The New Nokia Lumia 920

Allow me to introduce the New nokia Lumia 920, with a Dual Core 1.5Ghz SnapDragon CPU, 4.5inch Super sensitive curved screen, 8.7MP PureView Camera, PureMotion HD+, 16GB storage, wireless charging and lots more

The New Nokia Lumia 820

The New nokia Lumia 820 is here, with a 1.5GHz Dual Core SnapDragon CPU, 4.3inch CBD screen, 8MP Carl Zeiss Lens, 16GB storage with SD card slot, wireless charging and lots more

Official Nok4Us App now in the Marketplace for Lumia Phones

You can now take nok4us website where ever you go, with the nok4us app, you will never miss any Nokia news, reviews, demoes and rumors again. download now, it's FREEE!

Unboxing the White Nokia 808 PureView

The Nokia 808 PureView is now available in the US, and here's what is inside!

Unboxing the Nokia Purity HD In-Ear HeadSets

Unboxing and reviewing the Nokia Purity HD In-Ear HeadSet, the latest and pretty awesome HD headphones from Nokia and Monster. welcome to audio heaven!

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Friday, October 5

What's your fave Nokia Lumia 920/820 Accessory?



You will finally be able to get either the Nokia Lumia 920 or 820 (1 month from now) and if you are like me, you are already pondering what accessory to get with your phone, I got the white in-ear Nokia Purity Headsets to go with my White Lumia 900, it was an easy choice.

this time however, it will be tough, Nokia is putting out a whole bunch of awesome features to go with the new Lumia 820 and 820

Here are your choices...
Nokia Wireless Charging Stand
JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speakers (pic courtesy of  Engadget)
Nokia Wireless Charging Plate
Nokia FatBoy Wireless Charging Pillow
Nokia Luna Bluetooth with NFC and wireless charging
Nokia PlayUp Wireless Speakers
Nokia Purity-Pro Wireless Stereo headsets
Gloves!

i am sure by now you are familiar with all these accessories, Most of them are made by Nokia.
these are pretty cool phone accessories to own, I will be getting more than 1, but I will be start by getting "a pair of gloves"

So which Accessory will you be getting with your Nokia Lumia 920/820 when it launches in November?

Jolla to unveil new MeeGo OS (codename: SailFish) in Nov.


Jolla Ltd is set to unveil the next generation OS, codenamed SailFish, which is a OS taken off from where Nokia left off with MeeGo.
We will get to see the future next month when they officially reveal it and also make the SDK available for developers.

According to a press statement put out by the young company but experienced staff...

A date and place has been set to reveal the new Jolla smartphone user interface and deliver the Jolla developer story and SDK. Jolla Ltd. will demonstrate the Jolla user interface, based on the recently announced Sailfish alliance OS, at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland on 21-22 November. Jolla is very excited to be able to share the user interface, and talk about the Jolla SDK and application ecosystem with the developers. Jolla will publish the device information, ID and expected availability before Christmas.
Peter Vesterbacka, a founder of Slush: “Slush has grown up to be the biggest entrepreneurship event in Northern Europe. It’s great to see hot new startups like Jolla use Slush as the venue for their major announcements. New business creation and innovation is alive and kicking at Slush and in the region”.
Mikko Kuusi, CEO of Startup Sauna: “Jolla is a great example of what happens, when you combine the extreme technical talent found in Finland with the right attitude and ambition level of companies like Rovio.”
In addition, Jolla will be hosting a separate, in-depth session to showcase the user interface, and a press Q&A session. The Jolla user interface will be incorporated into the previously announced Sailfish alliance software. Jolla has been working on the scalability and user experience based on MeeGo in order to be able to support multiple different device categories. This development has now reached a point that Jolla can showcase the user interface, its differentiation from the existing mobile UI’s and its possibilities as part of the Sailfish alliance.
Jussi Hurmola, CEO of Jolla: “I’m thrilled to finally be able to show the user interface we have been working on, and it will be exciting to open the developer story with SDK and applications to the public.”

I look forward to Nov. 21st and 22nd.

You can read more on TechCrunch

Lumia Exclusivity: Bad Idea? or Really Bad Idea?



