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September 7, 2012

Technology News Briefs – Sept. 7, 2012

Nokia’s Struggles Continue

Just a day after receiving unenthusiastic investor reviews of the newly launched Lumia 920 and 820, Nokia has lowered the prices on its older Smartphones using Microsoft Windows software, according to Thursday news reports.

The Finnish group, under pressure to recover Nokia’s standing, chopped the price of its Lumia 800 Windows Phone by about 15 percent this week, Reuters is reporting. Other Windows models have also been reduced.

Nokia shares plunged 5.3 percent Thursday after plummeting 13 percent Wednesday, the day the company launched the new Lumia models in a bid to compete with Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Google Inc.

Samsung Sales Surpass 20M

Samsung is $20 million richer just three months after globally launching its Galaxy S III Smartphone, the company reported Thursday.

Samsung Electronics Co. introduced the device, powered by Google’s Android operating system, in late May, approximately three months ahead of new Smartphone announcements by competitors Apple, Nokia and Motorola.

Samsung surpassed Apple in global Smartphone shipments in 2011, Strategy Analytics has reported.

The company’s legal woes continue, however. Apple has accused Samsung of copying Apple’s mobile devices. Apple has now added the S III to the “copycat list” in its grievance filed with a U.S. court.

Apple May Launch New iPod Nanos, Shuffles

Apple may have confirmed it will host an event Sept. 12, but the company remains tight-lipped about what products will be launched.

While it is widely known the new iPhone 5 will be launched, rumors are also circulating that two or even three new iPod models will be revealed.

It is believed new versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle will certainly be introduced. According to the rumor mill, the third new device will be the iPod Touch or, possibly, a new line of iPod altogether.

It is thought the iPad Mini will not be unveiled until next month.

Apes Love Their Apps

Humans are not the only species with an iPhone addiction.

Thanks to a program dubbed Apps for Apes, launched by not-for-profit group Orangutan Outreach, orangutans at 12 zoos across North America have iPads to play with. The participants spend between five and 30 minutes a day playing on the tablets, Time reports.

Children’s apps such as finger-painting are the most popular as are drum apps. The apes, Time reports, are also partial to nature documentaries by David Attenborough, the British broadcaster and naturalist of Planet Earth fame.

For more information about Orangutan Outreach, go to: http://redapes.org.

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