Nokia and the Department of Science and Technology have announced the general availability of Nokia Mobile Mathematics, a mobile phone service that helps learners from grades 10 – 12 better understand Mathematics.
Any person with a data enabled mobile phone can now access more than 10 000 exercises of varying difficulties and collaborate with others, compare achievements and get guidance on how to progress. The service also gives teachers the ability to better understand learner’s competence and areas of improvement.
“We launched the Nokia Mobile Mathematics pilot in 2009 after a request by the then Deputy President of South Africa on how we could better use mobile technology to speed up learning,” said Gerard Brandjes, Vice President, Nokia South and East Africa. “With more than five years of listening, learning and adapting the service, we are now ready to make it available broadly.”
The new service is fully browser-based and works on any phone, tablet or PC without needing to download an app. After a quick sign-up process, students can practice problems in a number of categories like finance, trigonometry, calculus and statistics. While working on questions, learners can read background theory, see examples of solved problems and engage with others. Points are awarded for successfully completed exercises and, if a learner chooses to, they can share their points and compete with other students. (more…)
Here is something quite shocking (excuse the pun).
If you have ever wondered about the natural power of a lightning bolt and whether or not scientist would one day be able to harness the energy produced by one of nature’s most striking forces, then your day has finally come.
Scientists at the University of Southampton, along with the help of Nokia, have done just that. They successfully charged a Nokia Lumia 925 with lightning.
Of course, for fear of injury or death, the Lumia was charged by artificial lightning bolts. These artificial lightning bolts were created by the team and used to charge the phone in a controlled, secure environment. (more…)
Microsoft decided to acquire the handset business of Nokia to strengthen its mobile platform, aiming to strengthen Windows Phone from within. But it seems that might not have been their only incentive. According to the New York Times, Nokia was busy testing Android versions of Lumia devices, which might have prompted Microsoft to complete the deal.
This might have meant that Windows was afraid of being ditched by Nokia in favour of the open source platform. Nokia has 80% market share in terms of Windows Phone devices; other manufacturers like HTC and Samsung have not been successful bringing their devices to market, with miniscule sales to speak of. (more…)
After a long period of waiting, wondering and whispering, Apple finally revealed it’s new, low cost iPhone yesterday.
The iPhone 5C is Apple’s answer to a ‘lower cost’ mobile phone. While the phone is much cheaper in price – it is expected to retail for $99 in the US – it still promises to give you an undeniable Apple experience.
Instead of an aluminum back cover like the top of the range iPhone 5 and 5S, the iPhone 5C has a plastic back cover.
Even though the cover is plastic, it is still eye catching thanks tho the array of different colours it is available in.
Green, blue, pink, yellow and white are the colour option for the new low cost phone. Apple seems to be very impressed with the colourful palette themselves, as they continue to use this as the main selling point of the device.
On their website, Apple calls these colours “anything-but-shy” and says that the 5C is “not just for lovers of colour” but for “the colourful”. (more…)
There are so many different cellphones on the market nowadays, it can be hard to imagine which phone is the top of the heap.
Technology wise, there are about a million opinions out there as to which cellphone performs the best, has the best features and ensures the greatest longevity.
But, if you were to look purely at sales, the picture of the top selling mobile handsets across the globe, will look much different than you’d expect!
During the mobile phone boom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, there was one cellphone company that definitely ruled the roost – Nokia.
The name Nokia was synonymous with cellphones; in days when Samsung was known for making fridges and Apple for making colourful computers.
However, the world has evolved and technology is moving at a rapid pace. And thus, it was inevitable that Nokia would no longer be able to compete with Apple or Samsung’s prowess.
On Tuesday, September 3rd, Nokia finally gave up and was sold to Microsoft for $7.2 billion.
Even though Nokia is no more, it’s legacy is etched into history, as this list – compile by the British Telegraph and MSN – shows the Top Selling Mobile Phones of All Time.
And there its is – Nokia claims 9/10 spots on this list, with the Motorola RAZR being the only exception – I mean, who can forget the iconic 3310!? (more…)
Microsoft Corp said it will buy Nokia Oyj’s phone business and license its patents for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion), making its boldest foray yet into mobile devices and bringing executive Stephen Elop back into the fold. The sale of Nokia’s phone business marks the exit of a 150-year-old company that once dominated the global cellphone market and remains one of Europe’s premier technology brands, even though Apple and Samsung Electronics’ ascendancy all but reduced it to irrelevancy in Asia and North America in recent years.
“For a lot of us Finns, including myself, Nokia phones are part of what we grew up with. Many first reactions to the deal will be emotional,” said Alexander Stubb, Finland’s minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade. “What should be paid for declining business, where market share has been constantly lost and profitability has been poor?” said Hannu Rauhala, an analyst at Pohjola Bank. “It is difficult to say if it’s cheap or expensive.”
Sales of Nokia’s Lumia series have helped the market share of Windows Phones in the global smartphone market climb to 3.3 percent, according to consultancy Gartner, overtaking ailing BlackBerry Ltd for the first time this year. Still, Google Inc’s Android and Apple’s iOS system make up 90 percent of the market. (more…)
Nokia’s new Coloud Boom, Knock and Pop headsets, developed in collaboration with Zound Industries, are now available in South Africa. Zound Industries is well known as the group behind Marshall Headphones, Molami, and Urbanears.This exciting line of high quality yet affordable headsets, each with a unique design and feel of their own, are currently available in store. The range consists of the Coloud Boom, the Coloud Knock and the Coloud Pop:
Boom is all about what Nokia calls “coverage”. (more…)
We have been aware of Nokia’s troubles for some years now, but luckily they have started a turnaround in recent months. Their devices are starting to sell again, which we are happy to see. Unfortunately, it is not selling nearly as well as their competitors’ devices. Now comes more bad news. Nokia’s last remaining stronghold was their home market of Finland, where they still had the majority share at the end of last year.