Thursday, August 27, 2009

Maemo 5 injects speed and power into mobile computing

The new Nokia N900: Computer-grade performance in a handset
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today marked the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software with the new Nokia N900. Taking its cues from the world of desktop computing, the open source, Linux-based Maemo software delivers a PC-like experience on a handset-sized device.
The Nokia N900 has evolved from Nokia's previous generation of Internet Tablets and broadens the choice for technology enthusiasts who appreciate the ability to multitask and browse the internet like they would on their desktop computer.
Running on the new Maemo 5 software, the Nokia N900 empowers users to have dozens of application windows open and running simultaneously while taking full advantage of the cellular features, touch screen and QWERTY keyboard.
"With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience," says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. "The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we'll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways."
Designed for computer-grade performance in a compact size, Maemo complements Nokia's other software platforms, such as Symbian, which powers Nokia's smartphones.
"Just as Nokia continues to expand and diversify its device portfolio, so it is deploying multiple platforms to allow it to serve different purposes and address different markets. While we have seen continued growth in Symbian as a smartphone platform, Maemo enables Nokia to deliver new mobile computing experiences based on open-source technology that has strong ties with desktop platforms," says Jonathan Arber, Senior Research Analyst in Consumer Mobile at IDC.
More multitasking with Maemo
The Nokia N900 packs a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. The result is PC-like multitasking, allowing many applications to run simultaneously. Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is constantly available through the dashboard. The panoramic homescreen can be fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications.
To make web browsing more enjoyable, the Nokia N900 features a high-resolution WVGA touch screen and fast internet connectivity with 10/2 HSPA and WLAN. Thanks to the browser powered by Mozilla technology, websites look the way they would on any computer. Online videos and interactive applications are vivid with full Adobe Flash(TM) 9.4 support. Maemo software updates happen automatically over the internet.
Messaging on the N900 is easy and convenient thanks to the full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Setting up email happens with only a few touches and the Nokia Messaging service mobilizes up to 10 personal email accounts. Text message or IM exchanges with friends are shown in one view and all conversations are organized as separate windows.
The Nokia N900 has 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card. For photography, the Maemo software and the N900 come with a new tag cloud user interface that will help users get the most out of the 5MP camera and Carl Zeiss optics.
The Nokia N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 with an estimated retail price of EUR 500 excluding sales taxes and subsidies. The Nokia N900 will be displayed at Nokia World, Stuttgart, on September 2. More information on Maemo is available at

Dera, SatKartar & Sikh followers clash averted

LUDHIANA: A serious clash was averted between dera followers and members of the Sikh Societies(Gursikh Family club, Shaan-E-Khalsa, Gurmat Gian Missionary Collage & other) when the latter objected to the organization of an

�Akhand Paath� near the Model Town Extension, on Tuesday night.

Following information that followers of Dera Satkartar Das were allegedly organizing a paath, a large number of people from the Sikh community gathered outside the dera and shouted slogans.

Its to sited that Dera Satkartar has Shivling, Statues of Different gods, Sri Chand, Havan Kund in his dera.

Panicked by the situation, dera followers pelted stones at the gathered Sikhs. Before the situation could worsen, the police was immediately summoned which reached the spot in no time.

Both parties were pacified and they finally reached a compromise at the Model Town police station.

In the meantime, sewadar of the dera, Jaswinder Singh, said the Akhand Paath had been organized to celebrate the birthday of Baba Shri Chand Jee. �I had brought the religious scriptures from the gurdwara and had sought permission from the Akal Takht to do so,� he added.

Meanwhile, S. Arvinde Singh Khalsa of Gursikh Family Club, Ludhiana received major injuries in the incident

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nokia brings mobile financial services to millions

Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service enables financial management and payments from a mobile phone
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today introduced Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service offering consumers with mobile device access to basic financial services. For many consumers, this will be the first time they have had any access to such financial services.
Nokia Money has been designed to be as simple and convenient as making a voice call or sending an SMS. It will enable consumers to send money to another person just by using the person's mobile phone number, as well as to pay merchants for goods and services, pay their utility bills, or recharge their prepaid SIM cards (SIM top-up). The services can be accessed 24 hours a day from anywhere, meaning savings in travel costs and time. Nokia is building a wide network of Nokia Money agents, where consumers can deposit money in or withdraw cash from their accounts.
4 billion mobile phones but only 1.6 billion bank accounts
"We believe mobile financial services offer a market opportunity with long term growth potential. In many countries, mobile phone ownership significantly exceeds bank account usage, suggesting that many mobile phone users have very limited or no access to basic financial services. With more than 4 billion mobile phone users and only 1.6 billion bank accounts, global demand for access to financial services presents a strong opportunity to combine mobile devices with simple but powerful financial services such as Nokia Money", said Mary McDowell, EVP and Chief Development Officer, Nokia.
Mobile payments will be the next step for delivering financial services to hundreds of millions of people, both urban and rural, who are underserved by existing payment means, especially in emerging economies.
"Rural consumers will particularly benefit from money transfers and, for urban consumers used to online services, we are enabling services such as payment of utility bills, purchase of train and movie tickets, top-ups, all through their mobile phones. Nokia Money is simple to use, secure and available across different operator networks and on virtually any mobile phone. This means millions of new consumers will soon be able to manage all their financial needs from their mobile phone", said Teppo Paavola, VP and Head of Corporate Business Development, Nokia.
Building a new ecosystem for mobile payments
The Nokia Money service will be operated in cooperation with Obopay, a leader in developing global mobile payment solutions, which Nokia invested in earlier this year. The service is based on Obopay's mobile payment platform, with unique and newly developed mobile elements. Nokia intends the service to be open and interoperable with other payment services as well.
"Obopay shares Nokia's vision for bringing mobile financial services to millions of people worldwide. We're excited that Nokia has chosen Obopay's platform. Nokia's leading market position, strong brand recognition and global distribution channel, using the Obopay platform with uniquely developed mobile elements, means the Nokia Money service is well positioned to bring the next generation of mobile payment services to the world," said Carol Realini, Founder and CEO of Obopay.
Nokia Money is the result of a powerful collaboration Nokia is forging between different partners in different markets around the world. It is designed to work in partnership with mobile network operators and financial institutions, involving distributors and merchants in a dynamic ecosystem to seamlessly provide the new services.
"As a result of the innovative partnerships and comprehensive ecosystem we are forging with the banking and financial industry, as well as leading network operators, we believe Nokia Money will bring financial inclusion to many who currently have limited or no access to financial services. Uniting the strengths of the mobile and financial services industries will change the way people around the world can manage their money in the future", added McDowell.
"Mobile financial services present a high growth sector for Nokia. Nokia's asset strengths, including consumer brand awareness, distribution capabilities and global relationships should serve as logical and necessary extensions to drive innovation in the mobile payments and banking sector. To be successful Nokia must provide a legitimate bridge between operators, banks networks and security infrastructure in order to unlock the broad uptake of mobile financial services," said Bob Egan, Global Head of Research and Chief Analyst, Towergroup.
The Nokia Money service will be shown for the first time at Nokia World on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany, and it is planned to be rolled out gradually to selected markets, beginning in early 2010.

Rani\'s sardar look upsets some sikhs

Rani Mukherjee, who has made her comeback with Yash Raj\'s, \"Dil Bole Hadippa\", will be seen playing the role of a Punjabi girl who transforms her look into a Sikh man.This is done because she wishes to make her way into the men\'s cricket team.

This transformation has provoked some agitation in Punjab, especially among the Sikhs, since they believe that the turban Rani is sporting in the latest Yash Raj movie does not give the correct perspective of a Sikh Man. According to a few members of the Sikh community, Mukherjee is playing the role of a grown male adult who is wearing a turban that a young Sikh boy wears, technically termed the \'patka\'.

Sources also reveal that the Sikh Community is considerably upset, because producer Yash Raj, being a Sikh himself has not managed to give due respect and importance to the portrayal of a Sikh in his movie.

Further more, the community members have said to be demanding a special screening of \"Dil Bole Hadippa\", to scan for other delicate susceptibilities similar to this situation. Coincidently, recent release staring Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone, \"Love Aaj Kal\" also faced a few talks amongst the Sikh Community, for showing Saif Ali Khan wooing his love in a Gurudwara

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nokia 5230 rocks the crowds around the world with a touch of color

