The Nokia X is here

It’s official: the Nokia X Android phone is here. Microsoft might be buying Nokia’s phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead with the launch of three Android-powered handsets today. The Verge first revealed details about Nokia’s plans in December, and the company is now ready to talk specifics about the X, the X+, and the XL. As expected, all three combine Lumia-style design with low-cost hardware aimed at the masses, from a large 5-inch screen on the 109-Euro XL to the 4-inch display on the 99-Euro X+. The X will be released for just €89 in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and a few other global locations, but it won’t be making its way to North America, Japan, Korea, or Western European countries. These aren’t competitors to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or Apple’s iPhone 5S, and there are certainly no surprising hardware additions like a 41-megapixel camera or a giant 6-inch display. Instead, the standout feature of the Nokia X lineup is the software that powers it: Android.

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Mobile strategies that aren’t just gimmicks

The previous year saw a massive surge in ownership of smartphones and tablets in the US market. The Indian scenario is set to follow suit with smartphones available at lower and lower price points all the time and growth expected to double in 2012. So the medium is viable; but how is it being used?

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How Google Glass can evolve as a tool for journalists

This is a  post by Sarah Hill, the Chief Digital Storyteller for Veterans United Home Loans. She is Hangout Host for its veteran and military issues news hub,Veterans United Network. She is also known as the first journalist to use a Google+ Hangout in a television newscast. You can connect with Sarah on Google+, or chat with her onTwitter.

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2.4B Devices Shipped In 2013, Driven By Android Smartphones, Tablets

Gartner  has released its latest figures charting its overall predictions for how IT devices — from PCs to mobile handsets — are going to perform this year and in 2014. As in years before, numbers will continue to climb: in 2013, total shipments will rise 5.9% to 2.35 billion, and will rise again in 2014 to 2.5 billion units, driven by portable, often less expensive, but just as powerful mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android will account for just over one-third of all devices this year, and nearly half in 2014. It’s an Android world after all.

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The secret to a faster mobile experience

Companies moving into enterprise mobility for the first time often make the mistake of thinking of the mobile platform as “just like the desktop, only smaller.” There are substantial differences between the mobile and the desktop environment. The biggest difference is in communications. The always-on, high-bandwidth communication we have grown accustomed to on our desktops has ushered in an era of thin clients with lots of functionality. Mobile platforms must work in a world of spotty communications — not always available and often very low-bandwidth.

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Mobile Manners & Madness

From loud talkers, to people who answer their cell phone while you’re in mid-sentence, there are a number of mobile phone pet peeves that are getting under people’s skin. Microsoft’s Safer Online Facebook poll asked their social media fans; What do they find most annoying about the way people use their mobile phone? Have their ever…and, who is safer?
Here’s what they told us;

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Changing the Galaxy S4 lock screen message

The tag line for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is “Life companion.” And that’s a fine slogan. But if you’re a little tired of seeing it on your phone every time you turn it on, you’re not alone. Fortunately, it’s easy to change. Samsung‘s taking advantage of the lock screen widgets in Android 4.2.2 to provide that custom greeting, clock and date as soon as you wake the phone. You can change the font, color and size, remove the clock and date if you want — or get rid of the widget altogether.

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What I want from my smartphone

Smartphones are in and feature phones are out. What is a smartphone? Well, it is a phone that is smart! Meaning it can do many things for you easily on top of making phone calls and managing a contacts list. With that change, the biggest loss has been to Nokia in terms of market share loss. The company was ruling the roost in the mobile handset arena and is now left playing catch with Apple and Samsung. So the smartphones have changed a lot of things. So what do I want from my smartphone? Let me tell you! Continue reading