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Nokia to Launch New Flagship in Lebanon and the Middle East

In an awesomely Tech-chic setting, we were invited to attend the very first joint regional media event the two brands organize (Microsoft and Nokia), for a wrap-up of the Microsoft-Nokia smartphone lineup and strategy in a sort of “State of the Union” meetup, whereby the two companies announced the launch of three smartphones in the Middle East, namely the Lumia 630, 635 and most importantly, their latest flagship, the Lumia 930. What hit us first was the cool neutral white “loungy” venue ...
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Nokia and Android Meet Finally: Nokia X Review

Nokia announced an Android phone called the X just two months before completing its merger with Microsoft. Now this thing alone killed me. I felt like I did not understand one single thing anymore. Nokia? Android? What about Microsoft? What about Windows Phone? ... it led me all the way to think why the hell did Nokia ditch Android a few years back??!! Moving forward with all my perplexity, things did not get less intriguing: The Nokia X comes with a Windows Phone-like launcher, offers Microsoft ...
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Official: Microsoft Welcomes The Nokia Devices and Services Business

Microsoft Corp. announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team. Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will advance our transformation. Together with our ...
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Nokia X, XL Officially Announced in Lebanon

In a fancy "Green" environment, Nokia announced that the Nokia X, part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps, has begun selling in Lebanon. The new devices are the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services. Based on a forked version of Android, the X and XL devices gives the option to their owners the benefits of having thousands of android apps plus the benefit of the Microsoft/Nokia ...
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Official: Nokia Introduces Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL Smartphones at MWC 2014

Yesterday at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android(TM) apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market and provide an on-ramp to Lumia and Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com. The Nokia Asha 230 ...
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Big Moment: Our First 24 Hours with Nokia’s Lumia 1520

Nokia and Microsoft have a new flagship. And it's a big one, to say the least. We had the pleasure to get a hold of the Lumia 1520, courtesy of Nokia Lebanon. I personally tried it, and so, I am going to share with you my first 24 hours with this beast of a device. When we first heard the news live at Nokia World, back in October, we were thrilled. The 1520 is the world's first quad-core, full HD, Windows Phone 8 phablet. Let me recap the 'firsts'. The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone phablet. ...
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Nokia Lumia Black Is Here: Overview

Lumia Black is here. The first feature they show off is the new and improved “glance mode”. There are now new notifications that you can see on the ‘always on’ screen of Lumia smartphones, without having to wake your phone. There’s also an updated Nokia Camera app, that allows for three shooting modes: Video Recording, Nokia Camera, and Nokia Pro Camera. With the Pro Camera mode, you can fidget with light sensitivity and other camera settings more in-depth, as well as get a preview of ...
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Zoom In: Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

41. Forty-one million pixels. Forty-one million pixels in one camera. Ponder on this for a moment. Your current phone probably captures eight (my phone too). Your SLR probably sports about 16. Nokia's Lumia 1020 is a smartphone that captures more than all of those 'proper' cameras put together. It captures pictures based on a 41 million pixels sensor. But does the smartphone world revolves around ultra-performing cameras? Notwithstanding its camera sensor, is the Lumia 1020 a killer phone? My ...
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Smooth & Classy: Nokia’s Lumia 925 Review

I have a bit of experience with Lumia devices, since I have always been the first to review all Lumias that came onto our desks, and the main Tech-Ticker/Nokia liaison agent over the past few years. In this review, I’ll try my best to focus on a number of areas that most Windows Phone 8 owners tend to feel are most important. In my personal time, I tend to use my smartphone(s) on a regular basis as a mean to communicate with family and friends through email and instant messaging, share updates ...
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Nokia Refocus: Lytro-Software for Your Lumia Phone

Nokia introduced some new imaging technology which allows you to fiddle with the depth field of your photos. Baptised "Refocus", this new app will let you refocus an image after it’s been taken, choosing to highlight a foreground object or the background, for example. With a Facebook plug-in, users will also be able to do the same inside Facebook, with each others images. In other words, it’s doing in software what the very-fashionable Lytro cameras offer in hardware. The app will be available ...
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Nokia World: Three New Asha Devices (500, 502 and 503)

The Nokia Asha family just got bigger: say hello to the gorgeous Asha 500, Asha 502, and the 3G-powered Asha 503. All three devices will come with an additional "ice layer" on top of the characteristic bright colors - essentially a clear plastic shell covering the back of the device. The other good news is that the Asha camera interface has been revamped, including the ability to quickly access the camera directly by swiping up from the lockscreen, and share pictures as fast as one tap. The Asha ...
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Bigger Is Better Indeed: The New Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520

No long speeches. The big brothers are here, and they do look hot. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the bigger brother, and features a 1080p full HD screen, a 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization, enhanced sensor technology, oversampling and outstanding zoom capabilities (we will demo these later on, as they do deserve a dedicated presentation), along with the latest imaging app called Nokia Camera. You will also enjoy the new Nokia Storyteller app (you really will) which collects your memories ...
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The New Nokia Tablet: The Lumia 2520

I still recall when, a couple of years back, during the Nokia N9 launching event, I asked Nokia officials when will they be bringing a Nokia tablet to life. What I had in mind back then was more a MeeGo tablet than anything else. I personally considered MeeGo to be the perfect tablet OS, it being based on a swipe UI. But we're here and now, and Nokia finally is releasing a tablet, a Windows 8.1 RT tablet. And we do like it. The  Lumia 2520 is now a reality. It sports a high definition 1080p, 10.1-inch ...
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Nokia World 2013 Quick Preliminary Summary

