Thursday, 8 December 2011

Busy busy busy!

Oh wow.

It's not until recently that I noticed how long I haven't blogged anything!

Then again, who can blame me, what with Skyrim, Saints Row the Third, Arkham Asylum, Assassins Creed Revelations, Anno 2070...

Yes, the gaming world has been busy and so have I!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Favicon? Yay!

Just a quick one to let you know I'm still alive! :D


I'm thinking of making a favicon, haven't decided on any specific design yet though as I wanted to change the whole theme/design of the blog. Maybe change the layout a bit too.


The flashing guide is still being written, I'm verifying a few things and making screenshots. I've read a few guides before, but some just don't explain enough or just lack something. 

I'm slowly getting the hang of FL Studio, but I think it's gonna be a while before I pump out a quality tune! :D

So yeah. Hang tight and enjoy some dubsteps for now:










Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Symbian Belle officially out + new mobiles!

'sup guys,

Nokia officially announced the new Symbian Belle OS and a line of new phones at the Hong Kong event and on it's Facebook.



It's sleek and awesome. What more would ya want?

The new mobiles presented are the Nokia 600, 700 and 701, as seen here:

Monday, 22 August 2011

Symbian Belle leaked! Get it now!

Symbian Belle aka PR.3.0 (Nokias newest firmware for the N8) was recently leaked.

Belle is the newest update, containing numerous new functions and a complete new User Interface.
It's blazingly fast, compared to Anna and is smooth like anything.
It being so new (and leaked) does have a few downsides though. Some games won't run or run really laggy. Like Angry Birds and Asphalt 6. These will probably be fixed when Belle is released to the general public.

Of course I just had to flash it on my N8.

I REGRET NOTHING!

It really is like holding a completely new phone in my hands. If only it would've been like this when the N8 was released...

You can download it (and customised versions of it) from the DailyMobile forum.

I'll be posting a quick flashing guide shortly, stay tuned!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

NEW SYMBIAN^3 FIRMWARE LEAKED!

Sup guys,

the new PR 2.0 firmware for S^3 devices has been leaked on chinese forums.

So far it seems to be legit, the real deal.

The speculated release date for PR 2.0 is around the end of August, so we will see if this will push Nokia to out it a little sooner.


Here's the general response from people who have tested it:

Pros:
The User Interface is faster and more responsive with a loading icon for programs
Conversation mode in sms works
UI changes in MP3 player

Cons:
Web browser performance is still lacking
Social Networks app uses same old code base
No Split Screen in browser or in Ovi Maps

This will be interesting to see how things go.

UPDATE: the new firmware should fix the purple tint problem some people were having. Also, here's a video demonstration:

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The new Nokia N9

Nokia recently announced a new N-series Phone, the N9.

You won't find a Homebutton on it anymore and will probably be running Meego (Linux).
It's made out of one solid polycarbonate body, precision manufactured, as they say. The screen is slightly curved and seems to be around  3,8" or 4". Here's a video of the UI in action:


As you can see, it performs rather well overall, but the maps in 3D seem to lag a little.

The absence of a main homescreen is something I personally would have to get used to first, but I do like the feature of just swiping an application away.

With the N9 running Linux, there's a chance that it will be hacked to run Android too!

There's no infop on the hardware specs yet, but I'm hoping it's not 680Mhz ARM... again...

A dualcore would be great for better multitasking, gaming and general performance.

Here's a video with Marko Ahtisaari on the N9:

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

General Update

Hey guys,

I haven't made any posts lately, it's been quite a bit since my last one.

But who can blame me, with a surge of new, enjoyable games coming out?

Portal 2 has kept me busy, what with the multiplayer addition adding more hours of gameplay.
Fable 3 is fun, but after becoming King/Queen there's not much to do, except if you know where all the quests and hidden stuff is.

The Witcher 2 is a "will buy" game, will be getting that in the near future. It looks well made with an intriguing story, so it should be worth it!

Making (or composing) music is another thing I have been trying my hand at, so far only small little loops, but it's really fun to do. FL Studio is the program I'm using at the moment, it's fantastic.

While browsing the web I came across a service named Duolingo.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Nokia N8: Tons of free games... for free!



Hey guys, just a quick one you should know about, these games are normally Payware, but you can get them free at the moment on Nokia's Ovi Store!

Dunno if it's a glitch or early christmas, but grab 'em while they're hot!

Here's the list of games:

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Play Katamari Damacy in your browser!

Something interesting I found on my voyage through the webs, you might enjoy it.

The concept of Katamari Damacy is simple. You start off with a small ball, rolling it into objects and absorbing them, making the ball bigger. Eventually you would end up absorbing whole towns and even big cites. A really fun and addictive game.

So! With this neato javascript you too can get the ball rolling, making it bigger with every bit you pick up!

Just paste this:

javascript:var i,s,ss=['http://kathack.com/js/kh.js','http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5.1/jquery.min.js'];for(i=0;i!=ss.length;i++){s=document.createElement('script');s.src=ss[i];document.body.appendChild(s);}void(0);
...into your URL/Address bar, select your prefered options and BAM! You're good to go.

