Nokia Booklet 3G Now Available In The UK

The Nokia Booklet 3G is finally available for UK customers via nokia.co.uk. Up until now, Nokia’s booklet has only been available to pre-order in the UK, but now you can purchase it directly from Nokia for a rather suprising £649. The Nokia Booklet 3G comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition and packs a 10.1″ screen capable of displaying 720p. With a phenomenal 12 hour battery life and ultra-portable aluminum chassis, the Booklet 3G allows you to remain truly mobile with ease.

Personally I feel that the Windows 7 Starter Edition was a very poor choice, and you’d expect to at least receive the full Windows 7 experience with that price tag. The lack of a dedicated graphics card and insufficient RAM has also lowered the true value of this device, which I personally would place at around the £400 mark. Drop some comments below and let us know what you think, will you be placing your order today?

Google Maps Hits v4.0 | Enter Google Buzz

Google Maps for Mobile has recently been updated to v4.0 and brings along support for Google Buzz, a social networking service launched yesterday by Google. Buzz is Google’s answer to Facebook and Twitter, combined and bundled with you Gmail account, you can pretty much do everything you can on these existing services. Although the Buzz application is not currently supported for S60, you can still utilize the Buzz layer in Google Maps v4.0. Check out a quick video tutorial of Google Buzz after the break.

Guarana UI For Nokia WRT

Nokia WRT is a development and delivery platform that allows the creation of applications (widgets) based on standard web technologies. Forum Nokia have just release a video demo of the Guarana UI Library – A complete UI and application framework built on top of jQuery to create and deploy Web Runtime widgets in a friendly way. Check out the goods after the jump.

Nokia To Develop Operations At Salo Plant

Nokia plans to develop its operations at the Salo plant in Finland to ensure production is focused fully on the high-value smartphone market, especially in Europe, and it also intends to further increase speed and efficiency of its device production. In the process of this development it is expected that 285 employees effected. Juha Putkiranta, Senior Vice President of Markets, Nokia, stated that, “Salo is a crucial part of Nokia’s global manufacturing network. Plans involving changes to employees are always painful, and they are set in motion only after thorough consideration. However, with these plans our aim is to ensure the plant’s future competitiveness and its special role as one best suited to the production of high value mobile devices.”

The key drivers for a new operating mode in Salo plant are diverse customer requirements, faster deliveries in high-end mobile device manufacturing and the company’s transformation towards a solution-driven offering. The plans will result in the introduction of new and highly specialized manufacturing methods and also entail changes to personnel at the facility.

Nokia will support alternative solutions, such as finding new positions at Nokia for as many employees as possible. Nokia will begin consultations with employee representatives about these plans, including discussions about voluntary severance packages. Additionally, Nokia plans to stop currently ongoing rotational temporary lay-offs at the Salo plant by the end of June 2010.

SNES Gaming On The Nokia N900 Using A PS3 Sixaxis Controller

Who needs gaming keys on the phone when you can hook up one of the best games console controllers in the world to your device. Check out this awesome video demonstration after the break, of the setup allowing you to play emulated SNES games on the Nokia N900 using a PS3 Sixaxis controller.

Intoducing Nokia Diagnostics | Troubleshoot Your Nokia Handset

The Nokia Beta Labs have released a great new toll for S60 5th Editiondevices. Nokia Diagnostics is a new experimental application that makes it easy to diagnose and troubleshoot situations on your mobile phone by running various tests. “Our intention is to create a solution for helping millions of Nokia users diagnose, troubleshoot, and configure their devices with ease on their own. We believe that exposing this idea to the Beta Labs community and sharing this application prototype would help us realise just that.” Check out the video tutorial after the break. You can download Nokia Diagnostics from our S60 5th Edition applications download page.