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   Sat, 04.10.14

SATtracker for BlackBerry 10
With SATtracker for BlackBerry 10 you can track the ISS (International Space Station) and almost 1000 other satellites, see their current orbits and locations, calculate their visible night time passes over any location.

Features:
  • supports ISS and 920+ other satellites which can be quickly selected from the built-in database and changed anytime

  • automatically downloads current orbit data for highest precision, stores previously downloaded data for use without Internet connection

  • track the ISS and two other freely selectable satellites at once

  • see on map current satellite location and orbit path within the next hour with 5 minute steps

  • get a detailed list of all upcoming visible night time passes over any location (date & time, duration, azimuth and elevation of approach, transit and departure)

  • supports both GPS and manually entered coordinates of your location.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:27 in category


PanoRIMio for BlackBerry 10
PanoRIMio is a native (BB10 Cascades), feature rich Panoramio viewer for BlackBerry 10, providing you easy and quick access to tens of millions of Panoramio pictures from around the world, easier and quicker than on Panoramio itself. Countless images of any location are at your disposal within seconds and can be viewed in a multitude of ways.

Multiple location input options (address or place of interest, coordinates in either decimal or DMS format, map, current location from GPS) let you easily select the exact place you want to see pictures of, and you can even choose a range in kilometers around the selected point to include images from.

Don't want to browse by location? There is also a "Tag / Keyword" option that shows images by tags or subject - just type e.g. "HDR" to view tens of thousands of beautiful HDR pictures, or "sunset" to see countless sunset sceneries, or even "Car crash" for images of car accidents from all around the world. Or anything else you'd like to see.

Select from four gallery types to view the images in your preferred way: filmstip-like vertically scrollable list, tile grid, slideshow with configurable interval, or the classic map layer.

The application is also integrated with Google Maps and Street View, showing you the exact location an image was taken at.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:21 in category



   Fri, 07.03.14

Water for the Jolla / Sailfish OS
Marko Srebre (the author of great Stellarium port for the Nokia N9) has released his first application for Sailfish OS: Water application simulates a small volume of fluid on your device. It is meant to be fun, relaxing, or simply a tech demo. It is a Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) simulation implemented in OpenGL.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 15:24 in category



   Fri, 21.02.14

Jolla releases Sailfish OS 1.0
Jolla, the Finnish smartphone and Sailfish OS developer, today announced that Jolla's mobile operating system Sailfish OS has reached release 1.0 and is now ready for global distribution. Jolla is also introducing availability of the Sailfish OS experience as downloadable software to devices running Android OS.

The world's first Jolla phones were sold to mobile operator DNA's customers in Finland in late November last year. After the limited availability sales start of Jolla smartphones with Sailfish OS beta, Jolla has released three significant software updates. The fourth update will be released at the beginning of March, after which the software will be commercially ready for global distribution.

"We're very excited to announce this. We've been working hard together with our user community to make the user experience of the Jolla smartphone and Sailfish OS effortless and distinct. We believe that Jolla now offers a truly viable option for all smartphone users. Naturally we are not stopping here, as we continue to provide monthly software updates to Jolla devices and Sailfish OS," says Marc Dillon, Co-Founder and COO of Jolla.

Sailfish OS is a distinctive, gesture-based mobile operating system. Effortless navigation and live multitasking are at the heart of Sailfish OS, giving the user full control of their digital life at a given moment. The OS supports both native Sailfish OS applications as well as Android applications. The availability and interoperability of Android apps in Sailfish OS has increased greatly since the sales started.

"Customers are now able to install their preferred Android app store, and choose from hundreds of thousands of available Android applications. In addition, the active and passionate Sailfish OS community has already developed major social media applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Foursquare, natively to the Sailfish OS," Marc Dillon says.

Currently Jolla smartphones are available for orders online at shop.jolla.com at the price of 399€ (incl. VAT) to all European Union countries, Switzerland and Norway. In Finland Jolla smartphones can be purchased also through local operator DNA's shops, and sales are now expanding to all common retail channels.

Jolla is now rapidly entering into new markets, and is negotiating with partners in several countries, including Russia, India and Hong Kong where Jolla will open online sales in the near future. Negotiations in several European countries are well on the way for Jolla to soon open new channels in main European markets.

Already in two months, Sailfish OS has been developed with major steps in terms of feature additions, fine-tuned performance and increased battery life. Among the major features and fixes have been landscape mode, camera zoom, and improved battery life, to name a few.

