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tpppexpo14 Prepaid Expo ’14 Las Vegas

[ August 18, 2014 9:00 am to August 20, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: The Prepaid Press
Venue: Planet Hollywood
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Web: www.prepaidpressexpo.com/
Hashtag: #tppEXPO!

Register: here

The Prepaid Press Expo offers the industry’s most informative conference program for prepaid services. The Financial Mobility Summit is now part of The Prepaid Press Expo Conference program, giving attendees a better understanding of the unique intersection of prepaid mobile finance, payments, prepaid wireless and top-up. Continue reading

demina - in 3rd place South African becomes loyalty & gamification winner

Poland’s Przybylski is 2nd & Russia’s 19 yr-old Demina is 3rd

A 36 year old South African, Martin Naude became the first African winner of the Loyalty and Gamification World Championship. At the other end of the spectrum, Daria Demina of Russia became the youngest award-winner at the tender agoe of 19 years. In an extremely tight finish, Naude held off the ‘King of Play’ Krzysztof Przybylski (Warsaw, Poland) to take the top prize of $2,000. After a split judging decision, Naude was adjudicated winner on countback across the 12 World Leading Judging authorities. Both Naude and Przybylski have educational backgrounds in computer science, with Naude a Loyalty Rewards specialist and Przybylski a Gamification experienced professional. For Naude this was never about the money. Continue reading

battery probs with moto g after update GoMo experiences battery drain issues with Moto G update

We need to install some serious tools after KiTKat 4.4.4 upgrade

Initially, here at GoMo Towers we were over the moon [joyous] when our loan Moto G from Motorola received the message that an update existed that would take this iconic smartphone up to the very latest version of the Android mobile OS – v4.4 KitKat. We’d hoped for significant improvements and in one sense we weren’t disappointed. We really like the Updated Phone dialler. However, the downside was that the poor little Moto G’s processor almost went into meltdown mode (literally). The handset got very hot an battery life dropped sub 12 hours. So we got in touch with Motorola. Continue reading

WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

GoMo proves that Reviveaphone really does work

Our Cat B15 was a bit beyond redemption, though

When we first learnt of the concept behind a product called Reviveaphone, here at GoMo Towers we thought it was a brilliant idea. An answer to the handset industry’s worst nightmare – the fact that so many smartphones stop working through excessive exposure to water. The number of times a handset accidentally falls into a water closet (flushing toilet) is unbelievably high. The consequence? The smartphone owner loses a device that can be worth at least £400. Hence, paying £14.99 for a solution that can revive a ‘water damaged’ mobile phone seems like a bargain. Especially if it works. And in our case, we were able to prove that it really does do what it claims on the packaging. Continue reading

a panoramic from the derby day An inexpensive solution for smartphone panoramic shots

The Panoramic Pod works with any decent cameraphone

Having mentioned the existence of the Panoramic Pod before here, we were delighted when I Want One of Those (IWOOT) offered to send us a sample for testing purposes. The device is plainly inexpensive (about $26 or £15.99) and we soon discovered why – it’s not very tall, standing at some five inches (13 cm) high. But it very definitely works and here at GoMo Towers we were more than happy with the results. Despite IWOOT claiming that the Pod is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones”, it’s near universal and would definitely work with one of Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020, for example. Continue reading

frictionless payment experience - anderson Bango and Deutsche Telekom hook up for operator billing

Bango claims direct operator billing leadership

A new partnership to widen access to Direct Operator Billing (DOB) for app store purchases has just been announced by Deutsche Telekom in conjunction with Bango.The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate DOB deployment. The pair claim this will bring bringing frictionless ‘one click’ payment to DT’s subscribers for apps, music, games and other digital content. Continue reading

best hardware with a unique twist - lau OnePlus announces official partnership with CyanogenMod

New mobile startup announces software partner for upcoming flagship

Press release

January 7th 2014. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, and Steve Kondik, CTO of Cyanogen, have announced the official partnership of OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. for OnePlus’ flagship device. The CyanogenMod team will develop a customized software experience with specially designed features and exciting new elements debuting on the first OnePlus phone. Continue reading