Ovi Store Chart | Music Apps

Every phone comes with a music player nowadays. But which are the most downloaded apps for music in the Ovi Store? Well hit the jump and find out.

Playlist DJ – Create new playlists & match music to your mood

Instantly create new playlists. Match your music to your mood or change your mood with your music. Playlist DJ automatically analyzes and profiles your music collection, then builds playlists at your command. You simply set the colorful mood and tempo sliders, or start with a favorite song. Discover music you forgot you had.

Absolute Radio Player – Listen to live streaming radio

Listen to live streaming radio with the Absolute Radio Player. Choose between real music on Absolute Radio UK, rock music on Absolute Classic Rock, undisputed classics on Absolute 80s, and new and alternative tracks on user-controlled dabbl. It ’s the best way to hear Christian O’Connell at breakfast and Geoff Lloyd at home time, plus free music from artists like Coldplay, Kings of Leon, U2 and The Killers.

This Day in Music – Stay up-to-date with top music hits

Just a Music fan? Not anymore, now you are an Expert! Stay up-to-date with top music hits and even find out No1 hits in UK and US from the last 50 years. Discover what was No1 in UK/US when you were born/married/had a child etc…

Energy Radio – Enjoy your favorite music anywhere

Enjoy your favorite music anywhere and at anytime. The Energy Radio Application broadcasts about 20 radio programs of all genres. Your music wishes become true on all our channels, e.g. Energy Rock, Energy Black, Energy Lounge or Energy Dance. Discover exciting new sounds on Energy Hot or dive into the past on Energy 80′s, 90′s and 00s. Be fascinated by musical experiences on Energy Soundtrack or Energy Live.

Video Review Of The Nokia C6 Firmware On The 5800XM

Earlier last month, we brought you the news that the guys behind PNTH.org have successfully managed to port the new Nokia C6 firmware into the Nokia 5800. Well today we found this short video review, demonstrating all the different features of the Nokia 5800-C6 XpressMusic, so hit the jump for the video.

Nokia N8 To Be Available In UK On 23 September

The Nokia N8 is set to be exclusively available for UK customers on 23 September 2010. This is a full week earlier than the official release date. Apparently Nokia has been buying Ad Word space which leaked the story during a Nokia N8 Google search. The Nokia N8 will be in stock and available for dispatch via the Nokia UK website, so stay tuned to see the latest Nokia device pop up on pre-order anytime now.

And staying on the topic of the Nokia N8, check out the video below which demos the smoothness of the pinch and zoom features on this device.

Nokia E5 Video Recording Sample

Check out this video recording sample taken with the 5 megapixel Full Focus (EDOF) camera of the Nokia E5 courtesy of the guys over at TechRadar. Video after the jump.

Nokia Calls It A Day With Ovi Files

Nokia has decided to finally call it quits with its unsuccessful Ovi Files service. Ovi Files was created to allow users to remotely access photos, music and documents that were stored on their home computer. It also allowed you to browse, search and view photos, automatically resized for your mobile phone. Through the acquisition of Avvenu Incorporated in December 2007, Nokia originally aimed to release Ovi Files as a premium service. However due to poor uptake, in July 2007 Nokia decided to allow users to take advantage of this service free of charge. It appears as though the service is still underused, and so Nokia will officially discontinue the service as of 1 October 2010. Check out the email confirmation of this news after the break.

TuneWiki For S60 5th Edition

TuneWiki is a revolutionary new way to experience your favorite music. TuneWiki’s social media player shows subtitled lyrics as you listen to your music, watch music videos, or stream songs through the SHOUTcast™ radio feature. Translated into 40+ languages, TuneWiki lets you search for lyrics to over 2.5 Million songs. You can also use Music Maps or follow your friends to see what they are listening to and discover new music. Other features include Playlists, Song Search, Facebook and Twitter integration and Top 50 charts. Check out the video demo after the break and pick up your free copy from our S60 5th Edition Applications Page.

TuneWiki comes in an ad-supported version, which is free, and can be downloaded from out S60 5th Edition Applications page. However if you wish to use the ad-free version you can purchase TuneWiki Music Pro, which is currently on special offer for just £1.50 at the Ovi Store.

Star With Pamela Anderson In A Short Feature Shot With The Nokia N8

Nokia has announced that it will be showcasing the HD camera qualities of the Nokia N8 by creating a raunchy short feature, The Commuter, starring Hollywood stars Pamela Anderson and Ed Westwick. The film will be shot entirely on the Nokia N8 and Nokia is looking for people to star in scenes alongside the Baywatch babe and Gossip Girl heartthrob. Hit the jump to find out more.

The groundbreaking project is offering the chance to win two amazing main roles within the film, to either be in a bedroom with Pamela Anderson or up close and personal in an elevator with Ed Westwick. To be in with a chance of starring with Pam or Ed in The Commuter, wannabe stars need to visit www.starwithpam.comor www.starwithed.com.

Showcasing the HD camera qualities of the Nokia N8, this will be one of the first times that a project on this scale will use a mobile phone for much of the filming process. The lucky winners of the cameos will also get the chance to see themselves in Hollywood quality at a glitzy, star-studded London premiere of the new film in October.

Fans can still get the chance to be the first thing Pamela Anderson sees when she wakes up through a fun new Facebook viral that sees a sultry Pammy rolling over in her bed to check her Nokia N8 and find your profile picture on the phone. The viral is also available from www.starwithpam.com and everyone can easily upload their own pictures and share it with friends.

Commenting on the new film, Pamela Anderson says: “I’m really excited about the film and can’t wait to get on set.  I don’t want to give too much away, but my scenes are shot in a bedroom and I’m looking forward to going back to my Finnish roots and sharing my bed with a Nokia N8!”

John Nichols, Head of Marketing at Nokia UK, said: “We wanted to create something very special for the launch of the Nokia N8 that showcases the Hollywood quality of its camera. The boldness of the campaign reflects the boldness of the device itself. This is all about accessible, fun technology for people to use and enjoy; and that anybody can be a star.”

The Nokia N8 is launching soon and is designed to intuitively connect to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create exciting content, connect to their favourite social networks, and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. The Nokia N8 boasts a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a sensor rivalling those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally the Nokia N8 enables everyone to bring out their inner film director by recording HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive, built-in editing suite.

Nokia Unveils The Nokia E7 | The Communicator Reborn

Nokia World 2010 in London has brought us some great new additions to the Symbian^3 range of Nokia devices. First up it’s the ‘daddy’ of them all, the Nokia E7. This cracking new device brings a host of much desired features, including a 4″ capacitive touch display with ClearBlack technology. This gives an amazingly high contrast to the screen, displaying colours more vividly. Hit the jump for the specs and more.

The Nokia E7 is seems to be the ultimate smartphone we’ve all been waiting for. With Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on board, it provides direct, real-time and secure access to corporate email inboxes and other personal applications. Equipped with a 4″ display is a full QWERTY keyboard, revealed in the ‘slide up’ manner, similar to that of the Nokia N97 and N97 mini. The Nokia E7 is the perfect shape and size to work on documents, review spreadsheets, or read and edit slides. For corporate peace of mind, a combination of business grade security solutions are also available. Estimated retail price is €495 EUR, before taxes and subsidies.

There are a few downfalls however, like the fact that the camera strapped to the back is a standard EDOF lens, just like the rest of the Eseries devices. The Nokia N8‘s camera and Xenon flash on the Nokia E7 would have made it beyond perfect. Why Nokia continue to provide devices that must improve here but cut back there is beyond me. I also found the UI pretty sluggish when compared to the Nokia N8, but I’ll hopefully upload a video soon and give you a demo of that later. Check out the Nokia E7 Data Sheet for a complete list of specifications. The Nokia E7 is expected to begin shipping by the end of this year.

Nokia Also Announces The Nokia C6 & Nokia C7

Also announced at Nokia world 2010 were the Nokia C6 (C6-01) and Nokia C7. Both devices add to Nokia’s growing range of Cseries devices, and both sport 8 megapixel cameras with HD video capabilities. The Nokia C6 (C6-01) was created using primarily recycled materials and the Nokia C7 is the first mobile device to use biopaints. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia C6 (C6-01) is a small and stylish smartphone which has a 3.2″ AMOLED display with full touch capabilities. It also sports the ClearBlack technology just like the Nokia E7, along with the great social networking and mobile entertainment solutions. All this plus an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and support for capturing 720p HD video. Packed in a stainless steel and glass design, the Nokia C6(C6-01) is a really desirable device, and with a price tag of only €260 EUR before taxes and subsidies, it’s not one that should be overlooked.

The Nokia C7 is beautifully crafted, sleek social networking smartphone. Initially mistaken for an Eseries device, the Nokia C7 gives you live updates from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter directly on your homescreen as well as allowing you to share your location via Facebook. The Nokia C7 features a 3.5″ AMOLED display with a hardened glass window. This, together with the stainless steel and soft edges, makes it really comfortable in the hand, similarly to the Nokia E71. The Nokia C7 also sports an 8 megapixel camera with HD video capabilities and all this in a body less that 11 mm thin. Estimated at around €335 EUR before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C7 and the Nokia C6 (C6-01) should both start shipping before the end of this year.

Ovi Music Completes DRM Free Transition

Nokia’s Ovi Music service has finally completed its switch to offer DRM free music. Nokia initially rolled out plans to make this switch last year, and has been gradually changing it’s offering country by country. Hit the jump to find out more.

This new offering will only be available with the new pay per download system, similar to that of the Apple App Store. With the DRM free music via Ovi Music, you will be able to download music in MP3 format at 256 kbps, which you can not only listen to on your Nokia device and PC, but also on any other device you wish.

If you already built a substantial collection of DRM protected music that you previously purchased, you will be able to re-download them all at no cost in the new DRM free format. The ‘Comes with Music’ service or now Ovi Music Unlimited continues to offer DRM protected music.

Nokia Announce The Nokia N8 | Connect. Create. Entertain.

Nokia has today announced its latest flagship – The Nokia N8. This intuitive device brings Nokia right back into 2010 with the latest features that connect people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Bluetooth 3.0, Symbian^3 OS, HDMI Out, 12 megapixel camera, and the 16:9 3.5″ Capacitive OLED display with multi-touch capabilities is just the tip of the iceberg. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is GBP £320, before taxes or subsidies. Hit the jump for more press images.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Everyone Connect | How Do You Connect?

Nokia’s Everyone Connect campaign was based around a new Nokia Messaging solution that lets you email, chat and connect with your favourite social networking sites instantly from your device. This new service was rolled out on three brand new, messaging-centric devices, the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and the Nokia E5. The question was then posed as to how you use your device to stay connected. Hit the jump to find out more.

New Firmware v31.023 | Nokia E72 (inc. Changelog)

The new firmware updates continue with the Nokia E72, that has just been updated to v31.023. The new firmware brings many new features, improvements and updates including the highly requested Internet Radio application. New firmware updates also contain more general bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code. We have the full changelog after the break, so hit the read more button to check out what’s new.

