Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nokia N96 | Mobile Phone | Review

The new Nokia flagship moblie phone Nokia N96 is truly an amazing phone and worthy successor to the feauture rich Nokia N95 mobile phone, you can certainly think of the Nokia N96 as an improved N95 with features and functionality a normal person would ever really need in it, the Nokia N96 possess shiny surface, well implemented slider hinge, big clear screen, fast responses and small things like a touch pad navigation, a built-in quick stand for watching video, makes using Nokia N96 much more pleasant experience.

On features and movie quality Nokia N96 has very good movie playback ability. Thanks to its built-in video accelerators, N96 is able to support video bit rates of well above 1.5 Mbps, while conserving the power use at the same time. 2.8″ screen is not too small and, given enough video quality, it is actually quite good for watching movies and TV shows on it. Nokia N96 should give a run for the money to any flash based portable media player around, other cool feature on Nokia N96 is 5 megapixel camera with geo tagging functionality using its built in GPS. When enabled it automatically tags the images with the GPS location coordinates, Nokia N96 also comes with 16 GB of built-in flash memory and microSDHC memory card slot, where you can use 8 GB memory card for a total of 24GB of memory/storage, in conclusion the Nokia N96 is a feature rich mobile phone

Full specs of Nokia N96 include:

* WCDMA2100/900 (HSDPA) / EGSM900, GSM850/1800/1900 MHz (EGPRS) connectivity
* DVB-H Class C, 470-750 MHz
* S60 3rd edition, FP2 UI
* 2.8” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) LCD TFT display with up to 16 million colors
* 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and auto-exposure
* Dual-LED camera flash, video light, recording indicator, auto-focus assist light
* Secondary VGA (640 x 480 px) camera for video calls
* Video capture in MPEG-4 up to VGA at 30 fps
* Digital Video Stabilization
* Built-in GPS/A-GPS
* WLAN - IEEE802.11 g/b
* Stereo FM radio (87.5-108MHz, 76-90MHz) with RDS
* Hi-Speed USB 2.0 with Micro USB type B interface
* 3.5mm stereo headset plug , TV-out support (PAL/NTSC)
* Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP stereo/EDR
* 950 mAh battery with up to 220 min talk, 220 hrs standby time, 5 hrs video, 14 hrs music or 4 hrs TV playback
* Dimensions: 103×55x18 mm
* Weight: 125 g

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Media Center | Open Source | Freevo

Recently have been thinking of building my own Media Center, so I have been looking at an Open Source version of Microsoft Media Portal that can almost do anything that Media Portal can do, In my opinion every media center has to be allow you towatch TV. It should be able to receive TV signals form cable, satellite dish or a standard TV aerial and it shouldn't matter whether the signal is a digital video broadcast (DVB) or analogue. Secondly, it has to be able to play DVDs/Blu-ray. it should also be able to play downloaded content movie and music, it should be able to get information about a movie/ music and also allow you to subrscribe to rss feed and surf the net, a great Media Center will also allow you to ripped and record movies and tv shows, basically what I want is a PC that act like a Media Center :)

So far the only one that came close and I think what I will be using is Freevo, Freevo allows you to manage your entire digital media collection - music, videos, photos etc. via a remote controlled TV interface and through the built in web interface you can also access your media, view your TV guide and schedule recordings from anywhere in the world. The benefit of freevo above other HTPC solutions is that freevo is 100% DRM free, plays video in 99.99% of formats, and most of all puts you in control of the television.

As an open-source home theatre PC platform, Freevo employs a number of open-source audio/video tools, MPlayer and/or Xine are used to play audio and video files in most popular formats. Freevo can be used both for a standalone HTPC computer with a TV+remote, as well as on a regular desktop computer or laptop using the monitor and keyboard.

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