The fourth software update to be released at the beginning of March, raising the software to commercial readiness, will again include many important improvements and new features. These will include further improved performance, extended landscape support, lots of visual improvements, lots of new camera functionalities, enhancements to the Jolla store, new general settings, and many more.

Furthermore, thanks to its open development and open source software contribution model, Sailfish OS update cycle is extremely fast, resulting in monthly software releases, and the release plan provides unseen transparency for interested developers. This fits in particularly well for those who want to develop their own products using the Sailfish OS.

Sailfish OS downloadable to existing Android devices: Sailfish OS has been developed to be compatible with commonly available Android hardware platforms. Due to this advanced technology, Jolla is introducing the Sailfish OS experience as downloadable software to devices running Android OS. Users can soon start to enjoy the modern, gesture based Sailfish OS in selected Android devices and also renew the lifecycle of their existing older Android devices.

The Sailfish community has already ported Sailfish OS to several devices including major versions of popular Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia. Also, porting for highly popular Chinese Xiaomi products is under work in community projects.

In addition, Jolla is releasing its own Sailfish user interface launcher as an Android application, which can be used to simulate the Sailfish OS experience on Android devices. The app will be available for download in the near future from Jolla.com and from common Android market places.

"We see this as a huge volume opportunity for Sailfish OS as there are close to a billion Android users globally. Many of them are looking for new user experiences to freshen up their existing devices. Last year in China alone, about 100 million devices were re-flashed after the purchase with a new operating system. This approach allows Sailfish OS to scale into volume fast without limitations. This is a scaling opportunity in a similar way as we have seen in the mobile gaming industry recently," Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the Board of Jolla comments.

Jolla will release the downloadable Sailfish OS software in phases during the first half of 2014. First, the UI launcher application will be released so that users can start to experience the Sailfish user interface in their existing devices running Android OS. Later Android smartphone users will get the full Sailfish OS to their devices.

New partnerships: Jolla has formed new key partnerships in order to scale up its device business and Sailfish OS availability: with Rovio Ltd., Jolla launches a special The Other Half Angry Birds smart cover providing exclusive Angry Birds user experience. With F-Secure Corp., Jolla co-operates in mobile security and establishes trusted cloud services for their customers. All Jolla customers will enjoy gigabytes of free secure cloud storage integrated with their Jolla device experience. With Tieto Corporation, Jolla will offer integration services to OEMs and ODMs willing to start the use of Sailfish OS in their products.

"We believe that now is the momentum for next generation mobile operating systems to emerge. The current dominating mobile operating systems are being developed more and more towards closed ecosystems by their overly dominant owners closing their platforms from other businesses. At the same time the internet business growth already comes from the mobile internet, leaving many major businesses without sales channels and differentiation opportunities. The world needs a mobile operating system which is open to developers, customers, service providers and different business models. Just in a few months we have shown how fast an open operating system can develop compared to closed ecosystems. It's time for free choice instead of closed walled gardens," Antti Saarnio says.

Jolla is demonstrating the Jolla smartphone with Sailfish OS 1.0, Sailfish OS for devices running Android, and The Other Half partnerships at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24-27, 2014. Jolla can be found in Hall 1, booth 1B25.

Go to www.jolla.com/press for further press and media materials.

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 10:21 in category


Jolla and F-Secure to offer YOUNITED cloud service
Jolla and F-Secure, the Finnish cloud security software expert, today announced their partnership: all Jolla smartphone users will soon have the opportunity to utilize younited by F-Secure, a trusted and secure cloud storage service.

Jolla and F-Secure are currently working to make younited a best fit for the needs of Jolla users. The upcoming solution will put Jolla smartphone owners back in control of their digital belongings by giving them gigabytes of cloud storage for quick and easy backup, storing, and sharing. It will also feature a straightforward signup to younited from the smartphone. Users will be able to access stored Jolla content from other devices connected to younited, such as tablets, Macs or PCs.

"Jolla and F-Secure want to make sure Jolla phone users have a secure choice to back-up and share their on-device content. We are both very passionate about privacy and security, which is why our cooperation is natural and fruitful. As a plus, both companies are from Finland, a leading country in security and privacy, Jolla's CEO Tomi Pienimäki comments.

"We believe that our new secure cloud service younited is a perfect fit for Jolla, because we both are very serious about privacy. Jolla is the new smartphone from Finland, and we are very proud of this cooperation," comments Timo Laaksonen, Vice President, Content Cloud, F-Secure.

