Stories by Mikael Ricknäs

Facebook button makes a comeback on Nokia's Asha 205 phone

Nokia continues to expand its line-up of advanced feature phones with the Asha 205, with a dedicated Facebook button allowing users to more easily access the social networking site.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 26 November, 2012 12:19

Tags: consumer electronics, Nokia, smartphones, Facebook

Vectoring could allow Deutsche Telekom to boost copper broadband speeds to 100M bps

German network operator Deutsche Telekom is planning to upgrade its copper broadband network using a technology called vectoring, which will result in speeds of up to 100M bps.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 23 November, 2012 15:13

Tags: telecommunication, Carriers, Networking, DSL, deutsche telekom, broadband

Nokia updates Windows Phone 8 public transport app

Nokia has launched a new version of its Transport application, which presents directions in a new way and counts down to when the bus or train will leave.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 22 November, 2012 16:44

Tags: mobile applications, consumer electronics, smartphones, Nokia, Mobile OSes, mobile, Windows Phone

Australians gripe about negative top-level domain proposals

Governments around the world have lodged complaints about a wide variety of proposals for new top-level Internet domains. Australia is the biggest complainer and has issues with proposed domains including "gripe," "fail" and "sucks": It says they are too negative.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 22 November, 2012 16:22

Tags: ICANN, internet

Google adds indoor maps for iPhone, iPad and other Web users

Google has added indoor floor plans to the Web version of its Maps service, allowing any device with a browser to show the way in airports, rail stations, shopping malls and museums in nine countries.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 22 November, 2012 12:50

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Maps

Jolla demos upcoming MeeGo-based SailFish OS

Breaking into the smartphone market with a new platform may seem to be a tall order, but Finnish company Jolla think it can be done and has demonstrated the user interface of its upcoming operating system Sailfish.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 21 November, 2012 13:20

Tags: consumer electronics, Mobile OSes, smartphones, mobile, Jolla

Windows Server 2012 now runs in Amazon's cloud

Enterprises can now run Windows Server 2012 on the Amazon Web Services cloud, and take advantage of improved management features and new versions of IIS and the .Net framework.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 20 November, 2012 13:28

Tags: Amazon Web Services, windows server, Windows, software, Software as a service, operating systems, cloud computing, internet

Methanol can power mobile networks when electricity is out, says Nokia Siemens

Nokia Siemens Networks and Ballard Power Systems want methanol-powered fuel cells to keep mobile networks running in the event of an electricity outage and are working with NTT DoCoMo to test the technology.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 November, 2012 14:23

Tags: NTT DoCoMo, 4g, Nokia Siemens Networks, 3g, telecommunication, Ballard Power Systems, Carriers

Brightcove, Application Craft aim at PhoneGap with cloud-based development tools

Brightcove's native plug-in architecture for its App Cloud and Application Craft's launch of Mobile Build are the latest examples of how cross-platform development tools for mobile apps are becoming increasingly cloud-centric.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 15 November, 2012 15:40

Tags: application development, telecommunication, applications, brightcove, ios, Application Craft, Mobile OSes, software, mobile, Development tools, mobile applications, Android OS

IBM kills Lotus brand, readies beta of Notes/Domino Social Edition

IBM is planning to release on Dec. 14 a public beta of Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition that will no longer use the Lotus brand.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 14 November, 2012 14:20

Tags: Lotus, applications, IBM, e-mail, software

RIM releases BBM 7 beta with calls over Wi-Fi

A new beta version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) that allows users to make voice calls over Wi-Fi is now available for download, Research In Motion said Tuesday.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 14 November, 2012 10:05

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, research in motion, instant messaging, telecommunication, Networking, wireless, mobile, internet, Blackberry, mobile applications, consumer electronics, voip, smartphones, Mobile OSes, Telephony/conferencing, WLANs / Wi-Fi, BlackBerry OS

Elliptic Labs uses ultrasound to control Windows 8 laptops

Norwegian company Elliptic Labs' touchless gesturing technology allows users to control devices by waving their hands in front of the screen, and the first implementation has been tailored for Windows 8 PCs, the company said on Tuesday.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 13 November, 2012 14:28

Tags: consumer electronics, Windows laptops, smartphones, hardware systems, tablets, laptops, Elliptic Labs

RIM to launch BlackBerry 10 on Jan. 30

Research In Motion will launch BlackBerry 10 and the two first smartphones based on the operating system on Jan. 30, the company said on Monday.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 12 November, 2012 14:22

Tags: BlackBerry OS, research in motion, consumer electronics, smartphones, Mobile OSes, mobile

Skype for Windows Phone 8 preview available for download

Microsoft has made a preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 available for download, which promises better integration with the operating system' user interface and more features.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 12 November, 2012 11:09

Tags: mobile applications, telecommunication, skype, Microsoft, voip, Mobile OSes, mobile, Windows Phone

Google gives Cloud-based database a performance boost

Google's Cloud SQL database has gained more storage, faster reads and writes, and now offers users the choice of running their instances in data centers based in either the U.S. or Europe.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 09 November, 2012 13:43

Tags: open source, databases, applications, Google, software, Software as a service, cloud computing, internet

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