Monday 11 March 2013

In Other News: 11/03/2013.

  • According to a Nokia filing with the SEC the Finnish company is starting to become concerned with the possibility that Microsoft may be making, "strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones. This could lead Microsoft to focus more on their own devices and less on mobile devices of other manufacturers that operate on the Windows Phone platform, including Nokia." Surface phone on the way?
    Via ZDNet.
  • Rovio's CEO, Mikael Hed, has said that:
    "With over 1.7bn downloads, we can reach a far wider and more engaged global audience than traditional distribution would allow. Launching the channel, and partnering up with some of the best video-on-demand providers and TV networks, is an important milestone for us on our journey towards becoming a fully fledged entertainment powerhouse."
    It's amazing how far Rovio have taken this series and it seems they still have grand plans in the pipeline!
    Via Guardian.
  • It seems that those rumours that Lenovo is interested in buying Blackberry just won't go away! PhoneArena is reporting that the Chinese giants potential acquisition 'could make sense', but we'll have to wait and see on that one!
  • A new study called "Convert Anything to Calories" from PHP Science World has worked out just how much energy it takes to operate you computer's mouse! The guys worked it out to being somewhere in the region of 1.42 calories burned per mouse click! That's not quite spot on because that figure assumes you 'completely' contract your muscle, so if you don't the figure is slightly less, but still you can burn a fair few calories that way!
    Via Slashgear.
  • Bare with us for a minute while we explain this next (or should we say NXT) one...There have been some rumours that Motorola's supposed X-phone has been pictured and there's a spec sheet which goes with this picture too. Basically we don't want to expand because we think these are very outlandish claims! Feel free to check them out at the sourcelink below though!
    Via UnwiredView.
  • The LG Optimus L5 II and the L3 II have both popped up on O2's coming soon page! The pair of devices are currently slated to land this month, but there's no word on pricing or availability!
    O2 Via TheInquirer.
  • Calling all comic fans! You can currently download 700 Marvel Comics for free via the Comixology app for iPhone/iPad and Android devices! The offer runs until 4am 13 March GMT!
    Via PocketLint.
  • ST Ericsson's CEO, Didier Lamouche, has resigned from his post! At the moment there's no word on a successor or what's next for the company, we'll let you know what the chipmaker does next!
    Via PCAdvisor.
  • Mozilla’s VP of Products, Jay Sullivan, has confirmed that his company will not be building another version of Firefox for iOS. Part of this is attributed to the draconian attitudes towards third-party browsers, but with Firefox OS being launched lately, Mozilla have more on their proverbial plate at the moment!
    Via HotHardware
And finally, would you consider selling your smartphone's lock-screen to advertisers for $25 a month? That's what SmartAds pledges to do for you! The company is currently trying to raise some money via an IndieGoGo campaign, but it's looking unlikely they'll reach their goal. That's actually a shame because we like the idea and we think for $25 a month, we would offer our lock screen! Anyway check the video below for a little bit more detail and let us know what you think in the comments below!


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