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Microsoft to buy Nokia's mobile phone unit
Mobile Devices
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 16:33

From the BBC:

Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.4bn euros ($7.2bn; £4.6bn).

Nokia will also license its patents and mapping services to Microsoft. Nokia shares jumped 35% on the news, whereas Microsoft's fell more than 5%.

Revamped BlackBerry World includes music, movies, and next-day TV shows for BlackBerry 10
Mobile Devices
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 28 January 2013 14:46

From The Verge:

RIM said last week that it renamed its app store to BlackBerry World (from BlackBerry App World) as it intended to add music and video offerings to the service for BlackBerry 10. The Waterloo-based company has now given us details on what sort of selection the store will offer...



Tablet comparison chart
Mobile Devices
Written by Danrok   
Friday, 26 October 2012 15:54

Are you looking for a new tablet computer?  Take a look at AOA's comparison chart to see which one could suit you best based upon price and specifications.

The tablets shown are with 7 inch displays, or 7.9 inches in the case of the iPad Minis.

Prices and details correct at time of publication (October 2012).

Under the Surface: an inside look at how Microsoft's tablet came to be
Mobile Devices
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:51

From ArsTechnica:

"Tape and strings literally made Surface."

Panos Panay, general manager of the team behind the Microsoft Surface, touches an old mockup made of black and white plastic. He's forgetting glue, certainly – two panels appear to have been hot-glued to form the "tablet" part of the device — but tape and strings really are two key ingredients in this prototype, the one Panay's team used to show off what Surface would look like. It's crude and fragile, but it's also unmistakably Surface.

RIM shot: Can BlackBerry regain its corporate ripeness?
Mobile Devices
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:45

From ArsTechnica:

In case you didn't catch it last week, the news that Research In Motion is in a "death spiral" has been greatly exaggerated. After the company announced its latest financial results, some analysts have changed their tune, and now believe RIM is back on the road to world domination—or at least isn't going to implode.

Cutting a nano SIM for the iPhone 5
Mobile Devices
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:54

The new iPhone 5 has presented a small problem for some new owners because existing SIM cards are too big for it.  The iPhone 5 only accepts the new smaller SIMs.

So, Giffgaff have successfully trimmed down a MiniSIM card to NanoSIM size using a pair of scissors. They've tested their smaller SIM in an iPhone 5 and claim that it works just fine.

You would risk damaging your SIM if you were to attempt this, but if a large SIM is no longer of use to you then the risk may be worth taking.

You can read about it here, and take a look at this guide here.


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