Nokia has improved its 5800 XpressMusic software. New is a faster user interface and download time, a built-in mobile dictionary with voice playback and support for 38 languages, and an automatic/manual Application Update that can be used directly to the phone. There is second camera support for still image capture and a burst mode for shooting pictures without hitting a button. The download is available now on their Nokia Software Update site at no charge.
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You can now receive Skype on your iPhone/touch, and Blackberry owners can look forward to the service in May. COO Scott Durchslag claims that it has been the #1 request from its current customers. More than 400 million already use the service with their PC, so that is a pretty good target area. One of its pluses is that subscribers can use the phone numbers in their existing iPhone address book. There is no charge for the download and calls between Skype users are free.
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Clever 15 year-old David Nelson has devised Muziic Player, a free interface that allows you to download tunes from YouTube. With the encoder, you only need to drag and drop or browse through MP3 files and press “encode.” There is also a search bar for single or artist and other features include playback and volume control, and playlist management. You can even go as far as adding an album cover by dragging and dropping JPG, .BMP or .PNG images. Unfortunately, YouTube is not thrilled with the idea.
Here’s hoping that they can work something out so that the technology and David’s hard work will not go to waste.
Worried that someone will steal data from your SD card, memory stick, MP3 player or flash drive that you uploaded to your PC? Or worse, that someone will expose it to a viral attack? NetWrix is freeware that can lockdown your USB port. If you have GPMC (Microsoft Group Policy Management) on your computer, then you can protect your data locally or remotely with the tool. The blocker is simple to use and technical support is also provided with no charge.
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Cortado is offering their free SMS2Desk that allows you to send and receive messages via your PC to your BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or higher through your email. You can also organize with the handy tool. Cortado promises that everything you do will be saved securely. Although you can download the program on a .zip file on your PC, you can get SNS2Desk from your Blackberry. There is a Premium Version that provides multiple SMS sending simultaneously, editable e-mailing, limit to the number of messages sent and SMS confirmation for about $6.00.
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ABI Research surveyed 235 smartphone users in the U.S. who installed applications in 2008. Their result was that 16.5% spent between $100.00 and $499.00. That’s a lot of apps considering that many of them are free or less than $25.00. Analyst Jeff Orr sees this as the reason, “Apple is seen by some as hurting the market with its iPhone App Store. It drives the price of content down to $1-2, using a model similar to its successful iTunes music store. If you exclude Apple from the mix, applications for other platforms cost about $7-25 each.”
He went on to say that Apple’s marketing did a lot to get others to work on their own. Look for application storefronts from Nokia, Palm, RIM and Samsung to come this year.
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Poolga offers free wallpapers for iPhone and iPod touch. There are over 100 artists to choose from worldwide. Designs run from modern to cutesy to merely weird, but all are definitely artistic, such as this one from Tetsuya Toshima. They upload new ones every couple of days so that you can change the look of your iPhone/iPod often. If you are an artist, they may consider adding you to their group.
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YouTube has begun testing a sub-set of their partners with a charge for download. Most of them are available for about $.99 but only as MP4 files. They can be purchased through Google Checkout. This may put an end to the problems that site has had with studios like Warner. If the program is successful, look for them to allow all of its partners to charge for movies and TV shows on the site.
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Google has added 3D renderings of the ocean floor in its latest update since 4.3. Google Earth 5.0 is still free to download. Track gray whales, explore shipwrecks and see what the water looked like up to 50 years ago. Also in the new Google Earth are maps and satellite images of Mars, including probe landing spots, and you can save your toured places to share with other GE users.
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After SNL turned their famous tune into “Solid as Barack,” the singing team of Ashford and Simpson decided to turn the entire song into a real tribute. If you would like to download it, it is available for $.99 on Amazon and through iTunes. There is also a ringtone version. Simply text “aands” to 66937. We forsee all sorts of music titles following suit, such as Paul Simon’s “I am Barack, I am Obama (“I Am a Rock,”) Queen’s “We Will Barack You” and AC/DC’s “Let There Be Barack.”
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