New Delhi, India and Espoo, Finland - The latest addition in the Nokia touch phone portfolio, the Nokia 5230, is designed for those who lead an active life and use their mobile phone as their primary instrument for music, photos and videos, as well as sharing their lives online. With the Nokia 5230, consumers can get new content, be it songs from the Nokia Music Store or apps, games, videos and other services from the Ovi Store, directly from their phones. The solutions offering is complemented by A-GPS navigation and the latest version of Ovi Maps with aerial images, 3D landmarks for over 200 cities and terrain map views for pedestrian and drive navigation.
"Competitively priced at 149 EUR, we believe the Nokia 5230 is an unbeatable offer for many new customers who aspire a device that stars in music, mingles with social networks from Facebook to MySpace, navigates you to where it happens, when it happens,  and comes in an array of dazzling colors, " said Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia.
Visiting the Ovi Store from the Nokia 5230 is a breeze. Ovi Store is conveniently accessible from the home screen of the phone and customers can immediately begin downloading and personalizing their phones with popular apps and games to make their phone more fun. New apps, games, videos, and more are added regularly and Ovi Store can be enjoyed on more than 75 Nokia devices and has active users from more than 180 countries.
The Nokia 5230 features an easy to use music player with 33 hours of playback time. In select markets the Nokia 5230 will include Comes With Music service offering truly unbeatable value with all you can eat music. The recommended price of the Nokia 5230 with the Comes With Music service will be 259 EUR before subsidies and taxes. For a mighty music experience, any headphones with a 3.5mm AV connector can be used. In addition, the Nokia 5230 features a Media Bar with quick access to your favorite media and applications, such as music, photos, YouTube or Ovi Share.
The innovative Contacts bar features thumbnail images for up to 20 close friends and provides easy access to them and their communications history including emails, phone calls, photos or other social media updates. 
The Nokia 5230 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Nokia Booklet 3G brings all day mobility to the PC world

Espoo, Finland - After more than 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the mobile industry, Nokia will bring its rich mobility heritage and knowledge to the PC world with the new, Windows based, Nokia Booklet 3G.
Powered by the efficient Intel Atom processor, the Nokia Booklet 3G delivers impressive performance with up to 12 hours of battery life, enabling people to leave their power cable behind and still be connected and productive. Delivering the rich experience of a full-function PC inside an ultra-portable aluminum chassis, the new mini-laptop weighs 1.25 kilograms, measures slightly more than two centimeters thin, and has the features one would expect from the world's leading mobile device manufacturer.  A broad range of connectivity options - including 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi - gives consumers high speed access to the Internet, including Nokia's broad suite of Ovi services, and allows them to make the most of every moment and every opportunity.  
"A growing number of people want the computing power of a PC with the full benefits of mobility," said Kai Oistamo, Nokia's Executive Vice President for Devices. "We are in the business of connecting people and the Nokia Booklet 3G is a natural evolution for us. Nokia has a long and rich heritage in mobility and with the outstanding battery life, premium design and all day, always on connectivity, we will create something quite compelling. In doing so we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful and more personal."
The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an easily accessible SD card reader. Other premium features include the 10-inch glass HD ready display and integrated A-GPS which, working with the Ovi Maps gadget, can pinpoint your position in seconds and open up access for a truly personal maps experience. The Nokia Booklet 3G also brings a number of other rich Ovi experiences to life, whether its access and playback of millions of tracks through the Nokia Music Store, or using Ovi Suite to sync seamlessly from your Nokia smartphone, to your mini-laptop, to the cloud.
The Nokia Booklet 3G will widen the Nokia portfolio, satisfying a need in the operator channel, and bringing another important ingredient in the move towards becoming a mobile solutions company.
Further information, including detailed specifications, market availability and pricing, will be announced at Nokia World on September 2. For more information on Nokia World, visit:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nokia announces finalists in 2009 "Calling All Innovators" global developer competition