The younited cloud service for Jolla users will be made available soon.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 10:20 in category


Jolla partners with Rovio to offer Angry Birds The Other Halves
Jolla today announced the world's first brand partners for its unique The Other Half concept. Rovio's Angry Birds and Makia's clothing can soon be experienced in an unseen way through Jolla smartphones.

The Other Half is an original patented Jolla innovation, which customizes the user's smartphone in a way previously unseen. Attaching a specifically designed smart cover to a Jolla phone instantly adapts the look and feel of the phone with unique ambience, custom sounds, wallpapers, videos, partner feeds, and much more.

"The Other Half offers brands and companies a new fresh and distinctive way to deliver a co-branding experience, by making the Jolla device look, feel and sound like the brand. In addition to branded physical smartphone covers, The Other Half can be customized with various branding and direct sales elements inside the phone, through Jolla's specific partner space. With The Other Half brands they can gain prime visibility not possible with other mobile platforms, but also have an easy and distinctive interaction channel with fans," comments Sami Pienimäki, Chief Marketing Officer of Jolla Ltd.

Angry Birds lands on Jolla: Rovio's globally successful Angry Birds characters will be soon made available with The Other Half smart cover for the Jolla smartphone. Jolla and Rovio have agreed to start the co-branding of an Angry Birds themed The Other Half, including e.g. visually stunning physical covers, tailor made ambiences, sounds, images, videos, and more, which are expected to become soon available for Jolla users. The final content is currently under development, and is targeted to be announced in detail during Q2/2014.

"This co-branding concept gives Rovio a new fun way to delight the fans, and to expand the Angry Birds experience in an innovative way," says Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio Ltd.

New level of brand experience with Makia's Nordic clothing line: The internationally known Finnish clothing company Makia is co-creating with Jolla unique The Other Half concept for its clothing line. By attaching the Makia designed smart cover to a Jolla phone, the user will get a full-blown Makia experience through the Jolla partner space. For Makia, the new partner space gives great possibilities to direct the Makia brand story to fans with the means of storytelling, e.g. music videos and news/event feeds, as well as visualizing the product catalogue, and addressing special offers, to name a few benefits.

"With the custom made wallpapers, ringtones and other sounds, direct online store access, photo galleries, product catalogues, and feeds to current news and events, the Makia The Other Half will be an effective marketing and sales tool for our brand, and a sought-after experience for all Makia fans," says Jarno Luotonen, Creative Director / Marketing, Makia Clothing.

Rovio Angry Birds and Makia co-branded The Other Half smart covers are showcased at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, February 24-27, 2014, Jolla booth 1B25.

Both Rovio and Makia branded smartcovers are now in development, and the aim is to have the products available during the first half of this year. Jolla now offers the co-creation opportunity for all brands and companies interested in this exclusive and new marketing and sales concept.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 10:18 in category



   Fri, 31.01.14

New Sailfish OS update 1.0.3.8 now available
Sailfish OS update 1.0.3.8 released today enables landscape mode in browser, keyboard, gestures and notifications. Android applications are now clearly distinguished in the Store, it fixes the power consumption issue related to The Other Half, and brings a number of tweaks and improvements. Full change log is available here. If you didn't get a notification about the update yet, go to Settings / About and select Check for updates in the Pulley menu.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:57 in category



   Tue, 10.12.13

Sailfish OS gets its first 1.0.1.10 update
Sailfish OS got its very first update yesterday, version 1.0.1.10. It is mainly a bug fix release aimed at improving the
stability and usability of the OS. Full change log is available here.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:26 in category



   Wed, 13.11.13

Jolla smartphones to feature HERE maps
Sailfish OS now supports HERE's mapping and positioning technology. Jolla announced an agreement to license positioning services and map technology from HERE, a Nokia business, to be used in Sailfish OS. This will provide users with up-to-date map data and rich location information, such as restaurants and hotels, from over 190 countries around the world.

Enabling fast and accurate retrieval of positioning information anywhere in the world, these services are essential for any mobile maps experience. A global map and location content offering also brings Jolla one step closer to achieving a fully equipped mobile operating system. The mapping asset is an integral part of Jolla's complete user experience.

"We are excited that HERE is providing its leading positioning services for Sailfish OS and that our maps application will be powered by HERE cloud services. This will help us deliver the optimal mobile maps experience to our customers," says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 23:49 in category


Yandex.Store client for Sailfish OS
Thousands of Android applications will be available for Jolla devices through Yandex.Store's Android app store client for Sailfish OS. Currently featuring over 85,000 apps in 17 categories, Yandex.Store offers the best and most popular Android apps - from social networking and communication apps like Twitter, Foursquare, Skype, Viber and WeChat to games like Angry Birds. Yandex.Store will provide in-app purchase opportunities and is available on smartphones and tablets in 37 languages.

