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  • feedparser on Series 60

    Posted on December 24th, 2004 Sandeep 1 comment

    In case you haven’t tried it, Mark Pilgrim’s excellent feedparser Python module works on Series 60. The example RSS reader application that Nokia ships uses a half-baked RSS parser called dumbfeedparser. Why use this when you might as well use the real thing?

    In other news, Matt is back after a hiatus and has a new wiki for Python for S60.

  • Python for Series 60 Released!

    Posted on December 23rd, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Alright, Nokia has released Python for Series 60!

    Go grab your SIS file!

    (Now that Nokia’s NDA period has ended, I will blog about it for sure ;-))

  • Yahoo! adds traffic info to Maps

    Posted on December 17th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Yahoo! Maps added real-time traffic info for certain areas in the US. I need this on my mobile. If anyone has tried it on their mobile, please let me know. Think about it: by the time you check out traffic before leaving office and join the highway, it may have changed altogether and you might get stuck in gridlock.

    On the other hand, if you could access this information on your (Series 60) smartphone, you would probably save some time and reach home early. That’s what we really need. Hell, delivering real-time traffic information to mobiles was one of the ideas that I (and just about everybody else, I assume) had. Radios have it, so why not mobiles?

  • Calcium – Calculator for S60

    Posted on December 15th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (Via Erik Smartt)

    Calcium is a free calculator for Series 60 phones. It vastly reduces the number of keystrokes required to complete calculation (if you’ve used any Series 60 phone’s built-in calculator, you would know what I’m referring to).

  • mobileATM

    Posted on December 15th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (Via enn)

    mobileATM allows users access to their bank accounts. According to their website, it is a web-based application loadable on the mobile screen, supporting banking-grade encryption. Initial services offered are checking bank balance and topping pre-paid mobile limits.

    Initially targeted for the UK, they are planning to roll out the service in other countries soon.

  • Airtel’s Location Access Services

    Posted on December 14th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Just yesterday, Airtel launched their Location Access Services (LAS), which allows you to locate the nearest police station, hospital or pharmacist. It’s very simple, really, but useful nonetheless. All you have to do is send an SMS to “4242″ with the following keywords for getting the respective nearest locations:

    POL for police station
    HOS for hospital
    AMB for ambulance (from the nearest hospital?)
    MED for pharmacist

    The SMS is a “premium service” SMS, charged at Rs. 3. Just to try it out, I sent “MED” to “4242″ and here’s what I got (I am on Cunningham Road, Bangalore):

    Message 1:
    KHODAY’S PHARMACY,
    #214, Westminister
    Cunningham Road, Blore 560052
    Ph: 080-22281540

    Message 2:
    DEEPAK DRUG HOUSE,
    12 10th Cross Cobbonpet, Blore
    Ph: 080-22215182

    Message 3:
    MANIPAL HOSPITAL,
    Airport Road, Blore
    Ph: 080-25266646
    Note: Pls send MORE

    All right! Must say it works pretty well. (Manipal Hospital is not really near Cunningham Road; more apt would’ve been Wockhardt Hospital. Oh well). The last message ended with “Pls send MORE” possibly to tell the user to send MORE for additional matches.

    I hope they are planning on adding more keywords. For example, “FOOD” for the nearest restaurant, and so on.

    Update:
    Stupid me. I was not aware of the following additional keywords:

    WATERBILL for water bill payment center
    RES for restaurant
    PUB for pubs and bars
    ATM for ATMs
    AIRTELCASH for Airtel centers that accept cash payment
    AIRTELCHQ for Airtel centers that accept check payment
    CINE for movie theatres

  • Location-Based Services

    Posted on December 13th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Check this out. According to this In-Stat/MDR report, 2005 will be the year of LBS (Location-Based Services).

    At present we really don’t have any LBS in India. Some of the things that had come to my mind (and some that I am working on, at a snail’s pace I might add) are mentioned in the press release, including:

    • Driving directions
    • Maps on the mobile phone display
    • Local traffic updates
    • Mobile city guides
    • Local weather information

    I’d like to buy that report, but it costs approx $2,500. Ha ha.

  • Need a photographer?

    Posted on December 10th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Get in touch with Kalyan for your photography needs. More on his website.

  • Playlist Meme

    Posted on December 10th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (Via Jim)

    1. Open up the music player on your computer.

    2. Set it to play your entire music collection.

    3. Hit the “shuffle” command.

    4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That’s right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It’s time for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.

    5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurances. You don’t have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you’d like.

    My list (prepare to be shocked):
    Van Halen – Jump
    Right Said Fred – You’re my mate
    Prodigy – Smack my bitch up
    Dido – Don’t leave home
    Queen – We will rock you
    Nirvana – Lithium
    Five For Fighting – Something about you
    The Who – Who are you (CSI theme)
    Def Leppard – Pour some sugar on me
    Elvis Presley vs. JXL – A little less conversation

  • First Hard-Drive Cellphone

    Posted on December 6th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (Came via Erik)

    Samsung released the first cellphone to boast with a 1.5 GB hard drive. More details over here.

    I remember my uncle paying Rs.9,500 (approx. $200) for a 1 GB drive just a few years ago.