Opera Mini available for Blackberry and Palm Treo

opera miniOpera Mini, the free web browser for mobile phones, is now available for BlackBerry and Palm Treo smartphones. Opera Mini is a user friendly superior mobile browser.

Opera Mini™ is a fast and easy alternative to Opera’s mobile browser, allowing users to access the Web on mobile phones that would normally be incapable of running a Web browser. This includes the vast majority of today’s WAP-enabled phones.

The new version further improves the browsing experience by enabling download of images, MP3s, etc directly to your phone.

Opera Mini uses a remote server to pre-process Web pages before sending them to your phone. Web content is optimized for your device, ensuring fast browsing and a great user experience.

Opera Mini offers the same speed and usability as the renowned Opera mobile browser, and uses Opera™ Small Screen Rendering™ technology to provide access to the Web. It has all the features expected of a browser, and more, such as content download, skinning, bookmarks, browsing history. In addition, Opera Mini recognizes your phone and optimizes Web pages accordingly to provide faster browsing.

There are three ways to get the browser: 1) Point your phone’s current browser to http://mini.opera.com; 2) Send an SMS with the word OPERA to 96077 (SMS charges will apply); 3) Visit the Opera site and use the download wizard.

Update: It seems like once you install it into your Treo, there is a problem. When you attempt to open it, you receive the message “Please ensure that IBM’s WebSphere Micro Environment Java VM is installed.” The program would not open.
This is what you have to do: On the Treo 650, you’ll need Micro Environment Java VM. You can get it here: http://www.palm.com/us/support/jvm/

Nokia launches WidSets – Mobile Widgets

WidSets is a mobile widget platform available for Java MIDP 2.0 phones and is completely manufacturer and browser independent. Like widgets on a computer, WidSets provide immediate access to information for everything from RSS feeds to blog posts to photo-uploading sites. Nokia has filled the library with a rather large variety of options to add to your phone. Templates are available for creating your own, too. Just head over to the site, register, download the install client, and load up–they’re free.

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Indian M-learning pioneer Wizdom.In to host seminar this sunday in chennai

wizdom_logo.jpgTo demonstrate the power and potential of m-learning, a seminar is being held at Gandhinagar Club, 4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai-20 at 3.30pm on Sunday June 11, 2006.

Besides students preparing for GRE , students preparing for CAT, GMAT, SAT and other aptitude tests for campus interviews, progressive parents and educationists would also find this seminar immensely valuable.

A live demonstration of m-learning will follow.

Register now to confirm your participation. The number of seats is limited.

To find out more about m-learning logon to http://www.wizdom.in

New PRO Games Zone at Forum Nokia

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE Mars 20, 2006

Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone to provide advanced support for next generation of Nokia mobile gaming

