• Nokia Hates Christmas: Phone Giant Bans Santa Game From Chinese Event

    Nokia Hates Christmas: Phone Giant Bans Santa Game From Chinese Event

    Nokia played Grinch this year by barring a small, Lapland-based maker of iOS games from a Santa Claus Foundation delegation at Wanda Plaza in Beijing, China. The delegation, consisting of a number of Finnish tech companies, including Nokia, was to show off the best tech Lapland had to offer. The smaller company, Lapland Studio Ltd, created a game called Elf Rescue in honor of the… Read More

  • GigsWiz grabs €150,000 to help bands choose where to play

    GigsWiz, a Helsinki-based analytics service for the live music industry, has grabbed €150,000 in a seed round of funding. The service basically helps music bands interact with their fans with a widget on their site. During the beta phase bands can collect requests from fans – “where do you want us to play live?” – through the GigsWiz tool on their websites. They can… Read More

  • Video: Toshiba's amazing, tactile feedback-based UI solution for touchpanels

    Many hardware makers, especially in the mobile device area, are betting high on touchscreens to let users interact with their products. Toshiba subsidiary Toshiba Information Systems has now developed the “New Sensation UI Solution”, which is supposed to make user interaction via touchscreens more intuitive through tactile feedback. While this approach isn’t new in itself… Read More

  • Mailround goes electronic as Finland tries scanning its post

    Would you like to read the regular postal mail that comes through your letterbox on a PC, e-reader or mobile over breakfast? Then move to Finland. Within two weeks, the state-owned national mail enterprise, Itella, will begin opening, scanning and distributing letters electronically to some Finnish households and companies. Yes, you read that right. Postal workers will be opening your… Read More

  • Provoke, designers for Nokia, show off odd proto-phones

    ThumbReport, a site dedicated to destroying the English language even more than we have posted some video of “future” phones at NY Design Week by Provoke Design. The first one “expresses your mood with illumination.” Then we have the “Feel” which allows you to feel the touch of your loved one, provided your loved one is encased in plastic and has a… Read More

  • Finland Says CSS So Gimpy It's not Even DRM Anymore

    According to the Finnish courts, CSS — the DRM found on standard DVDs — is so weak that it doesn’t even count as a protective measure anymore. As a result, breaking CSS is no longer deemed circumvention of an “effective technological measure” simply because it’s no longer effective. Read More