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Must have mobile applications – Part 3

Here’s  “Must have mobile applications” Part 3. Be sure to read the  Intro , the First Part and the Second Part.


ybrowser_iconY-Browser


Here’s another Symbian file browser which lets you browse all the system folders and drives on your phone. It comes with plugins to let you access your inbox and message folders for easy file transfers from your messages to your phone’s memory card. More details here.


Mobiola Web Camera

If you need to use your mobile phone as a wireless webcam, here’s Mobiola Web Camera, which is very reliable and supports bluetooth, wifi, and even USB cable connection, read more on this in Use you mobile phone as a wireless webcam.



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Installing the stated applications stated, and using them, might require a large amount of data transfer over the internet from your phone, be aware of the connection fees that may apply to you by your mobile operator.

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Must have mobile applications – Part 2

Here comes the second part of  “Must have mobile applications” articles. Be sure to read the  Intro , and the First Part.


Interactive Voice Call Manager

This application by Mobisophy provides you with tons of features and is one of the best and most reliable call manager applications available on the market. Use this application to record voice conversations (without beep), have a personalized answering machine, send busy tone when you don’t want to answer a call, reply with text message when you’re not available, mute the ringer on scheduled hours and so on…


salling_clicker_icon1 Salling Clicker


Salling Clicker is the ultimate bluetooth remote control from your computer. With Salling Clicker you can use your phone as a remote control, more details and download


yahoo_go_icon Yahoo GO


Here’s the application for all your Yahoo needs, more details here.


google-maps-icon Google Maps


Google maps is a must have application, it allows you to search local businesses and addresses, and can use your phone’s internal GPS for advanced maps features. Enjoy Google Latitude on your phone, computer or both to locate your friends and familly. More details here.


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ActiveFile is a free browser giving you access to all your files and directories on the phone. You can navigate through your sms messages and backup your sms. It has lots of advanced features and tools. I recommend this application for free and advanced file browsing.


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Installing the stated applications stated, and using them, might require a large amount of data transfer over the internet from your phone, be aware of the connection fees that may apply to you by your mobile operator.

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Must have mobile applications – Part 1

Once you’re through the Intro, let’s see the first part on “Must have mobile applications”:


icon_vodafone SFR Vodafone Live (French users)


Download and install the SFR Vodafone Live application, and run the application from your phone to get it updated with the lastest version.


mobitubia_icon MobiTubia

MobiTubia application is one of the best YouTube players available. You can search, watch and save YouTube mmovie clips on your phone. If for any reason MobiTubia is not the right choice for you, I recommend using either YouTube Player or emTube.


Nokia Photo Browser

This is a very easy to use and cool photo browsing application with stunning 3D effects from Nokia Beta Labs.

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Nokia Conversations

Nokia Conversations is an add-on application that allows you to follow your communication with contacts as streams of conversations, which it organizes, based on individual contacts. The application also makes it very easy to reply to received messages and continue an ongoing conversation with the contact.


garmin_icon Garmin Mobile XT (GPS Software)


This is the best GPS application available for Nokia N95 , E71, E73 and other Symbian OS phones. Detailed installation instructions is available here: Garmin Mobile XT on Nokia E71 and N95 (Internal GPS supported)


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Installing the stated applications stated, and using them, might require a large amount of data transfer over the internet from your phone, be aware of the connection fees that may apply to you by your mobile operator.

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Must have mobile applications – Intro

Tiered of searching for “useful” mobile applications when you buy a new phone or you just reset your current mobile phone? Searching for the best mediaplayer or photo browser application for your mobile phone? Do you want to access your sms inbox folder on the phone? Do you need a robust GPS application for your mobile phone? Are you searching for the best call manager software to manage, record and answer your calls?

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Here’s “TOP N95 Applications, Symbian S60 Applications – Part 4

 

Today, I’ve formatted, reset and updated my Nokia N95 8GB to the latest firmware available (v.31.0.015), and now, I’m installing the required applications on the phone.

You can install these applications on your phone and be ready to go too. Just note that I installed these applications on Nokia N95 8GB with Symbian OS even though other versions might be available.


