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Finnish Firm Developing Crowdfunded Tablet Computer

Jolla, a Finnish start-up created by ex-Nokia software developers, announced plans to create a crowdfunded tablet computer. The company was founded by Nokia’s former MeeGo software team, jettisoned by Nokia in 2011 when it moved to Microsoft Windows Phone software. Jolla launched its first smartphone last year. The new tablet’s open operating system is based on Meego technologies, and is now named Sailfish. It works via swipe and enables users to see multiple live apps simultaneously. Within hours of the announcement, Jolla raised more than $500,000 for the tablet on Indiegogo, though its goal was only $380,000. The company is using crowdfunding as a means to get user feedback for additional tablet features and other improvements. Early investors were able to able to purchase a tablet for $189. The tablets—available in Europe, the US, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia—should be shipped in Spring 2015. (Reuters)(CNET)(Jolla @ Indiegogo)

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