Unannounced Nokia 2 to pack a large 4,000 mAh battery

After releasing the Nokia 8 flagship, HMD Global is now
getting ready to announce a significantly less pretentious smartphone. Apparently
called Nokia 2, the upcoming device was first seen last month in some photos
revealed by the FCC (the US Federal Communications Commission). Now, we can
share a new, and pretty important detail about the handset.

 

According to documents shared by the FCC, the Nokia 2
packs a 4,000 mAh battery – the largest we’ve seen inside a Nokia-branded
Android phone thus far. Such a generous battery might be able to last 2
days on a single charge, especially since …


Parenthood: 30 Things My Parents Did that Made All the Difference (Part 2)

Parenting, in many regards, is difficult. It requires work, persistence, and patience. The very word parenthood is synonymous with challenges, frustrations, and responsibility. However, parents everywhere will also collectively agree that parenthood is also the source of the greatest joy, satisfaction, happiness that life has to offer. All the work, responsibility, and even challenges are worth every effort and sacrifice. In fact, perhaps the reason why we experience so much happiness through parenthood is because we develop the most important attribute of life – that of unselfishness. Ironic that we actually find our lives through the losing of them!

Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have two incredible parents – a father and mother who loved me, cared for me, taught me, disciplined me, and truly epitomized what successful parenthood is all about.  While they were not perfect (although close), they did certain things that I feel every parent would benefit from knowing, and especially emulating. Below are listed several things they did on a consistent basis that have made all the difference in mine and my siblings lives; as well as now the lives of my own children as I seek to implement what they taught and exemplified. (Only 15 are listed in this article; however, to view the first 15, please see part 1 in the Parenthood article series):

1) Be a Friend To Everyone: My parents went to great efforts to teach us kids to love, respect, be educated about and tolerant towards, and kind to everyone. I distinctly remember them teaching me in high school to be friends with those that don’t have friends and those I normally would not be friends with. In my ignorance, I thought ‘clicks’ would somehow disappear after high school; unfortunately for us all, they still exist. Thankfully, my parents helped us kids learn early on how to be friends with, reach out to, and love and appreciate everyone regardless of our differences.

2) We Ate Together as a Family … Daily: Eating dinner together as a family each night was not so much expected of us as it was a daily tradition we all looked forward to. Dinner time was a chance to be together as a family – to talk, laugh, teach, cry, ask questions, express concerns, have family counsels or planning time, and to love.

3) Fidelity & Commitment Were Foundational: Perhaps one of the greatest reasons that marriages and families fail or fall apart is due to the fact that parents become selfish, allow the immoral influences of the media to shape their decisions, and eventually disregard virtue, responsibilities, and commitments. Thankfully, I was raised in a home where I knew and saw and never questioned my parent’s commitment to each other. In thought, word, and action – they were completely true to each other. Does that mean they never faced trials, frustrations, challenges, or temptations? Of course not! What it means is they remained true to the commitments of marriage and the responsibilities of parenthood – despite what life challenged or tempted them with. And for that, my siblings and I will forever be grateful that our parents were true to each other, and to us as a family.

4) My Mother Read to Us Kids … Every Night: I honestly don’t remember too many books or stories, nor do I really remember learning anything significant (although I am sure I did) – what I do remember was being with and feeling loved by my mother on a daily basis. 

5) We Were Involved & Balanced: Our parents went to great lengths to ensure that us kids were well-rounded, balanced, cultured, and involved. Each of us learned instruments, were involved in sports, were required to get good grades in school, participated in scouting, volunteered in community and church service, and got involved in extracurricular activities. Now, don’t think for a moment that I enjoyed practicing the piano every day, doing my homework before playing with friends, or always having to do the service projects for scouting or with church groups. (In fact, I am sure my mom hated listening to my piano practicing as much as I hated doing it). But like anything in life, we look back and express gratitude that our parents loved us enough to do the little things to teach us, ensure we were not culturally or racially ignorant, and ensure we were well-rounded and involved individuals.

6) There Was Daily Attention & Affection: I remember with fondness my mother simply playing with us kids. Rather than using the TV to babysit us, she would simply play with us, read to us, or just talk with us. She was there every day when we arrived home from school to hug us and ask how our day went. At night, and every night, our parents prayed with and for us – and sent us off to bed with a hug and a kiss. These are small things that made all the difference, because my siblings and I always felt loved, wanted, and appreciated.

7) My Parents Didn’t Live Their Dreams Through Us Kids: It is unfortunate how often I have seen a father, for example, live their boyhood dreams through their son. Failing to accomplish a dream is not shameful if you tried, and it certainly is no justification to demand and do everything to ensure a child accomplishes what you did not. How selfish and damaging to every child’s unique individual potential and desires is this all too common scenario. I personally am grateful that my parents did not live their dreams through me, and allowed me to pursue and excel at things that I found interesting, fun, and exciting.