If you follow me on twitter (@nok4us) then you know the instant At&t announced that the Lumia 920 is going to be exclusive to their network, I was enraged, confused and upset.
Shortly after articles started popping up reacting to the decision Nokia had made to make the Lumia 920 a 1-carrier exclusive, Articles from PhoneArena, CNET, even the reputable Paul Thurrott (from winsupersite) is against this strategy.

Reading the comments alone from (CNET, Engadget, Verge, PhoneArena...) from users reacting to this exclusive B$, just shows how disappointed many are with this decision

Yesterday, I got emails, text messages and a couple of phone calls from people and friends (who I personally convinced to wait for the Lumia 920) expressing their dismay at this decision Nokia made.

Why would Nokia limit the awesome, innovative and revolutionary Lumia 920 to just one carrier? A few have bravely come to Nokia's defense by saying maybe Verizon didn't want, well now, that's utter B$, as I just confirmed from a Verizon source, this is Nokia's approach.
If you haven't heard Rogers in Canada is also carrying the Lumia 920 exclusively or did Bell or any other Canadian Network) suddenly not want the 920 either?

 S.Elop in a recent interview (can't be bothered with who), responding to this exclusivity strategy Nokia has adopted said they are doing it because of the mistake they made with the Lumia 800 by releasing on every network, uhm excuse Mr. Elop, your version of every network might differ from mine, as I recall the Lumia 800 wasn't even released in the US, instead was sold unlocked at a hefty price and was released in limited European markets, so I have no clue where Mr. Elop is getting this idea that releasing a phone exclusively will be a huge success. they tried it with the Lumia 900 and we all know how that turned out, even with the so called At&t push to market the device, it didn't even sell up to half a million units.

At&t has approximately 96million users and no doubt half of those probably already went with iPhone5, let's not forget At&t houses most of the iSheep today, the rest use some form of Samsung android device and then there are the loyal Blackberry users. So exactly what percentage of this will get the Lumia 920?

Verizon has approximately 87million users, I would say half probably use a Motorola Droid, then there are the iPhone users and the Blackberry users.

T-Mobile with its 25million users, was probably Nokia's best bet at selling a lot of 920s, T-Mobile probably has the largest base of Nokia lovers in my opinion.

So instead of exposing the Lumia 920 to a market of potentially 208 million users, just like HTC is doing by releasing its 8X/8S Nokia lookalikes to every major US carrier. Nokia just cut its potential market to less than 96million users. I have searched and I haven't found one single Verizon user who is willing to switch to At&t just because of the Lumia 920.

This Nokia exclusive strategy is deeply flawed, and for the third time in 2years I am questioning S.Elop's plan to make Nokia succeed and be a viable company again.

I will wait and see what upgrade plans Nokia or At&t have for existing Nokia Lumia 900 owners before I hit the final nail on the coffin.

So is this a bad idea or a really bad idea? Well, let's see if the exclusivity is for a limited time (which it most probably is). This is a REALLY BAD IDEA!




Thursday, October 4

Video: At&t; US confirms Nokia Lumia 920 and 820

The news today is that At&t has officially confirmed both Lumia 920 and 820 among its line up of smartphones coming this fall (in November).

In a press statement put out by At&t they also confirm that the Lumia 920 will be an At&t exclusive. That means if you want to use the most advanced phone this holiday, you will have to get onboard the At&t network.
That is kind of bad news and quite frankly a bad idea. Nokia is a struggling company and they need to make as much sales as possible and to do that they need to have their phones available in a big market, At&t is BIG no doubt, but is it enough to accelerate the growth on the Nokia Lumia  brand in the US? Nope!

Verizon and T-Mobile will get the Lumia 820 though (or at least some variant of it), let's hope these do better than the Lumia 710. Maybe Verizon could get the Lumia 920 at a later time (that's if there is an exclusivity period At&t has with the Lumia 920) and if there is one, it could be years, just like what they did with the iPhone when it first came out

Here is a video from AT&T on the Lumia 920...


The Lumia 920 will be available exclusive to At&t in all the colors: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Cyan, there is no mention of matte finish, elegant looking yet cool Grey version. Hopefully, they will release the Grey version maybe at a later date?

[UPDATE]
Just as I'm lamenting the fact that Nokia made a deal with At&t to make the Lumia 920 an At&t exclusive, CNET just released an article agreeing with me.
I think Nokia just dug a shallow grave on this one and thank God I am not the only one who thinks so.


