Jaiku Beta Photos

Jaiku Beta Photos

Originally uploaded by admartinezjr

Jaiku has a new private Beta of their S60 client. The new one includes support for photos. It is great and allows me to see thumbnails of the photo feeds and comment on them right on my S60 device. How cool is that!!

Kudos to the Jaiku team for continuing to develop the S60 mobile client and adding new features.

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Things I Do With My S60 Device

I love my Nokia E61i, that’s no secret. So I thought “heck, why not write a post about the things that I use my E61i for?” Well, that’s exactly what this post is about: a simple list of the things that I do on my device. Oh, and did I say I love the S60 Symbian platform? 🙂

1. Push Email with Mail4Exchange. I use Cortado (I wrote about it here). Push email and support for attachments.

2. VOIP calling with Gizmo. I use voip occasionally to call internationally (maybe two or three times a month). I also use Fring for Skype calling.

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3. Instant Messaging. Using Gizmo IM at the moment which supports AIM, Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger. I also have Fring installed on the device for GTalk.

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4. Jaiku. One of my favorite things to do. Jaiku is a Web 2.0 social network with a nifty S60 application.

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5. Full Browsing Experience. Using either S60 browser or Opera Mini (my favorite), I can view full HTML pages, not just crappy WAP pages.

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6. Google Maps. Sure, it’s not GPS but I love it and it has come in handy so many times for me. Simply love it!

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7. Documents. I can view and edit Word and Excel documents and view PowerPoint slides using QuickOffice, which came loaded on the device.

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8. Podcasts. I subscribe, download and listen to my favorite podcasts right on my phone using Nokia’s Podcasting application.

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9. E-Books. Using MobiReader I can read all kinds of e-books. I do realize that not everyone likes to read e-books on such small screens but it works for me. I have read entire books on this and other devices.

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10. Games. Truth be told, I don’t play too many games but I can play the occasional game, such as GolfPro Contest 🙂

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This is just some of the things I do with my device. I also take pictures (2MP camera – not the greatest) and upload them to Flickr using ShoZu; take occasional videos and listen to music. The E61i is WiFi enabled and has been an awesome device filled with great features.

 

PressDisplay Now On All Macs

A little while back, I wrote about PressDisplay and its availability for the iPhone. Well, I just received word from Gayle Moss at Newspaper Direct that the service is now available for all Macs using the Safari browser, which of course includes the iPhone and the newly announced iPod Touch.

PressDisplay can now be accessed on all Macs (and on iPhones and the iPod Touch) with the Safari browser. So now you can view many of your fave newspapers right in the palm of your hand. Even newspapers from other countries. (A complete list of over 500 newspapers can be viewed at PressDisplay.com.)

And not just pale imitations of these newspapers, either. PressDisplay.com offers exact replicas of these newspapers, with smart navigation that takes you from the end of a column to its continuation on another page (for example). You can email an article, or insert it into your blog and add your commentary. You can translate articles on the fly or listen to them. There’s also a Monitors feature that notifies you whenever a keyword is mentioned in any of the newspapers in the PressDisplay.com system. And for those who like to download, disconnect and go, there is a beta release available of the PressReader for the Mac as well.

It’s just like having the print edition, only with a whole lot more going for it and no messy newsprint fingers. Check out a couple of short videos that show you how it all works on the MAC and iPhone.

As a bonus…new users can register using offer code Safari and get 1 month FREE unlimited access. Give it a try – I think you’ll really like it!

FREE to try for a month, nothing to lose.  Below is a video demonstration of the service on the iPhone.

S60 Browser vs. Opera Mini

We all know about Opera Mini (now on Beta 2) and its powerful features. Honestly, since I wrote about the Opera Mini Beta release, one big letdown for me was that it was a RAM killer on my N80. With the release of Beta 2, I decided to try Opera again (this time on my current phone, Nokia E61i).

I did a quick comparison on the go between the S60 browser and Opera Mini to see which one would take more RAM from my device and to my surprise Opera Mini came out on top. Now, this is my own personal experience and is not by any means the result of any serious benchmark tests. I used the New York Times website for my test. In the screenshots below you can see how the available RAM is affected by each browser.

Started with 19.7MB of available RAM

Available RAM

NYTimes.com on S60 Browser

NYTimes.com on S60 Browser

6.9MB RAM Left (S60 Browser)

6.9MB RAM Left

NYTimes.com on Opera Mini

NYTimes.com on Opera Mini

9.9MB RAM Left (Opera Mini)

9.9MB RAM Left

The difference was 3MB, not much but certainly RAM that can be used to run other apps. I guess it I had a significant amount of memory on my E61i, I wouldn’t worry about it too much, until then….I want to squeeze as much RAM as I can possible can 🙂