Changelog

New Content

  • WAPI support for China
  • Internet radio
  • Smart Connect
  • Bloomberg
  • Advanced Communications Manager

Updated

  • Freestyle email (2.05, BL3, csw.32.rd_email_10w04)
  • My Nokia (4.1)
  • Nokia Maps 3.3
  • Share on OVI (4.3)
  • OviStore (1.5.436)
  • Cherry (2.1)
  • Browser 7.2

Stability Improvements

  • Memory-leak corrections to improve general stability
  • Music player, radio, video recording, earphone, security sw and encryprion stability corrections
  • Localisation corrections (Maps, Calendar, Contacts, Email and Browser area)

Email Improvements

  • MFE activation registration correction
  • Synchronisation correction to mailbox creation(like Yahoo and Gmail) for the first time
  • Email editing correction (dubling of words when deleting suggestions)
  • Correction to synchronization when syncing draft meeting request
  • Set default setting “Sync while roaming” to “No”
  • Sending message without password initials crash correction
  • Messaging menu memory leak correction

Calendar

  • Meeting request creation stability corrections
  • Requiring meeting request corrections
  • Meeting request saving correction if meeting request is saved before sending
  • Meeting update send after editing request

Contacts

  • Contacts stability improvements (arrow keys pressed rapidly before contacts are loaded, add searched contact to the group without name, mail box removal, open/close contacts during call, conference call with two same name participants, … )
  • Company name displayed in contacts
  • Group deleting correction when group is deleted from group edit view
  • Contact group editing view corrections
  • Contacts search corrections (Group cannot be searched after editing its conference service number, Image detail of marked contact is not displayed in search result, Group disappears when add contact to it in searched result view)

Homescreen

  • Missed call indicator removal correction after call has been accomplished form action menu
  • Message notifier corrected when several voice messages received

Maps

  • New maps version included
  • Free navigation
  • Improved GPS handling
  • Landmark corrections (land mark received vie MMS, Landmarks are not displayed when selecting places during planning route from landmarks application)
  • Voice guidance corrections (turning directions, safety camera)
  • Route planning/saving corrections

Browser

  • Browser bitmap memory leak correction
  • Browser closing stability improvement before connection is open
  • Secure connection icon corrections (going to an other secure page, secure connection canceling)
  • When moving multiple Bookmarks, the last selected Bookmark is not moved
  • Bookmark icon correction

Other

  • Spacebar stops working correction
  • Emergency call correction when lock code query is on and call made quickly after power on
  • Theme effects disabled by default

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

 

 

Make My App Competition | Win A Nokia N8 & A Trip To Nokia World In London

Nokia is giving away twelve brand new Nokia N8‘s each with a ticket to Nokia World 2010 in London. Nokia’s ‘Make My App’ competition is basically giving you the opportunity to see your ideas become reality. Simply submit your idea for an application, and if you are selected, a team of Nokia developers will create and pre-installed your app on the Nokia N8 you win. Check out the introductory video after the break to find out more and submit your ideas for this exclusive opportunity.

ABBYY FotoTranslate | Travel & Dine With Confidence

If you’re planning a trip this summer to a foreign country we have just the app for you. ABBYY FotoTranslate is a cracking utility application that not only converts images of text into text using its award winning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, but also then translates this text into your preferred language. So the next time you come across a road sign or restaurant menu that you can’t quite make sense of, simply snap the text you wish to translate and let ABBYY FotoTranslate do the rest. What’s more is that there is no need for an Internet connection, cellular signal, or even access to any external language resources. The built in dictionary software supports up to 8 languages for recognition and 30 directions for translation. Check out my thoughts after the break.

Key features

  • Translation without manual inputting of the words
  • Offline, independent mode work (no network signal needed)
  • Quick and accurate result
  • Up-to-date high-quality dictionaries
  • Auto suggestions and manual corrections
  • FREE downloadable sound files (download)

The user interface is very simple and easy to use. You have the option of switching the flash off  which is great, as sometimes the flash can glare text, especially when taking pictures close up. You also have the option to switch the sound off and change the orientation of the viewfinder. Other than these few simple alterations, the application more or less works as a point and shoot tool.

After taking the photo, you can select different parts of the image to translate and the translation is instantly altered. If the camera didn’t quite manage to capture the full word or if the recognition software missed out a letter, you can also manually add or change the text you want to translate.

ABBYY FotoTranslate may not be the coolest app you could have on your device, but if you travel a lot, or love eating foreign cuisine, you might just find this application more useful than you think. Check out the video demonstration below to see exactly how ABBYY FotoTranslate works.

ABBYY FotoTranslate is available for all S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition devices, and can be downloaded from the ABBYY Store for free on a 1 day trial or €5.95 EUR for the full license.

Nokia N8 | HD Video Capture & 12 Megapixel Photo Samples

The Nokia N8 was announced yesterday with its impressive (to say the least) spec sheet. The device is a complete upgrade of a Nokia smartphone as we know it and is exactly what Nokia needed. The Nokia N8 brings the familiarity of Nokia’s much loved Symbian platform into a whole new age with Symbian^3. This is just a small portion of the new technology this device is packing, but before we go into that, let’s take a quick look at some of its more obvious features, mainly being the 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera that sports HD video recording at 720p. We’ve got some sample photos to share with you along with a short clip recorded solely with the Nokia N8, which has not been enhanced or tweaked in any way, and the quality is simply faultless!

Nokia Announce The Nokia N8 | Connect. Create. Entertain.

Nokia has today announced its latest flagship – The Nokia N8. This intuitive device brings Nokia right back into 2010 with the latest features that connect people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Bluetooth 3.0, Symbian^3 OS, HDMI Out, 12 megapixel camera, and the 16:9 3.5″ Capacitive OLED display with multi-touch capabilities is just the tip of the iceberg. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is GBP £320, before taxes or subsidies. Hit the jump for more press images.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.1 | With Seamless Touch UI

Check out this short demo of Android 2.1 running on the Nokia N900. This is the first demo of the NITDroid Android port to the Nokia N900 and shows some general Android features in the works. The touch UI also seems to run pretty smoothly. Hit the jump for the video.

Nokia Beta Labs Update Ovi Contacts To v1.5 & Ovi Calendar To v1.6

This week Nokia Beta Labs announced that they have updated both the Ovi Contacts to v1.5 and Ovi Calendar to v1.6. Ovi Contacts v1.5 is mainly a graphic face-lift of the service but also includes some performance tweaks. Ovi Calendar v1.6 finally brings multiple calendars to your Nokia S60 handset. In this day and age, multiple calendars have become more of a necessity than a nice feature, and so it is great that Nokia have decided to implement this into the service. Although it would be even better if these services were completed pronto and final versions were released. You can find more details on both these services after the break, and as always, beta software is usually only available for a limited number of devices.

With Ovi Contacts, you can let your friends know what you are doing and where you are. You can also check your friends’ status messages to see what your friends are up to. Ovi Contacts is all about keeping in touch with people who matter.

If you have used Nokia Chat you will find Ovi Contacts mobile application familiar.

Key Features:

 

  • Presence: Let your friends know if you are available, busy or on the phone. Check your friends’ availability.
  • Enhanced presence: You can share – or hide – your favorite places with your friends. You can also let your friends know what you are listening to.
  • Chat: Get in touch with your friends with chat. Convey your messages with emotions and share your location on the map via chat.

If you are a current Ovi Calendar user, the existing Ovi Calendar data will be imported for you to use in Ovi Calendar 1.6 Beta. (Note that any changes you make will be changing your original data). To start using the Ovi Calendar 1.6 Beta, visit organiser.ovi.com and sign in with your Nokia Account.

Ovi Calendar 1.6 helps you to manage your calendars, notes and to-do items more effectively and allows you to coordinate more easily with those close to you.

Key Features: 

  • Create and edit multiple calendars on the Calendar website to more naturally organize the different aspects of your life (e.g. Family, Friends, Work)
  • Create and edit notes and to-do items and associate them with calendars or group them into new categories you create
  • Share calendars and their associated notes and to-do items with your family, friends or colleagues using the Calendar website and sync the shared items to your devices

S60 Theme | LadyBug By PiZero

Check out this cracking new theme for your Nokia S60 handset – LadyBug by PiZero is a calm and soothing green theme that has recently been released by theme wizkid PiZero. It includes a bunch of nice custom icons that cover all of the default and system icons as well as various 3rd party icons. This theme is available for all S60 3rd and 5th edition devices and is great for having that simple look, soothing to the eyes.

Nokia Announce The Nokia X2

Nokia today announced the Nokia X2 – the latest device to join the Xseries line-up and is due out before the end of June. This news comes just a day after the release of the Nokia N8, but the Nokia X2 not only has a 2.2-inch QVGA screen and measures in at just 13 mm thin, but also offers direct access to Facebook from the homescreen and comes with Nokia Messaging for email and Instant Messaging. With a 5 megapixel strapped to the back, it seams surreal that the price tag of the Nokia X2 is only €85 EUR before taxes and subsidies. Check out some more images of the device after the break.

The Nokia X2 is a candybar device and also packs dual speakers, dedicated music keys, FM stereo and support for up to 16GB of storage via microSD card making for a nifty mobile music device. With Bluetooth 2.1 support for wireless music enjoyment, hardcore music fans can opt for the 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy reams of music on the go. Full speed USB 2.0 makes music transfer quick and easy and music can be managed via the Ovi Player PC client or Windows Media Player 11.

 

New Firmware v10.2010.19-1 (PR 1.2) | Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 has finally received its anticipated new firmware update taking it up from v3.2010.02-8 (PR 1.1.1) to v10.2010.19-1 (PR 1.2). The new update brings a host of new features including a bunch of new games, substantial email and web browser enhancements, and menu system UI changes. There are many more additional feature including a long press to initiate the numbers, etc. Hit the jump to find out more, and if you experience additional changes, please share them below in the comments. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you depending on your region and product code.

Nokia N900 PR 1.2 Changelog

  • New games on offer in Ovi Store (Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster, Zen-bound, Angry Birds (level pack), Sygic, Kroll, Weatherbug, and GoGadget).
  • Email has been improved with the ability to accept or decline an event invitation directly from your inbox.
  • Facebook IM chat has been incorporated.
  • Video calling has been implemented, allowing users to talk face-to-face.
  • Video in Skype and Google Talk.
  • The web browser now features a button to activate the portrait mode and a few more option while in the portrait mode.
  • Ovi Maps gets updated with changes to the UI – No voice navigation yet.
  • Menu system UI changes with the first level now customisable.
  • Long press to enter numbers/symbols on the keyboard.
  • A revamped virtual keyboard.
  • Changes to the camera UI, and a night mode for both photos and video.
  • Qt 4.6.2 is now pre-installed.
  • USSD codes now work.
  • Type to search for apps in the Application Manager.
  • Another addition is an email widget as well for the desktop.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia N900. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply launch the Application Manager and click update. There you will see a Maemo5 update. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices also support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. The N900 is known to wipe off some data when updating via NSU so please be careful and backup your content. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Nokia & Yahoo! To Offer Compelling Internet Experiences

Yesterday Nokia and Yahoo! announced their collaboration, and what each hopes to achieve through this deal. Both companies plan to enhance their current market strengths in e-mail, instant messaging, maps and navigation services, to provide consumers with access to world-class experiences on both PC and mobile devices. The strategic alliance to extend the reach of their industry leading online services and offer people rich experiences that keep them connected to their world and the world around them is a huge step in the right direction. With the current trends, people desire familiarity, recognition and ease of access. Check out the rest of the press release after the break along with the video interview of Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President of Services at Nokia and Jason Titus, Vice President of Communications Products at Yahoo!.

As part of the alliance:
– Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!’s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo! properties, branded as “powered by Ovi.”
– Yahoo! will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia’s Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as “Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!”
– Nokia and Yahoo! plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need.

“Delivering great user experiences, both online and on your mobile, is what this alliance is all about,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia. “We’re enabling millions of Yahoo! customers in key markets including North America to discover the unique capabilities that Ovi Maps brings. Similarly, Yahoo!’s online expertise will bring exciting mail and messaging enhancements to millions of Ovi Mail customers across almost every country around the world, many of whom will have their first Internet experience on their mobile.”

“What a combination,” said Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!. “We’re excited to expand the reach of our best-in-class Mail and Messenger services, bringing personalized experiences to more people across the mobile web, particularly in emerging markets where we are seeding the next generation of Yahoo! users. At the same time, we believe Nokia’s strength and continued investment in maps and navigation will greatly enhance our existing products, enabling us to focus on areas that are core to our business.”

Together, Yahoo! and Nokia will continue to deliver compelling Internet experiences that address the core needs of consumers, developers, operators and advertisers. The companies will utilize their respective global distribution advantages and brand recognition across consumer audiences. Select, co-branded service offerings are expected to become available from the second half of 2010, with global availability expected in 2011.

