Nokia Rumored To Announce New Hardware Brand

Nokia Rumored To Announce New Hardware BrandBack in September last year, Microsoft announced that they would be acquiring Nokia’s cellphone business for a cool $7.17 billion. The deal is expected to conclude sometime this year and according to one of NPU’s tipsters, they have suggested that the deal could be officially closed around the time MWC 2014 kicks off, which is towards the end of this month. The deal was originally supposed to be closed when Nokia’s Q4 results were announced, but it looks like that did not happen.

Interestingly enough, NPU’s sources have also revealed that after the deal has been officially closed, Nokia could make a new announcement in which a new hardware brand could be revealed. We have heard how Nokia has plans for wearables, a smartwatch to be exact, which could be launched as soon as 2014, and that this new brand that Nokia is planning on announcing will be related to Nokia’s smartwatch efforts. That should be pretty interesting as we’re sure many are wondering what Nokia will be getting up to once they sell off their handset division to Microsoft. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but with MWC 2014 around the corner, we guess we might not have to wait too long to see if the rumors pan out.

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    Nikon Unveils Coolpix P600, Coolpix S9700, Coolpix P530, Coolpix P340

    Nikon Unveils Coolpix P600, Coolpix S9700, Coolpix P530, Coolpix P340It seems that ahead of CP+ which is taking place next week, Nikon has decided to unveil a host of new cameras. This isn’t too surprising given that Nikon’s announcements during CP+ will probably be overshadowed by announcements made by other manufacturers, so this is one way of getting the leg up on the competition. That being said, Nikon, in addition to the Coolpix AW120 rugged camera that we just covered, has announced four additional new Coolpix cameras in the form of the Coolpix P600, Coolpix P530, Coolpix PS9700, and the Coolpix P340. (more…)

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    Nikon Coolpix AW120 Rugged Camera Announced

    Nikon Coolpix AW120 Rugged Camera AnnouncedPhotographers, if you’re on the lookout for a new camera that will be able to withstand the rough terrain, then Nikon might have something for you in the form of the Nikon Coolpix AW120, a rugged camera that Nikon claims is waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, making it the ideal camera for you to bring on an outdoors trip. Of course these protective features will only protect to a certain extent, so to dive into specifics, the AW120 is waterproof up to depths of 18m, shockproof from drops as high as 2m, and freezeproof from temperatures as cold as -10C. (more…)

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    Google Will Own A 6% Stake In Lenovo

    Google Will Own A 6% Stake In LenovoJust last week, Google confirmed that they would be selling off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for much less than what Google had originally paid for the company. However it seems that Lenovo would not be keeping everything of Motorola as Google had announced that several of Motorola’s assets, such as Project Ara, would be transferred over to Google instead which might explain why the company was not too fussed about selling Motorola to Lenovo at a lower price than what they paid for it back in 2011. That being said, it looks like Google will also be owning a 6% stake in Lenovo to top things off.

    This is according to a stock exchange filing which revealed that once the deal between Google and Lenovo is complete, Google will be walking away with not only the money that they got from the Motorola sale, but also $750 million worth of stock in Lenovo which is roughly translated into 6% of the company. Based on this, it looks like if Lenovo were to be successful with the Motorola brand, Google would continue reaping some of the benefits, albeit less than what they would had they held onto the Motorola brand. Oddly enough there are analysts out there who feel that despite Lenovo paying a fraction of what Google paid for Motorola, they still overpaid for the company and would find themselves in a difficult situation trying to turn things around.

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    Nexus 8 Tablet Rumored For End Of April Launch

    Nexus 8 Tablet Rumored For End Of April LaunchWe have been hearing rumors about a Nexus 8 for a while now. In fact it was back in 2013 that we caught wind that the Nexus 8 might be a LG-made device instead of an ASUS-made one, which we weren’t sure if it was either the LG G Pad or the Nexus 8 that some were talking about. That being said, a recent report from the folks at DigiTimes has claimed that if you were looking forward to an 8-inch Nexus tablet, perhaps your wait could soon be over as the tablet has been rumored to launch towards the end of April.

    The report goes on to claim that the reason behind Google launching an 8-inch tablet is because they felt that competition in the 7-inch category was too stiff, so by launching into the 8-inch category, they would be avoiding some competition. Plus we’re assuming the 8-inch form factor will most likely appeal to those looking for a happy middle between a 7-inch and a 10-inch tablet. Unfortunately the hardware specifications of the alleged Nexus 8 remain unknown at this point in time, but if the April launch is true, chances are we will be hearing more about the device in the coming months. Until then take it with a grain of salt.

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    LTE Nexus 7 Coming To Verizon Next Week [Rumor]

    LTE Nexus 7 Coming To Verizon Next Week [Rumor]The Nexus 7 tablet was launched more than half a year ago, which makes it by technological standards relatively “old”. However the tablet is a decent one with pretty decent hardware specs, not to mention its affordable price tag makes it a great purchase for someone who is shopping on a budget but wants the best value for their money. That being said, we’re sure some of you guys are looking forward to the LTE model as well, which is why the good news is that according to the folks at Droid-Life, they claim that according to their sources, the LTE model for Verizon could go on sale as soon as next week, starting on the 13th of February.

    Now a LTE Nexus 7 for Verizon is not exactly a secret. In fact Verizon it was as long ago as last year that Verizon promised that a Nexus 7 with LTE would be making its way onto its network. However due to certification issues, the Nexus 7 for Verizon was a no-show. However assuming Droid-Life’s sources are right on the money, perhaps Verizon might have sorted out whatever certification problem they were facing and could be getting ready to launch the tablet on their network. Either way try not to get your hopes up just yet, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more info, so check back with us next week to see if there are any details to be had.

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