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Lotus Notes Traveler Updates

April 25, 2009 1 comment

For those of you that HAVE to have Lotus Traveler 8.5 installed and running on your Domino Servers (8.01/8.5) and also on your S60 phones … I’ve taken the liberty to go across several blogs on the internet to compile some information elsewhere here.

IBM has updated Lotus Traveler [v8.5.0.1] in order to fix a few bugs affecting most environments. Primarily AutoSync stops working after some time, and some phones unable to register with Traveler server.

*      LO37884: AUTO SYNC STOPS WORKING AFTER SOME TIME ON NOKIA CLIENT
Problem summary:

AutoSync could stop working on Lotus Notes Traveler Nokia client
after some amount of time.  This is a result of the client not
correctly recognizing when it had disconnected and therefore did
not attempt to reconnect when appropriate.  I.E. lost, then
re-obtained GPRS signal.

*    LO36929: CANNOT REGISTER NOKIA E75 WITH LOTUS TRAVELER
Problem summary:

User cannot register Nokia E75 device with Lotus Traveler server. After entering the UserID, Password, Server, Access Point, and hitting Next an error dialog is displayed – Incorr UserID, Password, Server setting. The log indicates an unexpected response from the server.

Resolution: Nokia E75 device is adding additional mime types to HTTP header. The Lotus Notes Traveler client has been updated to handle the
additional fields.

Another new HoTFiX update for Lotus Traveler [v8.5.1.2009021]
* This fixes the quick battery drain on S60. Admins can deliver these through LotusScript Agen or event Simple Action within LotusTraveler.nsf.

Here is an informative PDF link directly from Paul Mooney’s resource page of Fantastic Lotusphere 2009 Presentation.

Credit goes to Vlad Tatarincevs, for finding a Lotus Notes Traveler error “SEVERE *system Exception caught during Lotus Traveler configuration. Vlad’s solution … Solution was just to set JAVA SERVLET SUPPORT = Domino Servlet Manager. Vlad, is on the cutting edge of Domino Severe support along with findings regarding Traveler.

ERROR:
22:18:23   Notes Traveler: SEVERE *system Exception caught during Lotus Traveler configuration.
NotesException: Notes error: You are not authorized to perform that operation   at
lotus.domino.local.Document.Nsave(Native Method) at
lotus.domino.local.Document.save(Unknown Source) at
lotus.domino.local.Document.save(Unknown Source) at
com.lotus.sync.admin.DominoConfig.verifyDocumentSetting(DominoConfig.java:566)
at com.lotus.sync.admin.DominoConfig.verifyDocumentSetting(DominoCon
22:18:23   Lotus Traveler: Server starting…
22:18:28   JVM: Java Virtual Machine initialized.
22:18:28   HTTP Server: Java Virtual Machine loaded
22:18:29   Notes Traveler: SEVERE *system Unable to open LotusTraveler.nsf database
22:18:29   XSP Command Manager initialized
22:18:30   HTTP Server: Started

Some highlights of what Lotus Notes Traveler offers for S60 users needing replication of their Lotus Notes Client on their mobile device.

Password enforcement
Password quality enforcement
Inactivity lockout
Maximum password attempts
Storage card encryption (I’ve yet to come across a financial institution emplementing this from a BES IT Policy)
Remote Wipe
Rich text support.
Per user configuration available for Settings enforcement by Policy.
Encrypted Email support – requires users to import their ID file to their mailfile
.

At this time …
No support for customising device user interfaces.
No support to remove applications or restrict ports.

* From a security or IT perspective; including helpdesk troubleshooting – I do hope a future version allows for GUI customization. This way everyone in the organization gets the same layout. Easy for troubleshooting the client. However restriction to remove applications my not be an optimaly sought solution. Exactly what does IT gain from this?

Traveler Server requires Auto-Sync on TCP port 8642 and Sync requires port 80 or 443.