Introducing The Quanta Redvale Tablet Running MeeGo 1.0

Nokia’s recent collaboration with Intel has spawned a new era of mobile computing. With MeeGo, users will be able to take advantage of a completely open platform with spectacular UI experiences. During the Computex keynote, Intel demoed the rumoured MeeGo Tablet, which not only looks promising, but really pushes the bar higher in terms of user experience. The Quanta Redvale tablet is powered by an Intel 1.5 Ghz Moorestown processor with a 10 inch touchscreen. The UI is what’s important here, as any manufacturer will be able to design their own tablet and pack it with the MeeGo goodness, and with an SDK for application development expected to be available later in the summer, developers will be able to to churn out some fantastic software soon too. Hit the jump to check out the video, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Here are some breif highlights from the video:

  • Running on MeeGo 1.0 with tablet user experience
  • Simple mode – easiest way to access applications from icons
  • Panel mode – ‘more personalised, rich and dynamic environment where users have access to their own content’. Library panel for eBooks, friends panel for social network status updates, video panel for quick access to videos, image panel for image.
  • There’s a demonstration of media player and playback of 720p video clip.
  • Demonstration of multi-touch – zooming of images via pinch and five finger multi-touch in a finger paint application.
  • Battery lifetime of ‘around 6 hours’.
  • Multi-tasking of applications, with a task-switcher bar along the bottom of the screen.

Nokia N8 | USB On-The-Go Video Demo

Ever wondered what the USB on-the-go feature on Nokia’s upcoming Nseries flagship entailed of? Well check out this awesome demo to see what the Nokia N8 is capable of in this department. Not only can you connect a USB memory stick to your device and access all its data, you can also connect other smartphones, and access their data as you would with a flash drive. All I can say right now is that there is no need for an app for that!

Nokia N8 Video Review | Part 1 Of 3

The Nokia N8 is by far the most anticipated device for all Nokia fans, from the most impressive spec sheet yet, advanced photography features and new Symbian^3 OS. Well, we’ve so far seen leaked images, video functionalities and more, however now we bring you a three part review courtesy of Nokia Itself. In this first video Chris Bennetts, Senior Project Manager at Nokia talks through the Nokia N8’s homescreen, demonstrating the customisable abilities of the handset, true multitasking that makes running multiple apps a breeze, the lighting-fast onscreen keyboard, email and messaging, Internet and browser capabilities and finally maps and navigation. Check out the full walkthrough of the new Nokia N8 after the break, and stay tuned for part two and three next week.

Google Buzz For Mobile Now Available For Nokia’s Symbian Devices

Back in February, Google launched its fairly successful Google Buzz for mobile service, a tool to start conversations when you are out and about. Currently this service was only available for the iPhone OS and Android 2.0+, however Google have just announced an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many other mobile devices, including those running Nokia’s Symbian OS.

Simply type buzz.google.com into your browser. Then when you log in using your password, you will be able to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more. You can also tag your post with your location, however Google have confirmed that location features may not work on some devices. Google Buzz for mobile is now available in 37 languages through buzz.google.com.

Spitfire For S60v3 & S60v5 | Record Anything, Anytime, Anywhere

Spitfire by Lionear Ltd is a loop-based audio recording and remixing application for mobile devices and it is currently available for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th Edition devices. It has four tracks for audio playback; audio can be either recorded through the device mic or loaded from a library of preset loops. Besides operating as a standalone app, Spitfire provides upload functionality for sending your tracks into Spitfireplayer.com. Check out the video demo after the break to find out more.

Project Nike | A Nokia/Yahoo Partnership Rumoured

Nokia has collaborated with a some big names over the last couple of months, with likes of Intel and Microsoft recently hopping aboard the mothership, in an aim to strengthen its provision of devices and services. The latest organisation to be targeted by the mobile phone giants is Yahoo!.

According to several sources, Internet service provider Yahoo! has stated that it is set to hold a press conference on Monday to announce the partnership. The tagline to this conference reads: “Please join Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement about providing global consumers with rich online and mobile experiences, and bringing forward a new era in keeping consumers connected.”

The rumours suggest that the idea behind this partnership, codenamed ‘Project Nike’, is that Nokia will pre-install certain Yahoo services onto its phones and broaden its service offering. We’ll keep you posted on this once we find out more.

Opera Mobile 10 & Opera Mini 5 Updated | Download The Final Release Now

Opera Software has recently announced that both of its mobile web browsers for Symbian smartphones have been updated out of beta. Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 are currently the best 3rd party mobile web browsing solutions available for Nokia S60 handsets, and the final version release puts all the necessary finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. You can download both Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 for your S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition devices from our Nokia Applications pages.

Lars Boilesen, CEO at Opera Software stated that, “Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web.”

Nokia Unveil The Bicycle Charger Kit | An Eco-Friendly Charging Solution

Nokia has unveiled a cracking new accessory that can provide free and environmentally friendly electricity to charge your Nokia device. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit consists of a charger and dynamo, as well as a holder to secure the phone to a bike. When the kit is installed, the dynamo – a small electrical generator – uses the movement of the wheels to charge the handset through the standard 2mm charging jack used in most Nokia mobile phones. With free voice guided navigation also bundled with all the latest Nokia devices, you can guarantee that this handy little number will be very popular indeed.

Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia said, “You must look at a number of things when it comes to power management – such as ensuring the phone’s operating system is as power-efficient as possible. Now, with our innovative bike charger, people get even more freedom to use their Nokia without worrying about battery life. Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing. This is a great solution to a real challenge, whether people will use it due to limited access to electricity, or to be more environmentally responsible.” The kit will be available before the end of the year in selected retailers and Nokia online and branded retail.

Nokia Experience Lounge | Video Walkthrough

Rafe Blanford was lucky enough to visit Nokia’s Espoo (Helsinki) offices, and had the opportunity to look around Nokia’s Experience Lounge which showcased all of Nokia’s latest products and services. Within the Experience Lounge, Nokia had set up most of its Ovi services, along with a huge collection of nearly all the handsets and accessories ever made by the Finnish giants. It reminds you of how game-changing Nokia were, with most of the technology in the devices appearing way ahead of its time. Do you remember how many of these you owned? Check out the video walkthrough after the jump and share your Nokia history.

New Firmware | v30.0.016 – Nokia N97 & v20.0.016 – Nokia N97 mini

Nokia’s Nseries duo have received new firmware updates. The Nokia N97has been updated from v21.0.102 to v30.0.016 and the Nokia N97 mini has been updated with a rather large update from v11.0.045 to v20.0.016. There is no official changelog for either update, however reports suggest that the new update was pulled shortly after release. If it is still available in your region or for your product code, please share your experiences in the comments below. We’ll try and keep you updated as soon as we here more. New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data.

 

Sygic Mobile Maps For Maemo | The First Voice Guided GPS Navigation Solution For The Nokia N900

The first turn-by-turn voice guided navigation application for Nokia’s Maemo platform is here. Sygic Mobile Maps has just become compatible with Maemo, and brings animated 3D maps to your Nokia N900. Although Ovi Maps was released with free voice guided navigation for Nokia’s Symbian devices, there has been no indication of imminent support for the Maemo platform. Sygic have timely released there solution for a very tasty price tag of €59.99 (Europe). What’s more is that  Sygic’s maps are created by Navteq, an operating unit of Nokia and leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data, as is Ovi Maps. We’ll be testing this newcomer over the weekend and will feedback to you our thoughts sometime next week. But for now, check out the full list of features including the video demo after the break.

Features and benefits of the Mobile Maps:

  • All latest maps are with you on your phone.
  • Speed cameras, speed limits and railway crossings warnings provide safety for you and others.
  • Signposts help you to head in the right direction.
  • Lane assistant informs you about the correct lane to be in.
  • Automatically adapts to horizontal or vertical view with auto-rotation.
  • Automatically or manually adjustable color schemes for day and night use.
  • User interface and voice guide speak your native language.
  • Search for millions of restaurants and other points of interest, with an option to call in, find parking, and navigate to.
  • Design your trip with multi-stop route planning before you head out.
  • See the summary of your trip before you set off.
  • Avoid a roadblock with a single click.
  • Save and organize favorites according to your needs.
  • Customize what you want to see on the navigation screen.

Sygic Mobile Maps For Maemo

With the full set of navigation features, multiple user settings, fast route calculation, user-friendly operation and the latest maps situated on-board of the device, Sygic Mobile Maps turns Nokia N900 into a full-fledged personal navigation device, and provides for superb user experience and reliable navigation.

The first available region is EUROPE. It costs €59.99 EUR and has no time limit on use after purchase. The following countries are included in this package:

Maps included: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican.

Maps with transit roads only: Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Belarus, Moldova, Montenegro, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Romania, Ukraine.

Further regions will be added and announced gradually.

The Nokia E72 Now Available In Amethyst

Eagle-eyed Rita of NokiaLB has managed to get her hands on a luscious Amethyst variant of the Nokia E72. The E72 is Nokia’s latest Eseries device, and packs a stunning 5 megapixel camera along with the ever reliable Symbian S60 software, into a slim and stylish device. Currently the E72 is available in Black, Silver and Topaz Brown, and now it looks like Nokia is planning to milk the success of this device with the release of this cracking new model. The purple caseing gives the device a very elegant look and the contrast with the glossy chrome finish makes it very appealing. Check out the rest of the images after the break.

Mspede Gameplay Demo For The Nokia N900 | Test Your Reflexes

Mspede for Maemo has just landed on our Maemo 5 Applications page. Mspede is a game in which you must tap the lights that blink, as quickly as you can. The longer you play, the faster they blink, so you need to speed up your reflexes in order to score big. Mspede is a free game for the Nokia N900, and is available to download from our Maemo 5 Applications page. Check out the gameplay demo of Mspede after the jump.

Meet Niko | The Nokia N900 Based LEGO Robot Powered By Twitter

Check out this awesome Twitter controlled robot, created using LEGO Mindstorm NXT 2.0 parts and the Nokia N900. Named Niko, this robot is controlled by instructions fed through its own Twitter account @N900Niko. Commands include taking pictures using the Nokia N900′s 5 megapixel camera, then uploading these images to Twitpic, or just simply getting Niko to move around. This robot is part of the PUSH N900 competition which ends next week. Check out the video demonstration after the break.

Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset Review

The Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset is Nokia’s latest bluetooth headset which has Advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and two built-in microphones. The in-ear headset sports acoustic wind noise reduction and has support for Advanced Multipoint, which allows you to connect it with more than one device. It’s also the first of its kind to sport My Own Key, which enables you to assign a specific function to one of the keys. I’ve been using the headset for the past month now and thought I’d fill you in on how we got on. So check out my thoughts, along with an extensive gallery for your viewing pleasure, after the jump.

BH-607 | Overview

Connecting the headset with your Nokia phone is very easy, simply switch on the headset using the power button on the back edge, and you can pair it up using the Bluetooth application, as you would with any other device. No code is required here and every time you switch on the headset, it will automatically connect to your phone.

If you wear the headset in your right ear, the volume rocker is on the bottom side and sticks out like a switch, making it easy to adjust the volume without disturbing the fitting. The 2 mm proprietary Nokia charging port is on the top, and charging the device to a full battery takes less than an hour. I would however prefer Nokia to start using a MicroUSB port instead, hopefully on the next generation of headsets. On the bottom edge of the device, near the microphone, there is a nice curvature with the Nokia logo printed onto a glossy plastic finish.

