May 8 2010

Nokia Sues Apple Over iPad

It seems like Nokia is always suing Apple these days. First there was that lawsuit concerning alleged patent infringement in the iPhone (which still is not resolved, by the way) and now there is this latest lawsuit.

Specifically, Nokia has now said that Apple’s iPad 3G contains five patent infringements. The infringements “involve technology used to enhance speech and data transmission and antenna innovations for compact devices.”

The Apple-Nokia dispute could continue for years—Apple countersued Nokia for patent violations as well. And the first lawsuit probably will not be resolved for a while, so who knows how long it will take for them to resolve this one.

A Nokia employee said that the company has taken this step to ensure that its technology does not continue to be used unlawfully.

Via AfterDawn, image via Nokia.

Mar 12 2010

Nokia Seeks Dismissal of Apple Lawsuit

On Friday, Nokia asked for dismissal of a lawsuit Apple filed against it, alleging anti-trust claims. Nokia claims that Apple is trying to deflect attention from the fact that it has stolen Nokia’s intellectual property.

The whole business was started back in October 2009 by Nokia when it filed a patent violation suit against Apple. Apple then countered with a lawsuit of its own, alleging withholding of patent information and demanding unreasonable royalties. Both companies have asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports of the other company’s phones.

The ITC plans to hear Apple’s case against Nokia in October of this year and plans a final decision by June 2011. It has not yet set a date for hearing Nokia’s case against Apple.

Via Mac Observer, image via Nokia.

Mar 11 2010

MeeGo To Have Public Code By March

It was announced last month that Nokia and Intel were going on a joint venture to create an open-source Linux based mobile platform.  This effort, dubbed “MeeGo”, would be a combination of Intel’s Moblin OS, shipped on various netbooks, and Nokia’s Maemo platform, at the heart of the N900 Phone.  It is to be used on all sorts of products with both ARM and x86 architectures. By the end of this month, the companies hope to be able to release the source code to the public.

MeeGo is arguably the first truly open developed mobile OS.  Intel and Nokia are asking the Linux Foundation to watch over the development process, in order to dispel worries of corporatism and encourage 3rd-party involvement.  The first step will be to reconcile the differences between Moblin and Maemo.  Fortunately, they both have the same technical core, but ideological differences on direction and methodology will need to be addressed before MeeGo has a shot of becoming a coherent platform.

Nokia plans on supporting N900 users to MeeGo, at least initially.  This will allow a bounty of Linux enthusiasts to jump into the development cycle at the early stage. MeeGo will also stay in line with the fundamental Linux kernel build cycle, meaning it will eventually stand in stark contrast to Google’s Android platform.  Android uses a heavily modified Linux kernel, and is showing signs of diverging from the development tree entirely.

There are other major differences between Android and MeeGo.  Google, while making Android’s source code public, had a tightly closed development cycle, dumping onto developers massive amount of code with every release.  Intel and Nokia seem to be taking the more traditional route of Linux development; like Canonical’s methodology with Ubuntu, they will try to get 3rd party involvement from Linux and MeeGo users to help direct efforts.  Google now has real competition for the open source community’s blessing.

Via Ars Technica

Dec 21 2009

Recent iPhone and Nokia Hacks Worry Cell Phone Users

Phones have become more and more advanced in recent years, which could lead to the dominance of mobile Internet within a few years. But all these incredible advances to have a price: phones are becoming more and more likely to be targets of hacking.

Last month, an Australian student created an iPhone worm that affected jailbroken iPhones. The worm didn’t cause any harm, unless you count the humiliation of having your wallpaper changed to a photo of Rick Astley. But this suggests that malicious attacks on the iPhone could be possible. Furthermore, not all such cell phone worm developments have been benign; Kaspersky Lab, a Russian antivirus company, has reported a new malicious program that steals money from users of Nokia phones.

