Terça-feira, 1 de Abril de 2008

Dr Jukka interviewed - Nokia and Symbian uncovered

Today I am interviewing Dr Jukka Silvennoinen, Senior Technology expert from Forum Nokia, a Certified Nokia Trainer, and a guest lecturer at a university in Thailand. Dr Jukka is known for his extensive contribution to the Symbian community and, of course to Forum Nokia. Dr Jukka is also admired by many Symbian programmers, and he was one of the founding members of Forum Nokia Champions reward program. It is my great honour to interview him, and I'm sure the world's cell phone community is eager to read what this talented programmer has to say.


Dr Jukka, I thank you once again for accepting my invitation, and I thank the Nokia Press department as well for this opportunity.



First of all, I would like to ask you some questions close to your heart, of a personal matter:




What was the first phone you ever had?


It was Ericsson GH 198, my first and last non-Nokia device.


When did you buy the above-mentioned phone, and what price did you pay for it?


I bought it in August 1994. It did cost around 7-800 Euros, I would have wanted to buy Nokia 2110 back then, but it was probably some 300 Euros more expensive.


What is the phone you are using at the moment?


I have few devices always in my bag, but the one that I carry 24/7 is N95 classic.


When did you start programming?


First program I wrote was with ZX Spectrum, and the year must have been 1983. I was around 10, and we had computer club sort of thing. They had probably 3-4 computers there and only one was the 48k version, so you had to be quick to get it, otherwise you had to do with the 16k version.


What was the first mobile program that you compiled or helped to develop?


First mobile program I compiled must have been Hello world for Nokia 9210. And the first program I made by myself, was Bangkok City guide for 9210. I started it with zero knowledge, and had to show demo 6 weeks later at Nokia trade show. A bit stressful start, but felt good afterwards. Still remember the Singapore event rather clearly, had 15 stitches in my head from previous weekend’s wakeboarding accident and was feeling a bit sick whole week.


When did you join Nokia, and why, if I may ask?


I joined Forum Nokia in November 2007. Previously I was working at 3rd party developer, and felt that I needed change, but still wanted to stay at the cutting edge of development. Have been really happy with the role with Forum Nokia, it has been excellent learning experience so far, and I’m sure it will not lose the “Fun” aspect any day soon.

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Domingo, 9 de Março de 2008

N95 expresses the beauty within

The camera of the N95 is far from dead. This is shown every few months on James Burland's website, Nokia Creative, but let me share some of my little captures that the magnificent 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens equipped N95 let me take.

You will see pictures in the night, with extreme light, during dawn or sunrise, during daylight, in different angles, with water, in sunset, and big landscapes. Obviously I'm not a big photographer, but you can get a perspective of what wonders an average Joe can achieve with a camera always in his pocket. I resized all pictures so that they fit to my bandwidth limit, but you can clearly see how powerful the Nokia N95 is. The only thing missing here for me is the capture timing, I can't ever capture still waves, and I hope this feature is added in next phones.

Nokia's upcoming flagship phone, the Nokia N96 won't have as many picture features as it will be focused on video recording, but when the time is right, don't forget to share your views on it at Nokia N96 Blog and especially at the forum. For this picture, the right thread to kindly post your views, is this one.

First three pictures are captured in a club, where there is a swimming pool, a lot of lights, and reflex, you can also see the contrast of people, and how the lights affect the camera:


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Domingo, 24 de Fevereiro de 2008

Live pictures and video of N96

And they keep on coming…Will at IntoMobile has posted tons of pictures comparing the N95 to the N96, and also a video where he plays around with the unseen jewel.



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Segunda-feira, 18 de Fevereiro de 2008

Nokia N96 release date

My friend Devin Ballentina has posted what he thinks is the release date for the Nokia N96 smartphone. He believes that the date marketed over Mobile City, 7th May, is the realistic one.

