Google maps for Mobiles gets Street View

The guys at Google are on constant roll. They are always innovating something or the other. Now their Maps application for Symbian and Windows mobile has got a drastic upgradation. Earlier iPhone, Android and Blackberry were the lucky ones to have Streetview. Now its in Symbian as well. As you search for a place or directions in the map, you can switch to streetview to get a real life feel of the street and navigate along. Before visiting any area, you can just check how the place looks like. But this service is not yet available forIndia and many other countries. But soon Google will be photographing our streets and bring streetview worldwide. This application is quite data intensive. So with the weak GPRS connection and absence of 3G service, Streetview will not be missed in India for a while. I just experience it via my WiFi at home just for fun. But the actual potential will be realized when there is a high speed connection at the streets. Point your mobile browser to google.com/gmm and get it.

Here are some screenshots from my N95 8Gig’s Google Streetview Maps.

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The Slumdog rocks!

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The new Rahman sensation “Slumdog Millionaire” OST is just awesome.  The movie is loved by the critiques world wide. The music is grammy nominated. Though I loved most of the song the first time I listend to it, Liquid Dance and Paper Planes are my favourites.

13 tracks in playlist, average track length: 3:57
Playlist length: 51 minutes 22 seconds

Tracklist

1. Slumdog Millionaire – O…Saya (3:35)
2. Slumdog Millionaire – Riots (2:01)
3. Slumdog Millionaire – Mausam & Escape (3:54)
4. Slumdog Millionaire – Paper Planes (3:25) by MIA  Click to stream Sample
5. Slumdog Millionaire – Paper Planes (DFA Remix) by MIA (5:51)
6. Slumdog Millionaire – Ringa Ringa (4:17)
7. Slumdog Millionaire – Liquid Dance (3:00) Click to stream Sample
8. Slumdog Millionaire – Latika’s Theme (3:11)
9. Slumdog Millionaire – Aaj Ki Raat by Shankar Ehsan Loy (6:09)
10. Slumdog Millionaire – Millionaire (2:46)
11. Slumdog Millionaire – Gangsta Blues (3:44)
12. Slumdog Millionaire – Dreams On Fire (4:10)
13. Slumdog Millionaire – Jai Ho (5:19)

Keeping Fit – I [Video]

This is the first of the New Fitness series I intend to feature in my blog. These are intended to be motivational posts intended to keep me going.

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I stumbled on this video. The artist seems to be a professional perfectionist. Watch his body posture and perfect moves.

WordPress Coltrane

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I was excited about WordPress 2.7 from the day I heard about it. Got myself involved in testing nightly builds and user testing. But I didn’t update my prime blog with the release canditate until I heard from other users that it was stable. WordPress 2.7 was available to wordpress.com users a couple of weeks ago but not to the self-hosted wp users until about a few hours ago. The twitter SMS from wordpress made me jump to sky and I immediately got the final version of the WordPress 2.7 coltrane and instantly update my blog. Heard its been breaking a few old themes. But I have no such issues with any of my favorite themes.

Like @wp2.7

  • The dockable side menu is really cool. It could give a lot of space for the writing space.
  • Highly ajaxified fluid dashboard.
  • The dashboard can be chosen to have either 2 column or 1 column layout. I prefer 2 column layout.
  • The “Right now” box in the dashboard
  • Auto suggestive tags have been combined with “Choose from the most popular tags”
  • Auto blog and pluggins update is cool and I can help get rid of the FTP hassles.
  • Recent Drafts box is very useful.
  • Reply to comments from the dashboard is also a nice feature.
  • Bulk edit of blog posts is one option which I have had in my wishlist from the day I started blogging.
  • Love the Sticky post feature just like in forums.
  • The built-in help content can come handy.

Don’t Like @wp2.7

  • The tree view menu structure is a slick upgrade. But there is no way to find if a menu item has child items unless you click on it. There could have been a icon to indicate this.
  • Activating a theme without previewing is not available. This could have been very helpful for slow network connections.
  • “Quickpress” is cool, but not able to categorize the post from there. Again you have to go to the main edit page to put the post in a category.
  • Blog stats could have been improvised with additional features.
  • Find the overall performance a bit slower than the previous stable release.
  • The icons are a bit dull and so is the overall color palette. There could have been an option to customize the look and feel of the dashboard.

Frank Martin loosens up

Transporter 3 has got the Transporter Frank Martin to change and loosen up.

  1. He was so strict about his rules like No Names, No opening the package. We see him break one of his rules in the previous movies. But in this movie, he breaks all of them.
  2. He tries to socialize with his passenger and gets pushed off. Usually its the other way around.
  3. Emotionally he gets involved with his package. He falls for her and makes love too.
  4. He smiles. He laughs.
  5. He is wobbly and all loosened up. So unlike Frank Martin.

Transporter 3 is packed with high octane action. Though none of the action sequences are logical, it feels good, at times, to watch mindless action movies.

gAdvice: Skip the theatre, if you could get a good copy.
gRate 3/5