Nokia May Cut up to 14% of Workforce

After a slew of bad years, Nokia still hasn’t found their footing yet. Once one of the dominant handset and wireless hardware firms, the Finnish firm has struggled in the changing landscape. 2 years after dumping their Lumia and handset business on Microsoft, the company looks to be cutting more of its staff. The cuts come as part of the massive $16.6 billion Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, with up to 14% of staff from both firms being cut.

According to the source, Nokia is set to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs in total out of their global workforce of 104,000. The cuts come as part of the $1 billion in cuts due to the overlap between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. These cuts will occur in over 30 countries but will heavily impact Germany and France but Finland will be the hardest hit. This comes as the multinational refocuses their attention away from the mobile device and infrastructure market and more into their telecommunications side of their business.

In order to find more growth, Nokia is turning to software and service contracts as they are generally more lucrative. What this all means for future Nokia handsets, their supposed mobile comeback and other hardware ventures like the OZO Camera remains to be seen. I for one hope the company re-enters the smartphone market.

Microsoft Has 3 Surface Phones for 2017 But Nothing Till Then

Even as Microsoft continues to work on their Windows 10 Mobile OS, the hardware side has been lagging behind. After acquiring Nokia’s handset business for a massive sum 2 years ago, Microsft really hasn’t done much with it. In fact, according to the latest rumours, it looks like the first set of new Microsoft phones won’t be coming till 2017. This also comes as Lumia, Nokia’s brand, has seen new handset releases grind to a halt.

According to the source, the new Windows phones coming in 2017 will take up the Surface branding from their popular line of tablet PCs. Microsoft is trying to take the time to get the hardware right and re-enter the phone space with a fresh lineup. The 3 new Surface phones will target the Consumer, Enterprise and Prosumer market segments respectively. This is in line with Microsoft’s simplification of their hardware to better target customers.

For now, Windows 10 Mobile fans will have to content themselves with OEM handsets. The delay will give OEM partners a chance to test out the waters without any first-party hardware to worry about. On the flip side, if OEMs don’t jump into the game, Microsoft may lose even more marketshare and face a much tougher jump back into the market.

Windows 10 Mobile Will Not Come to All Lumia Phones as Promised

With news that Windows 10 Mobile will be coming to the Lumia line of phones, people were eagerly awaiting the update after what could only be considered a lackluster of support and empty promises for windows 8 mobile. Sadly not everyone will be able to enjoy this as it has now been revealed that windows 10 mobile will not be coming to all the Lumia phones as it was previously promised.

What does this mean? If you are one of the unlucky ones you will end up with a phone that will permanently stuck on Windows Phone 8. If you own one of the following phones, you will be given the option to update to windows 10 sometime soon on your phone:

  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 635 1GB
  • Lumia 636 1GB
  • Lumia 638 1GB
  • Lumia 540
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 435
  • Lumia 430

While the age of some Lumia phones may seem like a good reason to stop supporting them, the pressure to get their mobile platform correct seems to be building with expectations that Windows 10’s united platform would help save a platform that many consider almost invisible on the modern market.

The real problem people have is the broken promises that seem to be spewing from Microsoft. Firstly there is a long list of phones running Windows Phone 7 which were never upgraded to 8, leaving them with a broken and unsupported mobile OS and doing the same to Windows Phone 8 users question if the mobile system is as dead as it’s been reported.

Nokia Enters the VR Market with the OZO Camera

Just a few months ago, Nokia had announced that it is working on a virtual reality piece of hardware, and during a recent Los Angeles event, it officially opened up pre-orders for the OZO virtual reality camera. This is a professional-level device capable of recording 360-degree video, and just in case you’re thinking about making a purchase, we should warn you that you will need to spend $60,000 in order to get your hands on one. Nokia is also requesting a down payment of $5,000, and it looks like shipments are scheduled to commence in Q1 2016.