An integral part of Jolla's Sailfish OS is integrated Android compatible application runtime that Jolla has developed in co-operation with Myriad AG.

"Jolla's strategy is always to work with the most respectable service partners in specific markets and create long-term strategic partnerships. We analysed a number of alternative Android app stores to use for our first markets in Europe, and quickly found out that Yandex's offer is very competitive and that they are very interested in developing their app store together with us for the needs of Sailfish customers", says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 22:01 in category



   Tue, 12.11.13

Jolla Harbour now available
Jolla has fixed some small issues and the Jolla Harbour has been relaunched today. Dry dock and slipway for Jolla developers - Jolla Harbour is home for developers with all the engineering tools needed to launch apps to Jolla Store.

At the moment it only supports free applications but Jolla has been working hard on adding support for commercial applications in near future.

If you are developing apps for Sailfish OS, simply go to https://harbour.jolla.com/ and be ready for the upcoming launch of the Jolla phone!

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:05 in category



   Fri, 11.10.13

EasyStreetView 1.1.0 update
EasyStreetView (Google Maps / Street View client) has been updated to version 1.1.0 which provides GPS support to quickly set user's current location from the GPS receiver, and adds Google's PanControl serving as a simple compass to indicate current heading in the street view.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 05:06 in category



   Sun, 06.10.13

Nineshark updated to v0.0.4
Alejo Sotelo has released another update (v0.0.4) of his fantastic Grooveshark client - Nineshark. This new version brings support for more gestures, Grooveshark user synchronisation, My Playlists, My Collections and My Favourites, redesigned search and player, automatic updates, and more. Full change log is available on Alejo's home page.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:40 in category


EasyStreetView ported to Blackberry 10
EasyStreetView (Nokia N9 version here) has been ported to Blackberry BB10. This time it is not a QtQuick port but a native Cascades rewrite. The BB10 version additionally brings support for GPS, PanControl serving as a simple compass to show current heading, and several other enhancements, all of which will also be added to Harmattan and Symbian versions.

EasyStreetView is basically a Google Maps client optimized for simultaneous (and therefore quick and easy) Street View access and use. It offers a split screen showing both the map and the street view at once, so you don't need to drag and drop the pegman and switch between map and street view back and forth. The map and panorama are integrated with each other (marker on the map follows street view, and vice versa) but can also be panned and zoomed independently.

EasyStreetView for BB10 is available from the BlackBerry AppWorld.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:06 in category



   Fri, 04.10.13

Nokia continues to FINISH OFF MeeGo, Symbian and ITSELF - they're cancelling Ovi Store support for Symbian and Harmattan applications
It looks that what's been done to Symbian and MeeGo so far still isn't enough for those who destructed Nokia's own operating systems and the company itself.

Now, starting from January 1st, they're cancelling support for Symbian and Harmattan applications in the Nokia Store. A message stating so has just been sent to all Nokia Store publishers. The existing content will remain available, but neither new applications nor even updates to the existing ones will be accepted. They are going to focus SOLELY on Windows Phone and the Asha series, i.e. only on what they sold to Microsoft.

It looks that Nokia continues to do EVERYTHING it takes to support Microsoft, even if it is harmful to Nokia itself. Or else, what other company (especially in THIS financial condition) would be just giving up like this on yet another revenue source, and probably quite a good one considering that only in September Symbian and Harmattan users have downloaded nearly 700 copies of my applications (and I surely am NOT the most popular Ovi store publisher), which shows that there is an ongoing demand for Symbian and MeeGo software.

And it makes me wonder what has happened with Nokia's PROMISE to support Symbian until 2016. A company that doesn't keep their own promises should get what it deserves, and I hope that Symbian and Harmattan users will not forget how they've been cheated and misled.

Hopefully by that time someone else will decide to launch a '3rd party' appstore supporting Symbian and Harmattan.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:02 in category



   Wed, 18.09.13

Sailfish OS achieves hardware and application compatibility with Android. The next batch of preorders for Finland starts today
Jolla has announced that Sailfish OS is now compatible with the Android ecosystem, in terms of application and hardware compatibility. Android applications will run directly on Sailfish OS without any modifications, and users will be able to take full advantage of the Android application ecosystem available through various app stores globally. Jolla will co-operate with leading global app stores to ensure users can seamlessly download Android apps just as they would do on any Android device.

