Charlie Miller highlights security flaws in NFC devices
A software security researcher has used the 2012 Black Hat security conference to demonstrate NFC security vulnerabilities in both Android and Nokia smartphones, according to CNet. Security expert Charlie Miller showed how NFC tags can be used to direct users to a maliciously crafted websites without a user's consent. A hacker could, for example, replace an NFC tag embedded in a billboard ad designed to give a customer more information about a product to carry out the attack.
MeeGo resuscitated by ex-Nokia employees and MeeGo community
A team of ex-Nokia employes have joined with a group of MeeGo coders to form a new smartphone company dubbed Jolla. Jolla is Finnish for 'dinghy,' which suggests that its goal is to create a life raft for the stalled platform and push it forward commercially. The new organization is headed up by a former 11 year veteran of Nokia Marc Dillon who was the Principal Engineer of its Maemo OS, before it was merged with Intel's Moblin OS to create MeeGo.
White Space indoor location accurate to 10 feet
Nokia has been testing the potential uses of white spaces for indoor positioning. The testing, based at the Imperial War Museum in Cambridge, UK, uses a Nokia N9 to supply information to users on nearby exhibits.
Nokia talks about the history of 41MP sensor
Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone, with its industry-beating 41-megapixel sensor, was more than five years in the making at the company, and the company's Damian Dinning now revealed the project was inspired by satellite imaging tech. Nokia has experimented with folding optics for zoom, but found the solution to be slow and noisy, before realizing images taken by satellites use large resolution sensors and then crop the image and zoom in a specific part of the image.
Nokia 801 leaked with possible NFC, 4-inch screen
Images of an upcoming Nokia smartphone, the 801, have been shared online by SmartphoneGeeks. The handset sports the Nokia Belle OS update and will soon get officially announced, with the existence confirmed by a number of relatively reliable sources, including Eldar Murtazin. Early, unconfirmed specs include a four-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, which may share a 360x640 resolution from other Nokia phones.
Free app available for premium Spotify service
Spotify and Nokia have teamed up for a native Spotify app for the N9. The MeeGo app provides full access to Spotify's library of music tracks, playlist management, and an offline caching mode. As always, the app is free (Nokia Store), but it needs a $10 Spotify Premium subscription.
Lumia 800 sample photos leaked on the web
Some photos reportedly taken by the upcoming Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone were unearthed on the web by The Nokia Blog this weekend. Apart from one shared photo, there is also EXIF information, revealing some specs about the handset's camera and its capabilities. Its biggest clue is a lens aperture of f2.2, the same as that of the camera found on the Nokia N9.
Nokia holds crowdsourcing contest for N9 UI
Nokia is holding a contest, asking interested parties to come up with ways to improve their flagship N9 smartphone. There are a total of 15 Nokia N9s earmarked as prizes, and users can submit their ideas on a dedicated website. The crowd-sourcing approach is expected to come up with an innovative and intuitive interface that the design team likely wouldn't stumble upon, one of the judges, Peter Skillman, VP of Services & MeeGo Design, believed.
Launch plans now murky
Despite the significant marketing efforts Nokia has put behind its MeeGo flagship handset, the N9, the company appears to be shrinking its launch plans to include fewer countries. After admitting that there is no intention to bring the N9 to the US or the UK, the company has told MobiFlip the device will not be heading to Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Hardware matches N9 consumer offering
Nokia has detailed a new handset, the N950, that represents a developer variant of the upcoming N9 smartphone. Like the N9, the developer offering centers around an ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 1GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. Both devices also share an 854x480 touchscreen, however the N950 panel is slightly larger and uses a standard LCD rather than AMOLED technology.