I had hoped to get to test traveler before end of contract with my last job late last year. Now I have to see if I can get Exchange 2007 via MfE or RoadSync via RSA soft-token code integration for 2-stage logon. Of course this works via OWA with your PC; but I cannot find a direct trial download for S60 3rd Edition FP1/2 or 5th Edition to test this.

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ICE – In Case of Emergency – Vital Communication

April 15, 2009 Comments off

ICE . Its not about the bling (diamonds, gold, platinum) you where or fashion on your close or phone. Its something even I found amazing and forgotten about for the past 4yrs since it debuted.

ICE is an abbreviation for In Case of Emergency!

I had forgotten about this until I came across a posting at Nokia Conversations by James. Having 2 kids myself, 1 old enough to carry a phone daily, along with my wife & myself both working full-time how could I be so ignorant to the importance of this. I find myself a very loving, hard and cautious parent of my kids safety & of my wife but I forgot about this?!

In Case of Emergency [ICE] is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information. The program was conceived in the mid-2000s and promoted by British paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone address book under the name “ICE”. Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as “ICE1”, “ICE2”, etc. The popularity of the program has spread across Europe and Australia, and has started to grow into North America.

Tonight I’m going to enter ICE1/2/3 in my kids’, my wife’s phone, and my own. I suggest that ALL my readers do the same in their own as well if you love those in your family and if you have loved ones that care dearly about you!

However, something I just thought of that is of more precedence in ICE becoming effective. A problem here that NEEDS to be fixed as an initiative by mobile manufacturers; and possibly law makers.

It is evident that the growth of smartphones – currently slow due to halting economic times – is steady and will soon eclipse feature phones or dumbphones by 2011. However, MANY people lock their phones – either SIM lock [Europeans this is VERY common]  or device lock. However even without a SIM card or if locked a person can dial 911. Great you think. But think again.

Back in early 2004, I had just left work. Walking in the pathway that intersects 3 office buildings and connects to the local subway [subterranean]. It was late around midnight and I just finished working a 15hr solid shift. In the distance ahead, just shy of the stairway entrance to the subway I saw what I thought was a kid playing on the floor. I couldn’t make out what the kid was doing and didn’t think much of it. As I approached closer & closer – noticing that at least 5 adults walked past this ‘kid’ staring or doing double takes, I figured the kid was spining in circles on the ground. I thought the ‘kid’ was about 5yrs old. I pulled out my headphones from my walkman, heard a teenager talking to her friend about the ‘kid’ and saying ‘she’s a sketch! she’s high and doing the chicken‘.

OMFG! This ‘kid’ was actually an adult! Moreover, this adult is NOT doing the funky-chicken, but having an epileptic siezure! You have NO IDEA how alert I became! I immediately sprinted to the woman having a siezure; began shouting in her ear – ‘CAN YOU HEAR ME? You’re having a siezure! I’m hear to help you. Don’t be afraid!‘ Quickly I began to scan her body; looking at joints clenched hands & teeth [meaning she cannot communicate and siezure could be critical]. I gently and firmly rolled the woman to her side and put my knapsack under her head, bracing her neck in a natural position. I did notice that she had a cellphone in her hand. Guess what … she tried dialing 911 but unsuccessfully!

91111111111111 AAAAAAAA etc.

I mentioned to her that I’ll dial 911 for her and did so immediately while putting my jacket over her to keep her warm. 911 did their standard routine: who am I, confirmed my location (cellular triangulation no need to ask), situation & possible name of victim. At this point I was SCOWLING MAD, staring at the teenage girl on the phone for being an IDIOT for not helping another woman so late at night and too busy to keep conversation on a payphone. Well the seizure settled down just before the ambulance arrived and the woman regained consciousness. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that a few more adults that began to pass by when I first approached this woman just stared and I yelled at them too to dial 911, only NOW began to offer help stating ‘you shouldn’t let her go‘ , ‘sit her down‘ . Duh!

