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Nokia Is Now Shipping The N900 To Retailers

2009-11-10 15:31 UTC  by  rcadden
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Nokia N900_portraitNokia announced this morning that it has begun shipping the Nokia N900 to retailers, which means you should be able to purchase one within the next few days. It also means that if you were one of the lucky ones to place your pre-order through Amazon.com while it was so cheap, you should expect your order to be shipped really soon, as well.

The Nokia N900 is the latest Maemo-powered device from Nokia, and the first one to feature a built-in SIM card slot, so that it can be used as a phone. The device also packs a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, 32GB of internal storage, built-in WiFi, GPS, and more. I’ve been using the Nokia N900 for a few weeks now (with pre-release firmware) and will have a full preview posted soon.

If you haven’t already, you can place your N900 directly from Amazon for $559.99 here.

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Meetup-Logo-1Not too long ago, Nokia announced it would be sponsoring N900 Meetups at its Flagship stores, and while that’s all good and well, there are now hundreds of Maemo community members, myself included, with preview devices, and they should all be able to host their own N900 Meetup. I know the folks at Nokia are working out a way to help these people setup their meetups, but our friends Matthew Bennett and Tnkgrl have taken things into their own hands. With the help of WOM World, they’ll be hosting an N900 Meetup in San Francisco on October 29th (that’s tomorrow)!

The meetup is taking place at Schroeder’s Cafe on Front St from 630p-9p, and will have a few N900 devices on hand for you to ogle and fondle and whatnot. Have you started planning your own meetup? Let us know about it and we’ll be glad to post the information to help get as many folks as possible to show up. We’ll also be planning our own DFW meetup shortly, so keep an eye out for that.


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Catch Me Offline As It Happens To Trial An N900

2009-10-28 14:34 UTC  by  rcadden
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Offline as it happensNokia’s ‘Online as it Happens‘ campaign has inspired a series of mockumercials entitled “Offline as it Happens”. In these short films the main character, John, finds himself caught in a set of unfortunate and embarrassing circumstances as he leads a life “Offline as it Happens”. Obviously, John could have easily avoided any of these situations had he been connected with the new N900.

Speaking of the N900, how would you like to trial one of them from our lovely friends at WOM World? All you have to do is spot me (PseudoFinn) in the N900  ad below and be the first to leave a comment to tell me the time stamp when I first appear.

Two of the videos have been released today, the next video will be out there tomorrow- and a final video in this series will air at a date yet to be determined.

Good luck!

PS- If you’re not familiar with my grizzly mug, you’ll have to work just a little more. A quick trip to http://images.google.com might be in order- the third page (currently) perhaps being the most helpful. ;-)

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OMWeather v0.3 Preview Needs Your Donations

2009-10-21 14:32 UTC  by  rcadden
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OMWeather v0.3If you’ve ever used a Maemo-powered device, including the older Nokia Internet Tablets, you know that OMWeather is one of the ultimate must-have applications. OMWeather brings detailed weather information straight to your homescreen through a really customizable widget, with transparency and even a few different icon sets that you can use. Newer versions of OMWeather also use the device’s built-in GPS receiver to automatically determine your location, making weather details even more useful.

The 3-person team behind OMWeather has now posted a preview of v0.3 of OMWeather, which is optimized for the Nokia N900, and includes some really cool updates. The interface has been simplified, and it also is one of a few applications to support portrait mode, even before Nokia does! This new version should be released soon.

OMWeather v0.3

Unfortunately, the team is running short of resources. They only have one real N900 between themselves, which makes developing updates quite difficult. They’ve done some quick calculations to realize they’ve only made $5/month on what is easily one of the most popular Maemo applications ever, and are now asking for donations. They’ve setup a PayPal donations link that you can use if you’d like to donate.

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How To Use Mauku With Multiple Twitter Accounts

2009-10-21 04:26 UTC  by  rcadden
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Mauku is currently the only real Twitter client for the Nokia N900 and it does a pretty good job of letting tyou interact with your Twitter timeline. Unfortunately, at first glance, it seems as though Mauku only lets you login to one account at a time, which can be frustrating for those of us with multiple accounts. After expressing my frustration with this to the developer, he showed me how to add additional Twitter accounts to Mauku.

