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Data mining app for loans is one step to far

Prediction that credit providers will monitor phone usage

Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve just come across a move towards more data mining by credit providers via a mobile phone app. The app will apparently help the likes of mortgage companies to gather data about a potential customers’ phone usage and therefore expenditure.  Via info on data such as texting; emailing and voice call times. Reputedly this kind of data mining is already being employed in Africa – where the mobile network operators [MNOs] are effectively the Banks, anyway. We can see mobile apps helping car insurance providers in Europe but not loans companies in the suggested way. Continue reading

Motorola steps in to save UK’s Airwave

Move welcomed by employees’ union – Prospect

A very interesting situation is developing in the UK between those who think that emergency services should retain a separate mobile network and those who don’t. Motorola Solutions has just announced a deal to secure Airwave – the UK’s TETRA based network. Apparently, Motorola Solutions will acquire Airwave from its existing owners in a deal worth more than £800 million. The catch is that the UK’s Home Office has recently made a decision by the to award the next emergency services contract to rival operator – EE. Continue reading

always-connected mobile world - trowbridge RIPTec launches cut the cord app for unified communications

App has the potential to end small businesses’ dependence on fixed phone, systems and personal multiple mobiles in the anytime-anywhere workspace
GSM and VoIP communications on one smartphone brings about the Unified Communications era

Press release

November 30th 2015. Communications specialists
RIPTec has launched an app that has the potential to end capital investments on business communications hardware and software and replace it with one unified multi-number smartphone-enabled dialer for business and personal use. At-a-stroke, SME staff need no longer have one mobile for private use and another for business use. Continue reading

hosseini - even if it is apple, he couldn't say Oxford Don may hold key to wearables market

He’s invented screens requiring almost zero power – eatyourheartout Apple
hosseini – even if it is apple, he couldn't say
It appears that an Oxford [England] based academic – Dr Peiman Hosseini, may have come up with the solution to the heavy power consumption of high profile wearable devices. [Mentioning no names - apple. Ed] What Hosseini [...]

maxime_de_nanclas Guest Post – Pay wars heat up

Contactless P2P payments could mean victory
by Maxime de Nanclas, COO with Mobeewave

Recent speculation [November 2015] about Apple’s venture into creating a P2P (phone to phone) payment system for mobile devices is just the latest move in what has come to be known as the ‘Pay Wars’. In the same week, Samsung was also the subject of similar speculated reports which went so far as to drill down to specific technology capabilities that would include the option for contactless transactions, whereby a user taps a phone or card to another NFC device to transfer funds or conduct payments. Just this past week, LG announced they are working on their own mobile payment solution called LG Pay in partnership with a Korean credit card issuer. Continue reading

no clear boundaries for data ownership - moar professional athletes will help drive smart clothing sales

Fitness wearables market worth $10bn by 2020 says Juniper

The fitness wearables sector will generate over $10 billion in hardware revenues by 2020 (up from an estimated $3.3 billion in 2015), a new study from Juniper Research has found. This tripling effect will be largely driven by the sales of wrist-based trackers, whilst hundreds of thousands of connected garments used by professional sports teams will showcase wearable technology’s most advanced capabilities. The is latest research – ‘Smart Wearable Devices: Worldwide Consumer & Enterprise Markets 2015-2020‘, has also found that that devices offering more advanced fitness tracking capabilities – such as heart-rate tracking and blood-oxygen saturation levels, are becoming more popular. Continue reading

xAd spots a rise in inverse showrooming

Launches its Mobile Path to Purchase report

xAd has launched its biggest research of the year – the company’s third annual ‘UK Mobile Path to Purchase’ report. This study examines how consumers’ relationship with mobile and physical location affects purchase expectations and decisions. 2015′s study contains online survey data from 1,500 UK-based smartphone users who have used their devices for a purchase decision in the previous 30 days. Perhaps the most surprising finding is a rise in ‘inverse showrooming’. This was where 60 per cent of consumers who research goods and services in-store then proced to convert. those searches to purchases on location. Consequently, this new research reveals that consumer purchase decisions are influenced by real-time location. Continue reading

slash OPEX support costs - abhari Tweakker makes important inroad into US MVNO market

Provides its device guides to GIV Mobile

In an important step in its drive into the USA’s MVNO [mobile virtual network operator] market, Tweakker has announced a tie with GIV Mobile. The MVNO claims to be the third oldest no-contract wireless company in the USA – created by PTEL Mobile, its parent company. As the name implies, GIV Mobile donates 8 per cent of the monthly plan amount to the charity of the subscriber’s choice. That’s a bit like the people’s operator (TPO) in the UK which gives 25 per cent.  Crucially, by deploying Tweakker’s device guides on its website, GIV claims to have slashed its OPEX expenditure. Continue reading

Amstrad_E3 Sour grapes as Sugar gets Nokias banned from Beeb

Claims he got BBC to stop prominently displaying WP phones

A very interesting claim has emerged from British peer, Lord Alan Sugar, concerning the removal of visible branding for the GSM handsets used in the popular BBC soap opera – East Enders. He told the Sun on Sunday, “I’ve got them banged to rights.” A Cockney phrase meaning that he’d got clear proof. Namely, that when characters on the BBC show send text SMS messages to each other, it’s very clear that Nokia branded phones are being used. Which is against Beeb[BBC] rules. However, GoMo News can reveal that this is, in fact, sour grapes. His Amstrad E3 videophones got barred from The Apprentice – the Beeb show that Sugar fronts. Continue reading