Wednesday, October 3

Rumour: Nokia Lumia 920 set for At&t; Nov. 4th release date?




The latest rumor regarding the release of the Nokia Lumia 920 comes from WPCentral, and according to their highly placed source, the Nokia Lumia 920 will go on sale on November 4th (Sunday).

Here is the time frame they got for the launch:

  • October 21/22 - Lumia 920 announced for AT&T, including pricing and availability. No word on pre-orders thru AT&T’s main site. Traditionally, AT&T has announced new phones with a pre-order date following a week later.
  • November 4th (Sunday) - Nokia Lumia 920 goes on sale in stores
  • November 4th (Sunday) - Two mobility enabled Windows 8 tablets will also be available for purchase. No word on which ones, though we’re betting Lenovo is one of them.
According to this time frame, the rumored Oct. 21st date is actually the day the Lumia 920 will officially be announced by At&t. Though IMO I think this will be the day At&t starts taking pre-orders! I dunno for sure.
Nov.4th is the day it goes on sale.
I am going to say this will most likely turn out to be true and I know I reported a month ago that the Lumia 920 will be available Nov. 2nd and I still stand by that and here is why... If you remember, back in April, we saw users who pre ordered the Lumia 900 get it 2 days before it got sold in stores, that will most likely be the case come November.
the Lumia 920 will be available in stores Nov. 4th but pre orders should be delivered 2 days earlier Nov. 2nd as I earlier said.




Source: WPCentral


[UPDATE] WPCentral is reporting that At&t and Nokia are going to announce the Lumia 920 tomorrow in NYC

Poll: 58% of Microsoft Employees want the Lumia 920



I was just sent this poll apparently from a Microsoft employee who says Microsoft is running an Poll on their internal company site asking employees which Windows Phone they prefer.

As you can see, 58% want the Lumia 920, a mere 2% want HTC's 8S, 8% want the 8X, 6% are planning on sticking with the windows phone they currently have while 27% are going to decide once they see what carrier options they have (At&t, Verizon or T-Mobile).

If you add the number of those who have taken the poll, that adds up to 2361 total, that's not a lot, in fact that's just 2.6% of the 90,000 employees Microsoft has.
So it looks like wherever this poll is, it's either its hidden, there is no interest from employees taking the poll or it was just put up (probably this morning) and it is going to take some time for employees to cast their vote!

I wonder if Yahoo! has a similar poll for its employees, remember their CEO is giving everyone of them a choice between iPhone5, SGSIII, Lumia 920. I think it would be interesting to see who wins hat one, given that its a neutral company when it comes to smartphones, plus it would give a perspective on the mindset corporate employees and what they prefer when it comes to smartphones.
though Nokia is also throwing in free wireless charging plates, that should sway the vote!

Either way, the Lumia 920 has managed to win every single poll it has been in, that's good news for Nokia, now if you would just release it already!

Microsoft's own WP8 Phone and S.Elop's reaction.



News (or should I say Rumors) have been spreading like wildfire that Microsoft is planning on releasing its own branded Windows Phone 8 Phone probably sometime next year, 2013.
Just like Google did with its Google Nexus.
I am writing this article with the full assumption that this is 100% true.
I think Microsoft is getting too excited and ahead of themselves on this one, I mean, has the WP8 platform gotten to that level where consumers want to see a Microsoft branded WP? gimme a break, the only people who use WP right now are a subset of the 90,000 Microsoft employees, maybe like 50% of them and those who use WP today that aren't Microsoft employees are dedicated Nokia fans (that's why Finland was the first country to overtake RIM in smartphone market share).
This is obviously not good for Nokia as it brings more competition to the already small minute ecosystem that is WP.
taking me back to what i said earlier this year, when I said the only way Nokia should go to bed with Microsoft is if they got exclusive rights to WP, well that is not the case and as it turns out, HTC is going to take a huge bite of that apple with their Nokia look-a-likes.



