zacconi - overnight multi millionaire King gets crushed at New York flotation

Shares tank amid uncertainty over London game studio’s other offerings

The New York flotation of the firm behind Candy Crush, King, proved something of a disaster for investors last night [26th March 2014] with the stock closing nearly 16 per cent down on its opening price. Even so the founders of London games studio, King – the makers of the Candy Crush game – still became overnight multi millionaires. That’s despite the stock diving from $22.50 to $19.08 just moments after the exchange’s opening bell had sounded. King’s CEO, Riccardo Zacconi. and chairman, Melvyn Morris, respectively owned 10 and 12 per cent stakes in the firm prior to the IPO, though it remains unclear how much of their personal holdings they disposed of during the day. Continue reading eReceptionist takes infographics to new heights of pointlessness

No, the 1st mobile call wasn’t made by Motorola’s Martin Cooper

Regular readers of GoMo News will know that this publication regards infographics as next to useless. Putting useful information into a format which isn’t searchable is basically counterproductive. However, today [March 26th 2014], a company called eReceptionist took the pointlessness of infographics to new height. The file contains the statement that “the first telephone call from a mobile device is made by Martin Cooper of Motorola.” This item was against the date of 3rd April 1973. No it wasn’t. Luckily, not everything eReceptionist produces is totally useless. Continue reading

alfred_bailey Guest Post: Essential tips for launching a successful mobile app

by Alfred Beiley, an app developer and blogger who works with 360 Degree Technosoft

Mobile applications have become a common thing nowadays. And thanks to cut-throat competition between various operators at different tiers, mobile apps are used by most people across the globe. But building a successful mobile application is not that easy task as it is to use use one. At every juncture of development process, there are various hindrances that exist. Mobile application development includes many pre and post procedures that are needed to be followed in order to get successful results on their respective app stores. Continue reading

apple's dominance not guaranteed - o'sullivan Apple devices dominate global web browsing while Android gains ground

New dotMobi research reveals which devices are used to browse the web across the world

Press release

March 25th 2014. Despite the growing popularity of Android devices and low-cost smartphones, Apple’s global grip on mobile device browsing remains impressive in many major global markets. New data from dotMobi reveals that Apple’s iOS is the dominant platform for web browsing on mobile devices in many countries, particularly in first world nations. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices are most used by mobile browsers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, and many parts of Europe including France, Italy, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries. Continue reading

FCC-Aztec_code Masabi supplies secure mTickets for FCC trains

Aztec based codes initially readable @ 3 English rail stations

As something of a breakthrough, Masabi – a specialist developer of  mobile ticketing has enabled British train operator  First Capital Connect to roll out its first mTicket capability at three English railway stations. An mTicket enables a smartphone user to purchase a ticket electronically with no need to collect it physically from a ticket office or machine. Instead the mTicket is displayed onscreen as an encrypted Aztec code. [Note: Not a QR code!]. Machines at London King’s Cross, Cambridge and King’s Lynn will initially be able to read these mTickets as will conductors’ portable ticket machines. The plan is to be able to roll it out to other locations including London’s Gatwick airport. FCC is strangely coy about the number of platforms able to run its ‘Rail Tickets’ app. There are Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia apps, for example. Continue reading

a fantastic hub of culture, history and education - whitaker First Capital Connect launches queue-busting mobile ticketing app

Press release

March 24th 2014. First Capital Connect has announced the launch of its new queue-busting mobile ticketing app, allowing passengers to use their mobile phone or tablet as a ticket machine. Developed by Masabi, the leader in transport mobile ticketing, customers can download the app to their phone and instantly purchase peak and certain off-peak tickets for immediate use. Mobile tickets (mTickets) are displayed on the phone’s screen as an encrypted barcode to be scanned by gate line scanners or revenue staff – turning the phone into a personalised ticket machine. Continue reading

jon_banks2 Guest Post: MWC retrospective on NFC & mobile wallet

by Jon Banks, director of payments solutions, The Logic Group

Of all the conversations I had at MWC [Mobile World Congress] 2014, the topic of ‘mobile wallet’ generated by far the most interest and excitement. The GSMA’s High Street of the Future exhibition provided a tangible demonstration of how services such as mobile wallets could realise future customer experiences and shape the connected high-street of the future. These real time enabled-demonstrations showed that – with the correct ecosystem of customer interaction vendors, retailers can develop a targeted and interactive shopping experience that evokes brand advocacy with the customer. Continue reading

unwanted guest Carphone’s shares tumble as rival Phones4U gatecrashes merger talks with Dixons

Unwanted guest at the party

Shares in Britain’s Carphone Warehouse took a dive last night [24th March 2014] after it emerged that its merger target Dixons was also in talks with High Street rival Phones4U. Carphone’s overtures towards Phones4U were seen as a gambit to ward off the encroachment of supermarkets like Tesco into the mobile sector. Last month, when it was announced the two sides were in merger discussions, Carphone’s shares soared 10 per cent. But last night they went into reverse, falling 4.83 per cent amid fears that the £3.8 billion deal was off. It followed reports that UK private equity firm BC Partners, which owns Phones4U, had also thrown its hat into the ring, meeting with senior Dixons executives to talk about the possibility of a rival merger. Continue reading

digital music sales might be hit OTT players hit by change in UK VAT loophole

Amazon & Apple may raise prices on digital music sales

In a move which will at least bring some satisfaction to Blighty’s [UK's] MNOs [Mobile Network Operators], the UK Chancellor has moved to close a tax loophole. The major OTT players such Amazon, Apple & Skype, take advantage of the tax system to pay their VAT bills in an EU country where charges are low. For example, in Luxembourg the VAT rate is a mere 3 per cent whereas in Britain it is currently 20 per cent. New rules will mean that Brits Revenues & Customs will be able to levy 20 per cent VAT on downloads executed in the UK. OTT players could respond by raising prices. Continue reading