Choosing a sign-in model for Office 365

Paul Andrew, the technical product manager for Office 365 Identity Management, has blogged about the different identity models you can choose with Office 365. Learn how to move between them and choose the right one for your needs.

Read everything here http://blogs.office.com/2014/05/13/choosing-a-sign-in-model-for-office-365/

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Setup your new Nokia Lumia or any other Windows Phone

Back again after a year… 😉

OK. So you bought a new Windows Phone (probably a Nokia Lumia) and you have to get started. I assume that you already have a Microsoft Live account with your contacts, calendar and OneDrive (SkyDrive) files. Let’s begin:

  • As the User’s Guide says, first fully charge your smartphone – hahaha I’m just kidding…
  • If it is bought outside Greece, you need to change your regional settings at Settings/system–> region, your language (probably) at Settings/system–>language and add your keyboard at Settings/system–>keyboard (needs reset after download/installation and you can have as many keyboards as you want).
  • Connect it to a WiFi hotspot because you’ll need to download and setup everything over the internet.
  • Check if there are any OS or Firmware updates at Settings–>phone update – 99% there will not be anything since it’s a new device, but you may be lucky to buy it just after Microsoft issued an update.
  • Connect your Hotmail/Live/Outlook/whatever_MS account to bring your contacts/calendar to the phone.
  • Connect to a Nokia account (you only need to give your Live account to go on) – you will need this account for Nokia apps like Here Maps where you can save your favourite places.
  • Setup backup of photos/SMS/videos.
  • Enable Battery Saver at Settings/system–>battery saver.
  • I also enable SMS notifications at Settings/applications–>Messaging.
  • And of course download the Greek map for offline use (or any other country you will need) at Settings/applications–>maps–>download maps.
  • When you finish with the installation of apps, go back to Settings/applications–>background tasks to check if there apps that you don’t want to waste energy…

What are the essential apps to start working?

  • Nokia camera (and then switch to this app as the default camera app at settings/applications–>photos+camera)
  • Nokia Car App (and setup your speed dial contacts)
  • HERE Transit (incredible flexibility if you also have a data connection – I took a night bus in London directly to my hotel and skipped the taxi!)
  • HERE Drive – the difference with HERE Drive+ is that in plain Drive you can only navigate with your country’s map (your SIM defines your country), but you can still use ANY online/offline map to show you the way in HERE Maps
  • Skype
  • Facebook
  • Messenger (by Facebook)
  • MeteoGR
  • PDF Reader (by Microsoft)
  • Battery by Semenov (not needed in WP8.1)
  • ConnectivityShortcuts (not needed in WP8.1)
  • Εορτές
  • Calculator Toolbox Free
  • World Clock (by Microsoft)
  • Unit Converter
  • Fotor
  • Nokia Creative Studio
  • Bing Health & Fitness (it also has a very nice GPS Tracker)
  • Bing Food & Drink (with an impressive list of Greek wines)

And what I also use for my work/life:

  • Whatsapp (Viber is also available)
  • Evernote
  • OneDrive
  • Office Lens
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Amazon Mobile
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Kayak
  • Translator (by Microsoft – you can download offline dictionaries)
  • TeamViewer
  • Nokia Beamer (amazingly simple app)
  • Nokia Video Trimmer
  • Nokia Video Upload
  • Instagram (beta)
  • SophieLens for Nokia or SophieLens HD
  • Picture Perfect
  • CamScanner
  • Bing Weather (or Accuweather)
  • Shazam (with Cortana in WP8.1 it’s now useless)
  • MusiXmatch lyrics player (mainly for the lyrics)
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Free GPS Speedometer
  • Speedometer by Sygic
  • Adidas miCoach (not that I’m running, but I have paid for the miCoach hardware)
  • Currency (xeCurrency)
  • ATHAirport
  • Audio Recorder
  • Flightaware
  • How far from?
  • HubiC (another cloud storage solution – check it, it’s European)
  • IMDb
  • Is it down? (for a quick look on the status of your websites)
  • Lufthansa
  • Network Tools
  • NFC Writer Reader or  Nokia NFC Writer
  • Office 365 Admin
  • Office Remote (it’s not very stable for big presentations but it’s a good start…)
  • PassWorld (with WiFi hotspot passwords around the world)
  • Remote Desktop
  • Smart Resize
  • Softlayer Mobile
  • SpyCamera (it’s funny)
  • TouchDevelop (check it – it’s amazing…)
  • Trellizzo (an unofficial app for Trello)
  • Weave News Reader
  • Windows Phone App Studio
  • WordPress
  • YouSendit