As far as specs are concerned, the OZO uses eight synchronized 2K x 2K camera sensors, and it is able to record onto a 500GB solid state drive that can hold up to 45 minutes of footage. For capturing in VR, this definitely looks promising, and some companies such as Jaunt are already using this camera for their own projects. It’s true that the price might be a bit intimidating at first, but since we’re talking about a professional product, we couldn’t possibly expect it to come cheap. The OZO camera by Nokia is also accompanied by a series of accessories, such as a $1,500 docking station.

What do you think about Nokia‘s VR comeback?

Lumia 950 And 950 XL Specification Confirmed

Microsoft has accidentally preempted the upcoming announcement of the flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL. According to a listing on Microsoft’s UK Store, both devices will feature a WQHD display and 20-megapixel rear camera with ZEISS optics. The 950’s 5-2 inch panel offers an enhanced pixels-per-inch rate and comes in a sensible size.

In contrast to this, the 950 XL is extremely large with a total display size of 5.7-inch. Additional information regarding the storage limits was divulged and it looks like both handsets will include 32GB as standard with a microSD slot allowing for up to 2TB of expansion. Early reports indicate the 950 series will utilize a USB-Type C connection and support fast charging. Microsoft is also bundling the handsets with their latest operating system.

The mid-high end market is awash with a number of exceptional value-for-money handsets including the One Plus 2 and Hauwei Honor 7. It’s been quite a while since Microsoft launched a top-tier handset and the specifications are usually more modest on Windows Phone due to the light resources required by the operating system. Microsoft is hoping to bring more customers to Windows Mobile as their current market share leaves a lot to be desired.

What do you think of the Windows Mobile platform?

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Microsoft Will Unveil New Hardware on October 6th

Microsoft’s latest hardware event will commence on October 6th and there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the possible announcements. Invites have already been sent out to members of the press, but little is known about what will be revealed. We might see a glimpse of the Surface 4 or Microsoft’s latest attempt to infiltrate the highly-competitive smartphone market. Previously, there was a leak which suggested two new handsets are being readied to compete at the higher-end.

The 5.2-inch Lumia 950 supposedly features 3GB RAM, a 20-megapixel rear camera, QHD display and 32GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot. Another model dubbed the 950 XL is fairly similar but opts for a 5.5-inch display, faster Qualcomm 810 processor compared to the 950’s Qualcomm 808 and support for Microsoft’s pen technology.

Both devices are rumoured to implement USB-C charging ports in a similar vein to the One Plus 2. On another note, the Microsoft Band could receive an update but details are fairly sparse. The event is located in New York City and begins at 10 a.m EDT. Hopefully, Microsoft can create an enthusiastic reaction to their latest mobile announcements and try to improve Windows Mobile’s poor market share.

Thank you The Next Web for providing us with this information.

Is HTC About to Go Under?

It seems like an age since HTC was the world’s smartphone market leader, long since usurped by Apple, Samsung, and Chinese upstarts Huawei and Xiaomi, and a horrendous crash in its stock value seems destined to cement the company’s position as the new Nokia.

HTC’s market price plummeted to NT$47 billion ($1.5 billion) on Monday, less than the NT$47.2 billion cash it boasted in June. Though the drop seems small, it marks a massive 9.8% fall in stock, signifying that investors consider the rest of the company has no value. As Calvin Huang of Sinopac Financial Holdings Co. in Taipei puts it, “HTC’s cash is the only asset of value to shareholders. Most of the other assets shouldn’t be considered in their valuation because there’s more write-offs to come and the brand has no value.” Sinopac has put an NT$46.50 price target on HTC’s shares.

HTC’s market capitalisation has been on the decline since 2011, during which year it exceeded NT$900 billion, and efforts to revitalise its brand with the One, Butterfly, and Desire smartphone models over the last four years have failed, leaving the manufacturer outside the top-10 smartphone producers in the world for the first time. Current sales are down 75% on its 2011 heyday.

