Last month, Microsoft announced the new Nokia 130, the most affordable mobile phone with FM Radio, video and music player. It comes with a beautiful design with a 1.8” colour display, inherent colouring, and built-in flashlight on the back with talk time of up to 13 hours. The Nokia 130 is available in both Single and Dual SIM offering standby times of up to 36 days and 26 days respectively and it supports SD cards up to 32GB as well.If that’s not enough, the built-in MP3 player can pump out the tunes for up to 46 hours, that’s almost 2 days of playback! With support to store up to 6000 songs on an SD card, you’ll never miss a beat.You can also share your content via the SD card, USB or using Bluetooth with SLAM technology, all without an Internet connection. And how much does it cost? Just €19. Both ...

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Opera today announced that their Opera Mini will become the default web browser for Microsoft’s existing feature phones and Asha phones portfolio, Opera Software today announced. This includes mobile devices based on the Series 30+, Series 40 and Asha software platforms. Microsoft is planning to send notifications to existing Xpress browser users and they will be encouraged to upgrade to the latest Opera Mini browser. Factory-new devices will have Opera Mini pre-installed. “We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with millions of people who want new mobile experiences at lower price points,” said Rich Bernardo, head of legacy business, Phones, Microsoft. “The agreement with Opera will enable us to provide continuity of service as we transition from Xpress Browser to Opera Mini.” “This is a great opportunity to spread the benefits of Opera Mini to millions ...

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Nokia today announced that their HERE group CEO Michael Halbherr has decided to leave Nokia to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests. While Microsoft has completed the transition and restructuring after acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, seems like Nokia haven’t settled yet. Since Michael is leaving, Nokia will now begin a search for a new leader of HERE both inside and outside the organization. In the meantime, Cliff Fox, currently SVP of Core Map Group at HERE will assume the position of acting CEO. “It has been a pleasure and honor to work with remarkable and smart people during my time at Nokia and HERE,” said Michael, who joined Nokia after the Finnish group acquired his Berlin-based location software company Gate5 in 2006. He added: “I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the ...

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InterDigital has now lost its patent case against Nokia at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Since Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s Devices division, Microsoft agreed to assume all of Nokia’s liabilities and have “sole control over the defense, including sole authority to resolve this action.” Even though InterDigital pledged to appeal against this ruling, this is a set back for them. ITC found that Nokia’s devices didn’t violate InterDigital patent rights. InterDigital and Nokia were already in a patent dispute back in 2006 and they settled on it. InterDigital again sued Nokia for some different patents few years later and Nokia refused to pay patent royalties for them. InterDigital’s comment on this ruling, “The commission’s decision is disappointing, running contrary to a number of judicial decisions involving, in some instances, the exact same patents as in this case,” InterDigital Chief Executive Officer William Merritt said in a statement. “We do not feel this ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Nokia 130, the most affordable mobile phone with FM Radio, video and music player. It comes with a beautiful design with a 1.8” colour display, inherent colouring, and built-in flashlight on the back with talk time of up to 13 hours. The Nokia 130 is available in both Single and Dual SIM offering standby times of up to 36 days and 26 days respectively. It supports SD cards up to 32GB. If that’s not enough, the built-in MP3 player can pump out the tunes for up to 46 hours, that’s almost 2 days of playback! With support to store up to 6000 songs on an SD card*, you’ll never miss a beat. You can also share your content via the SD card, USB or using Bluetooth with SLAM technology, all without an Internet connection. And how much does it cost? It only costs €19. The ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, thousands of former Nokia factory workers will be losing the job. Last week, hundreds of Chinese employees from  Nokia factories protested against Microsoft’s decision on mass layoffs. The participated employees posted pictures showing their protest on social media networks as well. The protest took place at former Nokia Beijing research center and factory employing 2,400 people. Today, MarketWatch reported that Microsoft is giving free Nokia Lumia 630 devices to up to 300 employees per day if they apply for the company’s volunteer resignation package. And it is being offered under first come, first serve basis. As per this report, Microsoft plans to cut about 4,700 jobs at its factory and R&D center in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. via: MarketWatch ...

