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Nokia Uses N900s For Pole-Dancing Robots

2010-02-05 00:54 UTC  by  rcadden
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Tonight, Nokia hosted the PUSH N900 event in London, showing off various interesting uses for the Nokia N900, including a trick-tracking skateboard, N900 kite, and more. However, the stars of the show were easily the pole-dancing robots, apparently controlled by none other than the Nokia N900!

N900 Pole-Dancing Robots

My friend Ilicco was kind enough to snap some photos of these sexy bits of machinery, as well as a video for your viewing pleasure. If you don’t watch another video all weekend, watch this one.

I’ll have to confess, I would likely rip off my own arm to have one of these in my office, just cause.

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PUSH The N900 In The U.S.A. For $10,000

2010-02-04 20:48 UTC  by  rcadden
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Nokia launched a PUSH campaign for the Nokia N900 globally a while back, but recently they launched a new contest specifically for folks in the U.S. of A. The U.S. PUSH contest is the same – submit your idea for something outlandish and creative that you’d like to do with the Nokia N900 that’s completely new. Results from the international contest include a trick-tracking skateboard, N900 kite, and others.

Nokia PUSH USA

The contest closes on February 15, so you have until then to put your thinking cap on and come up with something cool to do with the N900 that’s not currently being done. There’s a grand prize of $10,000 waiting for the winner, and remember you need to live in the U.S. to be eligible for this contest. Finalists will be flown to Las Vegas, Nevada for CTIA to demo their PUSH modification, so there’s quite a bit at stake here.

What’s your idea? You can submit directly to the PUSH N900 IN THE USA site here, and best of luck!

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The long-awaited firmware is now available for the Nokia N900 after a smaller preview one was released yesterday. This new firmware, v2.2009.51-1 is now available through the device’s onboard update process, and brings a massive changelog of updates, both large and small.

N900The biggest things you’ll notice in this new update, though, are support for portrait-mode web browsing and updated support for Microsoft Exchange 2003. The portrait web-browsing is not enabled by default – you’ll need to press Ctrl + Shift + O in the browser to activate it, but aside from that, it seems to work well. Text is properly reformatted to fit the taller display orientation and overall it’s quite nice. Unfortunately, text input hasn’t caught up, so you’ll still need to rotate back to landscape and use both hands to enter any information in a web form. This is going to get really old, really fast, so hopefully Nokia is working on a portrait-mode QWERTY keyboard option soon.

The new Exchange support should make syncing with various accounts a much smoother process, and the email client has also been updated to hopefully provide a smoother experience for users who have overly large inboxes. Supposedly, Ovi Maps was also updated significantly, though I haven’t had a chance to check that out just yet. You can view the full changelog here.

If you get an error that you don’t have enough space, try deactivating a catalog or two, and then trying again – this worked for me.

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How To: Really Stream Last.FM With Vagalume On N900

2010-01-12 15:02 UTC  by  rcadden
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When Vagalume was announced for the Nokia N900 a few weeks ago, it was able to scrobble to Last.FM, but not stream music, unfortunately. The application easily connects to Libre.FM, but due to restrictions with on mobile phones, is unable to stream music from Last.FM. However, thanks to our friend Gerrymoth, it’s possible to stream Last.FM through Vagalume on the N900 after a small tweak.

vagalume n900

Here are the steps to get Last.fm working in Vagalume on the N900:

1. Goto Last.fm to request an API Account http://last.fm/api and take note of your API Key and API Secret Key.

2. Download the LastFM.zip file from nokiAAddict downloads HERE

3. Unzip the LastFM.zip

4. Edit the LastFM.xml and replace the ADDKEYHERE and ADDSECRETKEYHERE with your API Key and API Secret Key.

5. Transfer the edited LastFM.xml file to your N900. (It doesn’t matter where you store it)

6. Open Vagalume and select Last.fm/Import servers file… and browse to the LastFM.xml file you just transfered.

7. In Vagalume select Last.fm/Preferences and set Service to LastFM.

That’s it! Now you can choose Play Radio and create a station and stream that wonderful Last.FM music straight onto your Nokia N900. Brilliant.

NOTE: You may need to restart Vagalume?

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Sending The Nokia N900 Home

2010-01-11 14:53 UTC  by  rcadden
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I got an email from Nokia today, reminding me that the Nokia N900 I received a few months ago was only a review unit and that I need to return shortly. At first, I was rather sad – sending a device back is almost always a sad affair, for obvious reasons. However, the more I’ve thought about it, the less upset I am, mainly because I haven’t really been using it much. I used the Nokia N900 as my primary device for a full 3 weeks when I first got it, and spent another full week with it a few weeks ago, to see how the experience had changed since its launch. Unfortunately, not much had changed.

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Spotify Support Coming To The Nokia N900

2010-01-04 16:46 UTC  by  rcadden
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spotifyWhile I still find the Nokia N900 a bit limited for my use, there’s no doubt that developers are quickly coming to the table with new applications all the time. Today’s little nugget of gold is a video from Qt Studios showing off a Qt 4.6 application that they have running on the Nokia N900. This little app ties into the despotify library to stream tracks from Spotify, and is definitely the closest thing to a native Spotify app for the Maemo platform that I’ve seen.

