Archive for February, 2011

Wireless input(Not BT) to Symbian devices through USB OTG ftw ?

Just now , after some browsing, came across this video that shows the Nokia E7 connecting to the Arc mouse , by Microsoft through the wireless dongle connected  via Micro USB port(taking advg of the OTG feature). Take a look :

While researching more about Arc mouse i found that it uses the common 2.4 ghz 30 ft wireless technology that was previously used in cordless phone and all current wireless ones except bluetooth keyboards and mouse.So i guess all the wireless keyboards and mice would work with OTG adapter, i don’t have one but i am going to give it a try at my friend’s place and let you know.. what the heck i may even buy one haha ūüėÄ

New Symbian UI , how will it look ?

After all the hustle about Nokia Microsoft partnership, it seems our dear Nokia is still committed to bringing updates, including the new UI to the major smartphone platform, Symbian.

We all got a glimpse of it at MWC, it is going to be designed in Qt QML.  While friend, Jay Montano found this photo during some Chinese presentation by Jo Harlow :

new UI

While this almost gives us an idea how it’s going to be, i wanted more and while searching through the interwebz i found this :


Nokia X2-01 : My first impressions [w/ Box gallery]

Nokia X2-01

Nokia X2-01 is a low-mid range qwerty device for the masses,that comes with a very attractive price tag(Currently retailing at around Rs.3,800/-). I have been using this as the main phone for a few days and so, i wanna let you know my initial impressions of this device.Before that, you should get to know about the device right ? Read on to find out more pics and my impressions.


The Clingo Universal mobile stand

Have you¬†been wondering if there is¬†a comfortable notification solution for your mobile phones while at home or work ?¬†i have got one for you. It’s the Universal mobile stand from Clingo.

It’s a compact solution for a sticky stand that uses the amazing clingo technology. Its a non sticky adhesive and can hold a reasonable amount of weight like mobile phones, no peel, re-usability guaranteed. Take it along in your pocket unfold it and use it as a stand anywhere. More snaps¬†of the stand and its usage scenarios : (more…)

Foursquare for S40 devices [Video]

Foursquare , the location based app that’s rocking the world over, is coming to the widely used S40 platform, which lives in the low-end spectrum of devices all over the world. Now, i have to say, foursquare just got bigger by releasing it for the S40 Nokia Phones.

It is available for download in betalabs and hence, carries the beta tag, but we all know how beta apps in betalabs have been taken care of and ended in the right away, lets hope the same for this app too. And since this is beta , it needs your contribution to make it better. Hit up the source link for download link and more details.

Here’s the video :

Source : BetaLabs


RIM and TAT make Playbook interesting [App demos]

Sometime ago , you might remember RIM made a great move by acquiring the UI company called TAT. Well, now the partnership is starting to bear fruit and it is delicious.

First demo is of the app called “ScrapBook” , features very nice effects and fun features, have a look :

Next is a physics based weather info app called ‘Aura” it’s cool how TAT has made the Playbook very artsy ūüôā

Overall i am very happy RIM acquired TAT, and looking forward to some more eye-candy stuff from them .


No Open source love for Windows Phone Marketplace ?

Yes, you saw it right, i am talking about the Windows phone Platform. Because of the recent¬†#NokMsft deal, i have now started concentrating some WindowsPhone stuff in which i used to be¬†very measely interested in. But that aside, there’s a shocking news for new developers wanting to hop onto the Windows Phone ecosystem which is gaining a lot of traction due to the partership.

MarketPlace doesn’t allow devs to distribute their apps using an open license. More commonly, there is no chance for a developer to distribute his code under a GNU license or any other equivalent license, which MS call an “Excluded license”.And it’s crazier when we know Microsoft itself¬†has contributed to open source software , the Hypocrisy. All this is visible in the Application requirements section available in the Microsoft website itself.One more big blow is, even if you want to develop a closed source app, there cannot be any open source libraries used in your creation, Bummer !!

Nokia, a supporter of open philosophies has joined this specific ecosystem, which refuses the same. It would be interesting to see how this pans out, can Nokia pressurize Microsoft to be more open ?

For more tech details on this, read : Thinq

A cool demo of NFC and QML in Nokia C7

Alright, i should clear this first, the Nokia C7 was launched before the Nexus S. Nokia, as usual screwed up their matketing by not telling the world that they have put an NFC chip in the C7, while google showed off in the Nexus S pretty happily . Anyway, in the Mobile world congress, a third party application dev company called Digia had the pleasure of showing us what the NFC chip in C7 can do, and it is pretty slick thanks to the Qt Quick UI of the App. Have a look at the video :

It’s pretty cool right ? Seems very promising for a shopaholic . Enhances the shopping experience very nicely that includes¬†sharing,¬†ratings, touch to get details, getting advice from friends, seeing reviews for that product and what not ? Sounds like a web 2.0 type intelligent app. And aptly named ShopWizer¬†too¬†, you know¬†, Shop wiser ūüėČ Should come out soon¬†for select markets after Nokia gives C7 the green flag for NFC in a new firmware.

Via QtStudios

Devices from #MWC2011 that impress you the most [POLL]

You can like a maximum of two mobile devices :

Tablets :

This Poll is created in assumption that you already know these devices, if not, you can search your way to geekdom for answers ūüôā

Can India be interested in Hp’s recently launched WebOS devices ?

Interested ? Click for larger image

Hp, after the acquisition of Palm, were silent for a long time until launching the already planned, already designed Palm pre 2, or rather the Hp Pre 2. The Pre 2 was a failure inspite of lukewarm media response, in front of the iPhone and the ever burgeoning range of Android Super phones with huge displays and screaming fast hardware. Hp had been silent again, until the 9th of February, that is yesterday, they showed off some new hardware in all sizes, small, medium and big. The event was named “Think Beyond” which was in tandem with Apple’s yesteryear slogan “Think Different”.Read on to find more about these devices and OTHER stuff ūüėČ Before that, have a demo of some WebOS action :