AllthingsD have a chance very recently to sit down with Nokia CEO, S. Elop to talk about what's happening.
First he was asked about his thoughts on how badly the 1st generation Lumia phones did,
He said: “I’ve said this at our results.., in getting the first Lumia devices out there, I would have liked to have done better,” also adding that WP7.5 was already set in stone by the time Nokia made its partnership with Microsoft so there was nothing they could do to stand out.
Now this is where I will rudely butt in for a moment.
Dear Mr. Elop there's absolutely nothing Nokia could have done better when it came to WP7.5, I said it before and I will day it again, WP7 and 7.5 are the crappiest mobile OS till date, just how crappy? Symbian is 100 times better than WP, WP is so crappy it had less than 7000 apps in its store and quite frankly it still would have if not that Nokia joined in.
The only thing Nokia would have done correctly last year was NOT release a WP7 phone, it was that simple really, wasted so much money on an OS that couldn't even multitask, had 1 volume control, no ecosystem nor did it have smart dialing.
It was simple, focus your resources on WP8 and put out a decent flagship instead they wasted money on Lumia 800 710 and 900 and now you wish it had done better?
News Flash the only reason Nokia sold more than a million Lumia phones was because of the Hardware, everyone who bought them (including myself) were willing to compromise on the software just so we could use quality hardware. Rant over!
Hopefully, WP8 will be different, most likely.

Next, Elop was asked about the rumor on Microsoft working on their own WP phone, though I would have advised Elop to "plead the 5th" on this question but he chose to say this “I have no indications they are planning to do their own phone,” Elop said. “They can do it if they so choose.”.
I like the last part: "They can do it if they so choose.”, you see what he did there? diplomatic response.

things aren't looking good for this love affair between Nokia and Microsoft, rumor has it Microsoft isn't happy with the whole Lumia branding thing and the emphasis Nokia is putting on it, and now  with Microsoft already calling HTC's 8X and 8S their signature phones (wait, I thought that was supposed to be Nokia's title) oh and they have already replaced Lumia 920 on their windowsphone.com homepage with HTC's 8X (though this probably doesn't mean anything).

These are the risks you have to take when you ditch your own children and adopt an orphan (have you seen that movie "the orphan"). It doesn't end well.

You can read excerpts from the interviews HERE


Property for Sale: Nokia HQ in Finland.


I saw the news late last night, just as I was getting ready to go to bed that Nokia's planning on selling their Head Quarters in Finland and then leasing it themselves, so they are not moving out.
Essentially, just transferring responsibility of the maintenance and running cost of the property to someone else.

So the Garage sale continues; Meltemi, MeeGo, QT, some patents, Symbian and now this.

Putting up for sale its Finnish HQ.
It's not technically a bad idea nor does it spell doom if you are a large company looking to cut cost.
But are they really cutting costs? I would think that companies that own large buildings (HQ or not) usually contract out the maintenance and running cost of that building to a some sort of services company that specialize in that sort of thing.
Nokia selling its building and then leasing it back? it's like taking a loan from bank really, you borrow $10,000 and pay the bank back $1,000 every year, sooner or later you would have spent more than the $10,000 you borrowed in the first place.

So my question is.. Is Nokia really that broke? Surely, they have experts who have sat down and made all the calculations and estimates for this sort of thing and if they concluded that this is the best option, well quite frankly who am I to say its the wrong one.

Besides, investors seem unphased by the news as Nokia stock is up 0.19% (at least it didn't drop).





Video: unofficial Nokia Lumia 510 spotted





Here is a 42secs video showing the unannounced and unofficial Nokia Lumia 510, this is a low budget low spec WP phone expected to be released in the Asian Markets sometime this Holiday of 2012 and just like the Lumia 610, the other low budget Lumia phone, it features a 256MB RAM memory, but packs a 4inch display and 4GB storage capacity (no word on if a microSD slot is available).
The phone is said to cost a meager $150, deservedly so for a low budget phone.



I have said it before and it is important I say it again, Nokia will continue to rule the low end smartphone market for a long time, with its Asha range (including its dual-SIM phones), other S40 phones, the Lumia 610 (which is doing very well in the market) and now with the addition of the Nokia Lumia 510. they just now need to bring that strategy to the high end market, though it is a whole different ball game up there.


Source: GSMArena

Tuesday, October 2

New Nokia Lumia 920 promo video takes jab at black/white iPhone5



 Nokia has a new video out promoting the Lumia 920, but more importantly taking jabs at Apple's IPhone5 for lacking color (just black and white).
The video was uploaded by NokiaHomeBase, which seems to me, is the official youtube channel for Nokia Germany.



