Nokia needs Instagram!

, Sat, Aug 3, 2013

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Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia has done well to re-position itself as a serious player in smartphone race with launch of Lumia series. Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 have helped Nokia catch-up with top-of-line smartphones in terms of hardware specs.

Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a 41 megapixel camera, supported with Nokia’s innovate PureView technology. Nokia is leveraging its technological superiority in camera hardware and software to carve a niche in smartphone market to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Given all of this, Nokia was only able to capture less than 4% of smartphone market share in Q2 of 2013. Though it is an improvement over previous quarters, but Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 8 OS is making it very challenging for Nokia to compete with Android and iOS models.

instaOne of the key reasons for lack of acceptance of WP8 is the lack of apps in WP Store. The WP store has roughly 145,000 apps as compared to 800,000+ apps available on both Google Play and iOS App Stores. For Nokia the problem goes beyond the size of WP store app library. The real problem is that while Nokia is trying to carve a niche in photography, the WP store does not have the most sought after app used by smartphone photography enthusiast, namely Instagram. A whooping 16 billion pictures and videos have been shared on Instagram since it’s launch by over 130 million monthly active users. The Instagram absence on WP Store became more conspicuous last week when Instagram released an update to its app that does not allow 3rd party apps on WP8 to use its API to share and interact with Instagram posts.

While Nokia is spending considerable money and effort in manufacturing and marketing Lumia smartphones, what it needs to do immediately is to focus on getting apps such as Instagram up on the WP store. Currently the Microsoft team is working on WP8 version of the app, but Nokia maybe better off striking a deal with Facebook (the owner of Instagram) to get the app ready in weeks rather than months.

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How much data is on the internet?

, Thu, Aug 1, 2013

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So we saw this infographic on Huffington Post this morning and well … we are compelled to share this with you!

Cyber security, attacks, identity fraud are just some of the realities we and the nation states are living with today; banks getting hacked into and customer information stolen, country’s system’s attacked – like the infamous attacks on Pentagon and FBI systems.  (more…)

The Epic battle: Eve Online players stage largest space battle

, Wed, Jul 31, 2013

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Image courtesy: Theverge.com

Image courtesy: Theverge.com

4070 space ships with their pilots; two sides: an epic battle to take over the resources at 6VDT-H. The time has come. Only ONE side will win. 

 

The largest ever video game space battles just happened in Eve Online; tweeted Erlendur, Software Director at Eve Online. For hours starting 28th July, over 4000 players took part as CFC and TestAlliance; the two largest alliances in the system, fought out to gain control over 6VDT-H.  (more…)

Remote heating control: innovation continues to ‘tweak’ our lifestyles

, Thu, Mar 21, 2013

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Ever been away on a day conference? Going to the beach with friends and realized you left the heating on a bit much? Or travelling out of town for the day for work and the weather changes? Imagine the stress knowing you will return to a cold house or a huge bill because you left the heating on!

What could be better than to be able to control your home’s temperature settings, heating schedules or simply turn the heating on or off depending on the weather remotely from anywhere? With this kind of control, you would never again come to a cold (or an overheated) house – while also being efficient with your heating control which ultimately saves you money by lowering the use of unnecessary heating. (more…)

Motorola’s first Intel-powered smartphone; The RAZR i

, Tue, Sep 18, 2012

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Motorola’s partnership with Intel is finally showing a result for it with the announcement of Motorola’s first ever Intel powered smartphone, the RAZR i. The announcement was made in the UK.

The look and feel of the RAZR i is very similar to the RAZR M, but what’s different is what’s inside. The new RAZR is to feature a 2GHz single-core Intel processor, making the smartphone faster than any other dual-core phone. (more…)

Battle of the Smartphones

, Tue, Sep 18, 2012

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The battle of the Smartphones is in full swing! With the recent unveiling of the iPhone 5, Apple competitors have aggressively started challenging not only the claims of the company but also a shot at the market share.

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New Facebook app for Blackberry

, Fri, Sep 14, 2012

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Do you Blackberry owners ever feel left out? Facebook and other important apps freezing up on you! Having a bulky phone in your hands!  That the only good thing going on for you is the Blackberry Messenger (which too now seems a bit ancient with the introductions of apps like Viber, Whatsapp etc). I do! (more…)

Bye Bye iPhone 3GS

, Thu, Sep 13, 2012

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So, it is final! Apple has decided to discontinue the iPhone 3GS. The phone will only be available till stocks last. From then onward,  Apple will only supply the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5.

Because with each version of the iPhone, new and more improved advancements have been made – not only to the phone itself, but also to the software. The iPhone 3GS is simply not compatible will many of the newer things being introduced in terms of Apple’s new OS.

The new iPod Touch and all that it encompasses

, Thu, Sep 13, 2012

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All eyes have been on Apple and the new versions of products that they have unveiled yesterday. Included in the list of these products was also the latest version of the Apple iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch is targeted at those who preferably want all the features of the iPhone, minus the phone! (more…)

The new and improved Apple headphones

, Thu, Sep 13, 2012

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Between all the hype and excitement of the unveiling of the iPhone 5, the latest news and details of its accessories, including the Apple headphones got lost in the noise.

I don’t know about you, but the Apple headphones have always disappointed me. In comparison to the lavish iPod, iPhone and the iPad, the headphones were always a let down, in terms of both comfort and sound quality. And I think to a certain extent, Apple was aware of this.  (more…)

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