Exclusive: Nokia N8 TV Ad – It’s Not About Technology

will be unveiled at the Nokia World 2010 conference next week, however, Nokia is building up some curiosity around the device by releasing some cool videos about the device.

Just yesterday, Nokia unveiled some interactive unboxing videos of the N8 and now we have access to the Nokia N8 TV ad which will go live in a few hours, which says that “It’s not technology, it’s what you do with it.”

The ad is funky at it’s best and shows small glimpses of the Nokia N8, with some really cool things you could do with the Nokia N8. Looking at the video, I definitely want to get my hands on the N8 (and will literally do it at the conference next week).

In the meantime you can check out the Nokia N8 TV Ad in the embedded video below.

Nokia N8 Ad – It’s not technology, it’s what you do with it

Google Testing Answering And Feedback System For Search

Google Search has been innovating with time, however, it looks like they are taking things a step further by giving users direct answers and accepting user feedback for search results. On a recent search for the Indian Rupees symbol, I saw a new prompt in the results where I was suggested the answer based on the index Google had for it.

Google Search Answers

The results had several sources which were factored by Google to display as an answer to the question. When I clicked on Show sources link, I saw a list of sources on which Google had based their answer on, as you can see below.

Google Search Answer Sources

Another interesting aspect of the new feature was that Google provided a "Feedback" option for the users to tell them whether the suggestion was right or wrong. The Feedback link only provides with a "Yes" or "No" option.

Google Search Answer Feedback

The new Answering and Feedback system that is being tested by Google might just be used to ensure the integrity of Google robots. However, it could also be part of a new Google Labs feature that is being tested out for few people right now to show answers for common questions. I could not research this further as I could not find any other search queries which were part of this search experiment yet.

I tried this combination with several other searches but could not come up with the same question, answer, suggestion option for them. Are you seeing the suggestions and feedback option too?

Microsoft Employee Says Kinect Buggy and Not A Wii Killer

Ok, go slow and take this with a big pinch of salt, this may not be true at all, but no one has used the extensively, so this cannot be untrue too right now.

Microsoft Kinect Xbox 360

One of our posts made it to the N4G home page recently, and while browsing through the comments on the post (comment #4 by mricecreamman), I saw something interesting which says that there might be some problems with the sensors right now.

Kinect Problem Comment

Here is the comment text from the image above (emphasis added):

i work for microsoft here in out west and gotta say it’s pretty fun, but it’s not a wii killer. if too many people is around the sensor it becomes non responsive and sometimes it has latency. this is just a replica of when sony came out with the eyetoy..which it didn’t do so well.

Now there are a few things here, the person in question says that the Kinect is pretty fun but not a Wii killer. I have to agree with that fact, because Wii is in a different league altogether. Wii is for fun gaming, exercising, dancing, playing Mario and more and not for playing Call of Duty, for which you will of course use the Xbox 360. Wii in itself has a cult status amongst its users for motion gaming.

Another important point this person brought up was the fact that if too many people crowd around the device sensor it become non responsive and has latency, so this means that the device is definitely not ready for house parties yet and is a bit buggy. Once again, this might be a non-issue when Kinect actually comes out on November 4. Another aspect of this claim is that neither has Microsoft demoed Kinect with a crowd and neither will be there games which will require lot of people to be near the sensor at once.

This issue might not be a big issue at all, however, it could be a problem when you have a crowd around or maybe use the Kinect to play Wii like games :).

Last but not the least, the person compared the device to EyeToy, a digital camera device which Sony came out with for the PS2 which used computer vision and gesture recognition to process images taken by the camera. Now, no Microsoft employee would like to compare their own device with, but like I said it could just be an anonymous person out there. With 100K plus employees you will always get one who does not like the product or place they work for.

Based on the comment by the person, it is fairly OK to say that even if this is true, I never had a doubt in my mind that Kinect would kill the Wii, it would take a real long time for them to do it. However, more importantly the sensor issue (if it exists) still has almost 4+ months to be fixed, so by November 4 you might not even see those issues. However, what if Microsoft can’t fix it or not live up to the expectations they have build up?

Apple iPhone 4 Official Network Providers Confirmed In 7 Countries!

All set to buy the iPhone 4? Well its better you know which carrier will be selling the iPhone 4 in your country before you start saving money for the new iPhone 4.   iPhone 4

In the U.S, AT&T is the official iPhone 4 carrier. Yes, users still won’t be able to use the iPhone 4 legally on the Verizon network. Users need to pay $199 for the iPhone 4 16GB version in the U.S. Along with the $199; they also need to sign a two-year contract with AT&T. In Germany, T-Mobile remains the exclusive iPhone network carrier.   T-Mobile will also be offering the iPhone 4 in Netherlands. In Japan, Softbank will be the official iPhone 4 network carrier.

In France, U.K and Canada users are spoilt for choices. In France, users have the option of Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR. However, until now, only Orange has confirmed that they will be selling the iPhone 4. In the U.K – O2, Vodafone and Orange will be offering the iPhone 4. In Canada, MobileSyrup has confirmed that Rogers, TELUS, and Bell will be offering the iPhone 4 to their users.

Except for Canada, the iPhone 4 will be launched on 24 June in the countries mentioned above. The pre-orders will begin from 15 June onwards. Apart from AT&T, no other operator has revealed their price tag for the new iPhone 4.