Nokia Lumia 610 NFC with OrangeNokia announced an NFC version of the recently-launched Nokia Lumia 610, the most affordable smartphone in the Lumia range and the perfect introduction to Windows Phone for a younger audience.

Orange will be the first operator to range the Lumia 610 NFC, which can pair with NFC accessories and read NFC tags. The Lumia 610 NFC also has the hardware and software enablers for the implementation of NFC payment and ticketing solutions, and has been certified for contactless payments both with MasterCard PayPass® technology, and with Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point of sale, Visa payWave. Read the rest of this entry »

Nokia 808 PureView ushers in a revolution in smartphone imaging

Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia ushered in a new era in high-end smartphone imaging with the Nokia 808 PureView. This is the first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies, bringing together high resolution sensors, exclusive Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia developed algorithms, which will support new high-end imaging experiences for future Nokia products.

The Nokia 808 PureView features a large, high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology. At standard resolutions (2/3, 5 and 8 megapixels) this means the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable. At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details. With superior low-light performance and the ability to save in compact file sizes for sharing in email, MMS, and on social networks, the Nokia 808 PureView makes it possible for anyone to capture professional looking images in any conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

How Do You Watch TV? How Would You?

Do you watch TV programming on a smartphone?  How about an Internet-connected tabletor computer?

A sea change is under way in how consumers are tuning into their favorite TV programs or other video content. Although the trend cuts across demographics, younger, tech-savvy consumers seem to be leading the shift.  As part of a series of random, on-the-street interviews, several Washingtonians recently told Verizon that they are either watching video programming on multiple devices wherever and whenever they want, or wish they could.

“It’s all about enhancing the borderless lifestyle for our customers and being able to download or stream on-demand and TV programming to multiple devices from the Internet or other services,” said Chris Anderson, director of consumer marketing for Verizon.  “This is particularly true of those young ‘techknowledgeables’ between the ages of 25 to 39, who covet the mobility and freedom technology is providing them when it comes to accessing their entertainment choices on their own terms.”

Verizon Delivers the Borderless Lifestyle

At the same time, Verizon continues to break down barriers to the next-generation interactive services consumers crave through such services as Flex View and FiOS TV Online, which extend the FiOS TV platform beyond the apartment or house to the Internet and a range of mobile devices.  With the advanced video operating system and viewer guide, as well as free interactive applications like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Verizon is providing the services customers have to come to demand. With the FiOS TV platform, combined with an Internet service that offers more capacity and less latency, Verizon offers a never-before-seen level of competition for consumers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Americans Not Taking Advantage of New Smart Phone Capabilities

Smart phones can perform countless functions, but how many people take advantage of the time-saving and paper-saving capabilities that are offered?

According to a recent Harris Poll, very few are taking advantage.  Smart phones today can store information to make our lives more efficient – information that can be scanned to make a purchase, or displayed as a ticket for admission, allowing us freedom from printed confirmations or carrying bulky wallets.  However, when asked about a list of items that one could scan their mobile or smart phone for, only small minorities report having done so in each case.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,056 adults surveyed online between February 6 and 13, 2012 by Harris Interactive.

Only 5% of Americans say that they have scanned their phone for admission to a movie or as an airline ticket, and fewer say they have done so to pay for clothing or electronics (3%), admission to a concert, live theater or performance (3%), to pay for a convenience item such as coffee (3%) or something else (7%). Two in five say they have never scanned their mobile or smart phone for any reason (40%) and slightly more say they do not have a mobile or smart phone with this capability (45%). Although Echo Boomers, aged 18-35, are most likely to have scanned their phone for all of the items listed, even they are not doing this at remarkable rates (between 5% and 10% for each item). Read the rest of this entry »

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