Hopes of a recovery look increasingly slim, with third-quarter forecasts suggesting sales could fall to below 48% of estimates, leaving HTC taking a 35% cut to its projected earnings. Analysts are now predicting that the company’s bad luck will continue until at least 2017, forecasting two years of no profit.

“We think these efforts are not enough to turn HTC around in the next two years,” said Birdy Lu, analyst with Deutsche Bank AG. “HTC has little chance to compete with iPhone and Samsung given limited resources, and might continue to lose shares to Chinese brands in mid/low-end segment.”

If current trends continue, HTC could be not long for this world.

Thank you Bloomberg for providing us with this information.

Nokia Reveals Its OZO Virtual Reality Camera

It looks like the rumors regarding Nokia’s virtual reality device have proven true, as the Finland-based company has recently unveiled its OZO camera – a next generation device that was designed to capture cinematic video and audio in 360 degrees. The device is aimed at professional studios and content creators, which is why we should expect it to cost quite a bit. it’s also worth noting that the OZO camera is still going through some testing, which means that it’s not exactly market ready at the time of writing. Still, we can tell you a few things about its performance and specs.

OZO boasts eight synchronized global shutter sensors that enable stereoscopic 3D video capturing while its eight integrated microphones capture spatial audio. The resulting images can be “glued together” and viewed as a panoramic image in real-time thanks to a special software solution. The OZO camera was presented for the first time in Los Angeles during a special event, but its pricing and full technical specifications will be revealed a bit later. Shipping is expected to commence during this year’s Q4, but until then, you can catch a glimpse of this new product in the video below.

What do you think about Nokia’s latest gadget?

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information.

Nokia Finally Found Someone to Buy Their HERE Maps!

It has been a long search for the best buyer, but it seems that Nokia finally found somebody to buy and further develop their HERE Maps technology. As reported previously, it was thought that Microsoft will buy the HERE Maps technology, seeing that it wanted its mobile phone business. However, the recent change in the company led to believe that Microsoft may move away form the smartphone market.

Uber was interested in Nokia’s technology too, offering an outstanding $3 billion for it. But it looks like Nokia did not agree with what Uber had in mind for their technology, so they declined the deal after all. However, recently, there have been some rumours that some German vehicle maunufacturers were interested in the technology too.

Nokia declined to make any comments on the matter, but a new report surfaced and we finally know that the company is close to signing the deal with Audi, BMW and Daimler for $2.71 billion. This is less than what Uber offered, but Nokia did state that it would sell the HERE technology to someone who really has the means of improving it, didn’t they? Besides, the deal seems to be the best offer Nokia is going to get.

Besides, the German manufacturers want to use the high-definition real-time digital maps to help develop self-driving cars and automotive safety systems. On top of that, they also want other vehicle manufacturers to pitch in and help them with their plans. So as far as the details show, Nokia really hit their target on selling the technology for a lot of money and to a company, well companies, who have the means on improving it, don’t you think?

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

German Car Manufacturers Nokia Maps Bid Reaches Stalemate

Nokia’s “HERE” mapping technology is an attractive proposition for car makers looking to enhance the GPS functionality in future models. A number of Germany’s leading vehicle manufacturers have shown a keen interest and joined forces to make a bid for the company’s map software. However, talks between Nokia and BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have become fractured on the basis of the technology’s value. The “HERE” software is valued between £1-3 billion but this estimated figure might have decreased if recent reports are correct about Uber pulling out of the bidding process.

The consortium of German vehicle makers feel they can acquire the company assets at a lower cost given this evidence whilst Nokia believes the £1-3 billion rate is fair. An anonymous, insider source said,

“Talks have not broken down, but they are at a delicate stage of brinkmanship,”

It’s also important to reiterate that these car manufacturers are customers of the “HERE” system and it makes sense to sell the mapping software to an existing client. They feel the technology is vital to provide accurate high-definition maps and create a form of smart cars based on internet connectivity. Furthermore, the software could be used in luxurious vehicles to warn of impending collisions, and become one of the first mass-produced driverless cars on the market.

