What do you think of blackmail attempts? Well, those have happened in the past, and it does not look as though it is going to stop anytime soon in the near future, either. We have cases of a relationship gone sour where one party blackmailing the other person after having possession of images of he/she in poses that would make one’s parents blush, all the way to large companies being asked for a large sum of money before their externally disrupted services are restored. Microsoft’s Nokia, as was revealed by MTV in Finland, apparently forked out an unspecified amount of money to the tune of several million euros all the way back in 2008, after blackmailers threatened to publish the Symbian operating system source code.
MTV claimed that these criminals managed to pick up an encryption key for a core component of the Symbian OS, and threatened Nokia that they would do all that they can in order to make it public, unless Nokia forked out a decent amount of money. Apparently, publishing this particular encryption key would have virtually enabled just about anyone and everyone with basic programming knowledge of Symbian to be able to write malware that is touted to be ‘indistinguishable’ from the operating system itself.
The Finnish police have also confirmed that this actually happened, and after half a dozen years, the case remains open and is being investigated. Detective Chief Inspector Tero Haapala said, ‘We are investigating felony blackmail, with Nokia the injured party,” in a curt and short statement. The blackmailers managed to lose the trail of the police after picking up the money, and have more or less evaded capture since then.
Alleged Nokia C1 Render Seen
Now here is an interesting leaked render of what is allegedly known as the Nokia C1, which is supposed to be the next smartphone which will feature the Nokia logo – never mind the fact that the Finnish company had already sold its smartphone business to Microsoft some time back. Well, the most interesting aspect about this leaked render would be the fact that it sports an Android operating system on the foreground, while another model hiding behind it looks as though it runs on Windows 10 Mobile.
Does this mean that we will have to face not one, but two variants of the same device? Only time will be able to tell, but for the moment, it will be an agonizing wait until 2016 as that is when the alleged Nokia C1 smartphone will launch then.
Windows 10 Mobile On Your Older Lumia Handset, Sir/Maam?
So, you happen to be rocking to one of the older Lumia handsets from Nokia, and would love to check out what all the hoo-haa is about concerning Windows 10 Mobile. If you happen to live in Poland, then here is a spot of good news for you to kick start your week – the Windows 10 Mobile update will be heading to the likes of the Lumia 630, 635, 640, 735, and 830 this coming December 14, whereas those who happen to be making use of the Lumia 520, 532, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 930, 1020, and 1320, will have to wait until February 1st next year.
Again, bear in mind that the Windows 10 Mobile update will only affect those smartphones which were purchased from Orange in Poland, so if you happen to own any of the above mentioned devices but from different people, then you would have to give the updates a miss.
Android 5.0 Lollipop On A Nokia 1100?
A quick look at the calendar shows that we are still in March – early March, in fact, and April is still some ways of. Still, this has not stopped the fact that an alleged leak of a Nokia 1100 has been benchmarked, and in that particular benchmark, it revealed that the Nokia 1100 would sport Android 5.0 Lollipop as the mobile operating system version of choice – how cool would that be if it were to be true?
Other hardware specifications in the alleged leaked benchmark sheet point to a quad-core MT6582 processor which has been clocked at 1.3GHz, a 720p resolution display, and most probably 512MB RAM. We would take this bit of information with more than just a pinch of salt – perhaps and entire tablespoonful.