Guess what Nokia is up to next?

The question everyone is looking an answer to after the acquisition of its smartphone arm by Microsoft.

Yesterday, Nokia teased a mysterious black box with the company’s logo on its Twitter feed. According to this cryptic tweet (below), Sebastian Nystrom, Head of Product Business, Nokia, will answer the question at the Slush 14 conference in Finland today.

Since a brand spanking new smartphone is out of the question, the new product could be anything… Though it seems to be a streaming box or maybe even a tiny PC?

What do you think will be unveiled by Nokia today? Sound off in the comments section below and let us know!

Motorola rolling out Android KitKat 4.4.4 for Moto E, G and X in India

Motorola India has announced on Twitter (below) that it is rolling out the latest Android update 4.4.4 for its most recent Moto lines including the flagship X, the budget G and the ultra-low budget E. The update will be available OTA soon.

The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for the Moto E, Moto G and Moto X will include several stability, framework and security fixes as well as a new phone dialer and OpenSSL-related fixes, according to Motorola.

Just last month, Motorola had rolled out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for its Moto E, Moto G and Moto X handsets globally.

Steve Horowitz, SVP, Software Engineering, Motorola had said, “We are excited to announce some icing on top of the, well, KitKat. Starting today [June 3], we are rolling out Android 4.4.3, KitKat, which was just released by Google.”

 

Apple acquires mapping-based social recommendation service Spotsetter

Almost a little more than a week after acquiring Beats, Apple has now reportedly acquired Spotsetter. According to a TechCrunch report, Apple quietly snatched up the company mainly for the technology and two founders behind the service. Spotsetter was founded in 2012 by ex-Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee.

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 1.48.00 PM     Johnny Lee         Lee and Tse’s LinkedIn profiles now say that they’re employed by Apple, as well.

Spotsetter was a social-based search engine which offered personalized recommendations on places to go. The service worked by layering social data on top of a maps interface. It used an algorithm to aggregate information from users’ social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Instagram. The service then paired the information from social networks with information from services like Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Zagat providing recommendations on where to go.

According to Spotsetter, it had 5 million user profiles and 40 million venues as of last year. Apple could obviously use this talent and technology to integrate similar features into its Maps services. Back in December, Apple also acquired Topsy Labs Inc., a similar service that aggregated data from social networks like Twitter and Google+.

Spotsetter was available on iOS and Android until just recently. Lee posted an announcement on the company’s website last week signaling the end of Spotsetter. The company had raised $1.3 million in seed funding before its launch a mere 10 months ago.