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

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 2 Comments


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…)

Nokia and Windows Phone brands to disappear?

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, No Comments


Although the device didn’t come to our shores, HTC actually released a Windows Phone version of its great HTC One M8 smartphone. Interestingly, it didn’t have the Windows Phone moniker the previous HTC devices had. The device is called the HTC One M8 for Windows. At the time we thought it was simply an anomaly, but now news comes that it might have been the beginning of the end of the name “Windows Phone.” (more…)

Microsoft teases new camera-focused Windows Phones

Published by on Aug 13th, 2014, 2 Comments


If you are waiting for some new Windows Phone devices with great cameras, you may not need to wait much longer. Microsoft has just sent out a save-the-date notice that asks the media if it’s ready for “more face time” at a Berlin event on September 4th, just ahead of the IFA technology show.

The ‘o’ in the word ‘more’ is reminiscent of the camera we saw on the Nokia Lumia 1020, so we won’t be surprised to see the successor, probably called the Lumia 1030, next month. (more…)

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 employees

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments


The software giant from Redmond has announced its biggest job cutting effort in its entire history, saying they have to axe 18,000 employees in a new effort to streamline operations. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company will cut the 18,000 positions in the next year, with former Nokia employees expected to account for about 70 percent of those.

The number is rather high, but not as much if you consider that it is mostly Nokia staff that is being cut. Microsoft started in the hardware game before the Nokia Devices acquisition, with the advent of the Surface tablets. After announcing the Nokia deal, Microsoft promised its investors $600 million in annual cost savings within 18 months. (more…)

Future Nokia Lumias might feature Canon camera tech

Published by on Jul 7th, 2014, 1 Comment

MS Canon DealThese days the smartphone is becoming the all-round gadget. Communicator, web browser, music player, gaming device as well as high-end camera. Microsoft and Canon have recently announced a broad cross-licensing agreement which could see Canon’s technology in terms of optics, lens and image processing technology find a way into future Nokia Lumia smartphones. (more…)

Nokia announces the X2 Android phone (video)

Published by on Jun 25th, 2014, No Comments


We were rather bamboozled when Nokia released three Android phones, the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL several months ago.

They continue to baffle us today with the announcement of the second iteration of one of the devices, a couple of months after the first. The colourful phones are meant to show users a different face to Android, which is modelled after Windows Phone’s tile arrangements. The idea is to lure said users onto the Microsoft platform sooner or later. (more…)

Nokia releases the Z Launcher for Android

Published by on Jun 22nd, 2014, No Comments


There are so many launchers available for your Android devices these days, but this is not something we could see coming. Nokia has launched an Android launcher, called the Z Launcher. Just to be clear, this is the part of the Finnish company that wasn’t sold to Microsoft, which will mostly be focused on software and services. (more…)

Nokia to invest $100 million in car tech fund

Published by on May 5th, 2014, No Comments


Hot off the heels of completing it’s devices unit sale to Microsoft, Nokia has made yet another big announcement – proving that the company won’t be left in Microsoft’s shadow.

Nokia announced today that they will be launching a fund which will see the company invest $100 million into various car tech startups.

The fund, which will be called the ‘Connected Car Fund’, is aimed at providing startups, with a focus on the so called ‘connected car’ technology, with capital investment.

‘Connected cars’ seems to be the latest trend in technology and development. People are wanting more and more everyday devices to be connected with other smart devices and the car is next on the hit list.

New innovations and new technology aimed at ‘connected cars’ looks like it will be taking over from wearables as the new ‘it’ thing. (more…)