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December 30, 2010 18 comments

Hello all! I am currently undertaking the task of installing wordpress, installing a theme and importing posts from to

Nothing YET is going on since I haven’t got a clue what the hell I’m doing. I think I’ve performed a one click installation yet I’m just being redirected to a panel to which I’m told “the page does not exist”.

If the move goes as planned, folks who have subscribed to’s post will have resubscribe. Very sorry, but that’s what wordpress says.

Fingers crossed I don’t accidentally delete this blog.

Also worth noting: wordpress has said this blog is too big to manually export the blog. This means I will have to ask wordpress to give me the export file. Any new posts/comments appearing during this transition period won’t be carried over. bleh.

You can follow my frustrations at my twitter @jaymontano :p

Categories: Nokia

Video: Nokia N8 One Man Acapella for N8Producers Competition

December 30, 2010 1 comment

One man Barbershop vocal group daniscool99 has entered the N8Producers competition (To win a zero gravity flight experience!) with his own arrangement of “I’ll be seeing you”. Filmed four separate times with four separate singing parts, it all combines into a quartet Acapella.

The video certainly looks great, one of the clearest Dan has uploaded. I’m not sure what he used to record the audio though since there’s a big ass microphone there. Although it is possible to hook up microphones to the N8. Would have been nice just to demonstrate the stellar audio recording capabilities of the N8.

I wish more YouTube vlogger folk got an N8 and were made aware of this competition.

Check out the other entries and submit your own too!

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Samsung plans to oust Nokia from number 1 spot in 3 years time

December 30, 2010 20 comments

According to Korea Times via Unwiredview – Samsung is planning to oust Nokia from their 13 year reign as number one mobile/smartphone manufacturer in just three years time.

The parent company is a behemoth, allowing Samsung to produce their own displays, processors and memory at their own pace.

Apparently, the next 12 months is crucial. I don’t know if these figures are correct but Korea Times says Samsung plans on selling 11 Million smartphones in 2011 over their 2.5 million in 2010? I’m sure Samsung has sold more than that?

The next 12 months is possibly more important to Nokia than ever with the launch of its long awaited MeeGo powered handset and new Symbian UI. For quite a long time Nokia has given its competitors such an EASY ride with quite half hearted products (hello N97). Hardware wise, they could have produced something more than the bare minimum Symbian requires. 2011 is no such year for compromises, Nokia. Will we still see you as Number One come 2014? Maybe the world has already ended in 2012.

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Video: Mobile Documents beta for Symbian^3 – Cloud boosted push email at Nokia Beta Labs!

December 30, 2010 3 comments

Mobile documents is a great app that lets you see heavy email attachments with ease; large emails and large documents are no longer a mobile-web waiting issue.

  • Mobile picture viewer handling 71MP images on the fly
  • PDF viewer that supports pinch and zoom, FULL SCREEN view (why the one installed on N8 can’t go full screen, what a fail), and also text flow – with just the text in a single column.
  • Share attachments from email without prior downloadand reupload. It is an instant send.

Get it from Nokia Beta Labs!

Note, you must sign in first with your Nokia account to try betalabs stuff.

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Videos: Assassins Creed HD demoed on Nokia N8 (available at Ovi Store – 168MB!)

December 30, 2010 6 comments

Here are some blurry video demoes of assassins creed demoed on the Nokia N8 by chavero115, cyberdri and Camb078.

The first two are very, very blurry but the third by Camb078 from is a little clearer.

You can get this from gameloft OR the easier route from Ovi Store. My bills have increased as it’s just too easy to purchase stuff from there :p. You WILL need to download this via WiFi as it is HUUGE! 168MB, much bigger than Avatar.

It’s priced at 3GBP or som how 3EUR. Apparently some of you are seeing these priced at 2.5CAD. Hmm…I’d like some price unity.

It supports multitouch controls and is in full 3D.

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4 Million Nokia N8’s sold says Bloomberg: Symbian^3 on track for 50 million?

