Gulp – Shot with the N8 on the World’s Largest Animation Set

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the mobile world. Nokia and Aardman Animations have set a Guiness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Stop-motion Animation Set’ with their short film: Gulp. Remember the short film Dot from last year? The same folks got together and made this short movie entirely using the Nokia N8 phone.

What’s this movie about?

The film explores the life of a little fishing boat when the tide goes out. As the sea ebbs away oilskins and nets come to life manifesting a lone fisherman, out to find the catch of the day.  When he sets off across the sea he encounters an ocean vista of waves, gulls, clouds and fish all created using giant sand animation, carved in the beach itself. As the fisherman hauls in his sandy catch he is swallowed by a huge sea monster. Trapped inside the beast’s cavernous stomach, he accidentally sets off a chain reaction and is catapulted back to the surface, too late to save his catch from escaping back into the ocean.

Enough of writing, here’s the video for you to enjoy:

Gulp. The world’s largest stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8. from Nokia HD on Vimeo.

The Making of Gulp

If you’re interested in how this was created here’s the low down:
Three phones elevated 36 meters above the ground on a cherry picker on a beach in South Wales, UK, shot a canvas of 42.71 meters x 24 meters creating the ‘World’s Largest Stop-motion Animation Set’. The phones were mounted in a custom built rig inside a specially designed Peli Box and operated remotely by the camera crew in order to capture the huge images.

Take a peek at another video showing you how it was done:

Gulp. The making of. from Nokia HD on Vimeo.

Symbian^3 gets updated again: eMail Patch

Nokia has released what it calls a “Voluntary” update for Symbian^3 phones, which patches a “synchronization issue identified in a limited  number of Nokia smartphones using Mail for Exchange on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1.”

It’s a voluntary update because it won’t be pushed to users. According to this post in Nokia Support Discussions:

Q: Will the software update be pushed to users?

A: No, this is a voluntary software update. Users who have signed up with MyNokia or enabled the software update auto-check will get a notification about the update on their homescreen and will be able to download the new software from the Software updater in their device, if and when the update is available for them.

So head over to the Software Update app on your Symbian^3 device and check for this update. It’s basically the PR 1.2 update for the N8, C7 and the C6-01, and the PR 1.1 update for the E7.

Here’s the post:

N8-00/C7-00/C6-01 PR1.2 / E7-00 PR1.1

21-Mar-2011 02:22 PM

[ad#ga-cbox-left]We have released a voluntary software update for Nokia Symbian^3 smartphones primarily to address a synchronization issue identified in a limited  number of Nokia smartphones using Mail for Exchange on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1.

We listen to people’s feedback and continue to constantly improve the user experience of our smartphones with software updates.  While we are working to make available the next software version, which will provide a renewed user experience, including new browser, refreshed widgets and home screen as well as many other performance enhancements, we released this software to quickly resolve a potential issue affecting our business users.

The software update will be available through the on-the-device Software Update or using Ovi Suite. The roll-out schedule will be determined operator by operator, market by market.

Updated yet? Let us know by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld

PR 1.1 for Symbian^3 Devices out

Nokia announced today via their official Blog, Conversations that they are rolling out the Software Update 1.1 for new Symbian Devices, such as the N8, C6-01 and the C7.

This was “Supposed” to be the update that brought these devices out of the bronze age and closer towards being able to compete with iOS and Android, but when they highlight features such as:

  1. Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
  2. Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite

I seriously doubt they’re going anywhere anytime soon. No new browser, no new keyboard, the text entry will still remain horribly horrible. I seriously hope they wake up, and soon!

Editor’s Note: We do know, thanks to our friends on Twitter who reminded us that the PR 1.1 update is a minor update and not to expect any major features in it. We just hope that the 2.0 update comes sooner rather than later, making the Symbian^3 a more competitive platform.

Have you updated your device yet? Let us know by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. And do visit our Facebook Page.

Here’s the post from Nokia Conversations:

Software update 1.1 for new Symbian devices

By Ian posted on the 4th of February 2011 at 10:32AM

GLOBAL –Nokia today releases software update 1.1 for the new Symbian devices – the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01. While the new Symbian software offered great performance and features from launch, the updates will make it even smoother to use.

Most of the updated features are not directly visible to end users, but together, they will enhance the user experience of each Symbian device. Both the quality and the stability of the devices will be further enhanced. In addition to numerous tweaks and fixes, there’s also some new content. More details below.

  1. Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
  2. Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.
  3. For Nokia N8 users:
    a. New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents.
    b. Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices – Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store.

You’ll be able get the update through Software Update on your device or using Ovi Suite. We’re warned that the update may be quite a large download, especially for Nokia N8 users. So make sure you’re on a free WiFi service when you choose to update or use Ovi Suite to install it.

The standard, non-customised version of the software is available from today. Country (SIM-free) and operator-specific variants will follow soon.

We continue to enhance our smartphone experience throughout the 2011. Today’s update is not the last one you will see by far – be assured that there are further goodies on the way.

UPDATE: The standard, non-customised version of the software is available from today for the Nokia C7. The software versions for the Nokia N8 and C6-01 will be available early next week. Country (SIM-free) and operator-specific variants will follow soon.

Contest: Download Moodagent from Ovi, Win a N8

The folks over at Ovi Blog have an awesome contest running. Here’s what you basically have to do:

Download Moodagent, get 10 free songs and share your favourite Moodagent playlists on Facebook to win a Nokia N8.

Sounds awesome! If you want to know what Moodagent is (Formerly known as Playlist DJ), you can read our review of it over at MyNokiaWorld, over here. It’s basically a software that creates playlists based on your mood.

