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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Nokia an­nounced its f irst tablet prod­uct last week. The Lu­mia 2520 is a 10.1” tablet com­puter run­ning the Win­dows RT op­er­at­ing sys­tem. It looks very much like an over­sized Lu­mia phone and has an op­tional cover that adds a key­board and track­pad to the de­vice. Nokia claims bat­tery life of 11 hours. There are no de­tails about lo­cal avail­abil­ity yet – and of course Nokia is in the process of sell­ing its de­vice di­vi­sion to Mi­crosoft.

Black­Berry Mes­sen­ger, or BBM, f in­ally rolled out to An­droid and iOS last week af­ter a de­lay in the ini­tial roll­out planned for Septem­ber. The mes­sag­ing ser­vice has over 40m users and was ex­clu­sively avail­able on Black­Berry de­vices be­fore. The launch comes amid talks of a share­holder buy­out of the Cana­dian smart­phone man­u­fac­turer, which is set to an­nounce ma­jor losses for its most re­cent op­er­a­tional quar­ter due to low de­mand for its new Black­Berry 10 de­vices.

Pick n Pay an­nounced that its online sales have jumped up by 24% over the

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