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Submission + - Nokia 105: One-month Battery Life, Super Cheap (trustedreviews.com)

jones_supa writes: For the ones who need only the bare essentials, Nokia just gave birth to another good old candybar phone. Announced at MWC 2013, Nokia 105 presents itself with a price of just 15€ and a marathon 842 hour standby time. Running the company's ancient Symbian Series 30 operating system, the Nokia 105 measures in at 14.3mm thick and a mere 70g in weight with the compact device featuring just a 1.4-inch 128 x 128p LCD display. The storage specs are also old-school: 384kB of RAM and 8MB of flash memory. Some extra niceties are a splash and dustproof keyboard, flashlight and FM radio.
Graphics

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support? 260

jcreus writes "After struggling for some years with Nvidia cards (the laptop from which I am writing this has two graphic cards, an Intel one and Nvidia one, and is a holy mess [I still haven't been able to use the Nvidia card]) and, encouraged by Torvalds' middle finger speech, I've decided to ditch Nvidia for something better. I am expecting to buy another laptop and, this time, I'd like to get it right from the start. It would be interesting if it had decent graphics support and, in general, were Linux friendly. While I know Dell has released a Ubuntu laptop, it's way off-budget. My plan is to install Ubuntu, Kubuntu (or even Debian), with dual boot unfortunately required." So: what's the state of the art for out-of-the-box support?

Submission + - Jolla Founds Alliance Based on MeeGo Distribution "Sailfish" (google.com)

jones_supa writes: The Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has revealed the next chapter in their roadmap. The company announced that it is setting up an alliance to license a MeeGo-based OS called Sailfish to other OEMs. The operations, backed by 200M€, will begin at spring 2013. CEO Jussi Hurmola believes that the next big revolution in smartphones will happen in China, and the OS will provide an alternative independent smartphone ecosystem there. Jolla strives for more openness than OHA, by letting the partners design their services directly without needing green light from the alliance. Sailfish is headquartered in Hong Kong and R&D centers will be established in other parts of mainland China, possibly Shanghai and Peking.

Submission + - Jolla Signs Distribution Deal With D.Phone

jones_supa writes: Jolla, the small startup company composed of former Nokia engineers working on MeeGo, has just announced via Twitter that they’ve signed their first sales deal. It's made with D.Phone Group, the largest mobile phones retail chain in China. Mr. Donghai Liu, CEO of D.Phone Group: 'We see great potential for Jolla as a new player in the Chinese smartphone market with Jolla’s fresh and unique user experience. Together with Jolla our aim is to reach significant sales volumes.' Expect to hear more about Jolla over the next few months, as there are many unanswered questions.

Submission + - Accenture to Cut More Symbian Staff in Finland (reuters.com)

jones_supa writes: IT services supplier Accenture said it started lay-off talks in Finland with 250 former Nokia employees, Symbian software developers who joined the company last year. Nokia moved 3,000 worldwide staff and development work for its Symbian platform to Accenture last year after it overhauled its smartphone strategy and adopted Microsoft software. Accenture said 320 Symbian developers in Finland had already accepted voluntary lay-off packages earlier this year. In addition, more than 500 of the 1,200 staff it took over in Finland have moved to other operations such as coding for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Sales of Symbian smartphones have sunk faster than Nokia and markets have expected over last few quarters, pushing Nokia into losses and raising questions over its future direction. Symbian support is planned to be kept up until 2016.
Apple

Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer 627

harrymcc writes "Three months ago, I started using an iPad 2 (with a Zagg keyboard) as my primary computing device--the one I blog on, write articles for TIME magazine on, and use to prepare photos and other illustrations that go with my writing. I now use it about 80 percent of the time; my trusty MacBook Air has become a secondary machine."

Submission + - Nokia Presents Twistable Phone Concept (theinquirer.net)

jones_supa writes: "Nokia has shown a quite ripe prototype phone which can be controlled by twisting its elastic body. By doing this you can do many basic functions such as scrolling, zooming and answering calls even while wearing mittens. Included is a video which shows the invention in action. The 'Kinetic' concept has been worked on since 2008."
Graphics

Submission + - HTC buys S3 Graphics (forbes.com)

jones_supa writes: "The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has bought the graphics department of VIA Technologies, S3 Graphics. This $300 million dollar deal brings HTC the ownership of new patents and graphics visualization technologies. In addition to its traditional markets in PCs and game consoles, S3 Graphics’ texture compression technology is increasingly being applied to smartphones and tablets, HTC says."

Submission + - Nokia Announces Profit Warning (guardian.co.uk)

jones_supa writes: "Shares in the Finnish phone maker Nokia plunged by 15% on Tuesday as the company warned that it may make no profit on phone sales in the quarter to the end of June, and that overall phone sales will be "substantially below" its earlier forecast of €6.1bn to €6.6bn. Carolina Milanesi, mobile phones analyst for the research company Gartner, said Tuesday's warnings could mark the low point for Nokia, which has not made a loss in its handset division for more than a decade."
Science

Cylindrical Rolltop Laptops 159

akshaynhegde writes "Germany's Orkin Design has proposed this fantastic concept of a futuristic laptop. The rolltop is a 'rolled up' laptop. By using the flexible OLED and touchscreen technologies, the created concept is a cylindrical laptop which can be rolled out when it needs to be used and can be rolled up again when not used." Something tells me it will be a little while before you will be unrolling your laptop on a plane.

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