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Video How to: Nokia E75 Disassembly (Official Video From Nokia Care)

March 31, 2010 5 comments

E75 owners may wish to avert their eyes as their phone becomes disassembled in this instructional video.

It can help if you’re into DIY fascia/cover changing.

I tried this a while back with my N82 and kinda broke the microphone (had to send off for repair). so be careful when taking anything on like this. Most likely it will VOID your warranty.

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc-byKiL2E8]

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Coming soon: Nokia C3-00? (RM-614)

March 31, 2010 3 comments

From NokiaPort, a supposed Nokia C3, the newest family member to Nokia’s Cseries Range. No actual details.

It slightly resembles the also rumoured E73/Nokia Mystique (though proportions are different – C3 more curved, smaller camera). Proportion wise C3 could have a QWERTY keyboard and not the usual alphanumeric T9 keyboard.

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Intel and Nokia’s MeeGo OS available for the Nokia N900.

March 31, 2010 6 comments

The Much awaited MeeGo seems to be available for the Nokia N900 (and Atom/Moorestown based devices).

Today is the culmination of a huge effort by the worldwide Nokia and Intel teams to share the MeeGo operating system code with the open source community. This is the latest step in the full merger of Maemo and Moblin, and we are happy to open the repositories and move the ongoing development work into the open – as we set out to do from the beginning.

What are we opening? The MeeGo distribution infrastructure and the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The MeeGo architecture is based on a common core across the different usage models, such as netbooks, handheld, in-vehicle, and connected TV. The MeeGo common core includes the various key subsystems including the core operating system libraries, the comms and telephony services, internet and social networking services, visual services, media services, data management, device services, and personal services. More on this will be described on meego.com over the next few days.

The downloaded images will boot from a USB stick or directly flashed on the device from your Linux PC, but since the MeeGo User Experiences for the usage models mentioned previously are not yet included in today’s MeeGo core, these images will boot into terminal.

After Day 1, the rest will follow soon – in the next few days, we will post the next steps leading to the first release of MeeGo in May.

MeeGo.com

NOTE: You will need some considerable expertise to carry out installation it’s extremely likely you will BREAK your N900 otherwise. Do this at your own risk.

Update: From Maemo.org:

it has no gui and is command only like xterm hence why it is for devolopers and not end users

please dont expect a finished fancy ui as it isnt there from what ive read

This might still be in the middle of flashing or this is it. Hence for developers only. Fingers crossed that, a consumer friendly version will be the May release.

Is this a sign that N900 should get official MeeGo support?

If you aren’t a risk taker, there’s the official PR 1.2 firmware that’s coming real soon that’s gonna refresh the N900 up a bit.

According to Jussi

“…PR1.2 to my N900 and gotta say the computer feels again like new…make sure to update it when it comes”

So. Where to Get MeeGo?

MeeGo Repositories and Images

The available MeeGo repositories now include the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The downloadable images available now will boot from a CD or from a USB stick, but since the MeeGo User Experiences for the usage models are not yet included in today’s MeeGo core, these images will boot into terminal.

Maemo Arena have instructions should you want to try MeeGo on your N900.

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Video: Qt based Audelicious App: Music Visualization/Appreciation for the Nokia N900

March 31, 2010 1 comment

Here’s a pretty cool find, an app built by iPhone blogger and coder Melfar (Vsevolod Buzinov)  with Qt. Audelicious: Music Appreciation app.

I’m not sure if they are visualizations for music being played through the music player though that’s what I’m assuming.

You’ve got a couple of spectrum analyzers and an amplitude meter. All three can be viewed simultaneously as well as possibly sensitivity, range and colour settings. Each can then go into full screen mode.

Here’s a Vimeo version:

Installation instructions:

  • Install and setup scratchbox
  • Download fftw3 (build-time dependency) and install to /usr:

(on your desktop:)

wget http://www.fftw.org/fftw-3.2.2.tar.gz
tar xzf fftw-3.2.2.tar.gz && cd fftw-3.2.2

(in scratchbox dev environment:)

./configure --prefix=/usr
make && make install
  • You need Qt 4.6 installed in scratchbox to proceed.

    qmake && make

  • Copy AudeliciousQT file to the device, make sure you have Qt 4.6 installed on the device. If you have both 4.5 and 4.6, move 4.5 away from/usr/lib to a temporary directory and set env LD_LIBRARY_PATH to qt4.6 directory. NOTE: you won’t need to worry about it on PR 1.2 🙂
  • run ./AudeliciousQT from the terminal or install .desktop file to application manager. Enjoy!

