Tag Archives: London
Rating: Hires David Schruers as UK general manager
David Schruers, a veteran of the London digital advertising industry, has been named general manager of Sam4Mobile UK. It’s all part of the French company’s move into the UK. Schruers was previously head of media at London-based digital agency Essence. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade in the IPG family, with Mediabrands. He was the md for Cadreon. Schruers was the head of online at Initiative, and a digital account director at Universal McCann. He began his career at media21, one of the UK’s first digital media agencies. Continue reading
Rating: Half the handsets stolen in UK capital are iPhones
London’s Metropolitan Police – who have responsibility for the UK’s capital city, have released some frightening figures on smartphone orientated crime. In December  some 9,700 mobile phones were eithen stolen by robbery or theft. That figure is up a shocking 64 per cent on the same month three years earlier. A disproportionate number of these phones – roughly 50 per cent, are believed to have been Apple iPhones. As we grow closer to the industry’s showcase – MWC Barcelona, it illustrates two things. Firstly, the need to install or enable sophisticated security software on the handsets themselves. Secondly, it emphasises the need to take out insurance to protect against such losses. Continue reading
Rating: The place to be for mobile apps developers
Over 6,000 developers, telecom professionals, mobile marketers and advertising agencies are set to descend on the Apps World Europe event in London [UK] next month [October 2012]. The exhibition will take place in the Earls Court 2 exhibition centre between October 2nd and 3rd . The event claims to be Europe’s leading multi-platform app event. More details here. The organisers have informed GoMobile News, however, that today [September 26th 2012] is the last chance to register for free. Continue reading
Rating: Utilising its expertise built in London’s Soho
As the name clearly implies, Telefónica Digital is the global business division from Spain leading mobile operator. It has just announced it intends to make make a € multi-million investment in Brazil to kick start its mobile advertising business there. As Mathew Key, CEO with Telefónica Digital told press and anlaysts today [June 6th 2012], his company intends to build on its already highly successful mobile advertising business based out of London. This is already turning over in the region of £60 million delivering personalised advertising from its servers. Key’s company believes that the Brazilian mobile ad market is growing faster than in Western Europe. Brazil’s ad market is currently around €15 billion, Group M says. This represents an increase of 11 per cent over 2011 (according to figures from ZenithOptimedia).
Rating: Is there a sinister reason behind it?
Regular readers of GoMobile News will know we’ve long been a harsh critic of the lack of cellular connectivity on London’s Underground rail network (affectionately known as The Tube). As reported previously here and here Virgin Media is deploying Wi-Fi on London Underground stations ahead of this Summer’s Olympic Games. That system will only serve those standing on London Underground platforms. So, Ian Brown, CEO with wireless coverage specialists, Axell Wireless has made an impassioned plea to extend wireless connectivity on-board the trains as well. This would provide coverage for the full range of mobile voice, messaging and data s ervices. Why hasn’t it happen? Well, GoMobile News thinks there’s a sinister reason behind it. And the Chinese could be to blame. Continue reading
Rating: Kineto points out security risks of using it
Following the news that Boris Johnson has signed a deal with Virgin Media to enable calling on the Tube, (see our previous story here), London Overground has announced that commuters will get free Wi-Fi access at up to 56 London stations. This follows an agreement between London Overground and public Wi-Fi network operator, The Cloud. Although the roll out isn’t exactly detailed, some should have it in time for the London 2012 Olympics. See Rightmobilephone‘s blog here for list of first stations to offer it. One danger, according to Kineto Wireless is that the current system of leaving wireless access points(WAPs) Open brings risks to smartphone, tablet and notebook owners. Continue reading
Rating: Google’s lead NFC engineer is speaking
Claiming to be the UK’s first NFC hackathon – ‘Isobar Create London’ – together with O2,will award one winning team a £10,000 kickstarter fund courtesy of Proxama, a developer of near field communication (NFC) proximity marketing technology. The digital communications agency, Isobar, has teamed up with O2 to launch this UK event which builds on the success of previous Isobar create events held in Boston and San Francisco. Isobar Create London is to be held over a 36-hour period from 8am on Saturday March 24th to 8pm on Sunday March 25th 2012. Continue reading
Rating: Casing is from organically grown bamboo
A design student at London’s Middlesex University, Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, has designed probably what is the world’s first true eco-friendly mobile phone. That’s because the ADzero’s casing is made from four year old organically grown bamboo specially treated for durability. Woodhouse designed the phone in his spare time. After posting his creations in online forums, he was contacted by a technology entrepreneur. The device was originally intended for the Chinese market, but after a showing at the London Design Week 2011, his company ‘A.D.’ plan decided to launch the phone in the UK first this year . The company will target the UK’s ‘design aware’ retailers and boutiques. The unique handset is made from as many materials from sustainable sources as possible. Continue reading
Rating: Ideal for ladies returning late at night in UK capital
As part of a MWC 2012 prequel, GoMo News attended an event sponsored by the UK’s Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). This year it has run what it calls the Smart UK Project which is intended to highlight those UK firms showing the most innovation in the mobile sector. One of the finalists is Hailo. GoMo News was particularly impressed by this company’s offering because it has looked at the world of mobile apps from both angles. Not only does this app build on the advantages derived from location aware handsets in the handset of consumers, it only does the same thing for handsets on the dashboards of professionals, too. Continue reading
Rating: We also like the rumour about only one BB10 handset
BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion (RIM), continues to make the headlines. This time it centres on BB10 [BlackBerry 10 OS – formerly known as BBX]. In a Jeffries & Co research note co-written by analyst, Peter Misek, it seems to suggest that RIM is contemplating licensing its OS to the leading mobile phone vendors. GoMo News humbly suggests that other industry observers have got the wrong end of the stick and that RIM is actually considering licensing parts of its software. What used to be called the protocols. We also like the suggestion made in the Boy Genius Report blog here that RIM has decided to concentrate on making just the one BB10 handset aka Apple with its iPhones. Continue reading
If you dont have your ticket yet – this is one conference you can’t miss.
Mad World in London on December 6th 2011.
This is the home page: http://www.terrapinn.com/2011/mobile-advertising-world/index.stm
This is the agenda: http://www.terrapinn.com/2011/mobile-advertising-world/programme.stm
Rating: Never mind the USB dongle – blag the Samsung X430 laptop
O2 has switched on London’s first 4G mobile network today [November 14th 2011] but it is only a trial – which admittedly will run until June 2012. However, our Americans cousins shouldn’t get too excited at the prospect of using LTE when visiting the UK’s capital. That’s because the Olympic Games don’t start until July 2012 – so the trial network may well be switched off by then. Secondly, O2 which is part of Telefónica of Spain, is using LTE in a completely different spectrum for North America. The O2 trial network will be functioning at 2.6 GHz whereas networks in the USA which are claiming to have deployed LTE are operating in the 700 MHz – 800 MHz frequencies. Continue reading
Rating: The base stations won’t be able to handle it, Captain
There’s an extremely high chance – as the UK prepares for one of the largest influx of tourists it has seen during recent years in the run up to the Olympics – that the UK’s mobile networks will go into meltdown. That’s the opinion of Ruckus Wireless based on recent research published by infrastructure supplier, Ericsson, here. Total smartphone traffic is expected to triple during 2011 alone, according to Ericsson. So by late 2012 it will be even worse. One of the major culprits will be 3G ready culprits as well. Continue reading