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Apple's Nokia hire shows it takes iPhone photography seriously

I have a confession to make. Up until fairly recently, I absolutely hated the camera on iPhones. It wasn't until I got an iPhone 5s that I finally felt like I wasn't fighting the iPhone to take a good picture. That's why I'm excited about recent news that Apple hired camera talent from Nokia.

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Ari Partinen, senior Nokia Pureview camera engineer, headed to Apple

Apple has hired Ari Partinen, former senior camera engineer at Nokia for their Lumia Pureview system, presumably to work on the next generation of iPhone and iPad cameras. Word of the move came from Partinen himself on Twitter:

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Nokia yanks Here Maps from the App Store, iOS 7 'harms the user experience'

In the early days of Apple Maps, and when there was no Google Maps as we know it now, Nokia swooped in and shipped Here Maps for iOS. Nokia has been doing quality mapping software for some time, but now, that time has come to an end with Here Maps being yanked from the App Store. Why? Nokia had this to say to Engadget:

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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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