It makes me jealous that the iPhone can fill the screen to play movies, while my Nokia N95 8GB and other Nseries phones can’t. Until they add this feature, here’s a workaround to view movies full screen. It requires cropping some pixels off the sides of the movie. I’ll share a math formula, so I hope your algebra and calculator skills are still fresh.
I previously wrote how to convert videos for Nokia Nseries phones, but now I’ve been using a better solution for Mac users with phones capable of playing excellent quality H.264 videos like the Nokia N93i, Nokia N82, and all versions of the Nokia N95. VisualHub creators made sure to make the program very easy to use. Take a look at the How-To.
The web browser on my Nokia Nseries phones is my most used application and up until now I did not know the list of shortcuts available. I knew they existed, but I pressed buttons not knowing what will happen. If you feel the same, here are the shortcuts as well as a request for the S60 web browser developers.
Update your Nokia N95 8GB to a firmware with your preferred language pack by changing the product code on your phone. Updating your Nokia N95 8GB to the latest firmware, and/or changing the language pack is similar to the guide I wrote earlier on changing the product codes in the Nokia N95-1. If you are a new Nokia N95 8GB owner, this might be helpful if you want a different language pack in your new phone.
Not sure when software updates are available on you Nokia phones? Well, one way to be up to date is by checking the Nokia Software Update News. It looks like an announcement page that shows what phones are updated along with the software versions and a brief description of what’s changed. What’s also nice is that an RSS feed is provided. Make sure you subscribe to the Nokia Software Update News RSS feed if updates are crucial to you, .
Hooray for Mac and Nokia users! We can now try out Device Status from Nokia Beta Labs. It is a self-diagnosis tool that allows you to collect detailed information of S60 device. I did not want to install it before because it was only available in a .exe Windows file format, meaning I had to run Windows XP on my Mac. It is now available as a .sis file where we can simply bluetooth it over to our phone and install.
I used my Apple Macbook Pro to update the Nokia N93i to the latest firmware as of writing this entry, version 30.0.013, using VMware Fusion without any problems. As you may know, Nokia Software Update only works on Windows. If you are a Mac user, you get the benefits of both worlds by being able to run Windows on a Mac.
It’s now even faster to edit and share videos from our phones to the internet thanks to iMovie ’08. In addition to Nokia having Nseries phones shooting videos at DVD-like quality at 30 frames per second and VGA size (640×480 pixels resolution), you can have good quality videos on the internet in a few minutes. For example is using my Nokia N95 for MarkTV episode 5.
It looks like August 29th will be a big day for Nokia. We have a mysterious site counting down towards that day, which should relate to the Nokia Go Play event in London. Rumors are flying around that new devices and even new services will be introduced. If you’re a Nokia fanatic like me, you would want to know as much as possible what’s going on that day, especially if there are new phones. I’ll tell you what you can do to be in the know.
I’ll show you how you can tether or connect your laptop or computer to your Nokia phone for internet connection via bluetooth. This is useful for accessing the internet on your Mac if there are no accessible WiFis in your area. Using these instructions, I was able to write a blog post on a highway during a road trip while connected to my Nokia N95. Thanks to Jonathan Greene for pointing me to the right direction.