Jolla has also achieved Android hardware compatibility by developing Sailfish OS to run on common hardware produced for Android, particularly smartphones and tablets. Vendors interested to utilize Sailfish OS are now able to develop phones and tablets based on many different chipset and hardware configurations. This new level of compatibility will enable device vendors who use Sailfish OS to fully utilize the existing Android hardware ecosystem.

Due to extremely positive feedback and increased demand in the past weeks, Jolla is now offering another pre-order opportunity for the second production batch through jolla.com. It is targeted to Finnish customers only at this point.

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 15:50 in category



   Wed, 21.08.13

The first production batch of Jolla smartphones fully booked with demand from 136 countries
The first production batch of Jolla smartphones has been fully booked by consumers and selected sales channels. Jolla launched its first smartphone at the JollaLoveDay event in May. At the same time, Jolla kicked off an online pre-order campaign, which reached its first batch limit by mid-July. Online pre-orders were received from 136 countries in all.

"We are delighted to see this great worldwide interest towards our very first device. When you see someone wearing an 'I am the First One' t-shirt, you see a proud future owner of Jolla," says Tomi Pienimäki, CEO of Jolla. "For those, who missed the first opportunity, we are now doing our best to offer a second chance, a new batch of Jolla smartphones later in the autumn. I encourage everyone interested in Jolla to sign up at jolla.com and be the first to know about any new developments, such as the opening of the next pre-sales campaign."

The Jolla phone is targeted to begin shipping by the end of 2013, starting in Europe. Its production programme is proceeding as planned and sales will start in Finland with DNA, the first operator in the world to offer Jolla smartphones.

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 09:12 in category



   Tue, 13.08.13

EasyStreetView - Street View optimized Google Maps client for Harmattan
EasyStreetView is a Google Maps client focused on, and optimized for, quick and convenient StreetView access and usage. You don't have to switch back and forth between the map and the street view, no need to drag and drop the Pegman, either. Both the map and street view are shown on one screen. Simply enter an address, then just tap on a street/place you want to see and that's it - a marker will be shown on the map and street view will be displayed. The map and street view are integrated with each other - you can switch to a different street/place anytime just by tapping on different area on the map and street view will change instantly. As you move on the street view, the marker moves on the map, too, always showing you the current, exact location. The map and street view can be zoomed in/out and panned independently.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 21:37 in category



   Fri, 02.08.13

ISSTracker for Harmattan
ISSTracker for the Nokia N9 / N950 tracks satellites and predicts their visible passes over your location. It supports ISS (International Space Station), Hubble Space Telescope, and any other satellite listed at CelesTrak.com defined by the user. ISSTracker automatically downloads current orbit data (TLE) and shows realtime-updated satellite location now and within the next hour on a Nokia Map (street, terrain, satellite) zoomable from world map to street level. Prediction of visible passes includes appearance and departure times and azimuths, visibility duration and highest elevation. Supports both GPS and manually entered coordinates.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:43 in category


New Sailfish OS SDK now available
New Sailfish OS SDK with support for Qt5 / QtQuick 2.0 and Wayland has just been released. Linux, Windows and MacOS X versions can be downloaded from SailfishOS.org (make sure to uninstall the old version first). If you are porting applications from Harmattan, also take a look at this Porting from MeeGo Harmattan to Sailfish OS guide.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 06:46 in category



   Thu, 27.06.13

GeoCoder for Harmattan
GeoCoder lets you quickly find any location and get LOTS of information about it, which would otherwise require browsing multiple resources. For any place / address / coordinates / map position or for the current location you'll get: its exact address and postcode, exact elevation, road distance and travel time (for driving, bicycling or walking), sunrise/sunset times and day length, dusk/dawn times and daylight duration, moonrise/moonset times, timezone/DST information, current weather and 7-day weather prediction, 360° panorama of the exact location, Nokia Map and fullscreen Google Map with Street View, related Wikipedia entry, and more - all that with one tap.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 22:57 in category



   Thu, 13.06.13

DNA to launch the Jolla smartphone
As the first operator in the world, the Finnish DNA will launch this year the Sailfish OS smartphone from Jolla. DNA will start selling the Jolla phone as the only operator in Finland, as soon as they enter the market. Jolla will be available in DNA Kauppa stores and DNA online, as well as at selected DNA retailers.

