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Google announces death of mobile operator business model. Finally! [insert hope here]

On Day 2 of Mobile World Congress, it happened. The Earth moved. Mountains rose. Valleys shifted. Islands disappeared. All metaphorically speaking, you understand. Google has announced that they’re getting into the mobile network game. But don’t panic! Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring! You see, Google did the announcement quietly. It wasn’t a full scale Google I/O […]

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Eating your own dog food? A review of the GSMA’s MWC15 website

Today’s guest author, James Roswell, is founder and CEO of 51Degrees, a company which provides mobile web optimisation services to more than 1.5 million web sites globally. In the following post, James takes a look at the GSMA’s own website to see how it performs from a desktop and mobile perspective. Over to James. – […]

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Survey: What Apple Watch model are you going to buy?

So, you’re going to have to buy an Apple Watch, right? If you work in the mobile world, the chances are you’re going to either want to (or have to) buy one. Whether you like the idea or not, we all have to face the reality: Apple is clearly betting big on ‘Watch’ and it […]

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Gemalto on SIM card encryption issues: Case closed, job done

If you were following the SIM card encryption key news stories buzzing around, you’ll have recognised that industry heavyweight, Gemalto, was mentioned quite a bit. They’ve done their analysis and published their findings — and it makes excellent reading. Here are the key bullet points: The investigation into the intrusion methods described in the document and the sophisticated […]

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Mobile World Congress: Worth it for a day?

Back in January I was pretty irritated with the GSMA, the organisers of Mobile World Congress. A little while ago, I applied for press credentials like every other blogger out there. And I was declined. The pain on the ego. Oh the pain! The GSMA changed the qualifying status for press credentials this year. The […]

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Design a lot of phone user interfaces? You need a UIMagnet!

Do you spend a lot of time drawing out iPhone user interface ideas? Then you need some UIMagnets! This one you see above is a magnetic iPhone-shaped whiteboard surface. Yours for $79 at www.uimagnets.com. Here’s the blurb from their front page: If you design apps for a living you’ve had your share of whiteboard sessions. […]

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Gemalto’s encryption key challenges: Have a read of this…

You’ll no doubt have heard about the apparent hacking of Gemalto’s SIM card encryption keys and the ramifications of that for one’s mobile security. If you’d like to read an in-depth post on the issue, I highly recommend this one from The Intercept. It’s long. Very long. Worth getting a coffee, a croissant and digging […]

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FinTech Profile: We’re beginning to motor!

If you’re at all interested in the FinTech sector, I’d like to encourage you to check out our brand new site, FinTech Profile. It does what it says on the tin. That is, we profile companies operating in the Financial Technology market. The focus is typically on startup companies (for example, the team at investUP […]

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Can Google please put the mobile operators out of their misery?

Google? Amazon? I really don’t mind, but I would like one of the key industry players to start mopping up the business. When the ONLY thing your mobile operator can offer you to differentiate themselves is a flipping Netflix or Spotify subscription — to try and justify the stupidly expensive 24-month price plan you’re about […]

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