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Nokia: End of the line - FT.com

Nokia: End of the line - FT.com | Finland | Scoop.it

Nokia’s past and what could have been Nokia’s future come together in the evening sun on the Helsinki waterfront, outside a café housed in the Finnish group’s old cable factory. Harri Kiljander, a former Nokia manager, is showing off a prototype of the chunky, half-moon-shaped 7700, one of the company’s first forays into the touchscreen devices that now dominate the mobile phone market.

The 7700, which dates from 2003, was never released. A follow-up model was discontinued. When Apple revolutionised the smartphone market with its iPhone in 2007, Nokia, the world’s largest handset manufacturer until last year, was left trailing. On Tuesday, the company passed to Microsoft the supremely difficult mission of catching up with rivals, agreeing the takeover of its mobile phones business in a $5.4bn deal.

 

 Photo: Juhani Niiranen (from http://www.iltasanomat.fi/digi/art-1288597513962.html ;)

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Photo added from other article on Finnish paper http://www.iltasanomat.fi/digi/art-1288597513962.html

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Long-distance call: Cell-phone throwing record beaten in Finland - RT

Long-distance call: Cell-phone throwing record beaten in Finland - RT | Finland | Scoop.it
Most of us have felt like taking out our frustrations on a misfiring mobile phone. But for some people, tossing their cell has become more than a psychological safety valve.
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Finnish engineers use earth's magnetic field for indoor map ...

Finnish engineers use earth's magnetic field for indoor map ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Indoor navigation is one of the last great technical problems that hasn’t been solved. Outdoor navigation can be tackled with satellite technology or cell phone triangulation. But those technologies can’t pinpoint somebody indoors.
But a crew of Finnish engineers have created a novel approach indoor positioning system (IPS) based on the earth’s magnetic field. They did so by studying homing pigeons and spiny lobsters and how they use cues from the magnetic fields, according to Phys.org. 
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Paper: Mobile phone health survey faces cash problems

Paper: Mobile phone health survey faces cash problems | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish funding for the Cosmos cohort study of mobile phone use and health has run into difficulties. The aim of the study is to investigate possible health effects of mobile phones over a period of 15 years.
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Why cellphones are an accident waiting to happen - New Scientist (blog)

Why cellphones are an accident waiting to happen - New Scientist (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it

Ever tripped on a staircase or walked into a street lamp while eagerly checking your texts/tweets/emails on your cellphone? If so, you're not alone: a Finnish study has looked at how mobile phones distract us while we are at work or at play. It's a novel study because to date most research has focussed on the distraction risk mobile phones pose to drivers, generally citing a fourfold increase in crash risk to motorists yakking away on their phones...

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Tampere AppDay: getting hands dirty on Windows Phone development

Tampere AppDay: getting hands dirty on Windows Phone development | Finland | Scoop.it
Students and other tech enthusiasts gathered together at Tampere AppDay hackathon to get experiences on Windows Phone development. In this full-day hackathon, students from all three Tampere universities enjoyed loads of pizzas and got some serious learning-by-doing experiences. ...
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Nokia HumanForm: here’s somefin that’ll amaze you | Nokia

Nokia HumanForm: here’s somefin that’ll amaze you | Nokia | Finland | Scoop.it

It looks like a creature which has just reached the next rung of the evolutionary ladder. A baby jellyfish that somehow managed to flip itself up the beach out of the sea, instinctively searching for the next environment to sustain its ultimate metamorphosis into a sentient being.

 

When lights inside it start flashing and images appear on its skin, I want to reach for a pitchfork and round up a mob of angry peasants to help me chase it back to the depths of the ocean.

But then I hear a familiar ringtone, di de le de, di de le de, di de le de, der.

A man in a white lab coat, who – incidentally – invented Bluetooth, picks it up and hands it to me.

“It’s for you,” he says.

Tentatively, I put it to my ear, fearing I will end up with ectoplasm on my sideburns.

But it feels warm and instantly moulds to my ear. I don’t have to press anything to answer. The Hi-Def voice on the line is editor-in-chief Heidi who invited me to Finland to show me something special.

Now watch this amazing video of the Kinetic phone, which gives a whole new meaning to the bendy phone.

 

http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/11/09/nokia-humanform-here%E2%80%99s-somefin-thatll-amaze-you/

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Nearly all first graders own mobiles

Nearly all first graders own mobiles | Finland | Scoop.it

A quarter of children aged 7-8 browse the internet daily and nearly all have mobile phones, according to research published by the Finnish Society on Media Education. Increasingly more families are seeking clear rules regarding children's use of mobile phones, computers and the internet.