"As a Finnish operator, we consider it important to support this new Finnish success story, in which we see enormous potential. The partnership with Jolla reflects DNA's manner of doing business and is a fantastic example of the way in which we want to be involved in interesting innovations that bring real added value to their users. We boldly apply this start-up mentality to our own operations as well", said Pekka Väisänen, Vice President of DNA's Consumer Business.

DNA has been involved in the Jolla smartphone development from the very beginning. "In a spirit of 'co-creation' that is characteristic of Jolla, we have been able to influence the device's design and usability, allowing us to convey our customers' wishes directly to Jolla's development team, already at the design stage", said Väisänen.

"It is valuable to find a good operator as a partner in the domestic market. The cooperation between DNA and Jolla has been extremely rewarding, and we place particular value on the feedback regarding the wishes of customers, received from an operator that knows its clientele. Our two companies are equally enthusiastic about the launch of Jolla smart phones at DNA Stores nationwide during the last quarter", said Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki.

The Jolla pre-order campaign started in May at jolla.com. Those interested in the new Jolla mobile and the partnership of DNA and Jolla can leave their contact details with DNA at the address www.dna.fi/jolla.

DNA Ltd is a Finnish telecommunications company providing high-quality, state-of-the-art voice, data, and TV services to private customers and corporations. DNA's 3G network reaches five million Finns and is constantly expanding, and the 4G networks are reaching new cities and urban areas all the time. In 2012, DNA recorded a turnover of EUR 769 million and an operating profit of EUR 56 million. DNA Ltd has more than 3 million mobile communications and fixed network customers.

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 08:08 in category



   Wed, 12.06.13

3G network compatibility update for Harmattan
A "3G network compatibility" fix has been released today by Nokia for the Nokia N9 / N950. According to the description, it prepares the device for possible operator network updates and without applying this fix voice and data services may stop working properly.

You should get an automatic notification about the availability of this fix (which appears as "Nokia Link"). If not, check your Settings / Applications / Manage applications.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:29 in category



   Tue, 11.06.13

Nineshark 0.0.2 for Harmattan
Nineshark by Alejo Sotelo is a Grooveshark client for the Nokia N9/N950. Version 0.0.2 brings numerous improvements and enhancements, with the most important one probably being voice search function. Other changes include:

* Duration and time progress.
* Haptics effects to listview.
* Filter to popular, albums, playlists and songs.
* Shuffle, Repeat.
* Swipe up/down to show shuffle and repeat controls.
* Swipe left/right into list items to navigate between search and playlist.
* Share to social networks.
* and many other tweaks and fixes.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 01:58 in category



   Thu, 23.05.13

Qt for Tizen now available
Qt 5 for Tizen (1.0 Alpha 1 version) has just been released. It is a purely community-driven port to the Tizen Mobile profile. For more information please visit qt-project.org.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:21 in category



   Mon, 20.05.13

The first Sailfish OS phone - The Jolla - announced
As expected, at the launch event in Helsinki, Jolla has just announced its first Sailfish OS based smartphone called simply... the Jolla. Featuring a 4.5" screen, it has a plastic case consisting of two parts, with the back part being interchangeable and the device discovering its colour and modifying the UI theme to match it (a feature called "The Other Half"). The phone will support 4G (LTE), it will have a dual-core processor, 16 GB of built-in storage memory expandable via a microSD card slot, and an 8 Megapixel AF camera. Display resolution was referred to as "HD", which probably means 1280x720 pixels. The phone will have a microUSB port and user-replaceable battery. It was confirmed that the Jolla will support Android applications, and it was the only information about software development I was able to find. No news regarding native development, e.g. some developer programs stimulating it.

The phone will start shipping in Q4 2013 (or "by the end of the year") at 399 Euros. Pre-orders (three options) can be placed already now at https://join.jolla.com/en.



 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:57 in category


MoonCalc, Biorhythms, StarFinder ported to Sailfish OS
I've just finished porting another three applications of mine from Harmattan to Jolla's Sailfish OS:

* MoonCalc - an advanced Moon tool to track its position and calculate in real time all important Moon data

* Biorhythms - biorhythm calculator for two persons, with interactive graph and cycle interpretation

* StarFinder - quickly and easily locate in the sky stars, planets, constellations, meteor showers, asterisms, and more.

A few weeks ago I also ported SunCalc - an application to track the Sun's position in the sky and calculate Sun-related data. SunCalc Deluxe will be ported this week.

