The Union of European Football Association, more commonly known as UEFA, has revealed that it will be filming matches in virtual reality at the Euro 2016 Finals. The tournament, which takes places in France starting June 10th, brings together the best 24 teams from Europe — including England, Germany, Spain and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. According to The Daily Mirror, UEFA is going to use dozens of Nokia’s $60,000 OZO cameras to capture 360-degree video inside stadiums, although it’s unclear what the organization plans to do with the footage.
One option UEFA’s considering, the British publication reports, is having a YouTube channel where fans can watch some of the content shot at the tournament. Unfortunately, nothing is set in stone right now. “It’s UEFA’s goal that one day the watching fan will be able to watch a match through immersive virtual reality,” Bernard Ross, head of UEFA TV, said to The Daily Mirror about the technology. He added that the goal is for people to “experience the game as if they are there in the stadium.”
Football as a sport, guided by its governing body FIFA, hasn’t been the fastest to adopt emerging technologies. It took years for FIFA to approve the use of goal-line tech, and to this day not every league around the world has implemented it. Still, the Euro 2016 is set to become the first major soccer tournament to employ virtual reality in abundance, after a brief test during the recently settled Champions League semifinals.
Let’s hope UEFA doesn’t disappoint and shares its VR creations with everyone on the internet.
Source: The Daily Mirror
Nokia announced today that an agreement with Samsung, pursuant to a binding arbitration process, was reached regarding compensation due to Nokia for a variety of patents being utilized by Samsung. The settlement is expected to yield Nokia approximately $200 million euros annually. Including some funds to be paid for previous periods while the case was underway, Nokia anticipates receiving slightly more than 1.0 billion euros for Samsung’s use of the patent portfolio. Despite the positive impact on Nokia’s bottom line, investors do not seem happy and were expecting a larger settlement.
The case was being heard before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Both Samsung and Nokia had previously agreed to live with the results of the arbitration process. The compensation being looked at commenced on January 1, 2014 and is expected to last through the end of 2018 when the companies will have to negotiate a new deal.
Nokia currently has a similar dispute ongoing with LG Electronics and a new contract with Apple will need to be negotiated in the new few years. Nokia was once “the” brand in mobile phones, but fell by the wayside with the rise of smartphones. However, their technology is still ubiquitous as seen by the number of manufacturers that license patents from Nokia.
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“We had some projects in augmented reality. We had projects in the camera. We had projects in head-mounted displays,” says Nokia CEO Ramzi Haidamus, speaking to Engadget at the Sundance Film Festival about the company’s virtual reality pivot. “We had projects all over the ecosystem, so to speak. And it was a combination of: How good are we technically? How well are we protected from an IP perspective? And finally, where is the area where we’re going to get the biggest advantage from the time to market?”
Haidamus soon realized that, rather than compete with the likes of Oculus, Sony and HTC for the crowded VR headset market, Nokia could plug a hole in the production process and reinvent itself. “The HMD I saw was actually pretty good, but I felt like there was so much competition that was going to happen in the marketplace,” he says.
By offering Ozo, a camera that combines live streaming, live monitoring, automatic stitching (a process used to blend the separate camera feeds) and 3D audio and video, Nokia could alleviate the headaches and obstacles faced by early VR filmmakers. And, more crucially, establish Ozo as the go-to VR production solution and itself as a market leader.
“It was a no-brainer to go after the camera versus the head-mounted displays, which are going to be quite commoditized pretty soon,” Haidamus says of the decision to go all in on Ozo.
Nokia’s days of mobile phone domination are long gone — that sizable (and formerly lucrative) piece of the company pie was sold to Microsoft for $7 billion in the spring of 2014. Today, with Haidamus at the helm, the company’s focused on a reinvigoration of its brand that’s one part licensing business and one part gamble on the coming future of virtual reality under its TECH banner.
With Ozo, its $60,000 production-ready VR camera, Nokia’s poised to become a big player in that burgeoning market. Already, the company’s differentiated itself within the relatively small field by offering a solution to a problem that’s plagued creators of VR content: You can watch live playback using a head-mounted display like the Oculus Rift. “Ozo brings you the ability to do a live monitoring of live action on set,” says Haidamus of the feature he believes filmmakers most want. Previously, directors using other VR recording solutions would have to wait until the post-production process to view the finished, “stitched” end product.
“It was a no-brainer to go after the camera versus the head-mounted displays,” says Haidamus.