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Americans replace their cell phones every 2 years, Finns – every six, a study claims - Phone Arena

Americans replace their cell phones every 2 years, Finns – every six, a study claims - Phone Arena | Finland | Scoop.it
How often do you replace your cell phone?
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Finnish phone buying habits hurting Nokia innovation? - Afterdawn.com

Finnish phone buying habits hurting Nokia innovation? - Afterdawn.com | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is a country of about four million people, so you really couldn't blame the population for much of Nokia's problems directly.However, according to research conducted by Recon Analytics, Finnish mobile users replace their handsets at a much slower rate than most others.
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Survey: Finns slow to replace phones

Survey: Finns slow to replace phones | Finland | Scoop.it
According to a report by the US telecoms consultancy Recon Analytics, Finns keep their mobile phones for an average of six years, much longer than in other industrialised countries.
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Stephen Elop unveils Nokia’s first Windows Phone device [video] | WinRumors

Stephen Elop unveils Nokia’s first Windows Phone device [video] | WinRumors | Finland | Scoop.it
The latest Microsoft and Windows news and rumors...

Elop demonstrated the device at an internal company meeting earlier this week. The device, codenamed Sea Ray, is expected to be available later this year. The design of the device appears to be identical to the recently announced Nokia N9, powered by MeeGo. Images of the device first originated on Thursday morning and have now been confirmed by a full video demonstration of the device.
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Nokia World 2011 to take place October 26th in London, is that when we’ll see a Finnish Windows Phone?

Nokia World 2011 to take place October 26th in London, is that when we’ll see a Finnish Windows Phone? | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia World 2011 to take place October 26th in London, is that when we'll see a Finnish Windows Phone? We certainly hope so, it's been a long wait!
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Finnish MeeGo Startup Jolla Reveals First Phone: 4.5″ Display, Customisable Shells, $513 Price-Tag, Shipping At Year’s End | TechCrunch

Finnish MeeGo Startup Jolla Reveals First Phone: 4.5″ Display, Customisable Shells, $513 Price-Tag, Shipping At Year’s End | TechCrunch | Finland | Scoop.it

Jolla, the Finnish MeeGo startup comprised of ex-Nokians building their own mobile hardwareand Sailfish OS, has finally taken the wraps off its first handset, revealing what the hardware will look like on its website. The design is a clean looking, elegant slab, with the most stand-out feature being the coloured shell on the back that wraps around half the sides of the phone to create a dual-tone sandwich effect

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MeeGo Startup Jolla Signs Deal With China's D.Phone - PC Magazine

MeeGo Startup Jolla Signs Deal With China's D.Phone - PC Magazine | Finland | Scoop.it

Mobile company Jolla signed its first sales deal today, with D.Phone, China's largest smartphone retail chain.
The newly formed Finnish company, comprised of ex-Nokia employees and MeeGo developers, will have its devices featured in D.Phone's 2,000 stores.

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Samsung edges past Nokia to become lead mobile phone manufacturer

Samsung edges past Nokia to become lead mobile phone manufacturer | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish company Nokia is now no more the largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world, as that position has been taken by Korean company Samsung.
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BlackBerry makes its way to Finland courtesy of Cubio | CrackBerry.com

BlackBerry makes its way to Finland courtesy of Cubio | CrackBerry.com | Finland | Scoop.it

Oy Cubio Communications Ltd., a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Finland, has today announced it will soon bring the BlackBerry solution to the Land of the Thousand Lakes. Founded in 1999, Cubio started out as a small provider of flat rate GSM subscription services and has since continued to offer high quality mobility and data services to its customers. In 2010, Cubio had over 17,000 subscribers and is now looking to introduce the Finnish folk to the BlackBerry platform.

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Cloud Server, sclez: Shit Finland can kill you with: Rifles ...:)

Cloud Server, sclez: Shit Finland can kill you with: Rifles ...:) | Finland | Scoop.it

Shit Finland can kill you with:

Rifles
hockey sticks
one thumb
a Nokia 3310

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Nokia Gem concept phone begs to be touched

Nokia Gem concept phone begs to be touched | Finland | Scoop.it
Finding that your phone's one display isn't enough? What if your entire handset were a touch screen? Nokia imagined just that with its new Gem concept phone. Read this blog post by Bonnie Cha on Crave.
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Exclusive: Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America

Exclusive: Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America | Finland | Scoop.it
Aiming to focus on its upcoming Windows Phone-based products, Nokia plans to stop selling both Symbian-based smartphones and low-end feature phones in North America, a top executive tells AllThingsD.
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Nokia basic phones more profitable than smartphones

Nokia basic phones more profitable than smartphones | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia's basic phones generate much better operating profits than its smartphone lineup, the Finnish mobile phone company said on Tuesday when it unveiled regrouped past business results.
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Nokia creating Windows Phone apps that will work on rival devices | WinRumors

Nokia creating Windows Phone apps that will work on rival devices | WinRumors | Finland | Scoop.it
The latest Microsoft and Windows news and rumors. @WinRumors Is the reference to Nokia as a "Finish" company a typo, or Freudian?
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Mobiles helpful in proving identity online

Mobiles helpful in proving identity online | Finland | Scoop.it
Consumers can now offer a secure proof of their identity in various electronic services by using a mobile certificate. Such a certificate is a service linked to a mobile phone’s SIM-card.
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Americans quickest to replace cellphones

Americans quickest to replace cellphones | Finland | Scoop.it
Should Finland, Nokia's home base, take some of the blame for the one-time market leader's recent struggles to compete in smartphones?
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