Some further visual tweaks and improvements will be made once I can get hold of a Sailfish OS device.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 06:57 in category



   Mon, 13.05.13

Nineshark - Grooveshark client for Harmattan
Nineshark by Alejo Sotelo is a Grooveshark client for the Nokia N9 / N950. Search by song, playlist, album or artist and instantly play it back on your phone.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 01:39 in category



   Tue, 07.05.13

Tizen 2.1 Beta source code and SDK available
Tizen 2.1 Beta source code and SDK are now available. As a minor release, Tizen 2.1 Beta contains several new features and performance enhancements. Visit tizen.org for more details and to download the new releases.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 08:46 in category


MoonCalc Pro and Biorhythms ported to BlackBerry 10 (Z10)
I've just finished porting MoonCalc Pro and Biorhythms from MeeGo/Symbian to BlackBerry 10 (Z10) and got them approved by RIM for distribution in the AppWorld store. The remaining applications will be released for the Z10 within the next two weeks, followed by Sailfish OS versions for the upcoming Jolla smartphones.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 08:12 in category



   Fri, 03.05.13

Jolla strengthens its board and management
Jolla enters the next phase in its development and prepares for the sales start in the second half of this year. The number of personnel has grown to 70 and the team extends to a wide network of collaboration partners. To ensure the successful market entry and further growth, the company is strengthening its board and management structure.

The Jolla Board continues to be chaired by Antti Saarnio, one of the Jolla founders. The other board members are Steve Lau from China Fortune, Mohamed Boukerche, a representative of a private investor, Ari Jaaksi, an industry advisor and a long time expert in open source development, and Stefano Mosconi, CTO of Jolla and one of the company founders.

Jolla is appointing Tomi Pienimäki as the new CEO as of May 6th. Tomi joins Jolla from Itella Corporation, one of the largest logistics operators in the Nordic countries. At Itella, Tomi has gained extensive experience in business management and managing large technology organizations. He also has experience from the start-up world in the role of a board member in several companies and having co-founded Done Solutions, an IT company, in 1999.

This appointment allows Marc Dillon, who has been Jolla's CEO as of October 2012, to fully concentrate on the development of Sailfish operating system as Head of Software Development. Marc has been in charge of Jolla's software development right from the start and his strong focus on this will be crucial in the months leading to the market entry of the first Jolla phone and the company's success when the sales starts.




"Jolla is a great company with an exciting and promising future. I truly believe we can make a difference and bring something unique to the consumers. My task is to listen very closely to our customers and further build the collaboration network. I also want to ensure that our team can fully concentrate on the most important task: bringing the first device to the market this year," says Tomi Pienimäki, the new CEO of Jolla.

"Tomi brings a great combination of expertise in leading large technology organizations and understanding of the world of growth companies. He is an excellent addition to the Jolla team and will offer valuable insights into the company operations," says Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the Board. "I warmly thank Marc for his inspirational leadership in the CEO role during the past months. Marc continues to lead our Sailfish OS development, and his drive and talent continue to be crucially important for us, when we navigate towards the launch of our first device," Antti Saarnio continues.

"I am really excited to get an experienced executive such as Tomi on board so that I am again able to give 100% attention to what I love – working on the product with the Jolla team. An important part of my role will also be spreading the news on Sailfish OS to the world and further grow the movement we currently have supporting and co-creating it," says Marc Dillon.

Jolla will showcase its first device in May. A pre-sales campaign is expected to start after mid-May, and the actual sales start will take place during the second half of 2013.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:14 in category



   Wed, 17.04.13

Jolla's first smartphone to be unveiled in early May!
A truly good news for all those (including myself) who had been so disappointed about having to wait until late 2013 / early 2014 (as previously announced) for the first Sailfish OS smartphone from Jolla: it will be announced in early May (!) with pre-orders to start soon after that. Money obtained from pre-orders will be then used to cover the manufacturing cost of the first batch of phones.

But wait, there's more! Jolla will offer custom software configurations (probably application sets, UI customization) to choose from (with different price levels) and those pre-ordering the phone will be able to choose what suits them the most.

