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Nokia Lumia 900 Boasts Sleeker, More Modern Design Than Apple iPhone

Nokia Lumia 900 Boasts Sleeker, More Modern Design Than Apple iPhone | Finland | Scoop.it

The iPhone ended the Finnish company’s reign as cellphone champion, but the new Lumia 900, made with Microsoft, leapfrogs past Apple’s design—and Nokia’s ready for a comeback, says Dan Lyons.

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Nokia adopts new device naming policy, ranks phones based on features

Nokia adopts new device naming policy, ranks phones based on features | Finland | Scoop.it
With smartphone sales dwindling and both Apple and Samsung now selling more smartphone devices worldwide, Nokia has announced that it has reconsidered how it names its devices and will now label each of its devices with a numerical model, dropping the one-letter prefixes completely.
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Apple deal could buy Nokia time to change - Moody's | Reuters

Apple deal could buy Nokia time to change - Moody's | Reuters | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Struggling Nokia possibly bought itself more time to change itself through a patent deal with Apple, ratings firm Moody's said on Monday...
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Business Standard: Limited patents

Robert Cyran / June 16, 2011, 0:33 IST
Apple/Nokia: Nokia’s innovative past has hitched a ride on Apple’s future. The iPhone maker will pay an undisclosed — though substantial-sounding — sum to Nokia for rights to its technology. But settling the two-year dispute won't reverse the Finnish company's waning fortunes. It's the latest example of how patent portfolios can prolong the lives of tired tech firms.
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Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, but who wins?

Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, but who wins? | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia announced that it had resolved all patent claims with Apple, which will pay on-going royalties to the Finnish phone manufacturer. Apple also will make a one-time payment to Nokia. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Apple ends patents' battle with Nokia; to pay one-off fee - The Economic Times

Apple ends patents' battle with Nokia; to pay one-off fee - The Economic Times | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI: Ailing Nokia said on Tuesday it had ended a legal battle with Apple, which will pay an undisclosed one-off fee and ongoing royalties to the Finnish firm.

" Apple and Nokia have agreed to drop all of our current lawsuits and enter into a license covering some of each others' patents, but not the majority of the innovations that make the iPhone unique," said an Apple spokesman.

"We're glad to put this behind us and get back to focusing on our respective businesses, " an Apple spokesman said.

The two firms were locked in a legal tussle, when Nokia sued Apple, arguing the iPhone-maker was getting a "free ride" on technologies patented by Nokia.
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Nokia down on most reputable companies list

Nokia down on most reputable companies list | Finland | Scoop.it
Consulting company Reputation Institute coordinated a survey into the reputations of the 100 most notable global companies. Over 50,000 consumers in fifteen countries were polled for the survey.
Google, Apple and Disney enjoy the best reputation, according to the results. Nokia emerged in 15th place, even though last year it came seventh.
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Kirsty Dorsey: Smartphone woes could Finnish off Nokia - Scotland on Sunday

Kirsty Dorsey: Smartphone woes could Finnish off Nokia - Scotland on Sunday | Finland | Scoop.it
IT WAS, by any measure, a terrible week for Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop, who on Tuesday was forced to abandon the mobile phone giant's 2011 forecast amid competition from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. ...
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Nokia CEO Defends Shift to Microsoft Software - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Nokia CEO Defends Shift to Microsoft Software - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia Corp. chief executive Stephen Elop defended his company's alliance with Microsoft Corp.

and said that the Finnish company would eventually enter the market for tablet computers.

Speaking at D9: All Things Digital, Mr. Elop said that Nokia is engaged in a “platform war” with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. for mobile devices, and that using Windows Phone 7 software will enable Nokia to differentiate its products. He added that “both companies will reduce expense and increase profit because of this deal. It is a positive thing fundamentally because consumers will buy more devices from Nokia.”
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Hardware Post: Finnish mobile phone giant still in a crisis: overhauled Apple Nokia smartphone market

Hardware Post: Finnish mobile phone giant still in a crisis: overhauled Apple Nokia smartphone market | Finland | Scoop.it
28 percent of all smart phones are now used in Germany by Apple, an increase of more than 100 percent over the previous year, reports the news magazine "on Sunday, citing a preliminary analysis of the Association for Consumer Research (GfK). However, can rival Nokia had feathers. the Finns in the first quarter of 2010 still had a market share of 38 percent, they were in March 2010, 24 percent.
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Nokia Gets Partial Review of ITC Patent Case Against Apple

Nokia Gets Partial Review of ITC Patent Case Against Apple | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia Oyj , the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, won a partial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission patent case it lost to Apple Inc. in March...