To do so, you’ll need to open the ‘Publishers’ dialog, so that you see this screen:

Now, to add a second (or third, or fourth) Twitter account, you’ll need to click that ‘Advanced’ button there on the bottom right, to get this screen:

From here, you’ll need to select the Twitter API from the drop-down list, and give theis publisher profile a unique name, such as Twitter2. You can now go back to the normal account setup screen and assign a Twitter username to it, and repeat as necessary.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t make using Mauku with multiple accounts any easier. You will still need to exit out to the launch screen for Mauku, manually switch accounts, and then wait for the new profile to load. However, it does save you the hassle of having to re-enter your username and password repeatedly.

Hopefully future versions of Mauku will look and operate similar to Gravity, which easily lets you manage several Twitter accounts all at the same time. Do you manage multiple Twitter accounts on your phone?

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How To Use Mauku With Multiple Twitter Accounts

2009-10-21 04:05 UTC  by  rcadden
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Mauku is currently the only real Twitter client for the Nokia N900 and it does a pretty good job of letting tyou interact with your Twitter timeline. Unfortunately, at first glance, it seems as though Mauku only lets you login to one account at a time, which can be frustrating for those of us with multiple accounts. After expressing my frustration with this to the developer, he showed me how to add additional Twitter accounts to Mauku.

To do so, you’ll need to open the ‘Publishers’ dialog, so that you see this screen:

Now, to add a second (or third, or fourth) Twitter account, you’ll need to click that ‘Advanced’ button there on the bottom right, to get this screen:

From here, you’ll need to select the Twitter API from the drop-down list, and give theis publisher profile a unique name, such as Twitter2. You can now go back to the normal account setup screen and assign a Twitter username to it, and repeat as necessary.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t make using Mauku with multiple accounts any easier. You will still need to exit out to the launch screen for Mauku, manually switch accounts, and then wait for the new profile to load. However, it does save you the hassle of having to re-enter your username and password repeatedly.

Hopefully future versions of Mauku will look and operate similar to Gravity, which easily lets you manage several Twitter accounts all at the same time. Do you manage multiple Twitter accounts on your phone?

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…But Very Much Excited About Maemo 5

2009-10-19 15:01 UTC  by  rcadden
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Photo taken by Tim Samoff, via Flickr

Photo taken by Tim Samoff, via Flickr

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Multitasking On The Nokia N900 Is Awesome

2009-10-15 19:15 UTC  by  rcadden
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In the screenshot below, you can see that I’m running 24 different applications on the N900 simultaniously. Any decent smartphone should be able to multitask, and it’s clear that the Nokia N900 has no trouble in doing so. You will notice that after yopu have 16 applications open, the task manager screen starts scrolling up and down, which is nice.

The best part is that unlike other systems, I didn’t notice any slowdown when I had all these apps running. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it is. What do you think? I have’t yet tested the full limits, mainly because I ran out of apps to launch, and also because mpore than 24 wouldn’t have all shown up in a single screenshot.

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Nokia N900 Preview First Impressions

2009-10-15 14:49 UTC  by  rcadden
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I’ve been using the Nokia N900 as my primary device now for a few days, and wanted to put together some first impressions, since I know many of you are desperate to know more about this sweet device. We’ll have a full review/preview up soon, so this is not meant to be a comprehensive review, but rather the things that stick out after only a few days of usage.

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Nokia N900 Keyboard Shortcuts Galore

2009-10-15 14:25 UTC  by  rcadden
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The Nokia N900 is one of the first QWERTY-equipped smartphones from Nokia to come with a junkload of cool keyboard shortcuts. Honestly, there’s so many, you probably won’t remember or use most of them, but there are a few that deserve to be highlighted. Thanks to Matthew Miller at NokiaExperts.com for pulling these out of the manual (and discovering a few others, as well).

For starters, (and this isn’t a keyboard shortcut, but it’s good to know, nonetheless), there’s some quick pointers about the notification LED. When it’s flashing blue, that means some application has triggered a notification of some sort. If it’s orange, that means the battery is currently charging, and is not quite full. If it’s green, that means the battery is fully charged, and you can go ahead and disconnect it.

