How to use the Nokia n82 as a bluetooth modem to access the internet from a laptop

My Nokia n70 is started to get old so I ordered a new Nokia n82 phone the other day.

Yesterday it arrived and I moved over my contacts and played around with it a bit. My first impressions are positive. It’s a lot faster and more responsive than my old phone, which is not really a surprise. The display is amazing, and overall I don’t think it looks as bad as people have been saying in various blogs.

However, I didn’t try to use it as a bluetooth modem to access internet through the 3G connection from my MacBook Pro until on the train to work this morning. To my surprise I couldn’t get it to work even though when adding it as a new bluetooth device one can choose to use it to access the internet.

With my old n70 phone that was all I had to do to get it to work. I messed around with all the settings without getting anywhere. When pressing the connect button it would just say “Connecting…” for a few seconds and then switch over to “Disconnecting…” and hang with that message forever until I would kill -9 the ppp process.

Quite a bit of googling later I found out that Nokia has released a plugin to iSync for it to support the n82. After I installed that plugin and re-setup the phone as a bluetooth device it started to work!

If you have the same problem try the Nokia iSync plugin until Apple updates iSync with native support for the n82.

Daily background image

Nokia n70

It would be sweet to get a daily background image automatically sent to the phone each day. That way it would actually be fun to look at the phone at 6:15 in the morning then the alarm goes off!

WidSets

Nokia’s WidSets is a widget kind of thing for your java enabled mobile phone. A bit like the OS X dashboard but on your phone. If this breaks through it can get huge as it makes it really simply to extend a web application to the mobile. All it takes is a web api. A really useful already existing widget is the Ta-da list widget which connects with Ta-da list.

One interesting thing is that you set it up with your web browser and then you’re happy with your widget setup you sync it to your mobile phone. By doing it this way they got rid of the usually horrible job of configuring the application on your mobile phone with the minature screen and the tiny keypad and it also makes the application on the phone a lot less complex and much smaller.

Nokia develops a new browser for Series 60 based on WebCore

Nokia develops a new browser for Series 60 by using open source software

Intriguing, however, using open source software, even the excellent stuff used in the Safari browser for OS X, doesn’t automatically solve the problem with limited screen sizes on mobile phones. It’s an interesting problem, on desks the displays attached to the desktop computers get bigger and bigger, and at the same time the mobile phones get smaller and smaller, which makes it hard to increase the size of the screens.

It’s a next to impossible task to make a website that’s appealing and functional to both a user with a big display and a user with a tiny display. It just doesn’t work. On the other hand, you don’t want to have to maintain two versions of your site which seems to be the reason why xhtml-mp hasn’t really taken off.

via Surfin’ Safari

Charles Revillon (Gameloft) Interview

AAS Features and Articles: Charles Revillon (Gameloft) Interview

Ewan’s been out speaking with Charles Revillon from Gamelfot, one of the big companies involved in mobile gaming.

Quite interesting to read. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me though. The only game I have installed on my Nokia 6600 is the free Frozen Bubble game and I’ve never considered buying any game for my phone.

Maybe the reason is that I don’t have any commute to work, just 10 minutes with bike. So I haven’t seen a need for games to distract me. This might change when I’ve moved to Sweden because I’ll most likely end up with a much longer commute there.

via #mobitopia