Nokia Is Working on "Hybrid" Mobile Devices—Whatever the Hell That Means

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Nokia lost its spot as the world's top phone manufacturer to Samsung last week, but according to an interview with the Financial Times, it's got a plan to get back on track: Hybrids.

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The obvious question is, well, just what the hell does that mean? Former Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila, who spoke with FT, didn't give any specifics. There are a few logical guesses: Most likely it'll be some version of the tablet/PC hybrid Windows 8 wants to make its bones on. Or Nokia could be looking at more handsets like the Nokia 808 PureView, with its gigantic 41-megapixel camera. Part phone, part massive camera sensor. Or it could always mean Nokia's very own Galaxy Note-like phablet. But hopefully not.

Nokia threw its lot in with Windows Phone—and Windows 8 tablet-side—last year, and its Lumia line has done fairly well so far. But Windows 8 is going to set Nokia on a collision course with competitors it hasn't run into before. Some of whom might have similar notions, like Lenovo with its Yoga laptop/tablet hybrid. We hope Elop and Co. pull off something great. Elop Elop Elop. [Financial Times via Register]

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RainyDayInterns

What WOULD be nice if all of our devices can start sharing their processing powers when they are in proximity of each other.

Imagine if the iPhone/iPad/and Macbook Pro that you own would parallel process and/or communicate when they are within range. Each would take on tasks (checking/downloading emails, additional rendering cycles, etc) which may suck up CPU cycles from the MBP.

Sure there are lots of reasons why it may be difficult to implement given the CURRENT OS architecture, but it would be nice if we could make use all of the idle CPUs that we have surrounding us most of the day.