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Backup your Phone


Backup your phone! This is NECESSARY! You do not want to loose anything when trying new stuff on your phone. Details on how to backup your phone’s memory are available at https://www.gibni.com/update-your-nokia-phone

I recommend that you backup your memory card too.


softwareUpdate-48Update your firmware (If needed and available)


It’s recommended to use the latest firmware available for your phone. Even though this is not essential, but it might help solving many bugs and errors in the system and the software. For updating your phone, read Update Your Nokia Phone.


drive-backup-48x48 Restore your backups


If you have formatted your memory card, or updated your firmware, you need to restore your backup(s) to get your personal stuff back on the phone.


You need to restore your backup data either from your computer or your phone’s mass memory. These backup data contain your Contacts, Settings, Notes, Messages …


settings_48-48Set your Settings


Get your GPRS, WAP, MMS and all other configurations from your mobile operator (usually, you can use your operator’s website to get more information)


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Installing the stated applications stated, and using them, might require a large amount of data transfer over the internet from your phone, be aware of the connection fees that may apply to you by your mobile operator.

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Garmin Mobile XT on Nokia E71 and N95 (Internal GPS supported)

Garmin Inc. provides very useful and interesting GPS solutions. Garmin Mobile XT is a software which is designed for mobile phones and provides GPS navigation on the go!

Basically, you should buy a Garmin GPS Reciever and the software provided together to use Garmin products.

On the Nokia E71 and ( N95 8GB ) you can install the Garmin Mobile XT (version 5.00.40 as of today) and use the internal GPS and/or the A-GPS intergrated on the Nokia Phones.


STEP ONE: First thing to do is to get Garmin Mobile XT software for your device. Go to Garmin Mobile XT website, and download the right version for your phone.


Once you downloaded the installation files, connect your phone on the USB DATA TRANSFER mode and run the downloaded file. The installation program will ask you where you want to install Garmin Mobile XT? Just choose the right drive (your phone) and click on “Install”.


STEP TWO: Get the Support files (from the bottom of the same page ) and install them in the same way on your phone.


STEP TREE: Get the map you need and copy the map IMG file in your phone’s memory card, inside the “Garmin” directory.


On the next page(s) we’ll see how to activate the internal GPS support for Garmin on your mobile phone…

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Make money online with your mobile website

I wish you a happy new year 2009!
This year’s first post is about the mobile version of your website/blog. As some of you might know already, Gibni.com has a mobile version which shows up when you access the site (https://www.gibni.com) from a mobile device like your phone.
Gibni detects and recognizes automatically the device you’re using, and serves appropiate content for your screen and device or browser capabilities.
Gibni currently runs on WordPress 2.7, and the mobile version of the site is provided by Mobile Press.
Thanks to this wonderful plugin, Gibni is running very well on mobile devices, and from an admin point of view, there’s no conflict with caching plugins.Gibni Mobile Screenshot
Previously I used to have other plugins on Gibni to provide mobile versions of the pages but there were always issues with caching capabilities.
I never thought that Gibni would get mobile visitors, but I was really impressed when I saw the analytics reports for Decembre 2008! The mobile version got around 2500 visitors! And that made me think of developing more features in the mobile sections, and post more articles on mobile subjects and subjects that will be useful to mobile users.
And thankfully, this year starts very well, in just 7 days, the mobile version of Gibni recieved around 600 happy visitors, and growing.
The advantage of  Mobile Press, is that you can easily edit the template files and create your own theme or modify the beautiful existing themes. By editing a theme, I added advertisements to the mobile version of Gibni, and let me tell you, it makes a lot more than what I expected it to do!!
I currently run two advertisements on top of the page, one from Google Adsense (adsense for mobile content) and the other one is from Admob.
Google Mobile Adsense is making a lot more money than Admob, and get also a high CTR.
I recommend you start a mobile version of your website or blog (if you haven’t already) and optimize it to rank well by providing unique and useful content and then monetize your mobile pages, you WILL MAKE MONEY!
Other good new is that Gibni continues to grow and makes more and more money online each month. Google Adsense is a good start up program!