Final tip: Playing with the regions (avoiding setting up the Greek region actually) gives you Nokia MixRadio which is amazing

Docear – An academic literature suite for searching, organizing and creating academic literature

Are you working on a thesis? Are you a researcher managing a lot of reference material for a paper? Docear can solve most of your problems in searching, organizing and creating academic literature. Docear was created by German developers to address these issues first through SciPlore mind mapping software and now through their latest software suite. Give it a try: http://www.docear.org/

I like the name of the product/company:

The term ‘Docear’ has two meanings. First, Docear is an allusion to “dog-ear”, the folded down corner of a paper page.  Second, “docear” in Latin means “I may be taught”.

Smartphones, Silly Users | Harvard Business Review

Very interesting (and frightening) reading…

First, we don’t remember anything anymore. Research shows that we’re increasingly outsourcing our personal memory banks to Google and other search engines, effectively wiping our own brains of easily accessible information. But as the growth of apps per device skyrockets and user interfaces simplify, we’re relying on more cognitive crutches than ever. Can’t recall the name of your coworker? Don’t worry; their LinkedIn profile is just a few taps away. Forgotten the name of that Japanese restaurant down the street? Yelp it up! Look for our memory gaps to grow as we train our brains to recall where information is located, rather than remembering the information itself.

The rest is here: Smartphones, Silly Users at HBR.org.

Find your way without a car…

Nokia Transport (older name was Transit) will tell you when the next train, bus, or tram is arriving, right to the nearest minute. It’ll guide you to the nearest stop or station, listing transfers and changes on the way, with step-by-step walking directions. And it’ll even tell you when to get off. The amazing part is “live routing” for Berlin and Potsdam in Germany! For Greece, even timetable routing is useless…

You can also find the same information on the web: maps.nokia.com/directions. An updated list of the cities is always here: Nokia Transport City Coverage

Austria

Public transport routing

Graz, Salzburg, Vienna

Belgium

Timetable routing

Antwerp, Bruges, Gent

Public transport routing

Brussels

Croatia

Public transport routing

Dubrovnik, Zagreb

Czech Republic

Public transport routing

Prague

Denmark

Timetable routing

Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Odense

Estonia

Public transport routing

Tallinn

Finland

Timetable routing

Helsinki

France

Public transport routing

Amiens, Avignon, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Colmar, Cote D’Azur, Lille, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Orange, Orleans, Paris, Rennes, Saint Tropez, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tours, Versailles

Germany

Live

Berlin, Potsdam

Public transport routing

Aachen, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Lubeck, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Wurzburg

Greece

Public transport routing

Athens, Kos, Rhodes, Thessaloniki

Hungary

Timetable routing

Budapest

Ireland

Public transport routing

Dublin

Italy

Timetable routing

Brescia, Padua, Turin

Public transport routing

Bari, Bologna, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Penisola Sorrentina, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Verona

Latvia

Public transport routing

Riga

Lithuania

Public transport routing

Vilnius

Luxembourg

Public transport routing

Luxembourg City

Netherlands

Public transport routing

Amsterdam, Rotterdam

Norway

Public transport routing

Oslo

Poland

Public transport routing

Czestochowa, Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Torun, Warsaw

Portugal

Public transport routing

Guimaraes, Lisbon, Porto

Russia

Timetable routing

Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov on Don, Samara, Saratov, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yakaterinburg

Public transport routing

Moscow, St Petersburg

Slovakia

Public transport routing

Bratislava

Slovenia

Public transport routing

Ljubljana

Spain

Timetable routing

Barcelona

Public transport routing

Bilbao, Cordoba, Elche, Granada, Madrid, Oviedo, Palma De Mallorca, Salamanca, Santiago De Compostela, Segovia, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia, Zaragoza

Sweden

Public transport routing

Gothenburg, Stockholm

Switzerland

Public transport routing

Bern, Geneva, Zurich

Turkey

Public transport routing

Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir

UK

Timetable routing

London

Public transport routing

Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

Ukraine

Public transport routing

Kiev

South Africa

Public transport routing

Cape Town, Johannesburg

UAE

Public transport routing

Dubai

Canada

Timetable routing

Brampton, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Mississauga, Montreal, Oshawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vaughan, Winnipeg

