Nokia N8 to Land in Limited Number

Espoo, Finland-based mobile phone maker Nokia is expected to start selling its latest flagship device, the Nokia N8, as soon as September 25th, one month later than originally announced. This would be the company’s first Symbian^3-based device from the company, and is expected to land on shelves plagued with various software problems, caused by the fact that Nokia did not completed the implementation of the new operating system. The one month delay of Nokia N8 is also said to have been caused by the fact that Nokia is trying to polish the software solution ahead of the handset’s official launch.

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Not only would Nokia N8 land on shelves with the said issues, but rumor has it that only a small number of devices would be delivered to the market at that time, so as to attenuate the impact a buggy operating system would have on the way in which Nokia’s new flagship smartphone is received. The initial Nokia N8 shipment would include the unfinished version of the OS, but it seems that Nokia won’t be late with the release of a software update for the device, so as to fix many of the issues it would arrive with. The first software patch for N8 is expected to land in mid or late November, and should bring forth DiVX support, a new version of the WebKit browser, and fixes for some of the small issues the OS would arrive with. at least this si what Habrahabr reports (via Electronista).

For the time being, however, this remains only in the rumor side. Undoubtedly, Nokia does plan on making the new Symbian^3-based mobile phone available for purchase sometime in late September, but there are no official details available on how the hardware and the operating system would be going along together. With a price tag set somewhere around $600 (500 Euro), the phone might not seem too appealing to end users in case it arrives with a buggy OS, especially at times when Symbian is losing market share in front of rivals like Android or iPhone.


The Samsung Jet

The Jet is pocket-friendly, compact and the buttons are well-defined with good travel. From the side, the front and back of the chassis taper to a point on the bottom edge. The side profile resembles a flattened speeding bullet, possibly a fitting appearance for the speedy 800MHz processor inside. Disappointingly, it invites fingerprint smudges too easily.

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Around the back is a hologram of red “railings”, visible only when the phone is tilted at certain angles. It’s gimmicky, but we like the little touches that Samsung has added on the Jet. The real gem, however, lies in the details, starting with the hexagonal button below the screen, which resembles a 3D cube instead of the regular flat key. It has a clear plastic layer on top with a reflective mirror acting as the base — a very elegant design we must say. The micro-USB port and 3.5mm audio jack sit along the top, while the key lock, Media Gate (more on that later) and camera shutter are on the right. On the opposite side is the volume button.

Good: Snappy performance • HSDPA, Wi-Fi • 3.5mm audio jack • Supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync • High-resolution touchscreen.


  • Talk time 5 hours
  • Standby time 406 hours


  • Camera resolution 5-megapixel
  • Video capture Yes


  • Networks GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, UMTS 2100
  • Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, HSDPA
  • Data services GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
  • USB connectivity Yes


  • Screen resolution 480 x 800 pixels
  • Number of colours 16 million


  • Games Yes
  • FM radio Yes
  • Video player Yes
  • Music player Yes


  • Input method Touchscreen
  • Supported audio file formats AAC, AAC+, MIDI, MP3
  • Supported video file formats MPEG-4, WMV
  • Video calls No
  • Web browser Yes
  • Push-to-talk Yes
  • Voice recorder Yes
  • Ringtone options Polyphonic, MP3
  • Java Yes
  • Supported picture file formats JPG


  • Availability Vodafone, 3 Mobile
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) 53.5 x 11.9 x 108.8 mm
  • Weight 110 g
  • Form factor Touchscreen
  • Phone type 3G, Multimedia


  • Internal memory 2000 MB
  • Expansion slot microSD


  • Messaging options SMS, MMS, E-mail

Physical features

  • Included accessories Manual, Software (Windows), Charger, Stereo headset, USB cable
  • Available colours Black

LiveOffice Announces Native Support for BlackBerry

Leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) email archiving, email hosting and email continuity solutions, LiveOffice announced on Tuesday the launch of a new BlackBerry application meant to offer a seamless integration with its LiveOffice Personal Archive and LiveOffice Discovery Archive. According to the company, the new service enables users to access archived emails, attachments, SMSs and PIN-to-PIN messages, along with call-log files, directly from their BlackBerry handset, no matter where they are.

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The company also notes that the new solution can be easily deployed by system administrators, either via a web link or through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. As soon as the application has been downloaded, the handset’s home screen will display the LiveOffice icon, and users can simply click on it to log in with their LiveOffice Personal Archive credentials.

Advanced searches of all messages and call-log files that are stored in their individual archives can then be performed, with no other hardware or software installations needed.

“According to our research, 76 percent of professionals always take their mobile devices with them on vacation. With much of corporate America working ‘out-of-pocket’ this holiday season, many workers still expect to send, receive and search email as if they were in the office. In addition, many of them have zero tolerance for email downtime in or out of the office,” Michael Osterman, principal analyst with Osterman Research, said.

“LiveOffice is arming these professionals with the technology they need to remain fully productive on their BlackBerry devices, whether they are searching for an email from a year ago, looking for an important text message from last month or trying to find a number they dialed just two weeks ago.”

What LiveOffice can offer to BlackBerry users includes:
- Advanced Search and Restore Capabilities, with access to emails, attachments, SMS text and PIN-to-PIN messages, as well as call logs;
- Uninterrupted Access to Messages, as Personal Archive for BlackBerry is meant to prove a backup and continuity solution for email;
- Better Legal Discovery Preparedness, since all messages, attachments and call-log files are indexed and stored in a central repository

LiveOffice Personal Archive for BlackBerry and LiveOffice Discovery Archive for BlackBerry are already available for purchase. Those interested in them should contact LiveOffice for pricing information.