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[Nokia World 2011] Perhaps Lumia was not the best name for Nokia’s new Windows Phone lineup?

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I must point out that I never thought that I will discuss etymology in this blog but, heck, since it is directly related to Nokia’s freshly announced Windows Phone creations, I figured that it fits the bill.

After a full day of Nokia World coverage from London, we did come quite impressed with the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. A lot of effort has gone into developing the hardware and software of the smartphone duo. However, the same cannot be said about the selection of the name of the two handsets.

Apparently, the meaning of the word ‘lumia’ in colloquial Spanish is Read more »

Corning announces the environmentally friendly, high performance Lotus Glass

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With Gorilla Glass already the synonym for high performance and durability in mobile displays, Corning Incorporated announced the next great thing in display glass technology called Lotus Glass. Despite not having as tough a name as its predecessor, Lotus Glass offers higher performance, while being easier on the environment.

Developed to support the latest generation Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 800 vs. Nokia N9, siblings separated at birth [TABLE]

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What we have here is something unheard of before. Two phones with the same body, but extremely different personalities. On the left side we have the freshly announced Nokia Lumia 800, the company’s first Windows Phone 7-running smartphone, and on the right, we have the Nokia N9 – the first, and unfortunately, probably the last MeeGo-running device for the Finnish phone manufacturer.

Now, these two are quite alike on the outside with their unique polycarbonate unibodies (which I’m extremely fond of, I admit) but the hardware on the inside couldn’t be more different. Read more »

Battle of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phone 7 phones [TABLE]

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Stephen Elop announced today the new family of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-running devices, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.

And now we are going to briefly answer the question you all are asking right now: which one should I go for? And here is the answer. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] We take the Nokia Lumia 800 8 megapixel camera for a spin, return impressed

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During our hands-on time with the Nokia Lumia 800 at the Nokia World event we managed to put its camera to a test, as well. We returned with a bunch of photos, which we are now about to present for your viewing pleasure.

The image quality is a story of two parts here with the Lumia 800. At pixel level they might not be the most impressive around as the amount of detail and the noise levels are only average. However when downsized for viewing on a computer screen or the phone itself they are really impressive. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Here is an official Nokia Lumia 710 hands-on treatment for you

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Today Nokia announced two Windows Phone-based smartphones – Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. We already saw a bunch of Nokia Lumia 800 promo videos today, so now it’s the Lumia 710 turn now.

It’s a hands-on video from Nokia Conversation YouTube channel. Enjoy! Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Here are the new Nokia Asha phones, on video

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You can’t blame Nokia for bad organization. The Nokia World keynote went well and the Finish manufacturer has even taken care of posting a rich array of promo videos for their new toys to YouTube. In this case we’ll be focusing on the Asha family of S40 phones.

The videos are short and colorful and showcase each of the key selling points of the new Nokia devices. We’ve naturally compiled them up below for your viewing pleasure. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Here, have some Nokia Lumia 800 promo videos to go

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Nokia has just announced the Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone-based smartphones. As usual, Nokia has prepared extensive marketing materials on their new devices and video will obviously be an important part of the Lumia advertising campaign.

We are preparing our hands-on articles right now, meanwhile you may enjoy the first Lumia 800 ads. Read more »

HTC and Beats Audio will hold an event in NYC on November 3, we’ll be there

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HTC and Beats Audio are (finally) about to spill the beans on a product of their collaboration in the United States. We have just received our invitation for an event, which is going to take place in New York City on November 3rd.

The most likely suspect is Read more »

It’s official – NVIDIA Tegra 3 coming on November 9, is going to be called Kal-El

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The NVIDIA’s co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has confirmed the upcoming quad-core Tegra 3 platform will be officially called Kal-El.

Kal-El is the Kryptonian name of Superman and Jen-Hsun Huang confirms the next Tegra names will be also from the comic world – like Wayne is from Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman, Stark is Iron Man, etc. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note video commercial is out, brags about its confused identity

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As the Samsung Galaxy Note launch nears (we’ll be covering the launch event on Thursday live) we got to see the first video ad of the upcoming device. The 30-second promo focuses on that huge HD Super AMOLED and all the benefits of the S Pen.

Samsung also flirts with the too-big-a-phone-or-too-small-a-tablet body of the Galaxy Note towards the end. We are yet to see if there’s enough demand for such a product, but the video is definitely worth checking out. Read more »

Wondering how the Nokia N9 is made? This video shows us how

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“We’ll make it, and we’ll make it good. Then we’ll tease you with it, even go as far as making a glorious video of it being assembled, but we won’t sell it to you. Not to YOU anyway. You there, yeah you in Kazakhstan, you can have it.”

That’s basically what Nokia is saying with the N9. And while we wonder why they would be doing this to us, they went ahead and made this geek porn, featuring a naked N9 being built from scratch. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe for work, assuming you’re not working for one of Nokia’s competitors. Read more »

Here’s what the AE/AF lock allows you to do – Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman UI shot on the iPhone 4S [VIDEO]

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The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman came around our office a few days ago, but refused to get its clever user interface shot on camera. Now, though, it gave us permission to get its UI on video using nothing but iPhone 4S’ camera.

This gave us the perfect opportunity to test the iPhone 4S’ auto-exposure lock and auto-focus lock and show you what they can do for you. Read more »

Nokia updates the 5800 and 5530 with some of Symbian Anna’s goodies

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The Nokia 5800 and 5530 may be three years old now, but this doesn’t mean the Finns will discontinue the updates of the Symbian^1 smartphones. This screams great news for all 5800 and 5530 owners, as they were exempt from the tasty new features Symbian Anna and Belle brought to the table.

Now, though, they get the chance to taste some of the Anna-brought extras. Read more »

The iPhone 4 was used to record some scenes in ‘The Avengers’, informs cinematographer Seamus McGarvey [Update: He didn't]

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It’s not uncommon for mobile phones these days to be used for shooting advertisements or music videos. However, it’s not often you hear about a mobile phone camera being used to record a big budget movie.

Now of course, the iPhone 4 here wasn’t used to record the whole of ‘The Avengers‘, which is slated for release next year. But cinematographer Seamus McGarvey has disclosed in an interview that he used an iPhone 4 to record certain parts of the movie. He also said that some of them have been featured in the trailer, which can be found below. Read more »