A spokesperson from Nokia declined to comment on existing business negotiations. However, the most likely outcome is a compromise between the German car manufacturers and Nokia.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Admits Nokia Deal Failure – 7800 to Lose Jobs

It was coming. Microsoft has announced that up to 7,800 employees of its phone division could be made redundant, implicitly admitting to the failure of its $7.9 billion purchase of Nokia in 2013. The move follows the company’s decision to write down $7.6 billion-worth of losses due to the floundering of its smartphone division.

Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s smartphone operations – the premier developer of Windows Phones – two years ago was met with a degree of confusion from commentators and even some resistance from within the company itself, with current CEO Satya Nadella famously opposed to the deal.

“I am committed to our first-party devices including phones,” Nadella wrote in an e-mail to employees that was later posted online. “However, we need to focus our phone efforts in the near term while driving reinvention. We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family.”

“They were hoping to quickly be able to hit the jets and double or triple market share over what they had,” Frank Gillett, analyst for Forrester Research, says of Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s phone division. “And it didn’t happen. It’s the last disappointment of the previous generation of Microsoft’s leadership,” he says, referring to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the instigator behind the deal.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Is Microsoft Preparing to Kill Windows Phone?

Rumour has it that Microsoft could be set to write off the majority of its Nokia acquisition this week. In 2013, Microsoft purchased Nokia’s smartphone division, taking over development of the Windows Phone-running Lumia handsets. The deal seems to have been in peril of some time, with Microsoft warning investors that the smartphone division was at an “elevated risk of impairment” – meaning that its market value is less than the money invested in it – back in April this year.

Microsoft filed the following statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 23rd April:

“Declines in expected future cash flows, reduction in future unit volume growth rates, or an increase in the risk-adjusted discount rate used to estimate the fair value of the Phone Hardware reporting unit may result in a determination that an impairment adjustment is required, resulting in apotentially material charge to earnings.”

The Nokia acquisition was one of the last actions conducted by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer – an effort to keep the company entrenched in the mobile market – but the move was known to have been opposed by current CEO Satya Nadella.

Reports suggest that Microsoft could write-down the Nokia deal, which cost the company $7.9 billion, as early as Wednesday (1st July). When Microsoft finalised the Nokia deal in 2013, it carried $5.5 billion in goodwill – effectively the difference between purchase price and tangible assets – which seems to be the likely figure to be written down.

A write-down of such a massive amount is a huge admission of failure on the part of Microsoft. Winding up its mobile division entirely, or selling its remains on again, is certainly not unforeseeable.

Thank you ComputerWorld for providing us with this information.

Nokia Plans a Comeback to the Smartphone Market Next Year

If you thought that the famous company who made ‘tough’ phones is out of the smartphone market, think again. Nokia just announced that it plans to make a comeback next year, after Microsoft allows it. It looks like Nokia and Microsoft signed an agreement that prevents Nokia from selling anything phone-wise until 2016.

However, Nokia does not plan on making fully fledged handsets. The company announced that it will start designing smartphones and selling their brand. This means we could be looking at other Nokia Windows Phones next year, but having Microsoft provide the hardware and software, while Nokia provides the designs and its logo. However, Nokia plans on extending its services to other companies too.

This does not mean Nokia is moving away from networking, as they were focusing on the market for quite some time now. Its latest acquisition, Alcatel-Lucent, for $17.8 billion still provides a good understanding that the company wants a chunk of the latter market as well.

