Tag Archives: The Guardian
by Mark Knight, a director with Broadgate Mainland
Many UK newspapers are reporting decline in sales. This has been the case for the last fives years. Daily newspaper circulation has fallen by 22 per cent – equivalent to 2.6 million of total circulation. In addition, Sunday newspaper circulation has also fallen by 28 per cent – the equivalent of 3.3 million copies. It is highly rumoured that some newspapers are considering ditching their printed editions to cut down costs. The Guardian is expected to be the first newspaper to make this move. Continue reading
Rating: Security body says we haven’t evaluated that platform yet
GoMo News carried a story yesterday [March 20th 2013] from The Guardian newspaper implying that the UK’s Computer Experts Security Group (CESG) – obviously part of GCHQ, had failed BlackBerry’s latest version of its OS (BB10) over security worries. BlackBerry has subsequently provided us with a major denial from a GCHQ spokesperson saying that no such review has been performed yet. Obviously it is hard for GoMo News to check the validity of such stories because the ‘spooks’ don’t exactly participate in cosy banter with journalists. Continue reading
Rating: Not trying to merely replace the card swipe with an NFC tap
Following the launch of the PayPal Carrier Payment Network, the company has taken a swipe at NFC technology. PayPal’s head of mobile, David Marcus, told the Guardian here, “For NFC to succeed you need consumers to have the handsets, and merchants to install the terminals. It will take time for NFC to get mass adoption. By the time NFC catches up, we’ll be in a world that will move away from the point-of-sales terminal.” Instead of focussing on NFC – which has proved very popular at MWC 2012 – Paypal is highlighting its alliances with merchants which it says will enable them to grab a slice of the digital goods industry, which should be worth $220 billion by 2014 [source: Juniper Research]. Paypal pointed at alliances with Entradas.com, Pizza Express and Yotel. Continue reading
Rating: Findings from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech research
This is today’s [July 11th 2011] headline on The Guardian‘s web site here … “Android is now the top smartphone OS in eight key countries,” writes our old mate, Charles Arthur. The story goes on to say that, “Android is now the top smartphone OS in six of eight key countries having edged past Nokia’s Symbian in Spain, according to the latest quarterly sample data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.” You’ve be forgiven for thinking that discovery might actually be news. Unfortunately, it is the third time (at least) that these same researchers have come to that particular conclusion. Back in June , Mobile Magazine here ran almost the same story as “Android dominates the smartphone market.” However, with a little bit of digging you’ll find that on Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’ own web site here, it declared “Android dominates the smartphone market.” That report here dates from 7th March 2011. Maybe its data on RIM share is more telling? Maybe, not. Continue reading
Rating: Industry buries its head in sand
A day doesn’t seem to go by without further revelations over the indulgence by the UK’s elite media in mobile phone ‘hacking’. And that is just it. There has been plenty of exposure about the fact that the mobile phones of celebrities and other news-worthy personalities were ‘hacked’ but little mention of the ‘how’ this was actually done. This isn’t the Nineties when it was possible to ‘listen in’ on analogue mobile phone calls. Everyone today in the UK uses GSM phones which are digital and the connexions are virtually un-crackable. No. What actually happened is that the vast majority of people’s GSM phones had voicemail facilities which were left wide open to infiltration. The question is – why wasn’t this gap plugged earlier and more openly exposed by the operators themselves? Continue reading
Round up of review’s of Apple’s iPhone 3G from Baig, Pogue and Mossberg and did O2 really sell that many iPhones?
It seems if you write for one of those old fashioned things called a newspaper then you get Apple’s go ahead to not play by the rules of an NDA that the rest of the blogosphere has to stick to.
Note To Apple – This is a great way to get on the wrong side of [...]