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Nokia N97 – My Next Mobile Phone

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I’m a big fan of Nokia Nseries phones, and my last and actual phone is a N95 8GB Nokia Phone, and I always keep it upto date, but with the latest news I’ve recieved about N97, I am trying my best to get my hands on one of the actual available N97 (for testers! )
Nokia lately announced their latest mobile phone, the N97. They call it “World’s most advanced mobile Computer”.
The specifications are really impressive with:
-HDSPA, Wifi, bluetooth,
-5 MP Carl Zeiss camera with DVD quality video capture at 30 fps,
-3.5 TOUCH SCREEN (At last they got a good touch screen phone! It was time!) with tactile feedback. The screen is 16:9 wide screen format,
-1.5 day continuous music playback (or 4.5 hours of continuous video)
-With up to 48 GB of memory!!! (32 internal, and upto 16 GB on microSD)
-Qwerty SLIDING keyboard
-Customizable on-screen widgets for social networking and internet services
here’s a video to show you some functionalities of the N97, you can see it in action on YOUTUBE
Check here regularly if you wanna stay updated about the upcoming N97…
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TOP N95 Applications, Symbian S60 Applications – Part 3

Symbian OSThere are a lot of softwares out there for Symbian platform and they get more and more everyday. I’ve started to test some of the best ones on my own Nokia N95 8GB phone and the ones that qualify, are listed in these series of posts. There’s been 2 parts previously and I should tell you that some of those softwares and applications have become obsolete and either their functionalities are included in new Firmware release or There’s been no update of the said applications till date. Before we start with the third part, let me recall the previous lists:

1- Landscape Pro – Functionality included in new Firmware

2- RotateMe v2.0 – Functionality included in new Firmware

3- Handy Taskman 2.0 – Still Good!

4- Office Suite 4.5 – Still Good

5- Agile Messenger – Obsolete (Recieved minor bugs and application crashes reports)

6- Salling Clicker – Still Good

7- ALON MP3 Dictaphone – Updated version available

8- Nokia Maps 2 (Beta version)Final Release included in Firmware or available to download from your phone.

9- Y-Browser (from Yucca Tools) – Still Good

10- NiiMee – Updated Version Available

And here goes the third list:

11- Python : This is a programming language, but even if you don’t know what that means, to run some applications you would need this, so you may want to install it anyway.

12- MobiTubia : With MobiTubia you can get YouTube.com on your mobile phone. Great menu, easy to navigate, you can save clips you like and you can even open FLV files directly if you know the URL. MobiTubia allows you to search on YouTube and also shows you updated lists of featured videos. It is free to download and install, here’s the link: https://www.mobitubia.com/

13- TomTom : There’s been a long time waiting until people discovered how to run TOMTOM on Symbian S6ç, specially with N95 internal GPS! Well the way is that you install an application which creates a virtual bluetooth gps and sends your GPS data on it, and then, you have to set TOMTOM to recieve data from the virtual GPS!

More info on this will be available in the next post on this topic. For now, you can find almost everything you need by Googling around.

14- Yahoo GO : It’s one of the most used of my applications. It allows you to check your Yahoo emails very easily and quickly, and allows to send, reply and forward emails too! You get access to a lot of other Yahoo Services from your phone and you can add user made widgets like Facebook Widget and so on…

Go here to get more informaion https://mobile.yahoo.com/go

15- Google Maps : You can get many of the Google Maps functionallity on your phone with this wonderful application. It helps you localize yourself on the map and know your location even if you don’t have a GPS!!

Here it is: www.google.com/gmm/

Warning!

Installing the latest applications stated above, and runnig them, will require a large amount of data transfer over the internet from your phone, be careful to know about the connection fees that may apply to you.

In the next post on this topic, I’ll try to provide you downloads of many of the stated applications.

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N95 Won't boot ?!

Today, I was listening to music on my N95 8GB, and I ran the installation of Agile Messenger, but suddenly the phone blocked and I could not even turn it off with the power button, I waited long enough, and then I removed the battery to restart the phone.

After restarting, the Nokia logo appeared and then the phone freezed!

The N95 won’t boot! The lights turn on, the Nokia logo appears and then everything freezes !? is that really happening!!!?

At that moment, I knew there was a serious problem. Anyway, I tried to remove and restart the phone many times, but I didn’t help.

Anyway, I got on the net, and searched for possible solutions. The most discussed solution was to Hard Reset the phone.

3 methods are there, but this one works:

Hold the “3” button, and the ” * ” (star) button, and the Green button simultaneously and then at the same time turn the phone ON!


It’s really strange, but you got to put the phone on the table and use both of your hands, and hold the first three key combination until it asks you either the PIN code or it asks you to enter your country, date and time.

That resets everything on your internal memory, so your settings and customizations will be GONE!

I’m sorry to say that, but there’s no way to get back those data. But your memory card will be OK!

So, I recommend that you back up your phone regularly, you never know!!