In the meantime, its HERE technology is still up for sale. While big companies are eyeing Nokia’s high-definition satellite imagery technology, Nokia says that a ‘good buyer’ for the tech will be someone who can improve it and expand its potential in the long run.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

You Could Have Been Wearing A Nokia Smart Watch

Wearable tech is a big thing at the moment. From Google Glass to the Pebble Watch, companies are looking for more and more ways to bring technology to everyday life without having to make you carry that extra device. A recent image on a Tumblr blog shows that a company which may have thought of bringing you a smartwatch is Nokia.

“Moonraker”, as it was codenamed, was shown on a Tumblr blog which has since been removed. The blog is run by a Microsoft employee Pei-Chi Hsieh, and like much of the internet was quickly grabbed and shared before the images could be removed. The watch itself seems to look very similar to a lot of others on the market, with interchangeable colour bands letting you choose the look based on how you feel on the day. They even had an interesting idea with “live tiles” which would provide a glimpse into the apps on the watch, such as text messaging. If that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same as Metro that the Windows 8’s start menu uses.

The images, however, were reporting as more than just concept art created to show off what could be made, the images were actual marketing material and a prototype was even reportedly shown off at Mobile World Congress in 2014. This all fell apart in April 2014 with Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft, who decided to focus on the Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker.

Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring the device into the world. Instead, it will remain as a prototype in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for its chance.

Thank you The Verge for the information.

Uber Bids $3 Billion for Nokia’s ‘Here Maps’

As Nokia is planning to sell its Here Maps, many companies are eager to get ahold of it for themselves. Uber has bid $3 Billion for Here, which is much less than the $8.1 Billion that Nokia paid for Navteq (original name of Here).

With Here being for sale, there are many companies that want to use the tech for their own projects, as well as the licensing fees that there will be. Uber will want the mapping tech since it is such a core part of its business and it can also cut down what it is paying for mapping tech that they currently use. The mapping may also come in very handy for Uber with their own self-driving car projects. This is the second mapping company that Uber is looking to obtain this year as it bought deCarta earlier in the year.

A few of the long list of other companies that will likely be bidding on Here are Apple, Amazon, Audi AG, BMW AG, Baidu, Facebook, Harman, Mercedes-Benz and Sirius XM. We will soon know who will have won the bidding war as The Times says that Nokia will decide what offer to go with later this month.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of andrewkarenwedding.

Will Microsoft Finally Buy HERE Maps?

Windows Phone users will understand the difficulty of choosing between Microsoft’s Bing Maps and Nokia’s HERE Maps when they need to use a good GPS app. While HERE Maps is a great app on its own, Microsoft’s alternative is still based on the HERE technology.

Microsoft first attempted to buy Nokia’s HERE Maps along with the big Nokia deal, but it was too expensive at that time. The Windows maker eventually ended up licensing the HERE technology and integrating it into its Bing Maps.

As time passed, its value went down and compared to the $8.1 billion acquisition Nokia made to buy out Navteq Corp back in 2008, HERE Maps is now estimated at a value of $2.1 billion.

Nokia is said to have reached out to Uber and other companies in hopes to sell its technology and focus on its wireless networking business. However, the more the latter companies and the Redmond giant ponder on what to do, the more opportunity they give other big name companies such as Apple or Google to strike a deal first. Why might they be interested you say? It’s simple.

The HERE technology is significant due to its availability on all major smartphone platforms. Given that Microsoft has previously showed interest into making a profit off the more popular smartphone markets with its own products, it would be wise for it to swoop in and make a deal ahead of everyone else.

Microsoft did not make any official statement regarding its intentions to buy the HERE technology just yet. But truth be told, it would be a shock to see the technology in the hands of some other company since Microsoft’s Bing Maps relies heavily on HERE’s data.

Thank you ZDNet for providing us with this information

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Microsoft Accidentally Leaks New Lumia Phones

Joining a trend of companies leaking their own products this week, Microsoft has just accidentally leaked two new Lumia phones due to be revealed at Mobile World Congress. Fortunately for Microsoft, they only leaked the names of the new devices in a blank post on their News Center website.