The outer face of the headset has two decent sized keys. The larger key is the main ‘send’ and ‘end’ key. It’s molded to fit the finger nicely and has the added feature of a quick double press to call the last dialed number. The thinner key on the shaft of the headset is the customisable My Own Key, that allows you to assign a given function to it. You can set it to listen to a new text message out loud, call your favourite number, reject a call, send a predefined text, or hear the current time. To assign the key you will need the Accessory Setup Application (ACA) installed on your device. According to Nokia some of the newer devices come preloaded with this application, and for others it can be downloaded from nokia.com. The headset also comes with a selection of two different types of clear ear-buds, each in 3 different sizes, along with an ear-hook which can be attached to the headset for added comfort.

In terms of constructions, the headset is made completely of light-weight plastic. It comes in Warm Silver, which is more pewter in my eyes, with a matte finish. The keys are made mostly of metal and are conveniently designed. The main key however, feels a little loose to me, and moves side to side when you touch it, which is more noticeable when you have the headset in your ear. Other than that I’ve had no issues with the build quality.

BH-607 | In The Box

  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-607
  • Two Different Sets of Changeable Ear-Buds (three sizes in each set)
  • Optional Ear-Hook
  • User Guide
  • Nokia Charger AC-5

BH-607 | Usability

Even though the Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset is made primarily of light-weight plastic, the durability seems to be exceeding expectations. I probably shouldn’t really be saying this but I managed to ‘accidently’ drop the headset a few times, and it just so happened to be on different surfaces, including concrete. But low and behold, not a single scratch on the device. Phew!

When fitted into the ear, the headset sits pretty snug without any discomfort. If you decide to go for a jog in the park however, I would recommend using the ear-hook provided. But during normal daily activities I didn’t find the need to use the ear-hook.

The sound quality is a major aspect of a bluetooth headset, after all, it is the sole purpose of the device. With the Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset it appears that Nokia may have slipped up slightly. Don’t get me wrong, the surrounding noise cancellation features are superb, you can barely make out what’s going on in the background from the other end of the phone, however the audio quality itself is quite poor. First of all the audio is muffled. There’s a constant fuzzy noise apparent with a huge amount of treble when listening to music. Furthermore, the lowest volume level is too high for my liking. Even when the volume was turned down to the lowest level on my phone and the headset, I still felt it was way too loud.

As a somewhat consolation, the battery of the BH-607 lasted me just over eight hours of constant music playback which included around two hours of voice calls. This was pretty impressive when compared to some of the other headsets I’ve used.

BH-607 | Final Thoughts

The Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset is a very sleek device. From the longevity of the battery, to the My Own Key functionality, it truly does let you stay connected and hands-free. Although, like I mentioned above, the sound quality for me was way below par, and for the asking price you would expect this issue to be addressed before retail. If you still feel that the Nokia BH-607 Bluetooth Headset is the headset you’ve been looking for, you can pick it up for around £50 at Amazon.

Ovi Maps Demo At CTIA Wireless

This demo is of the Ovi Maps Website on a huge touch screen display, recorded at CTIA Wireless 2010. Have you tried Ovi Maps on your computer yet? Well you can by simply visiting maps.ovi.com. Check out the video after the break.

Time Lapse Videos Created Using The Nokia N86 8MP

The Nokia N86 8MP is still Nokia’s current camera flagship device, with its 8 megapixel CMOS sensor and variable aperture that challenges standalone digital cameras. The fast mechanical shutter ensures shorter latencies and less motion blur and processing times have been more than halved in comparison with many other camera phones. Not only is the hardware impressive but taking a look at the software built in to the camera application, there are some pretty cool features including a Time Lapse function. Check out these cool demos of a sunrise and sunset shot using the Nokia N86 after the jump.

This first video was filmed in Subang Jaya, Malaysia with the Nokia N86 8MP using sequence shots set at 30 second intervals.

Nokia Celebrates 25 Years Of Innovation At CTIA Wireless

At the 25th annual CTIA Wireless 2010 show in Las Vegas, Nokia is proud to celebrate a quarter-century of wireless industry advances, highlighting the latest in apps, content, devices, developers, and creative innovation – all of which influences the way you live with technology today. Nokia is demonstrating a wide array of solutions that help consumers connect to what matters most in their world. Making its first public debut is the Nokia 5230 Nuron, available tomorrow with T-Mobile, in addition to Ovi Maps and free navigation, and the innovative creations from the finalists of the “Push N900 Mod in the USA” – contest.  Featuring the creators of some of the hottest apps and content available on Ovi Store, the Nokia booth also includes gems like OpenTable and Shazam – just some of the examples of the vibrant and open Nokia ecosystem.

“Twenty-five years ago the actual wireless industry was at its mere inception – at a time when Nokia marked innovation with a giant ‘wireless’ car phone, the Mobira Talkman. Today, 1.3 billion people around the world have phones – devices that have evolved into an extension of people’s lives. It’s no longer about the technology, it’s about what it can do for you. We’re excited to bring solutions to life for both for consumers and developers here at CTIA. This is indeed the year of apps, maps and more – and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront.”

Mark Louison, President of Nokia.

Mapping It Out With T-Mobile & Nokia Nuron

Hitting T-Mobile stores across the U.S. tomorrow (March 24th) is the brand new Nokia Nuron smartphone, a competitively priced device for anyone looking for fast 3G connectivity, applications, free turn-by-turn navigation, Ovi Maps and more.  This attractive 3.2” touch screen smartphone is the first U.S. carrier device to come pre-loaded with Ovi Maps as well as Ovi Store. Witness this dynamic combination in person – its first public appearance is at CTIA.

Developers, Apps, & More

With approximately 1.5 million downloads on Ovi Store every day (that’s 22 downloads a second), millions of consumers are enjoying an entirely new Nokia experience. Developers and publishers from 80+ countries are providing content that reaches consumers in more than 180 countries in 30 languages with Ovi Store. At the Nokia booth, you’ll see and be able to experience just how the consumer benefits from this ecosystem.

The OpenTable for Nokia application will allow you to make free, instantly confirmed reservations at more than 11,000 restaurants. Whether you know where you want to dine, or if you’re just looking for inspiration, finding the perfect restaurant with OpenTable is easy. Use your current location to find nearby restaurants, read OpenTable diner reviews, view menus and more.

Shazam on Nokia gives you instant satisfaction for those times when you want to know the song that is playing: simply point your mobile towards the music to learn more about the artist, buy the song immediately or simply share your discovery with your family and friends www.shazam.com.

Mod About You

Bridging our commitment to innovation and consumer insights, Nokia is excited to announce the winning team of the PUSH N900 MOD IN THE USA competition at CTIA on March 24th. This will be the culmination of a global project to find the most unique concepts constructed using the Nokia N900, the most advanced mobile computer currently available. Come meet the brains behind the ideas and discover the clever inventions of the top three U.S. competition finalists, who will be at the Nokia Booth showcasing their N900 mod innovations first-hand.

The global PUSH N900 competition, held in October 2009, drew hundreds of entries and resulted in the construction of five widely varying mods. Finalists from both global and USA-focused competitions have come up with a wide range of  concepts – from transforming the N900 into a spray-can that emits light graffiti to the brains of a robot, as well as other very, very creative ideas. The capability of a truly open device such as the Nokia N900 has been a great source for innovation and creativity.

Nokia Countown | Everyone Connect

Nokia has set up a countdown on an event page tagged as ‘Everyone Connect’. We’re not too sure as to what exactly this countdown may be about, however rumours indicate something to do with messaging, possibly an Ovi Maps/Nokia Messaging integration. More rumours are guaranteed to emerge within the next 20 or so hours that are left, so in the meantime let us know what you think it could be about after the jump, or maybe what you think it should be about.

Free Voice Guided Navigation Now Available For The Nokia E71 & E66

Nokia has stuck to its word, and has increased the compatibility of Ovi Maps v3.03, which provides free voice guided navigation on Nokia handsets. The announcement today is that you can now utilize both walk and drive navigation on your Nokia E71 and Nokia E66 for absolutely no cost whatsoever. This news comes after the announcement of the Nokia N86 8MP, which also recently joined this exclusive bunch. The compatibility of Ovi Maps v3.03 has now reached around 14 devices, and more and more handsets will gradually be supported. To get started, download the Ovi Maps 3.03 instillation file from our S60 3rd Edition Applicationspage.

Once you have installed the application on your handset, simply launch Ovi Suite on you PC to download all the maps and voices you desire. This is one of the best things about Ovi Maps, once you load up all the maps on your device, you never need an Internet connection when navigating, which not only cuts down on cost, but also saves you some precious battery power.

Note to users: If you do not install the new Ovi Maps application, you will continue to be prompted to pay the license fee. So make sure you download the newer version if you see this message.

New Firmware v21.0.102 | Nokia N97

The Nokia N97 has just received a new firmware update taking it up to v21.0.102. There is no official changelog however reports suggest that the new update includes a mass memory content update feature for the newer models, desktop installation files of Ovi Suite 2.0 and Ovi Player, and preloaded maps data along with the new Ovi Maps v3.3 with free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation. New firmware updates also generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for the software on your device to perform properly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you over the coming weeks depending on your region and product code.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

MeeGo Development Commences | Public Release Date Set For May

After all the OS switching in such a short period of time, it seems that Nokia’s new MeeGo OS is starting to gain some headway. Earlier today, Imad Sousou, Director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Centre, announced that the MeeGo development is now officially underway. After opening the repositories and moving all the ongoing development work into the open, developers can now begin to work their magic. Unfortunately if you own the Nokia N900, this doesn’t mean you can begin using MeeGo today, however the first public release of MeeGo is set to be unveiled in May.

What is opening? The MeeGo distribution infrastructure and the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The MeeGo architecture is based on a common core across the different usage models, such as netbooks, handheld, in-vehicle, and connected TV. The MeeGo common core includes the various key subsystems including the core operating system libraries, the comms and telephony services, Internet and social networking services, visual services, media services, data management, device services, and personal services.

Rightware Kanzi Cross platform 3D UI Demo On The Nokia N900

During Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Rightware demonstrated its ‘Mobile App Store’ application running on various mobile devices. Mobile App Store is designed and implemented using the Kanzi user interface solution that enables designers to quickly have their applications running in different target devices. Key advantages of the Kanzi solution is “design-once, deploy everywhere” cross-platform support for the leading mobile operating systems, including Android, Blackberry, Linux, Maemo, Moblin, iPhone OS, Palm Web OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. Kanzi solution is build on top of industry standard OpenGL ES graphics API. Check out the demo of the app running on the Nokia N900 after the break. It also supports gestures using the front-facing camera.

Nokia Announce Ovi Store Improvements

Nokia has finished its scheduled maintenance of the Ovi Store and has provided us with a quick update as to what changes have been made. The main focus for this update was to make it easier to browse, search and discover content, improve the quality of content reviews (e.g. change from 3 to 5 star rating system) and provide more detailed product information to help consumers decide on what to buy. Check out the rest of the details of this update after the break.

When you click on an item in this new version of the Ovi Store, the details page offers more useful information. It is now easier to find and scroll through example screenshots to decide what to download or purchase (see examples below).

The new content rating system is now based on feedback from the global user experience panels, that preferred a 5 star system to the previous 3 star system. With this release and going forward, customers who have actually downloaded something will only be allowed to rate and/or comment on it, preventing misuse of the service. In addition, you will know the reviewer’s device and when it was posted, ensuring the freshness and relevance of the reviews you read.

Some additional changes have also been made to the desktop version of the Ovi Store, which includes the way you choose your Nokia device. If you’re not logged in and click to view content, you are linked immediately to the “Nokia Mobile Device Selector.” This experience is cleaner than the previous carousel-based interface. It ensures that your chosen device is continually matched with the correct content in Store. You can easily change your device by clicking the “Select your Mobile” link at the upper right hand corner of the page.

To get this latest release onto your device simply open up the Ovi Store application on your handset and click “accept” when prompted to install the new software.

Harvard stifles social media freedom of expression?

Harvard University dismissed ten freshmen because of inappropriate remarks posted on social media. Where is the boundary of social media freedom of expression?

