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Submission + - Startup Offers Skype, Facebook, Twitter On Phones With No Data (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "VascoDe can offer web applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Skype and more on low end phones that don't even have 3G capability, without even using SMS messages. The service, which is available through operators in South Africa and Indiia, uses the USSD protocol, part of the GSM network used for operators' messages, and hosts text-based interfaces to popular web applications no servers on the operators' network. VascoDe has an impressive video showing the approach actually works, and is planning to use it to bring richer servicse to the world's 5.4 billion feature phones."
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Submission + - Leak Reveals Windows Phone 8 Features Lumia Users Won't Get (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "A leaked Nokia memo has revealed what users of Nokia's Lumia phone can expect as a consolation when Windows Phone 8 comes out. The Lumia runs WP7, and will never run WP8 — but apparently a version called Windows Phone 7.8 will give users some crumbs. UInfortunately, not real multitasking, Internet Explorer 10, the Wallet app, secure boot and encryption, device management and some other enterprise-ready features. Bad news, people."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Nokia has closed down the Meltemi low-end Linux phone which was supposed to replace its System 40 devices. The platform had never been officially announced and now, apparently, will never see the light of day. Feature phones still make up a giant market where Nokia has dominated, but this leaves its upgrade path in question."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In A (Symbian) Phone (techweekeurope.co.uk) 1

judgecorp writes: "We aren't sure what's the strangest thing about Nokia's new offering, the fact that it's got a 41 Megapixel camera or the fact that it runs Symbian. It has a very high resolution sensor and uses oversampling, apparently producing good results in low light. Users can either save a mazimum of 38Mpixels, or else zoom and crop for normal resolution images. Observers expected a maximum of one more Symbian phone before Nokia shifts over to Windows Phone. This suggests either a longer life for Symbian — or maybe Symbian was just an easier platform to make a show-stopping device that may turn out to be more of a concept phone."

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