 
So what do you think, i don't think it is up to par with Samsung's TV commercial dissing iPhone5, Nokia will still have to step it up, the video is too subtle, IMO dunno if anyone would take it seriously, seeing that it is animated and all!

The video description is in German, but I managed to use Google translate to interpret... Gray was yesterday in gray - who confesses color has more of life! Lifts you from the drab mass of fruit junkies and discovered the smartphone class. The Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 are available in four great colors and can be anything your heart desires - more than many highly acclaimed smartphone!


Nokia pulls FP2 (v113.010.1506) update from servers after multiple complaints from users about the firmware update


Less than a day after the FP2 belle update started rolling out, Nokia has pulled the firmware from its servers as users are complaining about multiple issues with the update.

Marc from pureviewClub has gotten many complaints from users who recently updated to the latest firmware, users complain about...
- the Nokia Store not working anymore;
- Nokia Music not streaming anymore
- no Flash support and
- no Video Pro app as was promised with Feature Pack 2.

Nokia is also now aware of this and has pulled the update indefinitely until they can find and fix the problem.


So if you haven't gotten the update, you will have to be even more patient.


Source: PureViewClub

Belle FP2 update starts rolling out + Full Changelog/ScreenShots


If you own any of the 2nd generation Nokia Belle devices (603, 700, 701 and 808), chances are that you have already received  the much awaited Belle Feature Pack 2 (FP2) update v113.010.1506his update brings a lot of features to the OS, it could be seen as a minor overhaul of the Symbian UI, here is a user generated list of the change-log:

  • New and Faster QWERTY Keyboard with prediction bar.
  • New Text selection icons and magnifying glass.
  • New Swipe to unlock.
  • Improved Image editor.
  • Improved video editor.
  • Improvements in Gallery: Landscape gallery mode, delete button to mark objects, image details button added (specific to Nokia 808 PureView)
  • New Music Player user interface and version v17.3.18.
  • Music controls now in notification bar.
  • New v8.3.2.21 Web HTML5 browser with UI improvements.
  • New camera settings in creative mode with new reset button, (specific to Nokia 808 PureView)
  • new popup in file manager.
  • video editor is now included.
  • Nokia car mode 
  • New button in connection selection popup menu 
  • Nokia Social App upgraded
  • Nokia Calender upgraded
here are a bunch of screenshots (courtesy of SymbianTweet)



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The Nokia 808 PureView also received some pretty cool improvements to its camera and gallery UI. Here is a list of what to expect with the FP2 on the 808...


  • Gallery Grid view when you have the phone in landscape
  • Access to more functions when you open your images from the Gallery widget on your home screen - swipe through other images, zoom, share, edit, and send images faster.
  • More information about your images, such as image resolution, ISO value, white balance setting, and file size,  and the location. When you are connected online, one click will show you on Nokia Maps where the photo was taken.
  • Select and delete multiple photos in Gallery Grid
  • New reset button in Creative mode to change all the settings back to default with a single touch

If you don't yet see the update, be patient as it's being rolled out region after region, it should be available to everyone in the coming days.






Source: SymbianTweet
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Video: BattleShip on the Nokia N9 (Awesome Online Game!)


Came across Battleship on my N9, while searching for an addictive game to play and I haven't put it down ever since.
If you familiar with Battleship, then you know the best way to play this is with someone else who is some place else... online!
And who else to bring battleship with online support than Star Arcade, the #1 mobile social gaming network, the same guys who brought you jelly wars.
What I love most about Star Arcade games is that they are all online and you can play with opponents across all platforms!
Battleship (in case you do not know) is a multiplayer game where you try to figure out where your opponent has placed his ships and destroy them. (this has nothing to do with the awful Rihanna movie, BattleShip, though it was somehow meant to).
Here is a demo of the best online game on the Nokia N9,





Pros:
it's fast paced, there is a timer as you have x secs to make your move.
Game is timed so no playing a single game for weeks, once you start you have to finish
chat is enabled in game, so let the smack talk begin!
You can have the computer randomly place your ships for you on the board.
Leadership board available, so you can see how you rank against others
strangers become friends: If you love a game you played with a stranger, you can add them to your friends list and maybe even play again!
Nice graphics and sound effects!
It's free!