Via Melfar

Ovi Contacts beta update to 1.5 (S60 5th)

March 30, 2010 2 comments

Nokia seem to keep on rolling out the updates and the latest one is Ovi Contacts which has now gone to 1.5 for S60 5th edition (Touch) devices.

The 2 main updates which were driven from requests from users are:

  • Pop-up note for incoming chat messages
  • Additional file types for file sharing: contact card & presentation

Head over to Nokia Beta Labs to get the latest update: http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/ovi-contacts

(You need to be signed in to download)

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Improvements to Ovi Store

March 30, 2010 4 comments

Yesterday the guys over at Ovi blog announced an updated version of the Ovi store which is available to download now which takes it from version 1.05(611) to 1.06(18) on my X6 and I would assume it would be the same on other handsets.

The 4 main changes are:

  • Make it easier to browse, search and discover content
    • Search is a lot quicker and a couple of tests seem to produce better results
    • See screenshots for most if not all applications so you can get a taste of what you are downloading
  • Improve the quality of content reviews (eg: change from 3 to 5 star rating system)
  • Provide more product information to help you decide what to buy
  • Improvements to the desktop version of the store

    You will have noticed that the annoying scroll wheel for selecting your device has gone and an easy to use selection tool (took me a second to figure out where the option was, and it’s at the top right next to the language option)

Nokia seem to be rolling out these updates every month and if they keep it up, hopefully they can truly turn this good store into a great one, only a few more steps I think remain!

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Poll: Product Leaks: Yay or Nay – Good for the company or damaging?

March 29, 2010 2 comments

An intense discussion on the topic is occured over at twitter this Sunday Evening, 28th March 2010. I don’t know if this will make any sense, I am extremely tired and over simplifying certain issues which have  many more facets.

It’s a frequent debate that comes near supposed product launches. Topic: Product leaks.

Pros:

They’re exciting on many levels. For geeks who want to know the latest tech, for journalists who need something hot to publish and for cutting edge consumers who need to know about future devices to guide their product purchases. Product leaks can be great if the product receives rave reviews. It gets people hyped up and excited. Good for the reputation of the company. It’s even more exciting when it’s you delivering the news first.

Cons:

On the flip side, leaks can be damaging. An incomplete product can be harshly reviewed and damage the products reputation. Hype also needs to be built up. Trickling information, especially a review, destroys uncertainty and excitement at product launch because you know everything about the device. There is no simultaneous reaction. For the workers of new devices, it’s very discouraging when something you’ve been working on for maybe a year in secret is just blurted out.

To leak or not to leak – that is the question:

It’s very interesting to see that there are popular blogs/news sites out there choose NOT to jump on leak stories and let them pass by, despite the obvious positive effect it may have on their traffic. Some explicitly choose not to publish those type of stories, whether out of respect to the manufacturer/relationships with that manufacturer or perhaps confidentiality agreements.

For me, I have my own reasons for what I do and don’t post. Mainly if I find a story/item interesting enough, I post it. If I don’t, I don’t care even if everyone’s talking about it. Not really an ideal journalistic attitude eh? haha. Also I try not to post things that you might have read about a million times already in other blogs, unless I find it really interesting and have an opinion to add to the discussion. It is after all, a very informal, just a hobby type blog.

Intentional leaks?

A side topic to debate is whether or not product leaks are intentional and staged (why would said manufacturer send out products to people who leak info if you want to keep it secrets) or whether it’s an unfortunate and ghastly security blunder (the latter is extremely frightening).

What solutions could there be to reducing leaks? At least in the case of the legend that is Eldar, if the leaks are unintended by Nokia, my naive* mind wants to suggest that perhaps Nokia get in touch with him first, get devices out to him and let him sign confidentiality documents so he can’t discuss things with the public. That’s if Eldar would agree to such things and if Nokia wants his feedback.

This isn’t the full discussion. There are way more pros and way more cons to discuss, but this post will get even longer than it already is.

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*As with most things, the more you learn about something, the more you learn that there’s so much more that is unknown. That’s the case here with Nokia. From speaking with Nokia reps, I’m getting the gist that in Nokia, there’s a reason for everything. Seemingly stupid decisions, only appear stupid if lacking the full story. At Nokia, there’s a secret story of a whole bigger picture where when you know it, everything makes sense.

Having such a narrow, pinhole view of Nokia, I only have an incomplete picture and can’t really accurately respond. Thus, without the bigger picture I may often rant about either irrelevant things, or issues Nokia are already deeply aware of.

