Once known as the King of the mobile market, Nokia had a huge impact on the mobile technology developments. It ruled the world of mobile phones once, but its popularity decreased a lot because of the increase in the number of competitors. For a lot of people out there, the Nokia 3310 was perhaps their first mobile phone. So, how well do you know Nokia? We bring you a few interesting facts about Nokia.
1. Nokia originally started off as a paper pulp manufacturing company in 1865 in Finland. The company was set up by a mining engineer, Fredrik Idestam, in the town of Tampere. In 1868, Fredrik Idestam built a second mill near the town of Nokia. This mill was then transformed into a share company in 1871 by Fredrik Idestam, with the help of his close friend Leo Mechelin. They renamed it the Nokia Company.
2. Do you know, the world’s first commercial GSM call was made by Finland Prime minister Harri Holkeri, using the Nokia phone over a Nokia supplied network in 1991
3. In 1982, Nokia released the first phone called Mobira Senator and it weighed around 10 kg.
4. In 1996, Nokia released the first smart phone called the Nokia 9000 communicator.
5. Nokia 8810 was the first phone to come without an external antenna. It was launched way back in 1998 as a flagship Nokia phone and was also the most luxurious Nokia mobile phone of its time. Believe it or not the so called ‘brick phone’ was the first affordable mobile phone to come to market with a fully internal antenna and was the sporting icon for businessmen in that era.
6. The Nokia theme tune was originally composed by Francisco Tarrega, an influential Spanish composer and guitarist of the Romantic period.
7. According to the Fortune list 2006 survey, Nokia was the 20th most Admired company in the world.
8. In May 2007, Nokia’s 1100 handset was the best selling mobile phone of all time and the world’s top selling consumer electronics product.
9. Nokia is currently the world’s largest digital camera manufacturer, as the sales of its camera equipped mobile phones have exceeded those of any conventional camera manufacturer.
10. Nokia never manufactured phones starting with number 4. In many parts of Asia, the number 4 is considered a unlucky number as it sounds similar to the word of Death. Interesting, right?
So, tell us in the comments section below, if you have any interesting facts that we missed.
Green Tech Startups From India That Are Making A Difference
Technology, in all its glory, has been around to make people’s lives easier. However, despite all the greatness that comes with technology, the world has been using it for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, there are some startups working toward making the world a better place by using technology for the good, rather than the bad. Here are a couple of green tech startups making things better, one project at a time!
1. HelpUs Green
Based out of Kanpur and founded in the year 2015, HelpUs Green was founded with the sole aim of saving the Ganges. Through the startup, the founders (Ankit Agarwal and Karan Rastogi) are working at collecting the waste strewn in and around the mosques and temples of Uttar Pradesh. Post collection, the startup works at recycling and reusing the collected waste in a manner beneficial to the environment. This startup has helped protect over 1,200 rural families in the area by giving them a way of life. Till date, HelpUs Green has worked to prevent close to 1,000 kg of toxic pesticides, insecticides and chemical waste from filtering and festering in the Ganges. Furthermore, the startup has also helped improve the lifestyle of the women in these villages by leaps and bounds, giving them a new lease of life with whatever they do.
2. Gram Power
Launched in the year 2010 by Yashraj Khaitan and Jacob Dickinson, Gram Power provides cutting edge smart grid technology to address the growing electricity concerns in the country. From setting up India’s first Solar Powered Smart Microgrid in Khareda Lakshmipura (Rajasthan,) to now providing energy for light bulbs, buttermilk churners, television and fans to over 30 remote areas across rural India, Gram Power is working at improving the country’s electricity situation by using renewable energy sources!
3. Husk Power Systems
It is often said the real secret to energy lies in the countryside. Unfortunately, because of the severe lack of facilities in the area, these resources are largely left untapped. Husk Power Systems, a startup based out of Bihar, realised this gap between resources and technology and decided to work on what was available and set out to improve the situation. By using a biomass gasifier for electricity generation, each of the plants owned by this startup is currently helping over 400 households in rural areas. Not only does Husk Power Systems save over 18,000 liters of diesel and 42,000 liters of kerosene, this startup has worked at improving the health and living conditions of people in inaccessible areas.
4. Chakr Innovation
Launched in the year 2016 by Arpit Dhupar, Kushagra Srivastava and Prateek Sachan, Chakr Innovation is a unique startup in more ways than one. The group of friends came together when they realised pollution could be curbed in a safe and economical way. By creating the Chakr Shield, Chakr Innovation aims at removing diesel soot from generators and converts the removed soot to inks and paints. Not only does this help in reducing the amount of waste, it also helps in clearing up extremely disastrous pollution.
5. Digital Green
Digital Green, a not for profit organisation, works with organisations and technology in an attempt to help improve the health, nutrition and agriculture situations of the rural areas. From creating interactive videos to building platforms that foster growth to creating an improved standard of living for these people, Digital Green has worked since its inception to improve the world around them, one village at a time!
