Microsoft is buying Nokia’s Devices & Services division, along with Sales&Marketing for $4.99 billion and will pay an extra $2.17 billion to license Nokia’s patents for 10 years. Yup, I still can’t bend my head over the fact that it’s unlikely we would see a new Nokia smartphone ever. After all, in some regions, the word Nokia is synonymous to a mobile phone.
And $4.99 billion? This certainly sounds like a lot of money, but is it enough?
With big-buck deals such as this one, it’s easier for normal people like us when we put things into perspective. For instance, do you remember how much Microsoft paid for Skype? Or how much did Google pay for Motorola Mobility? No, well, we’re here to remind you the numbers, and in both cases it’s more than what Microsoft is paying for Nokia’s Devices unit. Read more »
Amazon has officially launched a new campaign, dubbed “Kindle Matchbook”, for its consumers. The newest introduction offers you to buy Kindle edition of print books that you had purchased from Amazon ever since it started its online bookstore.
The trick is that the deal is possible only for titles of books, whose publishers had enrolled them explicitly in the Kindle MatchBook program. At present, you can purchase over 10,000 books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free depending on the titles. Read more »
Dice+, the universal board game controller has been officially announced. With Dice+ you can bring back the real social interaction to the digital gaming arena that most of us enjoy.
The Bluetooth enabled controller that comes with a built-in gyroscopic motion detector interacts with smart devices and combines the physical touch and feel of the game dice. Read more »
FCC documents, which saw their confidentiality request expire on August 29, reveal Sony is working on a Chromecast-like USB device and bring some of its specs.
The dongle is dubbed Sony NSZ-GU1 Internet Player and features a Marvell DE3108 chipset, 1GB or RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Read more »
You may or may not know this but Nokia is behind the maps in most in-car navigation systems (4 out of 5 cars, claims the company) and today Nokia is introducing HERE Auto, which brings their mapping and smartphone prowess to the car.
Here Auto is Nokia’s offline navigation solution – turn by turn voice guided navigation for 95 countries (in 2D and 3D, with street level and satellite images). There’s an SDK too, so HERE Auto functionality can be extended with music and social networking apps. Read more »
National Geographic’s awarded photographer Stephen Alvarez was given two Nokia Lumia 1020s as his only cameras on a trip to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Colorado River. The results are more than worthy, especially when you fathom they were taken with a smartphone camera.
“What the Nokia Lumia 1020 does astounds me – these results, from a smartphone, are stunning. I have used a lot off camera phones so when I set out on this assignment I had my doubts, my doubts are gone – nothing else compares.” Read more »
Apple’s iWatch is one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets, especially after reports that Samsung will be launching its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next week. However, according to the latest gossip, Apple’s iWatch is not coming anytime soon and is expected to launch only in the second half of 2014.
According to an analyst at CIMB Group, 60% of Apple’s iWatch orders are expected to be manufactured by Invetec, the Taiwan-based ODM. The deal is expected to generate about 19% of Invetec’s profits in the coming year. Read more »
Have you ever got stuck under your garage cupboard and need to cut off your hand because you can’t unlock your iPhone with rubber gloves? Yeah, me too!
Nokia’s latest Lumia ad pokes fun at Apple’s iPhone because its screen isn’t usable with rubber (or any other type) gloves on and in the case of the main character in the new video the Finns published that will cost him his arm. Read more »
LG G2′s 13 megapixel sensor at the back is one of the most talked about features of the smartphone – the optically stabilized camera and its ability to shoot 1080p videos at 60fps have created a buzz among the tech enthusiasts. We now have a couple of user-captured videos and photos which tell us a great deal about the G2′s main shooter.
The user sample images and videos of the LG G2 come from the administrator of OptimusForums. G2′s camera has been tested out in the outdoor conditions and you can have a look at the samples below. Read more »
We all know that Samsung is working on a smartwatch, which is rumored to be officially showcased at the company’s upcoming Unpacked 2 event in Berlin on September 4. The purported specifications of the gadget were revealed a few days back and now, we have another report that tells us that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available in different color options.
According to a report from SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will initially ship in White, Orange, Grey and Black hues. Read more »
We got to know that Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is a real deal and the gadget will be officially announced at the company’s Unpacked 2 event in Berlin on September 4. Now, another report from SamMobile reveals the alleged specifications of the upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will have model number “SM-V700″ and is said to sport a 1.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Read more »
Samsung and Sony have dominated this year’s prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association awards getting five winners each. It was HTC that won in the arguably most important category, though – Advanced smartphone. The EISA awards recognize the best equipment across a range of technology categories and the winners are picked based on the judgement from 50 specialized magazines, which are based across 20 countries in Europe.
Samsung has managed to bag the Smart TV, Photo Innovation, Compact System Camera, Social Media Phone and Green Phone awards. Sony on the other hand grabbed TV, Advanced camera , Compact camera, HT Receiver and Tablet awards. Read more »
Lenovo has recently became the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world with a 4.7% market share, just 0.3% less than LG in third. Lenovo’s success doesn’t end with its newly earned fourth place though.
According to the latest earnings report the Chinese company has sold more phones and tablets than personal computers for the first time in its history. If you think the achievement is not that impressive, you should note the fact Lenovo is currently world’s biggest PC manufacturer with 12+ million PCs shipped globally in the last quarter alone. Read more »
The LG G2 is one of the hottest phones of the year and people’s desire to get a hold of it can easily go out of control. So much so, that at a launch event in Korea, twenty people were injured during a not-too-well thought marketing stunt.
LG decided it was a good idea to put vouchers for free phones in balloons full of helium amidst an open area full of people. You can guess what ensued. Read more »
Google is about to introduce a new “in-depth” article section in its search pages in an attempt to provide better results for broad search queries. The latest feature from the internet giant will help you find relevant in-depth researches about a specific subject and filter out more shallow articles.
The newest tool will highlight in-depth articles with special blocks, which will let you tell them apart. Google’s latest addition will hopefully allow great stories from lesser-known publications or blogs to come in the top results. Read more »