Finalists chosen from over 1,700 submissions from developers in 85 countries
Espoo, Finland - Forum Nokia Developer Community (FNDC) today announced the finalists in its 2009 Calling All Innovators contest, a global mobile developer competition designed to generate applications and solutions that enhance the use of Nokia mobile devices in real-world scenarios.
The total cash and prizes for the 2009 Calling All Innovators contest are worth more than $250,000. The top three submissions in each category will receive a cash award, and prizes that include premium placement featuring the winning application in Nokia's Ovi Store, and the opportunity to demo their winning apps at Nokia World.
Over 1,700 submissions were received from developers in 85 countries signaling a strong answer to Nokia's challenge to think big and create mobile applications and services that can help build a better mobile user experience. More than 421,000 visits to the contest website from around the world engaged with FNDC, the world's largest mobile developer community.
"The quantity and quality of the applications we received are astounding," said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia Developer Community, Nokia.  "We encourage our developer community to work with us to extend their market reach, taking advantage of our global presence, global distribution through Ovi Store and local market knowledge. Turning the spotlight on our developers in marketing efforts like Calling All Innovators is just one way we can expose the best mobile applications from our developer community to consumers around the world."
A complete list of Forum Nokia's Calling All Innovators finalists including video demonstrations of the applications can be found online at  Following are the finalists in the 2009 Calling All Innovators global contest:
Internet Innovation - Developers were asked to submit either web applications known as Web Runtime widgets, or websites which are optimized for mobile browsing with Nokia devices.
- Pixelpipe for Share Online - This WRT widget application from San Francisco-based Pixelpipe, enables individuals to create and configure Nokia Share Online to use the Pixelpipe Media Gateway to distribute photos, video, audio and files to more than 90 popular social networking, photo/video, and blog services directly from the built-in phone gallery and camera applications. Developer website:
- Dianping - This widget for one of the top websites in mainland China provides information about more than 275,000 restaurants, including descriptions, recommended dishes, address, phone number, price range and more. Individuals can search for restaurants by districts, categories, price range and key words. The application includes access to more than 7.5 million restaurant reviews, and coupons for restaurants, too. Developer website:
- Tech Buzz Homescreen Widget - The Tech Buzz Widget from UK-based Mippin, is a fast, elegant way to reliably access the latest tech news anywhere on Nokia mobile devices. It regularly downloads tech stories from across the web, displaying the headlines and images in rotation on the Nokia N97 home screen, to give users immediate access. Developer website:
Flash - Developers were asked to submit applications that expand the capabilities of Adobe Flash Lite on Nokia devices.
- FLORIN - Personal Finance Tracker - With the FLORIN flash-based application from UK-based BlueskyNorth, consumers have access to a highly capable, but easy to use personal finance tracker for use on Nokia Series 60 5th Edition devices. Developer website:
- Reuters Slideshow - The Reuters Slideshow app from UK-based Tui Interactive Media, combines Flash and WRT widget functionality to deliver a constantly updated feed of pictures and news. Coupled with its mini-view for use on S60 5th Edition devices, the application offers an engaging way to catch up on the latest news. Developer website:
- ActiveChinese - This mobile educational application, from the company of the same name, is comprised of 10 flash-animated lessons for English speakers to begin to learn how to speak Chinese. A series of built-in flashcards provides the most useful word and phrases, and includes: the Chinese character, Chinese pronunciation, PinYin, and the English translation. Developer website:
Emerging Markets and Mobile Necessities - Developers were asked to submit applications or solutions that are the most innovative application using Nokia platforms, ranging from SMS through Series 40 and S60 device platforms. All applications would be evaluated, including those developed using Java, Python or open source.
- Mobile JobHunt - Inspired by Nokia Life Tools in India, Mobile JobHunt from LEG aims to help people in rural areas in China. JobHunt provides timely and accurate job information from major cities on Series 40 Nokia phones. Other related services include employment news, skills training, employment legal rights, and entertainment. Developer website: 
- Mobile Credit Card Terminal - Mobile Credit Card Terminal from 2C2P in Singapore gives business owners the ability to charge a credit card/debit card, and to manage transactions securely from Nokia S60 devices without additional equipment. Developer website:
- Blue Home - Created by Binu Johnson in India, Blue-Home installed on a Nokia S60 mobile device, and hardware in the home that can be purchased for approximately $30, an individual can monitor and operate six home appliances via Bluetooth in the mobile device. Developer website:
Apps on Maps - Developers were asked to submit new ideas that harness the power of location-aware services using Ovi Maps on Nokia devices. From all of the ideas submitted, 14 developers were given exclusive access to the Ovi Beta SDK to turn their ideas into a completed application for use on Nokia devices.
- PocketLife - from Wanaka, New Zealand, is an established location-based social network for web and mobile. As a location-based lifestyle app, with Pocket Life for Ovi Maps on your Nokia device, individuals can always be in touch with their closest friends, down to knowing precisely where they are at that given time. Using Pocket Life, individuals can discover new places, share photos, and quickly know their way around like a local. Developer website:
- Ground Guidance - How do you navigate when there are no roads? Ground Guidance with Ovi Maps solves this problem. With technology originally built for the U.S. Army, St. Paul, Minnesota-based Primordial uses an innovative, patented technique, combined with a wide range of data sources to create a walk-able route where no road data exists. Pick any two points in the app, and the user will be presented with a walk-able path to take. Developer website:
- Smart Eggs - submitted by Forum Nokia PRO member company, MSCorp based in Coral Springs, Florida, will bring the thrill of discovery and surprise to your explorations when using Ovi Maps. Crack open a Smart Egg to get a multimedia review of the latest movie, or tips about special promotions from nearby shops. Engage in a mobile treasure hunt with your friends, collecting codes inside Premium Smart Eggs. This mobile app for brands, artists, and venues interacts with consumers at the local level, while promoting the use of multiple Nokia services and platforms, including Ovi Maps and more. Developer website:
The winners in the Internet Innovation, Flash, and Emerging Markets and Mobile Necessities categories will be announced on September 1, in the evening prior to Nokia World 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany at an awards ceremony being held at the Porsche Museum. The Apps on Maps winners will be announced on September 3, during Nokia World.
In the Flash category, there is an additional prize of $10,000 USD for one application that also received funds from the Open Screen Project Fund ( this year.
Finally, the top 10 submissions in all three categories will receive the "Judge's Choice Award", which provides a one-year membership in Forum Nokia Launchpad (value of 300 euros). All Forum Nokia Launchpad members receive access to exclusive resources and support.
About Forum Nokia Developer Community
Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia Developer Community (FNDC) connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, China, and Singapore, FNDC provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

