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July 14, 2014 by

Why Windows Phone is barely making a dent in the market

Microsoft has put a lot of dollars and effort into Windows Phone, even going as far as to buy Finnish handset firm Nokia in order to gain traction in the smartphone space. But despite this investment Windows Phone's usage share has grown from about one percent to around two percent over the past 12 months.

May 3, 2011 by

Social interaction with customers works best on Web sites

The last 12 months have seen a huge increase in the usage of digital media in Thailand, and Bangkok in particular.This year, we're beginning to see a response from companies, not just big brands like Central, Nike, Starbucks and the usual suspects, but the kind of business that could genuinely benefit from the use of Twitter, Facebook, search engine optimization, social ads and other Web 2.

April 1, 2011 by

Hey HP and Oracle; the kids can hear you fighting

Trash talking your competitors is nothing new (Apple and Adobe have been at it for a while, with Google joining in on occasion), but we've had an ugly spate of it this year - from Google derailing the Future of Search event by accusing Bing of copying (and Bing's Harry Shum drily snarking back by accusing Google of click fraud) to (notice a pattern?) Google pre-empting Nokia's deal with Microsoft by repeating a Nokia insult to Siemens and Benq.

July 20, 2010 by

Gartner: Nokia needs a European Steve Jobs

Nokia is on the lookout for a replacement for current chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, according to an online report posted today.The report, published in the Wall Street Journal Online, cites "people familiar with the matter" as the source of the information and suggests that it is Nokia's failure to make an impact on the smartphone market that is behind the Finnish company's search for a new CEO.

December 2, 2009 by

Microsoft demonstrates more Bing 2.0 features and shares new user stats

Microsoft sent a bunch of its top search execs to San Francisco on December 2 to show off more of what's part of the Bing 2.0 fall refresh of the company's search engine. Some of these enhancements are here (in beta form) today; others are coming over the next few days. Even more interesting are some of the stats the Microsoft execs shared about usage patterns for Bing.

November 3, 2009 by

Series 60 phones get Google voice search

Google has released a version of its voice search application for users of Symbian Series 60 handsets.Series 60 is mostly used in Nokia smartphones such as the E71 but also in some handsets from other manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson.

September 2, 2009 by

Do people want or need social location (SoLo) services?

Over the last couple of years, one of Nokia's big focuses has been on social location technology and services and I suppose it is a natural evolution in the usage of GPS technology. There have been a number of services from Nokia such as Vine, Friend View, enhanced Ovi Maps, and now Lifecasting and I have to honestly say I stopped using them after a few attempts because I personally found little value in them and never thought they were worth the hit in battery life to keep the connection and GPS receiver up or intermittently updating. I think the idea sounds great, but how many of us actually wander around the city looking for friends and people to meet up with? If I am going to meet someone then I just call them up and we work out the details of the meetup spot rather than fumble around on a phone (both parties would have to have supported services) trying to find their GPS coordinates on a map. Shoot, we could just use Twitter or text messaging too if I didn't want to talk on the phone.


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