The post, which has been pulled (still viewable in a cache here) had the title “Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL: keeping you prepared for anything” – revealing the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL, two brand new phones under the former Nokia brand. While we can guess that the 640 XL will be a bigger variant of the 640, we currently have no further details on the devices, other than specs previously leaked by Nokia Power UserThey said that the new phone will have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, a Snapdragon 400 processor and a 8-megapixel camera. the 640 is  also to feature a 5-inch screen.

While we know the names for sure now, we’ll have to find out whether the specs are right when Microsoft officially unveils the devices this week.

Source: The Verge

Nokia’s N1 Tablet Sold Out; Sells 20,000 Units in Four Minutes

Within four minutes of being made available for pre-order, the Nokia N1 Android Tablet sold every one of its 20,000 units in China yesterday. Nokia made the announcement through its Weibo (China’s answer to Twitter) account, and warned prospective customers that 566,438 people were on the waiting list for the next pre-order cycle, and that the number is rising all the time.

The sleek N1 tablet priced at 1,599 CNY (that’s only $260 USD), and comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia’s Z Launcher, a handwriting-controlled navigation interface. The device is due for launch in Europe later this year, assuming China doesn’t snap them all up first.

Source: Neowin

Wireless Qi Charging Coming to 50 UK McDonald’s Restaurants

A new deal between fast food chain McDonald’s and wireless charging solutions company Aircharge means that 50 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK will be offering free Qi (proncounced ‘Chee’) wireless charging.

The Qi charging system allows devices to be charged by merely being within close proximity to a power transmission pad – no need to plug in any cables.  Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Sony are already working to adopt the standard for its mobile devices, with 70 Qi-compatible smartphones already on the market.

600 Qi charger will be available over 50 sites, many of which are expected to be in London. There has been no announcement yet as to which restaurants will be offering the service.

The Qi charging service has already been successfully trialled in a handful of McDonald’s restaurants. A post by the Wireless Power Consortium suggests that customers taking advantage of the trial tended to wait in the restaurant upwards of half-an-hour just to use the service.

Source: The Next Web

Nokia 215 Gives You The Web in Your Pocket for $29

For most of you reading this, a 2G feature phone with a QVGA display and 0.3 megapixel camera isn’t going to be enough to satisfy your mobile computing needs. But for a number of you and for many others, the idea of being able to access Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms for just $29 is going to be more than enough.

That’s pretty much what the Nokia 215 is. It’s a small feature phone with a basic display and camera, alongside a 2G antenna, FM Radio, Bluetooth, a torch and pretty long battery life (29 days of standby). The phone runs apps like Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Bing Search, MSN Weather and Opera Mini giving those who aren’t looking to spend $100+ on a smartphone access to basic networking features.

The phone is due to come out later this year, starting in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Source: Engadget

Wire: The New Skype Rival Backed by Skype Co-Founder

A new upstart has entered the instant messaging arena, positioning itself as more than just a chat service. Wire, pitched as a thoroughly modern messaging app, is supported by Skype co-founder Janus Friis and developed by former Skype employees.

With their experience – helped by former Apple, Nokia, and Microsoft employees – the team know as well as anyone what needed fixing: “Skype was launched more than a decade ago. A lot has changed since then – we are all used to free calls and texting, and we have taken to carrying our computers in our pockets,” Friis said. “It is time to create the best possible communication tools, as beautiful as they are useful. Wire is just that.”

The app features text and voice messaging, live calls, one-on-one or group messaging, and even SoundCloud integration. It utilises Opus, and open source audio codec, to make playback and voice calls crisp and clean. Video is being muted as a future feature.

Vine is available on OS X, iOS, and Android.

Source: The Independent

Microsoft Lumia with Massive Camera Leaks

Photos of what appears to be a prototype Microsoft Lumia phone have appeared on a Chinese auction site.

