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If you follow me on Twitter, you probably have heard that I involved in Darisini application. Basically, it’s an application (currently available for iOS devices and Android phones) that tries to help you to find some specific venues from a certain categories. You can go to Darisini’s website or read its blog. I would like to share some ideas/details behind the application development.
How it was started?
I can’t remember when Darisini came into discussion with my friends. But, the idea arose from my personal problem. I go from Jogjakarta to Jakarta regularly. When I was in Jakarta, I usually asked my friends when I was about to go somewhere. Sometime, I just tweeted and asked for directions. I utilize Google Maps and also Nokia Maps. I personally like when I get the solution (in this case reference/direction) on my own. I don’t always want to ask my friends — because at the same time they would know where I was, or where I wanted to go. Privacy? Probably. The point is: I need something on my phones that helps me with my problems.
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@font-face. It’s scalable, tidy, color-agnostic, quick & easy, nicely aligned, and small.
I’m waiting for iOS 5! It should be arrived today and I can’t wait to download it. When I watched Apple Special Event (October 2011) last week, there were many information about iOS features that I want to have. It is said that there are more than 200 new features in this release.
From the video, you can see some icons there about the top features. It will have Notification Center, iMessage (chat between iOS users), Newsstand, Reminders, Twitter deep intergration, Camera improvement, Photos , Game Center, Safari, and also PC Free.
And, if you want get the most from the release, you should check your iTunes. The latest version of iTunes (Version 10.5) is already available now. It will also support iTunes in the Cloud.
- iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
- Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
- Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
- Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
- Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.
I just got a notification from Ovi Mail — it’s an email service provided by Nokia — telling that Ovi Mail is now using Yahoo! Mail technology. The email said:
Ovi Mail is now officially “Powered by Yahoo!”. Users have access to significant improvements, including better social integration, improved contacts management, a more customizable experience, and better search and spam filters.
I tried to logged-in to my Ovi Mail account, and found that it has now the same look, just like what Yahoo! Mail has. But of course, it has Ovi Mai’s identities there like its logo and menu icons on the top. The image logo now only has the word “Mail”, not “Ovi Mail”. (click to enlarge)
You probably heard the news this month that Nokia in in the process of re-branding, by dropping the “Ovi” and simply use “Nokia”
“We have made the decision to change our service branding from Ovi to Nokia. By centralizing our services identity under one brand, not two, we will reinforce the powerful master brand of Nokia and unify our brand architecture — while continuing to deliver compellingopportunities and experiences for partners and consumers alike.” Nokia’s EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Jerri DeVard [source]
So, how does it affect the users? Nokia clearly stated that Ovi will not be used in the future — I like its name, anyway. So, other product like Ovi Maps and Ovi Store will be “Nokia Maps” and “Nokia Store”, right? Ovi Mail is using
@ovi.com domain, will Nokia keep this, or will terminate the service also? I don’t know. Right now, Ovi is just like regular Yahoo! Mail. I haven’t found any reasons to use it as my other primary e-mail.
Two days ago, I gave Nokia Messaging for Social Networks Beta a try on my Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. This application will help Nokia users to keep update with the social media services — in this case Facebook and Twitter. Of course, it’s still in beta so I should not expect too much.
The installation process was easy and I didn’t have any problems. Everything was smooth. This early preview is available on the Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia 5530, Nokia 5800, and the Nokia X6 devices. Go to messaging.nokia.com if you want to see applications from Nokia Messenging for your device.
After having this application installed, I used it right away. When running the application for the first time, I got this welcome screen:
I use Twitter more than Facebook. First, I use the Twitter feature. Here’s the login sreen:
When I heard about Google Chrome, I was very curious and really wanted to try it. Now, it’s available for download. I could not stop comparing Google Chrome with other browsers installed. Of course, I found that Mozilla Firefox and Opera are way much better than the first release of Google Chrome, at least right now.
Download an Install
Unlike other browsers, we could not download the executable installation file. At first, we need to download an installer (around 475 KB), and run it. It will download the Google Chrome after we executed it. Wait for some moments, and you will be prompted to the next installation steps. The installation process was really straight forward. Everyone should be able to do it without problems. Anyway, Google Chrome is only available for Windows XP/Vista right now.
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If you need other alternative, don’t forget about IconBuffet, too. IconBuffet also offers many creative icons. Already found your favorite icons?
I did not wait any longer to download Opera 9.5. It’s still fresh, and because I’m comfortable with this browser. Because I do not have many addons — like in Firefox, I just upgraded it. The upgrade process was easy, just like doing a fresh install.
The new interface looks great and well-polished. The window tab is redesigned and I think it’s much better than before. Look at the screenshot below. It uses the standard skin, special effects-enabled with “Sand” color scheme.
I am not saying that I do not like the new skin desin, but I like to have it simpler. Previously, I use another skin called “Flat”. I want to keep my Opera clean so that I can focus on the website content. Here is my current skin using the same color scheme. It has slimmer tabs, not many colors, and smaller icons… and I like it.
I do not use all features offered by Opera because I do not use Opera as my other applications like RSS reader, email client, or chat. I choose to use web-based service like Gmail and Google Reader. About other accessories, I have some Opera widgets installed: Ruler, The Colours of The Rainbow and CSS Help. Well, I miss Firefox when it’s about extensions/addons. But, it’s fine for me if I do not have them in Opera. :)
I am not a fan of emoticon. But, I am fine if I see smilies used in websites, blogs, or discussion forums. Nowadays, smilies/emoticons are widely used by many web applications, etc; and I have to confest that I do not know each of them, do you?
Okey, what’s emoticon anyway? According to Wikipedia:
an emoticon is a symbol or combination of symbols used to convey emotional content in written or message form.
To be more spesific, current web applications have a built-in emoticon feature. For example, if you’re using WordPress, we can manage how smilies should be presented: only symbols or converted them into graphics/icons. There are some reasons why I do not use emoticons in this site.
- I do not want to display text, images and any other important message and I presented many icons at the same time.
- Smiley symbols are enough to represent emotional content.
- I do not want to give symbols that’s hard to understand. Okey, I think it’s more about me who does not know much about smiley symbols.
This is — of course — more about my personal preferences. I am fine with emoticons at other sites/blogs. But, if there is an option not to use the icons, I will choose not to see that. For example, if we registered at a discussion forum, we can have options on how smiley symbols should be treated.