A popular trend in the software industry seems to be letting end users have at it with the latest, greatest goodies in the pipe before they're ready for prime time. Frankly, it's great -- power users get access to cool stuff faster, companies get feedback, and there's no one to take the fall when it fails. Nokia's the latest to hop on the bandwagon, inviting the public to take a gander at its "Beta Labs" with products like Mobile Codes (basically a fancy 2-D code generator) and Sports Tracker for the athletic types. It looks like there's more coming down the pike, too -- so even if you don't see something that strikes your fancy, might as well hook up to the RSS feed and keep an eye out.

[Thanks, Ed]

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Nokia swings open doors to Beta Labs