Posts Tagged ‘mobile’


Nokia E71 – Exchange Password Reset


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Apple Rumour: iPhone Touch Sensitive Back


A day or two ago Bloomberg published an article that featured a rumor that the next generation iPhone might conceivably include a touch sensitive back like Apple’s latest magic mouse.  This surely has to be some sort of joke?

Apple are experienced designers and whilst not everyone might like the new touch sensitive mouse design it is functional.  Would Apple really add a touch sensitive back to the phone?  In my opinion, only if they hadn’t really considered the fact that people use cases and transfers.

There are a great number of people who choose protective and/or stylish cases for their expensive iPhones and since they are so popular some people go a little further and add stickers or transfers to the back of the device to be able to identify it from another person’s phone.  Whilst in a similar way to screen protectors I think it should be possible to produce a compatible transfer that enables the touch to work, I still can’t help but think that cases might still result in a bit of an issue should Apple have opted for this feature.

Do you think Apple will do this?  If they do is it the right decision?  I guess that there’s a good chance we may get a clue in a few weeks time when Apple make some announcements on the 26th January.


Huawei E5830 MiFi Case


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Tweet from a dumb phone

Buzby - British Telecom's old mascot

Buzby - British Telecom's old mascot ... the original Tweeter

There are lots of Twitter clients out there for smart phones, but you can also tweet from a ‘dumb’ phone.  The trick is to use a service like TwitSay or TwitterFone.  Once you register, these services give you a local telephone number to call.  You can then record a short voice message.

  • If you use TwitSay, then your message will be held as an audio recording on TwitSay and a URL will be posted to your Twitter feed.
  • If you use TwitterFone then a transcription takes place and the resulting text is posted to your Twitter feed.  TwitterFone also allows you a few additional options such as being able to listen to your Twitter feed being read to you and then being able to post responses and direct messages through the same audio transcription system.

It’s an interesting alternative interface to Twitter and one with several benefits in terms of accessibility – both in a disability sense and an availability of technology sense.  Even with a smart phone you could take advantage of these services if for example you have voice dialling enabled … not that I’d recommend tweeting whilst driving.

Interestingly both services refer only to mobile phones.  I do wonder if a land line would work too.  I can’t see any reason that it wouldn’t unless you have caller ID sending off or the services are actively blocking them.  You would however need to be able to receive a text message to the land line for activation validation purposes.  however many operators offer an SMS to audio service so even that shouldn’t really be an issue for most people.

Now I want to know when I can have a transcription take place on my phone without using a service so that I can just dictate a tweet (or an SMS) and not even have to pay for the local call – just make use of the data plan instead.


Vodafone – My Phone Number


I have a problem with my mobile phone number … I can never remember it because Ivrarely tell it to anyone any more.  So when I do need to tell someone and there’s no one around who can tell me what it is from their phone I have to resort to looking it up on my own phone.  The quickest way I’ve found to do this is to punch in a special Vodafone’s code.

Dial *#100# on the hand set and call/send it.  The hand set will then receive a system information message containing the phone number for the SIM card that is in it.

This is particularly handy if (as in my line of work) you have to deal with lots of  Vodafone SIM cards.


Reclaim Even More Memory on a Windows Mobile Device


A little while ago I posted about some ways to reclaim memory on a Windows Mobile device.  The reason for this was that the main memory on my Samsung Omnia was almost at zero and it had been a fairly common occurrence.  I’ve spent a little while recently trying to get a Skype client working on it and installing it to anywhere but the main memory seemed cause a few issues.  Today however I’ve had a good day working on the phone and I’ve managed to not only get the latest version of the Skype client running from storage rather than main memory but also found a few additional ways of getting some more control over the main memory.

The Omnia comes with the Opera mobile browser and I do a fair bit of surfing on this browser (though I have a few others installed too!)  The issue mentioned in my previous post is that this browser stores downloads and the browser cache in the \APPLICATION DATA\OPERA9\ folders.  It is however possible to change where Opera downloads information to.

To reconfigure Opera, open the browser and type “opera:config” into the address bar.  This will then display the configuration page.  There are several groups of settings that can be expanded by tapping on them – they’re simply hyperlinks.

The ‘Saved Settings‘ group contains a ‘Save Dir‘ setting that determines where Opera downloads files to.  Change this to an area not in main memory and this will help keep things more manageable.  Make sure that you click the save button on this group when you’ve changed the setting.

Another group worth delving into is ‘User Prefs’ .  This one’s quite big so there’s a bit of scrolling to find ‘Cache Directory4‘ which determines where the browser cache is stored.  Again replace the entry with something that refers to a storage area rather than main memory.  Again after more scrolling you can click the save button to store the change of values.



As this is only a migration of the issue and there are a few other known issue areas I’d also recommend using an application called ClearTemp.  This will clear out a few of these standard areas and also allow you to specify some custom folders to clear out – such as those you’ve just specified for Opera.


Mobile Monger

Another tool I found useful in understanding where memory was being used was by using a great little mobile application called Mobile Monger.  This isquite similar to WinDirStat which is a visual tool I use with people to analyse what sorts of files are taking up their disk space and where they are.  The application displays the file structure as blocks with display sizes relative to space sizes.  This can really help highlight any areas where there are large numbers of files or even just a few files taking up significant amounts of storage space.