Skype Symbian client for Nokia has not been fully functional with voice so far but things have finally started to change. Skype’s official client for symbian phones is now available for free download that lets you pretty much do everything that you can do with your desktop version of Skype. You can make calls, receive calls, join conferences, receive and send instant messages and what not. This has been a surprise for me actually that the client was not officially available yet officially and skype fans have been using Fring for all the skype features on their handsets. Right now, Skype mobile client is available on Symbian platform, Nokia N900, N810, N800, obviously iPhone and for PSP as well. The list of compatible Nokia devices can be found here. Here are a few screen shots from my Nokia N82
This looks awesome. BlackBerry Storm 2 running Need for Speed Shift using the accelerometer and touchscreen. This was showcased at MWC 2010.
After unveiling announcements by leading memory manufacturers for their 32 GB Micro SDHC cards, memory users like me are anxiously waiting for the retail availability of this card. I have been waiting for more than one and a half year for a larger memory card and have been enjoying using my 16GB Micro SDHC card for more than one and a half year. If you are too impatient, you can go ahead and pre-order the new 32 GB Micro SDHC card for your device right now which is scheduled to be available somewhere in april.
If you have been a desktop computer user and are planning to upgrade your machine in near future, please do consider the fact that the power consumption of a Laptop Computer is way less than that of a desktop computer. So we recommend you buy a laptop instead of a desktop, not only to give you more mobility, convenience of use but also to save power and support green computing. Lets look at the topic in a bit more detail.
Whey laptops are inherently power efficient?
From the initial days of laptops or notebook computers, they have been including chargeable batteries that allow the computers to run without power supply for some time. To increase the operating time on a given battery, the computer components have especially been designed for laptops to consume low power.
How power efficient are laptops compared to the desktop versions?
Laptop computers are as powerful as their desktop versions in capability, but they normally save more than 85% power when computing at their maximum capacities. This graph shows a typical comparison:
For example, the laptop I’m typing this article on, is costing my 65 watts of power. While average desktop computers cost more than 450 watts of power. It also depends if you are using an LCD or a CRT monitor on the desktop. CRT monitors take significantly more power than LCD monitors.
Justifying the initial cost difference
So if you are planning to buy a new computer with latest specs, laptops are available in all latest performance parts and components. Only factor that hinders your decisiont of purchasing a laptop is the initial cost. Though, these differences are also diminishing constantly, here is a simple analysis to convince you further.
A typical desktop computer with a monitor screen costs around $600 and lets say will be useful for next two years. An average laptop with similar specs will cost you around $900 and will have a similar useful life of two years. So the laptop costs you $300 more than that of your desktop.
If you run both the computers for five hours a day, you will definitely save more than $300 in electricity costs in two years so in the longer run you will save money as well as power on laptops.
Netbooks are even a lower cost and lower power variant that will be a good option if you are not a power user. Netbooks have longer battery life, smaller screens, optimized processing and are even more convenient to use for some users.
It’s been quite some time we’ve seen a larger Micro SDHC card than the 16GB one I have. I’ve been posting about 16GB memory card compatibility earlier as well. This post is an official confirmation that Nokia’s touchscreen phone 5530 ExpressMusic supports 16GB Micro SD cards. I have this SanDisk’s 16GB card and it works great in my phone. See photo below:
So if you are planning to buy a new Nokia touch-screen phone that’s S60 3rd edition like my Nokia 5530, you can always get a memory upgrade for a lot of stuff that you can do with this device. Memory and bandwidth are never enough for me 🙂
After my last article on Google Voice and accessing it from outside US, I got several emails asking me more about Google Voice. Come on guys, you could google that, couldn’t you?
And then I saw Google’s post on their own good blog that explains it. So watch this video if you are still not clear about what is Google Wave:
And here are some more video links related to Google Voice features.
- Voicemail transcription
- One number
- Personalized greetings
- International calling
- SMS to email
- Share voicemails
- Block callers
- Screen callers
- Mobile app
- Conference calls
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Google voice is one of the most anticipated services offered by Google and it is still not open to everybody. This service allows you to make free calls allover US and Canada and allows you to use one phone number for all your existing numbers. The call lands on your Google number and all the phones that you have configured, will ring. You can have different settings for different users and so on. I will write a different post on Google Voice features later.
Today I’ll let you know, how you can sign up and use Google Voice outside USA. Following are the steps.
Step 1 – Request Invite
This service, as I said still is’nt open to everyone yet and is available to those who have been invited by Google. To receive an invite, you need to request for this invitation. Simply go to https://services.google.com/fb/forms/googlevoiceinvite/ and request an invitation with your email address. This probably the longest step because you may have to wait for several days, even weeks for the invitation to land in your inbox.
Step 2 – Get a US phone number
If you are reading this, the chances are that you dont live in US and dont have a US phone number. Why am I talking about this? Whenever you receive the invitation and you try to sign up, google will ask you for your US telephone number to link with your Google Voice account. You need at least one such number. All the calls you make using Google Voice will be directed to that number. To get such a number you can use one of the following services:
- Virtual Phone Line – http://www.virtualphoneline.com
- Get a Skype online phone number – http://www.skype.com/allfeatures/onlinenumber/
Make sure you buy a number that is US based only (starts with +1)
Step 3 – Make Google Voice account
The email that you receive as an invite from Google will contain the link. Click that link and accept the invite, make an account. While signup process, you will be asked for your US number, give the number you bought in step 2. You should be ready to use Google talk in no time. 🙂
Now all your calls to your google number will land on your virtual phone line number or on your skype. All your SMS will land in your google.com/voice inbox and you have all the features of Google Voice running like a charm.
Let me know how did your experience go.