Using a combination of eight lenses, which each capture video in 2K x 2K resolution, and eight microphones, Ozo can record an accurate replication of the “sound sphere” of a 360-degree environment. The camera also has the capability of incorporating object-based audio into its ambient mix using RF tags and mics placed on nearby people during the filming process. And all of this comes together in a lightweight (less than 10 pounds), futuristic package that looks like what you’d expect from a VR camera. It can even be mounted on a drone.
“The unit itself is about the average size of the human head,” says Haidamus.
To further streamline the production process, Nokia has made Ozo’s file storage convenient by housing a 500GB SSD alongside the battery in an oblong, removable cartridge. That allows filmmakers to record up to 45 minutes of VR playback and also hot-swap cartridges so filming can continue uninterrupted.
Since it’s still early days for VR — most players in the industry refer to 2016 as ‘Year One’ — the community is quite tight-knit. And that closeness has led to collaboration. Haidamus says that Nokia’s been working closely with 20th Century Fox, a studio that’s been very aggressive in the VR space, on development of the camera. There are also a number of partnerships in the works, though Haidamus isn’t ready to divulge details on them just yet. But he points to early experiments with the NBA, where Ozo was placed courtside at an LA Lakers game, as well as a live stream of a concert performed on the roof of Capitol Records as proof of the camera’s potential.
“If you are an artist and you want to create that connection between the viewer and your story,” says Haidamus, “Ozo is like the amazing creator of empathy, because we put you right there in the middle of that scene.”
It’s clear from speaking with Haidamus that the Nokia of today is not the Nokia many have come to know, love and disregard over the years. Whereas the Finnish company once was caught off-guard by innovation happening in the mobile space it helped to create and govern, now it’s at the forefront of a cultural sea change in entertainment.
“Knowing where the market was going,” says Haidamus, “knowing we’re early but not too early, puts us exactly in terms of perfect timing to catch a … technology that’s disrupting an existing market.”
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After years of misguided attempts at mobile, Microsoft is ready for a fresh start. While Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 mostly just looked like their desktop counterparts, Windows 10 Mobile aspires to something even more substantial. This time, Microsoft tried to build a mobile platform — and a phone — that can seriously replicate some of those big-screen experiences. Rather than just peck out emails and rough drafts on the new Lumia 950, Windows 10 makes it possible to connect a keyboard, mouse and display and let Universal apps like Word and Outlook to get more done.
Microsoft doesn’t think the Lumia 950 is a new phone as much as it a symbol of something new — a standard-bearer for a kind of mobile computing that won’t be contained by a single box in your pocket. Their vision is ambitious, and who knows! They might be right about all of this. For now though, it’s clear Microsoft still has plenty of work to do.Slideshow-342927
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Despite not being able to re-enter the smartphone market for another few months thanks to an agreement with Microsoft, Nokia has already had its fair share of rumours associated with it. The most prominent rumours centre around a device called the Nokia C1, for which several leaked photos and renders have emerged. The latest Nokia C1 render that has surfaced appears to show a slightly different camera position – note the corner mounted camera as opposed to the centre mounted ones in previous leaks – but that’s not even the most interesting thing about this picture.
If this picture happens to be true (and we will note that we’re pretty suspicious that it might not be completely legitimate), it would appear that the Nokia C1 could have two variants – one that runs Android, and one that runs Windows 10. We’ve known about Nokia’s Android aspirations ever since their first Android experiment, the Nokia X, and subsequently the pretty excellent Nokia N1 tablet, however it seems Nokia’s familiarity with the Windows platform could mean it isn’t quite done with Microsoft just yet. Of course, this is all conjecture at this point, but the evidence is mounting that the Nokia C1 is a legitimate project in the wings at Nokia.
What do you think about this Nokia C1 render? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Through January 7, Cricket Wireless customers can purchase select phones for a reduced price. The carrier announced today that phones from Samsung, LG, ZTE, LG, and Motorola are part of its holidays deals kickoff.
Every deal can be grabbed both online and at Cricket Wireless stores.
- Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime: $29.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and $20 instant discount
- LG G Stylo: $49.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and $50 instant discount
- ZTE Overture 2: Free after $40 mail-in rebate
- LG Risio: Free after $30 mail-in rebate
- Motorola Moto E: Free after $50 mail-in rebate
- Nokia Lumia 635: Free after $20 mail-in rebate
If you’ve been wanting to switch carriers, Cricket Wireless might be a good fit. Cricket Wireless, which is owned and operated by AT&T, has plans of all types. Pricing ranges from $35-$60 per month.
