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  • Doordarshan running DVB-H trials

    Posted on April 13th, 2007 Sandeep 1 comment

    According to this press release from Envivio, Doordarshan will be using its 4Caster M2 and 4Manager system to run DVB-H trials for mobile TV in India. The pilot launched with 8 channels, slated to go up to 16 later this year.

    Doordarshan will also explore possibilities like advertising and interactive services to gain consumer feedback.

  • Yahoo! brings search results to your mobile phone

    Posted on April 10th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    (Via Yahoo! Search Blog)

    Now, results from popular searches like weather, stock quotes, movies, etc., can be delivered directly to your mobile phone via an SMS. On the Yahoo! search results page, you will have an option to get the results sent to your phone. The SMS message will contain a link to your search results, which you can then load from your phone’s built-in browser.

    You can also search from your phone by visiting http://m.yahoo.com or sending a text message to YAHOO (92466) – the results will be sent by SMS.

  • Two months left to go for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix

    Posted on April 10th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    And I’m planning to go. Further updates as events warrant. Grandstand seats are about $495 (Canadian) – seats right next to the pit stops, while general admission tickets are $100 a pop. Let’s see which one I finally settle for. The Canon DC40 will be put to good use in either case, I’m sure.

    Meanwhile, check out the Canadian GP website.

  • Free Comic Book Day: May 5, 2007

    Posted on April 6th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    I am a big fan of comic books and devour them religiously. Lately, however, I haven’t had free time to read ‘em. Well, May 5 2007 is all set to change that. Why? Because it’s Free Comic Book Day. Seriously.

    Free Comic Book Day

    Now, all I need to do is figure out which subway trains to take to get to the maximum number of participating stores in NYC and I’d be all set. Not only do we get free comics, there’s also a chance to meet some of the comic book creators for a book signing. It can’t get better than this.

  • Easter egg in Notepad (Windows XP Pro SP2)

    Posted on April 6th, 2007 Sandeep 2 comments

    I’m not sure if anyone else has seen this, but I found an easter egg in Notepad. Open any text file, and hold Ctrl+Left Shift, and then press Right Shift. All the text gets right-aligned, the scroll bar moves to the left, and the arrow keys work in the opposite direction: the left arrow button moves it to the right and vice versa.

    To get back to the original state, simply hold Ctrl+Right Shift and press Left Shift.

    Just in time for Easter. I’m not kidding – I found this only today!

  • More goodies from Forum Nokia: Free Remote Device Access

    Posted on April 4th, 2007 Sandeep 2 comments

    So now you downloaded the Open C SDK plugin, but don’t have a device to test your cool-ass applications? There’s a solution: previously available only to Forum Nokia Pro members, Forum Nokia users now get remote device access. These devices can be reserved to a user, and is limited by the number of credits a user has. The credits are assigned on a daily basis, with an initial value of 40.

    Some very neat devices are available for your apps: E61, E65, E70, N73, N80, N95 and my favorite, Nokia 5500 Sport (before it was stolen). These phones don’t have a SIM, so you can’t use them for apps that do things like send an SMS. Oh, and you can’t access the GPS capabilities of the N95 as well.

    Other limitations:

    • Sounds are not carried with captured stream (= no audio support).
    • There is no direct access to device hardware features (remove/reattach battery, etc.).
    • No additional peripherals are available by default.
    • Forum Nokia does not offer technical support for the service. In case of serious issues, please contact the system administrator.
    • There is no guarantee that the devices are always accessible, there may be service breaks.

    All you need is a JavaScript-enabled browser and Java Web Start (JRE 5.0 is recommended), apart from open ports 80 and 1200 to connect to apu.ndhub.net.

  • Nokia Open C SDK Plugin for S60 Devices

    Posted on April 4th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    How many times did you think, “Wow, that’s a cool application — wish I had that on my mobile?” Well, you are now closer to realizing it. Porting Linux-based apps onto Symbian S60 devices just got easier with the Open C SDK plugin from Nokia for S60 3rd Ed devices. You get your standard dose of C libraries for immediate code reuse, including OpenSSL, pthreads conforming to IEEE Std 1003.1 and libz.

    Some of the features of the plugin include:

    • ARMv5/GCCE/WINSCW headers and libraries
    • Emulator DLLs
    • Signed SIS package for installing Open C libraries onto 3rd Ed devices
    • Example applications
    • API documentation

    All this comes under the GNU LGPL. Source code is available from http://opensource.nokia.com/projects/openc/.

    Linux-based smartphones, anyone?