A few days ago “Harvard University Newspaper” reported a news that has aroused the concern of a large number of US media and Chinese Internet users: 10 2021 newborn, because in the small group of Facebook share ridiculed victims of sexual assault, the Holocaust , The expression of the children’s package was dismissed. China’s title party quickly made a fuss about the #news dismissed by Harvard as a result of an expression package.

Harvard University said the revocation of student admissions is the final decision. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook two weeks ago, just arrived at the Harvard graduation ceremony (see above), is not it to face social media?

American media interviewed law professors at Columbia University and New York University. They all agreed that freshmen are not protected by the constitutional amendment and have no freedom of speech. Susan Bloch, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center, said: “The Constitution really does not apply here … The constitution limits the government’s power to suppress speech, not private universities.”

Only Alan Reichaowitz, a retired professor of law at Harvard Law School, disagreed. Dewasowitz himself, a Jewish man, was once famous for his successful defense of the 1994 hit star Simpson’s assassination. Although he himself did not see these fugitive postings himself, “it sounds like Harvard University is invading the private life of students,” arguing that withdrawing the admission permits would have done a very bad precedent: “Political views punishing students in an academic setting or Personal values ​​are a serious mistake that does not conform to the spirit of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution … It may affect the lives of these students. ”

lifetime! Just for posting on a few social media!

It is conceivable that in the same week as the national college entrance examination in China, this news with Harvard and the aura of “freedom of speech” promptly prompts Chinese netizens to question whether Harvard stifled the freedom of speech of social media.

Actually, the right of freedom of speech advocated by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution has always been restricted by content, occasion and other factors. Pornography, incitement to violence, and hatred are often not within the scope of protection. The so-called “free speech” (Free Speech) is not “free”!

The Chinese concern about this incident is probably partly due to the illusion of efforts to “freedom of speech” in the United States. In fact, in the field of social media, the legitimacy of speech is not necessarily the most important consideration. I think the core of the Harvard incident is not really a question of the freedom of speech of the freshmen, but the question of “judgment” and “character” displayed by these freshmen!
In my article “How many years can I still be admitted to Yale?”, I wrote in recent years that AmericanUniversity encouraged students to use social media to express themselves when submitting application documents. However, at the same time, social media records have also become students in school visits data of.

Students who grew up with social media often forget that social media is a personal repository open to the world and that the files are conveniently becoming the quality or behavior of government, business, school examiners as the software for machine analysis becomes more widely available Tool of!

The improvisational nature of social media makes it easy to lose heart. However, speak for a price!

The offensive, private online content of students has become a concern for many schools to stop school crime. Last year, Harvard canceled the season for the Harvard Men’s Soccer team because the players collected facebook and internet photos of the freshmen’s women’s football team and rated them according to their values.

Recently, the Trump administration has just announced that it has launched a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants, including the names of social media users for the last five years. Although the main aim is to fight terrorists, in recent years, U.S. immigration authorities have used social media to detect foreigners’ “unlawful acts.”

However, the habit of Chinese WeChat to leave the body has long been the consensus reached by Western media. Therefore, when a Chinese student studying abroad in the United States entered the United States in March, the customs saw her chatting in WeChat six months ago and disclosed to her Do not like this school, just temporary identity, “was interrogated more than three hours later, was immediately repatriated to China. This means that language barriers are no longer preventing regulators from detecting cross-border social media content.

National conditions determine the penetration of social media

From the average figure, the use of social media in China is less than the United States penetration. According to Statista’s January data, average social media penetration in China is 57% of the population, compared with 66% in the United States.

However, from my personal experience, the differences in this data may reflect the population base in China and the base of sample surveys, failing to summarize the geographical differences in China. Basically, I think at least in big cities, Chinese people use social media more frequently and more often than Americans I know.

This may be related to the fact that I once worked as a lawyer on Wall Street, as a lawyer in the financial community around me, and few would spend time playing social media. Social media has always been a mined minefield in any area that is associated with the US stock market, as accidental disclosure may have violated corporate secrecy or the SEC’s disclosure rules.

For example, I used to engage in a lot of hundreds of millions of large company mergers and acquisitions, the most taboo is insider trading and pre-M & A stock price volatility. Not only in all the documents, the participants are replaced by the password code, and sometimes in order to avoid the eyes, both sides of the high-level will choose to meet at third-party venues. Once I participated in the project or even sounded attacked west, mobilized a dozen high-level, investment bankers and lawyers, camp to Mexico negotiations.

From this perspective, if a team member posting on social media, revealing their whereabouts, well-intentioned people can follow it, find some clues.

Also, the vast majority of U.S. financial scandals have been exposed by e-mail as evidence. If the e-mail with privacy has such a lethal, let alone social media?

To some extent, the leapfrog digital age that China has entered directly has its own cultural differences. Feeling that many young friends may feel more open about the “new voice of voice” brought about by social media.
According to data released by Kantar in February 2016; 62% of U.S. adults use Facebook, Twitter or both, and 56% of Chinese adults use Weibo, WeChat, or both. The percentage of women and men who use social media is 67% to 56% in the United States and 58% to 54% in China.

While US social media usage penetration is slightly higher than in China, Chinese users spend more time: Americans spend an average of 43 minutes on Facebook every day, while Chinese use an average of 48 minutes each day on WeChat. In addition, according to “Social Media Today” in 2014, 91% of Chinese Internet users have social media accounts, but only 67% of U.S. Internet users have social media accounts.

This is a bit of a synopsis with my understanding that there are many American business people who regularly use the Internet but are not necessarily social media.

Speaking of lawyers, investment banks and investment friends around me, few people have the time or energy to play personal social media, and their units have very limited restrictions in this respect. It can be said that from a professional point of view, the role of industry and individuals determine the tendencies to use social media in an individual way.

Social media can be a very informative tool for industries that need to be open to the public, such as fashion, entertainment, retail and the media, but even in these industries there is a very clear picture of what individuals and businesses represent.
Before hiring a staff member, I would have to have the team first search their account on the social media site, and almost half of them had a bad situation. One time I saw a soliciting worker who made several “curse sentences” in the Weibo account for more than 40 words. what’s the situation? This not only shows the poster who has a very bad judgment, but also make people think: What kind of person is this? Actually spend so much effort to write so many bad language, her negative energy is not too high? Such abuse of language violence is not suitable as a media editor.

I’m obviously not a minority: According to Snelling.com, a leader in the U.S. employment industry, 86% of employers search for social networks before offering interviews.

Even after hiring an employee, I repeatedly observe their social media operations, except repeatedly reminding them. Once, on the first day of work, a young buddies immediately sunbaked her photos on her face at her desk. Of course I understand how beautiful and worthwhile it is for a college graduate to work for a “long face” company in a New York skyscraper!

The problem is that her computer screen is precisely the turnover of our major advertisers, and other confidential information!

Another time, we just delineated a celebrity as the cover of the magazine, caught off guard, a small partner on the “pop” – the photo of the star on the microblogging made, also wrote a few words: “The next cover figure!”
The problem is that this matter has not yet been completely settled, if once changed, it lost its trust to the reader; if seen by competitors, may take the opportunity to stir up trouble. All work information is confidential, and the confidential world does not belong to social media.

“Quickly delete it!” If you often hear these words in the office, it means that there must be “Employee Social Media Manual,” which is an essential internal management tool for US companies in recent years.

The use of social media obviously varies with national conditions and may be slightly different from the research data. According to Microsoft’s January 2015 report on the analysis of the world’s social media usage, the fact that social media and the Internet represent different values ​​for different people around the world means that differences in geographic location and social status also affect different populations Different influences of social media and technology.

The analysis also pointed out that 60% of respondents in developing countries think personal application technology and social media have promoted interpersonal relationships, but only 36% of respondents in the West think that social media improves people and people The connection between. And social media is a channel that people in developing countries use to get news, changing how users live and understand the surrounding community.

The latest Kant’s China Social Media Impact Report released on June 6 this year shows that users have an impact index of 79.8 on social media, and 70% of people think social media has a positive impact on their lives: Knowing what their friends are doing, 69% think social media helps them to know hot news stories and 61% think they are expanding their knowledge level.

At the same time, users in China also reflected the harmful effects of social media: 48% of respondents think social media has reduced the time spent reading books, 48% think their eyes have gone bad, and 42% think they have insufficient sleep!

American big coffee CEO does not like to play social media

By contrast, according to research released by the Pew Research Center in May 2016, 62% of American adults used to receive news on social media, and 18% of them regularly get news. Although this figure continues to increase, but does not seem high in China.

Although the penetration rate of social media usage in the United States is not low, it is not popular at the top of the business. In fact, in the U.S. business and political leaders, Trump is regarded as an alien. Although many social media communicators have called on CEOs to increase their use of social media, they have not changed much since 2015.

According to CEO.com’s CEO Social Report 2016, released on May 30, this year, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Instagram and YouTube are the most commonly used social media platforms for Americans. The use of social media by The Fortune 500 CEOs is the result of:

Sixty percent of Fortune 500 CEOs do not have any social media accounts, slightly less than 61% in 2015.
In 2016, 75 CEOs changed on the Fortune 500 list, of whom only 29 new CEOs actively used social media.

26% of the 500 CEOs have a social media account, 11% have 2 social media accounts, 2% have 3 social media accounts, 1% have 4 social media accounts, and only one has 5 accounts .

LinkedIn is still the preferred CEO, followed by Twitter.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Mark Benioff of Salesforce.com and Mary Bora of General Motors have published an article on Pulse, the news-reading application launched by LinkedIn.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has the largest number of Twitter followers: close to 4 million at the end of 2016 and currently (just checked) 5 million. Buffett has 1280000 Twitter fans so far, although made only 9 push posts, his post forwarding rate is the highest.

Only 36 of the Fortune 500 CEOs used Twitter in 2016 (down from 50 in 2015), of which only 25 were active accounts.

Instagram, the largest social networking Facebook and affiliate Instagram, has very few Fortune 500 CEO users. Only 40 (about 8%) of the Fortune 500 CEOs have a personal Facebook page, 32 of which are inactive in the last quarter of 2016. The average Fortune 500 CEO who uses Facebook has only a few hundred followers.

This shows that Facebook’s position in the office of the president of the United States, more and more marginalized. Of course, the obvious exception is Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose Facebook account has 78 million followers.

These data show that U.S. CEOs setting up their social media accounts essentially use them as a tool of occupation, which also explains why they prefer to use LinkedIn and Twitter as the platform for these two partial text attributes is more suitable for promoting commercial areas Contacts and resources, but also suitable to promote product philosophy. In contrast, Facebook and Instagram, which favor bi-directional image and video sharing, are perfect for totally private interaction.

And CEOs do not have time to indulge in totally private interactions. The professional investors and investors I want to invest in their company’s stock do not want to see them photographing or brushing Facebook all day long. I think that virtually, this also has the “up and down effect” indicator.

In the United States, the willingness, frequency, and channel of use of social media channels are obviously industry-specific: top tech, retail, media and entertainment executives are the most enthusiastic about the use of social media while executives in energy and air travel are least likely to active.

Of course, scenes sometimes make people forget their professional identity: The Oscars’ award-winning Big Oolong this year was due to the fact that the PwC staff in charge of counting votes at the awards ceremony Play tweets, in the moment before the best video awarding is still post-photo Emma Stone, so will not go wrong. According to reports, PwC asked in advance to retain the winning list of two accountants, at the awards ceremony may not use social media. The accidental accountant has since insulated from the client account of the Oscars!

My experience on Wall Street and my friends in the financial world have observed that for highly regulated industries such as finance, money management, insurance, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and social media, there may be a law minefield. Goldman Sachs carefully controls all social media activities and must document and archive every official post, tweet, check-in and business-related “pranks.” The company must even be responsible for the employee’s iPhone, post office hours and post-office tweets, even though like-innocence actions like clicking on a Facebook-per-click post may also result in SEC regulation.

