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The real world, the geekerati, and the Nokia Lumia 800

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What to make of the Nokia Lumia 800 after more than a week? How about this... when Stephen Elop proclaimed on stage this was "the first real Windows Phone", it felt a little presumptuous. After using it on last week's transatlantic trip to Los Angeles, working the connected aspects on the trade show floor of BlogWorld, and relying on it for the entertainment side of things in Cattle Class on the Boeing 777, I'm beginning to agree with him.

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Nokia's Hydrophobic Future

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Nokia’s Cambridge Research Lab is investigating several uses for Carbon nanotube technology. Built from a single layer of Graphene, a new type of Hydrophobic coating could make phones much more resilient to wet environments, while providing a cheaper alternative to current touch screen technology, which is based on rare earth metals. Since Graphene is a form of Carbon, one of the most abundant elements on the planet, the raw materials are much easier to obtain. We spoke to researchers at Nokia World’s Future Technology tent to find out more.

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Flexible NanoTech at Nokia World 2011

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The Nokia Kinetic was the bendy concept phone that garnered the most column inches from Nokia World’s Future Tent, at this year’s event in London. While several sites have written about the design and usage scenarios, few have commented on Nokia’s Carbon nanotube research that made it possible. It certainly looks like it’s a long way off, as the reliability of flexible components are still questionable, as hinted at by the Kinetic’s umbilical cable. Read on for the full story.

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A view on Windows Phone development

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Microsoft's Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development, and Nokia's Reggie Hutcherson, Director of Windows Phone Experience, held a talk at Nokia World 2011 about the opportunities on offer to Windows Phone app developers. The talk was aimed to show that they understood the needs of developers, and how serious both companies are about obtaining and supporting as many developers as possible. While this is what you might expect both companies to say, Brandon Watson in particular putting himself forward as being available, anytime, to any serious developers that wanted to talk to him.

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Designing Smarter Phones

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Marko Ahtisaari, Senior Vice President of Design at Nokia, and Albert Shum, General Manager of the Windows Phone Design Studio, held a panel at Nokia World 2011. They explained how the design teams from both companies worked together to bring the Lumia 800 to fruition. Each designer talked about the way in which their teams had designed their products, and how well the design values of the two companies matched. Whether you're into design or not, it was an interesting insight into how both software and hardware designers form and refine their ideas.

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Living with the HTC Trophy

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You never launch a website "cold" so it should be no surprise that the All About team have been carrying a number of Windows Phones for many months before we went public with All About Windows Phone last week. Thanks to the assistance of the Microsoft UK Developer team, I've been carrying the HTC Trophy 7 since May, and it's time to talk about the experience of Windows Phone after almost six months in the field.

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Building a different kind of UI

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Metro UI is the freshest user interface design we've seen in many years - Joe Belfiore is Microsoft's vice president of the Windows Phone programme and he spoke in a small 'speaker's corner' setting at Nokia World 2011, explaining the origins and motivations behind Metro. Read on for the details and some of our impressions, including clues as to where the name itself came from...

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YouTube - when an app really, really isn't needed

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I blame Apple. Although it didn't invent the 'app store' (that was Nokia, back in 2006), Apple was the company that really popularised the idea, to the point where something doesn't really 'exist' now unless there's 'an app for that'. Which is totally unfair, since many Internet-centric functions work just as well using what the web site throws at your smartphone. Here's a case in point: watching YouTube on your Windows Phone smartphone.

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A NFC (Near Field Communications) primer

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NFC, widely touted to be one of the 'next big things' is here already in the Nokia C7, Google Nexus S and Blackberry Bold 9900, plus all the new Symbian Belle handsets have it built-in and other manufacturers and platforms are sure to follow. But what actually is Near Field Communications and how does it work? What can you do with it right now and what will it enable in the future? Here's a bookmark-able primer that should answer all your questions.

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How to: Move your information in Handy Safe Pro from Symbian over to Windows Phone

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One of the longest serving 'stars' in the Symbian software firmament has been Handy Safe Pro, working on every device from 2004 up to the present day. It's an encrypted database, of course, a way of keeping all your PINs, passwords, logins, reference numbers and much more, all safe from prying eyes. One key feature is that every entry can have a note and this can often run to dozens of extra lines. Which makes the tool very flexible, but how to get all of this information over to a new smartphone on another mobile platform? In this case, Windows Phone?

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