Monthly Archives: January 2014

Team Wireless Signs On To Sell Snapone, Inc.’s Cloud Applications

“Plus, we love that we can introduce Snap One at just the right moment, when customers are thinking about security and protection for their new device.” “TEAM Wireless signing on to offer our Snap One products to their customers is a great thing for us and them,” said Jiren Parikh, President and CEO of SnapOne, Inc. “It expands our retail reach and makes even more consumers aware of the critical mobile security and content management applications we offer.” Snap One is a suite of apps that includes Snap Secure, Snap Sync and Snap Play, and allows individuals and families to easily secure, sync, back up, stream and share their digital lives through a secure, centralized cloud. Snap One subscribers can add up to six users, 1 TB of cloud storage and unlimited devices to one account. Snap Secure is also sold as a standalone cloud app, addressing individual and family security with full device backup and restore features at a lower price-point than Snap One. Snap FamilySafe is an affordable and comprehensive personal and device security-focused mobile application without backup and restore features. Customers can buy Snap One, Snap Secure and Snap FamilySafe at TEAM Wireless locations and other retail stores nationwide and immediately download the applications onto their devices. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/team-wireless-signs-on-to-sell-snapone-incs-cloud-applications-2014-01-29

Nsa Uses Mobile Apps Like Angry Birds For Spying

Most profiles contain a string of characters that identifies the phone, along with basic data on the user like age, sex and location. One profile notes whether the user is currently listening to music or making a call, and another has an entry for household income. Google declined to comment for this article, and Burstly did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Saara Bergstrom, a Rovio spokeswoman, said the company had no knowledge of the intelligence programmes. Nor do we have any involvement with the organisations you mentioned, Bergstrom said, referring to the NSA and the British spy agency. http://gulfnews.com/news/world/usa/nsa-uses-mobile-apps-like-angry-birds-for-spying-1.1283378

Apple On Mobile Payments And Touch Id: ‘a Big Opportunity’

“It’s a big opportunity on the platform,” said Cook. To be clear, Cook said there was nothing to announce, but definitely did not close the door to the feature. He specifically pointed to users enjoying the ability to purchase digital items like music and books using the Touch ID feature, instead of having to type in a password. Related posts Why Apple’s guidance looks weak Late last week, a report by The Wall Street Journal said that the company was making a bigger push into the mobile payments space, aiming to let users buy physical goods — like clothes or cab rides — using their iPhones. The article said that iTunes and App Store chief Eddy Cue has been talking to industry executives about the topic, and has put longtime executive Jennifer Bailey in charge of building out the business. Speaking more generally about the Touch ID feature, Cook said it was one of the driving forces in iPhone 5S sales. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57617871-37/apple-on-mobile-payments-and-touch-id-a-big-opportunity/

Fis Mobile Wallet Earns Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award

Overall, FIS is helping to define the market opportunity by 1) proactively educating the industry about this ongoing shift in consumer behavior to mobile, and 2) bringing cutting-edge products to market to help merchants and retailers maximize the connected commerce and marketing opportunity. This award is about putting a compelling customer experience in market and demonstrates the commitment that FIS has made to bringing innovative mobile solutions to market for financial institutions, merchants and their customers in a way that safely and securely benefits all, said Doug Brown, SVP and GM, FIS Mobile Financial Services. Mobile commerce is the future. To make it a reality, financial institutions and their customers must understand the benefits each receives. FIS Mobile Wallet, in particular, provides a security benefit by being cloud-based. Rather than keep a users credentials on the phone, they are stored securely in the cloud and transmitted only during a transaction. http://www.thestreet.com/story/12274848/1/fis-mobile-wallet-earns-prestigious-frost-amp-sullivan-customer-value-enhancement-award.html

Saudi Mobile Subscriptions Shrink On Labour Crackdown, Haj Limits

Nearly 1 million foreign workers, out of roughly 9 million, are estimated to have left Saudi Arabia from March to November 2013 as authorities enforced work permit rules and corporate quotas for employment of local citizens. “The clampdown on illegal workers will have had some effect on operators’ earnings as people leave the country, but it’s likely these were among the lower spending customers,” said Martin Mabbutt, a telecom analyst at HSBC in London. “We don’t know how far through the government is in terms of its drive to remove illegal immigrants from the country.” The financial impact of the crackdown is already being felt in the telecom sector – No.3 operator Zain Saudi posted a widening fourth-quarter loss last week. This missed analysts’ forecasts and marked a deteriorating performance by the Zain affiliate following four straight quarters of narrowing losses. As the smallest operator, Zain Saudi was most vulnerable to the labour crackdown, analysts said. Mobily posted an 8.6 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit, its weakest quarterly profit increase since 2011 and second-weakest quarter since the company broke even in 2006, Reuters data shows. “Mobily warned us the labour crackdown would weaken its revenue,” said Asim Bukhtiar, Riyad Capital head of research. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/saudi-telecoms-subscribers-idUSL5N0KX1HH20140126

How Africa’s Mobile Revolution Is Disrupting The Continent

Twitter, Facebook and crisis mapping technologies such as Ushahidi have helped mobilize communities and improve government responsiveness to the plight of young people. As smartphones lower information barriers across Africa, young people are empowering themselves by self organizing into influential youth online communities and demanding better leadership. ‘African iTunes’ targets mobile users The future of mobile technology in Africa Mobile phones are revolutionizing financial services in Africa. Much has been written about M-PESA’s runaway success in Kenya — a true global success story in the field of mobile payments with over 18 million active users. In East Africa, mobile banking has leapfrogged traditional banking, enabling previously unbanked consumers to receive remittances and also to send money to their loved ones. In Africa’s largest mobile phone market with over 120 million subscribers, Nigeria, a startup company , Pag a is quickly dominating the country’s nascent mobile payments scene, growing by an estimated 847% in its first full year of operation. The company’s potential scale is massive given the number of mobile subscribers in Africa’s second largest economy. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/24/business/davos-africa-mobile-explosion/index.html

Which Wireless Carriers Will Follow T-mobile’s Lead?

It knows that it is in a good position in terms of its network coverage and performance. And it doesn’t need to be reactionary. Its customers pay more for their service than they do with any other carrier, and the company still manages to keep those customers on its network, and it even adds more than it loses each quarter. Why change? http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57617712-94/which-wireless-carriers-will-follow-t-mobiles-lead/