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Mobile World Congress call for papers now open

July 23, 2014

MWC 2015

Consider yourself a mobile guru? Want to bring your insights to discussion at the world’s biggest cellular event? Don’t miss out on your chance to present at 2015’s most anticipated mobile conference and show – you can now submit your proposal

The event, taking place in Barcelona on 2- 5th March 2015, will highlight and debate the most significant topics in the mobile industry today, in a range of seminars and sessions with world-class speakers.

Here are some of the hot topics for 2015…

  • 5G
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Applications
  • Connected Living
  • Health
  • Joint Ventures/M&A/Partnerships
  • Location Based Services
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Money
  • NFC
  • Security
  • Social Media
  • Venture Capital in Mobile

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Meet James Laird (@scavgourmet), Senior Staff Writer at IT Pro Portal (@ITProPortal)

March 3, 2014

By Rosalind Carr @Rosalind_at_O and Rose Ross @Rose_at_O

The Countdown team present tech journo James Laird – chatting ‘phablet’s, food blogging and CODE_n startup buzz at CeBIT 2014!

James gives his insights into the current mobile tech and gadgets trends, THE tech shows to go to and the do’s and don’ts of pitching stories…

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james laird ITPP

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself:

I moved to London back in 2005, having grown up in Boston, and I’ve been involved in journalism ever since graduating from Goldsmiths College. I worked my way around a fair few local newspapers learning the art before entering the tech journalism world roughly two years ago and joining as an intern. Since then, I’ve risen to senior writer and am looking forward to the future.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the title you write for and their interest in mobile technology: 

Mobile became my primary beat pretty much as soon as I joined and I’ve been developing and refining my knowledge ever since. I’ve learned from some great people and am now enjoying tutoring some our younger writers in the finer points of processors, displays, and operating systems. We try to position ourselves as a unique proposition, covering mobile from a more business, enterprise, and IT relevant perspective than some of our competitiors.

Q. What’s hot in mobiles and telecoms this year?

There’s a number of key trends in mobile this year, including the rise and rise of the phablet, but what’s potentially the game changer is wearable tech. In my opinion, no one has really got it right yet, but it is likely to happen. The key for me will be when the style element begins to match the functionality – for example, when I can have Google Glass-like features built into my Ray-Bans. The features are developing quickly and hopefully the fashion element will catch up soon. Read the rest of this entry ?


Freeform Dynamics: Q&A with Dale Vile, Managing Director & Analyst

February 15, 2011

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

First and foremost I’m a husband and dad. I live on the edge of the New Forest with the family and am generally happy with my lot.

I love working as an industry analyst and started Freeform Dynamics in 2005 with my wife, Helen, not so much to conquer the world, but more to allow us to do the analyst/research thing in the way we wanted, and surround ourselves with like-minded people such as Tony Lock and Andy Buss.

In terms of skills and interests, while a lot of my career in the IT industry has been business-oriented, I started out as an amateur computing enthusiast and remain a bit of geek and gadget head at heart.

Q. Tell us a little bit about Freeform Dynamics, the titles you write for and their interest in mobile technology.

Freeform Dynamics primarily exists to help IT and business professionals make sense of the latest developments in the technology arena, and figure out if and how they are relevant in their environment. Unlike a lot of other analysts, we focus less on early adopters and forward thinking risk takers, and more on those just getting on with business and IT in the mainstream. For this reason, a lot of our output is aimed at people who are not experts, but need to or want to get up to speed on how technology can help them.

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2 last min apps for MWC from GSMA

February 11, 2011

Show guide and Barcelona transportation
by Hans Cett (@HansCett)

Talk about leaving it to almost the last minute! News has just come through that the GSMA has released two very important apps for those attending the MWC 2011 show in Barcelona next week [February 14th 2011]. One is the Mobile Guide App for Mobile World Congress 2011. The other is a transport map which should help you find your way to all those parties going on at the MWC show. Read the rest of this entry ?


Introducing M2M Now: Q&A with Jeremy Cowan, Editorial Director of Vanilla Plus and M2M Now

February 9, 2011

New magazine’s first issue to appear at MWC 2011 in Barcelona
by Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@olivia_at_o)

VanillaPluss parent company, Prestige Media Ltd (PML), recently announced the launch of a brand-new magazine, M2M Now, to serve the rapidly developing global market for connected devices and machine-to-machine communications.

The Editor of VanillaPlus, Jeremy Cowan, stepped into the role of Launch Editor of M2M Now, vacating the Editor’s chair on VanillaPlus but retaining his role as Editorial Director and Publisher of PML.

The first issue of M2M Now will appear at Mobile World Congress 2011.  Before you pick up your copy, read this Q&A session to learn a little more about the kinds of stories Jeremy looks for and the best ways to engage with him.

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Industry View from a Mobile Telecoms Veteran: Q&A with Alan Burkitt-Gray, Editor of Global Telecoms Business

January 19, 2011

Alan Burkitt-Gray presenting the GTB Innovation Awards

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been a technology and business journalist forever, and editor of Global Telecoms Business for just over 10 years.

Q. Tell us a bit about the titles you write for and their interest in mobile technology.

I’m employed as editor of GTB, so I write just for that. We interview the CEOs and other leading executives of operators worldwide — people such as Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, who was the cover interview in Nov-Dec 2010, and he spoke about AT&T’s LTE plans in competition with Verizon; or Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association, who was the cover interview a year ago, and talked about his expectations for machine-to-machine services.

Q. What’s hot in mobiles this year?

I’ll find out at MWC, though we’re not a consumer magazine — I’m mainly going to talk to network operators.

Q. How many mobile events do you attend each year?

One, MWC; and usually the TM Forum event conference that was in Nice but will be in Dublin, and possibly Broadband World Forum, which is in Paris this year, though the ITU event is back this year, so I’ll probably go to that too. And our own Global Telecoms Business events, though they are different.

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My MWC social networks comes online

January 5, 2011

Optimised for most leading smartphone makes
by Hans Cett

It looked like the GSMA, organisers of the Mobile World Congress exhibition was going to miss its own deadline for delivering its ‘My MWC’ service. Although registered congress attendees were only notified of its availability today [January 4th 2011], it did actually go live in December 2010. Crucially My MWC is not offered as mobile app – My MWC is a web based service. So whatever handset/PC browser you access the web site with, the results are going to be fine tuned for your particular make and model of mobile device. Consequently the PC and the Android versions of the same My MWC site don’t even look remotely similar to each other’ Read the rest of this entry ?