Public transport routing

Niagara Ca, Ottawa, Vancouver

USA

Timetable routing

Arvada, Atlanta, Aurora, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boulder, Burbank, Cambridge, Carlsbad, Carrollton, Centennial, Chicago, Chula Vista, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Coral Springs, Dallas, Denver, Downey, El Monte, Elizabeth, Escondino, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, Garland, Glendale, Hartford, Henderson, Hialeah, Hollywood, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Inglewood, Irving, Jersey City, Lakewood, Lancaster, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Miramar, New Haven, New Orleans, New York City, North Las Vegas, Norwalk, Oakland, Oceanside, Palmdale, Pasadena, Paterson, Pembroke Pines, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Plano, Pomona, Pompano Beach, Portland Oregon, Richardson, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Gate, St. Louis, St. Paul, Tampa, Thornton, Torrance, Westminster, Yonkers

Public transport routing

Charlotte, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Niagara Usa, Orlando, Washington DC

Argentina

Public transport routing

Buenos Aires

Brazil

Public transport routing

Belo Horizonte, Bertioga, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Chile

Public transport routing

Santiago

Mexico

Public transport routing

Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey

Venezuela

Public transport routing

Caracas

China

Public transport routing

Ankang, Anqing, Anshan, Anyang, Baicheng, Baise, Baishan, Baoding, Baoji, Baotou, Beihai, Beijing, Bengbu, Benxi, Binzhou, Bozhou, Cangzhou, Changchun, Changde, Changji, Changsha, Changzhi, Changzhou, Chaohu, Chaoyang, Chaozhou, Chengde, Chengdu, Chenzhou, Chifeng, Chizhou, Chongqing, Chuzhou, Dali, Dalian, Dandong, Daqing, Dazhou, Deyang, Dezhou, Dongguan, Dongying, Erdos, Fangchenggang, Foshan, Fushun, Fuxin, Fuyang, Fuzhou1, Ganzhou, Guangan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Handan, Hangzhou, Hanzhong, Harbin, Hebi, Hefei, Hegang, Hengshui, Hengyang, Heyuan, Heze, Hezhou, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Huaian, Huaibei, Huaihua, Huainan, Huangshan, Huangshi, Huizhou, Huludao, Huzhou, Jiamusi, Jiangmen, Jiaozuo, Jiaxing, Jieyang, Jilin, Jinan, Jingdezhen, Jingmen, Jingzhou, Jinhua, Jining, Jinzhong, Jinzhou, Jishou, Jiujiang, Jiyuan, Kaifeng, Kunming, Laiwu, Langfang, Lanzhou, Lasa, Leshan, Lianyungang, Liaocheng, Liaoyang, Liaoyuan, Lijiang, Linyi, Lishui, Liuan, Liuzhou, Longyan, Loudi, Luoyang, Luzhou, Lvliang, Maanshan, Macau, Maoming, Meishan, Meizhou, Mianyang, Mudanjiang, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanping, Nantong, Nanyang, Neijiang, Ningbo, Ningde, Panjin, Panzhihua, Pingdingshan, Putian, Qaramay, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Qiqihar, Quanzhou, Quzhou, Rizhao, Sanmenxia, Sanming, Sanya, Shanghai, Shangluo, Shangqiu, Shangrao, Shantou, Shanwei, Shaoguan, Shaoxing, Shaoyang, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Shiyan, Shuozhou, Siping, Suqian, Suzhou1, Suzhou2, Taian, Taiyuan, Taizhou1, Taizhou2, Tangshan, Tianjin, Tianshui, Tieling, Tongchuan, Tonghua, Tongliao, Tongling, Urumchi, Weifang, Weihai, Weinan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuhu, Wuxi, Wuzhou, Xiamen, Xian, Xiangfan, Xiangtan, Xianyang, Xingtai, Xining, Xinxiang, Xinyang, Xuancheng, Xuchang, Xuzhou, Yanan, Yanbian, Yancheng, Yangjiang, Yangquan, Yangzhou, Yantai, Yibin, Yichang, Yichun1, Yinchuan, Yingkou, Yiyang, Yongzhou, Yueyang, Yulin1, Yulin2, Yuncheng, Yuxi, Zaozhuang, Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiakou, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhenjiang, Zhongshan, Zhoushan, Zhuhai, Zhumadian, Zhuzhou, Zibo, Zigong, Ziyang

