Archive for April, 2010
I love traveling but traveling to overseas where language is a barrier of communication is no fun at all. Therefore, I’ve thought of this Instant Voice Translation application for Nokia N-series phones in the Better World category. Better communication for a better world! :)
The idea is illustrated in the sketch below :-
- 1. The phone user speaks to the phone in foreign language.
- 2. The phone translates the spoken words into English by utilizing its voice recognition and language translation feature.
- 3. The phone sends a query to dictionary.com or Google Dictionary for the voice pronunciation of the translated words.
- 4. The dictionary.com or Google Dictionary server returns the voice output to the phone.
- 5. The phone will output the translated words in voice to the user.
I believe this application is fairly easy to be developed as all the features required on the phone and server are already available, the only thing to solve is to integrate them together.
Kindly please vote for this Instant Voice Translation and help make it a reality soon. :)
I’ve been using Ovi Maps on my Nokia N97 since 2009 when I went to Taiwan in August last year. The turn by turn navigation was not free that time but I won a 1 year license through a Nokia contest. Since then I fell in love with Ovi Maps. Recently the turn by turn navigation has gone free for life, which is definitely a good news to all Ovi Maps compatible Nokia phone users. On top of that, Ovi Maps can also be used in offline mode so that no data charges will be incurred!
I’ve made a video of how to plan a road trip using Ovi Maps to some of the interesting places in Georgetown, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Now I’ve been using this new Nokia N900 for about 2 weeks. Since we all can’t live without social networking these days, installing Facebook and Twitter client is one of the first few things I did.
Below are some Facebook and Twitter clients (widgets & web apps too) I would like to share with you all :-
Facebook For Nokia
N900 has a Facebook Widget installation shortcut available out of the box. What you need to do is just go to More and double click it or download it directly from Ovi Store, then install it.
You may add this Facebook Widget to the homescreen to instantly display your friends’ status updates. Well, it’s only a widget and not practically a client, so there’s nothing much you can do with it. The status updates will slide up by itself and you can’t even scroll it manually. By tapping the widget, a new web browser window will open loading with facebook.com.
Anyhow, the benefit of installing Facebook For Nokia widget is to enable the Share via Service option in the Camera, Photo, and Media Player applications to allow you share photos and videos in Facebook directly from N900.
A new firmware version 21.0.102 update is available for Nokia N97 right now. I just downloaded the firmware (size is only 4,334KB) via Over-The-Air (OTA) update and installed it.
Steps to check whether the firmware is available for your N97 :-
- 1. Type *#0000# using your N97 dial keypad.
- 2. Select Option > Check for updates (WiFi connection is recommended)
- 3. Start installing the firmware.
Last week, I attended two of the most fascinating smartphone launches of this quarter in Malaysia, the Nokia N900 and Garmin Asus M10.
Nokia N900 is the latest N-Series smartphone by Nokia, featuring a new Maemo 5 Operating System. The aim of N900 is to deliver a PC-like experience on a hand-held device.
It’s been a long time since this blog got its Google PageRank 5. It should be around 2 years back if my memory serves me right.
In fact, I realized the recent update of Google PageRank about two weeks ago and was quite happy with it. I have not been sold text links anymore since the last PageRank (PR) drop, so I suppose this is the reward from Google to me for doing so.
Google PR of a website goes up and down depending on how Google judges it, therefore I’m not so particular with it. Nevertheless, it does have a significant effect to how the website is ranking in the Google search result.
This is how Wikipedia explains about Google PageRank :-
Google assigns a numeric weighting from 0-10 for each webpage on the Internet; this PageRank denotes a site’s importance in the eyes of Google. The PageRank is derived from a theoretical probability value on a logarithmic scale like the Richter Scale.
I usually use this PageRank Checker to double check the PR in addition to the PR showing on my Google toolbar. This PageRank Checker will query more than 20 Google servers across the world in order to show more accurate result.
By the way, I’ll be posting some reviews of Nokia N900 and two WordPress related books that has been long overdue. So, stay tuned! :)