Nokia to disrupt the industry in 4 ways, change the world once again

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Nokia disrupted but it’s time for the Finns to disrupt others businesses as well. Here’s a humble list of 4 ideas Nokia can leverage for not only making more money but make more users happier.

Ovi Maps

Open Ovi Maps and release the API to the wild. Let developers play and integrate Ovi Maps everywhere, even out of the Symbian^3, MeeGo, Maemo ecosystem. Make it as fun, easy, silly, stupid and engaging as the other APIs out there, courtesy of Flickr, Google Maps etc. Unify the mobile and desktop experience and let people embed Ovi Maps in their blog posts and sites. Ovi Maps is brilliant, it’s accurate, it’s awesome even on a device like Nokia X6 which is more of a music device than anything else.

Other Ovi services

Remove the fat. Keep Ovi Mail for emerging markets, Ovi Maps for the whole world and that’s it. Either offer Ovi Music to every single country or kill it as well. Use 3rd party services not because they’re necessarily better or cooler but because they’ve been there before Ovi. YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter etc i’s where everyone hangs out. That’s one thing and searching, installing, using a 3rd party app on the Ovi Store it’s another.

Ovi Accessories

Or Nokia Accessories for every single Nokia phone out there. Sell license to 3rd parties to come up with whatever thy want for the hundreds of millions of Nokia devices out there. Throw in some beautiful Finn design and inspiring technology for high end user and enthusiasts / hackers. Create the Ovi Accessories ecosystem.

Hardware

Disrupt in hardware. Finns proved they can do it with the N95, the N900 etc. Bring RFIDs and tie it with Nokia Money, improved CMOS and Carl Zeiss optics for HD 1080p single tap video uploads, micro location hardware (Ovi Accessories also) etc. Make devices available a week after they’re announced. Pimp up the specs with faster CPUs and more than 256MB of RAM.

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Google Webmaster Central, verified but not preferred

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Unless i am missing something, i really wish i do, Google Webmaster Central error message doesn’t make any sense at all. Google Webmaster Central > Site Configuration > Settings > Preferred domain. Google is asking me to first verify the owner of the domain. I did. Then Google is asking me to verify the owner of the domain again. I did. Google lets me know that the domain is verified using two different methods but it wants me to verify the owner of the domain again and again. It just doesn’t work. Bug or what? Continue reading…

WordPress to go back to search results, like Gmail does

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WordPress admin post search functionality can learn a thing or two from Gmail by adding a “Go back to search results” link. Until now, when searching for a WordPress post you click on Posts > Search Posts > Keyword(s) > Edit post > Update post > Done. That’s all nice and good when editing a single post, not multiple posts. In that case, sans the “Go back to search results” admins or editors have to repeat the aforementioned process time after time till they’re done with editing all posts. Adding a “Go back to search results” link in WordPress 3.x will be a life saver.

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Scientific Facts for Lifestyle: Don't Share Your Goals

Scientific Facts for Lifestyle: Don’t Share Your Goals

Derek Sivers shares why is important to keep your goals to yourself. It’s scientifically proven that telling others about your goals trick the mind into believing it’s half way already there or accomplished it. Motivation is gone, the brain gets lazy and the body follows. Sharing your goals it not helping at all. Just keep your mouth shut and get down to work. A great TED Talk for improving your lifestyle. Increase productivity and hack your way to a successful life.

Ovi Maps Feedback v1.0

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Ovi Maps in offline mode is probably the best thing you can get when in the middle of an area where signal bars are nowhere to be seen. The accuracy of the GPS, at least on my Nokia X6, when using Ovi Maps’ navigation mode is more than outstanding. I love Google Maps on the iPhone but i think i’m falling in love with Ovi Maps on my X6.

Running the latest version of Ovi Maps 3.04 on the latest X6 firmware 21.0.004 is great but leaves room for improvement. Here’s a wish list for the Ovi Maps engineering team:

1. Make the position dot in the map smaller, maybe the same size of the dot found in the left upper corner button (those two dots must have the same size anyway or else different functionality is implied) or at least change the dot’s size accordingly when zooming in and out

2. Update new position faster in cases when the phone is just unlocked

3. When searching create a drop down menu and show the last 3-5 search keyword used, offer the option for a new search right after the recent search list

4. Enable touch events on navigation. For instance tap once to get voice info about the destination (time and distance remaining etc), double tap to change between night and day mode etc

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Google – Verizon deal is the new China

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The proposed Google – Verizon deal about net neutrality will either be Google’s new China mantra or a good reason for a 180 degrees mentality shift in Google’s executive team with someone leaving the company. In a nutshell, Google is either pushing forward the Verizon deal in order to do the “don’t be evil” thing following an a la China route or it’s whitening the first signs of cultural silos within the company.

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Nokia disrupted

Disruptive innovation is a term used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by lowering price or designing for a different set of consumers.

Disruptive innovation, a term of art coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves ‘up market’, eventually displacing established competitors.

This is how Apple and the iPhone is killing Nokia and how Android will kill Apple.

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Mark Zuckerberg worst PR move ever

Probably the worst PR move Mark Zuckerberg ever did. A video conference with the UK Prime Minister is one thing, a great honor, but reading stuff during the first half of the video conference is another. He wasn’t the Mark we all know, he wasn’t the almost half a billion people using Facebook leader we all know. Have a look at the second half of this “video conference”.