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Video: Holy Frikkin Awesome – Playing DVDs on the N900 with USB Host Mode!

November 7, 2010 9 comments

Oh Maemo 5 and Nokia N900 – You never cease to surprise. RT’d by @johnnybrasco @MeeGoExperts has found a very awesome video by mohammad7410 of the brilliant Nokia N900 playing a DVD disc over USB Host mode.

Playing DVDs on the N900 with a modified kernel and a custom mplayer build.
Thanks to the hostmode team, including but not limited to:
Joerg Reisenweber
Paul Fertser
and the rest of the team mentioned on:
h-e-n project page: https://garage.maemo.org/projects/h-e-n/
(Note: video is playing solely on CPU power, mplayer is not accelerated by the PowerVR, which explains the framedrops)

OK so now imagine the whole mobile computer scene. Bluetooth/USB keyboard/mice – HDMI monitor connection and CD/DVD connectivity.

via mohammad7410

 

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Video: Remote Control your TV with MeeGo Tablet (WeTab).

November 7, 2010 6 comments

Here’s a really useful app – much loved from the days of 6600/7650 with the Infra-Red remote control application. Using a MeeGo tablet, in this case, the WeTab – you can not only recreate your own TV’s remote control but also make use of a large track pad and virtual keyboard.

At the moment it’s wired. I’m not sure how they would implement the wireless aspect of the “remote” control.

Thanks to Jim for the heads up to mynokiablog.com/tips

via  netbooknews.com

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Video :@Nimbuzz 3.0 for Symbian (demoed on the Nokia N8) IM/Chat/VoIP

November 7, 2010 9 comments

Nimbuzz is one of those must-install applications for Symbian. It allows you to add all your IM clients so you can chat and even call (if service applicable) from your phone. You can even make Nimbuzz Out calls to standard landline or mobile numbers.

What I also love about Nimbuzz is that it looks after my contacts. Having trusted it with a password it just knows to bring up the services I’ve already used with Nimbuzz. (There’s also worldwide chatrooms that you could join)

Here’s the Symbian^3 version demoed on the Nokia N8 giving an overview of the new Nimbuzz. Really liking the file send feature over chat.

  • Customizable tabs: select which tabs you want to see and in what order.
  • NimbuzzOut call rates are displayed in real time below the number before placing the call.
  • Recent calls tab: see all your received, missed and outgoing calls.
  • 2 new chat styles: with avatars and without.
  • 3 options to view the Contact List.
  • Sort contacts by status.
  • My info tab: gives you quick access to your profile, NimbuzzOut credits, accounts,  suggested friends and friend invites.
  • Facebook Connect: removes the 400 contacts limit and connectivity issues.

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxwgT6_sRdQ]

Read more over at the Nimbuzz blog

Nimbuzz via @sajinseethi

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Nokia N8 Contract Deals: Free Nokia N8 £19.79/month, 600mins, Unlimited Text (via 5 month cashback from £25/m)

November 7, 2010 6 comments

My housemate was looking to buy a Nokia N8 but with it being out of stock he some how ended up with a Sony Ericsson Satio. So in trying to convince him to return that for a decent contract price (he still paid £150 for the phone on £15 contract) I went about looking for some Nokia N8 deals. Here’s the cheapest ones I’ve found.

NOTE: When buying into a contract, it is important to factor in your usual monthly call, text and internet expenses. There’s no point getting a cheap contract that you’d consistently go over – especially if going into the next line-rental boundary accommodates your usage.

NOTE 2: These cheap deals are via cashback/redemption. They do work – the catch is that some people don’t bother/forget/can’t do them and the network keeps what should have been free line rental. Dependent on the instructions you may have to send back your bills every certain number of months (please check) within a specified limit (e.g. 28days). Failure to do so and you don’t get your cash back. Plus the cash back may not be instant and may take a long while. (Helps to send your claims by special/recorded delivery btw)

NOTE 3: Make sure that your chosen network has a good signal where you live/work/travel. No point choosing the cheapest contract when you can’t even use your minutes/text due to no signal. Also Network web speeds differ so factor this in if that’s also important.

NOTE 4: When finding online deals, check that they are from reputable, safe retailers. We have no affiliation with any of these sites/links/retailers – but they have been used by friends/acquaintances.

