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Freeware: Ovi Daily App Awards (6 free apps to try, 7 days to cast your vote!)

December 14, 2009 2 comments

This morning, I received a DHL package from WOMWorld. As far as I knew, it was “just” the Nokia Bh-905 stereo bluetooth headset (unboxing in a mo!)

But stowing away with the bubble wrap was a card and a really nice brushed metal USB stick.

What’s in the USB stick?

I think I’ve already got one version or another installed of the apps above and they’re definitely worth trying out! Particularly Nimbuzz and Fring!

If you want to try them out, I’ve uploaded them all as a .zip file over at megaupload and rapidshare.

Click to download MNB DailyApp.zip from megaupload – Approx 5MB

Click to download MNB DailyApp.zip from rapidshare

Also, as mentioned in the card, check out this video over at blogs.nokia.com/dailyapp/appawards/

Vote over at http://blogs.nokia.com/dailyapp/appawards/

. What is your vote for Must-Have Music App?

  • BandFan
  • Midomi Music Identifier
  • Playlist DJ
  • Shazam
  • TuneWiki Lyrics Search

2. What is your vote for Must-Have Social Networking App?

  • BuddyCloud
  • Facebook for Nokia
  • Fring
  • Nimbuzz
  • Shozu

3. What is your vote for Must-Have Twitter App?

  • Gravity
  • Tweet60
  • Twittle
  • Twittix
  • Pixelpipe for Share
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4. What is your vote for Must-Have City Guides and Mapping App?

  • I Parked Here
  • Lonely Planet Live
  • PinPoints
  • Trapster
  • WorldMate2009
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5. What is your vote for Must-Have Photo or Video App?

  • CellSpin
  • Nokia Photo Browser
  • Scalado PhotoRama
  • Touchnote
  • Qik
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6. What is your vote for Must-Have Entertainment App?

  • Anina Backstage Model News
  • Netflix for Nokia (U.S. only)
  • Dad’s Cab
  • SPB TV
  • Vibrate

7. What is your vote for Must-Have News & Info App?

  • Accuweather.com Widget
  • AP News Widget
  • Bloomberg
  • Metro News Widget
  • Tech Buzz Homescreen Widget

8. What is your vote for Must-Have Games?

  • California Gold Rush
  • Eat This!
  • Farm Frenzy
  • Micro Pool S60
  • Super KO Boxing 2
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9. What is your vote for Must-Have Utilities App?

  • Doc Scanner
  • Florin Finance Tracker
  • SBSH VoiceQ
  • SMS Tag
  • Vlingo

Video: Twitter on the Nokia N900: via browser versus via app (Mauku)

December 11, 2009 3 comments

This video was made a couple of days ago and was initially just to show Mauku running on the N900. It’s a very simple, fast and easy to use twitter application, getting you to your twitter feed and sending out tweets quickly – respond/retweet and check out other people’s posted links.

To get Mauku,

  1. Go to the App Manager

  2. Click Downloads
  3. You’ll find Mauku either from “Internet & Networking” category or from “All”
  4. Just click “Mauku”, check “I understand and agree” and “continue” (Another great thing about the N900 and Maemo 5 is that it’s so easy to install an application. No deciding whether to install on Memory card, phone or mass memory, or having to accept certificate after certificate…Click install – Done.)

Whilst it’s fantastic that the N900 can load up websites like your computer does (check out N900 with YouTube – just fantastic!), some sites like twitter.com do need a little work around for mobile and the smaller screen.

Mauku is great for getting your tweets out quickly on the go and interacting with your feeds, but it doesn’t offer the same functionality as Nokia’s favourite Twitter app: Gravity. E.g.

  • cannot view replies from people you don’t follow
  • cannot view direct messsages
  • cannot twitter search
  • cannot upload photos.
  • cannot have drafts

I’d love to see Gravity for the N900 or Perhaps another Twitter App, perhaps an updated Mauku or a new one that offers the same functionality as Mauku.

