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

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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

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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 26 2009

Netbook Rumor: New Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook By Early 2010

A new Nokia Booklet 3G may already be around the corner according to Digitimes‘ industry sources.

The rumor has begun to circulate because Compal, manufacturer of Nokia’s Booklet 3G netbook, is “working overtime to satisfy demand” for the machine. This momentum could translate into a new edition of the Booklet 3G.

The idea seems plausible enough, though it’s a bit meager in details to get excitedabout  just yet. After all, Digitimes rumors have broken our hearts before.

All in all, “no special insight was provided as to why Compal will receive the orders except for the fact that the Taiwan-based notebook maker is currently Nokia’s netbook manufacturing partner.” There’s no projection for when we can expect the new Booklet 3G, but it would be strange if they didn’t update the line at all by the end of 2010.

Via CrunchGear.

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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 13 2009

What We Like About The Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook

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The Nokia Booklet 3G netbook has gotten a lot of flak for its ungodly price tag – $599 off the shelves or $299 with a $60/month 3G bill. For all that cash, it does manage to deliver in most categories, packing features like 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a headphone/microphone jack.

The sexiest part of this netbook, however, has got to be the 12-hour battery life.

In its attempt to go high-end in a market created for budget buyers, Nokia has been feeling the burn from competitors with netbooks in the $250-$500 range. Some machines are even cheaper if you go abroad or get a 3G contract.

However, some netbooks are sorely lacking in the battery department. The Acer Aspire One, for example, generally gets around 3 hours of juice.

Nokia‘s solution to the battery problem was to use a slower Intel Atom CPU. Despite the risk that this might slow it down, the netbook has been described as “fast enough” for web pages and YouTube.

In order to make the machine more accessible, AT&T president Glenn Lurie said to expect prepaid and pay-as-you-go plans for 3G with Nokia’s new netbook.

Via NYTimes.

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 12 2009

The Nokia Booklet 3G Goes To Italy

Get ready to hit the streets, Italy – the ineffably controversial Nokia Booklet 3G is available for the first time in stores near you.

Or perhaps you shouldn’t. As we’ve heard so often before, the release of the Nokia Booklet 3G means hopes of a price reduction are probably dead. Entering Italian stores at the equvalent of $1021 USD, the 3G netbook will cost around $800 bucks when it makes its way to the states.

On the up side, CULV laptop makers are probably having a field day.

Via I4U.

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Sep 5 2009

Full Specs for Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Released

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The very first Nokia netbook has been raising eyebrows as one of the first Windows 7 netbooks on the market. It’s 10.4 by 7.3 by 0.8 inches, and the full specs have finally been released by Nokia.

For example: the 10.1-inch display will have an admirable 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, come with a 1.6 GHz Atom, and 1 GB of RAM. There aren’t many surprises to be found in that list of features, but a few other aspects of the Booklet 3G might strike your fancy – namely the 12-hour battery life.

The Booklet 3G will naturally supply 3G wireless internet, with versions for North American consumers and consumers in the rest of the world. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi come standard, as do a 1.3 megapixel camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a SIM card slot, SD card reader, and HDMI 1.2 port for HD video. Oh yeah, and a GPS reader and accelerometer. Sweet!

Another attractive bonus in the Nokia Booklet 3G is the suite of Nokia desktop software which includes “Ovi Suite 2.0, Nokia Music for PC, Ovi Maps, Social Hub, and Nokia software updater.”

Naturally, these features come at a cost – $820 (€575), to be exact, making this one of the most expensive netbooks ever. Naysayers are going to keep saying nay until the Booklet comes home, but if Nokia has its way, we consumers just won’t give a damn.

Expect the Nokia Booklet 3G by October, following the release of Windows 7.

Via Brighthand.

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 28 2009

Canalys: The Nokia Booklet Netbook Will Fail

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While the majority of us out there are batshit ecstatic about the upcoming Nokia Booklet 3G netbook, market research firm Canalys has a few reasons we should hold off with the prenuptial arrangements and give the Booklet a sharp look over.

One reason has to do with the distribution channels Nokia is expected to use. While Nokia has strong relationships with wireless operators in Europe and Asia, “operators only accounted for 13% of netbook shipments in EMEA in Q2 and the sector is crowded. For Nokia to drive volumes it will also need to make inroads into online and offline retailers, which is an expensive proposition.”

Secondly, Canalys isn’t super excited about price position for the upcoming netbook:

“Judging by the Booklet’s specifications and its aluminium case, Nokia will position it as a premium product, but it will be hard to sustain a high price point. Premium netbooks are a hard sell as their prices overlap with fully functional notebooks. Witness the Sony VAIO range, which has seen its share of mobile PCs in EMEA fall to just 2% from 4% over the last three years.”

Canalys also made a few points concerning the price margins Nokia expects to achieve with the new netbook. Other vendors like “Acer, ASUS and HP” work on slimmer margins than Nokia, which might put the Booklet netbook on weaker footing than expected:

“These vendors operate on far lower gross margins – around 10%, significantly below the 34% Nokia enjoys in its phone business today. Furthermore, the high-volume PC vendors enjoy significant price advantages from both Intel and Microsoft. The only chance for Nokia, or any other vendor, to change the economics of the PC industry will be through an innovative non-Windows platform.”

I can’t help but agree, but way to be a buzzkill, Canalys! It will be interesting to see how the market research firm’s predictions hold up when the Booklet is finally released.

Via GPSBusinessNews.

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.

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