To be honest, the frightening look on the woman’s face told me she thought I may have mugged her – and trying to talk to her didn’t help as she barely spoke english. However I did recognize her native language – Russian (the beauty of living in a mosaic country; Canada). I gave back her phone and she looked MORE scared, confused until I showed her the last number dialed and the duration. Still panick was in her heart – but those that suffer seizures don’t remember what had occured.

The ambulance arrived – I explained the woman spoke Russian. They mentioned for me to get premise security and I asked why? ‘Didn’t you notice her uniform?‘ Actually no I didn’t I went into automatic. Well her colleague was pleased to know that someone helped and explained it to her and she cried. Her epilepcy was her secret; she thought it would affect her job status. The paramedic’s asked how I knew what to do. I said I didn’t think I really did but I only practiced what I was on a kids special on TV by Disney over 20yrs ago. He marveled not just in my memory of what to do but how I learned what to do. Yes you CAN learn things by watching TV.

This goes to show that regardless of being ABLE to dial 911 – doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to speak or convey what is going on. Any kidnapping, loss of life, or accident – life threatening or not; ICE is an important, neh, even critical form of communication! This lady couldn’t successfully connect the 911 dialing, I could. What if she lapsed into a comma? Her phone would dial 911 – but the paramedic on the phone would NOT be able to accurately inform those emergency staff on route what to prepare for or help ME prepare the one in need. Using the ICE system allows you to also enter a note with each contact – most smartphones/feature phones allow this – stating a brief yet possibly life saving information like medication needs, drug allergies [penicillin], etc.

So common everyone … get with the ICE program. Manufacturers should enable, by default a specific listing in the address book called ICE – or translations in other languages of course. Furthermore, this should be allowed to be dialed EVEN if locked. Let the responsible providers figure out if they’ll also log these numbers as no fee long distance if dialed while roaming on an limited time-line [10mins sufficient] ??!!

NOTE: E.123 (a language-independent version of ICE)

Qt for S60.

April 14, 2009 1 comment

Hello Everyone. Thank you for visiting again.

Some time ago you may have recalled a HUGE announcement of Nokia purchasing Trolltech.  asdf   [Nokia to acquire Trolltech to accelerate software strategy].

One important reason for that acquisition is …

The acquisition of Trolltech will enable Nokia to accelerate its cross-platform software strategy for mobile devices and desktop applications, and develop its Internet services business. With Trolltech, Nokia and third party developers will be able to develop applications that work in the Internet, across Nokia’s device portfolio and on PCs. Nokia’s software strategy for devices is based on cross-platform development environments, layers of software that run across operating systems, enabling the development of applications across the Nokia device range. Examples of current cross-platform layers are Web runtime, Flash, Java and Open C.

Thus far we’ve see this with Qt Extended v4.4 for linux – Maemo based N800 benefiting from better Webkit widgets [Qt Software introduces a new release of Qt Extended]. We’ve seen further choice for coders to develop for S60 using Qt [Nokia enriches application development with Qt for S60] – October 20th, 2008.

Qt brings an elegant and intuitive C++ development tool to the S60 platform, improving the ability to develop richer user experiences on the platform, and making S60 on Symbian OS even more attractive for developers to target with their applications and services,” said Sebastian Nyström, Vice President of Qt Software, Nokia. (more critically – for those of us using E71 and similar devices) Qt on S60 will work with S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and later releases. The first production release of Qt for S60 will be available in the second quarter of 2009.

A key point that may have gone unnoticed in the community is [Nokia to add LGPL Open Source licensing option for the Qt UI and application framework – January 14th, 2009]. This was scheduled for Qt v4.5 in March 2009.

Nokia is making significant contributions to open source communities through ongoing work with Qt, its contribution of Symbian OS and S60 to the Symbian Foundation and open development of the Maemo platform,” said Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. “By moving to LGPL, opening Qt’s source code repositories and encouraging more contributions, Qt users will have more of a stake in the development of Qt, which will in turn encourage wider adoption. Nokia will be able to leverage improvements in Qt across S60 on Symbian OS, Maemo and OVI services without rewriting the source code.

