After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Yesterday they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Desti is the first travel planner that understands you and understands travel. Desti’s iPad app helps you find exactly what you’re looking for when planning a trip – by simply asking for it. Desti uses artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of places, find you the best matches – and explain the relevance. Want to check what’s near this hotel? Just ask! Need a pet friendly park? Just ask! No more spending hours sifting through irrelevant search results. Desti will even read ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft has started selling their flagship X series device Nokia XL in India. Along with this, Microsoft has also quietly started selling the Nokia X+ Dual Sim device for Rs. 8,399 in India. Microsoft has partnered with Airtel to offer users free unlimited download of Android apps for six months on the Nokia XL Dual SIM. It comes with 4-inch display, Qualcomm S4 Dual core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Viral Oza, Director Marketing of Microsoft Mobile commented the following, After receiving a great response with the Nokia X, which introduced the category to this market, we are now bringing the much awaited Nokia XL and X+ to our consumers. Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family, comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone ...

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Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division last month. For celebrating this acquisition, Microsoft and Nokia asked Shoreditch-based media company TCOLondon to create a book that illustrates the history of Microsoft and Nokia together. This 128 page book was given to 20,000 Nokia employees who joined Microsoft in more than 90 cities in 53 countries. The Verge reported about the contents of the book as follows, It’s a celebration of the rich history that Nokia and Microsoft both share, including etchings of Nokia’s origins in a paper mill in Finland and Microsoft’s roots in New Mexico. Illustrations range from the first-ever GSM call to surgeons using the Kinect sensor for operations. Nokia and Microsoft approached TCOLondon in mid-December, with the original plan to have the book ready and finished for February 1st. A later-than-expected acquisition meant the book was delivered to employees at the deal closure in late April. They also reported that ...

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Popular conservative American radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh briefly commented on the Microsoft Nokia acquisition as part of his ‘Morning Update.’ Limbaugh is a well known technology enthusiast and became a fan of Apple hardware in the 1980s. Limbaugh frequently gives away Macbook Pros, Macbook Airs, iPads, and iPhones on his radio show.  Limbaugh is also known to be a frequent reader of technology blogs and often commentates about them on his radio show. He often connects cultural thinking within Silicon Valley to greater political events. ...

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Nokia today announced the launch of 100 million fund for investing in promising auto tech and local services companies in collaboration with HERE through Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). Nokia is already a major player in the automotive industry providing location intelligence for connected vehicles through HERE and also 4 in 5 cars worldwide now runs on HERE location technologies. “NGP has been consistently performing well bringing in both new innovation and financial return to Nokia,” said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO. “Our new USD 100 million venture fund launched today further underlines our belief that the connected car is a significant growth opportunity where NGP is poised to make great investments.” “For the last few years there has been a surge in innovation that has brought technological advances leading to safer, cleaner, increasingly connected, intelligent and more affordable vehicles. Vehicles are becoming a new platform for technology adoption very ...

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With the Nokia/Microsoft deal officially closed last week on April 25, Stephen Elop has made his triumphant return to Microsoft. Elop is now the executive vice president (EVP) of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories. Stephen Elop was paid 24.2 million euros ($33.4 million) in cash and shares after he left Nokia, thanks to rising Nokia share prices, he got more than what he was entitled to get. Elop himself is returning to the software giant after the deal closed on Friday, and based on Nokia’s share price in September he had been in line to get around 18.8 million euros for the early termination of his contract. Elop, whose severance payment includes just over 4 million euros in cash, stood down as Nokia chief executive in September and led the phone unit ...

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With the Nokia/Microsoft deal officially closing  on April 25, Stephen Elop has made his triumphant return to Microsoft. Elop is now the executive vice president (EVP) of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.  Other Nokia executives joining Microsoft include Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber. They will report to Elop for the time being. Elop will be part of Nadella’s senior leadership team which includes Terry Myerson, Qi Lu, Amy Hood, Lisa Brummel, Chris Capossela, Scott Guthrie, Mark Penn, Eric Rudder, Harry Shum, Brad Smith, Kirill Tatarinov, and Kevin Turner. Here is part of the bio: Elop rejoined Microsoft in April 2014 following the company’s acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. As Nokia’s president and chief executive officer from 2010 to 2013, Elop led the company through a ...