Australia

Public transport routing

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

India

Public transport routing

Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Surat, Vadodara

Indonesia

Public transport routing

Jakarta

Malaysia

Public transport routing

Kuala Lumpur, Penang

New Zealand

Timetable routing

Auckland, Wellington

Public transport routing

Christchurch

Philippines

Public transport routing

Manila

Singapore

Public transport routing

Sentosa, Singapore

Taiwan

Public transport routing

Kaohsiung, Taipei

Thailand

Public transport routing

Bangkok, Pattaya

Mobile flexibility for you or your employer?

I was reading an older article at the online edition of MIT Technology Review about mobility and productivity. An experiment at Boston Consulting Group with Deborah Lovich, a consultant and head of staff, and professor Leslie Perlow from Harvard Business School turned out to have very interesting results.

In one survey of 1,600 managers from multiple companies, Perlow found that about half checked e-mail continuously while on vacation or just before bedtime. Some didn’t stop there: 26 percent admitted to Perlow that they brought their mobile device into bed with them.

Perlow even wrote a book on this issue: Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work.

I liked this part:

Some companies, particularly in Europe, are starting to enforce time away from e-mail during nonwork hours. Volkswagen has programmed its e-mail servers to stop sending messages to many of its German employees after their shifts end. Atos Origin, a French IT company, has plans to end internal company e-mail entirely, claiming it is a waste of time—only 15 of the 100 e-mails its average employee received each day were deemed useful.

How can we do this? Especially when you work for a company that handles customers from different timezones and different cultures. Weekend is not Saturday and Sunday for everybody out there…

Read everything here: How Is Mobile Computing Good For Productivity?

Nokia Lumia 920: Detailed specifications (with highlights)

Nokia Lumia 920

A lot of people ask me about the new Nokia flagship with Windows Phone 8. So, I highlighted and underlined all the specs and features that I believe are worth pointing out. Lumia 920 is not an ordinary smartphone. It carries a number of innovations that will be available in the future on other smartphones like the super sensitive screen that can be “touched” even with gloves or the optical image stabilization (you don’t even have this on most of the dedicated cameras…).

There are also many things that can not be described with technical terms but give you the experience of using this device like the fluidness and responsiveness of the Windows Phone software. So don’t get this as a review, it’s a copy of the device specifications from Nokia’s website.

