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    Nokia has been busy at CTIA Wireless in the US. It has announced a whole load of new partnerships with app developers to make it's Windows Phone Lumia handsets more desirable.

    New partners include PGA Tour, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Groupon, Paypal, Time, Newsweek and Box. Some of these partnerships will be exclusive to the Lumia brand until September 2012, before becoming universal Windows Phone apps.
    The question is, will it be enough to tempt new phone purchases for Lumia handsets. Most of the public would be shocked to find that apps from the new partners were not already available. It can only be good for Windows Phone in the long run to have some big names finally joining.

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    TomTom's HD Traffic will soon be available for Blackberry users.

    Today, TomTom announced that their real time HD traffic service will soon be available to Blackberry users. It comes at an interesting time when Google recently announced it is rapidly updating its own maps service to provide more live traffic information for Android handsets.In addition, TomTom maps and content will also become available on Blackberry maps and to third party developers who can utilise the information within their own apps.
    It looks like the new RIM board may have a clear road map on how to recover their position.

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    Sony Mobile seem keen to get out of the blocks now it's free of it's relationship with Ericsson. Their not very good at giving phones codenames. This rumoured handset is called 'Hayabusa' (possibly pronounced 'Hey Abuser!') This leak doesn't seem to be taken with either a modern Xperia or iPhone, unless there's an app for that...

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    Nokia is looking to augment it's vast investment in maps by adding augmented information.

    Do you have a Nokia Windows Phone? Are you often going to new places? Want to find the nearest Starbucks? Normal maps are no good, as you can't read a map? Nokia has just the app for you!
    Nokia has released City Lens in it's Beta Labs. Basically its yet another Augmented Reality app to help you orientate yourself and find the nearest hairdresser, bar etc.
    As seems compulsory these days, you can also share your location with all your other Windows Phone toting friends...

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    Blackberry maker, Research In Motion, continues it's shake up of top executives by appointing a new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

    RIM's Chief Executive, Thorsten Heins, has continued his shake up of the ailing company's board.
    Kristian Tear, former Ericsson and Sony Mobile Vice President has been named as COO. Frank Boulben, former Orange, Vodafone, Vivendi and LightSquared marketing and strategy VP has also joined the Canadian manufacturers.
    RIM look to be using a strategy of employing outsiders with relevant experience to try and turn things around. No burning platforms yet....

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    New iPad 2 variant has been detected in the wild with a new 32nm chip, which is claimed to give an battery life increase of between 15.8% - 29.1%

    According to website AnandTech, a new wifi only apple iPad2 has been detected in the wild
    The new model which appears to be impossible to identify unless you fire the thing up and run a utility such as Geekbench to identify the exact model, which shows up as iPad 2,4. There are no indications of a new Apple part number being released for this new model
    Reports suggest that the new model ships with a 32nm Apple A5 chip and provides an improvement of 15.8% in the battery life when surfing and 29.1% when gaming
    This change has only currently been identified in the Wifi model and in both black and white units.
    It does seem that Apple is keen to keep the iPad2 for sale for a while still!

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    It seems like a crazy statistic, but according to the latest research by Asymco, Apple and Samsung made 99% of the profits in mobile handsets for the first quarter of 2012.

    The even more curious fact is that Apple makes three times as much profit as Samsung. 73% vs 26% (don't pick me up on my maths!)

    It seems really odd that the other major manufacturers like Nokia, Sony, Motorola, HTC, Hauwei etc make so little / no profit in a market which is booming. What this means for the future of these companies is anyone's guess.