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Nokia today halted the sales of Lumia 2520 Windows tablet over faulty charger issue. Read the press release from Nokia below for more details. Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced a product advisory for the European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the US are strongly advised to suspend use of the travel charger accessory. In total, approximately 30,000 chargers are impacted by this advisory. This includes approximately 600 travel charger accessories sold in the US. During an internal quality control process, Nokia identified a potential product quality issue that may potentially lead to a safety concern with certain ...

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Microsoft today announced an update on Bing Search experience that will allow you to know directions and distance between two places easier than ever. You don’t need to go Bing Maps to find directions and distances, just type in Bing Search box, you will get it. Recently, we rolled out a faster way for you to get directions between two places on Bing*. Now, when you search for driving directions from say, Los Angeles to San Diego, we’ll surface the estimated travel time, mileage and map at the top of the search results page on Bing. When you click on the map or the “turn by turn directions” link, we’ll launch the Bing Maps experience where you will see a detailed set of turn-by-turn directions. Because we know directions are most useful when you’re on the go, we’ve enabled this mobile browse experience across the top smart phones including Windows ...

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A new report claims that then Cloud EVP Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, along with Bill Gates and the Microsoft board all initially opposed Steve Ballmer’s plan to acquire Nokia.  Nadella would later change his mind but Bates remained vehemently opposed. Tony Bates is no longer with the company, Gates stepped down as chairman, while Ballmer is now on the board and Satya Nadella is currently CEO. If this report is indeed true, I have a deepened respect for Steve Ballmer. Bloomberg reports: Ballmer’s relations with the board hit a low when he shouted at a June meeting that if he didn’t get his way he couldn’t be CEO, people briefed on the meeting said. The flare-up was over his proposed purchase of most of Nokia Oyj, and part of an ongoing debate: Should Microsoft be a software company or a hardware company too? Several directors and co-founder and then-Chairman Bill ...

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As Microsoft and Nokia are close to completing the acquisition deal, both the companies are aligning themselves to start working on respective companies from Day 1 once the deal is completed. Nokia has already started reporting Devices and Services division under separate category in its financial reports. Nokia’s HERE team, CTO office has moved to different campus in Finland. Microsoft is also making some changes to accommodate the incoming Nokia group. The main change is that Stephen Elop will become the EVP of Devices division at Microsoft. Currently, Julie Larson-Green is looking after that job at Microsoft, and since the deal is close to completion, she is now moving on to new role at Microsoft. Larson-Green will become chief experience officer for products including Bing, Office and Skype, among others products. She’ll report to Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads the Applications and Services Group. Read more about her role ...

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Last Friday, Nokia announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. You can download it from Windows Store for free. Description: HERE Maps is a complete mapping app designed to work with or without a Wi-Fi or data connection. With HERE Maps you can download and take your maps with you on your tablet. Get walking, driving and public transit directions to the places you want to go, all completely offline. HERE Maps is a perfect companion for your smartphone. Plan where you want to go and save places so you can find them easily with your phone when you’re out and about. HERE. ...

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Nokia today announced a new range of entry level smartphones called Nokia X series. The first batch of devices will be Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and all these devices will be running on Android AOSP platform. Instead of relying on Google, Nokia is integrating Microsoft’s services into Android platform. It includes Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com and more. Skype team today detailed their Skype experience on all these devices. For the Nokia X family, we’ve specifically customized the Skype for Android app to bring you the same, great experience you get on existing Android devices. This means you’ll: Reach anyone, anywhere: Skype for Android complements the family of platforms on which you can enjoy Skype. Android users can connect with people they care about most on any device with Skype installed – PCs, Surface, Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Xbox Ones, Androids, Macs and even TVs. Always be ...

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When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, it came with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Storyteller, Nokia HERE Maps and more. Nokia today announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. Nokia announced the following improvements over previous version of the app. First of all: speed. The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations ...

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Today, Samsung and Google announced their cross-license patent agreement that will cover both existing patents and patents that will be filed over next 10 years. As we all know, Samsung is known for its imitation/copying of others innovation and it was evident after various courts asked Samsung to pay Apple for violating their patents. Google with their Android OS violates no.of patents owned by Microsoft and many other companies is already under fire in various courts across the world. Now since they both have partnered on patents. will it save them from patent cases? I don’t think so. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Google Inc. today furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years. “We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license ...

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