Ah, it also comes in 5 colours…

  • Design
    • Dimensions
      • Height: 130.3 mm
      • Width: 70.8 mm
      • Thickness1: 10.7 mm
      • Weight: 185 g
      • Volume: 99 cmÂł
    • Display and User Interface
      • Display size: 4.5 ”
      • Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
      • Screen height: 1280 pixels
      • Screen width: 768 pixels
      • Display features: Polarization filter, Light time-out, Ambient light detector, Brightness control, CorningÂŽ GorillaÂŽ Glass, Orientation sensor, Proximity sensor, High Brightness mode, RGB Stripe, Sunlight readability enhancements, Pixel density 332 ppi, Luminance 600 nits, Aspect ratio 15:9, Super sensitive touch, Color boosting, IPS, Refresh rate 60 Hz, Sculpted 2.5D glass
      • Display height: 97.0 mm
      • Display width: 58.0 mm
      • Display colors: 16.7 million
      • Display technology: PureMotion HD+
    • Keys and Input Methods
      • User Input: Touch
      • Dedicated hardware key: Camera, Power, Volume, Search, Back, Windows Start key
    • Form factor
      • Phone form factor: Monoblock
  • Hardware
    • Connectivity
      • Dual SIM: No
      • Connectors: Micro-USB Charging Connector, Micro-USB Data Connector, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio connector
      • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, Near Field Communication, Wi-Fi Channel bonding, WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, Qi Wireless charging
      • Syncronization: Windows computer companion application, Mac computer companion application, Exchange ActiveSync
    • Data Network
      • Data bearer2: HSPA+ (3G), EDGE/EGPRS (2G), FD-LTE (4G), HSUPA (3G), GSM (2G), HSDPA (3G), WCDMA (3G)
    • Operating Frequency
      • Operating band3: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA Band V (850), WCDMA Band VIII (900), WCDMA Band II (1900), WCDMA Band I (2100), LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
      • Data speed – Upload: LTE Cat 3 – 50 Mbit/s, HSUPA Cat 6 – 5.76 Mbit/s
      • Data speed – Download: EGPRS MSC 12 – 236.8 kbit/s, HSDPA Cat 24 – 42.2 Mbit/s, LTE Cat 3 – 100 Mbit/s
    • WLAN features
      • WLAN Security: WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA, WEP, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA
    • Power Management4
      • Battery: BP-4GW
      • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
      • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
      • Removable battery: No
      • Maximum 2G standby time: 460 h
      • Maximum 2G talk time: 18.6 h
      • Maximum 3G standby time: 460 h
      • Maximum 3G talk time: 10.8 h
      • Music playback time: 74 h
    • Processor
      • Processor name5: Snapdragon™ S4
      • Processor type: Dual-core 1.5GHz
    • Memory
      • Internal memory: 1000 MB
      • Mass memory: 32GB and 7GB in SkyDrive
  • Snapdragon™ S4 Processor
    • Performance
      • Do more. Wait less: Tap into faster performance. The Snapdragon™ processor CPU cores enable extra performance when you need it and puts you in charge of running the most demanding applications, including gaming, photography, as well as business and personal productivity.
    • Power consumption
      • Less charging. More doing: The Snapdragon™ processor’s unique asynchronous technology enables each core to power up and power down independently, resulting in maximizing core performance level without wasting battery power.
    • Technology
      • Beyond mobile. And beyond all expectations: Snapdragon™ S4 processor is a highly integrated, mobile-optimized system on a chip that delivers dynamic, immersive experiences and powerful, battery-friendly performance that can put new possibilities in your hands.
  • Software and applications
    • Personal Information Management (PIM)
      • Features (Personal information Management): Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Notes, Reminders, To-do list, Phonebook with integrated social networks, OneNote, Wallet
    • Other Applications
      • Gaming features: DirectX 11, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
    • Software platform & User Interface
      • Supported amount of phonebooks: One integrated Phonebook
      • Developer platform: Windows Phone 8
      • Software release: Windows Phone 8
      • Development technology: Silverlight, XNA, Visual Basic, DirectX, Java Script, XAML, C++
  • Communications
    • Email and Messaging6
      • Email solution: Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Mobile, Windows Live / Hotmail / Outlook.com, Gmail, Mail for Exchange, Office 365, Nokia Mail
      • Email protocol: SMTP, IMAP4, POP3
      • Email features: Viewing and editing of email attachments, Email with filtering, Always up to date, Multiple simultaneous email accounts, HTML email, Text-to-speech message reader, Email attachments, Conversational view on email
      • Instant messaging: Twitter, Facebook chat, LinkedIn, Windows Live Messenger
      • Messaging features: Integrated text messaging and chat, Instant messaging, Concatenated SMS for long messages, Multiple SMS deletion, List of recently used numbers, Audio messaging, Text-to-speech message reader, Conversational SMS for chat-style SMS, Text messaging, Common inbox for SMS and MMS messages, Unified MMS/SMS editor, Automatic resizing of images for MMS, Distribution lists for messaging, Multimedia messaging
    • Call management
      • Features (Call Management): Voice dialling, Voice Commands, Conference calling, Video calling, Call waiting, Voice mail, Call diverts, Video sharing, Integrated hands-free speaker, Call forwarding, HD audio, Call history
      • Contacts: Unlimited
  • Device security
    • Security
      • Enterprise security features: Remote security policy enforcement
