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Tuesday, 11.02.14
THOUGHT: Why the Android-based Nokia Normandy aka Nokia Asha X makes a lot of Sense for Nokia and Microsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

In the recent weeks and months, we heard many rumors that Nokia worked on an Android-based smartphone which was code-named "Normandy" and after sources said that this project was nixed after Microsoft announced the take-over of Nokia, The Wall Street Journal said yesterday that the Nokia Asha X, as it is called now, will be definitely unveiled during this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This rose some concerns if it makes sense for both - Microsoft and Nokia - and I say yes, it makes a lot of sense. If you see the operating system less emotional, it's just a vehicle. In the early smartphone days, Windows Mobile was a vehicle for Microsoft to sell its business proposition to corporate users. And today, the mobile OS is a vehicle to sell apps, and even more important, services to consumers and prosumers.

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Saturday, 16.11.13
THOUGHT: Did Google cross the Privacy Line with its latest Release of Hangouts for Android?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:22 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ever, since we were talking about mobile texting, we were talking about unified messaging and the unified inboxes. This became even more important when E-Mail and MMS were added to mobile phones and since we have smartphones with its countless ways to communicate, it seems to be even more important. Looks like Google saw it the same and with the recently announced Google Hangouts update for Android, Google added some - on the first sight - "useful" features. For instance can Google Hangouts now be used for sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages. And it's even able to import existing messages from other SMS and MMS clients to make the move to Hangouts even more convenient.

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Wednesday, 25.09.13
PRO-TIP: Use Evernote to Store your non-Passbook Boarding Passes on your Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While Apple has really established quite a useful standard with its Passbook, Passbook passes can also used on Android smartphones, for instance with Attido Mobile's great PassWallet app I use a lot for my Lufthansa flights. However, there are still many airlines which are yet not offering Passbook boarding passes but often give a link to a mobile website only where the boarding pass can be accessed online. That's all good but it can be either expensive in international roaming or what happens if you don't have coverage or due to a network failure the mobile website isn't available? Well, there's a workaround I love to use and it involves Evernote!

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Tuesday, 17.09.13
THOUGHT: Now that you have an MHL-Enabled Smartphone or Tablet - What's Next?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

In my little "What's Next?" series, let us talk today about MHL (which stands for Mobile High-Definition Link) - a technology of which I'm a big fan of but also a technology which might be still a little bit underrated and conveniently overlooked, until you have experienced its value for the first time. I had my very first contact, where I experienced its value, two years ago when I was for three months in Angola and where my MHL-enabled Samsung Galaxy S2 virtually connected my German Slingbox to the living room TV screen which allowed me to watch live German TV on the other side of the equator. However, since then many more use cases and usage scenarios were added and I want to list just a few here.

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Friday, 23.08.13
THOUGHT: Instagram, EyeEm and Co. - Or how your Smartphone Photos can become your own Art
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ever, since I got my first digital single-lens reflex camera in the mid 80's (a Canon T50), I was fascinated from photographing and even learned how to develop my own back & white and color films and prints when I did a couple of internships at Ilford Photo. Over the time, this experience also made a big fan of photo art. As the time evolved, I went through different Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras, first still analogue, only to became digital later. And while I still using my Nikon D80 and my Sony Nex5 for professional photos here on the::unwired and events, my daily camera became my smartphone! It's my digital eye, doesn't matter if I use it at home, while commuting or in vacations - the smartphone is 99 % of the time with me.

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