Nokia N98, iPhone news avalanche, Telepathic Helmet, Toshony UMPC and Linux based Windows Mobile : April Fools News Round-Up

As you probably know, April 01, otherwise known as April Fools, is the most important day of the year for tech news outlets and various gadget vendors. This is the day that vendors announce or otherwise leak to the press their most important developments and products for the next year to come. This year is no different and today we are doing April Fools news roundup.


Chinese portal reports that Nokia N98 has been sighted on the net and will be released this May. Despite it’s earlier claims that iPhone is no threat to lucrative NSeries smartphone/multimedia computer business, Nokia was really frightened by it and started scrambling for an answer literarily the next day. The leaked pictures of Nokia N96 and their own concept videos received a lukewarm consumer reaction and their flagship Nokia N99 is still years away. So Finnish cellphone giant decided to license an Onyx Concept Design from Synaptics and transform it into Nokia N98 multimedia computer with a full touchscreen user interface and tactile feedback.

In related development found via Darla Mack, Gadgets Town reports that that Nokia has purchased iPhone trademark for 1.5 Bn US$ from Apple and will start rebranding its mobile handsets into nPhones from this fall.


At first, the information that Apple is selling it’s iPhone trademark seemed a little suspect, but the news uncovered by The Register helped to explain the situation. Turns out that after joining the Apple’s board of directors last August, Google CEO Eric Schmidt started a relentless campaign for both companies to join forces on a common project. These efforts finally bore fruit on April 01, 2007 when companies leaked the information on a new cord based device called “ID” that will boost Apples sales and help Google’s contextual advertising business.


Yahoo also announced that it will launch its own yPhone which will be designed around a central portal service, allowing users to surf the web from a desktop page styled much like the online Yahoo homepage and will provide multimedia content via new yTunes media download service.


In a knee jerk reaction to these rapid developments in mobile arena, Microsoft indicated that for the next version of it’s mobile OS they are abandoning their proprietary software practices and are looking for Linux developers to take it’s mobile platform to the next level.

Other important news from yesterday include:


New ultra portable PC called Toshony R2D2. According to Mobile Review this device will have 1.5″ LCD screen with a special lenses for visionimpaired, a thumbscreen to be operated exclusively by your thumbs and Bluetooth 2,0 module with Enhanced Data Superslow Rat and external cooler fan.


Always original Russian designer Art Lebedev has produced a very promising new portable gadget – Vilcus plug dactyloadapter. It’s an adapter for fingers especially developed for those who like closing the electrical circuit with their own fingers, to get a kick out of a direct contact with AC power supply.


And if, by accident, you get paralyzed using Arts dactyloadapter, don’t worry. Swiss scientists have developed a telepathic helmet that can read your mind and write your thoughts to the computer. Technology isn’t perfect yet – e.g. using while hungry leads to stray thoughts about food to be jumbled in – it is improving rapidly and the helmet will be able to produce thought images soon.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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