Whilst we wait, because the N900 does have a powerful browser, it can load web clients for twitter. So it’s just a case of how well the site is optimized to be as simple and intuitive a user experience as possible.

  • Mark Guim from The Nokia Blog showed us Hahlo, which looks great on the N900. It’s one of my desktop bookmarks now.
  • TwitHive and twitter gadget are a couple more examples.

Do you know a better web client for twitter that’s better than Hahlo?

Free Game: Picture Memory Touch for S60 5th Edition/S60V5

November 23, 2009 1 comment

Picture Memory Touch is your classic “Pair Match” game.

You’ve got 36 icons, divided into 18 pairs. They’re scattered around a 6×6 grid and you’ve just got to find all the pairs against the clock.

Screenshot and Video Demo below.

Download for free from the Ovi Store (you might find it easier to download from your native Ovi Store client for this one)

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Download for free from the Ovi Store (you might find it easier to download from your native Ovi Store client for this one)

For other free S60 5th edition games, check out the page link free-games-for-s60-5th-edition

Free Game: Memory Tester Touch for S60 5th Edition

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Memory Tester Touch is a game that well…tests your memory.

You’ve got a 3×3 grid of 9 squares. One square lights up at a time, and you have to remember the pattern as one new square is lit (provided you’ve got the previous pattern right – otherwise game over)

You get one point for each correctly lit square you remember. Get a square wrong and you’re back down to zero. Unless you hit a new high score, the previous high score will continue flashing.

Screenshots and demo video below.

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

For other free S60 5th edition games, check out the page link free-games-for-s60-5th-edition

Freeware: Banner Touch – Scrolling LED Dot Matrix Display for the Nokia N97/5800/5530

October 1, 2009 3 comments

banner “Banner” is a scrolling LED Dot Matrix Display for S60 5th Edition devices like the Nokia N97, 5800, 5530, Samsung i8910 and Sony Ericsson Satio.

You can change the message to whatever you like using the on screen keyboard or if you’ve got a proper keyboard (N97/N97 Mini) you could use that instead.

It’s in classic RED led only – simple, but works well. There aren’t any obvious practical uses of it – the most I’ve used it for is to request a track at a club from the DJ – it was easy to get him to read the message from my N97 without the usual of having to walk over and show him the tiny text from the text message editor. But I guess there’ll be some other odd/creative uses for it one way or another.

Here’s a demo video of “Banner” in action.

Download it free from the Ovi Store.

Freeware: Candle on the Nokia N97 (and other S60 5th Edition)

September 24, 2009 2 comments

Here’s “Candle” another one of those free apps where it’s just difficult to see any practical use for it. Maybe waving it at a gig? Impromptu candle for a romantic dinner?

It’s a realistic candle that you can put out by swiping, and lighting up by double swiping. It works in portrait and landscape though it would have been preferable if it just worked in portrait (so you’d have a longer candle) and used the accelerometer to change the position and flickering of the flame.

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

Freeware: Lights – control your Nokia N97’s keyboard lights! (& other S60 5th edition)

September 22, 2009 2 comments

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“Lights” is a free application from the Ovi Store for S60 5th edition but it does work best if you’ve got a QWERTY keyboard (i.e. N97 or N97 mini).

The application basically controls the lights on your phone, be it the keyboard lights, the red/green call/end keys, screen light or even the charger light.

You have four options:

  • Blink – Red/Green keys flash on and off, as do keyboard and charger lights. Pressing the screen manually makes the lights flash
  • Breath – Red/Green keys as well as keyboard lights fade in and out.
  • Dream – Random coloured circles appear on the screen quickly and disappear – like a hazy dream I guess. Sometimes the keyboard lights fade in and out, sometimes it’s just the red/green keys.
  • Torch – A bright circle appears so you can use the big screen as a torch (prefer the LED option myself – though that 3.5″ screen is bright enough as a modest light source)

Note: you may notice the proximity sensor flashing. It always does that with or without this app – that’s just how it works – but you can’t see it with the naked eye (only via camera).

