Archive for 17/02/2011

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