So this brings me to question just WHY is it so hard to code applications for S60 that the programming community – familiar with other platforms – have been giving S60 the bad press? Coders by trade should be diligent, adept at using the code, line by line, but that doesn’t mean they should slave over their work – like Tron in 1980 did. So I’d like to show what I thought was a great UI for coders something similar to Xcode that Apple offers for coding OS X apps. This should be more helpful for porting over applications – but I’m no coder. I have NO experience coding but I’m interested in learning to code; but I’ll be completely green, as grass ready to be cut.

Language Input & Output Part 2

April 11, 2009 Comments off

Some good news. After visiting the Symbian-Freak site I’ve found an S60 Widget that allows for phrases to be translated into other languages; by non-other than Google Translator.

Google Translator Widget is available here. Some languages are better in translation than others and Google uses their own translation service engine not SYSTRAN like (Yahoo, Babel Fish, or AOL).

Its available on S60 3rd Edition & 5th Edition devices – and its still in beta as Google continues to upgrade its services.

Google Translator Widget on S60 5th Edition

Google Translator Widget on S60 5th Edition

This doesn’t come close the idea I was thinking about yesterday, but maybe in time a crafty and witty developer – with the support of Nokia & Symbian-Foundation can give us something as powerful or even more – EPIC.

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Language – Input & Output.

April 10, 2009 Comments off

Many of my previous, or current guests have read my entry to how powerful and useful AutoText can be if licensed & implemented into S60 or the core of Symbian-Foundation OS.

Now regarding our normal text entry and output, to date EVERY single smartphone or phone has one method for text entry & output. Entry in the langauge you set the phone’s system to and to possible have it converted into another language [up to 3 on the E-Series with the built in system]. This works and works well – but to me its STILL static!

Currently my E71’s system language is set to English – I haven’t learned another language yet but considering trying French and Spanish. My E71 is not the only model to supports Nokia’s Mobile Dictionary language packages; E55, E63, E66, E71, E75, 5320 XpressMusic, 5630 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6220 classic, 6710 Navigator and 6720 classic all are supported. Don’t get me wrong this language pack is pretty good but I’d love to have a better system. One that is integrated or allowed like  the language pack added onto Symbian phones S60 3rd Editions FP1/FP2, 5th Edition, and future Symbian-Foundation OS devices.

Nokia Mobile Dictionary on E71 – Slideshow

I don’t own a laptop, and if I did I would never carry it with me where ever I go. My E71 & S60 does go everywhere I go – so I’m doing my best to rely less and less on my computer unless its for training on supporting them.

There is an incredible program for learning languages available on WinXP/Mac OS X [Rosetta Stone]on your Desktop or Laptop personal computer – very in-depth at 3GB size on DVD. This is for learning an language that you’ve never had the chance to have high exposure to so its specific on memorizing what you’ve actually learned. However, I know many business users, my boss & supervisors, heck even the lot of you and my friends would LOVE an application that can integrate into the Symbian OS to be able to change our text entry (from say English) to another language (say Spanish) for output. But it must be intuitive so that we’d see the initial input completed and the output to another language is previewed before posting, sending, sharing, or saved (Memo, Calendar note, email, etc).

Now, lets think about this for a moment. How about a much more powerful calendar or phonebook sub-systems – or integrate such a program into S60/Symbian – that allow you to take advantage of a meeting with a specific person/people. A Phonebook that allows you to mark which language of preference that person likes to communicate in; so that your SMS/MMS text, Emails, and Calendar Memo’s allow you to communicate (send/save) in that preferred language to that person – or allow the built in Speech application read that Calendar entry memo, intelligibly, in that preferred language when you’re in that meeting and tell the Speech app to play. That is beyond basic communication – THAT my friends is what I dreamt about when I think of Nokia ‘Connecting People’.

Using dictionary applications like SlovoEd, MSDict, Nokia Mobile Dictionary and even MSPhrase may provide a similar solution if less powerful, but I’m unsure. I’ve only used Nokia Mobile Dictionary (I’m considering MSPhrase for next week);  it still doesn’t solve what I’m after or thinking about.