The unconfirmed prototype has a very large camera in the back, somewhat akin to the Lumia 1020 with its crazy 41-megapixel camera. The device purportedly has 2GB of RAM and a 1080p 5-inch display. The phone is only referred to as the “Nokia RM-1052” on the casing, along with a plastic strip interrupting its aluminium rear.

The Verge points out that the device could be one of the remnants of the cancelled ‘Nokia McLaren’. This device was to feature Microsoft’s Kinect technology, with ‘3D Gestures’, so you could interface with the phone without touching it. So far there’s no confirmation of whether it really is a Microsoft Lumia prototype, but it certainly looks like one.

Source: The Verge

Play Snake with no Monitor on CoolerMaster’s QuickFire Rapid-i

Feeling a bit bored and looking for something extra to do? Work or school computers have locked down every game and Reddit links are all purple, even on the 120th page? It’s time to get yourself a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard which will give you the ability to play snake – without any monitor involved.

Jeroen Domburg has hacked CM’s new device, allowing you to play a classic game of snake as seen on the old Nokia phones – utilizing the back-light and arrow keys for all operation. Designed as a little side-project and something to make you look like you’re working, Domburgs hack see’s your snake travel across the whole keyboard face, picking up the tittle extenders along the way, making the game harder and your snake longer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to games on your smartphone and the possibility of looking like you’re working whilst at work, look no further than this handy crack.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Nokia’s Z Launcher Now Available

Alongside its new Nokia N1 tablet, Nokia also introduced its ‘Z Launcher’ for Android.

The launcher, which is also being released for other Android users, features a very unique approach to a home screen, tailoring the experience to different times of day. The launcher will display the most likely to be used apps for that specific time of day and will also change its appearance dependant on whether it’s day, night, morning or evening. It also features a new “scribble recognition” system that allows users to simply scribble app names on the screen to be presented with a list of relevant apps.

The launcher is available now from Google Play as a public beta.

Source: Android Central

Nokia Unveils First New Device Since Microsoft Sale, Looks Like an iPad

What is now left of the original Nokia, after the Finnish company’s sale of its former devices and services business to Microsoft, has unveiled its first major product since that acquisition closed.

The Nokia N1 tablet has a 7.9-inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, along with 2GB of RAM, a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor and 32GB of storage. It also features an 8-megapixel camera and will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s being released in China first, for $249 next February.

Now that screen size and resolution may sound similar to some of you, and that’s because it’s exactly the same as the screen used in Apple’s iPad mini.

The similarities don’t stop there – just take a look at some of these pictures:


Now here’s some shots of the iPad mini for comparison:


Source: The Verge

Nokia Tease New Project, Looks Like Apple TV

Nokia has been quiet since selling its phone division to Microsoft – which has swiftly removed the Nokia name from its Lumia range – back in April 2014, but it teased the imminent reveal of a new project on its official Twitter account on Monday. The company posted a photo of a nondescript black box, along with the suggestive line, “We’re up to something”:

Nokia’s new hardware looks as though it could be a set-top box, for streaming content to home televisions. In which case, it would be entering a market being hotly contested by the likes of Apple, Amazon, and Roku, Google’s Chromecast dongle, plus the three major consoles, the Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The photo suggests that more information will be revealed about Nokia’s mysterious new project on Tuesday, 18th November.

Source: Mashable

Microsoft Announces First Non-Nokia Lumia Smartphone

Microsoft has announced it’s first non-Nokia branded Lumia phone. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first to carry the new Microsoft branding since their $7.2 billion acquisition of the Finnish company’s devices unit closed earlier in the year.

The new phone is a low-cost Windows Phone (obviously) that is billed to resemble where Microsoft is taking their mobile phone business over the coming years. The device features a 5-inch 960 x 540 pixel display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage (with a MicroSD card slot for expansion). The device also comes with front and rear 5-megapixel cameras.

The device will go on sale for around $130 in December.

Source: The Verge