Tweet As another seven days go whizzing by, we’ve been busy hunting out all the best Nokia Lumia inspired videos. Our fantastic five choices this week all feature the world’s most innovative smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920. Perhaps unsurprisingly they focus on many of those unique features we love best, wireless charging, Optical Image Stabilization, imaging and cinemagraph. To see for yourself, head down south and click play. Lumia boys in the hood Recently Nokia, launched a cool competition asking Nokia employees to use their Nokia smartphones to make a Switch Pitch video. The response was incredible, with over three thousand people from four continents showcasing their creative and sales mastery. Alas there could only be one winner and that honour went to Ben G’s and his awesome Nokia Lumia 920 rap. DIY wireless charging Like pretty much ever one who uses it, we’re massive fans of wireless charging. If we had the chance we’d have a wireless charger everywhere we lay our phone. Well, now thanks to some handy work from one our favorite YouTube channels lobbamobba, it looks like that dream is coming closer to reality. Pop goes the cinemagraph Nacho Pop is an Australian DJ and dancer who’s been showcasing the cinemagraphic magic of the Nokia Lumia 920 on Australian TV. While we might not have his moves we certainly know how to make his magic. Tip top tips When it comes to imaging there are few smartphones more adept than the Nokia Lumia 920. But how do you get the best out this mobile photography masterpiece? One way is to check out The Nokia Blog’s Mark Guim’s handy tips video. Start your OIS engines Last, but by no means least, Eugen Diskin from Russian blog, wp7forum.ru puts the Nokia Lumia 920’s Optical Image Stabilization to the test by pitting it against a Samsung Galaxy S4. Both smartphones are strapped onto a remote-controlled car, which is then towed, due to some unfortunate luck with the batteries. Despite or maybe because of this, the car combo makes for an interesting view and video That’s this weeks round up of the Lumiatastic videos. We hope they entertained and educated you as much as us. If you’ve discovered any others that you think should be shared with the wider world, be sure to let us know down below.
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Tweet If you’re a music aficionado, you’ll be pleased to hear about Nokia Music’s documentary series New American Noise, made in collaboration with the Sundance film festival. Charting the music scenes of six US cities, it gives us an unprecedented insight into what makes the US rock. Today, we take a closer look at one of the places featured. Make some noise for Portland. Seattle’s cooler cousin Satyrican nightclub might have been the place where Kurt Cobain first set eyes on Courtney Love, but this Oregon city’s musical legacy neither starts nor ends with grunge. Seattle’s cooler cousin, tucked away in the rainy north-west of the USA, Portland has a music scene that’s nothing if not eclectic. From the underground indie-chic featured in the New American Noise: Electric Noise documentary, to bluegrass, punk and house, Portland has it all. And, as befitting musicians from America’s Greenest City, Portland’s soundsmiths urge their fellow citizens to sample the home-grown wares and listen locally. But the rest of the world is curious, too: what’s so special about Portland? Louie, Louie in hardcore heaven Back in the early 1960s, Portland band The Kingsmen’s cover of Richard Berrry’s Louie, Louie blew America’s cotton socks off, but it was the 1980s when Portland really came into its own as a kick-ass breeding ground for hardcore punk. Bands like The Wipers, Poison Idea, the Stiphnoyds and Final Warning all cut their teeth here. The Stiphnoyds were early members of the Alternative Arts Association, a punk-group organisation that were trying to spread the word about their new sound, and The Wipers’ frontman, Greg Sage, said, ‘We were even farther out in left field than the punk movement because we didn’t even wish to be classified.’ Now, that’s hardcore. Singing in the rain On to the 1990s: while Seattle was grabbing the grunge headlines a couple of hours’ drive north, Portland was rocking out to Everclear and Elliott Smith. Everclear’s lament, Portland Rain, might have been a love-song (of sorts), but it’s also a shout-out to the local weather – that sad, cold, melancholy climate mentioned in American Noise that seems to fertilise a huge amount of musical creativity. Singer-songwriter Smith, who went to school in Portland and lived there throughout the mid-90s, hit the big-time when fellow Portland artist, Gus Van Sant, featured his tracks in his film, Good Will Hunting; one of them, Miss Misery, even got an Academy Award nomination. Punk edge fiddling and hipster house Stepping outside the rock world, we can’t forget Portland’s bluegrass scene. Native stars include Foghorn Stringband – described by the press as old-time mountain fiddling with a punk edge – and The Water Tower Bucket Boys, who started as buskers and moved onto square dances. And every year the city hosts the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, a grass-roots festival celebrating traditional Appalachian-style stringband musicians. On the other side of the dance-floor, house music’s getting big in Portland, too: hipster-house or chill-rave artists like Chromatics, Glass Candy, and, more recently, the Miracles Club are busy pumping beats out of Oregon. The Miracles Club’s Honey Owens and Rafael Fauria have their own label, too, Ecstacy, catering to a small but mighty Portland dance scene. You’ve probably heard of other Portland exports, like The Dandy Warhols, Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, Blitzen Trapper and The Decemberists – but that’s just a tiny sample. Want more? Check out the documentary, then get to Oregon and get your groove on!
