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The mobile phone is dead, long live the mobile phone

The smartphone is making an audible difference to the world (writes Clive Thompson at Wired). He’s spotted that his mobile phone bills are dropping, and there’s one obvious cause. he’s not phoning people as much as he used to, and what calls he is making are not lasting as long. It’s all to do with the rise of social networks and smartphone connectivity, "This generation doesn’t make phone calls, because everyone is in constant, lightweight contact in so many other ways."

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest at 7:48 UTC, Aug 2nd || Comments
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Touch or keyboard, is there only one way to sort this out?

You may recall last week we pointed out Nokia’a Conversations Blog post crying out the virtues of the keyboard. Keeping the karmic balance, this week sees the touchscreen side of the debate step up to take a swing at the arguments. And then there’s Tomi Ahonen’s take on the debate.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest at 9:21 UTC, Jul 29th || Comments
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Vodafone announce Mobile Clicks innovation competition for 2010

Got a smart idea for something on mobile? Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 might be just the thing for you. This competition (with a prize fund of 150,000 Euros) is accepting registrations for the competition until August 22nd. They're looking for smart ideas, not just finished products, and are hoping to accelerate innovation in European mobile start-ups. More below....

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest, Developer at 9:56 UTC, Jul 27th || Comments

Where to get your Data while abroad with no contract

A little something for the mobile traveller, as the Pay as you Go Sim with Data wiki is pointed out to me. In it, a country’s network providers are listed, but only those that offer Pay as You Go data. A great resource for those who want to plan ahead before picking up a SIM when they land.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest at 8:31 UTC, Jul 27th || Comments
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Nokia Q2 2010 results - profits down but smartphone sales up

Nokia has released their Q2 2010 results, reporting an operating profit of €295 million, with net sales €10.0billion (up 1% Year-on-Year). Nokia's device and service division's profits were €643 million, down 16% year on year. Margins in devices and services were 9.5% (down 2.7% YoY and down 2.6% QoQ). Converged devices sales (smartphones) were significantly up, at 24 million, compared with 16.9 million units in Q2 2009 (so up 42% YoY) and compared with 21.5 million units in Q1 2010 (up 12%, QoQ). As such, worldwide smartphone marketshare was 41%, stable sequentially and year on year. Full story and comments below.

# Posted by Rafe in Miscellaneous, Links of Interest, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 10:46 UTC, Jul 22nd || Comments
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A look at an important relationship for your smartphone - networks and manufacturers

The relationship between the network and manufacturer has always been one of the more opaque areas in the history of the mobile phone – and as the demands of modern smartphones push the capacity of the networks, the discussions and bartering on both sides continue behind closed doors. Which sometime open a little bit. Wired author Fred Vogelstein has posted a detailed look at the marriage of AT&T and Apple. See below for a quote.

# Posted by Ewan in Hardware, Links of Interest, Industry at 23:29 UTC, Jul 19th || Comments
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Qt Developer Network opens in beta

Last week Qt quietly rolled out the public beta its new developer website, Qt Developer Network, which aims to provide a one-stop portal for Qt developers and consolidate resources that were previously spread across the main Qt website. It also provides a more vendor neutral destination for developers than Forum Nokia, something that could be important in helping drive adoption of the Symbian and MeeGo platforms by manufacturers other than Nokia.

# Posted by Rafe in Links of Interest, Developer at 11:53 UTC, Jul 14th || Comments
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Introducing the 'superphone'?

Rob Glaser has a new word – 'superphone' – to describe the latest batch of mobile phones on the market. Given the fun we’ve had defining the smartphone in the last few years, adding a new level to the nomenclature might seem a cheap marketing move, but it has allowed Glaser, chairman of RealNetworks, to expand his view on where mobile technology is moving. Read on for my thoughts.

# Posted by Ewan in Hardware, Links of Interest, Editorial Thoughts at 11:22 UTC, Jul 12th || Comments
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Five sensible tips for mobile developers

Christina Warren has put together an interesting selection of tips for mobile application developers over on Mashable. It’s cross platform, and is worth printing out and pasting in front of whatever ever big printed PDF you use while coding.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest at 9:05 UTC, Jul 12th || Comments
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Carrypad's early look at Aava's MeeGo handset

Chippy, from Carrypad.com, has been given access to an Aava handset running an early version of MeeGo 1.1 Handset Experience. The Aava phone, which uses Intel's Moorestown processor, is a reference design, which helps further platform development and allows companies to carry out assessment and testing of the MeeGo platform ahead of commercial device releases. It represents an opportunity to see the MeeGo UI running on a device and get an impression for where MeeGo powered handsets are headed.

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware, Links of Interest at 12:42 UTC, Jul 8th || Comments
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