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, 19 Jan 2013News
Saturday news bytes: Nokia releases kit for 3D printed Lumia cases and more

Nokia releases 3D printing designs

Nokia is the latest big tech firm to throw its weight behind the 3D printing revolution, releasing design templates for cases of its Lumia 820 handset.

The Finnish smartphone manufacturer announced the release of a "3D printing developer kit" via a blogpost, calling the nascent technology the "sequel to the Industrial Revolution."

"You want a waterproof, glow-in-the-dark phone with a bottle-opener and a solar charger? Someone can build it for you - or you can print it yourself," wrote John Kneeland, a Nokia community manager.

According to Mr Kneeland, Nokia already uses 3D printing internally to help design prototypes.

Deloitte confirms details of Blockbuster store closures

Earlier in the week, DVD and game rental outlet Blockbuster entered administration, becoming the UK's latest high street casualty and handing its affairs over to Deloitte. 

According to the BBC, the erstwhile entertainment giant is now set to shut down a further 129 stores, adding to the initial 31 closure notices handed out shortly after the chain threw in the white towel. More than 750 staff are now facing pink slips as a result.

Deloitte claims that its decision is an unavoidable part of the restructuring process, and that it is necessary to give the Blockbuster brand the best chance of being preserved.

"Having reviewed the portfolio with management, the store closure plan is an inevitable consequence of having to restructure the company to a profitable core which is capable of being sold," said joint administrator Lee Manning.

The Blockbuster estate comprises 528 stores and the company employs 4,190 staff.

Top US team has match-winning ideas

You'd think that the New England Patriots had enough on their collective plate, but the modern day NFL dynasty apparently isn't content with merely pursuing the game's highest prize.

The Boston Globe reports that the American football team - looking to advance to the eighth Super Bowl in club history tomorrow against the Baltimore Ravens - is to further develop its "smart stadium" experience.

The Patriots' home ground, Gillette Stadium, currently boasts a large-capacity WiFi network, installed in 2012 by New Hampshire-firm Enterasys Networks. It's one of only seven in the league (which features 30 stadiums) to boast such facilities, and the team is committed to maximising the benefits of its high-tech infrastructure.

The coming attractions could include live sideline audio, streaming half-time video straight from the Pats' dressing room, and new apps to help fans find parking spaces and pre-order food and drink for intervals. 

"If we want people to still come to our stadium and find it worth the money, we have to figure out how we give an experience that's different than the experience at home and give you all the comforts of home," Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said during a recent technology summit at Gillette, where he was the keynote speaker.

American football may still be a niche sport in the UK, but the proposals being contemplated over in Massachusetts could be closely watched by Premier League organisations looking to offer improved fan experiences.

Real-time access to one of Sir Alex's infamous hairdryer rants and a top up of Best, anyone?

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