Tweet Timo is the EVP for Mobile Phones at Nokia and has been with the company for 17 years. He’s occupied a variety of roles over that time, and has been responsible for spearheading the growth of the mobile phone division in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. When it comes to his favourite mobile phone, nothing but the best will do, and so he’s opted for the current top-of-the-range Asha… Nokia Asha 311 . Who would you recommend this phone to? I would especially recommend the Nokia Asha 311 to either one of my two boys, age 7 and 9 respectively. They are ready to get their first smartphones and 311 would be just perfect for them. What do you think is the one unique feature in this phone? Can I have two? It’s fast and it lasts. My boys are getting pretty good at breaking things and the exceptional durability and build quality of Asha 311 will come handy here. What’s the killer app you recommend on this phone? EA’s 40 free games would be the killer with my boys. They don’t browse much yet but are just crazy about games.
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Tweet The lock screen is a much underrated and easily forgotten part of your Lumia experience. After all, you probably never look at it for more than a split-second before you swipe it up and get stuck into all the goodies that await inside. With Windows Phone 8 on your Nokia Lumia 920 or Lumia 820 all that is set to change. Within the lock screen settings there are now advanced options for you to customise your notifications, set your background, and best of all, to let apps change your lock screen dynamically. Think of it as a giant live tile. Even though it is still very early days, developers have already started exploiting the potential of the new lock screen on Windows Phone 8. Here are five apps that positively unlock your lock screen. Weather Flow (£1.49, or free to try) We’ve been big fans of Weather Flow for a while now and even spoke to its developer, Gergely Orosz , back in August. Gergely’s apps are characterised by beautiful designs and your lock screen will certainly benefit from the latest incarnation of Weather Flow. In many ways, the weather is an ideal subject for the lock screen: It is useful information that most of us keep an eye on regularly, it changes fairly frequently (OK, some places more often than others) and the changes can be illustrated with great images. The Weather Flow lock screen can be customised too. You can choose from different lock screen styles, what information you want displayed and decide if you’d prefer an illustration of the current weather or a custom background image. Hello Friends (£0.79p or free to try) Hello Friends is a super simple, yet genius idea and it is currently the lock screen on my Nokia Lumia 820. This app takes the photos of your contacts and shuffles them to create a mosaic – you can choose between small squares, large squares or a mix. The mosaic then becomes your lock screen background image. That’s not all though – the mosaic shuffles itself, so that you’ll be greeted by a different group of friends every half an hour. It’s a subtle way of giving you a new lock screen throughout the day. A detail that I really love is how the background image slowly fades to black as it comes towards the bottom of the screen – this means it is always easy to spot your notification icons. Photostream (free) Unsurprisingly, photo apps are ripe for the lock screen treatment. Photostream, formerly known as Flickr Live Wallpaper, is among the best of the bunch. First you need to set up your photo sources. You can choose from a variety of Flickr options, such as the Interesting Photos group, your own Flickr photos, searching by keyword and also your camera roll. When you’ve made your choice, the photos change periodically (you can change how often you want it to change and for changing over WiFi only) on your lock screen. What could be simpler? Other interesting photo lock screen apps are Locksider , which boasts curated images in formats that will always look good on your screen and the niche but stunning Astronomy Lock Screen – a daily download of the best images from space. At Countdown (free) Got an important date coming up, like a wedding or going on a holiday? This app will tell you how many days, hours and minutes you’ve got left before the big day. You can set the custom message, set the countdown date and then choose an image from your Picture Hub as the background. As well as the lock screen, you can also pin a Live Tile to your start screen both of which, of course, countdown. CNN (free) It’s not just the independent developers but the big boys are getting in on the lock screen action too. CNN was quick out of the blocks with its app for Windows Phone 8 and has great live tiles (the wide one works really well) and a lock screen option. Within the app’s settings you turn on the ‘lock screen updates’ and you’ll get a topical image that is updated as your background image. We are sure that there are more and more apps being released all the time with great lock screen features. Have you been using any good ones? Let us know in the comments below.