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Here’s a quick demo of “Lights” in action on the Nokia N97.

It’s just another ‘fun’ app – I really like the breathing lights, especially with the keyboard – it’s somewhat quite soothing :).

I’m a huge (odd) fan of LED lights. I’ve found the default breathing menu light most useful on the N97 when trying to find it in the dark (and I obviously can’t find my other phone to call/find it). Though I guess that’s the only use of it, unlike say in the likes of the N900 where the LED light has useful indication notifications.

DOWNLOAD “LIGHTS” FROM THE OVI STORE

Freeware: Dad’s Cab – Taxi Meter for your freeloading kids/friends/spouse! For the Nokia N97, 5800, Samsung i8910, Sony Ericsson Satio.

September 11, 2009 4 comments

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Are your kids treating you like a taxi service? Maybe it’s your girlfriend/wife or your mates who are using you as their own personal chauffeur?

Using this free application from the Ovi Store, Dad’s Cab, you can now start “charging” those free loaders for some well earned fares as you drive your kids to school or pick your other half up from a night out with the girls. It’s more parent to child oriented but it’s fun for all I guess.

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

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Dads Cab uses your GPS to calculate distance and thus the fare

  • When you click “New Journey”, you have the usual start rate of £2.20 (that’s around in Cardiff anyway – it doesn’t seem to have other currencies at the moment)

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  • Using GPS on your phone, it adds accordingly to the fare (it actually stopped at £7.20 for approx 3 miles which is actually a fair ride. You’ll see why there’s 20p extra)

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  • The fare also goes up by 20p about a minute at a time.

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  • When you’re done, press Stop. Dad’s Cab will then give pop up suggestions for slapping on some extra charges. As well as what you can see in the screenshot below, the list also includes “back seat driving”, “Are we there yet” charge, “cleaning” surgarge, “groans at my jokes” toll, “mocking my music” toll  and “texting friends” fee, each with their individual prices that gets added on to the meter.

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  • These charges mount up with each journey until your “customer” has paid you.

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  • What are these payments? If you’re a scrooge, you can actually charge money. But here it’s your  typical “things that embarras your child or your child hates to do” activities. With each selection, the payment owed is reduced to the minimum of zero. By clicking “Payment Options” you can see these activities below, as well as “Tell me about your day”, “Clean your room”, “Bring me breakfast in bed”, “Let me watch my show on tv” and “no more socks for christmass”

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  • Quitting the application has a little advert suggesting that you should try your one week free trial of Ovi Maps Navigation

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

I’ll update this tonight with the video portion.

Freeware:Facebook app alternatives, Social Messaging Beta (Communities) from Nokia Beta Labs for N97/6700 and Symabook for S60 5th edition

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Two freewares covered today – Both Facebook app alternatives. Social Messaging Beta and Symabook

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1. Social Messaging Beta

Something new from the Nokia Beta Labs – Social Messaging Beta.
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From Nokia Beta Labs

It’s somewhat limited in functionality at the moment, e.g. There’s space for other communities (e.g. twitter in future?) but only facebook is accessible – and the facebook portion itself is limited at this beta stage.

Some interesting features (based on the facebook portion):

