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Top 10 Nokia 5530 Xpress Music applications

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Nokia last night introduced the shiny new Nokia 5530 Xpress Music handset to the South African market at an exclusive event hosted in the Holiday Inn,  Sandton. After the event everyone in attendance was issued with a review handset to use for a period of 12 months. Wow thanx Nokia :-)

The shiny new Nokia 5530 Xpress Music is a low cost device and supports the same applications as the Nokia 5800 and N97Most applications can be easily downloaded via the Nokia Ovi Store.  I thought it may be good to do a post showing the applications I have personally found to be the most useful on my review handset, the sexy new Nokia 5530 Xpress music.

Please note that my list of top 10 must have apps for the 5530 includes both free and premium services.

  1. fring – Lets you talk, chat and interact freely between: Skype, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, Twitter, Facebook, GoogleTalk, AIM, SIP, Gmail Notifier, LastFM, Orkut and Yandex
  2. JoikuSpot – Turns your mobile handset into a secure WLAN (Wi-Fi) HotSpot.
  3. Gmail – Google’s free email service – this is the best email service on earth.
  4. Google Maps – Possibly the best free mobile mapping software available.
  5. Shazam – Amazingly powerful music search application
  6. BrightLight – Turns your handset into a handy torch.
  7. Accuweather – The best weather application on the 5530. It’s also in the download menu on handset.
  8. Best Screensnap – A cool application for taking screenshots. In the download menu on handset.
  9. Qik – A cool live video streaming service.
  10. Digia Web Browser – The best touch screen web browser available.

This is my current Top 10 and when more applications become available the list will change ;-)

Feature highlight: Always-on

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Hi guys

As you know, we released the new iPhone version a few days ago and the feedback so far has been great!
Several people have asked us about their always-on presence option even when fring is turned off, so here is a communal explanation for y’all:

The new Always-On feature keeps you logged into fring even when the fring application is closed on your iPhone/iPod touch.

It works like this:

To activate the Always-On add-on, click on ‘More‘ –> Add-ons –> Always on.
You’ll get the following screen

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Enter the email address you have  configured  into  your iPhone and click ‘Send
Within a few seconds you should get an activation email. Open the email on your iPhone and click the link to activate the service.

Once you’ve clicked the link and activated the service you can click the home button and fring will keep you logged in. This of course works with  all the services you use on fring ( fring, Skype, MSN, Google talk, ICQ, Yahoo etc)

How do I get the notifications?

To get the notifications in real time you should have your email address configured to be “pushed” to your iPhone/iPod. Once you got that  done,  you’ll get an email  whenever  someone’s  trying to call/chat  you. Just open the mail and click the link –> fring will open up  on your phone and display the message.

If you don’t click the link  within  5 minutes    – we will log you off from the Always-on service and won’t send you more notifications until you log in again to fring (we don’t like spam…)

I’ve registered to the add-on, Now I want to go offline, How do I do that?

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Open fring, click on ‘More‘ –> Add-ons –> Always-on.

You’ll get the above pop up. If you click on ‘Disable’ we will log you off from the service until the next time you open fring. Or, you can unsubscribe from the add-on completely (but why would you want to do that ! ? :-) )

A few things:
1. Currently this feature is available for UK and US users only but no worries… we will  gradually  make it available  to all countries.
2. Once you’ve subscribed to this service we will keep you online  for  between 2-4 hours. This time frame may vary based on country as we are still fine-tuning this process in order to optimize your experience.
3. As we mentioned in the initial blog post, this feature will eventually use Apple’s 3.0 firmware notification SDK,  once it’s  made  publicly.

We are hoping to add more countries in the next few weeks so stay tuned for more news.

As always, your comments and feedback is much appreciated!

The fringTEAM

Top 10 Nokia 5800 Xpress Music applications

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Having just upgraded my handset to the shiny new Nokia 5800 Xpress Music aka Tube, I thought it good to do a post showing the applications I have personally found to be the most useful on my 5800.

There are currently not many applications that support this sexy handset but given some time I am sure many new apps will become available.

Please note that my list of top 10 must have apps for the 5800 includes both free and premium services.

  1. fring – Lets you talk, chat and interact freely between: Skype, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, Twitter, Facebook, GoogleTalk, AIM, SIP, Gmail Notifier, LastFM, Orkut and Yandex
  2. JoikuSpot – Turns your mobile handset into a secure WLAN (Wi-Fi) HotSpot.
  3. Gmail – Google’s free email service – this is the best email service on earth.
  4. Google Maps – Possibly the best free mobile mapping software available.
  5. Opera Mini - The world’s most popular mobile Web browser
  6. File Zip – Easily zip and unzip files on your 5800 – Get it from the download menu on your handset.
  7. Accuweather – The best weather application on the 5800. It’s also in the download menu on handset.
  8. Best Screensnap – A cool application for taking screenshots. In the download menu on handset.
  9. Photoflow – This is a great application for viewing images. In the download menu on handset.
  10. Paint Pad – For those of us who love to draw. Available from the download menu on handset.

This is my current Top 10 and when more applications become available the list will change ;-)

Talk face2face from within Gmail

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The hard working guys over at Gmail.com have just launched a kick ass new addition to Gmail. The free email and chat application used by over 113 million people, today made it possible for users to chat using voice and video from within the Gmail client.

“Gmail voice and video chat will be rolled out globally over the next day or so for Macs and PCs. The first time you use this feature, you’ll be prompted to download and install a small plugin. To get started, visit http://www.gmail.com/videochat or click on the “Options” menu in a Gmail chat window and choose “Add voice/video chat.” For more info visit the Gmail Blog.

If you havn’t already taken Gmail for a spin give it a try today.

Gmail Mobile 2.0 for Java & Blackberry

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Google has released the new v2.0 of its Gmail Mobile client. The update comes for Java based and Blackberry phones. The Gmail Mobile client has received a complete performance improvement making the client faster. You can also now easily manage more than one gmail account, save multiple mobile email drafts, and there are a few new shortcuts.

You can download the new version of the Gmail Client from the official website m.google.com/mail via your mobile web browser.

Thanks to Frazier from frings Indian Bog for this news.