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Update released for Skype: Still no video calling

December 29, 2010 7 comments

A new 1.5 version of Skype for Symbian has been released. There are no massive changes to be seen, including the continued omission of video calling which to me is indicative of the fact that the 2.0 version is likely to be the announcement Skype is supposedly holding off until CES. Hopefully newer versions of skype intergrate video calling in addition to doing some major pretty-ing up the interface. As is, it’s not nearly as fun to use of a client as the iOS or Android versions.

Download link after the break.

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Nokia’s Ovi servers down?

December 29, 2010 18 comments

I’m hoping that this is an isolated incident based on my current location, but I’ve been experiencing a bit of difficulty accessing the applications available at the Beta Labs website due to issues with my Ovi Login. I’ve also attempted to download a number of apps in the Ovi Store and have been met with stalled/ unstarted downloads in every one of them.

Is it just my experience or are a few of you suffering similar problems?

Sound off below.

Update: Under maintenance. Wonder what the problem was?

Update 2: Improved Ovi landing page, definitely worth a look. The web designers who did this deserve a pat on the back.  Now to improve the looks and usability of ALL of Nokia’s pages.

Categories: Nokia

Site changes in the new year.

December 28, 2010 15 comments

 

The new year is fast approaching and with the monumental growth this website has seen in the past 12 months, in no small part due to Jay’s very hard work , plans have been made to overhaul and improve the site so as to better the experience for our readers. Just to give an idea of the growth that this blog has experienced in the past year refer to the following:

  • 4.44 Million page-views since the inception of this blog in September of 2007 with 3.62 Million page-views in 2010 alone!
  • Current pageviews at 505,000 for the month of December at an average of 18,000 a day

 

  • The following graph is a trend of blog growth for the period June 2008- December 2010, pretty crazy huh! 🙂

 

We enjoy doing this for you guys and we aim to make the entire experience a better, more informative and fun one. As such we’re considering a voluntary survey for our readers where you guys can leave your input on how we can make the experience better for you all.

If any of you wish to maintain more up-to-date contact and/or share tips, opinions or pitch ideas with us you can do so via my twitter or Jay’s.

 

From Jay and the rest of the Mynokiablog crew, thanks for the support, hope you guys have a wonderful new year.

 

Categories: Blogroll, MNB

Gravity 1.5 hits alpha

December 23, 2010 7 comments

Earlier this year I wrote a post talking up the progress being made with Jan Ole Suhr’s hit application, Gravity. Just in time for Christmas it seems that Jan has let loose an alpha version of the upgrades coming to his application. Key among them, and probably the most significant is the inclusion of a brand-new portrait QWERTY keyboard. This in addition to a somewhat rounded UI elements and improvements to the Facebook integration.

 

Full Changelog and link to download after the break.

Doubting how good the camera on the N8 is?

December 20, 2010 51 comments

 

Following on from Jay’s post on the N8 being used to shoot the cover of Pix magazine’s Dec-Jan issue, Steve Litchfield shared a video made by a normal user like us using the N8’s camera. My initial impression was wow, followed immediately by a feeling of being duped, then amazement when I realized that this might actually be real.

 

Watch in HD on Vimeo for best quality, you’d being doing yourself a disservice otherwise.

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Categories: Nokia, Nseries, Video Tags: ,

MeeGo as a set-top box (by Amino)

December 18, 2010 5 comments

 

 

 

Following  similar attempts by other mobile software houses like Google and Apple, Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo is being targeted at products above and beyond the phone and tablet form factors that we’re all so interested in. Much like Google’s offerings, MeeGo has been adopted and trialed in a number of instances including set-top boxes. The video after the break shows a demonstration of a TV based solution by Amino demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum in September of this year.

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Symbian Foundation websites closed

December 17, 2010 6 comments

As mentioned in Jay’s previous post in November, today marks the official close of the Symbian foundation websites. While most of our readers likely never had much experience with or exposure to these websites, they posed a major resource for a lot of curious cats like myself who wanted to keep track of progress on Symbian development as well as contribute ideas for improvements and/or features that we wanted to see in the platform. Nokia has created their own Symbian blog which in due course is expected to be populated with news etc. concerning the platform progress, releases and projects being undertaken that are related to Symbian.

However, all indications point towards a more closed system of development being undertaken.Whether this is done in a similar manner to the Google Android method where code dumps are made regularly and changes made at the whim of the company overseeing development remains to be seen. This, however, is both a positive and negative in that the closed system has somewhat less red tape and bureaucracy standing between ideas/concepts and the realization and productizing of these concepts. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of valuable community feedback and input. Simply looking at the number of great and well supported ideas that were submitted to the Symbian Ideas site (now unavailable of course) is testament to the benefit of using collective intelligence and outside ideas.

 

 

Statement by Tim Holbrow, Executive Director of the Symbian Foundation after the break:

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