Cricket Wireless Techs the Halls with Incredible Holiday Shopping Deals and Savings on the Season’s Hottest Smartphones
ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, Cricket Wireless is giving holiday shoppers something to smile about by offering the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime and LG G Stylo for $29.99 and $49.99, respectively, and select 4G LTE smartphones for free* — after a mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion card**, when you bring your number to Cricket, and activate a new smartphone plan. Offers are available online or at more than 3,800 Cricket Wireless stores nationwide.
Shoppers can get more bang for their buck at Cricket this holiday season with affordable pricing on the hottest smartphones out there. For bargain hunters seeking the best deals without compromising style, Cricket has smartphones to make even the pickiest gift recipient on the list one very happy camper. From sleek styles and slim designs to powerful cameras and high-quality screens, Cricket has the ultimate gift selection at an affordable reach.
Holiday Offers and Price Reductions for Customers Bringing Their Numbers to Cricket
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime™
$29.99 after $50 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card and $20 instant discount
LG G Stylo™
$49.99 after $50 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card and $50 instant discount
ZTE Overture™ 2
FREE after $40 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card (pre-rebate price $39.99)
FREE after $30 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion card (pre-rebate price $29.99)
Motorola Moto E
FREE after $50 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card (pre-rebate price $49.99)
Nokia Lumia 635
FREE after $20 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card (pre-rebate price $19.99)
“With extreme discounts on our most popular smartphones, Cricket is providing holiday shoppers with the tech they crave at affordable prices,” said Janna Ducich, vice president and chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. “Our service plans with taxes and fees already included and our 4G LTE nationwide network make it easy to bring joy to friends and loved ones at this special time of year.”
Cricket offers more than just great phones at great prices:
- Customers on the Smart ($50/mo) and Pro ($60/mo) plans can enjoy calls to, from, and between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada at no additional charge
- Unlimited international texting to 38 countries included in Smart and Pro plans at no additional charge
- Plans starting at $35/mo after $5 Auto Pay credit
- Taxes and fees included in the price of the plans – no surprises
- More 4G LTE coverage nationwide than T- Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, and Boost
- International calling features for countries like Brazil, Honduras, Costa Rica, Columbia, and more for customers on Smart and Pro plans!
Plus, the whole family can celebrate the holiday season by adding eligible lines to their account and saving up to $100/mo with Cricket’s Group Save discount ***. The more the merrier.
About the New Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 310 million people; easy and affordable plans prices that include taxes and fees – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com. And connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
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* Phone Offers: End 01/07/16. While supplies last. After mail-in rebate (w/in 8 wks). Porting number & 2 qual. plan (min. $40/mo.) svc payments w/in 45 days req’d. Excludes ports from AT&T. Phone price and tax due at sale. Void in CT, RI, and Miami-Dade County, FL.
** Cricket VISA Promotion Card: issued by MetaBank®, member FDIC, or CenterState Bank of Florida, NA pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Must mail in rebate form by 2/6/16. Card not redeemable for cash, valid for 150 days after issuance and may be used to pay for your Cricket wireless services. Fees, charges & restr’s apply. See store for offer details.
*** Group Save: Eligible lines of service req’d. Discount applies to lines 2-5. Price & discount per line varies. Not available with auto pay credit.
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We’re just now wrapping up yet another busy week in the Android world.
This week we managed to bring you numerous comparisons, reviews and even a throwback video that we think you’ll really like. Josh compared the Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6S Plus, Lanh compared the Motorola Moto X Style and the Samsung Galaxy S6, and Gary went incredibly in-depth when comparing the latest and greatest mobile processors on the market. That’s not all, either. We also went back to our roots to go hands-on with the Nokia 3410 – the mobile phone that just about everyone loved.
Our video team has been very hard at work this week, so without any further ado, here are the videos you don’t want to miss.
Flagships going head to head
Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6S Plus
The Nexus 6P is one of the best (if not the best) Android smartphone you can buy today. How does it stack up against the latest from Apple? Josh finds out, in this comparison of the Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6S Plus.
SoC showdown: Snapdragon 810 vs Exynos 7420 vs Helio X10 vs Kirin 935
There are tons of different processors out there that power our mobile devices, but which is the best? Gary walks us through a showdown between the Snapdragon 810, Exynos 7420, Helio X10 and Kirin 935.
Moto X Style (Pure Edition) vs Samsung Galaxy S6
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The latest from Motorola vs the latest from Samsung. There are tons of differences between these two phones, so which one should you consider? Check out Lanh’s in-depth comparison of the Motorola Moto X Style and the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 review
Motorola just recently announced the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2. Want to learn everything there is to know about this new device? Don’t miss Krystal’s full review of the Droid Turbo 2.
