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Firmware update v21.0.016 for Nokia N95Nokia have released a new firmware for Nokia N95 getting the old version of the N95 powered up and running faster as the Nokia N95 8GB released after the original N95. The newest v21.0.016 firmware isn’t as big as the previous one, but packs quite a few important updates and enhancements. Most notably are the Flash Lite 3 which brings full flash support to the browser allowing you to view Flash-based sites like Youtube and Web runtime is included, meaning that standalone widgets are now possible. Other changes include standby-time improvements and improvements to Bluetooth headset interoperability.

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Nokia Freak Show, promoting the N82I have seen many strange campaigns promoting different products, I have seen same really crazy ones but this is the masterpiece. Nokia has created a freak show character called Stavros, the crazy artist of positioning art who creates great master pieces by using his Nokia N82.

Nokia Freak Show

So this is Stavros, his brush is the GPS enabled Nokia N82 and "The world is my canvas"... take a look at the site and I am sure you will have fun. This is really a freak show but it is cool!

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Nokia NSeries PC Suite 2.0 released officiallyNokia NSeries PC Suite 2.0Nokia Labs have just released Nokia Nseries PC Suite 2.0, a collection of advanced applications that seamlessly link your Nokia Nseries multimedia device and your PC.

Transfer photos or videos from your device to your PC. Create a multimedia diary. Rip and copy your favorite music to your device.

Synchronize your calendar and contact information. Use your device as a modem for your PC. Install the latest applications. And with Single-Click Sync settings you can instantly synchronize all your data between your device and PC with one tap of the mouse.

This version of the PC Suite is different from the standard Nokia PC Suite that is available for the other Nokia mobile phones. The Nseries is designed specificlly to support the multimedia and application features of the Nokia NSeries phones such as Nokia N95, N81, N82, N96 and older Symbian S60 3rd edition phones like the Nokia N73.
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Google Search for S60 quick key drains your batteryGoogle Search Battery DrainedAfter Google announced it's native search client for Symbian S60, I installed it on my Nokia N73 phone and I started to put my phone more often on the battery charger. I did not pay much attention at first to this problem since I was practically not using my phone much these days. But after a while it made me thinking that actually my battery that usually lasted for 3-4 days with a lot of talking now was drained in less than 24 hours.

Since the Google Native search was the only application I installed on my phone I decided to make a simple test. I took Nokia N73 Music Edition and Nokia 6110 Navigator and both with installed Google Search. I put both phones in offline mode so that the network coverage would not affect the final outcome of the test.

After two days I noticed that both phones lost their battery bars very quickly when the Google Search "Quick key" option was available. The thing that the "Press [pencil] to search" button was displayed on the idle screen seemed to eat the battery up very quickly.

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Motorola RIZR Z8 firmware updateMotorola has finally released a firmware update for Motorola Z8. The new firmware has a few improvement and a few bugs fixed. Motorola have quietly been shipping updated firmwares on new handsets for a while now but this is the official release on the Motorola RIZR Z8 firmware update.

To update the phone, you'll need to download Motorola's software update tool, available on their website. Once downloaded, install the application then connect your Z8 by USB cable. (the phone is only detected by the software update program when in USB Modem mode) you should now see an updated firmware available for your phone.

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Symbian Theme Viewer app leaked screenshotA screenshot has been leaked of what seems to be a Symbian S60 3rd edition theme viewer. Even though the app seems still in development not only by the number of supported Symbian phones and available themes for preview, it feels good to have a tool where you can actually see how the themes will look on your phone before you download, install and activate them.

Symbian Theme Viewer
Symbian Theme Viewer

From the screenshot can be clearly seen that the ThemeViewer v0.1 beta will support Nokia N73, N73 Music Edition, Nokia N95 with the 8GB Black version, Nokia N78 and Nokia N96. It is not clear yet if this will be desktop application or an online theme viewer built with AJAX or even Flash.

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Current Symbian S60 phones support 16GB MicroSDHCMicroSDHC 16GB Nokia N95After SanDisk has announced the release of 16GB MicroSDHC memory card no body knew if current Symbian S60 Phones will support it.

Symbian Web Blog today released photos of SanDisk 16GB MicroSDHC memory card working on Nokia N95, Nokia E90 Communicator and Nokia E51. The photos which have been leaked through German mobile phone forum member show that current Symbian S60 3rd edition devices have no problems or firmware blockage on using high capacity memory cards.

Further more the SWB says that SanDisk's release of 12GB memory cards was just a rumor and that SanDisk will not release andy 12GB MicroSDHC memory cards.

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Sony Ericsson G700 and G900 video demoEarlyer this month we announced the Sony Ericsson G700 and G900 UIQ 3 smartphones. Here is a video demo taken at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


Sony Ericsson G700 and G900 demo video from MWC 2008

Thanks to IntoMobile for the quick peek demonstration video of the features Sony Ericsson G700 and Sony Ericsson G900.
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Second Life goes mobileSecond Life is an Internet-based virtual world launched in 2003 which enables its users to interact with each other through motional avatars, providing an advanced level of a social network service combined with general aspects of a metaverse. Residents can explore, meet other Residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, create and trade items and services from one another.

Second Life for Symbian S60
Second Life screenshot

The Second Life experience is coming to mobile now. The 3D virtual world platform, created by Linden Lab will soon be available on 3G handsets via Vollee’s streaming mobile games service. Beta trials for Vollee’s new mobile offering for the Second Life Grid platform (an inter-connected platform which extends beyond the mainland of Second Life itself) will be open to those who pre-register by visiting: www.vollee.com/secondlife.

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Opera Mobile 9.5 demo videoOpera Mobile 9.5 features iPhone Safari functionality. The full-HTML, touch-based zooming, tabbed browsing, and panning features on the iPhone's Safari browser set the bar pretty high, and Opera Mobile 9.5 seems to have met that level of browsing excellence.


Opera Mobile 9.5 demo video

Unwired View had the chance to visit with the Opera reps at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and they were able to get a quick demo video of the new Opera Mobile 9.5.
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