Sadly, MWC is starting to draw to close, but that doesn't mean the news is drying up - far from it. Earlier this week, Nokia grabbed headlines with the announcement of two new budget handsets, the Nokia 105 and the Nokia 301, the former of which costs about as much as you would expect to pay for a small pizza. But how did Nokia manage to make such a great looking phone for £13? Sascha Segan spoke to the Finnish firm's vice president for industrial, who highlighted the importance of sticking to the company's design identity regardless of the phone's cost. Follow the link to find out more about how Nokia approached the design of the 105.
Despite all the talk of web-induced piracy, it turns out illegal peer-to-peer music file-sharing actually dropped last year. The volume of illegally download music files declined by 26 per cent from the year before, according to a new report from the NPD Group, with two-fifths of those who admitted to illegally downloading music in 2011 reported having stopped or decreased the amount of music files they downloaded illegally last year. NPD points to the rise of legal, accessible music streaming services, like Spotify and Rdio, for the decline.
Adobe has made it its mission to let designers build websites that will function pleasingly on all modern web-browsing devices: desktop/laptop, tablet, and smartphone. It's all too common these days to visit a site on your tablet that doesn't behave the way it did when you use a desktop or laptop web browser. Muse, one arrow in Adobe's quiver aimed at attacking this problem, is a website design application that comes along for the ride for subscribers to Adobe's Creative Cloud, the subscription version of Adobe Creative Suite 6. The suite includes a host of tools that any professionals building websites likely already use — Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Acrobat. Now, the company announced a welcome update for Muse, which is available as a standalone for non-Creative Cloud subscribers for £13.67 a month in a yearly plan. Follow the link to take a closer look at Adobe's snazzy design and build tool.
Less than a year after being taken over by Microsoft, enterprise social network Yammer is proving that the $1.2 billion (£790 million) deal may have been a good investment after all. Since the acquisition in the summer of 2012, Yammer has multiplied its user base from three million to seven million in 150 countries, marking an impressive 165 per cent increase in the number of paying customers among its user base. ITProPortal took the opportunity to interview Yammer co-founder and chief technology officer Adam Pisoni during the London stop of the Yammer On Tour promotional tour. Rawiya Kameir was the one asking the questions during the chat, which saw Yammer touting the platform's growth over the past year, its vision to help companies value open communication and internal transparency, and of course its new Windows 8 features. Click on for more of the Yammer man's keen insights.