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March 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia has rolled out its own app #2ToInstaWithLove , hoping to pressure Instagram to build a Windows Phone version of the popular mobile photo-sharing software. All new Nokia smartphones run the Windows Phone operating system but the Instagram app is only available for Apple and Google Android devices. The Finnish phone maker says it wants Instagram to make an app for its devices running the Windows Phone operating system. "The only way for us to show how much the Nokia community really cares about bringing this world-class app to Windows Phone, is by having a little fun and showing Instagram just how passionate you all are," Nokia said in a blog post addressed to its users.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013
Quiet storm standard-bearers 94.7 The Wave presents a Smooth Night Out led by the mirror-glossed sound of saxophonist Boney James. Spencer Day, Norman Brown with Kirk Whalum and others will also be on board for a funk and R&B-infused evening that flirts with jazz in the way that vermouth flirts with a martini. Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court. Sat., 8 p.m. $45-$89.50. http://www.ticketmaster.com .
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February 18, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It's impressive enough for a charismatic guy with a British accent, a pirate's hat and an acoustic guitar to bring a theater full of excited teenage girls to a frenzy of screams worthy of Justin Bieber or the Beatles, as Ed Sheeran did on Sunday night.  But at the Nokia Theatre on what the 22-year-old described as his biggest American gig to date (on his birthday, no less), Sheeran achieved a more amazing feat. Using a crowd control method he dubbed “the universal shush,” the supremely talented artist asked this hormonal mass to remain quiet for the softer songs.
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February 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Ed Sheeran had plenty to be proud of Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, where the English singer-songwriter's "The A Team" was nominated for song of the year. Not only that, but Sheeran performed the tune - a sympathetic ballad about a troubled woman who turns to drugs and prostitution - on the telecast as an intergenerational duet with Elton John. Reflecting on the experience the day after the ceremony, however, Sheeran seemed less than satisfied. The problem wasn't that he'd lost the award to "We Are Young" by Fun., but that he'd attended Justin Timberlake's late-night post-Grammy concert at the Hollywood Palladium.
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February 5, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Planning on tuning into the Grammys on Sunday to see what on earth a collaboration featuring Rihanna , Bruno Mars and Sting will look like? Or perhaps how Justin Timberlake 's return to the stage will shape up? Or maybe even who will walk away with album of the year? Who are we kidding? Of course you will. But, will you join the Grammy party four hours before all that to watch the awards and performances that won't be part of the big show? For those of you attuned to awards in categories such as album notes, jazz and recording packaging, this is the show to watch.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia has been focused on making mobile phones, but the Finnish company may no longer be able to ignore the popularity of tablets. CEO Stephen Elop said Nokia is looking at tablets as a way to expand the company's portfolio, according to a report Monday by the Australian Financial Review . “We haven't announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely," Elop said according to the report. "We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.” 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 When asked whether Nokia would go with Windows or Google's Android operating system for a tablet, Elop declined to say but his comments leaned toward Microsoft's software.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013
Tegan and Sara's "Heartthrob" presents a believably irregular vision of how love happens, and does it with an immediacy and a directness that feel new for these Canadian twin sisters, who have built a devoted following of indie-minded fans. In "Goodbye, Goodbye" and "Drove Me Wild," they trade homey folk-pop guitars for sparkling new-wave synths, while "How Come You Don't Want Me" rides an '80s-style drum-machine beat reminiscent of the Human League hit that almost shares its title. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Fri. $39.50-$49.50.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Although there are hundreds of companies making and selling cellphones, Apple and Samsung accounted for 95% of the industry's profits in the fourth quarter of 2012. Apple alone claimed 70% of the cellphone industry's total worldwide profit of $16 billion, while Samsung had 25%, according to a report released late Thursday night by Counterpoint Technology Market Research. In third place was Nokia with 2%. That left the remaining 3% to be split by about 300 companies. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 "Apple has essentially created the smartphone sector as we see it today and its combination of beautiful, easy-to-use products coupled with a rich content and application environment has enabled it to attract outsize profits," Couterpoint Research said in its report.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results, largely in part to surprisingly robust sales of Lumia smartphones during the holidays. The Finnish phone maker said it sold 4.4 million units of the Lumia line. That was up from 2.9 million in the third quarter. Nokia, which makes smartphones and regular cellphones, said it sold a total of 86.3 million devices during the quarter, raking in about $5.1 billion. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 The uptick in smartphone sales didn't come as a complete surprise.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia's next flagship phone will reportedly be made of aluminum and be much lighter than its predecessor, the Lumia 920. The Verge website reported Thursday that the Finnish phone company is set to dump polycarbonate as the body material for its upcoming top-of-the-line device. It cited unnamed sources "familiar with Nokia's plans. " By using aluminum instead, which is the material used for the Apple iPhone 5's body, Nokia might be able to achieve a lighter and thinner build.
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