U.S. International Trade Commission rules in favor of Nokia

New York, NY, USA - Nokia announced today that a United States International Trade Commission (ITC) judge issued an Initial Determination in favour of Nokia in the action brought by InterDigital against Nokia. The case, filed by InterDigital, alleged that Nokia infringed four patents that InterDigital asserts to be essential for the UMTS (3G) mobile standard. The judge found that there is no infringement of the four alleged patents and therefore, Nokia is not in violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act.
The judge's Initial Determination, issued on August 14, 2009, is consistent with a previous judgment in the United Kingdom that found several InterDigital patents not to be essential to the UMTS mobile standard.
"As a leading innovator Nokia respects valid and used IPR and expects others to do the same", said Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president, Nokia Legal and Intellectual Property. "We are willing to compensate other contributors with what is fair and reasonable for such IPR, however in the case of unrealistic and unwarranted demands, we are prepared to ensure through litigation that our rights are protected.  We believe this initial determination by the ITC combined with earlier UK court decisions provide a strong indication that the asserted value of InterDigital's 3G patent portfolio may have been over-estimated."
The judge's Initial Determination will now be forwarded to the full Commission for review. The Commission is scheduled to make its Final Determination by around December 14, 2009.  Ahead of the Final Determination, Nokia will continue to present its case to the ITC.

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Radio Pakistan still obsessed with Sikhs’ rights

Abohar, Aug.13 (ANI): The Punjabi Durbar programme of Radio Pakistan seems to be obsessed with the welfare of Sikhs in India, unaware that Sikhs are being driven out of parts of Pakistan.

In its recent Punjabi Darbar programme, Radio Pakistan has again talked about the need to have a separate state for Sikhs, which it claims was promised by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Reacting to the bulletin, Gurvinder Singh, General Secretary of Shri Guru Nanak Sewak Dal Simran Society, said such comments regarding formation of another State other than Punjab, are unwarranted for Sikhs in a country which is being led by a Sikh himself.

�Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stated that he is an Indian first and a Sikh later. For Manmohan Singh, his nationality comes first and religion next. It represents his modesty and humility,� said Gurvinder Singh, General Secretary of Shri Guru Nanak Sewak Dal Simran Society.�India is a democratic country. People of all the religions and regions enjoy equal importance in all the sectors. The appointment of Iqbal Singh as the Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry shows that everybody is given equal status and rights in the country. Pakistan talks of Sikhs� welfare with the objective of creating tension in our country,� Gurvinder Singh added.

Pakistan is fighting the Taliban, which has been created by it. Its political system is under stress and there is a consistent fear of a coup. Still Radio Pakistan remains obsessed with creating tension in India.