Try it out here!

Take that, text! BWahahahaha!

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Nintendo 3DS: My Experience

I'm sure you all know what the 3DS is and what its feature does by now: display 3D renders without the need for special glasses.



Killing the 3D-glasses industry since... now!

When asked, most people said that the 3D feature is just a gimmick and should've been left out in favour of better hardware but that hasn't stopped Japan from shipping 400.000 of 'em as of February.
Of course, I myself thought this at first too, until I saw it in actual action. More on that later.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

6 ways your online identity can get hacked

There are a lot of myths about online identity theft. The most common myth is the hackers are able to crack in servers and fetch the usernames & passwords of any user. The modern servers are secure enough and can not be hacked by any hacker that easily. It is possible to be safe from identity theft by taking precautions. To bust all myths, following are the 6 most common ways to hack an online identity and tips to be safe from the hackers.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

N8 App: Nokia Panorama

Hey guys,

today's App I'm showing you allows you to take Panorama shots, as the name implies.




It's simple, easy to use and stitches the pictures together fast with amazing results.
In short: It gets the job done.

Here's one I made.


Some more great panorama shots can be found on flickr.

Monday, 7 March 2011

HDMI cables: A truth

Hey guys,
first off, thank you all for the warm welcome to the community!

Alrighty.
This is probably common knowledge by now, but still rather interesting.
Today I'd like to inform you all about HDMI cables, you know, these guys:

"One to rule them all."
They're awesome. They transmit video and audio signals simultaneously, saving the need for more cables. Of course, you'll need a computer and TV or monitor that have these connections.
You have both? Brilliant!

All you need now is one of these babes and you're all set for the whole world of 1080p FULL HD.
Okay, let's check out Amazon.

Friday, 4 March 2011

A look at: Nokia N8

This will probably look a little biased as I own one of these phones, I'll admit.

If you don't know the N8, here's a quick summary.
12 Megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss optics with a real Xenon flash and 720p recording,
16 Gigabyte built-in memory with a microSD slot for more,
3,5 inch 360x640 capacitive touchscreen with Multitouch and gesture support,
HDMI out, USB On-The-Go, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Pentaband 3.5G radio
runs Nokia's newest OS Symbian^3




Soooo, where to start.
The design is really nice. It feels solid in your hand with its brushed aluminium, without seeming too bulky. The camera stands out a little (literally) which is sometimes in the way when you have the HDMI cable conected. You might end up touching the glass infront of the camera, but that's no biggie.

A menu button adorns the bottom left corner of the N8, which is awkward to reach with your thumb when holding it. Could've been better in the middle, but I'm sure it has its reasons to be there.

The contrast of the screen is brilliant, colors are vibrant and yet not too much "Pow, right in the face!".
Here's a little video showing the Clear Black Display:



The clarity is good, easily readable in sunny conditions.

The built-in GPS works well with the supplied OVI Maps. It may take a bit to find a signal though, if you disable assisted GPS and network based GPS.
I disaled it because I'm not on a data plan. Yet.

Now let's focus on what makes the N8 the N8. The pictures are astonishing, not just because of the 12 Mp but because of the camera sensor size. It's the biggest there is out there at 1/1.83″. You can see some of the amazing pictures it takes here at flickr and a top 5.

Videos can be recorded up to 720p. The quality is great and the sound is surprisingly really clear and clean. I dare say it could easily rival that of any compact camera.

Pictures, when saved, are about 1 to 2 Mb in size due to compression. There are a few mods out there that circumvent this and produce pictures with 8~12 Mb. The difference is quite big, but it takes a few seconds to save/process after taking one. Have a read at this, if interested about the modification.
Once again, I'm very sure that it can outrun all compact cameras.
You won't find a better camera on a mobile phone.

I would compare the new Symbian^3 to the older OSes, but I've never used any of them.
There a few things that need fixing though.
The browser is somewhat slow and unresponsive.
Opening a folder with many non-system icons (a games folder, for instance) can take upto 5 seconds to open, though that happens only once, then they're loaded into the memory until you reboot or close the menu.
These and many more bugs (+50, according to Nokia) are going to be eliminated with the new update PR 2.0, which is due maybe end of April. Bit depressing, seeing how long the N8 has been out.
I guess they can't be blamed, what with them partnering up with Microsoft, though they did write in their twitter that S^3 will still be supported and upgraded.

Yet it feels kinda old, the GUI. Maybe I'm too used to seeing Android's. A new GUI is to come with PR3.0. At the end of this year. If we're lucky.

But even through all this, I can happily say that I love the N8. It does what I want and what I need.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Introduction: 'sup everyone!

I'm new to the blogging culture, but hope to fit right in.
 
(Who these days doesn't have a blog, right..?)

I speak both english and german fluently, so you'll be reading some posts in those languages, but I'll mainly be sticking to english.

As you may have taken from the URL and Header, most blogs will be about tech or tech-related things, though you can probably count on a few odd ramblings, here and there.

The first few blogs will be about mobile phone tech.

That said, I hope you'll enjoy it here and check back often!



Auf Wiederseh'n.