NOTE 5: Check how long the contract plan is for. 12 month is very rare, with 18 and 24 being the new standards. Though you could have a cheaper line, the longer duration may make it more expensive (e.g. 20 over 24m vs 22.5 over 18m). We’ve put total expenses with/without cashback in the sums.

NOTE 6: It’s worth checking with the retailer (over the phone or by chat) whether the phone you will be sold by contract is unlocked or unbranded. Sometimes a retailer may sell contract phones which are identical to unlocked phones. No branding (network specific software) or locking (stuck to that network, no other sim works). This might influence your plan choice if you want an unlocked phone BUT need to be on contract. (All phones I’ve ever bought on contract are also unlocked/unbranded)

1: ORANGE: Effective Line Rental: £20

Nokia N8: Free

Tariff: £30/M over 24 months. (Total expenses: 720GBP)

Minutes: 500 (let’s say 10p/min that’s £50 on pay and go)

Text: Unlimited (let’s say 5p/text for 1000 text that’s £50 on pay and go)

Internet: 500MB (call this £5 bundle/month on pay and go)

This alone is equivalent to an O2 simplicity tariff (no phone, just sim) that on its own already costs £20/month!

But it’s at £30/m? Well:

Offer: 8 months free line rental by redemption. Saves £240

£720 (contract price) – £240 (cashback) = £480

Factor in the value of the line rental minutes/calls/web at £20/m*24 = £480.

You’re basically missing out on an N8 if you’re on O2’s simplicity 20 for 24 months as here on orange you’re effectively and literally getting a free N8 by just paying for line rental.

Total Expenses with cashback: £480

SOURCE: E2SAVE

Oh – Alternatively you can stick at £30 without cashback and choose another “Free Gift”. Because of the loop jumping the none are worth the equivelant £240 saving.

2: T-Mobile: Effective Monthly Cost £19.79

This T-Mobile Tariff is quite flexible. You can choose from Unlimited internet/unlimited text/unlimited T-Mobile or Unlimited landline calls

Nokia N8: Free

Tariff: £25/M over 24 months. (Total Expenses: 600GBP)

Minutes: 600 (let’s say 10p/min that’s £50 on pay and go)

Text: Unlimited or 500 if you choose other free booster (let’s say 5p/text for 500 text that’s £25 on pay and go)

Internet: Can be unlimited (call this £5 bundle/month on pay and go)

This alone is equivalent to an O2 simplicity tariff (no phone, just sim) that on its own already costs £20/month!

But it’s at £25/m? Well:

Offer: 5 months free line rental by redemption. Saves £125

£600 (contract price) – £125 (cashback) = £475

Factor in the value of the line rental minutes/calls/web at £20/m*24 = £480.

I’d say this contract alone is good enough for £25/month actually. You can’t get this on T-Mobile’s site. The cheapest you can get the N8 for free is at the £35 mark and you only get 400 minutes extra for £10. Same text and web allowance.

Total Expenses with cashback: £474.96

SOURCE: buymobilephones.net

3: O2: Effective Monthly Cost: £22.50

We’ll take a closer look at the O2 one as this works out the cheapest over all

Nokia N8: Free

Tariff: £30/M over 18 months. (Total expenses: 540GBP)

Minutes: 300  (let’s say 10p/min that’s £50 on pay and go)

Text: Unlimited (let’s say 5p/text for 1000 text that’s £50 on pay and go)

Internet: Can be “unlimited” (call this £5 bundle/month on pay and go)

This alone is equivalent to an O2 simplicity tariff (no phone, just sim) that on its own already costs £15/month!

But it’s at £30/m? Well:

Offer: 9 months half price rental by redemption. Saves £135

£540 (contract price) – £135 (cashback) = £405

Factor in the value of the line rental minutes/calls/web at £20/m*24 = £135 <<effective Nokia N8 price.

Total Expenses with cashback: £405 <<Cheapest over all

SOURCE: DialAPhone

I’ve glossed over 3, Vodafone, TalkMobile but none as “cheap” as this. There are other things to factor in to the whole “value” for money depending on your usage. But that’ll be another time.

Looking to get a N8? What’s the best Nokia N8 deals have you found? What Network/Country/Inclusive Minutes-text-web?

If  you have an N8, what network/deal did you take?