Well, once you get the phone back, connect it to a computer, and backup your memory card (8GB Mass Memory) to the computer, and then from the phone, in the menu> settings> tools> memory; go and FORMAT the mass memory, Once formatting is done, hard reset your phone by entering this code when the phone is ON:  *#7370#

*#7370# is a hard reset and does exactly the same as “Press simultaneously the green “call” button, ‘*’ and ‘3’, and keep them down.” The latter is a last resort when everything else fails.

*#7380# is the soft reset.

After this, restart the phone as usual, and everything should be back in order.

Today, I was listening to music on my N95 8GB, and I ran the installation of Agile Messenger, but suddenly the phone blocked and I could not even turn it off with the power button, I waited long enough, and then I removed the battery to restart the phone.

After restarting, the Nokia logo appeared and then the phone freezed!

The N95 won’t boot! The lights turn on, the Nokia logo appears and then everything freezes !? is that really happening!!!?

At that moment, I knew there was a serious problem. Anyway, I tried to remove and restart the phone many times, but I didn’t help.

Anyway, I got on the net, and searched for possible solutions. The most discussed solution was to Hard Reset the phone.

3 methods are there, but this one works:

Hold the “3” button, and the ” * ” (star) button, and the Green button simultaneously and then at the same time turn the phone ON!

 

It’s really strange, but you got to put the phone on the table and use both of your hands, and hold the first three key combination until it asks you either the PIN code or it asks you to enter your country, date and time.

That resets everything on your internal memory, so you settings and customizations will be GONE!

I’m sorry to say that, but there’s no way to get back those data. But your memory card will be OK!

So, I recommend that you back up your phone regularly, you never know!!

Well, once you get the phone back, connect it to a computer, and backup your memory card (8GB Mass Memory) to the computer, and then from the phone, in the menu> settings> tools> memory; go and FORMAT the mass memory, Once formatting is done, hard reset your phone by entering this code when the phone is ON:  *#7370#

*#7370# is a hard reset and does exactly the same as “Press simultaneously the green “call” button, ‘*’ and ‘3’, and keep them down.” The latter is a last resort when everything else fails.

*#7380# is the soft reset.

After this, restart the phone as usual, and everything should be back in order.

Today, I was listening to music on my N95 8GB, and I ran the installation of Agile Messenger, but suddenly the phone blocked and I could not even turn it off with the power button, I waited long enough, and then I removed the battery to restart the phone.

After restarting, the Nokia logo appeared and then the phone freezed!

The N95 won’t boot! The lights turn on, the Nokia logo appears and then everything freezes !? is that really happening!!!?

At that moment, I knew there was a serious problem. Anyway, I tried to remove and restart the phone many times, but I didn’t help.

Anyway, I got on the net, and searched for possible solutions. The most discussed solution was to Hard Reset the phone.

3 methods are there, but this one works:

Hold the “3” button, and the ” * ” (star) button, and the Green button simultaneously and then at the same time turn the phone ON!

 

It’s really strange, but you got to put the phone on the table and use both of your hands, and hold the first three key combination until it asks you either the PIN code or it asks you to enter your country, date and time.

That resets everything on your internal memory, so you settings and customizations will be GONE!

I’m sorry to say that, but there’s no way to get back those data. But your memory card will be OK!

So, I recommend that you back up your phone regularly, you never know!!

Well, once you get the phone back, connect it to a computer, and backup your memory card (8GB Mass Memory) to the computer, and then from the phone, in the menu> settings> tools> memory; go and FORMAT the mass memory, Once formatting is done, hard reset your phone by entering this code when the phone is ON:  *#7370#

*#7370# is a hard reset and does exactly the same as “Press simultaneously the green “call” button, ‘*’ and ‘3’, and keep them down.” The latter is a last resort when everything else fails.

*#7380# is the soft reset.

After this, restart the phone as usual, and everything should be back in order.

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Update Your Nokia Phone

You need to read this guide TWICE! (2 times)

Once to know what is going on and what is going to happen (The theory part)

And The second time to follow the procedure (The practical part)

You might need to read this too (https://www.gibni.com/nokia-n95-8gb-my-new-mobile-phone). (Optional, Recommended)

The translation of this post to French will come soon.

La traduction en Français de cette article sera disponible rapidement.

 

 

This tutorial (How to) will guide you through the process of upgrading your mobile phone’s software, also know as FIRMWARE.

I will discuss on how to update Nokia N-Series phones, and the example here will be the Nokia N95 8GB. But you can follow the same steps to upgrade other models of the n-series family like N73, N82, N93, N95, N81 and all n-series phone.