Here’s a video of Moodagent:

Head over to the Blog, to read more about how you can win yourself an N8. The contest is open to people worldwide!

Follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Nokia Big Screen App

The latest App out from Nokia’s Betalabs is Big Screen. It allows you to display content on your N8 when connected to a HDMI TV. The phone can also be paired with a bluetooth controller so you can browse the  content wire free.

From the Betalabs website – “Big Screen is another example of Nokia constantly working to help customers find new ways to use their smartphones,” said Jo Harlow, head of Nokia Symbian Smartphones. “Big Screen provides a platform for Nokia to deliver more home entertainment services to users of the Nokia N8 and Nokia E7. A smartphone is no longer just a way to access media content on the move: it has now become a portable media hub and one more way to realize the fantastic media capabilities of our latest smartphone range.”

You can grab hold of Big Screen from this link

check out the video for a Live demo of Nokia’s Big Screen.

Nokia N8 Firmware Update

So Nokia’s current Imaging Flagship device, the N8 will be getting a firmware in January. A number of users have been tweeting about when a firmware update is expected.

Nokia India just confirmed that the latest update will be out in January 2011. Just a few days people!

For More Nokia news and the latest info on anything portable, follow us on Twitter! We’re @MyPortableWorld

What do you do when your Nokia N8 Freezes!

I just had a panic session today when my N8 just froze up on me and refused to come out of the locked state, no matter what I tried to do.  I can’t even yank the battery out, like I’d have done on any other phone.

I tried the unlock switch on the side refused to work. When I did keep the menu button pressed for a few seconds, I did get the unlock option on screen, but clicking on that didn’t do anything to getting out of the lock mode.

I also long pressed the power button for around 5 seconds. The first time I tried it, I got the switch off menu, but that too stopped appearing the second time over. What do I do?

Solution!

After a few trial and errors of keeping various combinations of buttons, I found the solution to the problem. Press and hold the power button on top of your phone, and hold it till the phone vibrates thrice. I guess the wait time’s around 10 seconds, so have patience. When the  phone vibrates, it means that your N8′s finally shut down. So at this point just press the power button to start up the phone.

Do you have any Nokia N8 tips you’d like to share? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

What do you do when your Nokia N8 Freezes!

I just had a panic session today when my N8 just froze up on me and refused to come out of the locked state, no matter what I tried to do.  I can’t even yank the battery out, like I’d have done on any other phone.

I tried the unlock switch on the side refused to work. When I did keep the menu button pressed for a few seconds, I did get the unlock option on screen, but clicking on that didn’t do anything to getting out of the lock mode.

I also long pressed the power button for around 5 seconds. The first time I tried it, I got the switch off menu, but that too stopped appearing the second time over. What do I do?

Solution!

After a few trial and errors of keeping various combinations of buttons, I found the solution to the problem. Press and hold the power button on top of your phone, and hold it till the phone vibrates thrice. I guess the wait time’s around 10 seconds, so have patience. When the  phone vibrates, it means that your N8’s finally shut down. So at this point just press the power button to start up the phone.

Do you have any tips to share? Let us know by leaving a comment below. As always you can follow us on twitter @myportableworld and become a fan of our Facebook Page.

Nokia EVP Niklas Savander discusses the N8 issues

There’s been some buzz generated lately on the N8 power management issues. Turns out that some N8’s that were shipped just didn’t turn on.

Now that’s not all bad, as Nokia have come out and acknowledged the issue. They also stated on Nokia Conversations that these issues were under warranty and you could get it fixed.

So Niklas Savander, Excecutive Vice President, had something to say.

Read the post from Nokia Conversations below, and there’s a video too:

GLOBAL – We have been getting excellent feedback from consumers on the capabilities of the Nokia N8, but in the last couple of days, a very small number of users have reported that their Nokia N8 is not switching on as it should. Product quality is a top priority for Nokia, so we’d like to take this chance to offer you some clarification on the topic.

Watch a video where Nokia’s Excecutive Vice President Niklas Savander talks about the Nokia N8 quality and what we are doing to make sure people can get the best possible experience with their device. As always, normal Nokia warranty rules apply here, so if you encounter any problems with your device, we advise you to contact your local Nokia Care.

It’s reassuring when a company at least acknowledges that something is wrong with a product and says that it will be fixed..

Has this happened to you? Have you managed to get it fixed? Let us know, comment below or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Nokia N8 Urban Spree (Bangalore Edition)

We attended the #N8UrbanSpree that took place in Bangalore on the 29th of October. An event that used the excellent imaging potential of the N8 to capture the essence of Bangalore!

Most of Bangalore’s bloggers were invited, we all met up at the Basvangudi Cafe Coffee Day  for a quick briefing. The Bloggers were split into two Groups; Team A which headed to Vidhan Soudha and Malleshwaram, and Team B which headed straight to Brigade Road.

The Teams had to Live blog the event and tweet the pictures they were taking. The focus being “Vibrance of Bangalore”.

I was part of Team B, I’ve added a small gallery of photographs i was able to take during the event.

The UrbanSpree continues today(30th October) in Bombay and on the 31st of October in New Delhi!

You can keep up with the UrbanSpree on  Twitter, the hashtag is  #N8UrbanSpree .

The Urban Spree was coordinated by Aditya Vaidyanathan from Blogger’s Mind. Who will we handling the events for the next few days as well. We wish him luck and energy! Thanks Aditya, we had a blast!!

Do check out the gallery as well. For more updates follow us on Twitter we’re @myportableworld!