The Progress Project | Connecting People with Nokia Life Tools

Nokia Life Tools is a range of services which includes Agriculture, Education and Entertainment services designed specially for the consumers in small towns and rural areas of the emerging markets. The service provides timely and relevant information customized to the users location and personal preferences directly on their mobile phones. Check out The Progress Project for more information.

Symbian Touch UI Concept

Check out this artist’s concept of the future of the Symbian UI. The video demo was also shown in Lee Williams’ keynote at SEE 2009. This concept is not part of the Symbian UI Roadmap, however Symbian Foundation have noted that they are hoping that some of the cool features and effects make it into their reference UI and/or some delivered handsets.

Rihanna to launch new album by streaming her live performance to a Nokia audience

Rihanna fans worldwide can join the superstar for an exclusive live, streamed performance from London on November 16th 2009. The international superstar will showcase new material from her highly-anticipated forthcoming album Rated R exclusively to a Nokia audience via a globally streamed live performance on November 16th 2009. This ground-breaking event in partnership with Nokia will preview tracks from Rated R – set for a November 23nd release worldwide – performed live from a secret London location.

From her breakthrough multi-platinum album A Girl Like Me to her ubiquitous global smash Good Girl Gone Bad, in just a few short years, Rihanna has helped redefine the path of popular music for a new generation. She continues that musical and stylistic journey on one of the most hotly anticipated new albums in recent history, her fourth original studio album, Rated R. Rated R features the sultry, provocative first single “Russian Roulette,” which is rocketing up the charts at radio stations across the globe.

This event places Rihanna at the forefront of cutting-edge technology to deliver music and exclusive content to fans, whilst enabling fans to get closer to the live action from wherever they are in the world.

Rihanna fans can:
– Sign up to watch the live stream
– Invite their friends to watch the performance simultaneously with them through Facebook and Twitter
– Download a web widget counting down to the live performance.
– Download an exclusive Rihanna mobile application from Nokia’s Ovi Store.
– Download the album with an exclusive track either to their PC or over the air to mobile from Nokia Music Store or Comes With Music.

In addition, Nokia will offer of an exclusive version of the new Rated R album via Nokia Music Store, as well as a companion Rihanna application with exclusive footage and other links on Ovi Store.

Rihanna stated, “I am so excited to partner up with Nokia. They are doing some really revolutionary things with this album, enabling me to reach more fans than ever before.”

To secure your place in the making of music history, register at www.nokia.com/rihanna.

Nokia N900 Is In Store At The Nokia Flagship Store In London

The Nokia Flagship Store on Regent Street in London have just posted on their Facebook page that they now have a couple of  Nokia N900′s in store, however they are only for demonstration purposes. But, if you in and around London, and you can’t wait to get your hands on this device, why don’t you head over now and have a look and give us your first impressions.

Nokia Foundation’s 2009 Award Goes To Jimmy Wales – Founder Of Wikipedia

The Nokia Foundation has granted its 2009 award to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the free, multilingual encyclopedia. Wales was awarded for his contributions to the evolution of the World Wide Web as a participatory and truly democratic platform.

The EUR 10,000 award was presented at the Nokia Foundation scholarship awards ceremony on 4 November, 2009.

“It’s a great honor to present this award on behalf of the Board of the Nokia Foundation to an individual who we believe has made a unique contribution to accelerating online collaboration and interaction for millions of people around the world, and effectively democratizing information sharing,” said Henry Tirri, head of Nokia Research Center and Chairman of the Board of the Nokia Foundation.

“The theme for this year’s award is Open Innovation, a way of working which is very important for our activities at Nokia Research Center, and a value which we believe is embodied in the participatory and inclusive approach of Wikipedia,” he continued.

Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference web sites, so far attracting an average of more than 330 million monthly visitors this year. There are more than 75,000 active contributors working on more than 14,000,000 articles in more than 260 languages. Wales is also the co-founder of Wikia.com, a project which expands the participatory editing model into new areas, allowing the global community to come together to build the “rest of the library”.

Previous recipients of the Nokia Foundation annual award include Lauri Kuokkanen (1995), Pekka Tarjanne (1996), Linus Torvalds (1997), Arto Salomaa (1998), Kullervo Nieminen (1999), Osmo A. Wiio (2000), Ilkka Haikala (2001), Veikko Rintamäki (2002), George Metakides (2003), Heikki Lyytinen (2004), Moncef Gabbouj (2005), Mårten Mickos (2006), Pekka Abrahamsson (2007), Aapo Kyrölä and Sampo Karjalainen (2008).

This year, the Nokia Foundation also awarded 77 scholarships with a total value of EUR 385,000. All 77 scholarships were granted to post-graduate students to support the completion of their doctorate studies in the field of information and data communications technology.

New Firmware v31.002 | Nokia N79

Nokia has just announced that there is a new firmware v31.002 available for the Nokia N79. To get this software through your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. Additionally this software release is available via the NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and now also via Ovi Suite.

Although the Nokia N79 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data. New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for other software to perform correctly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date. No changelog as of yet, and depending on your product code it may take sometime before the update is available for your device.