Cons:
Not so intuitive, takes a few plays to figure out all the controls!
If you lose data connection, you lose the game.
Cannot adjust timer, sometimes you do not just have enough time to make your move, and sadly there isn't any option to change the time settings.


All in all, the BattleShip Game for N9 is awesome, hope to see it come to Windows Phone soon.

S.Elop gives reaction to HTC's 8X Nokia look-a-like + Is this more proof HTC copied Nokia?



Ever since HTC announced its WP8 phones (8X and 8S), we all knew at first glance those looked a lot like the Nokia N9, Lumia 800 with its multi-color options and polycarbonate unibody.

Engadget in a recent interview with S.Elop (Nokia CEO), tried to get the CEO's reaction to HTC's WP8 phones (8X and 8S) as we all know these models share great similarities to Nokia's N9 and Lumia 800

Here is that interview...



Obviously, S.Elop didn't react as we would have hoped, saying it is a good thing that they are more quality options on the WP8 platform and that Nokia still had what it takes to differentiate itself from the other WP8 OEMs.
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Nokia is suing HTC!

But what did we expect the CEO to say? that Nokia was pursuing legal action? come on! Nokia's been downsizing since last year and dumping money in legal fees on a manufacturer that is really only helping the expansion of the WP8 platform is just silly.
Hate it or love it, HTC is doing Nokia a huge favor here, Nokia's the only company fully invested in WP8, and whatever HTC and Samsung can bring to the table (copied or not) is help Nokia really needs.

Here is a HTC bluetooth accessory spotted in a promo video for their 8X and 8S. As soon as I saw this, first thing I said was "now where have I seen this before?"  




At this point, I am expecting to see HTC Play360 wireless "beats audio" speakers any moment now!

Monday, October 1

Myth debunked: Lumia 920's super-sensitive screen drain battery.



In case you are wondering why I haven't written any posts over the weekend, well, I spent the entire weekend demolishing opposing teams in FIFA13 :)

But that's not why, there isn't much going on in the Nokia blogosphere, eveyone it seems is waiting for the release of the Lumia 920 and 820, so it has been awfully quiet.

I did come across this article about how the super-sensitive screen of the Lumia 920 would effectively drain the battery, and after reading this, it made no sense whatsoever. See, according to JDB (makers of pocketshield or whatever that is), they say the Lumia 920 would drain battery life and the thoery behind this is that
When the phone is inside a pocket or bag it can be touched by other objects. These objects can press buttons and can touch/rub the screen. This will initiate the “death loop” for who knows how much time, could be minutes or hours, depends on how active the user is since body movement will produce friction between objects/clothes and touchscreen.

There is even a nifty diagram to illustrate this:

If you read this carefully, and look at the diagram you will understand why I chose to ignore this theory (ok, let me just call it what it is... a myth).

first of all, it is true that when you press and hold the camera button even when the phone locked can wake it up, so yes if your phone's camera button is being pressed (by a pen for example), this can wake it up while in your pocket, but this has nothing to do with the super-sensitive screen. It is however important to note that you can turn off this feature by going to settings>> applications>> pictures+camera and switching the "press and hold camera button to wake up phone" feature off or there is the "prevent accidental camera launch when phone is locked" feature you can turn on too

Secondly, I don't see how Nokia would have overlooked such an obvious flaw (if indeed, they did), for example on the Nokia N9, if the proximity sensor is active you cannot double tap to unlock, so if Nokia was smart enough to implement that feature, I dont see how the Lumia 920 would have been overlooked.

I find it strange that these JDB guys came up with this theory especially since they don't have a Lumia 920 to test their theory/myth.

I am only writing about this because unfortunately Nokia has chosen to respond to this, thus giving it headline news status...

While the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 both enjoy super sensitive touch, the firmware has been configured to avoid accidental activation of the display.  In testing this has not proven to be an issue or to cause unwanted battery drainage.
Though Nokia didn't give any specifics on how this will not occur, only stating that in testing, this hasn't proven to be an issue.
JDB's claims are based solely on myth (ok, theory), it's like claiming BMW manufactures cars without testing if the air conditioning works.

I wouldn't be writing about this if they hadn't.