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Microsoft Lumia announces the launch of a limited edition commuter newspaper, The Five to Nine, with five daily issues to be published between 22 June and 26 June and distributed the following morning. The Five to Nine newspaper will inspire and encourage people to get out of the office and do what’s creatively and personally important to them.
As people work longer hours, they are not able to spend time doing the things they are passionate about outside of work. The Five to Nine newspaper demonstrates what can be achieved by using technology to work smarter and more efficiently.
Microsoft Lumia also believe that when people are happy and inspired they work more efficiently, so whilst most newspapers lead with stories on crime, disasters and scandal, The Five to Nine newspaper will focus on positive, uplifting content.
Speaking at the launch of the newspaper, Jules Grudniewicz, Campaigns and Partnerships Manager for Microsoft Devices in UK & Ireland, says: “With time so often at a premium, Microsoft Lumia is committed to enabling people to get the most out of their days. Using the combined power of Microsoft devices, we will create a fresh new publication that will help commuters go to work with a smile on their faces, reinvigorated.”

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Each edition of the newspaper is being curated in collaboration with the editorial teams from some of the UK’s most exciting and forward- thinking print and online publications, covering five themes. They are:
Monday 22nd June | Culture: Protein
Tuesday 23rd June | Music: Boiler Room
Wednesday 24th June | Fashion: Schön!
Thursday 25th June | Design: Grafik
Friday 26th June | Sport: The Green Soccer Journal
In addition to commissioned content, the newspaper will crowd source “good news” stories, life hacks and musings from contributors across the UK via collaborator networks and social media. Budding creatives and members of the public can submit content using the hashtag #AchieveMore.
Each day’s editorial team will also host a free workshop where members of the public can learn a new skill or listen to an industry professional at The Five to Nine workspace at Protein Studios in East London.
‘The Five to Nine’ newspaper will be edited every day between 5pm and 9pm at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY and 10,000 copies of The Five to Nine newspaper will be distributed the next morning at creative and commuter hubs in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh.
William Rowe, Founder and CEO of Protein, says, “With Microsoft Lumia, you have everything you need to write, take photos, create, design and manage at your fingertips. We’re incredibly excited about the challenge and can’t wait to see the results.”
For more information and submissions please visit lumia.ms/submissions

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Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will help you be a doer, giving you the freedom and flexibility to choose when and where you want to get things done. London is a busy place and living in it just adds more business to a hectic social and work life. You need to grab every little second to make sure you are getting things done if you want to be productive and push forward in your plans!

Certain features of the new Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will certainly help with this. It gives you a long-lasting battery(we all know that a phone battery dying is just the end), great imaging features(what's a phone if you can't use it to share all your 'do-ings'), single and Dual SIM for 3G and LTE, and signature Microsoft experiences such as Office, OneNote, Outlook, Skype and Cortana built in meaning that you can really get on with tasks on the go.

We think they sound great and we're itching to test one out!

Wanna be a doer? Wanna #AchieveMore?

Read more about Lumia 640 here.

Read more about Lumia 640 XL here.

Nokia music +Social media for music: What the f**k’s going on out there?

Last weekend's launch of streaming service Nokia Music+ finally made my head do an explode. The seemingly weekly emergence of a new platform for smearing music into our faces is frankly, terrifying. It feels like its social media landscape is now just one big messy Royal Rumble - albeit with hipster beanies and guyliner - where artists are tossing themselves into every available orifice out of sheer FOMO (fear of missing out). Are any of these services genuinely pioneering new ground? Can artists now fashion the optimum outward-facing iteration of themselves based on where they choose to do it from? I lightly molested some artists and industry bods to find out where they'll be hanging in 2013, and why.

Dalston electronic trio Glitches cite access to so many online music outlets a blessing and a curse. While the analytics side of music uploading sites is “on steroids”, giving them Gary McKinnon-level insights into how their music is received, frontman Robbie Parks says he feels artists are under pressure to 'keep up appearances' on social media to stay relevant. “Rumour has it some labels won't even consider bands until they get over some arbitrary threshold of Likes. That scares me a little because traffic to a band's page can be boosted with adverts and campaigns. I'd hate to see the music industry become a race to get to 10,000 ‘fans’ with some having unfair advantages because they can throw money around.”

Glitches are big fans of Vimeo as their main outlet, extolling its flexibility in allowing them to illustrate their music with a heavy visual element. Vimeo, they say, lets them customise the way their videos look when embedded in web pages whereas YouTube is "clunky and garish" in comparison.

Warm Seas from Glitches on Vimeo.

