Archive for July, 2011
Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer for a number of well-known companies including Nokia, is hiring 1 million robots in 3 years to cut labor expenses and increase efficiency. They currently have 10,000 robots and the total number will jump to 300,000 next year. Foxconn currently employs 1.2 million human workers, some of whom will be replaced by the robots.
September. That’s when the next iPhone is rumored to come out. It’s also when industry sources claim HTC, Samsung and LG will launch the first Mango-based Windows smartphones. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop wants to release the first Nokia Windows Phone this year. Long-time Nokia fans probably assume December 31st, 2011 because Nokia has been really slow to act lately.
The Foursquare application 4squick for Symbian was updated earlier today to 0.715. The major changes include faster startup time, public/private check-in, share to Facebook or Twitter, leaderboard, user profiles, and bug fixes. I made a video to show the new features. Check it out!
Moody’s Investors Service, one of the big three credit rating agencies, lowered Nokia’s debt rating to two steps above junk. The debt rating was reduced by two steps to Baa2, the second-lowest among 10 investment-grade rankings. Nokia quickly responded that Moody’s rating will not have a major impact on their current financing costs.
Nokia Maps was released as a web app last week. Devices with HTML5 browsers can use it. That means iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS4 or Android phones with Android 2.2 and Android 2.3. I made a video to show you how it looks on the iPhone 4.
Nokia just launched an online service to help businesses begin using NFC solutions. The NFC Hub lets businesses buy generic NFC tagged posters, aimed at directing people to websites, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and other URLs, plus tagged business cards. Nokia predicts NFC tags will be everywhere, and used for many different things.
Who is TabCo? They’re a real company pushing out mysterious blog posts and videos about an upcoming tablet that is like nothing else out there. At first, I suspected Motorola because the Droid phone showed up in a couple of videos. Now, I’m thinking this is a MeeGo tablet. We’ll know for sure on August 15th.
The Nokia N9 contains near field communication technology (NFC), but lacks support for either an embedded secure element or the Single Wire Protocol (SWP). According to NFC World, these elements are needed for use in secure NFC applications such as mobile wallet, ticketing and payments. Instead, Nokia is concentrating on the ‘connectivity’ aspect of NFC for file sharing, device pairing and tag reading.
Proxama, a supplier of near-field communication (NFC) technology worked with Nokia on NFC-tagged posters displayed in New York and Los Angeles. The campaign was rolled out this week. The posters let commuters and pedestrians tap an icon on the ads with their NFC-enabled phone to view an exclusive clip of the show Basketball Wives.