Nokia Acquires Mapping and Navigation Company
In a sign of features probably soon to be hitting your Nokia mobile phone or 770 Internet Tablet, Nokia announced the acquisition of Gate5, a leading supplier of mapping, navigation, and routing software and services. The global market for handheld and personal navigation devices is expected to nearly double from 8 million units this year to 15 million next year, and Nokia will now be poised to offer navigation capabilities in its mobile devices.
“Our combined expertise means that mobile device owners will enjoy a wide range of location based services,” said Dr. Michael Halbherr, CEO, gate5. “Based on maps and routing functionality, there are countless useful features for mobile users; e.g. travel guides, search what is around you including restaurants, hotels, shops, etc. anything you need in your surroundings. We are excited to become part of Nokia and to be able to take the gate5 technologies and products to even wider audiences.”
GreenPeace Guide to Greener Electronics
GreenPeace has updated their Green Electronics Guide which ranks the major PC and Mobile manufactures based on their worldwide policies and practices on harmful chemical usage and recycling of used or discarded PCs they produce. The guide is updated every three months and is taken solely from publicly available information. Nokia tops the list as one of the best manufacturers while Apple ranks on the low end of the scale and Lenovo sits at the bottom. Read more…
Phatware’s Pen Commander 1.5
Phatware Corporation has announced the release of its PenCommander scripting application. The application uses powerful scripting technology to help users streamline repetitive data entry and application access. Commonly used keyboard shortcuts and pen commands can be assigned to single stroke gestures. The software is now optimized for Tablet PCs and UMPCs. You can check out the software at PhatWare’s website.