8) Eat Everything On Your Plate: First of all, let me tell you how much I hated beets, yams, squash, and granola … but believe me when I say that I ate them (had to) every time they were served to me. My parents didn’t do this to torture me (although I felt otherwise as a child), but they obviously did it to teach me an important lesson – to not be picky. I think my parents knew that if I got my way early in life with simple things like not eating what was served to me – that most likely would translate into much larger and more worrisome things later in life. 

9) My Parents Were Involved in My Social Life: What that means is that my parents cared and were concerned with what I was doing and who I was with. They talked to me often, creating an environment where I felt comfortable to come to them with questions, concerns, or when faced with peer pressure. Our home had an ‘open home’ policy where we were encouraged and felt comfortable inviting friends over. Thus, I not only felt my parents cared, but my parents knew my friends and could thus encourage or warn me against anything they saw or sensed. Was I always receptive to their counsel as a teenager? Of course not – what teenager is? But again, I am extremely grateful that they were involved and proactive enough that rules were set, discipline happened, and consequences were enforced. Likewise, love was shown, teaching happened, warnings were given, and praise and rewards always followed.   

10) Proper Respect & Social Skills Were Taught: I remember my parents teaching me to look adults in the eye when I spoke with them, answer their questions, learn how to ask questions and hold a conversation, and to show adults proper respect.

11) Mom & Dad – Can I Have Some Money’: Again, I understand and respect the fact that each parent does things differently – and each child, home, and situation is different.  Thus, as with this and every principle mentioned in this article, I am not suggesting the way my parents did things was the right or only way – it was simply one way, and a way that was effective and worked. With that said, my parents never just handed over money to us kids (whether they could or not). Life doesn’t work that way, so neither did my parents. If we ‘wanted’ something, we had to earn it. If we ‘needed’ something, that was a different story. But, when us kids had ‘wants’ – we had to earn our money, we were never just handed money. Welcome to life and reality, right!

12) Education & Grades Were Extremely Important: Our parents set the example in getting good grades, as well as both of them getting higher education and advanced degrees.  School, learning, and getting good grades was simply just part of our family culture, tradition, and expectation.

13) They Never Gave Up & Had Faith in Our Potential: As mentioned earlier, parenting is extremely difficult. It takes time, patience, and consistent effort. Regardless of the little money we had, the challenges life threw at us, the mis-behaving of us children, or even the troubling years of raising eight (yes, eight) teenagers … they never gave up on us.  They always put forth effort to teach, nurture, love, discipline, and raise us. And perhaps just as significant, in the process they instilled within us that we each were someone special and had great potential within us. They inspired and encouraged us, had faith in us, and never quit on us – regardless of how hard it must have been for them at times.

14) ‘Don’t Prepare the Path for the Child, Prepare the Child for the Path’: My parents epitomized this great counsel! 

15) Children Turn Out How You Talk To & About Them: I never remember my parents speaking unkindly to, complaining about, or talking to others in a negative way about their children. Did they at times get frustrated, upset, or disappointed? Of course – welcome to parenthood! But they always tried to build, compliment, and praise us kids.  Comparatively, a close friend my wife and I know is always talking negatively to and about her children (even with her children right there in front of her). As can be expected, this mother is experiencing some major problems with the behavior of her children.  Why? I believe it is because these children are simply becoming what they hear their mother saying to and about them.

16) Most Importantly – God Was First in Their Marriage, Our Home, & Our Family: Again, I understand and respect the fact that many reading this article may not necessarily have a belief in God. However, that does not negate the fact that this very principle was the foundational aspect of my parents successful marriage, the feeling in our home, and the reason my family has turned out the way it has. We put God first in all things, and as a result, everything else seemed to work out.

Source: Matthew Toone
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Nokia 8 might get Android Oreo really soon

Nokia 8, HMD’s top handset for 2017, is likely to become the first Android-powered Nokia smartphone to receive the Oreo update. A listing of the flagship rocking the latest software from Google emerged recently on benchmarking platform Geekbench.
On its own, this appearance might not be enough evidence for the looming update. However, we have to remember that HMD Global wants to retain its reputation of a company that issues timely updates on a regular basis. The Finnish firm has so far adorned all of its smartphones …

Deal: Get a free wristband worth $24.95 when you buy the Nokia Steel smartwatch

Since Nokia purchased
Withings, some of the latter’s products have started to sell even
better than before, probably due to the portfolio rebranding. The
Nokia Steel is no exception, as the Finnish company confirmed back in
May the smartwatch has excellent sales since it announced the
acquisition of Withings.

To make the wearable
device even more appealing, Nokia is now running an interesting
promotion on the Steel analog smartwatch. The deal seems to be
limited to the United States, but you can order the smartwatch from
anywhere in the world.