Upgrading a firmware usually makes the device operate easier and become more stable, and sometimes might happen to get new features and functionalities. On mobile phones, the firmware upgrade usually solves the stability problems and improves the phone’s performance.

Even if most of the time upgrading is recommended, you should do it with extreme care. Before going ahead with the upgrade process, do some research on what is new with the upgrade you’re going to apply, search on the forums to see if there are people who already did the upgrade, and what is their feedback on that.

I do not guarantee that this tutorial will work on any other model/brand than the ones above.

So, Be careful, this is an expert step, you risk to “brick” your phone. (= Make your phone not usable).

Been quite a long time I’ve been waiting for a new firmware release from Nokia for the N95 8GB phone.

This week, I came to know that the latest firmware version is the 20.0.016 for the N95 8GB.

To know what is the latest version available for your Nokia phone, go to https://europe.nokia.com/A4577224 and put in your phone’s product number, the page will tell you your phone’s model and the latest firmware available for it.

You can find the product number of your phone by opening the battery cover and removing the battery, there would be a number in this format:

CODE: 0520001

Well, now that you know the latest version available, note that down and now turn on your phone, and go to

“Menu>Tools>Utilities>Device mgr.” , here you’ll see the version installed on your phone, the “Device Software” version!

You can now easily tell if your phone needs an update!?

Before doing anything, I should warn you that performing and upgrade will erase all data stored on your phone’s internal memory (You will lose everything which is stored in the internal memory, like contacts, programs, themes, settings, messages, notes….)

SO! It is very important that you keep a backup of your phone’s memory! My advice would be that you keep a backup on your computer (PC/MAC) using the Nokia PC Suite ( Nokia Nseries PC Suite 2.0 ) . For that you connect your phone with a USB cable (or Bluetooth) and choose PC Suite mode, and on the computer, you use the “content copier” to make a backup of your phone’s memory. It takes about 5-15 minutes depending on the info stored in the memory.

After all is done, make a backup inside your phone too, just in case! To do that, go to: “Menu>Tools>Utilities>Memory” , click “Options”, and Select “Back up phone memory”. This will also take some time. Let it finish, and you’ll be sure.

Well, now put your phone on charge to get the battery full. (This is important!!)

Meanwhile, go an download the latest Nokia Software Updater (https://europe.nokia.com/A4579163), install it on your computer.

I advise you to Disconnect all other USB peripherals, unless they are extremely necessary like your mouse!

Run the installed software from your desktop, it will need to connect to update itself again. Let is do whatever it needs to do!

My advice is that after it is done, you restart your computer and close all unneeded programs.

Now, Run again Nokia Software Updater from your desktop, and keep an active Internet connection, because it will need to download about 110MB of firmware.

Connect your phone in PC Suite mode, and follow the process explained very clearly in Nokia Software Updater.

* Make sure that your phone is on charge and is connected to the charger.

* Make sure you have no electricity problem and that you’re going to have electricity for the next 30 minutes.

*Make sure you open/run NO OTHER software, music, text or any file.

* Make sure you put your phone on General profile (By clicking once the power button and choosing General).

* Make sure no one’s going to disconnect the phone in the update process.

Well, if every thing’s OK, proceed now with the update. It will first tell you if there’s an update available for your phone, and then will ask you if you want to upgrade. Proceed, then it will download the firmware, and apply it to the phone, the phone will then restart and will be ready to use.

Once every thing’s finished, go to Memory, in Utilities, and click “Options” and then Select “Rest. From Mass Memory” , this will restore the backed up data, and your messages, settings, files and stuff will be back again in place.

You have the latest Firmware and your files are in place too!

Please make sure you read my last post on this topic (https://www.gibni.com/nokia-n95-8gb-my-new-mobile-phone), it will guide you if you get errors like “No Firmware Upgrade Available for your phone” or “Installation problems with Nokia Software Updater” or “How to change product code” or “How to unbrand your phone”. It’s very useful and important!

Please see this page if you need to know which product codes to use:

https://nokia.nigelcoldwell.co.uk/firmware.htm

I should tell you that you need to reinstall again all the software you had installed and also reinstal the themes you like. (Maybe they’ll be there after the memory restore, but that’t recommended to be reinstalled). You should also refresh the media library.

If you have any issues/comments/question, do not hesitate to put them in the comments section.

The translation of this post to French will come soon.