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Opinion

Mobile first: The future for next generation banking

I’ve been at it again on LinkedIn. I came across a survey from Accenture via Finextra that reports almost 40% of North American 18-34 year olds don’t want to bother with bank branches. The ramifications for the finance world are substantial. And the ramifications for the growth of mobile first banking services are profound. Have […]

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Operators

Is there room for independent mobile “stockists” anymore?

This spam text today prompted me to wonder if there is much room in the market for “independent stockists” anymore. Surely there isn’t much they can offer compared to me going direct to EE? And while I’m at it, how is a text message like this meant to persuade me to even look at your […]

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Opinion

5 tips on finding a mobile advertising partner

This week I’m pleased to publish an op-ed from Nathan Ward, Director & Co-Founder of Mapp Media on a rather challenging topic for many mobile companies, developers and content producers a like: Finding the right mobile advertising partner. Over to Nathan: – – – – – We all know that mobile usage has exploded over […]

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News Opinion

World Travel Market 2013’s Mobile Travel Panel: Follow-up!

Thank you to all the readers who came along to World Travel Market’s Mobile Travel Panel yesterday afternoon. If you recall the topic was, “Desktop is dead! Long live mobile travel!” Andrew Cocker, Chief Marketing Officer of Skyscanner gave a stimulating presentation for the first 25 minutes. He included a load of statistics and perspective, […]

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News

Office for iPhone looks pretty smart, but…

… at the cost of a $99 annual subscription to Office365, that makes it amongst the most expensive mobile office productivity applications around. I’m pleased that Microsoft has actually made the leap into iOS. I’m on record as saying their reluctance to engage on the iOS platform has been a costly, costly mistake. Millions of […]

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Opinion

My objective for February: Become fully mobile and platform independent

Is it time to change out of the Apple ecosystem? I’m not talking about phones and tablets necessarily. I’m talking about desktops — proper computing. Ever since watching Mr Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, introduce his company’s offerings at their evening launch event at the turn of the year, I’ve been exploring the possibilities in my mind […]

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Services

ImpulsePay: One simple way to fix The Cloud’s silly mobile payments system

Last night I published a request asking for suggestions for companies that could replace the utterly dire payments check-out/gateway system used by The Cloud. I can’t quite believe that The Cloud’s product management team or their executive team allowed the existing system to go live in it’s present state. You can read about my crazy […]

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Operators Opinion

Rubbish UK mobile & banking industries finally get a clue about mobile text payments (next year)

Dear reader: Have a quick read of this post from Emily over at Textually. I quote the key explanatory bit here: UK mobile users will be able to send and receive money by sharing only their phone number by Spring 2014, the Payments Council has said, reports the BBC. via textually.org: Payments by text message […]

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Opinion Services

Will we see a reemergence of Yahoo as a player in mobile?

I got the above email from Yahoo early this morning regarding my Flickr account. I’ve had an account there for what feels like decades. For ages, anyway. And my pro subscription has lapsed. I have been meaning to upgrade it but I haven’t felt I needed to do so — much like the vast majority […]

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Applications Services

If you care about mobile data use, give datasquasher a try

For those of you using smartphones, slightly concerned at all times about how much data you’re using (and I assume that’s nearly all you), then it’s probably time to give datasquasher a try. Get it here. It’s only on iOS at the moment, but I suspect that they’ll be adding more OSes soon. datasquasher lets […]

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Applications Operators Services

Telenor uses ‘cellular signal’ to allow customers to post social updates without internet connectivity

Have a quick read of this update from Telenor: Telenor Group has now entered into an agreement with U2opia Mobile, an innovator in social Internet and mobile convergence, to bring Facebook to its millions of non-Internet connected customers via USSD. USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) is a low bandwidth data service that allows you to […]

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Operators Opinion

Mobile advertising: It’s time for operators to take control

I don’t need to tell you that mobile advertising presents a huge opportunity for brands, marketers and much of the mobile ecosystem. But it’s an opportunity that mobile operators aren’t yet taking advantage of as fully as they could be. I recently spoke to Noam Green from Mobixell about how operators can benefit from keeping […]