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HMD Plans to Re-launch Iconic Nokia 3310 Soon!

The Nokia 3310 is coming soon! Yes, you read it right! The classic phone is back in town…

Did you know that the Nokia 3310 is one of the world’s best-selling mobile phones of all time, with over 126 million units sold worldwide?

Well, you can laugh now, kids, but there was once a time when the Nokia 3310 was the best thing that the phone industry has ever produced!

In the era of analog phones, Nokia and other early mobile phone manufacturers gave people something exciting to bring around so they can call and text their friends. People can also kill time by playing ‘Snake’.

Of course, today, most people own smartphones with thousands of capabilities far more superior than those offered by the Nokia 3310 but HMD Global (the Finnish company who now has exclusive rights to market the Nokia brand) plans to re-launch a revamped version of the much-loved phone.

Photo credit: Mirror UK / Hull Daily Mail

Reports have surfaced that HMD will reveal the new Nokia 3310 version during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona at the end of February.

It is interesting to note that its rumored upcoming selling price ($62 or Php3,100) is much less than when it was first released ($160 or Php8,000) but still considerably high for today’s standards, considering that it is most likely going to be just another classic feature phone.

Does that mean that the manufacturers have tweaked the phone to possibly add more exciting features and capabilities than it once had? Will this revamped model come with cameras and higher memory, perhaps?

For now, everything is really just speculation – and we all have to wait for the actual announcement from HMD! But they did promise that the Nokia 3310 is still going to be as reliable as it had been when it was launched in 2000, seventeen years ago! That surely means we wouldn’t have to charge the phone for at least a week, eh?

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‘Hanging’ Skyscraper to be Built above the Earth in the 2020s?

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If New York design firm Clouds Architecture Office will have its way (and obtain the necessary permits, of course), then a ‘hanging’ skyscraper could soon be built above the Earth! But they would have to wait for NASA to capture an asteroid to orbit the Earth…

Confused? Well, let’s start with NASA’s plan.

In the “Asteroid Redirect Mission” (ARM), NASA plans to take a chunk from an asteroid sometime in December 2021; then, move this chunk closer to Earth and have it orbit the planet or possibly the moon. While the project costs $1.4 billion, excluding launch costs, it is supposed to have a lot of benefits for the Earth.

ARM’s basic role is to provide scientists with a real asteroid chunk to use in perfecting planetary defense capabilities against potentially hazardous asteroids.

Photo credit: Clouds Architecture Office

But while scientists are planning to use the asteroid to protect the Earth, Clouds Architecture Office wants to also give it a second purpose: as a unique place for humans to live on!

A concept skyscraper will be built on the ground, possibly in Dubai which is known for its gravity defying skyscrapers; and it would cost much less to build the skyscraper there than in New York! Then, this skyscraper will be moved to the asteroid where it will be hung on cables and would give inhabitants a truly unique and beautiful home in the skies!

Photo credit: Clouds Architecture Office

The upper part of the skyscraper will offer stunning views above the Earth as well as space while the bottom part will be beneath the clouds but will still have great views. Because the asteroid will be orbiting the Earth, inhabitants of the skyscraper will also be constantly traveling above the Earth’s surface!

Amazing or crazy? Well, we think this is a crazily amazing idea! And we’re not even sure this isn’t an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke…

Watch this video and tell us what you think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BZfymXCPxQ

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Pinay Programmer Builds Own Company at Age 10!

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While most 10-year-old kids are busy using their gadgets to play games or watch videos on YouTube these days, one of them actually learned how to code and now knows how to create websites – and the most interesting part there is that she has launched a company of her own!

Isabel Sieh from Antipolo City, Philippines was just 10 years old when she began to learn coding. It was one of her teachers who suggested she try it as he noticed that she really loves math. This teacher introduced her to Code Academy, a website for people to learn coding.

At such a young age, Isabel was able to learn Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and JavaScript through online classes but because the information available on the internet is not enough and she wanted to learn more, her parents hired her tutors.

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She loved coding so much that she didn’t just stop learning the language but has opened her own company to teach other girls how to code! ‘Girls Will Code’ aims to teach young girls how to code and to also advocate for schools to teach their students basic programming.

She’s now 13 years old. But even though she remains a student at that age, she has also become a teacher! Last year, she taught basic programming to a group of 10-year-old children at Bagong Nayon 2 Elementary School – and she continues to advocate this by using Scratch Jr., a programming language specifically made for kids to have fun while learning the tech language.

Kids from 5 to 7 years old can use the program to create their own games and interactive stories.

By starting early, Isabel believes the other kids can be just like her.

She said, “It’s the same thing as language. As you learn early, you get really fluent.

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Nokia Launches a Revamped 3310… It’s Colored!

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Remember the popular Nokia 3310 of the 2000s? It had a black and white screen, very basic features, and no camera or internet capabilities but it sold for around Php7,000 – yet it was one of the most popular phones any manufacturer has ever made, selling millions of units before production eventually ceased due to higher demand on more advanced smartphones.

But people have always loved the Nokia 3310 because it had awesome batteries that you only need to charge about once a week, not once or twice a day like most smartphones these days. It was also quite sturdy and could handle abuse – even getting thrown out of a moving vehicle or getting slammed on the ground and stepped on by accident.

If you miss the Nokia 3310, then you will love the revamped version! Recently announced at the World Mobile Congress 2017 along with three standard smartphones, the revamped Nokia 3310 does not look exactly like the old 3310 but has candy colored cases, rounded edges, and – lo and behold! – a 2.4QVGA colored and curved screen!

Photo credit: The Verge

The unit also offers dual SIM slots, has a 2MP camera, has 16MB storage, and has a microSD card slot but still offers the classic Snake game – and we expect that to have been revamped and upgraded as well!

It also deviates from the classic Nokia 3310 phone in that it is already capable of web browsing via Opera Mini; although it does not run on Android software but on Nokia’s proprietary OS.

Photo credit: CNET

But the most amazing selling point of this device is its battery life. The new Nokia 3310 boasts of a standby time of a whopping 25 days! Of course, that is standby time and the actual life of your battery would depend on how much you use the phone; but talk time is set at 22 hours.

Still, this would definitely make an excellent back-up phone – and many would actually enjoy having the new Nokia 3310 as a primary phone! Priced at around Php2,600, we bet many would be scrambling to buy this unit once it hits the shelves in March or April.

Would you buy this phone?

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