Now, back to that keyboard. Here’s a big list:

General

  • Ctrl + Backspace: From within an application this will take you back out to the visual task manager. (Thanks to Chanse for that one.)
  • Ctrl + C: Copy text
  • Ctrl + V: Paste text
  • Ctrl + X: Cut text
  • Ctrl + A: Select all
  • Ctrl + O: Open (if available)
  • Ctrl + N: Create a new item (if available)
  • Ctrl + S: Save (if available)
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo (if available)
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo (if available)
  • Ctrl + F: Open search bar (if available)
  • Ctrl + Right arrow: Move the insertion point to the end of the word
  • Ctrl + Left arrow: Move the insertion point to the beginning of the word

Web browser

  • Ctrl + N: Open a new window
  • Ctrl + R: Reload the current page
  • Ctrl + B: Open a bookmark
  • Ctrl + D: Add a bookmark

Email

  • Ctrl + Enter: Send a message
  • Ctrl + R: Reply to a message

RSS Reader

  • Ctrl + R: Refresh the feed

Screenshots

  • Ctrl + Shift + P: Capture a screenshot. Warm up those fingers first to try this out. (Thanks Nokia Experts reader Matti for the tip.)

Quite good stuff. Matthew’s got some other tips and tricks listed out, so click on over to get the full info. What other keyboard shortcuts have you discovered that aren’t listed here?

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How To Customize Your N900

2009-10-14 14:27 UTC  by  rcadden
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One cool thing about the Nokia N900 is the ability to customize how it looks. The device features 4 side-scrolling homescreens, each of which can have their own wallpaper. Themes are also supported, which will be able to personalize various other graphical elements, such as icons and that sort of thing. We’ve come across two great resources that should make it easier to do both to your Nokia N900.

First up, we already know that the Theme Maker application for previous tablets has been updated to support the Nokia N900. Andrew Black has also recently posted a great walkthrough to guide you, step-by-step, through the process of building your theme package so that it can be easily distributed to N900 owners through the Extras repository.

n900camo

Second, for wallpapers, you have a few options. For starters, you can easily create your own. Simply crop your images to 800×480 pixels, and then stick them in the .images directory on your tablet. Alternatively, you can visit N900wallpapers.com, which has an awesome collection of wallpapers for you to choose from – all community-uploaded. The upload process at N900wallpapers.com has been streamlined, and now allows you to upload an image that is 480px tall and a multiple of 800px wide (800, 1600, 2400, 3200), and it will automatically split the image into the appropriate number of parts, based on the width. Definitely cool, and worth bookmarking on your N900.

I’ve gone ahead, for those of you who knew this was coming, and created a 4-pack of beautiful camo backgrounds for the Nokia N900, so that you can easily conceal your device and just look cool at the same time. You can download them at N900wallpapers.com. Alternatively, you can download and unzip Camo into your Images folder, and then choose the ‘Camo’ image set on your device to automatically set all 4 desktops to camo.

Have you already found a bunch of cool wallpapers for your N900? Please share the links in the comments, so we can all check them out! I’m personally really excited to see some themes coming out, specifically from the excellent Symbian themers like TehkSeven and others.

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Nokia N900 Meetups Taking Place Soon

2009-10-13 14:38 UTC  by  rcadden
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With everyone at the Maemo Summit 2009 getting a pre-production N900 on loan till January (mine arrived yesterday), Nokia has smartly decided to host official Nokia N900 Meetups in its Flagship stores around the globe. The only details are that the meetups will take place in October at the stores located in Helsinki, Moscow, London, New York, Dubai, and Chicago.

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With so many (there were over 400 attendees at the Maemo Summit) N900’s in the wild, Nokia should have asked for volunteers at the Summit to host their own meetups in their own cities – a true grassroots endeavour. If you were at the Maemo Summit 2009 and have an N900 in your hands, I encourage you to host your own meetup, as well. If you do, let us know the when and where, and we’ll make sure to post it here on the site. We’ll have details on the Dallas/Fort Worth meetup shortly, as well.

If you’re interested, but not sure what exactly a ‘meetup’ is, or consists of, let us know in the comments. I would definitely like to host a conversation here that will hopefully help others feel more comfortable hosting their own.

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