Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Morning Brief: Nokia CEO memo admits his company has fallen behind; Are you a sinner? There's an app for that

Nokia's CEO has, according to Engadget, issued a company wide memo that spells out what many observers already know: his company is behind the competition when it comes to smartphones.
According to the memo obtained by Engadget, Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft executive who took over as Nokia's CEO in September, lays out the situation in a brutally honest look at the company: "While competitors poured flames on our market share, what happened at Nokia? We fell behind, we missed big trends, and we lost time," Elop writes.

"The first iPhone shipped in 2007," Elop writes, "and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable."

What may indeed be unbelievable is the rumor that Nokia is thinking of partnering with Microsoft to promote the Windows Phone 7 platform.

How did I miss this app? My God, this is what I've needed since I was a little boy! Confession: A Roman Catholic App has hit the iTunes App Store and is ready to save souls -- at $1.99, what a deal, right?

But apparently the app, developed by South Bend, Indiana-based Little iApps was not devine after all, because the company has had to issue an update to fix some bugs such as "fixed prayers not displaying on iPad prayer tab" and a few others.

According to the developer the app is the first known iOS app to receive an imprimatur from the Catholic Church.

Sadly, even the developer admits his universal app won't take the place of a traditional 'confession'. The app "does not and can not take the place of confessing before a validly ordained Roman Catholic priest in a Confessional, in person, either face to face, or behind the screen. Why? Because the Congregation on Divine Worship and the Sacraments has long ruled that Confessions by electronic media are invalid and that ABSOLUTION BY THE PRIEST must be given in person because the Seal of the Confessional must be Protected and for the Sacrament to be valid there has to be both the matter and the form which means THE PRIEST," reads the app description.