December 29, 2010 28 comments

The 12MP Symbian Flagship, has apparently reached 4 million sales. I don’t know how accurate these figures are. The last time Nokia numbers were publicised, they were wrong (N900 selling only 100,000 when that was the figure in a few weeks – a geek “niche” device for tinkering, not for the masses which Nokia claims the N9 should be).

Anyway, from BloomBerg:

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, may have delivered as many as 4 million of its N8 smartphones this quarter, Helsinki-based equity research company Inderes Oy said on its website today.

Inderes cited guidance given by chip makers, N8 search volumes on Internet search engines, additional recruitment at Nokia’s Finnish factory in Salo and media attention to the phone.

. What do you think of 4 million? I think that’s pretty decent response about a new Symbian handset.

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Nokia N97 and N97 mini not forgotten. New Firmware PR3.0 and 2.0 in the works!

December 29, 2010 10 comments

NokiaSaga reports that some major firmware updates are coming for both N97 and N97 mini. Remember them?

Well relatively major. N97 and N97 mini maybe receiving integrated Yahoo! powered Ovi Chat as part of the PR3 and PR2 update.

Hurray, they have not been totally forgotten! Though with the big brother, some (like the team working on it!) might have prefered it to be a distant memory. I’d also like to see some major performance updates. I don’t know how much UI could be improved given the anorexic internals – it struggles as it is with it’s dry, bland navigation.

Qt integration as mentioned?

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160 Million unit selling Nokia 3210 back on sale!

December 28, 2010 11 comments

The super popular Nokia 3210 from 1999 has been reissued by lekki and it is now on sale again for 85 Euros+9 P+P (source says 75eur, maybe there’s an offer?). For your texting, and basic gaming it’s a really wonderful phone and totally ahead of its time in features and design back in pre 2k era. It comes in Green, yellow, black or you can make your own.

Alternatively there are millions of fascia covers for the 3210 which easily changes the look of it, not just in terms of monoblock colour, but whole different prints and button designs.

Just how popular was the 3210? Well 160 Million units, that’s how popular. That’s more than the megastar 3310 which sold 126 Million (though it did have identical looking variants which also sonicboomed off the shelves).

If you’re over 18 and hadn’t seen a 3210 in person, your bed is obviously under a rock. Suffice to say, new youngins (ha) will probably never see monochrome screens in person unless in a museum or visiting an attic. The 3210 was almost my first phone had Argos (uk shop) had it in stock (see how popular it was? :p).


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My Dream Nokia #9: Nokia N7 WP7 Concept Nokia-Windows phone

December 28, 2010 16 comments

My Dream Nokia on cloud #9 is a Microsoft Windows Phone 7 powered Nokia smartphone. It’s a very Nokia design at the back is quite 6300 like no?

It features a flush screen (no obstruting bezel) with capactive buttons. I don’t know if the image has been warped, but the display appears 16:9, though a second picture included shows off the 16:10 480×800 screen.

Nothing else other than it’s supposedly magnesium alloy with 8MP camera and Dual LED flash.

There’s no name, other than being a Windows Phone 7 concept phone, and since there may not be a 7 in Nseries (due to 8 being the minimum) I’m just labelling it Nokia N7. Window Phone 7 aside, I like the design of the glossy front. I prefer capacitive buttons to ones you have to physically push but that’s just me.

I think it’s designed by the folks at though I can’t find if they’ve put this concept phone up there.

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Video: Qt QML Based QuickFlickr on Nokia N8

December 27, 2010 3 comments

Neat little video found by Jim of a very cool Flickr Viewer for the Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices.

This video demonstrates QML based QuickFlickr i.e. Flickr client running on Symbian device (N8). What you see on the video is not the final product and it lacks many features, graphics and it still has several bugs.

Current set of features:
– Authentication with Flickr (doesn’t work on symbian device due the QtWebKit problem with developer packages)
– Latest uploads from contacts,
– Photostreams of your contacts and your own photostream
– Photo details (favorite,views, comments, add comments, description, etc)
– Contact list
– Navigation between different pages

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