But the hurdles are not limited to “highly regulated” areas, with Jean Murphy, the former chief financial officer of clothing retailer Francesca, behind the board issuing a seemingly innocuous tweet from his private account: Board of Directors. Good Performance Number = Happy Board. ”

The problem is that the official earnings have not been released to all investors, so 238 Twitter followers from Murphy got “insider information” and violated one of the SEC’s big bans. Shortly thereafter, he was fired on charges of “improper information dissemination of company through social media!”

In addition, the irony is that while we sing the importance of personal privacy, we often forget that social media often conflicts with personal privacy. Even in the media world, I often remind working partners that social media is like a tail that has been specially made for stuffing, and if you want to let your boss know that you are having a cell phone during business hours or living up to the erosion of working hours, Sun drying.

In general, having a cow personal social media account may not add enough to your boss’s eyes unless you are solely responsible for the company’s social media. But under the same circumstances, sometimes the boss may ask, why do you have time to go to work for your time up for popularity, but there is no way to complete your task?

So I think the reason why the CEO of the Fortune 500 in the United States does not play personal social media is that although there are some intergenerational and senior factors not because they are lazy or can not afford to help people manage them, The trade-off between the interests, made some practical choice Bale.

Any social media postings and pictures, expression packs, tucao, funny, may become evidence to allow outsiders to judge. So I think whether it is college students, or CEO, the first civilized social media guidelines, just before the launch of any content press the release button to stop, ask yourself, apply the title of social media etiquette expert Gore Hande “Are you sure you want to post?”

Urban Design in Anti-terrorist Atmosphere

Over the past decade, highly alert buildings have sprung up everywhere to create a hostile “fortress-like” environment. How to reconcile security and openness in contemporary urban environment?

When the new U.S. Embassy building in London was officially opened in late 2016 – it is located near the Battersea Power Station on the River Thames – one of the tightest buildings in the UK.

Architects Kieran Timberlake boasted of its high-specification, highly-secured features: “Security requirements were achieved through landscape design without the use of tall walls and fences – such as wide ponds, Low garden walls with bench seats and natural yet unobtrusive barriers created by differences in height. ”

The embassy’s own description of the building is “modern, friendly, safe,” outlining the challenges designers face in confronting the conflicting purposes of security and openness in a contemporary urban setting.

Although the new embassy is far removed from the current U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square style, the critics say it represents a much broader wave. Over the past 10 years, highly prepared space has sprung up in various towns and cities, creating an hostile environment that some have described as “bastion-like.”

The new U.S. Embassy looks “like a Norman castle,” says Stephen Graham, a professor of urban and social studies at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. “It even has a moat, laid out and left behind, leaving empty space to prepare for truck bombs or explosions,” he added. “This idea shows what a counter-terrorism city will look like.”

This defensive architecture is one aspect of the trend that brings various forms of “defensible space” into the cityscape. Last summer, the ground outside a private apartment building on Southwark Bridge Road in southern London was found to have embedded “spikes in homelessness”, sparking a strong public protest.
Boris Johnson, the then mayor of London, described the spikes as “ugly, counterproductive and stupid” before the spikes were removed.

It is also easy to argue that so-called “mosquito” sounders installed by retailers prevent them from staying in the shop by sending out high-frequency sounds that only young people and infants can hear. In New York, a spiked cover was installed on the hydrant to prevent people from sitting on the fire hydrant. Other examples include bus stops with slopes, park benches that you can not lay on top of, and concrete benches designed by Camden to stop skaters.

The word defensive space was invented by American architect Oscar Newman in the 1970s. This concept gave birth to an industry that is based on the principle of designing crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and the related ideas spread to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean have had a profound impact on urban policy. The security design of the British police (Secured by Design The initiative is one example.

Professor Graham commented: “We are redesigning the city so that anyone who is not moving is seen as a threat, including pregnant women, people with young children or people with disabilities.” I do not deny the existence of a terrorist attack, Danger and security loopholes, but at some point these factors are exaggerated and the threat of terrorism becomes a tangled one. ”

Phoebe Boulton Jaggi, a student at the London College of Communication, studied antisocial street public facilities. Jagie said the city is becoming “more livable for consumers and less livable for the rest of the population.” While architects may receive support for integrating defensive design into potential targets (such as the U.S. embassy), critics are opposed to the transfer of fortified security facilities to other public buildings, such as schools, hospitals and residential areas. Such security precautions often include towering fencing, barbed wire and CCTV cameras.

Anna Minton, author of Ground Control and associate professor of architecture at the University of East London, said: “Security design has become the basic template for all new developments today. She added that the terrorist threat has become “a reason for the escalating security” that has become part of the everyday environment.

Safety Design was founded in 1989 and is wholly owned by the British Association of Chief Police Officers. The agency supports the concept of “designing crime prevention”, such as reducing the theft by 75% with specially designed doors and fences.

Jon Cole, National Operations Manager for Security Design, said: “Security measures can be invisible, and if you’ve incorporated security into your building from the start, the building is generally more aesthetically pleasing. ”
Security measures are too strict and exclusive urban space stirred some reactions. Oxford Circus in London is an example of the concept of “shared space” in Europe. In order to improve traffic safety, the relevant departments here remove obstacles, roundabouts and even traffic lights.

In the United States, organizations such as Rebar, the landscape architecture agency in San Francisco, are influencing the debate about public spaces. In the meantime, in Hamburg, designer Oliver Schau created a “guerrilla seat” in the city by using yellow drains.

In Canada, RainCity Housing, an independent charity aiming to help the homeless, installed covered benches in urban areas to provide shelter for street-dwellers. This is in stark contrast to the spikes in homelessness in the streets of London.

Professor Graham believes that the debate will become more intense. “Raising public awareness of the current situation is a challenge,” he said. “This is an ambitious problem that needs to be understood by people.”

lunch with beauty blogger Zola

After launching a YouTube video in 2009, Zola attracted 5.3 million subscribers

In my career, my daughter never asked me to sign the name of anyone I interviewed. Whether they are prime ministers, generals or business leaders, all are ignored by all. But when I, the 13-year-old, heard I was going to meet Zoella, she was in an ecstatic state. “Daddy, do not forget!” My daughter sent me this message firmly when I was going to lunch with the 24-year-old fashion and beauty blogger.

Before leaving, she told me everything she knew about my lunch partner. She told me the interviewing tips and even advised me on the questions I could ask – except the music and food I liked.

That’s why when I arrived at the Modelo Lounge, a somewhat desolate seaside cafe, I felt I was well prepared. I know a lot about Zola himself – she’s an online big sister, an aunt for counseling, the ultimate fashion expert, and a key figure in attracting millions of enthusiastic young consumers who have not yet become angry young people. Not only that, but I also have a fair amount of support for Alfie Deyes, PewDiePie, Tanya Burr, and Brit crew on the YouTube video (video blog) To understanding.

If you do not have children of a certain age, these names may not make sense to you. But they are small screen stimulants for teenagers, just as BBC television stars John Noakes and Tom Baker were as good as I was in childhood in the 1970s.

True, the content of these videos is completely different from “Blue Peter” or “Doctor Who.” There is nothing worth mentioning about the work; the main themes are video games, pranks and those that fascinate all teens s things. But it is these videos that have attracted a large audience. Thousands of children and young people watch each day attentively.

Perhaps the reddest star to stand out from this group is Zola himself. Her video is mainly based on the bed to give beauty advice, make hair or play a her shopping “booty” – she and her friends to show off the product they just bought.

There is also a fixed play time called “ChummyChatter” that includes Zola and her girlfriends, Louise, who exchange tips on key issues such as friendship, build, boys and whether to attend college. You can see the common sense that will be supported by parents from some recently broadcast titles. These questions include: “Why are you so thin?” Or “Borderline and say no.”

It is hard to tell outsiders how attractive she is to young people ages 13 to 20. But her charm is undeniable. Since she launched her YouTube video in 2009, Zora’s video has successfully attracted 5.3 million subscribers – just 2.3 million subscribers in January alone – through a universal, all-enchanted magic power.

Reward also arrived on schedule. Last year she was voted the UK’s Best British Vlogger at the BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards, and she has won Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Award this year. Offline career is also waving to her. She recently signed with Penguin Press; her first novel, Girl Online, will also be published in November.

Zola is named Zoe Elizabeth Sugg in real life. She was the first person to admit that her fame was an accident. “It’s amazing because we never expected it to be our job,” she said. “No one knew what it would be like when we first started exploring these exciting new things.”

Zola’s delicate appearance, looks like a doll-like, dyed hair tied into a ponytail. In order to reassure Zola, her manager Madi followed. But Maddy agreed to hid her laptop from a distant desk.

We had intended to eat lunch outside, but the bad weather forced us to change the plan. Zola chose the quiet Modo clubhouse (with an ominous atmosphere), almost empty of people. Several seemingly business-minded guests looked up from their burgers or steaks and chips. I wonder how they think a messy, middle-aged man meets a twenties woman in an elegant gray blouse with a gingham scarf and a petite figure. Do they think I’m her godfather, or am I interviewing a home aunt?

Zola has lived in Brighton since last year. She rented a “superb” seafront loft apartment that cohabited with two guinea pigs under the “luxury” arrangement of IKEA furniture. Percy and Pippin often play an important role in her video, the last show is all their bathing shots.

At that time, thanks to the downturn after the economic crisis, her interior design job was fired. But her first career as a shadow movie was delayed by her anxious parents. “My dad is really confused and he always tells me to step out of my bedroom to find a formal job.”

I admit that I agree with her father at this point. But in fact, holding a laptop sitting in her bedroom is the best way for Zola. Perhaps she was not the first teenage teenager to try a movie, but she started off at a fortunate moment: just as Google acquired YouTube in 2006, the funny video of cats falling off the skateboard was completely transformed from an online platform to more Like a television network.

Google wants to encourage “creators” to produce more professional and engaging content. This will allow the U.S. Internet giant to take a share of the annual market of about $ 250 billion spent on television commercials.

Google hosts and publishes creators’ videos and shares their 45% advertising revenue. Although Google did not specifically disclose, investment bank analysts believe that advertising sales last year brought about about 5 billion US dollars in revenue for the company.

The key is to encourage adoption of content to reach out-of-reach consumers, such as those in their early teens and early twenties, who do not cling to traditional television. (Zola itself seldom watches TV.) “In my generation, at least the people I know, watching YouTube and the television ratio is 70:30.”) As said, the current wave of YouTube users is getting ready Debut

Zola focused her attention on the 13 to 20-year-old market, but also the best target group for this change. Although she told me that her audience was actually a much older age group, it surprised me. “Nine percent of my audience is male, and I think most of them are 45 to 50.” Noted my eyebrows rising rapidly, she added, “I always tell myself it’s just like my dad is watching. ”

Zola and other members of “British Gang” may be relatively star rookie, but they are highly sensitive to the value of their franchise. Only a few years away from the first cash of £ 60 she received from Google. But now Zola is a member of YouTube’s “Style Haul” radio network. The program promotes fashion and beauty-related topics for “millennials” (between the ages of 13 and 30) and matches its video creators with “brand name and lucrative deals.”

She is also managing her increasingly complex affair with Social Talent. Gleam Futures This organization seems to represent all of the UK YouTube picture. “It’s like helping with finishing,” she added, “I’d be exhausted without their help.”

The main members of the film are closely related, and they often appear on each other’s channels. This cross-promotion helps bring together viewers. Zola’s group includes her boyfriend, her brother Joe (whose blog now has 2 million subscribers; she insisted it was only after she started), Marcus Butler, Louise (aka Sprinkle of Glitter) and Tania Burr, a make-up artist who advises in her Norwich home bedroom, and her make-up line recently featured in Zola’s video Be recommended. “We all want to help each other so that we can bring together all of our channels,” Zola said. “That’s the whole point of social media: sharing.”

