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Nokia researchers build huge touchscreen display made of ice

Researchers from the Nokia Research Center in Tampere, Finland, have turned a wall of ice into a huge interactive touchscreen display. Using infrared emitters and detectors to determine hand location and movement, the team projected images onto the blocks of ice so that users could see flames behind their hands. Happily, users didn't need to worry about catching a chill from icy fingers as the setup managed to keep track of gloved as well as ungloved hands. Read More

Telecommunications

Nokia Siemens claims world record for copper DSL speeds

Just when the future of broadband appears to be tipped towards the mass roll-out of optics, Nokia Siemens Networks proves that there's still life in the old copper wires yet. Using a virtual channel to supplement physical copper wire, data transmission speeds of 825 Mbps were recorded. Okay, so it was only over a distance of 400 meters (just over 1,312 feet) but the circuit managed to sustain 750 Mbps when the distance was increased to 500 meters (about 1,640 feet), with the technology promising broadband speed increases of between 50 and 75 per cent over existing bonded copper lines.Read More

Bicycles

Nokia's Bicycle Charger Kit a stroke of genius

Cyclists are already doing their bit to help the environment by eschewing a fossil-fuel guzzling transport option. Now they can do a little bit more using Nokia’s newly unveiled Bicycle Charger Kit which lets cyclists charge their mobile phone using pedal power. The kit employs a bottle dynamo that is driven when in contact with the front wheel like those found on ye olde time bicycle lights.Read More

Mobile Technology

Own Voice for Ovi Maps - do I really sound like that?

Custom GPS voice packs are a bit like mobile phone ring tones. They let you add a "uniquely personal touch" to your device by shelling out cash for something that will also be used by countless others who share your refined taste. Now you can get truly unique voice directions by listening to your own dulcet tones thanks to Nokia’s new Own Voice for Ovi Maps. The app lets users record their own driving instructions and share them with family, friends and soon to be former friends. Read More

Mobile Technology

Nokia's new flagship N8 smartphone

Its prototype might not have been found in a bar, but the leaks and rumors surrounding the Nokia N8 can now be put to bed following official outing of the new smartphone. The N8 is the first device to be powered by Nokia's new Symbian^3 platform, and the company believes that it will put some dedicated point-and-shoot cameras to shame with its 12MP camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. Read More

Mobile Technology

Nokia gets all QWERTY on us with three new handsets

As well as all featuring QWERTY keyboards, Nokia looks set to be focusing on improving messaging and social networking tools with the launch of three new handsets – the Nokia C3, C6 and E5. It’s made a big push on improved connectivity with a broad range of features across the board including scope to view Facebook feeds directly on the cell phone home screen, access to Ovi Mail and Chat and (in the Nokia E5’s case) improved access to business mail. With prices ranging from $122 to $298 these three new handsets will be released into the market separately in the second and third quarters of 2010.Read More

Mobile Technology

Nokia invites community to phone design party

Not happy with the design of your mobile phone? Nokia is looking for feedback from phone savvy consumers with its "Design by Community" smartphone project. Over seven weeks visitors to the company’s official blog, Nokia Conversations, will be asked to make a series of choices on the specs of their ideal smartphone. Once the results have been tallied Nokia’s design team will then come up with a series of concept sketches which will go to a public vote.Read More

Mobile Technology

Mobile companies band together to create giant app store

Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 24 of the world’s largest and most influential wireless carriers – with a combined subscriber base of around 3 billion - have announced they are joining forces to create the Wholesale Applications Community. This venture is designed to make it easier for software developers to write and supply apps for as many phones as possible, regardless of their platform. Obviously, the group hopes this proposed mega-store will emulate the likes of Apple and Nokia in the growing app store marketplaceRead More

Mobile Technology

Symbian, the world’s most widely used smartphone platform, is now open source

When Nokia acquired the former Symbian Software Limited in 2008 a new independent non-profit organization called the Symbian Foundation was established. One of its main goals was to create the Symbian platform used on more than 330 million mobile phones worldwide as a royalty-free, open source software. Now, less than two full years later and four months ahead of schedule that goal has become a reality with the foundation announcing the completed open source release of the Symbian platform source code.Read More

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