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li & kalanick Uber taxi app won’t find Chinese market easy

Chinese tech giants Tencent & Alibaba offer rival products

It seems that everything isn’t going Uber’s way in the Chinese market, which is despite the fact that Chinese search giant Baidu confirmed that it is Uber’s latest investor last week [December 17th 2014]. The reason is that Uber is up against the Kuaidi Dache app which is backed by Alibaba and against the Didi Dache app from Tencent. Regular GoMo News readers will already be familiar with Tencent’s WeChat product from articles such as ‘N73 users should be Wechatting not Whatsapping‘. As we previously reported here, tencent is China Top Three best recognised brand. Meanwhile Alibaba is China’s answer to eBay and reported almost $300 billion worth of online sales in its year to June 30th [2014].  So Uber has a real fight on its hands. Continue reading

UK banks set for NFC cave-in thanks to Apple

Talking big bucks puts NFC on map

How ironic that a company which held out against the industry-wide enthusiasm for NFC – Apple, has now sown the seeds for British banks to finally cave in. These are the same banks which refused GoMo News a contactless card because of insufficient funds going through the account. But if you own an iPhone 6, apparently, the banks are now going to be fighting for your custom. Apple’s influence can be seen from the terminology now being used. Today it is ‘wave and pay’ whereas for years, the correct expression was contactless payments. Continue reading

Unlike the N73, Nokia’s X6 runs WhatsApp

We’ve even found a site that has the correct file for download

By some kind of historical accident, GoMo News has become the reference point that everyone visits when searching for information on how to run the popular IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp, on old Nokia handsets. Normally, we’re asked why the N73 won’t run this app and we’ve explained the reasons behind this is very great detail on our Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page. However, we’ve just experienced a new twist. Reader Shaik Humi has just asked us whether his Nokia X6 can run WhatsApp. We’re absolutely convinced that it can. There’s even a site from which you can load the X6 version. Continue reading

Samsung Tizen Z1 promised for India on Jan 18

Leaked presentation slides  indicate India will be first, then China & Korea

Reliable sources have leaked the fact that Samsung intends to launch a Tizen OS based (see ‘Tizen mobile OS 101: Understanding Tizen’s origins‘) handset – the Z1 in India. The launch date is probably going to be January 18th [2015]. The Indian launch should then be followed by similar launches in a February [2015] in China  with a South Korean launch following some time after that. Samsung’s first ever Tizen handset, the Samsung Z, was announced at a Samsung Developer Conference, San Francisco, USA on June 3rd [2014] but never actually materialised.  the expected price should be around INR 5,700 ($90). Continue reading

GoMo can confirm Lollipop update for UK LG G3

Our man of Bluetooth fame shows off Android v5 to GoMo

Keen GoMo News reader, Roger Newman of Apex Car Hire here in Ewell [UK] has demonstrated his newly upgraded LG G3 handset to us. It is now running Lollipop – Android version 5.0. So reports that owners of LG’s flagship handset will receive the update ahead of other brands have proved to be true. Mr Newman had the upgrade up and running on December 19th [2014]. Roger has previously fed GoMo News with some excellent hot tips such as our story – ‘Bluetooth blues – Nexus 4 users just turn off Wi-fi‘ which proved extremely popular with readers. So when Roger tells us that one side effect of the upgrade is that internet access over cellular has sped up, then we definitely believe him. Reports that battery life has also improved were too early for Mr Newman to confirm but the evidence is pointing that way for sure. Continue reading

extending support for indirect B2B sales - mcquade EE acquires Mainline to boost business sales strategy

EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK, to support EE’s ambition to be the number one communications provider for business

EE remains committed to its B2B channel partners, with Mainline’s systems and capabilities improving dealers’ ability to work more efficiently with EE

The deal represents a major part of EE’s strategic multi-million pound investment into its B2B channel capabilities

Press release

December 19th 2014, As part of its strategy to be the communications provider of choice for business, EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK.EE’s B2B channel partners have helped to drive continued adoption of 4G products and services in the business market, and EE is committed to the channel’s role in driving market share. Continue reading

CeBit_15_logo CeBit Hanover 2015

[ March 16, 2015 9:00 am to March 20, 2015 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Deutsche Messe
Venue: Hanover Messe
Location: Hanover, Germany
Web: www.cebit.de/home/

Register for tickets here

Across the world, communication technologies are bringing people and business processes closer together. But there’s still no substitute for face- to-face meetings between two individuals. And that’s where CeBIT comes in. Continue reading

Market welcomes the BlackBerry Classic

GoMo News always said emailers need keyboards

It seems that BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has recognised the value of the company’s core skills by launching a handset which harks back to a BlackBerry’s key feature – namely that it boasts a full Qwerty keyboard/keypad. Hence, the Canadian based smartphone supplier has just launched a new model – the BlackBerry Classic. What is it’s USP [Unique Selling Point]? Answer – very obviously the fact that this device isn’t touchscreen driven – it boasts a keyboard. As Rob Kerr, mobiles expert with uSwitch.com observes, “Like its Passport phone, the mobile maker has gone back to its roots with the Classic – furnishing it with the physical keyboard that so many appreciate in the touchscreen era.” Here at GoMo Towers all we can say is – “Told You so”. Continue reading

CES_show_floor GoMo seeks would-be hack to cover CES ’15 for us

Your chance for 15 minutes of web fame

It seems that history really does have a habit of repeating itself. That’s because as January 6th [2015] draws closer, here at GoMo Towers once again we find ourselves with no-one lined up to cover the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show being held in Las Vegas, USA. This event takes place between January 6th-9th [2015]. We thought we had lined up a trainee (intern) to write stories for this web news site. It din’t happen. So we were rather hoping that a GoMo News reader who fancies a bit of heavy duty exposure for his or her scribblings might want to step into the breach. All we can promise, really is your 15 minutes of internet fame! Continue reading