Google Mobile Search Brings Voice Control

I recently installed the Google Mobile Search application on my Nokia N97 and was pretty amazed with the new voice control feature demonstrated in the video above. You can ask it anything, and I literally mean anything, to which it never fails to deliver. If you haven’t tried it out I suggest you take a look. You can download the new Google Mobile Search from the applications section here depending on which device you have.

Keep The Meter Running With Dad’s Cab

Kids treating you like a taxi service? Now you can act like one with this GPS enabled taximeter application on your mobile. It even includes additional annoyance tolls and children-friendly payment options. Dad’s Cab is free to download from the Ovi Store and is compatible with all Nokia S60 5th Edition devices.

The Future Of Nokia | The Way We Live Next

Smart ecosystems sits at the centre of our mobile life five years from now. That’s what Nokia’s head of corporate strategy Heikki Norta outlined when he talked about what life will be like in 2015. During a short video, we saw how a combination of devices and services worked together to de-clutter life. This comes from a background that’s seeing the relationship between consumers and brands evolve from a monologue right now through a conversation and into a continuous relationship. The idea is simply to help users manage their lives better and enable them to create, share and get the most out of life.

New Firmware v101.48.128 | Nokia 5730 XpressMusic

The Nokia 5730XM has received a new firmware update taking it to v101.48.128. To get this software through your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. Additionally this software release is available via the NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and now also via Ovi Suite.

Although the Nokia 5730XM supports UDP (User Data Preservation), we still recommend you do a full backup to ensure you do not lose any data. New firmware updates generally contain bug fixes and optimizations necessary for other software to perform correctly, therefore we recommend you always keep your device up to date.

According to SymbianWorld, noticeable changes include the internet radio, which now works without crashing. There is also the option of having an LED notification for new e-mails now and the device seams to be much quicker. There is no changelog as of yet so post your experiences and let us know if you find any more. Depending on your product code it may take sometime before the update is available for your device.

Love For Music Genres Is Partly In Our Genes

If you’ve ever wondered why a close group of friends might like completely different types of music, blame their genes. A study by Nokia into the musical tastes of nearly 4,000 twins reveals genetic influences on the music people like varies with genre. While, on the whole, musical taste is determined just as much by nature as it is by specific individual experiences, nature’s influence is strongest on appreciation of pop, classical and hip-hop music – indicating some people may be born to love Michael Jackson, Beethoven or Jay-Z.

Nature’s influence is lowest on appreciation of folk and country, where family upbringing appears to play a role – so a CD collection full of Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell can’t necessarily be blamed on genetics:

Genre______________________Nature’s Influence
Pop/classical/rap/hip-hop                                53%
Jazz/blues/soul                                                  46%
Rock/indie/heavy metal                                    40%
Country/folk                                                        24%

The study, conducted by Nokia and Kings’ College London Department of Twin Research, investigated the listening habits of nearly 4,000 twins and looked at the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on musical taste.

“Previous studies have shown that perfect pitch ability appears to be partly inherent and with as much as 50% of our musical taste being predetermined, it appears there is a strong argument for the existence of ‘music genes’” says Adrian North, Professor of Psychology at Heriot Watt University.

As might be expected, genetic influences decrease over time as individual experiences becomes more important. Excluding country music – on average for the under 50s, genes have more influence (55%)1 than environmental factors (45%)2 , whereas for the over 50s, the influence of individual specific environmental factors on a music collection increases to (60%)3.

Liz Schimel from Nokia commented; “Mobile phones are changing the way people experience music and, if we’re to give music fans the music they want, we need to know what fuels their passions. While technology doesn’t yet allow us to match DNA to playlists with Nokia Comes With Music service and millions of tracks in the Nokia Music Store, there’s something for every gene.”

Genetic influence ranking by genre for under and over 50s

Under 50s
– 56% Jazz/blues/soul
– 55% Pop/classical/rap/hip-hop
– 53% Rock/indie/heavy metal
– 0% Country/folk

Over 50s
– 43% Pop/classical/rap/hip-hop
– 42% Jazz/blues/soul
– 34% Rock/indie/heavy metal
– 28% Country/folk

Born to buy music, but not to listen to it

While genetic influence on the music we like (55%) is clear, genes have a significantly lower influence (25%) on our motivations for listening to music. According to the research, listening habits are influenced by a desire to soundtrack our day, wanting to set a mood, or simply to enjoy the listening experience rather than any ‘play music now’ gene.

Firefox for Maemo | beta 5

Mozilla is getting even closer to releasing the final version of Firefox for Maemo devices (Fennec). Fennec is now in beta 5, which means it won’t be too long before the final variant of the mobile browser is officially released. Firefox for Mobile comes complete with favorite and familiar features that you enjoy on your desktop. The Awesome Bar searches your history, bookmarks and tags to go to your favorite sites instantly. You can easily share your Firefox preferences, history, and bookmarks between your desktop and mobile. You can install add-ons to make your browser your own, and tabbed browsing allows you to browse multiple sites, all at the same time.