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Uber bids to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping service

Published by on May 11th, 2015, No Comments

uberTo keep the snowballing business that is Uber going the company needs to be ever forward looking. To achieve this the ride sharing service looks to invest in all possible areas of the business, especially its mapping and GPS capabilities.

A report in the New York Times indicates that the company has taken a step forward in bidding to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping service… (more…)

Nokia planning to make phones again (in 2016)

Published by on Apr 21st, 2015, 12 Comments

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Many people thought that we had seen the last of Nokia when they sold its Lumia devices business to Microsoft. Luckily that’s not the case – we have already seen the Nokia N1 Android tablet being released last year, and now news comes that they will be re-entering the smartphone game. (more…)

Updated iOS Nokia HERE navigation app available on iTunes

Published by on Mar 13th, 2015, 2 Comments

Nokia HereApple released Apple Maps back in 2012 and to be honest, as an Apple user I have never used it. All my navigation is done through Google Maps and the reason is obvious. Apple Maps had a disastrous debut and hasn’t really recovered since then.

I know there has been a lot of advances made with Apple Maps but still most iOS users prefer to use a different navigation application. Apart from Google Maps there are other options, and the best is Nokia’s HERE Maps. The updated HERE application is now available for iOS on iTunes. (more…)

Microsoft’s Lumia in Cape Town: A report back

Published by on Nov 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft (under the Nokia badge) took centre stage on Thursday the 20th of November to demo three new contenders in the firm’s Lumia range – the 730, 830, and 930 – at the lush Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town.

Running with the theme of all things photography, Microsoft introduced National Geographic photographer Jason Alvarez, who showcased his work following his exclusive use of the Lumia range for the past 18 months. (more…)

Opera Mobile Store replacing Nokia Store as default app store for Nokia phones

Published by on Nov 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Nokia users are in for quite a bit of an overhaul when it comes to their app store, as their parent company, Microsoft, has just signed an agreement with Opera  Software to replace the Nokia Store with the Opera Mobile Store as the default app store for their feature phones.

It will also be the default app store for Symbian and Nokia X smartphones.

The announcement follows a separate agreement, announced in August 2014, which will see Opera become the default browser on Nokia-branded phones, including Series 30+, Series 40, Asha and Nokia X handsets.

The changeover will be implemented in the first quarter of next year, with the company saying that they expect the migration to be completed in the first half of 2015. The current Nokia Store will then be closed once the transition is complete. (more…)

Nokia N1 announced, the company’s first Android tablet (video)

Published by on Nov 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Not long ago, we speculated about Nokia making a move to come back into the smartphone market with Android. As it turns out, though, the company’s first device since selling its Lumia devices division to Microsoft will not be a smartphone, but a tablet. And yes, it is an Android tablet.

The company has announced the Nokia N1, a 7.9-inch tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop. While tablet designs are pretty generic these days, we can’t help notice that this device looks awfully like the iPad Mini. Along with the latest Android build, the device will launch with Nokia’s own Z Launcher, which it has released for Android smartphones as well. (more…)

Nokia’s last hope is… Android?

Published by on Nov 5th, 2014, 8 Comments

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As Obi-Wan Kenobi was to Princess Leia, Android could be Nokia’s only hope in remaining alive in the smartphone market. Having sold off its devices division to Microsoft, the Lumia name has now gone to the technology giant from Redmond. Subsequently, Microsoft has completely dropped the Nokia name from its upcoming Lumia devices.

As it happens, this may not turn out to be the end of Nokia as a smartphone manufacturer. While Lumia devices will now exclusively run Windows Phone, recent rumours point hint at Nokia preparing a high-end Android-powered smartphone. (more…)

“Apple killed our two biggest industries” – PM of Finland

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 2 Comments

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My first reaction when reading about the Finnish Prime Minister saying that Apple has killed off the Scandinavian county’s two biggest industries was “What is the second?” Of course, Apple had a big role to play in the downfall of Nokia (although it wasn’t the only contributing factor), but in my ignorance I couldn’t think of another industry Apple could affect so adversely. (more…)

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