Awesome.. social.fm is coming out with a symbian application in the future (a little bird tells me!) Check out social.fm this week-end when you have nothing else to do… it rocks!
Archives for October 12, 2007
A quick technorati search today seemed to indicate to me that Google Maps Mobile has received some kind of update – although I can’t find any definite validation of this. According to some blogs, Google maps mobile has been optimized to run much better on Symbian S60 smartphones (think Nokia N95) So, curiosity got the better of me and I ran to grab it… I currently run Nokia Maps which comes “stock” on the N95. I go to http://www.google.com/mobile/gmm/index.html and then register for the latest download. I then get a txt message where I can grab the app (you gotta love all you can eat data plans ;0) I downloaded gmaps mobile (1.7) and loaded her up. The app started me off in London (why??) but then I simply requested that my location be updated.. low and behold in about 2 seconds the map centers on my current position (likely grabbed from cell fix). Then I browse around, switch to satellite image mode, and then even viewed current traffic conditions on I-25 – something that’s crucial here as it can easily be a parking lot! I test the search and it works very well… simply put, the latest Google maps mobile on Symbian S60 is freaking awesome! Its fast, intelligent, and it works! I’ll be testing some more this week-end so stay tuned. Screen shots and more details are now up on the flickr – see http://www.flickr.com/photos/gisuser/sets/72157602390210155/
A tip… Have you MOSHed yet? MOSH (stands for mobilize and share) is an application just out from Nokia. It enables users to explore and share mobile friendly content. The app is optimized for mobile use although you can use it with your PC as well very comfortably. Simply create a profile and then upload photos, videos, games, documents, applications (i.e. demo ware) etc… its an awesome way to share your content with a HUGE community of mobile users. At first you may wonder why bother, although if you’ve ever struggled to get data onto your phone you may like this one. For example, you could create a PDF or Word version of your resume and add it as one of your documents.. then while on the road if you ever want your resume, want to send it to someone etc… you can simply send it to your phone or anyone’s device for that matter… its very cool! MOSH is free and you don’t have to have a NOKIA smartphone to use it.. any web-enabled device that can hit the Internet will work just fine. Check out my MOSH at http://mosh.nokia.com/user/gisuser
Twitter has just been updated with some new features… for example, one new feature allows anyone to track concepts in real time over SMS or IM. Tell Twitter what words or phrases you’re interested in and you’ll receive updates containing those words the instant anyone Twitters them. One of the most popular words being tracked by people right now is “overheard.” Send “track overheard” to Twitter to find out why. (Send “untrack” if you change your mind and “stats” to get a list of words you track.) http://twitter.com/blog/2007/09/tracking-twitter.html Or, interested in knowing more about a twitterer… now you can send “whois username” to find out more about that person, or “follow username” to follow his or her updates
This is a very interesting application designed to be used from a PC client or mobile. It’s rather “twitterish” and then some. After setting up a profile (free) users can then configure for auto blog updates where the application then feeds a user’s weblog (most popular apps seem to be supported). I configured it to post all my updates to this blogger blog and it did so immediately without hassle – it even realizes that I have multiple blogger profiles in my setup, something my apps freak-out on! Widgets are provided – see right sidebar – where my utterz are also available for viewing and listening. So far I’ve uploaded a message via the familiar PC client through their website, very simple, and it seems that the text is also turned into an audio clip available on the widget. I’ve also sent a photos and a video via mobile (N95). I did notice that having the auto blog-update as well as a widget is a bit redundant but remember I was simply testing the functionality.
Utterz seems to have freaked out a bit on the Shozu, recall I use shozu on my mobile to crunch data when uploading… it also neables me to easily send multi-media without having to go through a cumbersome SMS or email send process. Utterz seems to want to post an audio clip from shozu (odd) and then the video does in fact get uploaded.. I’ll have to mess around some more. Finally, the audio welcome message that is now available for listening to via the widget was created simply by me calling the special phone number and leaving the message… I’m imagining leaving messages on a personal blog using this or maybe even posting a bunch of audio clips when I’m attending a conference.. imagine live updates from every session or booth I visit while on the road.. way cool! The final test will be to see if the utter blog posts freak out planet geosapatial as I know I’ve had problems with this in the past, for example, when I auto blog update images from flickr the planet GS freaks out and then I typically get an email from JAmes asking me what’s up ;0) For more on utterz see http://www.utterz.com
Here’s a tip on a very cool, free application to load on that Nokia N95… enjoy! The Free WorldMate software for Nokia N95 provides the following 5 essential travel services – completely Free of charge:
* World Clocks
* Global Weather Forecasts
* Currency Converter and Exchange Rate Service
* World Day/Night Map
Get it at http://www.mobimate.com/s60/
Just an FYI, for those of you interested in keeping abreast of news and other announcements applicable to the N95 smartphone, please be sure to consult the N95 news archive we maintain on LBSzone – see http://www.lbszone.com/content/category/1/45/2/