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Even before the deal to sell its hardware and services division to Microsoft, Nokia was investing in development with technologies in vehicles. Working with multiple car manufacturers, the Finnish company has worked to provide HERE mapping and location services in its Connected Car program. Today, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) announced a further $100 million to identify in companies with innovations that will be "important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles".

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As Nokia hands over the bulk of its devices and services business to Microsoft, the company has published its interim financial report for Q1 2014, showing a year-on-year decline in handset sales of 30 percent. Today's numbers also reveal operating losses of €326 million ($452 million) on revenue of €1.929 billion ($2.68 billion) for the devices and services unit during its last quarter in Nokia's hands. The report blames "intense smartphone competition at increasingly lower price points and intense competition at the low end of our product portfolio" for the slide in sales, a continuation of the disappointing results posted in Q3 2014. The report also notes a sequential and year-on-year decline in average selling prices for devices, indicating that those who did buy Nokia phones shied away from higher-priced models.

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Rajeev Suri named as new Nokia CEO

Nokia has announced that Rajeev Suri will become its new President and CEO on May 1. The 46-year-old executive, a 20-year Nokia veteran, moves up to the top job from his previous role leading Nokia Solutions & Networks, formerly Nokia Siemens. In a video message Suri says "the opportunities in front of us are as great as I have ever seen."

"The coming changes in technology will be as profound as the creation of the Internet," the new CEO adds, "we are rapidly approaching a world where everybody and everything will be connected." With the recent completion of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business, Nokia will focus on three "strong business" areas — its HERE mapping software, Networks and Technologies.

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Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia handset division is now complete from a regulatory perspective, but there are lots of questions on the table regarding branding and proper names. For instance, the new name of the former-Nokia division in Microsoft is Microsoft Mobile (the ‘Oy’ just means ‘Ltd.’).

But what about the name Nokia on Lumia phones?

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Microsoft has announced on the Conversations blog (since they appear to be removing "Nokia" branding from web properties) that Stephen Elop will be holding a questions and answers sessions today at 1PM GMT / 9AM EDT and 6:30 PM for those in India. In simpler terms, be prepared to join the new Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group in 45 minutes.

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Nokia has released the above video on its official YouTube channel, the first footage published on the account since Microsoft purchased the devices and services division from the Finnish company. The two parties have come together to form a new partnership under the Microsoft umbrella, further enhancing what can be offered to consumers when it comes to Windows Phone. The new ad shows how the companies and Windows Phone is 'not like everybody else'.

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Nokia's DT-900 wireless charging pad is no stranger to the deals corner and it's back once again. This time out if you head on over to Tanga, you'll be able to pick one up for $14.99 plus shipping to anywhere in the mainland U.S. It doesn't say which color you'll be getting, though the pictures on the site at least show black and white. So maybe it's pot luck.

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Nokia sale to Microsoft expected to close on April 25

It was nearly eight months ago that Microsoft and Nokia announced a deal to sell Nokia's Devices and Services unit to Microsoft for €5.44 billion (US$7.3 billion), and this week that deal is finally going to close. Friday, April 25th, will see Nokia Devices and Services transferred to Microsoft and renamed as Microsoft Mobile Oy.

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Are you prepared to see something fairly awesome? This latest advertisement from Nokia sees the company team up with Finnish goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen. The end result is a spectacular montage of some trick shots knocking smartphones out the hands of their owners. These unlucky targets are subsequently reimbursed with a shiny new Lumia 630.

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Nokia is temporarily halting sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in several countries due to a risk of electric shock when using the chargers. An issue with the plastic exchangeable plug could cause the plug to come loose and separate on the European and U.K. version of the Lumia's AC-300 charger, which poses a risk of electric shock. Nokia notes that there haven't been any confirmed instances of shocks delivered by a faulty charger, but they're still urging consumers to stop using those chargers until Nokia is able to send a replacement.

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Fabien Cousteau is both the grandson to legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and an aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer. He has partnered with Nokia to live and work underwater for a total of 31 days to break a world record and honor the 50th anniversary of Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Conshelf II expedition.

What's different about the two missions is this time around Nokia Lumia Windows Phones will allow the public to follow the team. Not only that, but you have a chance of spending some valuable hours with the aquanauts during their 31 day mission.

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Nokia has been known to run various gaming promotions since it came to Windows Phone a couple of years ago. Most obviously they sponsored the production of more than 20 Xbox Windows Phone games; titles that we probably would never have gotten otherwise. There was also a brief period last year in which a non-Xbox version of Sonic CD became available for Lumia owners. We never found out why the giveaway game lacked its Xbox features, nor would Nokia comment on it.

Fourteen months later, it looks like Nokia has a new promotion going on. Owners of some very specific handsets (Nokia Lumia 625, 1020, 1320, Icon, and 1520) can get free versions of nine games from mega-publisher Gameloft! These aren’t stripped down versions, either. They’re the full Xbox titles with working Achievements, albeit with different Store pages than the general versions. Head past the link for more details on how to find the free games!

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Nokia and Microsoft have sent out an email to customers today detailing alterations (namely, the transfer) made to data protection, privacy and service terms. This is all due to the sale of Nokia's devices and services division to Microsoft, which both parties expect to complete by the end of this month. There's not a whole lot of information contained in the email, but it's nice to know Microsoft will take care of your data just as well as Nokia.

Essentially, you shouldn't expect to see any changes to how your data is collected and what it's used for.

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Nokia is still caught up in a tax dispute in India, but the company has begun offering a voluntary retirement package to workers at a factory which was seized by a local tax office last year. The plant at Chennai has around 6,600 full-time employees, all of which are eligible for the retirement package. Nokia had originally planned to transfer the plant to Microsoft as part of the deal going ahead, but the situation has been complicated by Indian officials challenging Nokia.

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