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Nokia design chief hints at Lumia phones with NFC and wireless charging. Nokia is working on a Windows Phone model that incorporates NFC (Near Field Communications) technology to connect to external accessories – and is even considering versions with wireless charging, its design chief has indicated in an exclusive interview. The company is also working closely with Microsoft, which is providing the software for its new top-end smartphones, to co-ordinate software details such as tile colours to match its hardware accessories, Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's head of design, told the Guardian. New versions of the Lumia design, introduced to showcase Windows Phone in November, will also remove the flip-up plastic tab that presently covers the micro-USB charger for the phone – one of just two moving parts on the Lumia 800 phone. "If you can take away a moving part and make it [the phone] more beautiful in the placement of the components, we'll do it, so that's something where we can certainly keep improving," Ahtisaari told the Guardian.

Latest news, sport and comment from the Guardian. Why you could soon be wearing your smartphone. Picture wearable technology and you probably imagine Star Trek characters sporting shimmering glasses, or those guys from Tron clad in skintight bodysuits.

Why you could soon be wearing your smartphone

Like most things in retro sci fi films, wearable tech has a tendency towards kitsch. Yet, sci fi for all its flamboyant exaggeration, also has an uncanny knack for getting the future right. And wearable tech is closer than ever to being everyday. Wearable tech’s been around for ages The first truly wearable mobile computing device was developed way back in 1961 by Edward O. Lots of companies are working on it Wearable phones are hardly a new idea either. There’s a real world need for it How much time do you spend staring at your mobile device screen? We’re already wearing tech Thanks to Bluetooth and NFC, we’re already wearing parts of our devices. Whether it’s glasses, headsets, bracelets or sleeves, wearable technology looks set to make the jump from gimmick to gimme. Nokia's City Lens Brings Augmented Reality to Windows Phone (Video) - Ina Fried - Mobile. Seeing the new Lumia phones at Nokia’s booth at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show was interesting, but what caught my eye was one of the apps running on some of the devices.

Nokia's City Lens Brings Augmented Reality to Windows Phone (Video) - Ina Fried - Mobile

Nokia was showing Nokia City Lens, a program from its labs that is among the first augmented-reality apps I’ve seen running on Windows Phone. Microsoft’s phone platform did not initially provide access to the camera app and other features needed to make the app a reality. Support for such programs came with the Mango update released last fall. City Lens combines map and points-of-interest data with what is seen in the camera’s viewfinder to show what is nearby, and in which direction. The program is a labs project for now, but the company is planning a beta next month.

Davide Arsego: Go on #Nokia!!! #WP 's mar... Digistar Trending. How Nokia achieved organisational dialogue via social media. In February 2011, it looked like things couldn’t get any worse for Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone company.

How Nokia achieved organisational dialogue via social media

The now famous “burning platform” blog post by CEO Stephen Elop (which many at first thought to be a leaked internal memo) rapidly went viral, with millions of people reading his painfully frank thoughts on where the company was going wrong, how it had missed out on market share and that it had to decide whether to “plunge into icy waters” or perish. Matthew Hanwell, Nokia’s community and social media HR director, remembers it well. “I was angry,” he says. “It’s a great metaphor for where we are, but we actually knew all of this already. That said, it was a wake-up call for the company in terms of saying: ‘We have some very difficult decisions to make now, which way are we going to go?’” The idea was to lower the barriers to participation in the wider company dialogue and improve employee engagement at a time when the company’s fortunes seemed to be uncertain. Openness and honesty. Challenge: Designing Privacy. Challenge: Education for All. The Education for All (EFA) movement is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults.

At the World Education Forum (Dakar, 2000), 164 governments pledged to achieve EFA and identified six goals to be met by 2015. UNESCO is mandated to coordinate the collective efforts of governments, development agencies, civil society and the private sector to reach the EFA goals. EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge Overview –video: Nokia, UNESCO and the Pearson Foundation have all teamed up to enable people with similar interests to share ideas, connect and collaborate on solutions to EFA. The EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge is an initiative to develop various suggestions on how mobile communication can help achieve EFA goals . The suggestions are generated by a dynamic interaction between education experts, teachers, students and software developers. Each month will feature a separate EFA goal. Nokia Demo sur Facebook. Facebook. Challenge: N9 Challenge. Thank you all for participating in N9 challenge, our most popular challenge of all time! Here comes the long-awaited list of 12 winning ideas by 10 winners of Nokia N9 devices (in a random order): Smart Lockscreen by Parth Patel The lock screen is a critical part of the user experience, the first thing that the user always sees.

Ideas to bring in more relevant information to this screen are very relevant, allowing the user to be more aware of what is happening without having to fully immerse with the device. Faster Browser Tab Switching/Multitasking by Ejas Mudar The N9 has the ability to run multiple browser windows, but switching with them is not currently possible with only one gesture. 4squick v0.96 Beta for Symbian^3 [UPDATE]and MeeGo devices now available at Nokia Store with two great new features added. Contest - Nokia Tune Remake. L. Download Latitude Assist and many other games, wallpaper, ringtones and mobile apps on your Nokia phone. Play To. This beta trial has been concluded.

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