Unfortunately, as you can see in the video, the UI needs some help, as the person showing the application off is forced to use the stylus, which is just awful. However, using the Nokia N900’s 3G cellular connection, he’s able to easily (and nearly instantly) stream tracks, just like Spotify does on other mobile platforms such as Symbian. This does, however, require a premium Spotify account, though again, that’s the same as other mobile platforms, as well.

This application is not currently available through any of the repositories on Maemo just yet, though you can get more information about it from the Trolltech blog.

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New Twitter Plugin Integrates With The N900 Phonebook

2009-12-26 15:00 UTC  by  rcadden
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One of the cool things about the way the phonebook and messaging is built on the Nokia N900 is that it’s easily extended by 3rd party plugins. One such plugin that was recently made available is simply called the Twitter plugin. This plugin allows you to interact with multiple Twitter accounts on the Nokia N900 without having to run an additional application – it’s fully integrated into the phone!

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How To Be A Beta Tester With Maemo Extras-Testing

2009-12-17 19:57 UTC  by  rcadden
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testingThere are likely over a thousand Nokia N900 devices in the wild now, a number that is steadily increasing, judging by the readership of this site. Many of you are likely wondering just how you can help get more high-quality applications released on the Maemo platform, and that’s great. In fact, your help is greatly needed in testing applications, if you’re up for it.

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Vagalume Update Brings Last.FM To The N900

2009-12-14 15:29 UTC  by  rcadden
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One of the biggest things missing from the Nokia N900, in my opinion, was support for streaming Last.FM stations. I use Mobbler on my Symbian-powered smartphones to cover this, and it’s a really well written application. Unfortunately, none of the Last.FM applications from the Nokia N810 worked on the N900, until now.

vagalume-n900

Our pals on the Vagalume project have just announced the latest update, complete with full support for the Nokia N900 and Maemo 5! They’ve updated support to include the new Last.FM API, and have also added Libre.FM support, which should make plenty of folks very happy.

There is also a fancy new icon, so it’ll look pretty on your N900’s menu and homescreen, which is appreciated. Vagalume v0.8 should be available through the Extras catalog on your Nokia N900.

What do you think of the updated client? Are you a Last.FM user or have you switched over to Libre.FM?

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Witter Brings More Twitter Features To Maemo 5

2009-12-07 16:03 UTC  by  rcadden
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While Mauku used to be an awesome tool for Jaiku on Maemo, its usefulness as a Twitter client on Maemo 5 is pretty limited, mainly because it wasn’t really designed to be a powertool. Thankfully, there are some talented developers in the Maemo community, including Daniel Would, who has built Witter, a new Twitter client for your Nokia N900.

Witter is in extras-devel for the time being, which means it’s not quite ready for normal consumers, but if you’re up for being a tester, you can follow the instructions here to set it up on your N900.

Witter homescreen

One of the best parts of Witter that Mauku doesn’t currently have is a variety of special views, similar to what you would find on any other Twitter application. You can choose to browse your timeline, your mentions, direct messages, or your own tweets. You can also search with Witter, something that Mauku doesn’t currently support. Along the top of the main screen, you have a row of buttons offering quick access to the various views, along with a Tweet box and the Refresh button.

There is also a drop-down settings menu that lets you perform a number of tasks, including posting photos via Twitpic, changing your username/password, and activate a few other views.

Witter Drop-down

If you’re a Twitter user with the Nokia N900, this is, by far, the best solution that I’ve seen yet. Unfortunately, there are some limitations to Witter that are not fixed just quite yet:

For starters, it doesn’t support multiple accounts. This is a necessity for me, though you can, quickly and easily, change your username and password, so that’s a small workaround.

Second, there’s no autorefresh. Of course, the refresh button is readily available, but I would still like to be able to have the application refresh itself every few minutes. Given that there is no autorefresh, there are also no notifications available, so you’ll need to check each view to find out if you have any updates there.

What other features would you like to see? You can chime in on the thread at Talk.Maemo.org here.

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Nokia N900 Gets Disassembled On Video

2009-12-05 07:00 UTC  by  rcadden
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N900There’s so much technology crammed into the Nokia N900, no doubt you’ve wondered just how Nokia fit it all in there. While I’m certainly not brave enough to rip my loaner unit apart, our friends at Tehkseven.net did the dirty work for you. They say all you need is a philips screwdriver, Torx 6 screwdriver, and a bit of patience. They’ve put together the video below, showing you step-by-step how to pry your precious apart.

Keep in mind this is not an official walkthrough, nor is this in any way recommended for you to try on your own. That being said, it’s still pretty cool to see the full breakdown, don’t you think?

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Nokia N900 Review: Things I Love

2009-12-02 07:00 UTC  by  rcadden
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Yesterday I shared a short list of things that I really hate about the Nokia N900. Fortunately, it’s not all bad – today’s list includes things that I absolutely love about this touchscreen device, and hopefully you’ll think they’re pretty cool, too. Today’s list isn’t comprehensive – there are plenty of cool things about the Nokia N900, but rather these are things that really stand out, to me.

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