Nokia confirms 5800 Tube, plans low- to high-end touchscreen phones

Anssi Vanjoki, the Senior Vice President of Nokia Markets revealed that the world’s leading phone maker company is set to launch a touchscreen handset in the second half of the year. You can be sure Mr. Vanjoki talking about the highly anticipated Nokia 5800 Tube here. Because of its touchscreen display, which is also a prominent feature of the iPhone, the 5800 XpressMedia is seemingly in a position to compete with Apple’s...

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Samsung seeking to grow in Finland

Samsung, the world’s second biggest mobile phone producer, has announced of their plans to increase company’s market share in Finland. It is, of course, Nokia’s home turf, so it comes as no surprise that Nokia has 86% market share there, compared to Samsung’s measly 6%. Samsung does plan to eat into that eighty-six percent though. Mika Engblom, the head of Samsung’s sales department in Finland was quoted...

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Man banned from owning a camera phone for filming a woman in an airport toilet

Samuel Ong, an 19-year-old Singaporean student was banned from using a camera phone for a year after he secretly filmed a woman who was, like Borat would say, “making a toilet”. The incident occurred in Singapore’s Changi Airport. The victim reported Ong to the police, and now the peeping teen has to do 60 hours of community service and undergo psychiatric treatment, among other things. His parents also had to sign a...

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Samsung Instinct: $200 with a two-year contract
Jun12

Samsung Instinct: $200 with a two-year contract

PhoneNews got some hot insider info from Sprint on the pricing and market positioning of Samsung’s Instinct. This smartphone is, apparently, to be pit against Apple’s new weapon, the iPhone 3G – while its full retail price will be $449.99, you can shave $150 off that if you sign a two year contract with Sprint, and another $100 if you use a mail-in rebate. The price of Samsung Instinct then comes to only $199.99....

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Verizon Wireless to acquire Alltel for $28.1 billion

Verizon Wireless is to acquire Alltel Corp. in a cash merger, the company announced in a press release today. The talks between the two wireless carriers that were announced yesterday by Reuters, CNBC and other news agencies seem to have gone smoothly. According to the deal, Verizon will buy Alltel for $5.9 billion cash, as well as assume their $22.2 billion long-term debt (meaning Alltel’s debt becomes debt of Verizon Wireless...

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MOSH joins Nokia Media Network

MOSH, a sharing / downloading service and something of a social network for mobile content like themes, ringtones, wallpapers and whatnot has joined the Nokia Media Network, the company announced in an online press release today. Despite still being in beta, Nokia’s MOSH has a huge user base and has reached nearly 50 million downloads since it’s start. Joining the Nokia Media Network means that “spotlight” ads...

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Bluetooth promotions – new form of advertising from Intera
Jun03

Bluetooth promotions – new form of advertising from Intera

Intera Group, a US-based advertising company which sells ad space on panels in some 7,000 locations around the country has started offering a new kind of campaigns for their advertisers. The company installs Bluetooth transmitters in a busy area and they send ads and special offers wirelessly to the phones of the passers-by who have enabled the discovery setting. As Bluetooth works only in a range of up to 10 meters, the area is...

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Wi-Fi to replace Bluetooth?

Soon after the introduction of Bluetooth protocol, it became the standard for connecting various low-power devices such as headsets or computer mice together. Some of the advantages of this wireless protocol include low power usage and simple discovery of new peripherals. Wi-Fi might be an alternative though. Ozmo Devices have developed a technology called Wi-Fi PAN (Personal Area Network) which not unlike Bluetooth works great with...

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nVidia Tegra system-on-a-chip solution for MIDs
Jun02

nVidia Tegra system-on-a-chip solution for MIDs

nVidia has introduced a system-on-a-chip solution called Tegra which combines CPU, GPU and even memory in a single US dime-sized chip, and is mainly meant to be used in Mobile Internet Devices – or MIDs for short. The company has announced two models of these processors so far, namely Tegra 600 and Tegra 650. If you don’t mind getting a little technical, let’s take a peak inside these. Perhaps the most important part...

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Microvision confirms picoprojectors this year
May27

Microvision confirms picoprojectors this year

Matt Nichols, a spokesman of Microvision (a maker of display and imaging products) has announced that the first picoprojectors will be commercially released towards the end of 2008. We already wrote about the Pico chip from Texas Instruments that powers these cool devices and the upcoming 3M projectors in Samsung phones, if you recall. The company shared some of their plans for this mobile projector technology. Only limited amounts...

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