Back in Barcelona at Nokia World 2008 Nokia announced the age of the mobile computer – Desktop, Laptop, Mobile. Only now, I’m trying to actually implement this – and I’m hoping I can continue to do so with an N86 instead of the N97. This year, Nokia will be pushing Discover, Play, Share and Organise as the main theme of the year at Nokia World 2009. Many of us are doing just fine with Play, and Organise (N-Gage & E-Series), but the Share and Discover are going to have to focus more than just on GPS, Geotagging, and integration with the camera. By our very nature human beings LOVE to discover and the many adventures to explore around the world means being able to communicate (which includes sharing) in different languages.

This is one of those incredible amazing application opportunites that can be integrated [with awareness via aGPS api] into S60/Symbian-Foundation OS or as an add-on that ANYONE using a Symbian phone would love to have.

Here is some Facts on languages as food for thought.

Some of the data are especially worrying: out of the approximately 6,000 existing languages in the world, more than 200 have become extinct during the last three generations, 538 are critically endangered, 502 severely endangered, 632 definitely endangered and 607 unsafe.

Source: UNESCO Atlas of the Worlds Languages in Danger

In particular after reading this, as an exercise on The Language Dinosaur Complete the following vocabulary chart. It shows an interesting paradigm that should awaken you. To those readers, my guests, that speak other languages natively, try to complete the chart in your native tongue and please post comments as I’m KEENLY interested in success’ or difficulties.

The possession of language is what distinguishes humans from other animals. Many myths and religions express that language is the source of human life and power. In many African countries, a newborn child is called a kuntu, which means “a thing”. When a child learns his/her language he/she is then called a muntu, which means “a person”. Therefore, if language is so important to us, why are we allowing so many of our languages to become extinct? Many respected linguists predict that 80-90 % of the world’s 6,000 languages will die off within the next 200 years.

Why are our languages in such danger? As technology develops, borders disappear and cultures merge. Globalization is bringing the English language into every country, city and village throughout the world. English is becoming the dominant and indispensable language of business and communication. Why is English the chosen language? The answer is simply related to money; a disproportionate number of the rich and powerful people in the world speak English.

Many people argue that having too many languages only causes confusion. On the other hand, some experts warn that when languages become extinct, the human species is threatened. Just as biological diversity is essential to our environment, so too is intellectual and cultural diversity. When you preserve a language, you also protect historical, scientific and cultural knowledge. For example, when a particular native language is destroyed, we lose that culture’s unique knowledge of local plants and animals. When we lose our knowledge of local plants and animals, we might be destroying our only hope of developing new medicines and treatments to counteract the many diseases that threaten human existence. So what can we do to preserve our world’s languages and cultures? Just think about it, the language you speak today might be one of the language dinosaurs of tomorrow.

Source: The Language Dinosaur

And lastly …

The languages that are currently spoken in the Pacific region can be divided broadly into three groups: the Australian and New Guinean languages formed by people who participated in the region’s earliest migrations over a period of 20,000-30,000 years starting several tens of thousands of years ago, and the Austronesian languages spoken by Mongoloid people who migrated from the Asian continent around 3,000 B.C. The region has numerous languages, including 250 Aboriginal languages in Australia and 750 Papuan languages on the island of New Guinea (including the Indonesian territory of Irian Jaya) and neighboring areas. There are also 350 Austronesian languages in Melanesia, 20 in Polynesia, 12 in Micronesia and 100 in New Guinea (Comrie, Matthews, and Polinsky 1996). There is wide variation not only among language groups, but also among the families of languages. Few language families have been identified among the languages of Australia and New Guinea using the methods of comparative linguistics. Pacific languages are also characterized by the small size of speaker populations and by the absence of dominant languages. However, there are usually bilingual people who can speak or at least understand the languages of neighboring populations, and it is believed that this situation has existed for a long time. In terms of cultural factors, it appears that the diversification of languages in the Pacific region was accelerated by the emblematic function of language in the creation of a clear distinction between “ingroup” and “outgroup.”

