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Nokia Meltemi survivors suggest axed OS was nearly ready

Nokia Meltemi survivors suggest axed OS was nearly ready

A new LinkedIn group founded by a small club of former Nokia Meltemi developers has suggested the platform was "coming together" and "had made it over the big hurdles" when CEO Stephen Elop axed it. The "MPD Alumni" group - previously known more blatantly as the Meltemi Product Developer Alumni - currently has just over 300 members, though there's no indication of how many actually worked on the Meltemi project itself. Tipped to be Nokia's intended replacement to S40 on entry-level devices, Meltemi is believed to be among the casualties in the Finns' latest round of budget cuts.

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Nuance Dragon ID to be integrated into consumer mobile phones

Nuance Dragon ID to be integrated into consumer mobile phones

Nuance is a company that's big in the voice-recognition industry offering all sorts of software that you control with your voice. The company is probably most known for Dragon Naturally Speaking, which is a computer software suite that allows you to talk to your computer rather than typing. The company also offers a number of software products for mobile phones.

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Virgin Mobile announces $40 monthly payLo pre-paid plan

Virgin Mobile announces $40 monthly payLo pre-paid plan

Virgin Mobile has announced a new no contract with the plan called payLo. The new plan offers unlimited talk and text at $40 monthly and 50 MB of data for web access. The unlimited texting plan covers text messages, picture, e-mail, and instant messages. The big downside to this plan is that the company has no truly compelling mobile phone options and most are rather boring feature phones.

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Nokia 1 Series takes web and social cheap for Next Billion

Nokia 1 Series takes web and social cheap for Next Billion

Nokia has revealed its new 1 Series of cellphones, a budget-minded line-up targeted at the "Next Billion" audience and, for the first time at the extreme low-end, featuring internet access and a camera. Four 1 Series variants will be on offer, the cheapest Nokia 110 (a dual-SIM handset, and its single-SIM 111 sibling) coming in at €35 ($45) unsubsidized, while the Nokia 112 (again, dual-SIM with a 113 single-SIM option) being €38 ($49).

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Nokia escapes IPCom patent attack as 3G appeal fails

Nokia escapes IPCom patent attack as 3G appeal fails

Nokia has secured victory in its ongoing legal battle with IPCom, with a UK appeals court today ruling that none of the Finnish firm's current products infringe a contentious 3G patent. IPCom had appealed a UK High Court ruling last year which found that the patent in question was not valid as granted; last month, the European Patent Office overturned the patent, though the appeals court today agreed that some of Nokia's old products would have clashed with it.

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UT Dallas discovery could lead to x-ray phones

UT Dallas discovery could lead to x-ray phones

A pair of researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas have designed a new imaging chip that could turn mobile phones into x-ray devices capable of seeing through walls. According to the researchers, the sensor would be able to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other objects. I don't think I want my daughter going to a school where kids had access to cell phones that can see through walls.

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Nokia investor outlook downgraded but Finns defiant

Nokia investor outlook downgraded but Finns defiant

Nokia has been downgraded by Moody's, with the financial ratings agency deeming the ailing phone manufacturer as almost non-investable, and with little improvement expected in the coming months. Moody's cites Nokia's dwindling mobile phones segment and the struggles Windows Phone is having to take on the established iOS and Android market as key reasons for its negativity, with Nokia now ranked only one step up from non-investment status, at Baa3. Nonetheless, Nokia insists that its future remains strong, primarily thanks to its savings.

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Q1 2012 mobile phone sales were very weak

Q1 2012 mobile phone sales were very weak

It continues to be rather amazing to me that the mobile phone market depends so heavily on the iPhone to generate sales and growth. A new report was published recently showing that the number of postpaid customers declined in Q1 2012. That is likely the first time ever that postpaid subscribers have declined according to analysts.

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Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, but Nokia's looking more scrambled than anything else today. Some number crunching after Nokia's warning of worse-than-predicted financials for Q1 2012 reveals quite how badly the Finnish company's legacy business is crumbling: the same business that Nokia was relying on to keep it afloat during the Windows Phone transition. The headline figure: a mere 83 million handset sales, down from 108.5m a year ago.

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