So, if you buy the Nokia
Steel via Nokia’s …

T-Mobile, Nokia hit 1.175Gbps using Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 LTE modem

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network was employed by Nokia and Qualcomm on Friday, to send data at speeds of 1.175Gbps. The test was run on 60Hz downlink spectrum and used  3x carrier aggregation to increase the capacity of the network. The device used in the test was powered by the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and included 4 x 4 MIMO to increase the number of connections between the device transmitting the data, and the device receiving it. It also included 256QAM, a technology that helps T-Mobile achieve gigabit speeds. A single Nokia 4.9G AirScale Base Station was used in the testing.

The …

The Nokia 8 is available to buy starting today (only in Australia and Germany for now)

As of today, September 6, the Nokia 8 flagship smartphone is available to buy in select markets around the world. More exactly, for now, we’re only seeing the handset as being available (unlocked) in Germany and Australia, though customers in other markets should find it in stock online, or on shelves in retail stores, pretty soon, too.

In Germany, the Nokia 8 costs €579 – the equivalent or around $690 USD – and comes with a free 64 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card (that’s if you’re ordering the phone through Amazon). In Australia, the new smartphone can be bought …

Update champ: Nokia 5 first to get latest Android security patch, software yet to be released on Google's Pixel devices

HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, has been engaged in a peculiar competition with Google over the past few months. The Finnish company is ambitiously attempting to upgrade its devices with the latest Android software before anyone else, including the search engine giant who owns the entire mobile platform.

HMD’s intentions became apparent in July when the Nokia 6 was the first handset to get the Android security update for that month. Now, it appears that the Nokia 5 has overtaken Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices and has become …

Confirmed: All HMD-made Nokia smartphones to get Android 8 Oreo


All Android-powered Nokia smartphones will get updated to Android 8. HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, made things more or less official on Twitter, by assuring users that even the low-end Nokia 3 will be joining the Oreo club: 

All of our smartphones will upgrade to Oreo, Nokia 3 included. No comments yet on timing so that I don’t get into trouble.— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 2, 2017
This piece of news might not be too surprising to some, as Google mentioned that current Nokia manufacturer HMD Global and other companies are “scheduled to …

Nokia 8 pre-orders in the UK come with free smartwatch

Nokia 8 is about to hit the shelves in many European countries, but if you haven’t yet placed your pre-order here is an interesting deal aimed at customers in the UK.

Carphone Warehouse has the Nokia 8 up for pre-order for just £499.99, an excellent price for a flagship smartphone like this one. According to the UK retailer, the device will be available on September 13.

Moreover, those who pre-order either the Silver or Blue versions of the smartphone will get a free Nokia smartwatch worth £119.99. The Nokia Steel smartwatch includes many health and fitness …

Tamil Nadu – A Big Contender for Attracting Investment in India

Tamil Nadu is an Indian state that lies in the southern part of the Indian Peninsula and is bordered by Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  It’s the fifth largest contributor to India’s GDP and the most urbanized state in the country with the highest number of Business enterprises, pegged at 10.56%, compared to the overall population share of 6%.

With Chennai as its capital, Tamil Nadu is the seventh most populous state in India and has the fifth largest economy and the third highest Human Development Index out of 29 Indian states. The state’s economic growth was slowed by the Fiscal crisis that peaked in 1999/2000 forcing its government to implement wide ranging financial and structural reforms. The reform program impacted the economy with a good fiscal adjustment. The five policy notes from the government span fiscal reform and sustainability, improving investment environment, agricultural development, governance challenges and the state’s poverty profile.

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation (TIIC) has proposed to advance nearly Rs.13, 000 million for promotion of industries in the state in the fiscal year 2010/2011. Out of this, about Rs. 1000 million is earmarked for advancing loans for the existing industries and for starting new ventures.  The TIIC earned a profit of about Rs.400 million after a gap of several years for the year 2009/2010 fiscal calendar. The organization has been providing financial assistance at competitive interest rates for the setting up of new industrial units, expansion, modernization and the diversification of existing industries. The State plans to announce a new mining policy, in line with the national policy, this year.

The state’s GDP at 2007 stood at Rs. 2,750,000 million in current prices, a corresponding GDP growth rate of 12.1% for that period. The economy is split into: the services industry, contributing 45% of its economic activities; manufacturing, comprising 34%, and the agricultural sector taking 21%. However, the state’s government has been the major investor in the state with a total of 51% total investments followed by private investors at 29.9% and foreign investments at 14.9%. The city has about 110 industrial parks and efficient infrastructure that has been behind recent major economic successes. The Tamil Nadu Investors Association aims at educating small investors, protecting their interests and promoting investments and entrepreneurship in the state.

Major industrial successes in the state include multinationals and big Indian firms located in the region. They include BMW, Ford, Renault-Nissan, Caterpillar, Hyundai, Mitsubishi Motors, Ashok Leyland, Hindustan, TVS Motors, and Royal Enfield etc in the automobile industry while telecommunication giants include Nokia, Flextronics, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, Foxconn, Samsung, Cisco, Dell and Moser Baer.

Source: Kamal Kishore Poria
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