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  • Google maps integrated with search

    Posted on December 23rd, 2006 Sandeep 1 comment

    I’m sure tons of people would’ve already see it, but this is the first time I saw it. When searching for online gift shops, I found Google maps info along with some search results. When you expand the link, you get a small map of the location. Check it out:

    Google maps in search
  • RIP Joe Barbera: March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006

    Posted on December 19th, 2006 Sandeep No comments
    Tom and Jerry
  • The Nokia 5500 it is: a sort-of incomplete review of the Sport

    Posted on December 19th, 2006 Sandeep 1 comment
    Nokia 5500

    Yes! That’s the phone. Albeit ours is the black-and-silver model. The Nokia 5500 Sport is everything I wanted, and then some. First impressions confirmed that the phone is rock-solid at least in terms of build. Underneath, it runs my favorite mobile operating system, Symbian OS v9.1, making this a S60 3rd Edition device from Nokia.

    The phone came bundled with stylish headphones – the same ones you see there in the image – and a 512MB microSD memory card. The thing is about as big as my nail. Fortunately, it comes with an SD adaptor, so in case I have to transfer files using my trusty old card reader (when the data cable is not lying around, that is), I can safely use it. The USB data cable offers a USB 2.0 interface, which is expected. While initially I had trouble with the FM radio – it wouldn’t tune a few stations at first – it worked like a charm after a while.

    The buttons on the 5500 seem a bit hard. The keypad looks like a rubber layer on the phone, leaving no room for dust to enter. But I simply loved the 5-way navigation pad. Mind you, it’s not a joystick as it may seem by the little depression in the center. It felt really slick and comfortable to use. Definitely plus points for Nokia here. I haven’t played with a whole lot of other 3rd Ed phones, but from those that I did use, I think I like the 5500′s the best.

    Because it’s based on v9.1, the 5500 is not backward compatible with a whole lot of apps available for the older devices. But that’s just for a short time, I’m sure we will get tons more for these as well. An interesting add-on to the phone is a 3D sensor used to track your exercise routine – how many steps you’ve run, speed and calories burnt. It’s not very functional when driving a car, but while walking you can see it in action. Though the screen on the device is small, the readouts are big and clear.

    A dedicated key on the side lets you switch between phone-music player-sports modes in an instant. Thanks to an integrated text-to-speech module, you can listen to your SMS messages with a couple of taps when jogging, for example.

    Next post: bundled applications, PC Suite, monitoring your exercise routine, audio playback and more.

  • Spanish Language Classes in Bangalore

    Posted on December 14th, 2006 Sandeep 117 comments

    Interested in learning Spanish? How about learning from a native speaker from Argentina? Mimi Maruri conducts Spanish classes at Spastics Society, Indiranagar, Bangalore during weekends, and registration for the next batch has started.

    If you’re interested, come down there on the 16th or 17th of December between 10:00 to 12:00. Classes start from 14th of January 2007, and seats are limited, so hurry! For more details, you can email Mimi at centrolatinobangalore(AT)gmail.com.

    Mimi is the best person to learn Spanish from – a ella le gusta enseñar español. The Hindu has published an article on her.

  • Rui’s iPhone Rumor Bullshit Bingo!

    Posted on December 12th, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    Come on, I know you’ll love to play the iPhone Rumor Bullshit Bingo!

    I just had my first BULLSHIT moment. w00t!

    In other news, I will be buying a new mobile phone. Obviously, it’s gotta be a Nokia. This time, I have settled on the Nokia 5500 Sport. Saw a demo of the phone and was blown away. It may have a small screen, but it’s rugged (thanks, steel casing) and that’s enough for me. The last three phones she’s had – a Motorola, a Sony Ericsson and a Nokia – all suffered from unmentionable damages.

    I managed to convince Siddharth to go for it, and he bought it before me! Anyway, tomorrow is D-day, and I’m looking forward to it. Expect a once-over soon.

    For those who came in late, a quick look at the specs:

    • 262,144-color TFT display (208 x 208 pixels) – yup, S60 3rd Ed. scalable UI is here!
    • Tri-band EGSM/GSM coverage on up to five continents (EGSM 900/GSM 1800/GSM 1900)
    • Music player supports MP3, AMP, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA formats
    • FM stereo radio
    • Supports Java™ MIDP 2.0
    • USB 2.0 full speed with mass storage profile
    • Bluetooth wireless connectivity version 2.0+EDR
    • EDGE (EGPRS): Class 10 (requires network support)
    • Adobe Flash Lite 1.1 Viewer & Browser Plug-in
    • 3D sensor for tapping command to play music or voice feedback in sports tracking
    • Sports tracking user interface monitors your exercise and displays training data, speed and distance, steps taken, and calories burned
  • S60 Java Developer Questionnaire

    Posted on December 8th, 2006 Sandeep 1 comment

    Answer the Forum Nokia S60 Java Developer Questionnaire for a chance to win the latest Nokia S60 device.