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  • Beatie Wolfe brings her new album Raw Space to life with augmented reality

    Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe is using technology to try to recapture some of music’s old-school magic and physicality. For the launch of her new album, Raw Space, Wolfe teamed up with Nokia Bell Labs and Design IO. Starting May 5, Bell Labs will be streaming 360-degree footage from its anechoic chamber — a room with no echoes, where a vinyl version of Raw Space will be playing. Read More

  • Nokia delivers big update to its OZO VR creative products

    Nokia delivers big update to its OZO VR creative products

    Nokia may not be a company you’ve thought about much it sold its handset division to Microsoft in 2014, but since then, the company has invested most of its time into growing out its communication businesses across the globe. They’ve also been throwing some early efforts behind high-end VR capture through its oddly beautiful $40,000 OZO virtual reality camera. Read More

  • Luxury phone maker Vertu changes hands yet again

    Luxury phone maker Vertu changes hands yet again

    Exiled Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan could have picked up around 10,000 averaged-priced Vertu handsets for the amount he reportedly just paid for the company. Though it’s tough to say, really, which would have been the worse investment. Read More

  • Why Nokia’s feature phone nostalgia stole the thunder from this year’s flagships

    Why Nokia’s feature phone nostalgia stole the thunder from this year’s flagships

    Mobile World Congress kicked off over the weekend with press conferences from Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola. But all anyone seems to care about is a 17-year-old device. A reboot. A candy bar feature phone whose main selling point is its ability to play Snake, eclipsing BlackBerry’s own nostalgia-themed KeyOne smartphone. That feels like as bold an indictment of the mobile industry… Read More

  • Nokia 3310 returns as HMD reimagines a classic (and Snake)

    Nokia 3310 returns as HMD reimagines a classic (and Snake)

    HMD hopes that its licensing of the Nokia brand brings in the punters for what might otherwise be viewed as three very vanilla Android phones, but at the same time it’s also announcing another new handset that plays into another side of its brand strategy. Today, it unveiled the 3310, a small “candy bar” feature phone that is a reimagining of one of the classic Nokia… Read More

  • HMD unveils 3 Android smartphones in Nokia clothing

    HMD unveils 3 Android smartphones in Nokia clothing

    Nokia, the mobile phone brand that arguably created as well as led the mobile phone market for many years, once died a tragic death, first the victim of its own arrogance at being the early leader; then the victim of Apple and Google and their domination in smartphones; and then dealt the final blow by Microsoft, who acquired it but failed badly at trying to resuscitate the brand in its… Read More

  • Goodbye Withings, hello Nokia

    Goodbye Withings, hello Nokia

    Say goodbye to Withings. It’s been less than a year since Nokia completed its acquisition of the French smart devices maker and now it the Withings brand is about to be sunset. Withings’ devices and software will be rebranded under the Nokia banner later this summer. Withings’ existing line of smart watches, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and cameras will all come… Read More

  • Watch HMD unveil the Nokia 3310 live right here

    Watch HMD unveil the Nokia 3310 live right here

    HMD is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona to showcase some of its first Nokia-branded phones. The conference starts at 4:30 PM CET (3:30 PM GMT, 10:30 AM EST). Get ready for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, two new smartphones under the Nokia brand. But, let’s be honest, I’m more excited about the Nokia 3310. Rumor has it that HMD is going to reboot the legendary device and sell… Read More

  • BlackBerry files suit against Nokia in a battle of once mighty smartphone brands

    BlackBerry files suit against Nokia in a battle of once mighty smartphone brands

    BlackBerry suing Nokia is 2017 is a bit like the secret Rocky/Apollo Creed fight in Rocky III revealed in 2015’s Creed – two once mighty champions doing battle one more time, with a heck of lot fewer people looking on. Also, there are a couple of series reboots in the works. A lot has changed since the once mighty phone makers glory days. These days both have moved away from… Read More

  • Nokia to buy Comptel for $370M as it pushes deeper into carrier software

    Nokia to buy Comptel for $370M as it pushes deeper into carrier software

    Nokia, once the world’s biggest handset maker, really wants everyone to know that it’s a software company now. And today it made a big acquisition to that end: it is buying Comptel, a company that specialises in building software-based data communications solutions for mobile carriers. Nokia’s offer is to pay €3.04 in cash, valuing Comptel at €347 million ($370… Read More

  • Nokia introduces MIKA, a digital assistant for engineers and telecom operators

    Nokia introduces MIKA, a digital assistant for engineers and telecom operators

    Nokia’s got a nice, adorable name picked out for its new voice assistant. MIKA stands for “Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant,” letting engineers and telecom operators access information through voice commands. The system is powered by the company’s cognitive services platform, using “augmented intelligence with automated learning to provide access to… Read More

  • HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

    HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

    Nokia fans hankering to get their hands on a new smartphone with their beloved brand name — and without Microsoft’s unloved mobile OS — will need to go to China if they want to buy the first Android-powered from the Finnish phone maker that’s now licensing Nokia’s IP for phones. Read More

  • Withings products disappear from Apple stores following Nokia patent kerfuffle

    Withings products disappear from Apple stores following Nokia patent kerfuffle

    As most of us were gearing up for a relatively quiet holiday season, Apple and Nokia were getting ready to go to battle, reigniting a war that had seemingly gone cold in 2011 with a reported $720 million settlement for the use of a number of patents. Earlier this week, Apple filed suit in California, alleging that Nokia removed certain patents from the deal for the purpose of… Read More

  • Nokia reignites Apple patent battle with a spate of new lawsuits

    Nokia reignites Apple patent battle with a spate of new lawsuits

    Five years after burying the hatchet with Apple, Nokia’s back at it again. The one-time phone-making juggernaut announced this week that it’s ready to go back to court in a big way, filing multiple lawsuits aimed squarely at Cupertino. The company celebrated the filings with a press release detailing the claims, which stem from 32 patents related to a wide range of related… Read More

  • HMD’s first new Nokia handset is a $26 feature phone

    HMD’s first new Nokia handset is a $26 feature phone

    Just last week, HMD was priming the press for the return of Nokia-branded handsets, slated to arrive at some point in the first half of next year. The young Finnish company, founded by a number of Nokia expats, seasoned the pre-announcement announcement with all sorts of superlatives, with the CEO tossing out words like “brilliant,” “passionate,”… Read More

  • Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating system. The partnership didn’t do much to curb the… Read More

  • Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent Crunch Network

    Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent

    Florida-headquartered Magic Leap has set up a company in Helsinki to gain access to Finland’s vast, Nokia- and gaming-driven reservoir of VR and AR talent. In July, Magic Leap registered a company in Helsinki with CFO Scott Henry as the chairman of the board. The company did not return my request for a comment. The Finnish VR and AR companies I spoke with would not confirm or deny… Read More

  • Withings adds heart-rate monitoring to its analog fitness watch

    Withings adds heart-rate monitoring to its analog fitness watch

    There’s really only so much you can do with your analog fitness watch before it turns into something else. Withings already has one of the nicer offerings in the space in the form of the Steel — a solid time-keeping device with step and sleep tracking baked in. As the name implies, the Steel HR brings heart-rate (not human resources) monitoring to the equation. It accomplishes… Read More

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