Yesterday I received my invite to test "Zattoo";, an Online-TV Application.
I already tried the Windows XP and the OS X Version and they are pretty much the same.
The video quality is ok (could be better though). The only availble Channels are the ones you see on the screenshot (Al Jazeera English, Canal 24 Horas, CNN International, Entertainment Channel, France 24 English, Giga, Lux tv, MTV, SF info, Tier TV, TV Gusto, TVE)
There are Versions of the Player for Win XP+Vista, OSX and Linux which is pretty cool I think.
Switching between Channels takes about 2 seconds of buffering and the TV Stream takes about 256 kb/s down and 35 kb/s upstream (heavy fluctuating though).
Until now, the x86 platform had the major drawback of having a maximum of only two operands in their instructions. The G4 CPUs have an extention called "Altivec"; which is comparable to SSE5 (and has been there for years).
To quote arstechnica:
In a nutshell, a third operand lets a programmer or compiler specify a filter/mod register that can affect the way that a vector operation is carried out on the operands in the other two registers. Such operands are extremely useful for doing in a single instruction a variety of operations that would normally take a sequence of multiple instructions. The use of a third operand register can significantly increase performance for some types of codes, especially in hand-tuned code.
A little information: SIMD means "Single Instruction Multiple Data";
Here is SSE5 in comparison to "other"; SSEs
An article describing SIMD and the x86 shortcomings
A Forum thread dealing with it
A little quote from an article I just read:
Over the next 5 years, Linux is expected to be the fastest growing Smartphone OS with a compound annual growth rate in excess of 75%.
Oh yeah… "growth rates"; usually don't really mean anything if not compared to the actual numbers!!!
If I was to make a phone that runs on horseshit and positiv thinking, wait 2 months and then make another one: BOOM! 100% growth rate!
It's not that hard to grow that much for Linux powered smartphones because there are about 10 on the market today (And I don't know that for a fact!).
friggin spin doctors.
neet… go Shamir! (and to be just: "go Avidan!";)
Go fetch it here (—> http://fpa.smart2go.com/free_downloads/NOKIA_Maps_1_0_S60_update.SIS).
I can't really say anything about the version differences besides how to detect them on first sight:
Old version: satelite in the bottom right corner.
New version: 3 circles in the bottom right corner.
Mobi Genie acts as an answering machine on your Symbian S60 3rd edition based Smartphone. It runs in the background and can be activated by either profile change or timer on incoming calls ("after 10 seconds answer the call";).
More (german) info on the tool: over here
and you can download this handy tool over here