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Eyecandy: The Experience Lounge at Nokia HQ

by Ben Smith 25th May 2010
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During our visit to Nokia’s famous Helsinki HQ, the ‘Nokia House’, we got to spend some time in the famous ‘Experience Lounge’. It was… an experience. This mobile-geek’s dream room holds a huge range of handsets, displaying nearly every device you can imagine (and some you can’t) alongside demo booths and concepts. Here’s a quick […]

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Rumoured Nokia and Yahoo alliance confirmed

by Ben Smith 24th May 2010
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It’s true: Nokia and Yahoo are teaming up to merge their on-line services… The implementation has already started apparently and will go live in the second half of 2010 in some geographies with full integration in 2011.

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Confirmed: 44 days until N8 pre-order

by Ben Smith 24th May 2010
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There it was… hidden out in the open at Nokia’s own store in their Helsinki headquarters… The N8 will be available in early July for pre-order from the Nokia Online store. If you’re keen to get your hands on their first Symbian^3 offering get your credit cards on standby.

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Stop complaining about UK iPad prices. They're fine.

by Ben Smith 10th May 2010
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iPad prices in the UK are not excessive compared to US pricing. If you want to whine about ‘rip-off Britain’ you’ll need to find some other reason to do it. I suggest you pop over to the Daily Mail* where you’ll find an equal number of other clueless people. * No, I’m not linking there. […]

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Global Messaging Awards 2010

by Ben Smith 10th May 2010
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A quick note to our readers who also work in the mobile industry. We know you mostly hang round here to watch us squabble and laugh at our gadget lust, but this might be of interest to you: the Global Messaging Awards 2010 are fast approaching and you’ve got until the end of May to […]

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Oh dear… 1st N8 hands-on feedback is bad

by Ben Smith 26th April 2010
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Recently, I’ve been convinced we were seeing a Nokia turn-around… the Ovi store is better and sales are huge, there’s been bold moves like free Ovi Maps and there’s some impressively priced new handsets coming. First feedback on the still unannounced flagship N8 suggests the good news is over for a while though. What Nokia […]

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Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation coming to the UK & Ireland

by Ben Smith 21st April 2010
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Google have announced that the turn-by-turn navigation available in the US is coming to the UK and Ireland. Engadget caught the story this morning and it was confirmed during a press event held at Google’s London headquarters. The feature set will be the same as that available in the US and will be available to […]

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BREAKING: Volcanic ash cloud halts UK iPad imports

by Ben Smith 15th April 2010
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NATS – the body that manages the UK’s airspace – closed the skies over Britain today in response to ash produced by an erupting volcano in Iceland; the huge cloud, drifting south from the top of the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier, can cause catastrophic failure of jet engines. Meanwhile, hundreds of geeks have been left wondering how […]

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