Nokia claims its Maps Navigation service to be the best to travel in a right direction. To prove their point, the Finnish giant conducted a survey to initially find out where people are getting lost and digital navigation service is not much in use.
Nokia presented some figures suggesting the increased use of Digital Maps over the Traditional Maps. According to the survey, more than 25 percent of people rely on online and mobile navigation tools to find their way around. Wherein, 13 percent people use a mobile phone as a primary navigation tool. The country which turned out to have the worlds best sense of direction is Germany â€”Â a third of people claimed to have never lost their way.Â
But there is limit to those getting lost in London as compared to any other place in the world. The Research quizzed 12,500 people in 13 countries around the world to check their sense of direction and found that in each group of ten people, one finds it impossible to navigate around in London, followed by Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing (the top five ‘lost cities’). And those, who ask for directions in London, are guided wrongly by the local residents deliberately. One in every three Londoners does that and has admitted it.
Nokia proclaimed that it is developing a smart home platform; The Nokia Home Control Center, which will be the basis of security for next generation. The platform will enable users to integrate and manage their own smart home solutions, controlling the platform directly from their PC. Consumers can monitor their electricity consumption, switch devices on and off, monitor different things such as temperature, camera, motion. The system will also look after your home security, heating, and ventilation.
With a partnership with RWE, one of the Europeâ€™s biggest energy companies, the Finnish giant will focus on home heating management process in the beginning and later the two will manage to bring Smart Meters beyond 2009. Smart Meters will provide statistics of the energy consumption, giving consumers a chance to control energy bills accordingly.
Adding a few more companies in its collaboration list such as Danfoss, Delta Dore, Ensto, Meishar Immediate Community (MIC) and Zensys, Nokia will bring forward other Smart Solutions such as Security, energy efficiency, wellness, construction, real estate, and smart home solutions for the generation of new decade to arrive.
Home Control Center Solution is scheduled to be demonstrated at the Nokia World Event, Barcelona on December 2-3, 2008 and will be commercially launched by the end of 2009.
The second version of the Prada phone by LG comes with a Bluetooth watch that can also display complete text messages. The Prada II is expected to hit European countries in the coming days and hopefully, India in the next few months. Till then, enjoy the video.
Opera has announced the final version of the Opera Mini 4.2 mobile web browser. Some excerpts from the press release:
With todayâ€™s release of Opera Mini 4.2, Indians can now surf the Web in their own language.Â The latest prodigy in Operaâ€™s mobile browser family promises to heighten the mobile Web experience due to improvements in speed, video support and Opera Link functionality, in addition to its availability on the Android platform.
Since the launch of the beta version of Opera Mini 4.2 earlier this month, speed trials have shown that this version gives more than 30% speed improvements for users in the US, due to the addition of a new Opera Mini server park in the United States. As a result, Indian users will also benefit from noticeable speed improvements when browsing sites of American or Indian origin.
Opera Mini 4.2 has special significance for the Indian market, as the browser is now available in 12 different languages native to India.
Highlights of Opera Mini 4.2:
â€¢ Already available in Hindi, Opera Mini 4.2 is also now available in Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Kashmiri
â€¢ Funky new skins for personalizing the look of Opera Mini
â€¢ Opera Link support for notes, allowing users to sync their notes between the PC and Opera Mini
â€¢ Improved real time streaming protocol (RTSP) handoff