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Martyn Davies

Samsung Bring Down the Shutters on Symbian

by Martyn Davies 1st October 2010

Samsung today abandoned Symbian support with an email blast to their developer community. According to Samsung Mobile Innovator, the shutters will come down rapidly, with the developer forum closing and even the existing content being purged  at the end of December this year.  Samsung has been pursuing its own developer strategy with the Bada platform […]

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A Really Mobile Christmas

by Martyn Davies 23rd December 2009

As the Christmas Season rushes in on us, we thought it would be a good moment to reflect on the mobile apps this year that we particularly enjoyed at Really Mobile.  Which apps were the Marx Brothers, and which the Chuckle Brothers? Which were the cash cows and which the mad cows?  Which was 50cent, […]

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Q&A with Rod Ullens of Voxbone

by Martyn Davies 2nd October 2009

Rod Ullens is the CEO of Voxbone, who have launched an initiative called iNum which creates a “virtual country” with its own country-code +883.  This so-called “Earth code” allows any iNum user to call any other free (or at least very cheaply) regardless of the physical geography of either.  iNum uses international IP networking, and […]

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Freak Like Me

by Martyn Davies 9th September 2009

Returning once more to the Ovi Store, I’ve been exploring some of the offerings related to music. Some of the app reviews on the Ovi Store are damning indeed. I enjoyed that some of the reviews featured the word ‘crapp’. I wasn’t sure whether this was a typo, or whether this a conflation of ‘crap’ […]

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Is Palm Breaking Out of its Rut?

by Martyn Davies 1st August 2009

While in the US recently, I caught some of the TV advertising for the Palm Pre, which is somehow like a surreal Tango advert.  This is the latest part of Palm’s buzz creation for their device and so far they’ve been quite skilful at creating customer approval and expectation.  Back in March at the Mobile […]

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Computing's Past: Station X and modern encryption

by Martyn Davies 4th July 2009

One of last month’s highlights for me was visiting Bletchley Park, for one of their geek meetups… In World War II, Bletchley Park (codenamed Station X) was a secret code-breaking site that decoded messages from Enigma and Lorenz cipher machines, hoping to put the most crucial secrets in Churchill’s hands by lunchtime each day.  They […]

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Samsung Innovation Quest goes for widgets

by Martyn Davies 23rd June 2009

The Samsung i8910 is Samsung’s HD-video enabled handset based on Symbian S60.  Visitors to the Samsung stand at the Mobile World Congress back in February would have seen a video wall of these units showing off their vivid screen colours via the AMOLED display. By way of celebrating the i8910, Samsung are launching a new […]

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Life's a beach: The Nokia 6700 coming to Three UK?

by Martyn Davies 17th June 2009

I was passing the “3″ offices in Maidenhead today and it appears Nokia are bringing the beach to the “3″ driveway. The board is advertising the Nokia 6700, and the van is all about keeping in touch with social networks while you’re away on holiday. It’s a shame there was no-one serving ice creams; I […]

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