The two mobile-phone makers have been in litigation since October 2009, when Nokia filed a lawsuit accusing Apple of infringing patents and demanding royalties on the millions of iPhones sold since the device’s introduction in 2007. The Finnish handset maker said in March it has 46 patents asserted against Apple in civil lawsuits and ITC complaints.
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"Angry Birds" iPad's killer app? - The Seattle Times (blog)

"Angry Birds" iPad's killer app? - The Seattle Times (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it
Reuters UK"Angry Birds" iPad's killer app?The Seattle Times (blog)The game, made by a small Finnish company called Rovio, has been downloaded more than 140 million times, and at least 40 million people per month are playing.
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Patent claim of Nokia against Apple filed with ITC - Empowered News

ITCEmpowered News - A patent claim by Nokia against Apple Inc. is the subject of a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission, the struggling Finnish mobile phone maker said Tuesday.
Once a dominant player in the industry, Nokia has lost its edge over many rivals like Apple, whose iPhone made smartphones as the new standard. Other technology companies are also competing heavily, and Nokia has lagged behind in certain aspects of the market.
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Finnish iPad app aims to help guitarist wannabes keep at it

Finnish iPad app aims to help guitarist wannabes keep at it | Finland | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Finnish startup Ovelin is launching a game in the United States and Britain that is designed to help people stick with their music lessons, with the first version of the game playable on Apple's iPad.

The game, called WildChords, helps people learn to play the guitar, and went straight to the No. 1 spot in its home country of Finland when it was launched there this month. Other instruments and other platforms are likely to follow Thursday's international launch.

"What we are going for is to bring the joy of music to the whole world," says co-founder Christoph Thuer.

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Apple Overtakes Nokia As Top Maker Of Smartphones : NPR

Apple Overtakes Nokia As Top Maker Of Smartphones : NPR | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia suffered big losses after it announced in February that its smartphones would run a Windows OS. Now Apple holds almost 19 percent of the market. (Richard Drew/AP: The Finnish firm's market share dipped to 25% — its lowest level since 1999.
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Nokia shares climb after Apple patent deal - BusinessWeek

Nokia shares climb after Apple patent deal - BusinessWeek | Finland | Scoop.it
U.S.-traded shares of Nokia Corp. rose more than 3 percent Tuesday.

Analysts saw the settlement as an important win for Nokia, which has been struggling even as it maintains its post as the world's No. 1 handset maker.
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Is Microsoft Infiltrating Apple's World?

Is Microsoft Infiltrating Apple's World? | Finland | Scoop.it
Apple's most popular products could soon be powered and/or enhanced by Microsoft software and technology.

This unlikely development stems from a dispute between Apple and Nokia in which the Finnish mobile phone maker accused its leading competitor of infringing on several different patents. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, these patents include touch user interfaces, signal noise suppression and on-device application stores (among other, more basic mobile technologies).
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Apple and Nokia patent battle comes to a close, Cupertino to send checks to Finland on a regular basis

Apple and Nokia patent battle comes to a close, Cupertino to send checks to Finland on a regular basis | Finland | Scoop.it
The epic patent battle between Apple and Nokia has finally come to a close. Nokia this morning announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple and that all the trials currently taking place in various countries are to be terminated immediately, along with both parties retracting their complaints filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
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Samsung and Apple to end Nokia's smartphone reign

Samsung and Apple to end Nokia's smartphone reign | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will become the world's largest smartphone maker this quarter, overtaking struggling Nokia Oyj which has lead the market since 1996, Nomura said on Monday.