It is worth appreciating the efforts when technology is used to benefit the world, rather than harm it and these startups are doing exactly that! If you know any other startups doing the same, comment and let us know!
How Steve Jobs Convinced Tim Cook To Work For Apple
Timothy Donald Cook, also known as Tim Cook, is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple. Cook is a well known American business executive and an engineer. Tim is behind the company which runs the most profitable business in America. Last year, Apple brought in more than $ 48 billion in net income.
Steve Jobs, the co founder of Apple, introduced Tim Cook to the company. In an interview with Bloomberg, Tim was quoted saying working for Steve Jobs was “liberating.” He added, if he had a “really big” idea, he would just simply bring it to Steve Jobs, if Jobs liked it he would just say “OK” and let Tim work on it.
“It was like a total revelation for me that a company could run like this, because I was used to these layers and bureaucracies and studies the sort of paralysis that companies could get into and Apple was totally different,” said Cook.
Tim Cook celebrates his seventh anniversary as Apple’s CEO after being with Apple for 14 years. He took over the company in 2011 after the passing of Steve Jobs. Jobs died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 56.
Steve Jobs’ desire to move into the consumer space for Apple and his lack of interest in growing financially convinced Cook to join Apple. In his first interview in 1998 for the position, Cook wanted to join Apple within five minutes of meeting Steve Jobs. Cook was so mesmerized with Jobs charm and the way he ran the company, he resigned from his job at Compaq the next day, he did not look back from Apple ever since.
Cook adapted the role as the CEO seamlessly, he calls the job “his oxygen.” He built a reputation as a demanding boss, he holds marathon meetings, questions everything and is constantly emailing employees.
Talking about how Cook’s Apple is going to be different he said, “I love museums, but I don’t want to live in one. Steve taught us to not focus on the past. Be future focused.”
Interesting Facts About Artificial Intelligence (AI)
It’s no secret by now that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all set to define the next generation of software technologies!
AI has gradually been making its way into business software and will continue to for the foreseeable future. AI technology is software designed to learn without being explicitly programmed, and it is taking the retail industry by a storm. It is regarded as the next big thing!
Listed below are the 5 interesting facts about AI!
AI can learn and write!
This can be quite overwhelming.
AI, computers are learning and writing by themselves. For example, Google developed an Artificial Intelligence enabled system that taught itself to play the Atari 2600 games. It later beat some of the world’s best players.
Back in 1984, in a famous movie, Terminator, we saw the story about the concept that the United States government develops an Artificial Intelligence called Skynet. It was intended to automate the defense network. It takes control of force behind military operations and eventually seeks to terminate human race by unleashing a nuclear strike, as it sees humanity as a threat to its existence.
In near future, AI robots could end up completely changing what it means to be human if we let them think for themselves!
AI is way ahead of humans!
Artificial Intelligence does not have limitations that plague human beings. They are not restricted by biology and they do not even get tired!
AI can crunch numbers for long hours and are exceptionally clever while doing repetitive mathematical tasks and other significant tasks! This makes them way ahead and smarter than human beings.
The Terminator director, James Cameron says,
“What was science fiction in the ’80s is now imminent. It’s coming over the horizon at us.”
AI will fight challenging diseases.
The AI could not only make your lives convenient but it can also fight back some of the most challenging diseases. They could do it all as they are capable of identifying, collecting and analyzing the human molecular data. This amazing technology can identify and analyze illnesses to enable new drugs, treatments and cures within seconds.
In an interesting attempt to fight the spread of challenging diseases, a team of USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers in order to create the algorithm used data, including behavioral, demographic and epidemic disease trends, to create a model of disease spread that captures underlying population dynamics and contact patterns between people.
With the help of computer simulations, the researchers tested the algorithm on infectious diseases such as tuberculosis in India and gonorrhea in the United States. In both cases, they found the algorithm did an amazing job at reducing disease cases by sharing information about these diseases with individuals who might be most at risk.
AI can rebuild itself
There is a robot that rebuilt itself after its performance dropped after losing 2 of its 6 legs. The robot did not know what the problem was but fixed it by trial and error.
The whole process could take 15 minutes for them to adapt and compensate for even the simplest of problems. This new adaptive technology is inspired by the way animals adapt to injury.
AI could take our jobs in near future.
With each passing year, we notice a lot of spectacular changes in the techno world. Big techno giants including Google is moving toward the adaptation of AI in order to improve productivity.
From surgeries to autonomous driving, technologies have taken over some of the most amazing human activities already. Industries including manufacturing and other large sections of agriculture have seen millions of human jobs taken over by robots, machines and more efficient factories.
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, stated once “AI and robots are going to kill a lot of jobs, because in the future, these will be done by machines.”
With Artificial Intelligence evolving in almost every industry, some people believe AI will wipe out humans completely!
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