Editor’s note: These are edited highlights of a speech CNN’s Richard Quest gave at Nokia World, October 26.
London (CNN) – It is now almost one hundred years since RMS Titanic hit an iceberg, and sank, on its maiden voyage to New York. Just imagine how the news might break if it was happening now, in the age of the almighty mobile.
The tweets might look something like this:
(11.40pm) @passenger1 OMG! Massive bang onboard Titanic. Think we've hit something.
(11.41pm) @passenger2 Titanic under attack. Sirens and staff running everywhere.
(11.41pm) @boatengineer1 Just seen water surging through lower deck.
All hands on deck sirens blaring.
(11.45pm) @WhiteStarPR RMS Titanic on course for record crossing, says captain. For pics and live updates click http://titan.ic/hubris
And on they would go...
(00.51am) @WhiteHouse President briefed on attack against ship bound for New York. Initial reports suggest Al Qaeda involved.
That's all in the land, or should I say sea, of the 'eternal subjunctive' – how it might have been.
And here's how it actually was on January 15, 2009, when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 took off from La Guardia with 150 passengers and five crew on board, en route Charlotte, North Carolina.
Just three minutes after take-off the Airbus flew into a flock of Canadian geese and three minutes after that, it came down in the Hudson River.
It's been described as the "Miracle of the Hudson" and "the most successful ditching in aviation history."
Not one of the 155 souls on board suffered any serious injuries – and the news was broken by people using their mobile phones.
This is truly is the age of the almighty mobile, and the citizen journalist.
Hong Kong, China (CNN) – “There’s still a long battle ahead.”
That’s what Mark Daly, the lawyer for Filipina maid Evangeline Vallejos, first told me after a Hong Kong court today ruled to uphold a prior judge’s historic verdict.
That September 30 judgment: His client – and all other eligible foreign domestic workers here – are entitled to apply for permanent residency. Also known as PR, it has been a right afforded to most white-collar foreign workers but foreign maids have traditionally not been eligible. Partly because of this, many have complained they are treated as second-class citizens.
But perhaps not anymore.
London, England (CNN) – Mobile phone giant Nokia unveiled two new smartphones in London Wednesday as it sought to boost its flagging fortunes in the booming market.
The Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 - Nokia's first handsets using the Windows Phone operating system - are the company's attempt to gain traction in the smartphone market, dominated by Apple's iPhones and Google's Android operating system.
As he revealed the Lumia 800 Nokia, Chief Executive Stephen Elop said the company was "signaling our intent right now here today to be today's leaders in smartphone design and craftsmanship."
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