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Tweet As the title suggests, it’s been another impressive week of content produced by the Nokia community. Driving across New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge, Johnny W. Lam took some stunning photographs of one of the United States’ oldest suspension bridges using a Lumia 920 camera. Posted on his Twitter page , he also shows the outstanding picture clarity and light adjustment facilities in this picture of the historic Central Park, once again in the Big Apple City-in-the-North-Eastern-United-States. This colourful and magnificently detailed image captured by Billy’s Lumia 920 is simply impeccable. The depth of paint colour and textile come to light brilliantly – you’d almost want to put your face in it. Wasim from the T3CH Boys welcomes the Lumia 920′s ‘really good’ feel in your hands, the ‘nice’ ability to customise the tile sizes and approves the ‘smooth’ running Internet Explorer 10 service. Watch this video on YouTube . Impressed? I thought so. Have you taken a better image with your Nokia Lumia 920? Do you have a hands-on review of your own? Feel free to share your thoughts either here (or on Twitter ). [Image credit(s); Johnny W. Lam, Crystal Phuong & Billy]
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Tweet One of the things I love the most about the relentless march of new technology is how quickly people are able to adapt and, almost by stealth, establish new paradigms. The evolution of mobile phones is a good case study for future anthropologists. People around the world have consistently shown their ingenuity in how they are using their mobile phones. Text-speak and the rise of SMS is a prime example. In many countries, SMS is now far more popular than actually talking on your phone. Also, when the very first mobile phone came out, who could have predicted how important location services and cameras would become? It all seemed to happen because that’s just how most people were using their mobiles. These new shifts are not confined to cutting edge phones either. People without smart devices are still finding smart ways of using the ‘dumb’ phones that they do have. One way they are doing this is the phenomenon that’s become known as ‘beeping’. Big beeps Put simply, beeping is when you call someone and then hang up after it has rung for a split-second. Think of it as giving someone a quick nudge or shout across the room. What does the beep mean? It can mean anything but crucially it will be understood between the two parties. Some common messages for beeps are things such as ‘please come and pick me up’ or simply ‘I’m thinking of you, please call me back.’ The practice is particularly common in emerging economies like India, Pakistan and the African nations. It’s popular because it’s practically free and means that if the second party does want to speak to you, then they’ll have to call you back and bear the burden of paying for that phone call. It is also just a very simple and efficient way of getting your message across. Who needs words, when a beep says it all? The repertoire Beeping was first identified a few years ago in Rwanda by Microsoft researcher Richard Donner, who wrote a paper called The Rules of Beeping . He said that beeping was: “A simple strategy to redistribute telecommunications costs and as a form of code which, intentionally or not, serves to strengthen relationships and reinforce social norms.” Mr Donner identified three major kinds of beeps and how they were being used: Most common of all are callback beeps . They are a “request” that the recipient return the beeper’s missed call with a voice call. Prearranged shorthand beeps . For example, ‘beep me when you’ve finished your shopping and I’ll come to pick you up.’ Relational beeps are made between friends and expect no reply or action to be taken. It’s used for simple greetings such as ‘hello’ or ‘goodnight.’ The rules As well as the different kinds of beeps, Mr Donner also found that hierarchies and social conventions have also arisen around beeping. For example, callback beeps are sent to people with more money than you because they can afford to pay for the call. Likewise, you can send them to friends and family if you have run out of minutes. There are also occasions when beeping is frowned upon, such as when you are hoping for favourable treatment from the person you are beeping. A man who is courting a girl should not beep her either. Who said romance was dead? Beeping off In its simplest form you can think of beeping as a kind of Morse code. Strangers to countries where it is practiced may well find it annoying and confusing , particularly if you keep answering your phone quickly before the caller can hang up! Even in the UK, I have heard anecdotal evidence that a form of beeping was used among some families with the old fixed-line phones to relay simple messages – “ring the phone twice to let me know you’ve arrived home safely,” and that sort of thing [Ian – we did when I was a kid to let my grandmother know we’d got home ]. So, beeping is not exactly new but mobile phone technology has helped it to become a major cultural phenomenon around the world. Will it last? As Richard Donner said, cheaper operator deals and other disruptive technologies such as instant messaging may very well reduce its popularity. For now though, I think it’s clever, witty and long may they keep on beeping. Image credits: IIDC and whiteafrican *Beeping is also known as flashing, but don’t confuse this with wiping or upgrading your phone’s software or firmware, which is also commonly referred to as flashing.