So guys, Nokia World 2013 keynote is just over. And boy do we have good news to share! Stephen Elop took the stage to announce a few awesome news. Awesome news for Nokia, awesome news for Microsoft mobile business (obviously), and awesome news for Lumia lovers, photography lovers. Let's cut the story short: Three news additions to the Asha lineup: Asha 500, 502 and 503. These devices come with a new refreshed design, a glazed-crystal envelope on top of the colourful polycarbonate bodies. What's ...
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A Tribute To Nokia: A Few Warm Memories

I've personally spend my younger years basking in Nokia technology and cellphones. For our generation, Nokia always used to mean the best in the mobile phone world. The Top-Notch. But now that Microsoft has bought Nokia, is it really on the way out? What is happening now used to be unthinkable a few years back. The ever-proud and mighty Finns are facing two humiliations: being devoured by Microsoft (a company we can almost call uncultivated in terms of mobile telephony), and the shame brought by ...
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Nokia World, Here We Come!

It's now just over a week until Nokia World, where we're expecting to see a small batch of Windows Phone devices unveiled. And a few other surprises too... Here are four main reasons why Nokia World will be exciting this year: 1. Lumia 1520: Nokia is expected to unveil its next big Windows Phone offering at the Abu Dhabi event. At 6-inch, the Lumia 1520 is the largest Lumia handset there is, and one that marks Nokia’s entry into the phablet arena. 2. Lumia 2520: Nokia’s Windows RT ...
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A Speed Date With the New Nokia Lumia Line-Up

We were invited to attend a speed date session with the new Nokia Lumia line-up; yep, a speed date. After all, we need to know if we do rightfully fit with our upcoming device. The setup and the idea were great and all of the attendees were eager to know which device will be their loved one. After having some 5 minutes quickies with the assigned Nokia representative of each device, I suddenly realized that i am not the #teamyellow guy I used to think I am. I loved the black and silver, I liked sleek ...
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Nokia’s Windows Phone Handsets Outsell iPhones in Middle East

Every now and then I get this question about whether iPhone is better than Samsung or is this HTC a good devices and so on. People all seem more and more interested in knowing which is the best phone and how do they all compare to each other from a specification perspective. But how about we try and look at the big picture for a little and see how all those devices are doing against each other in terms of market share in the Middle East region? Well, according to the latest research from International ...
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The Art of Being Too Late: The Tale of Microsoft and Nokia

The time when Nokia phone releases used to thrill and kill me is still very vivid in my mind. Nokia was (roughly) all that we had back then, and speaking it truly, all we had was good. It was reliable, it was efficient. Then the iPhone came and changed everything. I know it is too simplistic of a statement, but nevertheless true. In my opinion, the iPhone changed everything not because of a sexy Apple spell that is apparently irresistible to all, but because it did one major thing to the smartphone ...
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Microsoft to Acquire Nokia Devices & Services, Accelerating the Windows Ecosystem

The rumors have been going around for some time, and finally they were confirmed by Microsoft itself, who announced its plan of acquiring Nokia's devices and services business, as well as license its patents and mapping services in a $7.2 billion deal. Under the terms of the agreement, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 pending approval from Nokia's shareholders, and Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services ...
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Budget Lumias: The (Three) Differences Between Nokia’s 520 and 620

The Nokia Lumia 520 has the same reliable internals and happy design language that have already proven their worth in the Lumia 620, but it makes a couple of sacrifices for the sake of its smaller price tag. these include the absence of a front-facing camera, camera flash module and NFC. Let us begin with the obvious: the 520 isn't quite as bright or bold as the Lumia 620. The matte, plastic back cover lacks the glossy, rubberized personality of the higher model and also feels a tad creakier. ...
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Delta Airlines Streamlines In-Flight Customer Services with Windows Phones for Flight Attendants

More than 19,000 Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) flight attendants began using new Windows Phone 8 handheld devices that will streamline on-board purchasing as Delta continues its investment in technological innovation to improve the customer experience. "Delta's 19,000 in-flight professionals are there for the safety and comfort of our customers, and equipping them with innovative solutions means they can better meet our customers' needs on board every flight," said Joanne Smith, senior vice president ...
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Why Nokia Lumias Are the Best Smartphones for a New Mommy

Many old school geeks have admitted that their first smartphones were Nokias, but with the appearance of other smartphones, especially the iPhone, they have made the switch. Though I briefly tried other devices I always came back, but I have had to turn my back on Nokia too when my C7 decided to die on me and I believed it was time to go Android and have access to all the apps I so badly needed to do my job. A few months into it I understood the difference between a phone that is smart and a smart device. ...
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Nokia Mocks the iPhone 5 Camera

For those who don't know, although it may be illegal in Lebanon for companies to demote or mention their competitors, it is highly encouraged across seas. Nokia's recent PR stunt is to promote that they are about Quality rather than Quantity. In the ad Nokia tries to show the viewers what an 8.7-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss lens, and dual LED flash camera can do compared to the Iphone 5's camera. It seems to me that Nokia is clearly admitting that they are aware that their phones have become amazing ...
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