Pakistan should remember that Sikhs had to leave their towns and villages during Partition when their families were attacked. They are happy in India, and would work for the unity and integrity of the country. The propaganda by Radio Pakistan will only make them feel stronger in their conviction

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Nokia and AIS to launch new mobile email solution Nokia Messaging

Nokia and AIS to launch new mobile email solution Nokia Messaging

Bangkok, Thailand - Nokia and AIS today announced their collaboration to offer the Nokia Messaging push-email service for AIS subscribers. The deal makes AIS the first operator in Thailand to offer Nokia Messaging, which supports all leading consumer email solutions, such as Ovi Mail, Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail as well as local email service providers.
"Services like Nokia Messaging contribute to easier mobile living for our customers, and we're happy to be the first to deliver this service in Thailand. We believe our customers will find this service appealing, both in terms of user-friendliness and price," says Mr. Somchai Lertsutthiwong, Executive Vice President - Marketing, AIS. 
"Nokia wants to make mobile email available for as many people as possible, and the agreement with AIS is an important milestone. With Nokia Messaging, we meet people's need for access to email whenever they want and wherever they want it," says Mr. Shumit Kapoor, General Manager, Nokia (Thailand) Ltd.
Nokia Messaging is an easy to set-up and easy to use push email service which allows the user to mobilize up to ten personal email accounts on one device. After activating his accounts through a simple set-up process, the user can read, send, smart forward, reply to emails, download, read and attach files directly on their mobile phone. Push email technology ensures fast delivery of email to the mobile phone as soon as the email arrives on the email server.
To make Nokia Messaging more appealing to consumers, AIS also introduced two new data packages. One is "Nokia Messaging Bt 199" which allows AIS consumers to use Nokia Messaging up to 5MB per month for as low as Bt 199 per Month. The other is "Nokia Messaging Bt 399 Unlimited" offering unlimited use of Nokia Messaging.
Also launched commercially today are two new Nokia Eseries devices - Nokia E52 and Nokia E63 - which support Nokia Messaging. Nokia Messaging also comes out of the box with the Nokia E75 and is supported on more than 20 Nokia Symbian devices, including the Nokia N97, and other popular devices such as the Nokia E71 and Nokia N95 8GB. 
For an overview of all Nokia devices that support Nokia Messaging, please visit:
For more details about Nokia Messaging by AIS, pls visit or call Nokia care line
+662 255 2111.

Sikhs of Rajashthan demands for seprate Gurdwara Committee

AMRITSAR - Close on the heels of the proposal of forming a separate committee for gurdwaras in Haryana, Sikhs in Rajasthan have threatened to intensify their demand for a separate Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee which would attend to the concerns of Sikhs in Rajasthan.

Sikhs in Rajasthan state have told the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the premier body of the Sikhs that if it continued to ignore their interests, they will be compelled to demand the setting up a separate Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee for Rajasthan.

A meet was organised on Wednesday by the five high priests to discuss issues like Haryana Committee, Dera Sachcha Sauda, and complaints regarding the concern of Sikhs in Rajasthan.

Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh , Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh , Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib Giani Tarlochan Singh , Chief Granthi of Golden Temple, Giani Jaswinder Singh, and Granthi of Golden Temple Giani Mal Singh attended the meeting.

A delegation of Sikhs from Rajasthan on Wednesday gave a memorandum to the Jathedar of Akal Takht. Later, it interacted with the media outside the secretariat of Akal Takht.

Voicing the demands for a separate Haryana Committee, Tejinder Singh Timma, General Secretary of the managing committee, Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh of Sriganganagar, said: � SGPC is not granting any facilities to the Sikhs living in Haryana whereas the Haryana Government has been felicitating the Sikhs of Haryana.�

� However, it could be to woo them for votes,� he added.

Timma pointed out that a member was nominated from amongst the Sikhs from Rajasthan to the SGPC without taking the Sikh Sangat (community) of Rajasthan into confidence.

Moreover, he lamented that the SGPC never took note of the interests of thousands of Sikhs settled in Sriganganagar and other districts of Rajasthan.

�If they continued to do so we will be left with no option but to form our own Gurdwara management committee,� Timma said adding that that Avtar Singh Makkar, the President of SGPC, has initiated a few programs to be organized in Rajasthan after several years.

In a separate news conference, Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Akal Takht, on Wednesday stated that the five high priests had condemned the move to set up a separate Gurdwara management body in Haryana.

