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Nokia Unveils New Windows Smartphones

Spanish-speakers snigger at name 'Lumia'

(Newser) - Struggling Finnish phone maker Nokia is trying to make a comeback with a pair of new smartphones, Wired reports. The Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 are the result of an eight-month collaboration with Microsoft. The phones—priced at around $600 for the 800 and $380 for the 710—are "...

Nokia Notches Win Against Apple

Apple agrees to pay it a one-time sum to settle patent disputes

(Newser) - Nokia notched a valuable win against rival Apple today with the US company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current licenses. The companies have been locked in a long-running legal battle over patent claims, with each...

Microsoft, Nokia Team Up to Challenge Apple, Google

Smartphone market to become 'three horse race,' Nokia promises

(Newser) - Nokia and Microsoft announced a “broad strategic partnership” today, as both companies try to claw their way back into the smartphone market. Nokia will now produce a host of new Windows 7 phones that CEO Stephen Elop promises will make the segment a “three horse race” between Google,...

Android World's No. 1 Smartphone Platform

Passes Symbian; iPhone at No. 3

(Newser) - Google’s Android is now the world’s most popular smartphone platform, having edged past Nokia’s Symbian in the fourth quarter of 2010. Vendors shipped 33.3 million Android-based phones that quarter, beating Symbian’s 31 million, a report out today finds. That’s good news for Android phone...

Nokia Sues Apple Over iPhone Technology

Finnish cell phone maker alleges copyright infringement

(Newser) - Nokia, the world's biggest cell phone maker, is suing Apple in US federal court for alleged copyright infringement, saying it has 10 claims on the technology used in the iPhone. The Finnish company said Apple used "fundamental" patented technologies concerning wireless data, speech recognition, security, and encryption. It has...

Nokia Challenges Apple With 3G Netbook

(Newser) - Nokia is charging into the mobile computing market with its first netbook, PC World reports. The phone company’s Booklet 3G features 3G connectivity for Internet access and packs a healthy 12 hours of battery life. The tiny laptop—10 inches—runs Windows and has Nokia’s Ovi mobile apps...

iPhone Too Dainty? Rugged Competitors Can Take Beating

New offerings can be used as hammers, soaked, dropped

(Newser) - The iPhone might be pretty, but it’s probably best not to use it as a hammer. If you’re looking for a phone that can handle such treatment—and can be thrown, showered with, or plunged into beer—your best bet may be one of the rugged models from...

EU to Get Universal Phone Chargers by 2010

Plan expected to reduce electronic waste, make life simpler for consumers

(Newser) - Cell phone makers have agreed to introduce a one-size-fits-all charger in the European Union within the next six months, CNN reports. The deal is expected to reduce the tens of thousands of tons of chargers thrown away every year, and should hasten the introduction of a universal charger for the...

Iran Uses Internet to Spy on Dissidents

Nokia, Siemens technology allows regime to monitor Internet use

(Newser) - Iran has relied on European telecom companies, including Siemens and Nokia, to develop one of the world's most intricate systems for monitoring and censoring the Internet, reports the Wall Street Journal. The regime's surveillance goes beyond blocking access; it gathers information on individual users using a technique known as deep...

Hackers Bidding 5 Figures for Old Phone Raises Eyebrows

(Newser) - Phonemaker Nokia is flummoxed as to why hackers are offering more than $32,000 in underground forums for old handsets, NetworkWorld reports—though bank fraud is a distinct possibility. “We have not identified any phone software problem that would allow” misuse, the company said. But a 2003 model manufactured...

Tech Gains; Dow Up 96
 Tech Gains; Dow Up 96 
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Tech Gains; Dow Up 96

HP, Nokia advance

(Newser) - Investors looked past bad news on home construction to signs of economic stabilization and drove broad advances in stocks today, the Wall Street Journal reports. HP rose 5.3% on reports that it’s the top computer seller. Nokia rocketed 11.5% on signs the cell-phone market was picking up...