Motorola Droid Maxx 2 review
Motorola’s Droid Maxx 2 is pretty much a mid-range version of the Droid Turbo 2. Is this the right phone for you? Check out Krystal’s full review to learn more.
Going back to our roots
Throwback Thursday: a very special hands-on
Mobile phones have changed drastically over the years, and it’s important to remember where they all started. You really don’t want to miss Nirave’s look back at the phone that started it all – the Nokia 3410.
How does Motorola’s ShatterShield tech work?
The display on the Droid Turbo 2 is covered in Motorola’s new ShatterShield technology. What does that mean? Jayce walks us through what makes up Motorola’s new display tech.
Will Samsung stop making smartphones in 5 years?
An analyst claims that Samsung will stop making smartphones in five years’ time. Is he wrong? Check out Matthew’s post below for all of the details, and don’t mis Jayce’s video attached above for even more speculation.
There’s no doubt that the mobile phone industry has changed considerably since the turn of the century and in 2002, the concept of a smartphone was considerably different to the powerful beasts we know and love today.
Back then, three companies ruled the industry – BlackBerry, Motorola and Nokia – and for the latter of these, one handset would introduce a feature that would be iconic even to this day. Today, we’ve got something ultra special for you – hands on with the grandaddy of the smartphone: Introducing, the Nokia 3410!
The other day, I was searching through an archive of mine and I found this phone in PRISTINE condition, having been used for just a few days before I put it away 13 years ago. The handset itself is one of the most iconic ever made by Nokia for a plethora of reasons but 13 years later, how does Nokia’s flagship of 2002 stack up in today’s rather-more-demanding environment?
Let’s kick things off with the display and this display is SO impressive, there’s no official classification for how big it is. The monochrome display supports 6 lines of text and has a resolution of 96 x 65 pixels which was considered impressive for a phone from this era.
Beneath the display we have this iconic T9 keyboard that lights up in yellow like the display and the keys themselves are quite easy to press, although they do take a lot of getting used to compared to today’s touch screens.
Thinking back to mobile phones of this era, there’s a common misconception that they were heavy and thick bricks. I’m also guilty of this but what is quite surprising is that while the Nokia 3410 is thick, it’s quite light compared to today’s flagships.
At a weight of 114 grams, it’s lighter than almost all smartphones of today’s era, except for something like the Vivo Air LTE, which weighs under 100 grams. The word brick is definitely apt though as at 22.5mm thick, it’s almost the same thickness as the Galaxy Note 5, Xperia Z5 and the Nexus 6P combined!!
Moving to the back and phones of this era had no cameras or speakers on the back. Instead, we had removable XpressOn covers that allowed you to customise the design of your phone. Under the back, we’ve got a removable 825 mAh battery that lasts for a lot less time than current handsets and a SIM card slot. Look at the SIM cards from that era compared to SIM cards used in current handsets and you can see how much technology has changed in the past decade.
The Nokia 3410 was definitely a firm favourite of mine in the past but looking back on it now compared to modern smartphones, there’s only one feature I think that I’d like to have in all its glory. I am, of course, talking about Snake II!
Be sure to check out the video above for a hands on demo of Snake and if you’d like to see how the game has been reinvented for the modern world, check out Snake Rewind for Android!
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So there you have it, a very special hands on in honor of one of the most iconic mobile phones ever made. Did you have the 3410 in the past? What other old phones did you have and do you have any that still work? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!
With more than half of its revenue coming from international markets, Facebook is well-aware that the next big growth area lies in developing countries. Aside from investing in Internet.org so that more of them can get online, it’s also putting in serious effort in improving its product for slower 2G networks — earlier this week, the company introduced “2G Tuesdays” so that developers can better build Facebook for countries that don’t have access to fast internet speeds. And with all of those people in emerging markets logging onto Facebook, why not serve them some video ads? Today, the company announced a new tool called Slideshow that’ll allow advertisers and marketers to publish lower-bandwidth video ads, so that even if you have a Nokia Asha in India, you too will be able to see a moving image ad from Coke.
Nokia has introduced a new standout feature of its HERE Maps app on Android that should appeal to anyone who likes to take trips with their friends and family. Now if you’re using HERE Maps you’ll be able to quickly share your route with someone through text message, email, or any other app that supports Android’s share menu. That can also be pretty useful for giving directions to someone without having to type out a list of twist and turns in a Facebook message.
Nokia’s also bringing back their Surfer Dude voice navigation assistant. That should help spark some interest back into your road trips.
Hit the link below to grab the update.
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