Nokia Sports Tracker – now with maps

Many Nokia users will recognize the Nokia Sports Tracker applicaton – especially popular with Nokia users with GPS-enabled phones. In fact Nokia has taken this great little application and added integration between the Polar Wearlink Belt for Nokia and the Nokia N79, so training freaks can now be 100% mobile with their phone while training: listen to music, receive calls, know the distance and how the body reacts to the entire thing.

Now, for those of us not lucky enough to have an N79 or the special Wearlink Belt from Polar, there’s no need to be too disappointed. Nokia added a missing feature to its Sports Tracker Beta v. 1.82 in October of 2008 – they now support maps!

Little known to many, but posted here, the “new” beta is not available of the official Nokia Sports Tracker website. You have to go to Nokia Research and download it. Then install it to your Nokia S60 3.1 device (N82, E71, N95, etc…).

If you’re completely new to how Nokia Sports Tracker works go ahead and have a look at their website and of course make sure to look at some of our family runs – like this and this. Looking forward to more like this from the good folks at Nokia (and Polar).

Cyrillic Challenges

I’ve spent the better half of the evening trying to navigate through Moscow using the cyrillic alphabet. Tomorow’s a normal working day here and so I’ve thrown the towel in the ring at about 2200 hrs. a taxi is speeding me through Moscow to what I hope is my hotel. tomorrow there is another day where I can try myself on navigation.

Without Google and the internet I would never have gotten this far. Google maps have provided directions. Wikitravel has provided all the info on Moscow and it still wasn’t enough to get me all the way to the hotel on my own steam. Without all of the above, though, I would have had to take the over-priced taxis from the airport to the hotel.

I wonder how I’ll get to the office tomorow…

IT Industry Podcasts

Official Podcast Logo Podcasts seem to have become the next big thing for people on the go (meaning anyone), for large organisations who want to market themselves externally or internally, for educational institutions and for radio stations and others who are stakeholders in some form of media.

For a while now I’ve using podcasts to stay updated with what happens in the industry I work in – Computer Networking – and instead of sending e-mails out, I thought I’d list the podcasts below. These are not only my favorite podcasts on networking and technology – they’re also the only ones. I generally use these for additional information on the IT and Computer Networking industries and to get to hear views that are slightly ahead of the curve or provide different perspective on some of the issues that I spend a lot of my time working with.

Cisco Executive Thought Leadership Podcast Feed – http://newsroom.cisco.com/data/syndication/rss2/etl_podcast_20.xml
Comment: This is Cisco executives’ channel for their piece of input on various issues – usually focused on how networking can help both business and individuals develop and grow. Insightful and educative.

News@Cisco – http://newsroom.cisco.com/data/syndication/rss2/News_Podcast_20.xml

The World: Technology from BBC/PRI/WGBH – http://www.theworld.org/rss/tech.xml

Gartner Voice – http://www.gartner.com/it/products/podcasting/rss/asset_137461_2635.xml

Computerworld TechCast – http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/blog/62/feed

IT Newscast – http://www.networkworld.com/podcasts/newscast.xml

Network World Radio – http://www.networkworld.com/podcasts/radio.xml

networking – http://news.rss2podcast.com/networkingnews_it/podcast.xml

VoIP Magazine Online (Podcasts) – http://www.voip-magazine.com/rss/podcasts

CIO Podcasts – http://www.cio.com/podcasts/podcasts.xml
Comments: Jim Baldoni’s CIO coaching podcasts.

This last one is for whenever I’m tired of all of the above and just want to relax a bit!:
Dance Department – http://radio538.nl/538/xml/rss/dancedepartment.jsp

More about specific players in a future post. Feel free to post comments with your own favourite networking and IT industry podcasts.


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Skype for Smartphone

Skype LogoAs mentioned in my brief review of the Qtek 8310 in November the phone comes with Wifi. In the mean time I have had the time to test it out and some of the things that I particularly like about this phone is the ability to check e-mail and websites, which works really well.

Last time I mentioned that I was missing applications like Skype on my Smartphone. It seems now according to CoolSmartPhone.com that that anyway is possible. Check out the workaround here.

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Introducing Qtek 8310 !

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Finally I’m approaching the end of my Vodafone subscription and I could go out and choose a new telephone and after heavy studies of all pros and cons I finally went for the Qtek 8310.

The Qtek 8310 is really designed and manufactured by Taiwanese HTC and is also known as T-mobile SDAII and i-mate SP5.

Using the 8310 is similar to using any other smartphone or Windows device. There are a few tweaks with Qtek 8310 and Windows Mobile 5, which make the experience nicer: You can upload pictures of your contacts in sync and the screen is larger than on previous models.

But obviously the REAL added value comes from the built-in Wireless LAN (802.11b), which can be switched on or off on the fly. It works easily with most networks and it’s easy to pick up network signals and set up an Internet connection.

Windows Mobile 5 and HTC’s move to a faster processor has dramatically increased the speed compared to past models like the Hurricane. That change makes the experience more like working with a PDA than sitting with a telephone.

With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5 Microsoft has chosen to change the way that devices communicate with ActiveSync – the software used for synchronisation. The problem is that Microsoft has chosen to treat Smartphones and PDAs running Windows Mobile 5 as network devices. If you have a firewall installed on your desktop – and you most likely do – it will block what the traffic from the device as traffic through the ports required by ActiveSync is normally blocked by default. Even if ActiveSync works is a trusted program you need to open the ports yourself.

Microsoft has provided a troubleshooting guide, which should help you solve the problem. Still, a certain level of confidence in dealing with network security and general PC settings are valuable assets in this process. That makes the Qtek 8310 (a.k.a. HTC Tornado/T-Mobile SDA-II/i-Mate SP5) a smartphone unsuitable (and probably anyway undesirable) for anyone without those skills.

Finally make sure that your telephone has the T9 dictionaries of your choice. Mine did not come with the Danish dictionary, and now I have to start tweaking the registry and find the right dictionary file online to make Danish work, which is quite a hazzle.

Note btw. that I do not mention the new Orange SPV C600, which is essentially the same telephone, but without WLAN support.

In summary the new things are the WLAN-support, Windows Mobile 5 and the new processor. Those three make this telephone worth a look, if you’re in the market for a telephone with WLAN support.

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