Due to the potential security threats to phones, an entirely new industry is springing up: the mobile security industry. One company typifying the new category is called Lookout, a firm that makes software allowing users to track their phones on the Internet. Users can also remotely back up data, wipe their phones, and protect against rogue programs. Impressively, Lookout claims to have figured out how to have its software work on the iPhone, which does not allow non-Apple products to operate in the background like security software tends to.

While most consumers’ worries center on their laptops and internet scams, we all might need to pay a bit more attention to our phones in the near future.

Via The New York Times.

Dec 19 2009

Nokia To Sell Booklet 3G Netbook In UK For £650

This January, Nokia is going to be selling the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook for £650, or around $1000 USD. This is a big boost over its £500 price quote back in August.

But if you can drop that kind of cash, you won’t be disappointed with your new netbook. The Nokia Booklet 3G rocks a 10.1-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, HDMI, and a variety of connectivity coptions including integrated 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The hardware is solid – an Intel Z530 CPU, 1 GB of RAM,  a 120 GB HDD, GMA500 and a godly 16-cell battery that will keep your machine churning for up to 12 hours. The new netbook runs Windows 7.

Not impressed? There’s probably something wrong with you. Even so, Nokia is planning a new Booklet 3G netbook in 2010. It will run Intel hardware with Maemo technology and most likely a lower price tag.

Via WhiteHatFirm, image via TechSpot.

Dec 12 2009

Apple and Nokia’s Legal Battle Intensifies

In October, Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging ten patent violations in Apple’s iPhone. Now the battle has taken a new direction, with Apple countersuing Nokia over 13 patent violations as well.

Apple has said that companies must compete by inventing their own technology, not stealing Apple’s, while Nokia has said that Apple is trying to get a “free ride” from Nokia’s innovation.

The alleged patent violations by Apple involve wireless data, speed coding, security, and encryption. Apple has not yet said which patents Nokia allegedly violated.

Nokia alleges that they had agreements with other firms letting them use Nokia’s technology, but Apple has not yet signed such an agreement.

Via BBC.

Nov 21 2009

Nokia 3G Booklet Sets the Stage for Enterprise Netbook Computing

The Nokia 3G Booklet is a pretty decent netbook, and while it was originally aimed at the mass market, there seems to be quite a bit of demand from corporate users as well. With a 12-hour battery life, we should’ve seen this coming. According to Heikki Norta, head of Nokia’s corporate strategy group, “When we launched the Booklet 3G, we thought it to be primarily a consumer device, but after the launch, a big growing interest is coming from companies.”

Nokia has said nothing about how successful it’s 3G Booklet netbook has been with mass market users, but it’s aggressive pricing may be a hindering factor in sales. $299 per netbook is not such a tempting buy, especially since quite a few netbooks sell for less than that – and without the 2-year data plan contract.

Via InformationWeek.

Nov 7 2009

Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Available At Best Buy on November 15

Between 11/06/2009 and 11/14/2009, Best Buy Reward Zone program members can reserve a Nokia Booklet 3G netbook before it becomes available on November 15. Nokia’s Booklet 3G netbook costs $300 with a two-year contract and $600 without.

To learn more about Nokia’s newest netbook, check out one of our previous articles.

Via Gizmodo.

Oct 17 2009

Nokia 3G Booklet: Netbook Features, Laptop Price

Is the Nokia 3G Booklet netbook really worth what consumers are paying for it? Let’s think about this for a second. Sure you can get one at Best Buy for $299, but don’t forget that there are other related costs as well. The subsidized price of $299 requires that users also sign a 2-year data plan contract. So technically, that’s another $60 per month for the next two years. Total costs for the two years add up to a whopping $1,700.

Sound tempting yet? You could always get an unsubsidized netbook for double the price – $599. Of course, this is pushing into the range for laptop pricing. Decent laptops sell for around this range, so why not just buy a more powerful machine instead? In Nokia’s defense, there are some perks to the Nokia 3G booklet netbook. It has a relatively sturdier aluminum construction, built-in GPS capabilities, HSPA wireless communications, and an above average battery life. But are these perks really worth an extra $300, especially in this economy?