      • General Security features: Remote device locking via Internet, Application sandboxing and integr check, Secure NFC, Track and Protect via internet, Firmware update, Remote wipe of user data via Internet, Application integrity check, Device lock
      • Device startup security: Device passcode, Secure device start-up, PIN code, Firmware and OS integrity check
      • Advance security features: Lost device tracking, Anti-phishing protection
      • Data encryption: User data encryption for device
  • Sharing and Internet
    • Browsing and Internet
      • Internet sharing: Use as a Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 5 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
      • Supported web technologies: XML, CSS 3, HTML 5, HTML 4.1, CSS
      • Browser: Internet Explorer 10
  • Navigation
  • Photography
    • Main camera
      • Primary camera sensor size: 8.7 megapixels
      • Camera Flash Type: Short pulse high power dual LED
      • Carl Zeiss Tessar lens: Yes
      • Camera resolution: 3552 x 2448 pixels
      • Camera Focus Type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
      • Camera F number/aperture: 2.0
      • Camera digital zoom: 4 x
      • Camera focal length: 26.0 mm
      • Flash operating range: 3.0 m
    • Main camera features
      • Camera feature: Nokia PureView camera, Touch to Focus and capture in a single tap, Landscape orientation, Geo-tagging, Auto and Manual White Balance settings, Still image Editor, Optical Image Stabilization, Lenses applications, Sensor type: BSI, True 16:9 sensor, Pixel size 1.4 Âľm, Sensor size 1/3″
      • Camera image format: JPEG/Exif
    • Image capturing
      • Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On
      • Scene modes: Automatic, Night portrait, Sports, Night, Close-up, Backlight
      • Capture modes: Video, Still
      • White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
      • Photos viewed by: Camera Roll, Timeline, Photo editor, Favorites, Album, Photos from Social networks
    • Secondary camera
      • Secondary camera resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels
      • Secondary camera minimum focus range: 35.0 cm
    • Graphics
      • Graphics format: JPEG
  • Music and Audio
    • Music
      • Music package: Nokia Music Store, Nokia Mix Radio
      • Noise cancellation: Multimicrophone noise cancellation
      • Music features: Music player, Media Player, Audio Streaming, Dolby Headphone
      • Other Features (Music and Audio): Selection by artist, album and genre, Cloud music playback, Podcasts, Cloud music offline playback, Playlists, Album graphics display, Music recommender
      • DRM support: PlayReady
    • Music format
      • Codecs: MP3, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC, eAAC+/HEAACv2
      • Audio format: ASF, Wav, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2
    • Voice and audio recording
      • Recording: Voice Commands
      • Audio recording file formats: Wav, 3GP, 3G2
      • Audio recording codecs: AMR-NB
      • Speech codecs: AMR-WB, GSM FR, AMR-NB, GSM HR, EFR
      • Audio recording features: Mono with high dynamics
  • Video
    • Main video camera
      • Video playback frame rate: 30 fps
      • Video camera resolution: 1080p (Full HD, 1920×1080)
      • Video recording features: Video Light, Video zoom, Optical Image Stabilization
      • Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
      • Camera video zoom: 4 x
      • Video white balance modes: Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Automatic, Daylight
    • Main video camera features
      • Video streaming: YouTube browsing and video streaming
      • Video feature: Video recorder, Video call, Video sharing, Video player
    • Other features (video)
      • Video sharing and playback: Video sharing to social network, Video sharing to Facebook, Video sharing to Skydrive
    • Secondary video camera
      • Secondary video camera resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Environment
    • Environmental features
      • Eco content and services: Available at Store, Nokia Maps: pedestrian navigation
      • Energy efficiency: Automatic screen brightness adjustment, Battery Saver feature
      • Materials: Free of BFR, rFR as in Nokia Subst. List, Free of PVC, Contains recycled metals, Free of nickel on the product surface
      • Product is recyclable (up to): 100% recoverable as materials and energy
      • User guide: Small printed guide, full on nokia.com, In-device user guide

Surface with Windows 8 Pro is coming…


Microsoft announced that Surface with Windows 8 Pro will available in January 2013 in two versions: 64GB at $899 and 128GB at $999. It’s obvious that we will need the more expensive one…

The good news now:

  • The new Surface Pro will include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology that prevents your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write.
  • As with the RT version Touch Covers and Type Covers will be sold separately.
  • Dark Titanium VaporMg casing.
  • Dual 2×2 MIMO antennas.
  • Intel’s third generation Core i5 processor.
  • 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display at 1920×1080 full HD resolution.
  • A full-size USB 3.0 port.
  • A mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution.
  • Surface Pro will run all current Windows 7 desktop applications plus the metro Modern UI apps.
  • Less than two pounds and less than 14 millimeters thick.

The only drawback till now seems to be the battery life which, according to a twitter post and some calculations based on Surface RT, will be about 4 hours. We have to wait until January to find out if this is true. If it is so, then its usability is less than expected. We want it thin, but we also want it to run for a day…