I’m going to confess something that’s likely to cost me Twitter followers, kill future career prospects and launch a mild Comment war: I’m not much of an app user. And I can’t understand those who are, either. Well, I can align with the casual user
On July 1, 2011, Maemo stands at an interesting crossroads. In June, Nokia formally announced the N9 Harmattan mobile phone mentioned in Council’s previous posting. Although the stage for the announcement of the device was somewhat awkward, being amongst other marginally related news at the Nokia Connections event in Singapore, the device itself was well presented and showed off the design attributes of the N9 admirably. A wealth of product information was promptly available online. Reaction from the general press was positive as well and led to an upswing of anticipation for the phone, which is expected to be released in the next few months. The device was described at the announcement as the result of Nokia’s MeeGo project and is described in specifications as “MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan”. As widely expected, it has a Maemo base (“Harmattan”) with a MeeGo API. From the perspective of application developers and end users alike, the phone appears as a MeeGo handset although that technically may not be correct. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the lack of technical compliance, the device is widely described as a MeeGo device and hoped to lift the profile of the MeeGo project. Nokia also initiated much activity surrounding the device at www.meego.com , including threads in the MeeGo forum, to describe aspects of the device. As first reported in the previous Council posting, the N9 has both a closed mode and an open (developer) mode. Root access and terminal are available as well. Nokia also announced the availability of a limited number of N950 developer devices in an attempt to increase the number of apps available for the N9 at launch. Nokia made no outreach to maemo.org during the N9 launch. Although not formally reported as such, Nokia received an “exception” from the Linux Foundation for the N9 and is freely using the meego.com infrastructure to provide community support for the N9. In addition, it was announced that OBS would include Harmattan as a target and that the community apps repository for MeeGo would include Harmattan apps. While there is reason for increased optimisim for the future of MeeGo, the relationship between Maemo, Nokia and MeeGo is left somewhat out on a limb. In an IRC meeting with maemo.org council, new Nokia liaison Matti Arias confirmed that all of Nokia’s Maemo/MeeGo related ifs focused on promoting the N9. Such promotion will not involve maemo.org
For the last two or three weeks, I’ve been battling the Black Dog. Those who know me well know that I suffer from chronic depression with acute patches
Cameras is what Nokia does best, the N8 is fair testament to that and the Nokia N9 aspires to mimic the N8 in its quality, but with a much smaller camera footprint that does not protrude from the back and flows in beautifully with the rest of the body. Infact the module of the N9 is 70%(!) smaller than the N8, but according to Nokia, still manages to give the N8 a run for its money. (click to enlarge) It packs a f/2.2 aperture, the largest ever in a mobile device, an 8.7 megapixel sensor that lets you shoot in 4:3 and 16:9, with the 16:9 mode actually providing more width, unlike other cameras where the top and bottom is cropped to produce the 16:9 effect
Proxies can be a powerful way to enforce anonymity or to bypass various kinds of restrictions on Internet (government censorship, regional contents, …). In this post, I’ll describe a simple technique to create a transparent proxy at the system level. It’s especially useful in cases when you want to make sure that all connections make it through the proxy or when your application of interest doesn’t have proxy support.
Its been just about 24 hours since Nokia announced the N9 and since then the interwebs have been going crazy with tons of N9 chatter, every small seemingly inconsequential detail is also being lapped up, every hands on scrutinized and people are still hungry for more.
Its been just about 24 hours since Nokia announced the N9 and since then the interwebs have been going crazy with tons of N9 chatter, every small seemingly inconsequential detail is also being lapped up, every hands on scrutinized and people are still hungry for more. Not for a long time has there been so much excitement about a Nokia device, not even the N8 produced the kind of euphoria that has swept across Nokia fans the world over. Even Nokia’s harshest critics have come out with words of praise, something that perhaps has come as a pleasant surprise to Nokia itself
If cell phone maker Nokia rolls out a tablet device one day, it will be late to a game where its competitors have a big head start.