We’re not advocating any machines over others. We’re just providing some food for though. Have any thoughts? We’d like to hear from you so feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment!

Via PCWorld.

Oct 16 2009

Netbook Manufacturer Nokia Has $834M Loss in Q3

Netbook manufacturer Nokia has reported a $834 million loss in Q3 of 2009, its first quarterly loss in nearly a decade. The loss is blamed on falling handset sales and Nokia is reporting that it’s market share in the smartphone market fell from 41% to 35%.

Hopefully the Booklet 3G will help bring up company sales. It’s Nokia’s first netbook, so maybe the company will have a chance at breaking into the netbook market too. We’ll keep you posted on the progress. In the meanwhile, feel free to browse one of our articles on the Nokia 3G Booklet netbook.

Via JKOnTheRun.

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Oct 13 2009

Nokia 3G Booklet Netbook to Sell at Best Buy

Nokia and Best Buy have recently announced that they will be teaming up to exclusively sell the Nokia 3G Booklet netbook. The price for netbook will be $299 per unit with a two-year contract at $60 per month for a 5 GB data plan. (If you’re not interested in getting a data plan, just the netbook, you can still buy this netbook, but you’ll need to shell out $599.)

This is a significant move for Nokia, as it’s their first actual entry into the PC market. It’s also a significant move for the industry, as launching a Windows 7 netbook is a first attempt at launching a device geared towards both mobility as well as top design. For Best Buy, this is a also a significant move, as it marks the longest exclusivity period that a retailer has obtained from AT&T for a wireless device.

Click here to read more about the specs of the Nokia 3G Booklet. The Booklet will be available for presale in store and online starting October 22. Demo units will be available in the 1,050 big-box outlets and 50+ stand-alone Best Buy Mobile stores by October 25. The actual product will be available in Best Buy stores staritng November 15.

Via Twice.

Oct 7 2009

O2 Germany To Release Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook On 10/22

The Nokia Booklet 3G is slated for release on October 22 in Germany, available to consumers through O2.

On the German market it comes in at €249 ($365) with a monthly plan costing €20 ($29). O2 Germany is the only retailer announcing that it will sell the Nokia netbook thus far, but is expected to be the first of many.

Nokia’s Booklet 3G will come with Windows 7 (which is to be released the same day), the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU, HSPA, Wi-Fi, a 10-inch 1280 x 720 pixel display and a 120 GB SATA HDD.

Via UnWiredView.

Oct 3 2009

$599.99 for the Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook?

Tech-retailer Best Buy has recently announced that they will be the exclusive retailer of the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook, but have not announced the price at which the netbook would sell. The USD equivalent of the cost in Euros is approximately $800, but at a price like that, the netbook would most likely not sell well. Rumor has it that it’s been spotted as part of Best Buy’s inventory for a price of $599.99.

There have certainly been netbooks in that price range and the Booklet seems like an impressive machine, but it’s uncertain how well the netbook will sell because of it’s costly price tag. At least the $600 doesn’t require a contract with a major telecom. We’ll keep you posted when we hear anything new.

Via Laptop.

Sep 2 2009

Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Has 12-Hour Battery

The Nokia Booklet 3G netbook with a 10″ screen may at first look small and timid, but this computer’s quite the opposite. It packs a 16-celled battery, which is flat and thin and supposedly allows the netbook to operate for up to 12 hours.

The Booklet 3G will be the first netbook to formally support the Windows 7 OS at launch. The netbook will also have a swappable SIM cart slot and an HDMI-Out port.

Of course, fancy features like these come at a steep cost. A mere glimpse at the price tag will have your pocketbook begging for mercy. For roughly $810, you could even get a pretty decent notebook instead.

Ship dates for the Booklet 3G have not yet been announced, but no worries, we’ll keep you updated.

Via PCMag.