There's nothing wrong with sticking to the bread and butter of Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and YouTube, say South London band Mt. Wolf, who turn a deliberate blind eye to all others. For them, YouTube’s crucial to whether or not a song goes viral, along with SoundCloud: annoying to use for some, but essential for the relative ease with which it can be embedded in blogs and the like. There's a meh-sized buzz building up around the new MySpace so far but Stevie McMinn from the band's not so sure. “Everyone in the industry knows MySpace is dead so if a band is still using it it shows they don’t know what they’re doing, they’re not with it and their music is probably not worth listening to.” Ouch. MySpace has a task on its hands if it’s gonna turn this one round and I'm pretty sure the whole world is waiting gleefully for the tumbleweed to come a-howlin' across its very lovely new interface. We're all going to hell, btw.

In the absence of a record label for unsigned bands who need to generate real monies for their records and merch, CD Baby is one that Ben Hutchinson from London indie band Gaoler’s Daughter says is a great place for artists to sell their music in both physical and digital format. For a small fee it distributes it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Facebook plus various others. This and Bandcamp, which acts as a highly customisable hub for virtually everything, he says fill in in the absence of an agent or PR, and unlike its contemporaries VibeDeck and Topspin, are more or less free.

Aside from Twitter which he uses fervently as some kind of grotesque comedy conveyor belt, East London singer-songwriter Josh Weller is most excited about Musicglue as a platform. It “really works for the artist” in terms of merch, ticket selling, digital content and e-commerce. Most importantly, it simplifies control of the finance aspect, “which helps a lot because almost every artist ever is shit at all of these things."

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When the Fail Whale’s not stopping us screenshotting tweets from disgruntled HMV staff, Twitter goes down as a unanimous favourite for building fan engagement. Kate Cliffen from United Agency, which helps artists build social engagement, says that pop bands aimed at teens can see ridiculous levels of success using Twitter campaigns which help them to whip young fans into a knicker-drenching frenzy. Stevie from Mt. Wolf agrees: “We get a lot of love on Twitter, and it's good for measuring who’s shared your music, as bloggers are all over it and engagement is more accessible than on Facebook.”

Similarly Viddy, a social network for uploading short videos with hashtags (like a moving Instagram), Kate says can amass pop bands hundreds of followers almost immediately after posting content.

What about artists being selective based on the kind of buzz they want to generate? Chris Duncan from independent digital music distributor The Orchard says that "a mystical indie-rock band is best served putting its music on SoundCloud with minimal information, whereas a pop group will use fan-engagement plugins that utilise the often scary levels of fandom they can receive. In 2013 I'd love to see Songkick's Detour platform take off. Additionally, YouTube is increasingly trying to shift users towards playlists and subscriptions rather than one-off videos which could be huge for artists who use it intelligently."

Obviously, we can't ignore Facebook. It's just as prevalent as, I don't know, air, and everyone's on it (apart from the self-righteous dick head friend we all have but forgot existed in '07). Bereft of a decent music platform of its own, it's the central hub from which the lesser known services can spread their gospel via up-and-coming artists.

As Josh Weller puts it, the online music landscape is currently a sort of "no-man’s land in transition, where nobody’s figured out how the artist can make money, or whether they ever will again." But in the meantime, Vimeo me Tweetin' my CD Baby while I Musicglue 'yo ass (Confused? Same here) as 2013’s Spotify has still yet to show its face.

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Smart+phone+BlackBerry+Z10The new all touch Blackberry Z10 has been revealed today and after a rocky start in the touch screen arena we were interested to know the details.

This is the first Blackberry that has completely ditched the physical keyboard below the screen, something that Blackberry advocates may not be too keen on. Never the less BB is trying desperately to catch up with its contemporaries and this looks to be a move to at least put it in the similar outer shell league.

When it comes to software the BlackBerry Hub is new and much like Nokia gives you the option to pool all your emails/social etc into one place. We're not sure that we like this though as it gets a bit confusing and waters down the hierarchy of importance that you put on certain modes of communication ie FB trumps Twitter/email trumps FB/text trumps email.

There is also a new appworld especially for BB which we find disappointing rather than a plus.  BlackBerry World will no doubt be even harder than the Windows pain in the arse app system and we all know it will take a good 5 years at least for any app developer to bother with it.

Much like Nokia's Lumia which has done really very well considering, this, to all intents and purposes is Blckberry's make or break.

“BlackBerry 10 has been re-designed, re-engineered and reinvented,” said Rob Orr, RIM’s managing director for the UK

What the new BB is pushing as its strong point is multi-tasking, you can see a message when you are in an app for example and can have a number of apps running at the same time. This might be good for some people but we cant remember the last time we wanted to play Angry Birds and then stop in the middle to have a quick look at Instagram whilst looking up something on the net.

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Millbank Tower is due to be turned into a 4D art installation to mark the release of the new Nokia phone on 28th November.

On the night there will be a 2D projection on to a 3D surface creating a twist and buckle which will be accompanied by music for an added fourth dimension. On the night there will be a performance from Deadmau5 and the whole thing will be visible from the north and south side of the Thames.