I told Zora that she is known in the advertising world as “the champion of crowd-sourced people.” She smiled and said, “It’s cool, I have not heard of this yet.” But she also admitted that well-known brands are waiting in line to cash her popularity. “They know YouTube users have always had a way to connect with viewers, even if they already have all the money in the world.” One of her most influential examples is the signing of Unilever, Sell ​​their skin care products to younger users.

Advertisers have said they are willing to pay £ 20,000 a month for banner ads on well-known YouTube channels, and £ 4,000 for each mention of their products in the video (at roughly the same cost as the one on Twitter). Zola does not like to mention how much money she made. But based on the pricing of the most successful moviegoers, she is now able to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from her advertising alone.

Of course, this opportunity also brought a conflict. We talked about this as we dealt with the lunches. I reprimanded Zola for not eating her sandwiches, and she promised she would pack it home. (In fact it was still abandoned on the table when we left.)

Zola’s mastery of her followers, like God, is essentially a matter of trust and even intimacy between a filmmaker and an audience. I asked her how to maintain the relationship when she took money from advertisers and recommended their products.

She said it is basically a matter of judgment. When she chooses a “partner,” she thinks about the company she’s respected or the product she thinks is good. “No matter how large a sum of money can not attract me to market something I do not believe,” she states. “I built this community that trusted my opinion and it cost me a lot more than a big check.”

She claimed to have rejected 90% of the deal offers. Some products such as alcohol are directly rejected. Her anxiety meant that she had never been a drinker – “I hate loss of self-control,” so she quit drinking a few years ago. For cosmetics and clothes, she runs a simple rule of thumb. “If it’s something I do not know how to wear or do not like, I will not think about it.” She supports the product’s disclosure to users in the description on the URL.

As lunch is coming to an end, we talk about the offline career opportunities that Zola has created.

She is excited about her book. The topics involved are important to her, such as anxiety, online relationships and cyberbullying. Talking about her anxiety actually helps her. “Doing things outside my comfort zone and supervising myself is good for me.” Zola remained open to other ideas and advice; but she kinda wanted to have her own line of homeware.

Most notably, she has a vested interest in her newfound reputation. “I never imagined anything of this would happen; so I would only go with it and take control of it,” she said. “Who knows what happens in five years.”

When we got up and left, I remembered my promise. Did Zola care to send a message to one of her young fans? She agreed to record a greeting on my Apple phone (the sign was already out of date) and I left with no hesitation.
But when I checked the record on my home train, I found out that I covered my thumb with the microphone at the crucial moment of filming. Smiling expression, a unique wave, but can not hear any message Zola message.

Men shirt collar learning

Collar gorgeous, long and pointed collar style rebellion. As the economy improves, the collar of men’s shirts shifts from classic to gorgeous.

Fashion observers may be familiar with the hemline index, which reflects the economic barometer. It was first introduced by economist George W Taylor in 1926, which argued that during the economic boom, women’s skirts grew longer, and when the economic stock market downturn, the skirts became shorter. In 2010, a report released by the Econometric Institute at the Erasmus University Rotterdam showed that: since 1921, the data collected show that the relationship between economic prosperity and the length of women’s skirts There is a positive relationship, but the specific time lags about three years.

However, in addition to women’s, men will be affected by economic fluctuations? From Jermyn Street in London to the recently released menswear line, designers are moving away from classic lapel to gorgeous collar styles-shirt makers attribute this to a gradual improvement in economic conditions.

“As the economy starts to recover, consumers have more money to buy shirts,” said Dean Gomilsek-Cole, head of design and product development at Turnbull & Asser, Say. “We found the following pattern: Consumers are more likely to choose the shirt collar that fits their face, not the worse, and we do see the tab collar and the more extreme cutaway There are more and more people who use the former to fasten the short collar with a thin strip like ‘buckle’, the latter ‘s collar is actually removed and the result is a very wide collar.

Despite the many nuances of the shirt’s collar pattern, most ready-to-wear shirts still use traditional lacing, just for the majority of face types. And when the employment situation continues to improve, the shirt can not stand out in the same manner.

Recently, we talked about fashion issues with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney (do you still remember his men’s handbag?). Karni seems to have a dual mission: to lead its own macro economy to the right, but also pay attention to the specific start-up industries. He always wore a collar shirt (sometimes more exaggerated), unlike his predecessor, Mervyn King, who used traditional lackeys during the financial crisis.

“Everyone feels more fit during the sluggish economy,” said Geoff Quinn, president of shirt retailer TM Lewin, who just introduced a new crew neck shirt this month. But as the economy continues to improve, so does the confidence in dressing, and the new round-necked collar shirt we have just started dating back to the 1850s when Eton College first used it in school uniforms but ” Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men reintroduced it to mainstream society, which is the perfect match for business wear and fashion in the respect of traditional British dress. example.”

At Brioni’s fashion show this spring and summer this year, it also introduced a slightly modified collar shirt, while also introducing a variety of gold collar bars (gold collar bars); and Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren) Purple Label autumn and winter series did not make any minor changes to the collar —- but wear on the model body, and the face looks great match. In Patrick Dutz’s autumn-winter shirt, a smoother round-necked collar was introduced to match lazy-style clothing she designed.

In short, for those who favor personality shirt collar, always find the right revision style. “The rounded collar seems to be more popular with young people, but it is very interesting that the collar and tie clip are also popular again,” Cole said. “The lead has the effect of highlighting the tie, so you will definitely stand out.”

At the London Collections: Men, held January this year, the collar became the focal point of Richard James, who narrowed the narrow-necked collar and the semi-lapel to the studded studs Collar shirt collar used to carry out the mix; shirt maker Thomas Pink Design Director Frederik Willems said: “The collar with a narrow neck tie, the effect is particularly good, with custom clothing, it seems perfect, you know, custom clothing Wearing a slim body who, fashion taste full. ”

At Bottega Veneta’s spring / summer fashion show, the solemn collar shirt adds a touch of glamor to classic dark suits. “Angular face lined the effect of this shirt,” Cole said. “It has a low-toned image, and when it’s worn by a wide-brimmed shirt, it tends to look shorter and more men often wear larger bow ties to fill the space left by the collar, as this usually Is regarded as golden rule, and if it is a silk tie, it can be double Windsor and the effect will be very good, but we also see the trend of not filling the space left by the leader: the slender tie can be more Good to show the collar and tie. “At the annual Royal Ascot, Prince Charles appeared in this way, and has lasted for decades. His attention-to-detail approach has given the younger generation constant follow-up, drawing on this new style of fashion influenced by old fashion standards.

Regardless of favor of a fully collar shirt set off from the solemn dress, or want to use pointed long collar to show their personality in the creative and rebellious side, designers are happy. This long, pointed collar shirt was introduced at recent fashion shows by Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith. “The collar is the highlight of the costume,” Cole said. “Even a small change to a standard collar can have an extraordinary impact.”

When you are doing this, you may even be able to help the economy with one hand.

Art treatment of amnesia?

Song Peifen: London charity Westminster Abbey assists aphasics in society through artistic activities such as painting and music, and patients can even write operatic performances.

As soon as Annie saw me excitedly asked, where did you come from? I told her I was born in Taiwan. She then asked, “I am very worried.” I told her that she immediately said in very standard pronunciations, “I am worried.” Just to praise her voice-borne language talent, she suddenly grabbed my arm and said he was worried and let me know Measures. The social worker on the sidelines gave her a piece of white paper without a hurry and took a carnation out of the vase and put it on paper and said softly to Annie. “Do not cry, help me draw a carnation?” Annie immediately quieted, picked up the pencil, the immediate flowers in a piece of paper immediately forming.

This is an elderly daycare center in West London, but unlike other daycare centers, these are the late-stage amnesiacs. They worked with an artist to spell out a lovely, colorful long table with a mosaic in six weeks. Today, you’re done, especially holding tea party to celebrate.

According to statistics, 35.6 million people worldwide suffer amnesia, and this number will double every 20 years. By 2050, it is estimated to reach 131 million. If 2050 sounds too far away, in every corner of the world, every three minutes there is a memory loss. The economic cost of amnesia is 818 billion U.S. dollars. If amnesia is a nation, it will be the 18th-largest economy in the world and it is estimated that it will break through one trillion U.S. dollars by 2018. G8 Summit held in London in 2013 specially discussed amnesia, but the research is far less than other diseases such as cancer researchers are 5 times the memory loss, although scientists have recently discovered the possible symptoms of the drug, but so far , Still did not find a cure. Much of the responsibility for caring for people with amnesia falls on their families, just Britain, whose annual devotion saves £ 1.1 billion in state health insurance. However, family members have limited ability and external help is still very urgent.

“We can not stop the necrosis of the cranial nerves, but we can offer the possibility of improving our current condition,” Kathryn Gilfoy, director of Westminster Arts, told me. Westminster Abbey is a community charity that helps people with amnesiacs participate in the arts through artistic activities. The mosaic table is one of their many projects.

Hannah Zeilig of the University of London recently did a research report on the impact of such participatory activities as art, music and dance on amnesiacs. According to the report, participatory activities such as music, art and dance help to evoke emotions or muscle memory under the signs of diminished memory, mental confusion, speaking ability and diminished understanding. Singing, playing, painting and dancing together will not only promote communication and reduce isolation, but also make people feel happy and improve their quality of life. For countries with poor medical care, these activities are even more economically effective than medicine.

There are more and more organizations in the UK that provide music, drama, writing, dancing, visiting art galleries, dress puppets and painting for amnesiacs. The common feature of these activities is that they encourage groups to improvise, and theatrical performances do not emphasize reciting lines. This is because improvisation encourages people with amnesia to jump out of routine and enhance the test’s courage. Although it is impossible to prove that these activities are more effective than other modes of participation, music, art and dance themselves involve the pleasure of games and group writing that enhance the sense of sensibilities and add imagination. From improving self-esteem and self-esteem, assisting cognitive function, promoting communication and creativity, stimulating a desire to learn, and reducing the line between patients, carers and medical staff. Adaptability, comprehension and receptivity are closely related to their health. From this perspective, the participation of music, art and dance is likely to exceed what the drugs can provide.

A few days after attending the Mosaic Tea Party at the Day Care Center, I went to another church in West London to participate in another music event organized by Westminster Abbey, consisting of seven mild and moderate amnesia patients, and four A group of musicians from the Royal Academy of Music joined together. Everyone greeting each other after drinking tea cakes, falsetto tenor first to sing for everyone Popsey composition “if the music is the food of love” (If music be the food of love), then Hanna playing A little horn song. After listening to the performance, Julian playing the oboe began to ask everyone to do a vocal exercise to teach everyone to sing “If music is the food of love,” and everyone is familiar with the music, and everyone is encouraged to sing Canon. After singing the song, Julian took out different percussion instruments and asked one of the amnesiacs to read Shakespeare’s short poem while encouraging others to improvise with their percussion instruments. Everyone happily interprets this short poem with the instrument in hand, a dull memory of amnesia seems to have relish, the original feeling of unhappy disappeared.

It is noteworthy that amnesia is not dementia, these people can create impressive results through different participation. The Dulwich Museum of Art in South East London co-operates with the English Touring Opera to create a Visual to Vocal program to inspire patients with mild to moderate levels of painterliness through the gallery’s collection Composer. This year is the third year. These people have developed from writing songs to writing operas and performing public performances! These activities are obviously beneficial to improve mood, not just amnesia patients, after participating in activities I also hum “If music is food for love”, marching light pace to go home.

 

International royal mansion what price?

These luxury properties for sale include the 17th century manor house built specifically for the Portuguese king, Duke of Windsor as governor of the Bahamas residence, the Queen’s grandparents’ residence.

The Palácio na Quinta mansion in São Sebastião, Lisbon, Portugal costs 7.5 million euros.

Location: Located in the administrative district of Lumiar, about 20 minutes drive from Lisbon city center and about 10 minutes drive from Lisbon Portela international airport.

