One thing that keeps bringing me back to S60 is the number and quality of 3rd party applications available for the platform, ranging from VoIP clients to games and multimedia apps. One of the best instant messaging clients I have tried is Palringo because it allows me to connect with Windows Live Messenger, Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo IM, and more all from a single application. In addition to traditional text IM, you can also quickly send photos and voice messages with Palringo. It is currently available for S60, Windows Mobile, and Java-supported devices and they just announced the availability for BlackBerry devices.
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It has been a few months since I last wrote about the Dashwire mobile client and I was very pleased to receive a note from Ford that the Dashwire Mobile 2.0 client for Windows Mobile is now available. This latest version offers a significant update to the GUI on your Windows Mobile device and lots more cool features to integrate your social networks and multimedia.
A few months ago Proporta sent me the BeachBuoy waterproof case to check out, but it wasn't until we took a family cruise vacation in February that I had a chance to put it through a real life test. You can check out some photos of the BeachBuoy in my image gallery and also see lots of underwater video shot with my Flip MinoHD placed inside the BeachBuoy as I snorkeled in St. Thomas.
Are you ready to soon see a bunch of crazy photos appearing on your friends and family's Facebook pages? I read over on Gear Diary that Facebook photo upload support was added to the Nintendo DSi (see my review) on the evening of 3 August. I grabbed my DSi and discovered that a system update was available. After the system update, I found that the Facebook integration was available in the camera/photo gallery module.
Twitter popularity is growing and you can now find several celebrities and sports stars using this social networking service. It seems that Charlie Villanueva took it a bit far last week as he posted a Tweet at halftime of a NBA game. Villanueva is a player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the coach wasn't too happy with the Tweet being made during the game as he wants players to stay focused on the game and not be distracted. Twitter definitely can be a distraction and I have to make sure to turn off the stream when I need to crack down and get work done.
My inbox was crazy last week during CES and as I was cleaning it out early this morning I saw an email from the Zune PR team talking about some updates coming soon. Microsoft was actually showing off demos of this at CES, but my schedule was already packed so I didn't get a chance to see these new features. Sometime this spring we will see Smart DJ and additional video content support with Facebook coming during the early part of this year.
Microsoft released the free Facebook for Zune HD a couple of days ago, but there were some permission settings issues. The app now runs just fine and as you can see in my video it is quite a capable mobile application.
Larry mentioned a list of Google services that are shutting down, but one he did not mention that is also being let go by Google is Jaiku. From what I understand Google will release the Jaiku code under the open source Apache license, so that somebody else can take it where they want to. I think Nokia should pick it up and carry it since it is highly focused on S60 users and would fit perfectly into their focus on providing services.
Skype announced a beta version of its client for Java-enabled mobile phones with the current list of compatible devices from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung. The intent of this new mobile client is to expand Skype to the mass market feature phone, but being the mobile geek that I am I decided to try it out on some other devices and was fairly pleased with the results.
The HTC Status is a small front facing QWERTY keyboard Android smartphone targeted towards the messaging crowd who find Facebook to be an important part of their lives. Facebook is integrated into the HTC experience, along with Sense 3.0 and more.