I guess it's time to quickly port all my applications to Sailfish OS (which, BTW, is a quick, easy and very pleasant process).
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:41 in category



   Thu, 11.04.13

SunCalc PREMIUM for Nokia N9 / N950
SunCalc PREMIUM is a much enhanced version of SunCalc - an application to track the Sun's position in the sky and calculate times of all Sun related events (sunrise/sunset, dusk/dawn, day/night length, twilights, transit, etc). In addition to all features offered by the standard version, SunCalc Premium provides the following enhancements:
  • storing three favourite locations and switching between them (in addition to coordinates obtained from the GPS receiver)

  • entering coordinates manually or selecting your locations on a map

  • Altitude Limit function to monitor when the Sun gets above/below user selected altitude and how long it stays above it each day

  • Shadow Calculator and Shadow Compass to calculate Sun shadow's length and direction for any time and location, for an object of user-selected height

  • Day Length Graph - an interactive graph showing the length of day (sunrise-to-sunset and dawn-to-dusk) and night for the entire year

  • Sun's azimuth and elevation is calculated and shown for each hour - along with Sun Compass this allows quickly checking where in the sky the Sun will be at any date/time

  • advanced settings to choose how to calculate day length (sunrise to sunset or dawn to dusk) and sunrise/sunset times (for the center of Sun's disc or its upper limb touching the horizon, with or without atmospheric refeaction accounted for)

  • time zone setting for each location - graphs and data are calculated in local time of the destination

  • real-time calculation of Sun-related astronomical data (azimuth, elevation, distance from Earth, hour angle, right ascension, declination, ecliptical latitude and longitude, apparent diameter, obliquity of the Ecliptic, etc)

  • and more...

With SunCalc you can easily plan all your activities depending on day length and sunlight intensity, schedule your trips and vacations to get the most of Sun light and the longest days in the destination of your travel, photographers can use the program to choose the time and location of the best Sun position and shadow length/angle for their scenes, it can help you set up your solar panels... or simply keep you well informed about everything related to solar illumination and daylight.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:49 in category



   Fri, 05.04.13

Sailfish OS SDK for Windows and Mac
In addition to the Linux build released in February, Sailfish OS SDK is now available for Windows and Mac OS X as well. Visit http://sailfishos.org to download your version.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 15:15 in category



   Wed, 27.03.13

I am a VERY happy Blackberry Z10 user now :)
My long awaited BlackBerry Z10 has just arrived and it looks like something that *CAN* replace my N950 and N9! More importantly, now I've got everything needed to port all my applications to the BB10 OS. More impressions and a proper, detailed review (mostly from an N900 / N950 / N9 user perspective) coming soon!


 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 15:12 in category



   Thu, 14.03.13

Connected - interactive map of N9/N950 users
Connected is an interactive map of N9 and N950 users worldwide. Just launch the application to add yourself to the list and see where other users are located...
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:35 in category



   Fri, 01.03.13

SunCalc ported to Sailfish OS
SunCalc for the Nokia N9 has just been ported to Jolla's new Sailfish OS. More information and screenshots of the Sailfish OS version can be found here on our Sailfish forum.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 02:45 in category



   Mon, 25.02.13

Sailfish OS SDK now available
As promised, Jolla has just released the SDK (Software Development Kit) for its upcoming Sailfish OS. The SDK is currently available for Linux (in 32- and 64-bit versions), with the Windows and Mac OS X versions coming soon. Visit the just updated SailfishOS.org website to get the SDK and to check the guidues about gestures, user interactions, the UI framework and more. Stay tuned for more information.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:28 in category



   Mon, 18.02.13

Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and Source Code available
Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and source code are now available at https://developer.tizen.org/downloads/sdk. This release includes many new features and improvements over Tizen 1.0 and Tizen 2.0 Alpha. As a Tizen 2.0 developer, you will find strong HTML5/W3C APIs and a new native framework. Highlights of this release include:
  • Enhanced Web framework that provides state-of-the-art HTML5/W3C API support

  • Web UI framework, including full-screen and multi-window support

  • Additional Tizen device APIs, such as Bluetooth and NFC support, and access to the device's calendar, call history, and messaging subsystems

  • Web Runtime framework supporting new configuration elements for specifying the required features and privileges, and providing the basic runtime environment for NPRuntime plugins

  • Native framework supporting full-featured application development and providing a variety of features such as background applications, IP Push, and TTS (Text-To-Speech)

  • Core and native reference applications including Calendar, Contacts, Gallery, Phone, Settings, and Video Player

  • Enhanced Web IDE providing WYSIWYG design environment, Chrome-based JavaScript inspector, and JavaScript log viewer

  • Native IDE providing a project wizard, WYSIWYG design environment, unit test tool, and dynamic analyzer.

Go to https://source.tizen.org/release for more information on the release.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:12 in category



   Fri, 15.02.13

ttrss - Tiny Tiny RSS Reader for Harmattan
ttrss by Hauke Schade is a Tiny Tiny RSS Reader for the Nokia N9, written using Qt/QML. It uses the Tiny Tiny RSS API.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:11 in category


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