the MVNO in time for Xmas. GoMo News isn’t quite sure where this leaves Talk Mobile (not to be confused with TalkTalk Mobile) which operates over Vodafone’s mobile network. Continue reading

value lies in meaningful contact - geddes iBeacons technology free for retailers

Get iBeacon solutions installed by September in time for Xmas

Press release

July17th 2014. Certain specific retailers will now able to install iBeacon technology for free, thanks to a new offer from Appflare, a global leader in iBeacon technology, security and deployment. iBeacon technology is set to revolutionise retail. Beacons can engage users more accurately than any other technology has allowed before, giving customers information that will benefit them in an exact moment. Continue reading

- delaney IBM to sell iPhones & iPads – IDC comments

It’s all to do with MobileFirst for iOS apparently

If you’d asked GoMo News which was the most likely to happen – elephants flying or IBM selling Apple’s smartphones, up until now we would have gone for the elephants. However, in a historic moment [July 15th 2014], IBM together with Apple announced IBM MobileFirst for iOS. [Read the full announcement here].This means that IBM will start selling iPhones & iPads and will develop cloud services optimised for Apple’s iOS. Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a dedicated large-enterprise AppleCare programme. How has this come about? Well, the market for is currently comprised of affluent people in developed economies – with the possible exception of China. Anyway that market is now a mature and overcrowded. So selling to affluent businesses is the obvious answer. Below, John Delaney, associate vp for mobility with IDC, provides a comprehensive overview of what he sees as happening. Continue reading

Ginni_ibm Apple and IBM forge global partnership to transform enterprise mobility

Press release

July 15th 2014. Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps – bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. These are grounded in four core capabilities. Continue reading

matt_banham Omlis acquires massive techie Banham as new CTO

Aims to be global provider of hacker free mobile payments

The arrival of Matt Banham at global mobile payments solutions provider, Omlis, has been heralded as the dawn of a new day for the business. He’s been appointed as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and really does have an impressive technical background. For example, he was instrumental in developing the world’s first operational, real-time, predictive air traffic control system. The appointment follows a number of recently announced strategic partnerships such as one in Latin America with ISN Technologies which facilitates transactions for some of Chile’s largest organisations. The UK based company claims to be a leading provider of hacker and fraud free mobile payment solutions and has the IP for its proprietary technologies to back them up. Continue reading

liberate-speakers Marley offspring get into earth friendly audio products

House of Marley offers Bluetooth compatible audio accessories

At an event entitled ‘Xmas in July’, GoMo News ran into an intriguing company in the audio field – The House of Marley. The company produces a range of mobile-friendly audio products such as in-ear headphones; on-ear headphones; over-ear headphones and portable audio systems. Given that musician-backed tech companies such as Beats Electronics have just become very trendy (see ‘Dr Dre may add fizz to Apple’s music brand‘), a company founded by Bob Marley’s off-spring looks set to be going places. Continue reading

Stefano_Sassu Guest Post: 5 common problems every app developer faces

by Stefano Sassu, a vp with Ask Partner Network

App development has grown exponentially in the past few years, with new apps hitting the market every day. Such saturation means that developers are facing new and harder challenges throughout the development process. Here are my five common problems that app developers face and how to remedy them. Continue reading

giving tourists something to do - bruce grant-braham City-Insights proves mobile tech can help tourists engage with local history

Oxford & Poole get QR code and NFC treatment

A digital consultancy, City-Insights , has found a way to bring historic places to life for visitors and tourists using readily available mobile technologies. They are invited to capture QR codes or tap NFC tags to take them to a bespoke web platform. This enables them to understand and appreciate a towns’ history; gain information and directions; find maps, hear stories and discover fun activities through their smartphones or tablets. All whilst they stroll around the streets. Amongst the first locations to receive this treatment across the UK are charming seaside town Poole in Dorset and famous university town – Oxford. Continue reading

ads cannot eat users' gigabytes - vila A new IM service that’s simply quackkers

Quack! app is brill delivery mechanism for video ads

About the last thing you’d ever expect to be launched into the mobile industry would be yet another IM [Instant Messaging] service. Yet speaking to Fernando Vila and Guillermo Cardona (founder and international development manager respectively) of Quack! Messenger last week [July 2014], GoMo News was convinced the company had a strong future.They weren’t crackers! Why? Because Quack! isn’t just about messaging. It’s a clever way of delivering rich media ads plus it’s a really attractive revenue share model. There’s also some pretty neat technology behind the delivery of the ads to the IM client app. GoMo News also saw the best demo of a video ad running on a regular smartphone we’ve seen to date. Continue reading