Aug 24 2009

Nokia to Launch Booklet 3G Netbook

We recently mentioned that Nokia may be looking into the netbook market. Well, that’s no longer a rumor. Nokia has just launched a netbook – the Nokia Booklet 3G – which will be a “full-function” personal computer with high-speed mobile Internet access capability. Nokia’s new netbook will run on the Windows OS.

Sagging prices and increased competition within the last few months has prompted Nokia to think of new ways to gain more customers and bring in company profits.

Nokia thinks it can do this by introducing a new netbook to compete with high-end phones offered by other companies and exploit increased consumer demand for mobile computing technology.

According to Kai Oistamo, Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices, “A growing number of people want the computing power of a personal computer with the full benefits of mobility.”

It’s just what we were talking about before with portability and performance. Nokia thinks it can bring such a product to the market. What do you think?

Via TheWallStreetJournal.

Aug 20 2009

Nokia Eyes the Netbook Market

With the market for netbooks growing ever more lucrative, Nokia is keeping a sharp eye on it. There have been various rumors about Nokia’s intentions in the netbook market, and the CEO of the company, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, said that company is currently exploring it.

According to Kallasvuo, “The PC and the mobile will continue to come closer and merge. A lot of opportunity can be seen in this converged area. We at Nokia [are] actively looking at this converged market. … We are looking at the netbook market to see what kind of opportunity there is.”

In their recent netbook ventures, Nokia has been rumored to partner with various companies. The company has been rumored to partner with Compal Electronics and Foxconn Electronics on creating the design of a netbook. There is also a rumor that Nokia is working on an Android-based netbook that will be powered by the Google Android platform.

Recently (in June 2009), Nokia partnered with Intel. These companies are rumored to be working together on some new (unmentioned) mobile devices.

Via FierceWireless.

Image via HybridSnicks.

Jul 19 2009

Nokia ‘Booklet’ Netbook Announced, Kind Of

Nokia Netbook?

Some persistent bloggers have found clues about some of Nokia‘s upcoming plans, and they’re plans the netbook world may be quite interested in.

A bunch of people over at Finnish blog Puhelinvertailu spent a good deal of time looking through trademark databases, and trademarks for the so-called “Nokia Booklet” were found. Many are saying Nokia’s first netbook will be called the booklet, and might be revealed at Nokia World.

Nokia knows how to make a mobile device, and if it gets into the netbook game it seems likely that the Booklet will stand out in terms of portability and battery life. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more clues, but if you hear something yourself let us know!

Via BoyGeniusReport, image via ElectronicPulp.

Jun 26 2009

Nokia Android Netbook to Launch in 2010

Nokia is rumored to be releasing an Android-powered netbook in 2010. These netbooks will be sold through carriers and possibly referred to as relatively large smartphones (rather than mini PCs). This means though, that these netbooks will come with contracts for monthly data plans, decreasing their overall appeal.

2010 is still a little while away though, so there may be new rumors developing about Nokia’s netbooks and retailing mediums. As soon as we find out any new information, we’ll keep you posted, so be sure to check back often.

Via PhAndroid.

Jun 24 2009

Nokia Netbook Rumor Confirmed: Company Will Launch Netbooks in Q3 of 2009

There has recently been talk of Nokia partnering with Intel to bring Atom processors to a new Nokia device.

Even more recently, there have been reports indicating that Nokia has ordered netbooks and smartbooks from Quanta Computers Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc., two manufacturers of computing devices. After some developments, Nokia is planning on launching their new netbooks in the third quarter of 2009.

Via DailyContributor.

Jun 23 2009

Nokia Buys Intel Atom CPUs, Netbook Rumors Ensue

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Nokia is reportedly announcing a deal with Intel to bring Atom CPUs to a new Nokia device. A recent Bloomberg report is boosting speculation that it could be a 3G netbook, or else an Atom-based smartphone or smartbook.

As the world’s largest mobile device maker, a decision by Nokia to enter the netbook space could introduce fiercer competition and hopefully competitive innovation.

Via PCWorld.

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