The truth is that Nokia doesn’t have to hide it anymore, as the product is official. Unfortunately there is no official price tag or network deals on it, or even leaks on networks for that matter. The price on the website seems to be a bit higher than the one given to the Nokia N95 on it’s release, currently it’s set to $799, and that’s with a $100 discount.

The only price we have from Nokia is without taxes or subsidies, which is $550, relatively cheap compared to the one at Mobile City, but this price is only set for a release in Q3, which is quite late if Nokia wants to throw out the competition.

Original article: Nokia N96 Blog

Source: The Nokia Guide

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Sexta-feira, 15 de Fevereiro de 2008

Nokia N96 and N78 Full Specifications!

Yay they are finally here, unfortunately I can't tell the CPU the N96 uses, but now we have confirmation that both phones use the normal charging, and not through microUSB.
We can also see that the N78 uses the same CPU as the N81, at the same speed.

The Nokia N96 is a GSM/WCDMA dual mode portable multimedia computer supporting EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100 HSDPA, WLAN and DVB-H Video. Use the Nokia N96 for connecting to mobile Broadband using WLAN or HSDPA (3.5G) with faster downloading than 3G. Find directions and locations with the integrated A-GPS and included maps. Use the Nokia N96 to take photos with a 5.0 megapixel auto focus camera. Enjoy videos, music and graphics on the 2.8” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels), 16M color display. Listen to music with using the built-in stereo speakers. Additional features include UPnP, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR and USB 2.0 High-Speed.

The Nokia N78 is a GSM/WCDMA dual mode portable multimedia computer supporting WCDMA 900/2100 HSDPA, EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WLAN. Use the Nokia N78 for connecting to mobile Broadband using WLAN or HSDPA (3.5G) with faster downloading than 3G. Find directions and locations with the integrated A-GPS and included maps. Take photos with a 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera and enjoy videos, music and graphics on the 2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels), 16M color display. Listen to music with using the built-in stereo speakers. Addition features include UPnP, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR and USB 2.0 High-Speed.
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Quarta-feira, 13 de Fevereiro de 2008

N96 LED flash demonstration

This is one piece of hardware that was long discussed and really criticized, so someone was clever enough to actually test the LED and show its power...or lack of it.

The Nokia N96 features a Dual LED flash instead of the loved Xenon. The excuse that Nokia Product Managers presented is that Xenon lights can only be activate for a second, where the LEDs can be active during the whole of the video capture session. Last night I saw a Mercedes, and it came to my mind that some cars use Xenon headlights, which are lit for long periods of time, so why couldn't this technology be incorporated in phones?

Enjoy the video...

 

Source: TheNokiaBlog

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Terça-feira, 12 de Fevereiro de 2008

N96 and N78 hands on video

My coleague Norman who was invited to Barcelona posted few videos and descriptions on the Nokia N96 and Nokia N78. Enjoy the videos, and thanks Norman!


Source: Symbian World

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Segunda-feira, 11 de Fevereiro de 2008

N78 and N96 live on video!

I was looking for this, and I found it on Vlad's website...Enjoy the videos:



Source: SSixty.info
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N96 is more like a N95 16GB...Another N96 Preview-review

Again I say...disappointing!

The specs were leaked long ago, but now it is official all the features missing and the all features that are in, but I have to say, it was quite a nice video!



It is confirmed that the N96 is a video orientated device, that is for capture, playback and streaming. Atleast that is the excuse for the missing Xenon. As posted everywhere now in the blogosphere, there is a Dual LED instead of a Xenon, although I'm wondering why couldn't there be one LED and one Xenon instead.
Still on the video side, there is DVB-h, not commercial in many countries, but it is a bonus for those that already have DVB-h, but TV playback is only 4 hours maximum, which is equivalent to more than 2 movies.
On the playback side, the following codecs are supported:
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N96 and N78 pictures

This post is dedicated to the pictures only, you can check the official Nokia pictures of the N78 and N96 in their full glory:



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