Source: Endangered Languages of the Pacific Region by Osamu Sakiyama

Thank you friends, guests and the curious for taking the time to once again read my blog entries. Enjoy you travels, your mobile computer, and don’t forget to share and engage with those you meet along the way … Connect with People.

Strategic Implications of Nokia’s Intention to Enter the Netbook PC Market!!

April 4, 2009 1 comment

Is this true?! A pre-emptive announcement indirectly from Nokia?

Just after updating my portfolio via gfinance I came across this. Sure its been mulled around the web in minute fashion and even lulled by at least 1 Nokia executive as something to consider … but this specifically could mean??

Research and Markets: Strategic Implications of Nokia’s Intention to Enter the Netbook PC Market

Before you call this news a bluff … here is direct from BusinessWire ‘A Berkshire Hathaway Company’ direct link

DUBLIN, Ireland
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Strategic Implications of Nokia’s Intention to Enter the Netbook PC Market” report to their offering.

With the advent of the digital convergence era, the boundaries between PC and mobile phone products are becoming increasingly blurred. Recently, Nokia announced its intention to enter the netbook PC market.

This report will analyze the possibilities for Nokia’s new product, including a PC-like product positioning scenario and a non-PC-like product positioning scenario. The report also examines the possible impact of Nokia’s product on the PC and mobile phone industries.

List of Topics:

* Analysis of Nokia’s intention to enter the netbook PC market, and the possibilities for Nokia’s netbook PC product, including a PC-like product positioning scenario and a non-PC-like product positioning scenario
* Impact on the PC and mobile phone industries in the different scenarios

Key Topics Covered:

1. Background

2. PC-like Product Positioning Scenario

2.1 Product Specification Design Similar to Mainstream Netbook PCs

2.2 Nokia’s Strong Telecom Channel Foundation to Be Important Weapon in Initial Market Development

2.3 Profits to Be Limited if Nokia Enters Fiercely Competitive PC Market

2.4 Brand Is Double-edged Sword for Nokia in the PC-like Product Market

3. Non-PC-like Product Positioning Scenario

3.1 Core Concept of New Product: Portable Entertainment Platform Centered on Mobile Internet

3.2 Hardware Architecture Specifications

3.3 OS Choice

3.4 Strong Product R&D Capabilities and Channel Operation Experience to Support Nokia

3.5 Market Is Still Unclear: Consumer Acceptance Difficult to Gauge

MIC Perspective

Now, will this include Maemo, Symbian-Foundation as a portable MID OS variant or something new based on Linux?

Something is a Foot!

If Nokia could put Symbian-Foundation OS into a mini laptop … the options are boundless. If you recall Psion, the roots of Symbian was the most capable and powerful PDA in its heyday able to run a modem PC-Type II on the 5mx model and native support for viewing & editing MS Word/Excel documents (much prior to v2002 of course; this was 1993 we’re talking about).

The industry is WELL aware of S60’s performance for Video recording multi-broadband radio support, simulatenously – I can surf the internet, get emails on my providers 3.5G connection while streaming internet radio off my WLAN connection simultaneously. IF you question if Symbian or S60 5th Edition is up to snuff with multimedia and high-end technology, then just read about the Samsung Omnia HD! For a long while Apple has touted the benefits of OS X used as a micro OS in that other device iPhone; but I think its time Nokia show off what a mobile OS can do in a mini portable laptop or MID!

Don’t think its not capable … especially with OMAP 36xx or 4340 or 4440 cpu’s available with ARM Cortex A8 / A9 – the latter offer 150% better performance than the previous A8 and exceptional battery life with hardware video performance.

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Symbian (Foundation) Beats with a Communal Heart!

April 4, 2009 Comments off

Symbian Foundation announced its official logo; with a purpose in its thought to choose it.

In order to celebrate, there are a few desktop wallpapers for download from our Ovi site.

