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lei jun - more like gates than jobs Xiaomi’s Lei Jun should be compared to Gates not Jobs

If you have to compare someone to a famous North American, that is

Recently [January 3rd 2015] there was a very interesting profile in the Financial Times [FT] entitled, ‘Lei Jun, China’s smartphone billionaire … The man behind the world’s most valuable start-up“. That’s a reference to the fact that his company has just been valued at $45 billion [£29.3 billion]. The FT mentions the fact that Lei Jun dislikes comparisons between himself and Steve Jobs of Apple fame – something which GoMo News highlighted back in December 2013 here. When we reported that WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell made Lei Jun his hot tip. So as the comparison keeps being made, we reckon that Lei should be compared to Bill Gates rather than Steve Jobs. Continue reading

Music streaming sites hit digital music sales

Figures from Nielsen Music suggest Spotify-style sites are to blame

Market watcher, Nielsen Music has just released figures showing how how music publishers fared in 2014. It seems that music streaming sites – such as Spotify, have impacted the growth of digital music sales.  Indeed, after a decade of strong growth, in the UK download sales fell during 2014. Nielsen says that digital album sales fell by nine per cent to 106.5 million albums in the USA. By complete contrast, audio and video streaming increased in the USA by 50 per cent. Continue reading

mike short astonishes gomo Vodafone’s 1st phone call resurrects Motorola false claim

GoMo surprised that Dr Short appears to back this theory

Here at GoMo Towers, we were dumbfounded to receive a Press release appearing to suggest that the IET’s Dr Mike Short backs the claim that Motorola’s Martin Cooper’s made the first mobile call in the USA back in April 1973. The release says Cooper’s was “the first public cellular Mobile call recognised internationally.” We have multiple issues with this claim. Firstly, it wasn’t public because it was part of a lab trial. Secondly it wasn’t cellular because Motorola didn’t have more than one test cell. We just wish that somebody at Ericsson would finally tell GoMo News who made the first call on its public network for Saudi Arabia back in 1981 using a system called NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony). Continue reading

Latest plane crash proves authorities searching wrong area

Even more conspiracy theories about Flight MH370

Another aircraft tragedy has recently struck in Asia with the loss of AirAsia’s  Flight  QZ8501 off Borneo. However, the fact that the authorities have swiftly recovered both debris and bodies from this ill-fated aircraft throws further suspicions on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH370. If debris can be found so quickly for QZ8501, why has none ever been recovered for MH370? The obvious answer is that the search for the missing MH370 aircraft has always been in the wrong place. And GoMo News feels that locations such as Vietnam’s coast or Diego Garcia in the Maldives hold more credibility. Continue reading

mike harrison makes 1st voda call Thirtieth anniversary of first UK mobile phone call

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made on Vodafone’s UK network 30 years ago
Michael Harrison, the son of Vodafone’s first Chairman, made the call on January 1st 1985
Thirty years later, Vodafone is an industry leader with 438 million customers, mobile operations in 26 countries and fixed broadband operations in 17 countries

Press release

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made 30 years ago on the [then] newly-launched Vodafone network. Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone Chairman Sir Ernest Harrison, was the first to test the system, calling his father at midnight on January 1st 1985. Michael Harrison secretly left his family’s New Year’s Eve party at their home in Surrey in the UK to surprise his father, calling him from London’s Parliament Square. Harrison made the historic call from one of the first mobile devices – a Transportable Vodafone VT1, which weighed 11lb (5Kg) and had around 30-minutes of talk time. Continue reading

Xiaomi proves credentials as handset dark horse

Makes rivals such as Lenovo look like minnows

Here in GoMo Towers we have been quietly following the fortunes of Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. Especially in the Indian market. But we weren’t quite ready for its tremendous success in the financial markets. The company has just raised $45 billion in VC money. To put that in perspective, massive disruptive app producer, Uber, which is even based in San Francisco but only managed $40 billion by comparison. Arch rival to Xiaomi is the familiar name of Lenovo. Continue reading

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