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What a great marketing opportunity for a rag company for getting some international visibility for its designs. Slashdot readers might already guess what happens when you get your products shown at the Google's front page, that's right... you get googledotted... (and slashdotted — sorry)
Marimekko knew beforehand they would be on Google's search page. If you had been responsible for Marimekko's web-site how exactly would you have prepared the company's site for that event. How much time it would have taken and what would have been the associated minimum and reasonable expected costs, if things had been done your way." top
colordev (1764040) writes "Yesterday’s Nokia-Microsoft deal is getting even more bizarre. First, the companies had been competitors for 15 years, both making and selling their mobile hardware and software – as well as they could. Then suddenly Nokia surprised everyone by dropped its pants and bending over.
Now there are many people questioning if the Nokia-Microsoft deal was prepared ethically or even legally right. Apparently Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop was owning Microsoft stocks, worth millions, all the time while he was negotiating with Microsoft. In addition, he still doesn’t own a single Nokia stock. From the shareholders perspective that looks really bad.
After the deal was announced yesterday, Nokia's share value fell by about 4 billion EUR ($5B). Thus, the market's immediate reaction this was a very bad deal. And if the Nokia's share value was permanently lost, I am sure many shareholders would like each of the Nokia board members to be jointly paying back those lost billions — after all they are ultimately responsible for accepting that strategic brain fart.
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colordev (1764040) writes "Ex- Microsoft boss Stephen Elop has been silently running Nokia for the past five months. On Friday he will define Nokia’s future. A leaked memo already revealed he thinks MeeGo and Symbian are not competitive enough and Nokia must abandon its own platforms and join the winning team Android and or WP7. Today a Google boss hinted Nokia’s choice would be WP7 by stating: “#feb11: Two turkeys do not make an Eagle“.
What should Nokia do? Personally, I think Nokia should buy the Swiss company, which on Wednesday announced an Android-to-Maemo/MeeGo app converter. More importantly the board should immediately fire CEO (Stephen Elop), saying “thanks for opening our eyes, but you may still be MS-biased”. And yes, Nokia should bury Symbian, pee in its pants and join the Android camp." Link to Original Source top
colordev (1764040) writes "Yesterday Nokia canceled the separate Symbian^4 and ^3 operating systems. Instead,there would be "one constantly evolving" platform. That doesn't look like a EOL announcement — right? However, Nokia also announced it would be sacking 1800 workers and mostly from its Symbian smartphones unit. And how come, the Symbian foundation's leader suddenly also decided to resign; because of "personal reasons"? And why was Nokia, once again, so keen in emphasizing how well the Qt developed apps will work on both Symbian and MeeGo?
Alternative interpretation of these announced changes is that Nokia is gradually closing down its Symbian product line and soon Nokia's only own smartphone OS would be MeeGo. Regarding that "one constantly evolving" Symbian platform: Yes, Symbian could be still be around and evolving, just like the Windows XP is constantly evolving with its (security) updates. Outside the US Symbian is still, by far, the most popular mobile OS. But strategically Nokia focuses on gaining more success on US smartphone markets. It is doubtful if even that "constantly evolved" Symbian is enough for winning a significant market share. So, maybe the strategy is now to consider Symbian strategically dead (like XP) and see if MeeGo can do better." Link to Original Source top
colordev (1764040) writes "This automatic web page face-lifting tool replaces your page's existing palette with nice alternative palettes & some unexpected visual elements. Here is a super-simple 'LIVE' page and here is a demo video showing what kind of instant designing are we talking about. The more simple your page and the server settings are, the better are the chances for successful performance.
as, there's no way Color Machine itself could survive and service a full scale slashdotting,... could you please avoid re-designing all your sites with it tonight, sorry & please." Link to Original Source top
colordev (1764040) writes "Today Nokia and AT&T announced a mobile software coding contest; with $10M in price money. That may be exactly what is needed for keeping the Symbian in competition with Android. I am certain LOTS of programmers are following this historic battle of the mobile platforms. Sony Ericsson told yesterday it would not be making any new Symbian devices and instead focusing in Android. That left Nokia pretty much alone with Symbian and now it likes to find new coding ‘friends’ for keeping the platform vital. Until this latest coding contest was announced the natural selection seemed to be eliminating Symbian." Link to Original Source