JPMorgan, Nokia Lift Stocks
 JPMorgan, Nokia Lift Stocks 
MARKET Open

JPMorgan, Nokia Lift Stocks

(Newser) - Stocks were modestly higher at the open today, after JPMorgan topped estimates in the first quarter and Nokia met them. The Dow inched up 31 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P rose 16.9 and 4.08 points, respectively. JPMorgan added 1.7%, while Nokia rose 12%. Traders were...

Dow Falls 105 on Banks, Tech
 Dow Falls 105 on Banks, Tech 
MARKETS

Dow Falls 105 on Banks, Tech

Jobs and housing data also dismal

(Newser) - Poor economic data and turmoil in the banking and tech sectors pushed stocks lower today, MarketWatch reports. Bank of America fell 13.3% after CEO Ken Lewis dismissed John Thain amid mounting losses in the wake of BoA’s merger with Merrill Lynch. The Dow closed down 105.30 at...

Nokia Unveils Widgety Smartphone
Nokia Unveils Widgety Smartphone
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Nokia Unveils Widgety Smartphone

N97, for release in 2009, has iPhone-like touchscreen, BlackBerry-like keypad, too

(Newser) - Nokia showed off its latest high-end smartphone today, touting a lush array of Internet features and top-notch specs. Taking pages from competitors (including iPhone and BlackBerry), the N97 sports a large touchscreen face, which slides up to reveal a full keyboard. That screen will be covered with a customizable set...

Retail Pummels Stocks; Dow Off 338
 Retail Pummels Stocks;
 Dow Off 338 
MARKETS

Retail Pummels Stocks; Dow Off 338

Weekly declines inflated by Friday sell-off

(Newser) - Poor earnings dragged the markets down today, as consumers’ reluctance to spend continues to hammer firms reliant on discretionary spending, MarketWatch reports. The day's losses capped weekly declines of at least 5% for all the indices. The Dow fell 337.94 to close at 8,497. The Nasdaq lost 79....

Stocks Sink on Record Retail Plunge
 Stocks Sink on 
 Record Retail Plunge 
MARKET Open

Stocks Sink on Record Retail Plunge

Host of negative news hurts markets

(Newser) - Stocks tumbled at the open today, after a raft of negative news overshadowed yesterday’s big rally. The Dow fell 128 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P shed 2% and 1.8% respectively. The Dow shot up more than 500 points yesterday, but today brought a dismal quarterly report...

Tech Firms Buoyed by Demand Abroad
Tech Firms Buoyed
by Demand Abroad

Tech Firms Buoyed by Demand Abroad

International demand keeps tech afloat even as economy sinks

(Newser) - The tech sector keeps rolling even as the overall economy continues to flail, the Wall Street Journal reports. Four of tech’s giants, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Nokia, posted quarterly results yesterday, riding high on developed nations’ need for cost-saving technologies and emerging economies’ demand for infrastructure upgrades as the...

Sony Gets Green Thumbs-Up in Electronics Rankings

Nintendo lowest on Greenpeace list of environment-friendly manufacturers

(Newser) - Sony and Sony Ericsson are Greenpeace’s model tech citizens, topping a list of eco-friendly electronics companies. The environmental activists look at industry players’ use of hazardous chemicals, responsibility for obsolete products and—new this year—corporate policy toward climate change and other energy issues. Sony Ericsson was the first...

Nokia Moves to Counter iPhone
Nokia Moves to Counter iPhone

Nokia Moves to Counter iPhone

Focus on smartphones evident in $410M plan to swallow software maker Symbian

(Newser) - In a move aimed at bolstering its ability to compete with Apple's iPhone, Nokia is acquiring smartphone software-maker Symbian and moving toward increased cooperation with other mobile-phone industry veterans. Top handset makers and providers will participate in a nonprofit foundation to handle marketing and coordination for developers, and Symbian will...

Excoriated by China, 'Miserly' Firms Defend Quake Aid

Mickey D's forking over 40,000 meals

(Newser) - Mega-companies are defending themselves against harsh criticism on Chinese websites that they’ve done too little to help earthquake survivors, AP reports. Companies such as McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, and Nokia were labeled “International Super-Misers” on one site. "We've been involved in helping and responding since day one,”...

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