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Tweet Did you know you have the chance to get your hands on a Nokia Lumia 900 and Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset – every single month? It’s called ‘Nokia Connects: Go’ and gives you guys and girls the chance to make some amazing creative content. What cool stuff are we looking for? It’s very simple: trial a phone from us or use your current Nokia phone to make some content that makes us sit back and say “wow, this is pretty cool!” Over the past six months we have seen the community ‘wow’ us with some excellent creativity. Here is some of the cool stuff that we have been sent and featured on Nokia Connects: Here is 21-year-old communications student Germaine Eloka from Montpellier, France, making his very own video using nothing but the Nokia Lumia 800. via Germain Elokan If you missed Mellon BMX and Rok Krivec working on an extreme sports masterpiece then check it out here. We also witnessed the boys from SwagFreerun blow us away with their freerunning skills . How do you get involved? If you haven’t got a Nokia already, then head to our Trial a Nokia page,select the phone from the Lumia range that you want to trial and tell us the reason you want to trial the phone adding the hashtag #NokiaConnectsGO to the end of your paragraph so we know you have gone to the trial via this page. That’s the easy bit, but the hard part is making something awesome! We can’t help you with that bit – we can only reward and tell everyone about your amazing work. For those of you who already have a Nokia phone you can post your content on Twitter using #NokiaConnectsGo, alternatively email us (sarah at NokiaConnects dot com). For full T&C’s please head here
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Tweet New York, New York: so good they named it the Music Capital of the World! Music’s not the only thing that’s been rockin’ the Big Apple this week though. So to celebrate the launch of a couple of stunningly innovative new arrivals on the smartphone scene, we’ve put on our disco shoes, tuned our hipster acoustic guitar and selected the most innovative New York bands ever to grace our Lumia playlists. Please put your hands together and make some noise for… The Velvet Underground Lou Reed and John Cale, with Andy Warhol at the tiller – need we say more? One of the most critically acclaimed and influential alternative/experimental rock bands of all time, everybody from Sonic Youth to Kraftwerk kowtows to The Velvet Underground – and rightly so. The New York Dolls Well, the clue’s in the name. In just four years in the early 1970s, the Dolls mixed punk, rock and glam rock into a musical stew that fed future giants like KISS, Guns N’ Roses and Blondie. Blondie Think new-wave and punk with a dash of disco, reggae and rap, throw in a rack of Grammy and Juno Awards and nominations, and you’ve got one of the most enduring NYC acts ever. Where would Madonna be without Debbie Harry? The Ramones This manic four-chord quartet from Queens were on the starters’ blocks for the punk-rock revolution, inspiring bands like The Clash, The Dead Kennedys and The Undertones. Blitzkrieg Bop, anyone? Talking Heads Frontman David Byrne and producer Brian Eno led his New Wave posse to critical success right through the 1970s and into the 1990s. Also, Radiohead nicked their band name from a song on Talking Heads’ 1986 album, True Stories . True story! Public Enemy One of the first hip-hop groups to make it big internationally, Public Enemy’s socially and politically charged lyrics changed the face of their genre – and they were the first band to releae MP3-only albums. Revolutionary! The Wu-Tang Clan Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx can all lay claim to the Clan, a group that NME reckon are the greatest collection of rap lunatics to have ever walked the earth. Their influence doesn’t stop at music – they’re also all about sampling, rap personas and slang. Hell, they’ve even got their own video game. Beastie Boys Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock made seven platinum albums (or better) between 1986 and 2004, and in 2012 they became the third rap group ever to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their 2006 album, To The Five Boroughs , is a tribute to New York City itself. Sonic Youth With their performance art aesthetic and idiosyncratic approach to guitars (they’ve been known to prep their instruments with a screw-driver) noise-rock band Sonic Youth have been a mainstay of the NYC scene since the early 1980s. Their avant-garde cool factor laid the groundwork to get the likes of Nirvana, Beck and Pearl Jam onto major labels. Now, that’s influence. Yeah Yeah Yeahs The 21 st Century art-rock/garage-punk scene wouldn’t be much without the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their three albums are all over the Best Of lists, and vocals don’t get better than Karen O’s. Listen and swoon. If there’s one thing this list shows it’s that New York’s boss when it comes to kickin’ tunes. But are there more we’ve missed? If so, don’t be shy. Let us know in the comments below. Image credit: Humbert15