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Monday, 02.07.12
CONNECTED: Lufthansa launches Blue Legends - rewards your Foursquare check-ins with Ranks and Badges
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 01 - General News

Lufthansa has a pretty long Internet and mobile Internet track-record and it was one of the first companies (at least outside America), which teamed up with Foursquare to bring us the best badges ever (saying this with my Bavarian voice): The Oktober Fest badges in 2011 and 2010. And now, Lufthansa has again teamed up with Foursquare to be one of the very first companies, featuring Foursquare's new "Connected Apps" platform. Following the motto of "living on the badge", Lufthansa invites Foursquare users to virtually check-in with the new "Blue Legends". This Foursquare connected app allows passengers to share information about their journey with others via social networks.

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Tuesday, 19.06.12
DISUSED: LG sidelining Tablet developments to focus on Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 01 - General News

Different OS, still about tablets and very interesting. As Bloomberg wrote this morning, LG, the world's No. 4 mobile-phone maker, and previously committed to "bring up to 26 new Windows Phones to market in 2012 alone", will sideline tablet computer development to focus more on smaller devices rather than compete head-on with Apple iPad. LG which just introduced its second Android tablet called Optimus Pad LTE earlier this year, seems to completely give up all tablet developments, which is rather interesting news, after Microsoft unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet yesterday. Keeping in mind that LG also manufactures Windows 8 PCs, that's indeed surprising and it seems, Microsoft has already lost one OEM!

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Thursday, 14.06.12
SELLOUT: Nokia sells Vertu to Private Equity Group - Keeps minority
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:28 CET under 01 - General News

Nokia announced this morning, that it has agreed terms for EQT VI, part of the leading private equity group in Northern Europe, to acquire Vertu, Nokia's luxury mobile phone brand. According to the press release, Nokia believes that this is the best option for the next step in Vertu's journey (and most likely Nokia's own future) of delivering excellence, enabling the brand to focus on increased opportunities for growth in the luxury category. Having delivered double digit sales growth over the past few years, Vertu is said to continue leading its class with a portfolio of high end mobile phones, increasingly led by its smartphones and tailored services, offering unique access, experiences and opportunities to a discerning and growing customer base.

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Friday, 08.06.12
RECOMMENDATION: App Center - Facebook launches its new Place to find Social Apps for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:04 CET under 01 - General News

As expected, Facebook today launched its App Center, which is said to to make it easier to find apps users can enjoy with friends. The App Center gives Facebook users personalized recommendations and lets them browse the apps their friends use. According to Facebook, it only lists high-quality apps, based on feedback from people who use the app, and therefore it's more a kind of recommendation engine than a real stand-alone app store, especially because the apps are downloaded after from Google's Play Market or iTunes. The App Center is available in the Facebook iOS and Android apps, as well as on Facebook.com and features mobile and web apps, such as Pinterest and Nike+ GPS.

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Monday, 04.06.12
DEVELOPMENT: Corning announces the launch of ultra-slim and flexible Corning Willow Glass
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 01 - General News

Corning, better known for its Gorilla Glass which is today virtually used in every high-end smartphone, today announced the next generation of its glass development which is called "Corning Willow Glass". Willow Glass is an ultra-slim flexible glass, which could, according to Corning, revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies. It will support thinner backplanes and color filters for both organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and liquid crystal displays (LCD) in high-performance, portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. This new, ultra-slim flexible glass will also help develop conformable (curved) displays for immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces.

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