For quite a few months I have been curious about what to actually call Symbian-Foundation’s upcoming OS releases. Finally I’ve gotten an answer through a simple blog post on their blog.

Here is my question –

Now what is the official first release of the OS going to be called – Symbian Foundation ^2 (how is this pronounced .. to the exponent 2? Symbian Squared? ??)

There answer, fielded by Annabel Cooke –

In addition to Symbian being at the heart of many devices it’s also about a passion for creativity and for all things open. It’s also a brand that is playful and human. The Symbian^2 is pronounced ‘Symbian Two’; the (^) Symbol is open to interpretation: Insert 2, Up 2, Version 2 – inverted (v) (^), Exponential growth (where ^ = ‘to the power of’)

Symbian Release Strategy Plan

Symbian Release Strategy Plan

Symbian^2, which is based on S60 5.1, reaches a functionally complete state at the middle of this year, and should be hardened by the end of the year.  This means that the first devices based on Symbian^2 could be reaching the market any time around the end of this year – depending on the integration plans, the level of customisation, and the design choices made by manufacturers. After hardened the release enters a more stable phase.  Contributed defect fixes will continue to be incorporated by package owners for around 12 months, but prime focus will be on later releases. By David Wood of Symbian Foundation.

Still in the user base of S60 phones, many users are clamouring about the lack of top-tier technology rich hardware and missing the reason for their choice of that S60 OS … the software that drives the hardware. Sure I want hardware advancements just as much as the next person, but I wish to have software that can offer me the benefits of using it and developers or publishers the capability to embrace it and code applications, themes, and services (etc) for it!

It is a brand that’s human and playful and friendly, where you feel the human hand. A brand that enables you to discover unlimited creative possibilities, that wants to share and talk A brand that’s fun, that isn’t fixed, but free to constantly evolve. A brand that’s owned by all the people that create and build with Symbian. A brand that celebrates new ideas and creativity in all forms. A brand that’s truly alive and refreshingly different, because it is! A brand that’s human to the core and that underneath beats a human heart.

With that in mind, just yesterday Lee Williams & David Wood from the Symbian Foundation hosted a round table discussion wiht participants from Adobe, AOL, AT&T, Eclipse Foundation, Nokia, Orange, Sony Ericsson, Symbian Foundation, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Visa. Check the video out below. I’m hoping, on a more ‘serious’ & corporate financial institutional view that RSA, CISCO, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Broadcomm,Avaya, etc, become more involved. Considering Nokia’s E-Series & Nokia for Business wish to be taken seriously as a challenger to RIM, they need to focus on solutions to two-stage logon authentication for remote mail solutions. But that is for another post coming soon. This video was captured Symbian Foundation Open Forum at CTIA, in Las Vegas this week.

Some Highlights.

Of note, the country with the MOST interest in this platform is Finland & Japan – tied. This is where you’ll see some of MOAPs integration into Symbian Foundation due to its uniqueness for caligraphy handwritting entry and glyph-language based rendering. USA & UK are the 4th Interest in Symbian Foundation, China is 3rd.

Visa Inc – was represented by Pam Zortra responsibility for their global mobile initiative. She was there primarily in interest to absolute interest in accelerating their mobile applications.

Roger Smith from AT&T – is a charter member & sits on the board.

Eclipse Foundation – is officially a USA company but headquartered in Canada – YEAH!

Adobe announced interest in further compatibility of Flash but also introducing Air platform to Symbian devices; noice!

Orange announced full membership & original endorsement of Symbian and its part of their strategic platforms.

Tim from Texas Instruments their OMAP platform, brought a nice toy the OMAP Zoom II reference platform to SHOW the other echelons what their doing. Qualcomm was caught with pants down but re-inforced that their working with Nokia to release Symbian-Foundation devices to the market.

SonyEricsson had a representative there showing off their latest toy … the IDou, with Tim from TI announcing it officially uses the OMAP 3430!

OH … demonstration of TI’s Zoom II Omap 34xx platform, running S60 5th Edition & Android.

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