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Archive for July, 2007

Mobical.net : An Alternative to Outlook?

Steve Litchfield has posted a nice article about Mobical as a Web-based PIM, totally online and totally free. So, for example, you can sync while mobile, even picking up new entries or revisions from your assistant or boss and backing up changes you have made. Syncs are slow at first, but then the system just transfers over changed data and it’s very quick, only a few seconds.

So you’re not tied to your PC. And you’re not tied to Microsoft. And you’ll never ever again have to worry about reinstalling Outlook after a PC system crash and hoping that your activation key still works….

Jump over to see the whole post 😉

Reader Questions! : Playing Original Content of Youtube and Dailymotion on my s60 3rd edition?

Well, this is one the most Frequently Asked Questions about streaming real video’s content from youtube or similare services. To make things clear, i’ll be quick :

* Firstly : i’ll remind you that YouTube, Google Video, Reuters.com, Yahoo! Video and MySpace uses FLV format to deliver video over the Internet.

* Secondly : This FLV format is not supported on the current symbian’s integrated version of Adobe Flash Lite (2.1)

* Finally : Flash Lite 3.0 will support Flash Video (FLV) format for stored files and streaming on the rumored s60 5th edition (see here or here )

[UPDATE] Handy Blacklist 2.00

It seems that the amazing Handy Blacklist by epocware, has got a major update v2.00 ! but what’s new on this update? i’ll test it later and get you in touch 😉

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Psiloc PhoneGuard v1.01

And yes, another rival psiloc’s application between Advanced Device Locks and Phone Guardian, simply, it is about the new PhoneGuard, it protects with password all applications you predefine against unwanted usage.

Application also doesn’t allow any user to install nor uninstall anything on the device unless providing the correct password (Default password is 1111)!

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Handy Profiles : Best profile switcher on the market?

This time it’s from Epocware! one of my favorite developer by the way…

this is still on beta stage.

Major features:

– Profile switching by time schedule
– Profile switching by Calendar appointments (via keyword)
– Profile switching by location (via GSM cells)
– Timed profile activation
– Personalization (a la standard Profiles)
– Safety! Offline profile will never be turned off automatically

But is Handy Profiles the Best profile switcher on the market? i’ll try to answer to this in my next review soon…but i can tell you that the feature i like the most is profile switching by location, that what i missed in Best Profiles…i’ll remind you that SmartProfile included also this great feature but i stopped using it because I got so many false activations/deactivations that I couldn’t rely on it, the particularity of Handy Profiles is that it has 10 seconds delay protection from “fake” cell switching. It means that if a fake cell appears, but then goes off during 10 seconds, then it will be ignored. There won’t be profile switchig in such case.

In the past i asked myself about priority for Rules but didn’t test it, If for example we have overlapping location and calendar rules (shouldn’t happen I know) then what happens? Should at least be a warning? the good news is If some rules are overlapping, they activate one by one at their activation times. There is a kind of virtual stack of rules. The top rule (last activated) is always active.

What i miss till now is that Handy Profiles needs more flexibility for working with GSM cells i.e adding new cells to an existing location and ability for editing location cells.

Also, (and for that reason i’ll say that it’s not the complete solution on the market) Handy Profiles need some more features (by comparing it with best profiles), not just switching proifles but also turn on/off Bluetooth, WiFi, start apps, … in other words, we need Advanced profile settings and by that, Handy Profiles will become the best solution in the market…;)

Br, Andrey from Epocware, said :

Unfortunately, the above changes requires lots of time to be done in version 1.0. They are scheduled to version 1.01.

1. Handy Profiles ver 1.0 to be released this week. There is one more change that we will make comparing to the current version. The location rules will get lower priority than time- or Calendar-based rules. There are several reasons for that. One of them is that manually scheduled rule (e.g. meeting from Calendar) must overcome a “random” location rule (e.g. office location).

2. There is one more BIG thing to be released in a few weeks (really cannot say anthing right now). And we are plannig a big/long public beta testing for it (not short like this one). There you will be able not only suggest, but also get the required feature.

Please feel free to test it, and comment to this post if you’ve some bugs or suggestions 😉

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Google requests removal of Google Maps support from MGMaps !

Cristian Streng the developer of Mobile GMaps has received a letter from google to stop displaying maps tiles from Google Maps for mobile in his own application, as this violates their rights and the rights of the entities that license those map tiles to them…
Jump over the full story! to see the original copy of the letter…

Nokia Computer Vision Library

The NokiaCV Library builds on the Symbian OS, extending imaging capabilities and standardizing the OS image internals. The library provides standard image operations, as well as a set of linear algebra operations needed in many advanced imaging applications. This serves as a building block for future advanced libraries. Some of the extensions are likely to be created by our research teams and be provided in future releases, but anyone can extend the library.

Here are some use cases where this library can be applied to:

Capture Enhancement:

With color conversions and image wrapper, we can modify images and manipulate pixels directly and easily.
Developers can make high-quality algorithms for panoramas.
Developers also can implement complex algorithms without requiring building and debugging of a platform.

Gaming/User Interfaces

The library provides robust motion estimation as a software component, it is ready for games and applications.

Post-capture Editing

Image warping operation can be used to create standard warping or in other entertainment uses.
By image compositing, we can add items to captured images.

See the library overview to get a glimpse of the features of this library.

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