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Apple vs. Nokia marketing: Nostalgia vs. nightmares

Both Apple and Nokia have just released new ads for their new gear, but the ads couldn't be more different. Apple's "Misunderstood" goes for nostalgia, a disconnected child who finds his holiday voice and reconnects with his family thanks to Apple's technology. Nokia's "For Work. For Play."... channels Tim Burton in a barber shop.

Check them both out and let me know what you think. How do they make you feel about the brands? About the devices? About the experience of using them and their ecosystems? About what you're likely to buy next?

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Nokia Music web app for iOS reportedly spied in leaked images

Nokia, known primarily right now for their Windows Phone connection, is reportedly planning a full on Nokia Music web app experience for iOS and Android devices according to leaked images out of China. Nokia currently has a mobile specific web site for Nokia Music, but frankly it's pretty terrible and any improvement would be good improvement.

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We're live at Nokia World 2013 with Windows Phone Central!

Tuesday October 22 is a crazy busy day here at Mobile Nations, but crazy busy in the best kind of way. Obviously, we've got the Apple Event from California, but way before that even kicks off, Nokia is doing its thing over in Abu Dhabi, at Nokia World 2013. And of course, we're live on location with Windows Phone Central.

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Vector 11: Benedict Evans on the value of cheap phones

Strategy analyst Benedict Evans joins Rene to talk about Apple's iPhone 5c pricing, how it compares to low-cost Android and Windows Phone devices, and the relative value of platforms.

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Vector 9: Ben Thompson on Microsoft's mobile dilemma

Ben Thompson of stratēchery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft in a post-Ballmer mobile market, the IBM analogy, whether they need to be more like Apple, and why Google and Samsung were so damn smart. Also: Nokia sale!

Note: This was originally supposed to be next week's episode of Vector, but due to Microsoft buying Nokia, we decided to fast-track. (It's especially interesting given Thompson, until recently, worked at Microsoft on the Windows 8 apps team, and previously interned at Apple on the Apple University project.)

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What Microsoft buying Nokia means for Apple

Last night Microsoft announced they intended to buy or license all the parts of Nokia's mobile business that matter. That will either make them a vertically integrated player in the smartphone business like Apple or BlackBerry, or the stewards of some janky Franken-licensed business like Google and Motorola, or more likely, something in between. So what does that mean for Apple, and for the iPhone and iPod business?

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Microsoft buys and licenses the parts of Nokia mobile that matter, but will it make any difference?

Microsoft has just announced that they'll be buying Nokia's devices and services business, as well as licensing their patents and maps. Microsoft will pay close to $5 billion for the business, and almost $2.2 billion in licensing for the deal. It'll be paid out of their overseas cash reserve, which spares them the cost of repatriation. Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber will likely transfer to Microsoft. In Elop's case, he'll be returning to Microsoft. Here are the comments from Microsoft's release:

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Apple reportedly second biggest smartphone shipper in the world, again

Market share remains the most popular metric to calculate among metric calculators, and last quarter their measures claim Apple shipped the second largest amount of smartphones in the world at 31.2 million, representing a 13.1% slice of the customer pie. IDC reports:

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Nokia joins the Aluminum brigade with the new Lumia 925

Being iPhone owners, we're suckers for beautifully designed smartphones. So, when Nokia took to the stage in London to showcase their latest and greatest, the Lumia 925, we had to go and take a look. Our buddies over at Windows Phone Central were on the ground throughout the event to bring us all the full story. So, what's the Lumia 925 all about?

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