There is always a chance that Nokia genuinely aren’t aware of certain issues and in that sense, I think it’ll always be good to criticize. Plus, Nokia discussions are always quite fun.

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MyNokiaBlog Weekly Post Roundup (Ep11): N900 new firmware screenshots and Nokia Bots

March 28, 2010 1 comment
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Video: Nokia E72 vs INQ Chat 3G vs Blackberry 8900 Curve

March 27, 2010 4 comments

Ben of IntoMobile takes a look at the Nokia E72, INQ Chat 3G and Blackberry 8900 Curve.

He compares keyboards, size, and build quality.

Nokia’s E72 (which has recently been in high demand with 3’s subscribers) gets Ben’s praise due to the stupendous Eseries quality build (BB feelinig cheap and plasticky, even worse than the INQ)

Just a note: Ben says that he likes the BB trackball, but E72 and INQ stuck with a joypad. E72 does have an optical trackpad (albeit, not as smooth as the BB when I tried it). I wish Nokia revived trackball. No, not copied from Blackberry, Nokia’s had trackball since the 7650 back in 02.

Also, in terms of Ben’s BB keyboard preference, it is worth noting that it doesn’t mean the E72’s keys are bad (not said but could be inferred). They feel really nice to type on and has been verified in many reviews, including one from aptly named “Trusted Reviews” peeps who says

“One of the best things about the E71 was its superb keyboard and thankfully Nokia hasn’t messed around with it too much. The excellent bubble-style keys look and feel very similar to the original and the four line layout remains….So we’re happy to report that it remains one of the best mobile phone keyboards around and in our opinion even trumps the keyboards you’ll find on Blackberry handsets.

Finally, in terms of OS. it’s part and parcel to dis the S60 UI, but only in 5th edition where it’s obscenely out of date. For 3rd Edition, S60 non touch is really quite excellent.

Symbian Artificial Intelligence App with Nokia Beta Labs’ Nokia Bots – for Nokia N97/N97 mini

March 26, 2010 2 comments

This is a supremely cool application called Nokia Bots from Nokia Beta Labs. It basically learns how you are using your phone and so adapts future phone behaviour to anticipate future actions.

Alarm Bot

“Setting up a wake-up alarm and silent profile for night time has never been easier! Alarm Bot learns at what time you use to wake up, and suggests alarms and profile changes on your homescreen nightly. Create a new alarm and automate night profile with a single click, and never again forget phone to silent profile in the morning”

If you set certain alarms frequently, it will learn to ask you in future if you want to set that alarm again (just in case you forgot). For a morning alarm, it’ll even set your phone onto silent so you don’t get disturbed during your sleep. Just before the alarm, it triggers back the usual profile. But that’s only if that’s what  you normally do. How cool is that?

Profile Bot

“Do you ever forget to silence the phone for meetings? Or when the meeting ends, forget to switch back to normal profile, and miss calls? Profile Bot is here to help. Profile changes are suggested on your homescreen: confirm automated profile changes for each meeting with a single click, or let them be fully automated for you”

I’ve been longing for timed profiles to become more prominent in Nokia phones. Great app to change your profiles for a certain time period and revert back, useful in meetings/lectures so you don’t miss calls when you forget to take your phone off silent mode. Currently, the Timed Profiles feature in Nokia phones is hidden in settings making it appallingly difficult to use on a daily basis. I wonder if Profile bot takes into account calendar content. e.g. automatically setting meeting profiles when at a meeting.

Shortcut Bot

New apps from Ovi store make the phone more useful and fun. With the help of Shortcut Bot, you get quick access to your most frequently used apps straight from your homescreen without configuration hassles: your preferences are learned in the background, and shortcuts automatically updated.

Your shortcut homescreen apps change depending on what you’re using most frequently. No toggling them around. Hmmm..not to sure about that myself but may help others. Tis a bit like Window’s frequently used apps at start panel.

Battery Bot:

Battery Bot observes your battery status. In case the battery is likely to drain while you sleep, it reminds you in advance to connect the charger. Otherwise you might wake up too early because of “battery low” alerts, or too late if it drains before wake-up alarm.

Wow, ok I like. There are too many times that I miss my phone alarm because the battery died whilst I was sleeping.

Head over to

Nokia Beta Labs

I love the intuitiveness of these bots. These are the types of apps that bring functionality to the masses. It makes features more usable, more human in a way.

I think it certainly passes the “Grandma” test of simple and easy to use.

Via Camb078