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  • + A homescreen widget counterpart you can actually interact with at the homescreen. You can move up/down for facebook updates without opening the app itself and refresh for new updates – however working properly.
  • + In the demo video, tapping on a status at the homescreen is meant to open up facebook contextually so that you are quickly able to comment/like that status/post.
  • + Kinetic scrolling (should be basic standard everywhere but as it’s rare I count it as a feature)
  • +Your facebook news feed looks much like how the desktop counterpart looks – with your editable status up top, even including news feeds on people’s (annoying) quizes. :p
  • + More of the news feeds is visible – with the facebook widget on N97 you only see a handful of updates but you can see much more with this
  • + Tapping within a feed opens you to that particular status for commenting/liking (not their profile – you can’t view your own or other people’s profiles)
  • + There’s also a messages/Events/Friends list/Request options but only messages (and feeds) are working at the moment.
  • + Works properly in Landscape as well as portrait
  • + No fuss signing in (see Symabook below)
  • +It seems a bit faster than the Facebook app on the N97 at getting to news feeds from log in.
  • + Much faster than Facebook app at swtiching between Feeds/Messages (perhaps other profiles too etc if that was available)
  • + The big feature is supposedly posting your location to facebook or in a message using Ovi Maps [See also Ovi Life Casting – this looks good but you have to install Ovi Maps beta AND Ovi Life casting -_- I’ll try this another time]
  • – There’s also a Share Photos icon (in menu) but it crashes if you try to do anything. It also seems to save pictures seen in your feeds spontaneously.
  • – It eats up phone memory like nobody’s business.
  • – I don’t know if photo-uploads appear in feeds .

You can check out a video about it just below:

Download Social Messaging Beta (Communities) for Nokia N97 (must be on V12.X.024)

I wish that instead of being a separate app, they just included these features onto the original Facebook App. Perhaps it’ll make more sense when the other community options are available, e.g. twitter. At the moment I prefer the independent apps/widgets (Facebook App and Gravity) but we’ll see how this beta labs project progresses.

Via Nokia Beta Labs

2. Symabook

Here’s another FaceBook app alternative for S60 5th edition called Symabook (by Symacrtic). It looks compeltely different to S60 5th Edition UI or Facebook which is slightly refreshing. It is prone to crashing and is rather slow – although this may all be because it’s an Alpha release

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Features

  • Feeds have kinetic scrolling in all four directions – though a little bit slow.
  • Error in feeds due to facebook quizes. Maybe recognized properly in future updates.
  • Each status/feedbox is the same size. Tapping expands it.
  • If you long press on a status in a feed, a heart pops up (they also intent for a comment box and view profiles option to show up – see demonstration video)
  • If you swipe to the right, the page moves to the right and shows the facebook related categories, i.e. Newsfeeds/friends list etc
  • You get a full friends list – Thumbnails alphabetically organized by surname(though very difficult to actually get to a contact as you have to swipe up/down like a million )
  • Some subtle but appreciated transitions.
  • Photos are or photo viewing items on your phone. I couldn’t find an option to upload and it crashes if you try to do anything. Before it does crash, the circular zooming is kind of fun.
  • Profiles do not work
  • You can’t actually edit anything in settings
  • You have to sign in via browser to mobile facebook, then approve the app – a bit tedious.

At this unfinished stage, it may be quite annoying to use and lacking in sufficient usable features. However, it’s precisely that – no where near complete. There’s quite a bit of potential in Symabook facebook app, namely the app’s attempts of touch optimized UI- so keep an eye out for future releases. Definitely an app to look forward to.

Download Symabook (Alpha)

Symarctic vis Symbian-Freak

Freeware: Converter for Nokia N97/5800/5530/S60 5th Edition

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

This is a nice touch based alternative to the default S60 converter. It’s free at the Ovi Store.

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  • Prominent number pad – very useful particularly for touch only use (and this app only recognizes touch input). Default S60 converter can of course use the keypad/keyboard and keypad touch (though only visible when you click on “Amount”)
  • Scrolling bar of icons that allows you to switch between
    • Area
    • Energy
    • Fluid Volume << Not available in default S60 Converter
    • Length
    • Mass
    • Power
    • Pressure
    • Temperature
  • Within the type, you can  of course switch to different units – just tap in the unit box of the starting/ending amount

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  • Conversion is instant – the moment you type an amount – though you can only change the value of the starting amount (you can change the end amount in the default S60 converter)
  • It does lack the currency option, though I don’t use that in the default converter as “PSILOC World Traveler” has a much better currency conversion tool with 4 instant currency view selectable from every major currency all of which with an always up to date exchange rate. PSILOC World Traveler is also free on the Ovi Store and may already be preinstalled on your phone. PWT has its own host of great features – Weather, World time with 3D Globe etc)