Details: Surrounded by a formal garden for the fourth week, this seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom manor house includes an attic four-bedroom apartment in addition to an outdoor pool.

Selling point: This manor house was built in 1715 exclusively for King João V of Portugal. Joao V is called “Sun King” and the front of the main building is decorated with royal coat of arms. With a huge fortune acquired from the gold mining in the colonial Brazil, Joao V has been known to build luxurious palaces in addition to generous gifts to the Roman and Paris royal families.

Agent: Engel & Völkers Real estate agency, engelvoelkers.com, phone +351 21 096 06 40.

Chauncey Close, 19 East Hampton, New York City, USA, priced at $ 21 million

Location: Between Georgica Pond in the East Hampton and the Atlantic Ocean, about 2 hours drive from JFK international airport.

Details: This 568sqm waterfront mansion has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, an outdoor pool and restaurant, plus a private beach of almost 400 feet in length. If you spend $ 11 million you can put the adjacent 3.6 acres of land to buy.

Selling Point: The living room has wooden beams from a barn in Hever Castle in Kent, Anne Boleyn, later named Anne of Cleves In the 16th century lived here. Fortunately, these wooden beams are much better than several of Queen Henry VIII’s, and several of his queens were either beheaded or retired.

Fagelvik Castle in Valdemarsvik, Sweden, priced at 3,500 Swedish kronor (about 3.79 million U.S. dollars)

Location: Located on the southeast coast of Sweden in the Valdamash region, about 2 hours 40 minutes drive from Bromma international airport.

Details: This 3 acre castle dates back to the 14th century and has 8 toilets, in addition to well-restored murals and a former dungeon, as well as a dedicated staff accommodation area.

Selling Point: In 1429, the castle became the residence of Carl VIII of Sweden. From 1448 to 1470, Karl VIII once held the throne three times. In the 19th century, King Oscar II made his fortune through the castle and became known as “paradise on earth.”

Agents: Sotheby’s International Real Estate Company, sothebysrealty.com, tel .: +46 739 82 80 87.

The Nassau mansion in New Providence, Bahamas, priced at $ 8.5 million.

Location: Located in the Bahamas’s capital near Nassau, Goodman’s Bay offers breathtaking views of the bay and is about a 12-minute drive from Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Details: This 1,500-square-foot mansion has four bedrooms, plus two 4-bedroom guest houses and a 3-bedroom luxury home.

Selling Points: Duke of Windsor The mansion was once home to the Governor of the Bahamas in 1940. Duke of Windsor, former King Edward VIII, took the initiative in 1936 to marry a divorced American, Wallis Simpson.

Agent: 7th Heaven Properties, Website: 7thheavenproperties.com, Phone: +44 20 8960 1010.

Woolmers Park, Letty Green, Hertfordshire, UK, costs £ 16.5m
Location: Within a 10-minute walk of Letty Green village, it is less than a half-hour’s drive from Luton International Airport.

Details: This 93-acre mansion, listed as Grade II * -listed, features 8 bedrooms, plus an indoor pool, a three-bedroom small hotel and a tennis court.

Selling Point: Woolmers Park was bought in 1927 by the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, now the eldest daughter of the Queen Elizabeth II. It used to have a polo field, and the current Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) often studied polo.

Agents: Savills, savills.com, +44 20 7016 3780.

I switched from marketing executives to jewelry design

Drank the last cup of Nespresso in the office coffee room and took only the scented candles on the table. I drove out of the DFS office’s basement. Like every day in the past three years, the only difference was that the bag was light and never left The computer is not inside, the pace is light.

Passing through the Cross-Harbor Tunnel, there was a Damien “Forgot her,” a radio station with viaduct to the Happy Valley. The lazy sunshine in the afternoon in Hong Kong burst into my eyes through my sunglasses. Focusing, emptying my mind, I found myself blowing a whistle, and I do not remember when it was last whistling. Suddenly realized that this is the twenty years of his career, the only time not sad, do not miss the departure, and some incomparable relaxation, and inexplicable pleasure.
That night, after nearly six months of insomnia, my first night without a dream, sleep until dawn. Wake up in the morning, I was surprised at their own calm, neither worried about the unknown future, nor miss the Mid-Levels luxury, there are those who holiday paradise shuttle, Jin Yi food party. I believe: “Your body will not deceive you.” Obviously, these seemingly beautiful surfaces are not enough of my heart’s boredom of going to the mountains of Wenshan and the anxiety of long-term work in a creative, but full of fighting environment.

Suddenly shut down from high-intensity work of more than 10 hours a day, the first time and his family went to have been said to be going to Hokkaido and Bali vacation. After sleeping for a while every day to wake up naturally awake, I was restless I started to get ready. Follow my usual principle: “either do something, or learn something,” I began to frequent access to previously interested but never had time to Book Fair, jewelry show; to participate in a variety of fun courses, but also took the time to complete the study two Year’s movie class. On the third day of the Hong Kong Jewelery Fair’s first visit to Hong Kong, the GIA (right, the Gemological Institute of the United States, as I know most of the people, this abbreviation is on the diamond certificate) booth saw that they had a full-time production Jewelry design course, the opening day is the next day, the scene staff tired of dealing with the consultation from other guests on the certificate, only briefly told me that the best in person the next day directly to the school counseling.

GIA’s classroom, located in the heart of Queen’s Road Central, I arrived at 9:00, to the reception desk I had just put down to sign up for classes starting at 9:30. The front desk girl did not hide her surprise: “What are you doing “” Marketing. “” What company? “” LVMH. “” Understand jewelry? “” Thousands of pieces each year Bvlgari, Dior, Tiffany glance over and understand. “” Can you draw? “” Watercolor, many years ago. “” Can you speak English? “” This is my EMBA degree, taught in English. “Fill this form. “Download before, fill in.” “” First pay the money. “This is a check. “” … … that into it, Room C, the teacher has come. “Later, I knew that the front desk was widely circulated at school. The teacher’s remark was:” You are brave and determined. “I am unemployed, without any cause, courage and curiosity, is the key to the world, a stranger opened the door for me.

Into the classroom, can accommodate fourteen individuals in the classroom plus I just full, not surprisingly, I am the oldest student, is also the only one not in the jewelry industry students. Inside a water 80, either inherited jewelry family business, or is already in the line, want to learn more skills. A boy in class, except me, the girl’s standard platinum package, the value is also high, rare, but also serious, there is talent!

The beginning of the first two months, learn dark, learn perspective, refraction and refraction of light in gems, learn jewelry structure, learn the basics, as well as practice and practice. After eight hours of class, go home, wait for the child to sleep, then sit down and do three to four hours of homework, the daytime learning techniques refinement, deepening, in the design to do a more refined realization. With 1 mm watercolor strokes of 1 mm diameter broken diamond cutting surface and light and shadow, for a long time I do not brush the eyes of the pen and myopia is undoubtedly a big challenge. A pen to gem cut surface, layer by layer, the pearls gloss out, is a Ku Ku. But every night in the silent jazz, the hearts of no distractions, not hurry, look at the details a little bit out of color a little messy, a few hours fleeting, sense of accomplishment is not less than before to see a few million The project is successful. Returning to school the next day to see other students something, can not help but feel inferior – as long as a short comparison, you see the gap between age and vision, especially the details of the brush stroke. Can only go home, double practice. More than two months down, his eyes were swollen, to see something blurred, once at a time, including 320 1mm diamond bracelet design, has always been harsh teacher, said: “This look, do not give yourself Designing for such a mess is good. ”

The second half of the semester, into the real design time, start classes every morning, the teacher will question, you can wear occasions, it can be a budget, you can be the shape of precious stones, jewelry can be the type, give you an hour concept, to The teacher proposed and stated that the one-hour sketch was approved and then completed and scored in three hours. Proposal concept, I always the first, each time there are three completely different concept to the teacher, the teacher’s comment, either: “This is too cross!” Is: “This is too unlike jewelry Graduation, the jewelry designer in Taiwan for more than two decades said to me: “At first I did not like you, I think people who have long working experience before are more stubborn, do not learn new things, plus know You used to be an executive and you were twice as harsh as you did. I did not expect you to be the hardest student in my class, and your sources are very diverse, architecture, poetry, fashion, symbols, unlike the traditional jewelry theme but fresh Beautiful, you have not licensed the foundation, we must keep it. ”

Experience the advantages of the stage in the design work to be fully reflected: I am passing through the road for five years Shikumen ArtDeco architectural inspiration for the design work “Shikumen memories” at the graduation show, won hundreds of votes for the GIA Best design, senior rookie students finally completed the counter-attack.

Enjoying carrying a school bag every day, carrying a box to go to school day, I took another breath of three other jewelry courses, four months time, the door 95 points or more to complete the original nine-month course , Got GIA professional jewelry home degree. “Do not do it, do it professional.”

After regaining confidence in the classroom, I immediately began to try to design my designs one by one. In the class, I was asked to find out more about my classmates. After three days running at a jewelery fair, I watched hundreds of works of inlaid masters and selected a few to help me inlaid my designs. Like all rookies, this first three months paid a heavy price.

My internship includes an invisible setting, invisible inlay as the highest technique in jewelery inlay, invented by Parisian craftsman Jacques-Albert Algier in the 1920s and widely used by Van Cleef & Arpels. There is no usual jewels used to secure the pawls of gems, inlaid in the waist of each gem cut two fine grooves, in order to pound the precious metal pre-cast inlay grooving, the final jewelry out of jewels, but Can not see the pawns, and any supporting gem set, even in the dim light, but also because of the hundreds of different angles of reflection of precious stones and exquisitely carved, shine. This inlaid, for each gemstone color and pre-cut demanding, even a small piece of work, but also hundreds of hours of Seiko secret agents. Powerless I resolutely challenge the world can not do more than 20 people invisible tessellation, the result is the beginning of the three, not a seam, is a stone.

Six months ago, I took a consultant project to develop an e-commerce platform for a traditional retail jewelery company. After the initial report of the project came out, I discovered an open secret in the industry: as jewelry stores are often opened on high-rent sections, one hundred or two hundred square meters Often put thousands of inventory, consumers buy a piece of jewelry, only 20% of the cost spent on gems, design and workmanship, the other 80% is inventory, rent, personnel, insurance and so on. If it is a big name, but also add marketing costs, while the well-known brands to pursue “Promote the best, sell the rest” (push the best, sell the rest), advertising is tens of millions of gorgeous jewelry, but selling Mostly, but is engraved with gold logo silverware, or semi-precious or pearl shell to do the basic models. One of my friends, an Italian family eldest son, once came to China to attend a big-name event. I puzzled and asked why Chinese girls have tens of thousands of bags in their hands, but they wear the same accessories instead of genuine jewelry ? I have to say that it is too successful for the logo promotion of the jewelry brand in China. I think, after the bag, we deserve to have a really good sense of design jewelry.

A few months ago, I started to have friends help me find gems and make designs. On many occasions, my friends only saw photos or videos of jewelry when they paid. With such trust, I could only double my care and follow the details. Fortunately, customers are satisfied with listening, interacting, and taking things seriously. Last month, a Beijing friend who had known for seven years was in a hurry to erect her emerald ring and asked me to go to Beijing to give her a check-in at the airport. She found that the back and forth she bought for me were all first-class to the port After the shuttle hotel is also get all set. Early the next morning, eating breakfast in the Angel Kitchen and another friend of Logos, lamented the fact that leaving the international company was such a thing. A friend said: “This is an era where someone is willing to pay for ingenuity and craftsmanship.”

On the return flight, I was thinking of my next move. I did not know if I would go back to a big company. Just like a newly divorced person, I did not want to remarry because you did not know whether this man made you disappointed. Or did all of you let you Disappointed.
At the moment, freedom and happiness feel so real. “Happiness is a better job.” The next day, I rented a little studio, wrote stories, made jewelry, started my new journey as a craftsman.