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MintPass Cube Remembers That Analog Rocks

by on Dec.04, 2009, under Gadgets, Technology


MintPass’ Cube MP3 player, a 2″x2″x2″ box, sits somewhere between concept and product (leaning toward concept), and incorporates design details from analog music into the digital realm. The VU (volume unit) meter, a former staple of audio equipment, is celebrated front and center, backlit by LED. Similar battery and RF gauges dominate two other main sides, with the very back of the unit offering USB and 3.5mm out.

And then there’s the top, which has 10 buttons. REMEMBER BUTTONS?? Those old buttons, especially the kind that if you pushed down would stay down unless you hit other buttons. It’s like pressing buttons for buttons’ sake, which is pretty much the most wonderful experience I could imagine (other than ***).

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Only Few Nokia Smartphones in 2010

by on Dec.04, 2009, under Downloads, Mobile, News, Technology

Just like Nokia leads the "dumb" phones market, it tops the smartphone sales as well. While Nokia continues its comfortable lead over competitors in this segment, its dominance is under constant threat from players like Apple, RIM and Android based devices.


In 2009, Nokia had introduced close to 20 smartphones in a variety of price brackets. The notion that smartphones are only high-end devices has begun to fall apart and we now see quite a few moderately priced smartphones as well. As a strategy to retain its lad in this segment, Nokia has come up with a plan that, at first, might raise eyeballs. It is actually planning to cut down on the number of smartphones it will release in the forthcoming year. In fact, we might only see around 10 new phones from the company next year. While it is a good idea to reduce the number of handsets, it also presents to the consumer, far fewer options and freedom of choice which incidentally was one of the strong points for Nokia. People could buy a smartphone of their choice, that suits their needs.

On the flip side, there is also this talk about almost all Nokia phones being similar with the same OS and the consumer being too confused as to what to buy. The reduction in the number of models would mean a simpler, uncluttered product line up. It remains to be seen if this strategy does bear fruit and translates into increased sales.

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