Global News Round-up – Week 22nd July

Global_News_MEF Each week the MEF team curates mobile stories from around the world. Essential news, the latest market insight & data nuggets, the Global News Round-up offers an instant international mobile content & commerce snapshot.

 Global News Stories

Google launches Chromecast low-cost TV dongle


Google has announced a low-cost competitor to Apple TV – a “dongle” device called Chromecast. The dongle is plugged into a television’s HDMI port, and allows users to stream media from smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Nokia joins UK startup accelerator, challenges members to mod its JobLens app


Nokia has announced its support for Entrepreneur First, a London technology startup accelerator for graduates, the same day it launches its JobLens app in the UK.

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Mobile growth boost Sri Lanka’s telecoms market

Telecom Asia

Growing mobile usage is powering rises in telephone connections in Sri Lanka, which grew 8.4% to 23.8 million overall in 2012. A recent report by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka found that mobile connections grew 10.9% during the year compared to a 6.1% rise in fixed line connections, though the latter figure is up from 5% growth in 2011.

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Google Glass meets Comic-Con


If there’s any place you’d expect Google Glass might be warmly received, surely that would be Comic-Con. With thousands of science-fiction fans toting replicas of futuristic devices, you’d think an actual device that seems straight from a Hollywood flick would go over well. And you’d be right — it was a hit.

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Content and app revenue set to increase 84 per cent

Mobile Entertainment

Emerging markets will see the growth in content and apps revenue within the next four years as mobile music, services and gaming become increasingly accessible to consumers. These revenues have been predicted to skyrocket by $13.7 billion (84 per cent) to $30 billion between 2012 and 2017, according to Linklaters, Generation Next study.

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New mobile commerce initiative leverages power of NFC-enabled cards

Mobile Commerce News

MasterCard has announced that a new NFC-based payment service and loyalty program is now available to alumni of Kenya’s Kenyatta University. The program is meant to address consumer demand concerning new and more convenient payment services.

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Apple’s less than perfect Q3: iPhone sales up, iPad sales down


Things seem to have hit a wall at Apple Inc. The company’s latest financial report for the quarter ending June shows that its sales are up only one percent from last year to US$35.3-billion, landing the company a net profit of US$6.9 billion, or US$7.47 per diluted share.

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Stop Trying To Make Proximity-Based Social Networking Happen


Turn back the dial to 2009, and proximity social networking was buzzing, thanks to the launch of Google Latitude and the hype and oxygen burning around check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla. Such services promised that we were all going to be broadcasting our location to friends — and even strangers — so that life could be one big serendipitous cool-tastic, gamified hook up.

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Can mobile ad revenue outpace desktop on Facebook?

Mobile Marketer

While Facebook’s significant gains in mobile are propelling the social network to new heights, managing advertiser demand versus user tolerance for ads will be a challenge for the company going forward.

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Orange Signs Mobile Money Deal with Total

Mobile Marketing Magazine

Orange – the telco previously known as France Telecom – has signed a partnership with oil and gas company Total to distribute Orange Money at all Total service stations in 13 countries across Africa and the Middle East.

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Monitise to power mobile payments for India’s ICICI Bank

Mobile Money Revolution

The deal is actually being run by Movida, a joint venture between Visa Inc. and UK m-payments specialist Monitise. It represents another stealthy move into emerging markets for the latter, which is probably better known for its work with financial institutions in the UK and US.

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Global News Round-up – These articles are not written by MEF and do not represent any views of individuals, members or the organisation.

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