"Nokia looks set to relinquish its smartphone crown to Samsung and Apple," Nomura analysts said in a research note. "Further emphasizing the shift in power to Asia is our forecast for HTC to almost match Nokia during 2012."

Research firms Gartner and Canalys both said they saw Nokia -- which created the smartphone market with its 1996 launch of the Communicator model -- losing smartphone volume leadership later this year.
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BUY OR SELL-Gameloft, Glu gun for 'freemium' gaming market

* Shift to smartphones; better monetization

* Glu has been quicker, but loss-making

* Gameloft growing profits, but shares have fallen

* 'Freemium' model, and M&A potential, boost valuations

By Tarmo Virki and Supantha Mukherjee

HELSINKI/BANGALORE, June 6 (Reuters) - Under pressure in a fast-paced mobile world, Gameloft and Glu Mobile , the two largest listed, pure-play mobile gaming firms, are shifting focus to making games for smartphones and free-to-play online games.

The $3.4 billion mobile gaming industry is attracting a host of small, garage-based developers, who can easily reach millions of gamers through Apple Inc's and Google Inc's application stores. A prime example is the hit game Angry Birds from Finnish developer Rovio Mobile.
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Nokia has gone from Designed in Finland to Designed in California in less than two years » Unwired View

Nokia has gone from Designed in Finland to Designed in California in less than two years » Unwired View | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia goes from designed in Finland to designed in California in two years http://bit.ly/lBafRJ...

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop appeared on CNBC yesterday, and during the interview he squashed all rumors about a possible sale of his company’s mobile division to Microsoft. But aside from that, he had a few other interesting things to say.

One of those things is that Nokia’s first Windows Phones “are being designed and put together in California, with the US market very much in mind”.

Okay, so having the US market in mind is a pretty decent thing to do especially for Nokia which seems not to have had the US in mind for many many years. And considering that Windows Phone 7 is a US-born OS, again that makes perfect sense. Nokia will probably even start working with the US carriers, something it has always hated doing, and it will bring some WP7 devices to market there. Fine.

The first part of that sentence though is just plain funny. I mean remember the Nokia N900 and its “Designed in Finland” cheap jab at Apple? Oh my.
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Not connecting people: Nokia close to losing mobile phone crown to Apple after ... - Daily Mail

Not connecting people: Nokia close to losing mobile phone crown to Apple after ... - Daily Mail | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia, the biggest technology company in Europe, whose slogan is 'connecting people', has suffered a 17.5 per cent slump in shares, signalling a 13-year low - and is close to losing its crown as the world's largest mobile phone retailer.
The Finnish multinational communications corporation, whose headquarters is in Keilaniemi, Espoo - a Helsinki suburb - has lost market share to iPhones and other smartphones and said it is expecting a drop in sales.
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Look Out, Apple: Nokia's New CEO Is Out to Get You

Look Out, Apple: Nokia's New CEO Is Out to Get You | Finland | Scoop.it
TORONTO, May 27, 2011, 2011 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Interview opportunities from the June issue of Report on Business magazine Report on Business magazine looks at the Finnish handset maker's rebound into a smartphone-dominated market It's game on for Nokia. The chronically uncool Finnish cellphone maker once led the European and Asian handset markets, but its share of sales continues to fall worldwide. As mobile powerhouses like RIM and Apple dominate with new devices, will an alliance with Microsoft forged by Nokia's new Canadian CEO, Stephen Elop give the company the muscle it needs to beat the bullies, or is it already too late? Report on Business telecom Reporter Iain Marlow profiles Nokia's past and Elop's vision for its future.
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Helsinki guide - local tips for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Helsinki guide - local tips for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store | Finland | Scoop.it
Learn more, read reviews, and download Helsinki guide - local tips by Spotted by Locals on the iTunes App Store.
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Apple closing in on Nokia as smartphone leader

Apple closing in on Nokia as smartphone leader | Finland | Scoop.it
With almost 19 percent of the market, Apple is nipping at the heels of Nokia as the overall sector shoots up 80 percent during the first quarter, says IDC. Read this blog post by Lance Whitney on Apple.
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