New PRO developer zone, enhanced mobile games section will offer key resources and information for N-Gage, SNAP Mobile and Forum Nokia developer communities??
San Jose, CA, USA – Nokia today announced the launch of its new Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone, providing mobile developer companies seeking to tap into the $2.43 billion worldwide mobile gaming market with access to advanced knowledge and technical support in the development of games and entertainment for the growing mobile consumer market.
The new Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone, launched here during the annual Games Developer Conference (GDC), joins an expanded Mobile Games section on the Forum Nokia community website to provide comprehensive developer support for Nokia’s next generation mobile gaming initiative, designed to speed integration of all current Nokia mobile games activities, including N-Gage and Nokia’s SNAP Mobile solution for connected mobile gaming on Java(TM) technology compatible handsets.
The Forum Nokia enhanced Mobile Games section provides extensive technical and business information on mobile games development to more than 2 million registered members of Forum Nokia, the world’s largest dedicated mobile application developer community. The Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone will provide Nokia’s fee-based, 400-plus member Forum Nokia PRO developer program enhanced business development support and exclusive access to in-depth technical information, enabling participants to speed mobile games revenue growth.
According to UK research firm Informa Telecoms & Media, the mobile gaming market surpassed $2.43 billion in worldwide revenues during 2005, with Informa analysts projecting total mobile games revenues worldwide to reach nearly $4.02 billion by end-2006 and soar thereafter, topping $10.17 billion in revenues by the end of 2010 – with connected mobile gaming accounting for more than 30% of the total.
“Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone and expansion of the community games section shine a spotlight on Nokia’s mobile gaming leadership, from the first-ever mobile game — Snake, launched in 1997 — to the N-Gage platform and SNAP Mobile,” said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia. “Forum Nokia has a great history of supporting mobile game development of which the new PRO Games Zone is the latest example, further enhancing the developer offering, providing easy access to all platforms and programs related to Games in Nokia and exclusive benefits for PRO members.”
Strengthening Nokia’s games developer support within a common framework for Nokia’s next generation mobile gaming will add impetus to the growth of mobile gaming development, increase business opportunities for Forum Nokia members and attract new developers to Nokia’s mobile gaming ecosystem.
“Harnessing Forum Nokia’s expertise to provide developer technical and business support for the N-Gage platform makes perfect sense as Nokia advances its current and future games initiatives within an increasingly unified framework,” said Jani Karlsson, head of games technology strategy in Nokia Multimedia. “Forum Nokia’s launch of the new PRO Games Zone is an ideal example of the level of developer support that will help bring N-Gage’s superior mobile gaming experience to millions of smartphone users around the globe.”
“Developers interested in working with the SNAP Mobile solution will find in Forum Nokia’s PRO Games Zone all the information, tools and support needed for the quick creation of quality, connected Java mobile games,” said Lisa Waits, head of SNAP Mobile. “Access to Forum Nokia’s extensive developer support resources means that high-quality Java games titles from developers working with SNAP Mobile’s developer-friendly system will be more available to operators and more likely to get picked up and played.”
The new Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone will be administered through the Americas, EMEA and Asia regional operations of Forum Nokia PRO and joins other specialized developer offerings launched by Forum Nokia PRO over the past year – including the Forum Nokia PRO: Flash Zone, the Forum Nokia PRO Symbian Zone, the Forum Nokia PRO Enterprise Zone and Forum Nokia PRO Networks Zone.
Forum Nokia PRO offers developer companies access to valuable business development and technical support resources, including events, marketing and public relations support, technical platform roadmaps, discounted devices, pre-release tools, SDKs and code samples for Java, C++/Symbian OS or SNAP Mobile developers,? as well as increased awareness in Nokia channels and joint-marketing activities. Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone benefits also will include access to specialized resources, such as games-specific market research and reports and technical games roadmap.
Further information on developer tools, resources and technical documentation available through Forum Nokia PRO and the Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone can be found online at https://pro.forum.nokia.com/site/global/home/prozones/p_prozones.jsp. More information on the expanded resources available to developers through the enhanced Mobile Games section of the Forum Nokia website also can be found online at http://www.forum.nokia.com/games.
Developers wishing to learn more about Forum Nokia and the Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone can also visit Nokia executives at Booth #616 during the Games Developer Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, March 20-24.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.

Nokia’s SNAP to simplify online gaming on mobiles

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE Mars 20, 2006

Nokia simplifies creation of online gaming communities for Java(TM) technology games

Nokia’s SNAP Mobile offers a full-featured turnkey solution that builds on the social aspects of mobile gaming
San Jose, CA, USA – Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced today the launch of a business solution that enables operators and publishers to create online communities for mobile Java games in days, rather than months. Operators who choose SNAP Mobile’s Starter Kit or Standard Package can have their users hosted on the SNAP Mobile Community, a full-featured, generic website, which creates an online gaming community almost instantly.
SNAP Mobile offers a full-featured, turnkey gaming community infrastructure that connects mobile gamers via Nokia’s SNAP Mobile gaming platform. Building on the inherent social aspects of mobile phones, these communities can be accessed by gamers’ PC web browsers and internet-enabled phones.
“Mobile technology was born out of the fact that people are social by nature and demand the ability to communicate outside of their offices and family rooms,” said Lisa Waits, Head of Nokia SNAP Mobile.? “We asked why shouldn’t mobile gaming offer the same and we’re answering with our plug and play community solution for operators and publishers that will deliver a seamless, social experience for gamers.”
Nokia’s SNAP Mobile online communities give mobile gamers the ability to communicate in-game with friends, strangers and co-workers all the time, anytime, and deliver a variety of in- and out-of-game features. In-game, players will have their own unique user identities, as well as features such as friend lists, presence, rankings, chat and instant messaging. Out-of-game, users will not only have the ability to maintain their unique user identities and view rankings, but will also have at their disposal news and events, message boards, and featured gamepages.
In addition to being a win for mobile gamers, SNAP Mobile provides operators and publishers with a highly effective, low-cost way opportunity to increase online usage and downloadable game sales.
“At the heart of our commitment to offering online communities was the requirement that this offering be easy to implement,” continued Waits. “We want to bring long-term solutions and easy to use technology to a broad base of players in the mobile content market. The result is happy operators and publishers as well as ecstatic, connected gamers.”
Nokia’s SNAP Mobile is the ideal hosted solution for operators who want to create a gaming community site quickly, with no configuration hassles or up-front costs. Operators choosing SNAP Mobile’s Premium Package provides a community website that can be fully customized to suit the operator’s needs. A generic version is also available for more rapid deployment.
For more information on the Nokia’s SNAP Mobile online communities, please visit www.snapmobile.nokia.com