Nokia once dominated the mobile phone market in a time when smartphones weren't introduced yet. But the Finnish multinational communications and information technology company couldn't keep up with the competition, especially when the likes of Google's Android and Apple Inc's iOS took control of the market and it resisted change.
After selling its handset unit and literally surrendering the company to Microsoft back in 2014, the phone maker is back in the fold. According to multiple reports, Nokia is about to make a global comeback and will focus on introducing new mobile phones and tablets to consumers. According to The Associated Press, the brand will be working with a recently built Finnish company called HMD Global Ltd.
The company released a statement, confirming that it will be granting HMD an exclusive global license to build mobile phones and tablets with Nokia branding for the next decade. On the other hand, Microsoft, according to a report from AFP, said that HMD Global, in partnership with FIH Mobile of FoxConn Technology, will be taking over its feature phone business in an agreed amount of $350 million. This stake is the same one it purchased from Nokia two years ago. more >>
The once famous 'Tetris' video game is getting a big screen movie feature and will be filed under the sci-fi thriller category.
The movie version of the game is a result of the partnership between Chinese media bigwig Bruno Wu and Larry Kasanoff, who inked an agreement and formed the Threshold Global Studios. The studio will finance and produce cross-cultural films for the global market, according to Wu and Kasanoff.
As the studio's initial offering, it is dropping $80 million for the production of the movie of the mentioned video game, which was first announced in 2014. According to Wu and Kasanoff, "Tetris" will be officially a joint venture of a China and U.S. productions and feature a mixed-cast from the East and the West. Filming of the movie is expected to begin in China in 2017. more >>
The world's first artificially intelligent lawyer just got a job.
According to a report by NDTV, the robot, which is called as Ross, is now working for not just any company but in one of America's biggest law firms, Baker & Hostetler. The robot is not going to be giving legal advice and assistance to clients and represent them in court though. Instead, it will be used to assist its different teams in legal research.
Ross is actually built by IBM's own groundbreaking computing system, Watson. As detailed on its official website, the mechanical device is designed to help in addressing expensive and time-consuming legal research process for the benefit of a lawyer's practice and their clients. It can understand natural sentences, which is greatly essential since judges' decisions are written in everyday language and not given in columns and rows. Thus, the robot can offer instant answer with citations and can also provide highly topical readings from different content sources. more >>
Snapchat users share different kinds of stories each day to their followers. But when NASA decided to take part in the social media fun, the world got the chance to see stories of what's up and beyond, Snapchat style, for 24 hours.
According to a report by Nature World News, International Space Station (ISS) commander Tim Kopra showed everyone in the Snapchat world how life inside the ISS looks like.
The Snapchat invasion was actually in celebration of the ISS' 100,000th orbits around the globe. And contrary to the belief that the astronauts would only be snapchatting a bunch of algorithms and formulas, Kopra proved that there are also a lot of fun things to do while out in space. The live story program was titled "Day in Space" and it documented some of the things that Kopra did aboard the space station as well as some breathtaking snaps of the Earth. more >>
Die-hard "Pokémon" fans are all waiting for one treat from Niantic and The Pokemon Company and it's none other than augmented-reality mobile game "Pokemon GO." It's the closest thing to letting fans capture Pokémon monsters in the real world and everyone is excited already to try it out. Fortunately, it's all slowly coming together especially now that it's already open for testing. According to a report by Forbes, interested trainers in the U.S. can now sign-up for the beta field test.
The beta has finally arrived in the country after being released in Japan, New Zealand and Australia first. Those who are residing in the U.K. will have to wait though as the launch date has not been announced yet. For those who are interested in taking part in the testing, they can head over to Niantic's Pokemon GO website and sign-up. But they will need to take note that signing up doesn't guarantee a slot. The homepage of the registration site informed that others who do not get selected will have to wait for the game's public release as it's expected that every "Pokémon" fan will try to get in.
No need to be dismayed though since several field testers divulged the beta details regardless of the non-disclosure act that they signed. As detailed in Tech Advisor, it is learned that the present build of the game comes with only 150 Pokémon monsters. Gamers can try to catch one when they come across them. With every captured Pokémon, a shard of an evolution crystal is rewarded and this will be utilized for a character's evolution. more >>
Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, will be hosting the Keynote at the company's biggest developer conference, the Google I/O 2016, on Wednesday, May 18, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The conference will run from May 18 to 20 and will gather thousands of developers at the outdoor venue that is said to hold up to 22,500 participants.
According to a Tech Radar report, Pichai will be talking for two hours on the first day, and his keynote will be live streamed on YouTube, and for VR fans, on YouTube 360. The rest of the speaking slots will cover various topics, from virtual reality, cars, gaming and naturally, discussions about the mobile OS, Android.
According to another report in Ars Technica, the tech company which has been mostly preoccupied with VR and anything related to it, will likely talk about developments and innovations they are working on in the field of VR. One of the biggest rumors circulating the Internet points to its own VR headset, which certainly augments what Google has done so far with the Google Cardboard. According to the report, the company may be planning to launch a "more substantial lineup" of VR hardware. When it comes to software, it is also rumored to be working on an Android VR platform that will work with Android TV and Android Auto. With this new platform, Google will be needing the help of developers to come up with new content. more >>