New Google Maps for your S60 phone.

I don’t know about you, but I use the Internet a lot on my Nokia N95. Getting around London has been made a lot easier by using Google Maps on my mobile. They have just updated their awesome software to version 2.2, which boasts new features such as ‘public transport timetables in 60 cities worldwide, faster search results, star ratings for businesses and other user-generated content’.

Watch some Google Geek talk about the new features.

Bruce Springsteen still on top of the world!

I was watching Bruce Springsteen and his E Street band play a concert in Barcelona. It was part of The Rising Tour in 2002. Absolutely brilliant.

Then did a search for him online to see what he is up to at the moment and found this interesting article.

Isn’t it amazing that bands such as Bon Jovi, The Police, the Rolling Stones and of course Bruce Springsteen that have been around for decades are still pulling in the crowds and the millions.

Samsung i8510 beats Nokia N95!

It’s almost 18 months since I got the Nokia N95, and it’s been an incredible smart phone. There was no phone that came close to it’s features, functionality, awesome camera etc, not even the new crappy iPhone 3G could match it (and they are boasting all the features the N95 had for ages as New Features on their phone – Jokers aren’t they?) Ha Ha.

Up until the 24th of July 2008 that is!    Samsung have released the INNOV8 smart phone that has everything the N95 has and a lot more and will surely beat the new Nokia N96. In fact it makes that N96 look silly. (not sure what Nokia were thinking when they made this phone).

Take a look at these features:

Double the network speed at HSDPA 7.2Mbps.
Latest OS version from Symbian.
8MP camera, with image stabilizer.
Bigger battery at 1200mAh.
An lense cover that opens and closes automatically.
16GB flash drive + SHDC up to 16GB.

Awesome features, but my one concern which they have not menioned yet is the power adapter and the USB connection. Jo has the Samsung D800 and it has a Custom USB and power adapter, not the universal USB connector. That to me is annoying. It means having to carry around the cables.

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For now this is definitely my next phone, unless Nokia release a similar phone, with similar features. This will happen, but when?

The London Motor Show 2008.

IMG_7192 (Large).JPGWe visited the Motor show at Excel in London Docklands on Thursday evening. Got in for free, which is always a nice touch. We were only there for 2 hours, but got to see all the cars in the two large halls. Obviously there was a lot more on the go outside, but it was very enjoyable none of the less.

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It was interesting to see all the “Green ECO cars” this year, although none of them I would be seen dead in. (well may the new Lotus, although it was made of grass and chip board…not sure how safe that is). I think we are still a long way off from seeing normal looking cars running on Hydrogen or water or something other than petrol.

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I think the Motor Show in 2006 was much better than this one with more cars on show. This show seemed to be very spaced out, although I did notice a lot more racing games on show at each of the stands. Still definitely worth a visit if you love motor cars and super cars.

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Visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall.

It must be a sign of maturity when you drive across the countryside to photograph a few pretty looking flowers….. or a sign of complete madness. You decide!

Anyway who cares. As mentioned in the previous post, the lovely Mrs Bowen and I went to Cornwall for a couple of days. Of course you can’t go to Cornwall without going to "The Eden Project". This great big weird semi dome like golf ball dug into a old dis-used clay mine. The use of the space is very clever, much like the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. The whole project is an educational charity where their aim is remind people what nature gives to us and to help people to learn how to look after it in return.

They have some stunning gardens, rain forests, crops and landscapes and plant species from around the world, with each emulating a natural biome. Some parts in the dome were so humid, that it was impossible to take a photograph without the camera lense fogging up. The different species of flowers were amazing. As you can see above and below it takes a lot of care and dedication to get plants and flowers to look this good.
Now all of this would be equally impressive if I could tell you the Latin names of theses flowers, but I can’t. There would have been no time to take photos if I was remembering the names. So just savour the beautiful colours.

Speed camera warning system on a Nokia N95.

We took a 5 hour drive down to Cornwall on Thursday avoiding the motorways but not the speed cameras. We were on a mission to prove that a free application ‘Speedcam‘ for various Nokia mobiles was up to the task of warning us when a speed camera was present.

Speedcam used in conjunction with Nokia Maps 2.0 or on it’s own, was more than up to the task. As it is a separate application it runs in the background using the GPS in the phone. When a camera comes in range or is at the designated GPS co-ordinates it sounds an alarm similar to a siren, which to be honest nearly caused me to have a heart attack, when I first heard it. It will definitely wake you up as well if you have nodded off. Very effective in deed.

Coming home we had a mix of motorway, A roads and B roads and again the application worked brilliantly.

BTW: There are no speed camera on the the south circular of the A25 (the road running in parallel to the M25). Not that I was speeding.

For a more detailed review of this Speed Camera Warning System called Speedcam, click on the link. My Nokia N95 is the first edition (v1) with the latest firmware update.

One thing to note. The Speedcam application is free, be it a little tricky to install but if one follows the authors instructions you’ll be fine. You also need to download a “database of speed camera locations”, which will cost you £17 for a year subscription from Pocket GPS World. Personally I think it’s money well spent considering the very minimum you are likely to be fined if caught speeding is £68 + 3 points off your licence. Also once you have paid, you are entitled to unlimited database downloads and not just for the UK camera locations. There are plenty of other countries. You can also download POI (Point of Interest) locations and there are over 318 000. (e.g. accommadation, attractions, shops, eateries, holiday destinations etc).

I would highly recommend this application. In fact if you download the software from the author, please give the guy a donation.