He alleged that the proposal to establish a separate committee was a ploy to divide the Sikh community.

The Sikh clerics also indicated on continuing their efforts for dissolution of the proposed Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC), in case it was formed at the behest of Haryana�s Congress Government.

Gurbachan Singh said that if there was any resentment amongst the Sikhs of Haryana it could be solved through dialogue and it was an internal matter of Sikhs.

Gurbachan, however, assured the Sikhs from Rajasthan that their all concerns will be conveyed to the SGPC, the premier body of Sikhs who is also responsible for the take care of the historical gurdwaras of Rajasthan. By Ravinder Singh Robin

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Microsoft and Nokia form global alliance to design, develop and market mobile productivity solutions

Companies will collaborate to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and related communications and collaboration software and services to Nokia smartphones
New York, NY, USA - The worldwide leader in software and the world's largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia's Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Oistamo announced the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity. This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this scope and nature.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia's Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company's business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.
Both Microsoft Corp. and Nokia possess a rare combination of enterprise experience and consumer understanding and, in addition to the collaboration on existing software and services, will use these assets to jointly design a range of new user experiences for future Nokia devices. These experiences will be identified together, and will be created by dedicated teams inside both companies to better meet the growing needs of the mobile professional.
"With more than 200 million smartphone customers globally, Nokia is the world's largest smartphone manufacturer and a natural partner for us,"said Elop. "Today's announcement will enable us to expand Microsoft Office Mobile to Nokia smartphone owners worldwide and allow them to collaborate on Office documents from anywhere, as part of our strategy to provide the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser."
"If you are going to provide a seamless and integrated productivity experience on a mobile device, Microsoft is an ideal partner," said Oistamo. "Together with Microsoft, we will develop new and innovative user experiences for employees of small and large businesses alike, ensuring Nokia's smartphones are an integral part of the office and home-office environment, and addressing the significant opportunity in mobile enterprise productivity."
This announcement builds on the existing work Nokia is doing by optimizing access to e-mail and other personal information with Exchange ActiveSync. Next year, Nokia intends to start shipping Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones, followed by other Office applications and related software and services in the future. These will include:
- The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
- Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
- Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
- Enterprise device management withMicrosoft System Center
"Having these two major players cooperating at this level will help us continue to meet our customer's needs and reinforces our future business mobility strategy,"said Diane Sanchez, head of Telefonica USA.
"The scope of the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and potential value for the enterprise and individual is significant," said Stephen Drake, VP of Mobility & Telecom at IDC. "By bringing Microsoft's productivity solutions to Nokia's large customer base, the two companies should be better able to serve the needs of the growing mobile worker population, which IDC estimates to reach 1 billion worldwide in 2011."
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

U.S. Department of Defense Selects Motorola Partners for Automatic Identification Technology (AIT IV Contract)

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Motorola to Supply Four Partners with Solutions to Enable Mobility for the Government Enterprise

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug 11, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced that the U.S. Army's Information Technology, E-Commerce, and Commercial Contracting Center (ITEC4) awarded four Motorola strategic partners an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity ("IDIQ") contract that includes Motorola Mobile Computing, Handheld Scanning and Management Software Products. AIT technologies will provide standardization among government users of Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) components purchased from this Contract. These mobile solutions will deliver real-time information securely and seamlessly across multiple Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agencies to improve efficiency, productivity and effectiveness.

The mission of Product Manager Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (PM J-AIT) is to provide a single point of contact for procurement and technical expertise across the suite of AIT enabling technologies that support focused logistics, total asset visibility (TAV), and the integration of global supply chains for the Department of Defense (DoD), United States Coast Guard (USCG), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Coalition Partners, other Foreign Military Sales (FMS), other Federal Agencies, and contractors in support of DoD activities.

Some anticipated AIT-IV applications include Inventory and warehousing environments; maintenance, repair, and tracking facilities; entry and exit points of military facilities, and roadside installations; restricted office and laboratory environments; transactions at custody exchange points and military transportation community; petroleum distribution; handling of hazardous explosives, or other regulated materials and military convoys. Agencies will be empowered to automate manual based processes that impede the movement of information to reduce errors and increase accuracy. The awards were made to the four following Motorola strategic partners: CDO Technologies Inc., GTSI Inc., Lowry Computer Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp.

