On today's show, it turns out that people and not just computers are looking at some of the super-private data you give to Google. And some of those people are hipsters in ironic t-shirts. Yeah, scary. Also, the new Twitter debuts, and it's better than the iPad version. Plus, IE 9 and Nokia's new attitude (and personnel): too little too late?Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Nokia and Intuit are teaming up to offer small businesses a new service designed to grab more customers through mobile marketing.
Unveiled at Nokia World 2010 on Wednesday, the new service will target mobile subscribers with a series of ads and personalized offers for products and services that they can buy in their own neighborhoods. The goal is to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) better reach and communicate with their local customers.
To push out its ads precisely, the service will tap into such mobile technologies as location-based awareness and mapping, according to the companies.
In order to build … Read more
Hot on the heels of the introduction of the Nokia E7, C7, and C6-01, Nokia announced a fourth device on Wednesday called the Nokia C3 Touch and Type.
Sporting a design similar to the Nokia 6300, the Series 40 device features both a 2.4-inch touch screen and traditional keypad, all in a stainless steel case. The candy-bar-style handset also comes with Nokia Messaging 3.0 for your e-mail and instant messaging needs, and a Communities feature for social networking.
Other goodies on the C3 include a 5-megapixel camera with flash, microSD expansion slot (accepts up to 32GB cards), and … Read more
Sorry, Nokia, but even with all the hype out of this week's Nokia World, it's clear you've lost your way. Yes, you continue to introduce new phones, some of which are indeed pretty, but handsets from your rivals in Korea, Taiwan, Chicago, and Cupertino, Calif., have been getting all the glory for a few years. And though you continue to shine in emerging markets, your presence in the United States has been steadily declining to the point where you hardly exist at all.
From what we can tell, you're not going to shake the doldrums anytime … Read more
Nokia wants to be back on top in the U.S. market, but how serious are the company's intentions?
While Nokia's execs are adamant the company, which has only 3 percent of the U.S. cell phone market, wants to make a big push in the U.S., its actions say something different.
At the company's annual Nokia World conference in London, Nokia introduced three new smartphones that use its new Symbian 3 operating system. But none of these new devices will be offered by a U.S. carrier, which means it's unlikely that U.S. … Read more
As Nokia sheds executives like a snake sloughing off dead skin, it hunts for new talent to revive its ailing smartphone business.
On Tuesday, the company confirmed that it has hired Palm Pre designer Peter Skillman to head up the user experience and services division for MeeGo, a Linux-based operating system that Nokia is developing with Intel and using on its next-generation N9 flagship phone.
Skillman, who worked at Handspring and Palm for 11 years, and was part of the team that developed the Palm Pre, reportedly left Hewlett-Packard last month. HP announced the acquisition of Palm in April.
While … Read more
LONDON--The creator of the popular Angry Birds game for mobile devices is adding a new character--and new profit-making potential along with it.
Rovio Mobile currently offers a limited free version of the game and a constant series of new levels to those who pay for Angry Birds. The new character, an all-powerful bird called the Mighty Eagle, can be bought within the application when players want to blast their way through a level they can't pass with the conventional arsenal, said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed, speaking here at the Nokia World conference.
That means even those who've paid … Read more
LONDON--It is hard to ignore the paradox at Nokia's global partner and developer conference: the company sells more smartphones than anyone else in the industry but is fighting for its life.
Nokia executives speaking here Tuesday at Nokia World 2010 didn't try to dismiss the years of trouble that culminated last week in the hiring of Microsoft's Stephen Elop as its new chief executive. Nokia's management is facing Apple's and Google's economic might, brand power, and sudden relevance in the mobile phone market that Nokia once dominated.
With words that were at times defiant, defensive, and strident, though, three Nokia leaders tried to show a new assertiveness to the programmers and mobile phone service providers that the company needs as allies.
"We haven't been as competitive as we want to be in smartphones. That's about to change," said Niklas Savender, Nokia's executive vice president of sales. "Today, we shift into high gear in Nokia's fight back in smartphone leadership."
It's a time of turmoil for Nokia. Chairman Jorma Ollila plans to leave in 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. That's on top of last week's announcement of Elop replacing CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Monday's announcement that mobile solutions chief Anssi Vanjoki is stepping down.
To recover its position, Nokia is trying to capitalize on the large number of Nokia phones in circulation today--not just smartphones but the more modest and widespread "feature phones," which fit midway between smartphones and basic cell phones. The company is pitching its wares to ordinary people, the folks far from Silicon Valley's technophilic bubble. … Read more
Nokia's ready for a fight and came out swinging at Nokia World with the introduction of three new smartphones: the Nokia E7, Nokia C7, and Nokia C6-01.
The trio joins the previously announced Nokia N8 in running the revamped Symbian 3 platform, which includes more than 250 new features and improvements, such as a simplified user interface, enhanced multimedia features, and more customization abilities. According to Nokia, the devices will also offer a richer Ovi Store experience with promises of more popular and unique apps and a more user-friendly interface.
As for the devices itself, there's a little … Read more
In the wake of replacing its CEO last week, Nokia is losing one of its top VPs.
Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice president and general manager of the Mobile Solutions group and a member of Nokia's Group Executive Board, is resigning, the company said Monday. Vanjoki will continue in his job for another six months before departing.
"I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life," Vanjoki said in a statement. "At the same time, I am one hundred percent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. … Read more