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After selling the Devices and Services unit to Microsoft, Nokia is planning to again enter the consumer product business with a new product. According to a Nokia job listing, Nokia is planning to launch a product that is currently being developed under Everyday Adventures vertical and will be in the US market for this holidays under the HERE brand. HERE is looking for a Head of Marketing for the Everyday Adventures vertical which is currently developing a stealth product intended to launch in the US for holiday 2014. Under the HERE brand umbrella you will develop the full marketing mix and launch a unique consumer experience around the motivations and needs of an active outdoor lifestyle community globally. Specifically, You will build the full brand offering behind a category defining range of disruptive soft- and hardware products including packaging, pricing and distribution You will be responsible for developing the global ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, thousands of former Nokia factory workers will be losing the job. Today, hundreds of Chinese employees from  Nokia factories protested against Microsoft’s decision on mass layoffs. The participated employees posted pictures showing their protest on social media networks as well. The protest took place at former Nokia Beijing research center and factory employing 2,400 people. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans against “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and violent layoffs” for five hours until “they had sore throats,” said the employee who participated in the demonstration and so declined to be identified. The protesters would convene on Friday afternoon to discuss demands they would present to the company, the employee said. Source: Reuters ...

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Nokia Corporation today reported their interim report for Q2 2014 and January-June 2014. Nokia ended Q2 2014 with a strong balance sheet and solid cash position with gross cash of EUR 9.0 billion and net cash of EUR 6.5 billion compared to EUR 6.9 billion and EUR 2.1 billion, respectively, at the end of Q1 2014. Among the three main divisions in the Nokia, Nokia Technologies group does research and development building on the strength of industry-leading patent portfolio. They license their technologies to other companies. In the financial report published today, Nokia revealed that Nokia Technologies net sales increased sequentially in Q2 2014, primarily due to Microsoft becoming a more significant intellectual property licensee in conjunction with the sale of substantially all of the Devices & Services business to Microsoft.   Nokia Technologies develops and licenses cutting-edge innovations that are powering the next revolution in computing and mobility: the “programmable ...

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Microsoft recently announced its plans to reduce 12,500 ex-Nokia employees as part of the reorganization announced by the new CEO Satya Nadella. This is a major blow for Finland as a country as thousands of people will go unemployed. Finland Labor and Finance ministers raised their concern about this layoffs announcement from Microsoft. Microsoft in response said, “As a responsible company, we strive to do our best to ensure that employees affected by the potential cuts are offered a variety of support measures and advice, including in finding new work.” Finland Labor minister said that Microsoft must fulfill the promise of building a data center in Finland as it announced in September last year. Finland Labor Minister Lauri Ihalainen said the following, “Microsoft’s intention to reduce jobs also in Finland is the bad news we feared,” Ihalainen said. “The least that can be now expected is that it creates a ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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As you all know, Microsoft today announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is planning to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 will be professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. Microsoft is expecting these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Another important thing for investors is that, Microsoft expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges. Read more about it here. Read about Stephen Elop’s mail to Microsoft ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Later, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Today, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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Nokia is continuing their tradition of rewarding free games to their low-end mobile owners, Gameloft and Nokia today announced that they have special edition games worth over 40€ (or equivalent value in local country)available for free, until August 31. So, starting starting July 1 until August 31, all Nokia X device owners can download these games with bonus in game content at no charge. The games available includes Real Football 2014, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dungeon Hunter 4 and more. So how do you get your hands on these special edition games? Launch the Nokia Store from the Menu. Select the “Exclusive Free Offer” category from the Collections section and tap next to the game you want to download. Follow the steps on-screen to download and install the app. Alternatively, you can also search for each game in the Nokia Store. From the main menu, tap Search, enter the name of ...

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Last week we reported that T-Mobile may soon start selling Lumia 2520 Windows tablets to its consumers in the US. Today, @evleaks posted an image of it connected to T-Mobile’s 4G network. AT&T and Verizon are already offering Nokia Lumia 2520 from last year. Lumia 2520 is already available online and in select stores. For Verizon, only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G ...

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