"Motorola congratulates our partners on these awards and looks forward to working closely with them," said Jim Mears, vice president and general manager of Motorola's U.S. Federal Government Market Division. "These wins validate Motorola's channel centric go-to-market strategy and role in providing innovative AIT solutions that meet the needs of DoD mission-critical applications."

Ovi Mail by Nokia hits 1 million mark

Rapid uptake in developing world and over 650,000 accounts created on device
Espoo, Finland - With over one million accounts activated in just over six months, Ovi Mail is quickly establishing itself as the email account for the developing world. Specifically designed for on device set-up, people can get their first email address and create and manage their accounts - no PC needed.
"More than just reaching a company milestone, this proves to us that there is a real appetite in the developing world for these types of tailored services," said Tom Furlong, head of Consumer Messaging at Nokia. "For first-time email users, Ovi Mail provides a digital identity and we are thrilled by its rapidly rising adoption rate."
The inspiration for Ovi Mail came from the growing number of people, mostly in developing countries, without access to a PC. The top five countries for Ovi Mail subscribers are India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. Since its inception in December 2008, Ovi Mail is available in more than 180 countries and supports 20* languages.
Ovi Mail is free to set-up straight out of the box and comes with spam filters to block unwanted emails. It is also accessible from a broad range of Nokia devices with the Nokia 2330 classic, Nokia 2630 and Nokia 5310 XpressMusic being some of the most popular devices used.
To access Ovi Mail, simply go to the email setup wizard on your Nokia Series 40 device or Nokia S60 device such as the Nokia N97. Ovi Mail is also available on the web at
* Arabic**, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Bengali, Finnish**, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Latin America Spanish, Portugese (Brazil), Portugese (Portugal), Russian**, Simplified Chinese**, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai**, (UK) English, (US) English and Vietnamese.
** Language supported on device only.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Nokia Siemens Networks remains committed to long term wireless leadership and growing its business in North America

Following the outcome* of the auction for the CDMA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) assets of Nortel, Nokia Siemens Networks remains focused on maintaining its leadership in the global wireless infrastructure industry and sustaining its recent momentum in the North American market,
"Our final offer for Nortel's assets represented a fair price, and we did not enter this process with a win-at-any-cost mindset," said Bosco Novak, Chief Markets Operations Officer, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Ours was an opportunistic bid aimed at supporting the great progress we've made in North America in the past 18 months, and we are very confident that momentum will continue to grow."
Nokia Siemens Networks has transformed its North American business under the leadership of region head Sue Spradley. The company announced on July 20, 2009 it had won a contract with the new Canadian mobile operator Globalive Wireless for the roll-out of a 3G network in Canada. This marked the fourth such agreement in just over a year following deals with Bell Canada, TELUS and Videotron in 2008.
Momentum also continues to build in the U.S. where Nokia Siemens Networks has a leading position in long-haul optical networks and is building its business with both cable and wireless operators as illustrated by recent key deals for IMS technology with Time Warner and with Verizon Wireless to support the roll-out of LTE.
Nokia Siemens Networks is well positioned to transition its leadership in 3G into long-term success in LTE throughout the network from the core IMS system it is building for Verizon Wireless to the Radio Access technology it is supplying with partner Panasonic to NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Nokia Siemens Networks has enjoyed recent wins in both Asia and Europe for LTE and is working on other prospects with customers across the globe.
"With our powerful R&D capacity, strong portfolio and Services capabilities and global scale and reach, Nokia Siemens Networks is positioned for long term success as one of the winners in a wireless industry that is rapidly consolidating around three vendors," said Mika Vehvilainen, Chief Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our LTE platform is winning a growing number of customers across the world and we are well positioned to deliver the benefits of next generation wireless technology to customers in North America and elsewhere."
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Krishna to discuss racial attacks on Indian students during Australia visit

New Delhi,Sat, 01 Aug 2009 ANI

New Delhi, August 01(ANI): External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna will undertake a five day visit of Australia from August 6 and is expected to discuss and express New Delhi\'s concern over alleged racial attacks on Indian students.

Krishna will meet Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith.

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This is the first high-level visit from India to Australia since Indian students studying in Australia were subjected to attacks.

Krishna will also visit Sydney and Melbourne to assess first-hand the problems being faced by Indian students.

He will participate in the Annual Post Forum Dialogue Meeting of the Pacific Island Forum in Cairns. India has been a dialogue partner of Pacific Island Forum comprising of sixteen countries since 2002. (ANI)

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