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Ovi Store reaches 3.5 Million Downloads a day! Up from 3M 3 weeks ago.

December 6, 2010 20 comments

Word on the tweets: Ovi Store has reached another new record! Only 3 weeks ago we heard that they crossed the massive 3M/day download threshold. Now it’s up a further 16.7% to 3.5M/day. That’s 1.2775 billion a year if Ovi Store doesn’t grow any more (though we know this is just the beginning).

Content, ringtones/themes and most importantly, Apps are increasing in quality as well as numbers. Today we saw a couple of great and Free apps with Roller Coaster Extreme and thetrainline.com’s ticket app by Masabi. (That’s just what’s posted here. There are many more in my piling list of great apps to review as well as well as apps already reviewed in the community).

We’ll update this post when we find more details and figures.

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Video: Pitch Black video recording with Nokia N8 and a Ring Light

December 6, 2010 5 comments

Camera Guru extraordinaire Jan van der Meer has another great tip for N8 users (well all camera phone users in general).

For extreme low light the Nokia N8 has a Xenon Flash. But what about video? There’s no LED light, and even if it was there they’re almost usually pants for anything other than shooting macro video (unless of course you’ve got a big sensor to assist in capturing in low light) e.g. N86

Jan’s tip for the N8 is to use Ring Light.  As you can guess it’s a ring of lights. These cost a few bucks and in Jan’s own words provide “enough light to enlighten your whole house”. Well, maybe. :p.

Another great tip is how Jan attaches the light ring. With VELCRO Perhaps not something you’d leave on your N8 but if you have a film project this would be very useful. Jan says you can even attach additional lenses to the light ring too. The whole velcro thing has many possibilities of what to attach to the N8 and what the N8 could attach to, no?

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Video: TheTrainLine.com App for Symbian demoed on Nokia N8. Buy train tickets and check train times with ease!

December 6, 2010 11 comments

Back in October we saw thetrainline.com advertising their application using the Nokia N8.

This app has been available for download from Ovi Store for a few days now and let me tell you that it’s awesome!

It is a really slick useful application for UK train travellers. You can check train times as well as buy train tickets but it goes so much further in making a very smooth and visually appealing interface to interact with. Over checking the browser version, this is leaps and bounds in speed and usability since it’s mobile (thumb input) focused and also uses very little data (no constantly clicking a new page).

We’ve got a video demo below as well as screenshots and more details about this great app!)

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Video: Rollercoaster Extreme 3D free at Ovi Store demoed on Nokia N8

December 6, 2010 10 comments

Jim sends this tip in of a video demo of a new game on the Ovi Store called Rollercoaster Extreme for Symbian^3 devices.

It’s a great looking 3D game which sits nicely under 11MB.

And guess what? It’s freeee 😀

“You are riding the rails of eight individual rollercoaster tracks in the suburbs of New York City in Barclaycards Rollercoaster Extreme. Playing is easy. The faster you go, the higher your score. Tilt your phone left and right, grab energisers for extra speed boosts and look out for diversions that test your rider skills. Unlock new areas in the game and collect all badges at each level to prove you ’re a real extreme rollercoaster rider. It’s a tough challenge!”

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Video: Air based Hand Gestures on MeeGo EeePC IVI

December 6, 2010 1 comment

Here’s an applilcation on MeeGo that allows air based hand gestures (i.e.  not touching the screen).

That’s a little Xbox Kinect like no? Well actually we’ve seen something like this during the Eye-toy days with none other than the N95 with the camera detecting hand gestures to control the applications on screen.

This however is intended for In Vehicle Infotainment and if you think about it, could be pretty useful when driving as all you have to do is wave your hand left/right e.g. to change music track and not remove your hand from the wheel. Or back seat passengers (if there’s no console at the back) can change the track without having to reach all the way to the screen.

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