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The background to Psion, Palm & Symbian

Andrew Orlowski over at The Register has written a monumental series on the history and background to Psion. It really is compelling reading for anyone even slightly curious about the heritage of Symbian and developmental stages of Psion. In today’s fast-paced smartphone world, it is rather useful to take a bit of time out to […]

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Nokia exports all Symbian assets and 3,000 staff to Accenture

Another press release in this morning — this time from Nokia. This will interest anyone who’s been following the developments related to Symbian. It’s quite a neat move because, after it’s all finally agreed, it’ll enable Nokia to focus closely on future development rather than dealing with the Symbian saga directly. Accenture gains a huge, […]

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Nokia & Microsoft make it official — full release

Here’s the full release from today’s announcement from Nokia regarding their definitive agreement with Microsoft: Espoo, Finland and Redmond, US – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement on a partnership that will result in a new global mobile ecosystem, utilizing the very complementary assets of both […]

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Nokia’s Ovi Store: Put that in your pipe and smoke it, doubters!

So I’ve been pretty vocal about Nokia’s Ovi Store. I was vocal (positively) when it launched. I was vocal (negatively) when it really began to frustrate me (silly little bugs that we letting it down) and I’ve been rather delighted at the company’s continued success with the platform ever since. I’ve been banging the drum […]

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Devices

Nokia’s new E6 and X7 keep the Symbian excitement alive

Now then, I used the word ‘excitement‘ in the title with a straight face. I don’t think it’s blow-the-doors-off excitement per se — but there’s definitely genuine interest out there in the marketplace to see what’s new from Nokia. These two devices look pretty hot. I mean that in a genuine manner. I do like […]

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Devices Opinion Services

Finally Nokia is getting attention from the West

It’s nice to see Nokia sentiment from the Western media temporarily switched to positive. Or at least almost-positive. You’ll have no doubt been tracking the various different opinions zooming around the marketplace (Nokia must do Android, Nokia must do Microsoft, Nokia must hold fast with Symbian & MeeGo). It’s good to see the company getting […]

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A fascinating example of the importance of market perception

Have a read of this text from MSN Money: Moody’s Investors Services is considering Nokia Corp. for a possible downgrade as the Finland-based cell phone maker steadily loses market share to Apple Inc. and other companies. Although Nokia is the world’s top cell phone maker, with particularly strong brand recognition outside the U.S., it has […]

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Symbian CEO Lee Williams, exits the Foundation

Just got this in from Symbian‘s PR: CEO Lee Williams will leave the Symbian Foundation with immediate effect. The Foundation’s HR Director, Steve Warner reports: “The Symbian Foundation is today announcing that Lee M. Williams has stepped down from his position as Executive Director for personal reasons. We thank Lee for his work over the […]

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S^y^m^b^i^a^n^3: GAHHH

I just wanted to point out again, just how irritating the ‘Symbian^3’ text branding is. Utterly, utterly annoying. Can people please stop putting the power sign in when they’re writing about Symbian? Can we all just call it ‘Symbian 3’ like any normal person might? I know this isn’t strictly accurate, given the multitude of […]

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Symbian’s stupid high hat thingy: Dump it today!

Every time I see someone write Symbian^3 or Symbian^4, I wince. I wince because nobody outside the Symbianzone has a damn clue what the sodding ^ means. Yet another branding problem with Nokia and Symbian. Come on chaps? What’s wrong with ‘Symbian 3’? Someone did tell me what the ^ or ‘stupid high hat thingy’ […]

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NokiaWorld: The Only Possibility Today is Brilliance

I’m looking forward to seeing what Nokia delivers to the marketplace today. I’m excited at the possibilities. However I still retain a sad-reality-view. Today, Nokia needs to deliver unmitigated brilliance. It’s a binary situation. Either it’s brilliant or it’s not. It’s that simple. I am quietly fearful that the company will vomit out a range […]

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Meffys 2010 Awards: Introduction & first winners

Ok it’s time for the first batch of Meffys 2010 award videos. Before we begin, here’s the introductory video played at the event (look out for the wicked dancing by yours truly): Download M4V Video | Subscribe to Podcast | Embed video The Outstanding Contribution Award: Andrew Tsu of Synaptics (this is the chap who […]