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I’ve been Qiking like crazy…

I need to do a video comparison of the recordings my Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM does on it’s own (stored locally) and those that Qik.com allows me to stream at its highest quality.  I tell you, if the qualities are anywhere near the same, Qik will be most likely replace my local video storage all except for those moments I just can’t stream.  :)  I recently recorded my bike ride utilizing numerous functions of my phone to get a real good test of things.

I received my wind powered (solar backed up) charger and mounted it to my bike.  Once that was on, I turned on my devices GPS (using free.3dtracking.net) to record my ride, I turned on the music so I’d be have something to pedal too and utilized the front camera of my device to stream via Qik’s mobile audio/video streaming service!

I tell you, this just rocked!  Not only did I start off with less than a full battery, but, I road for an hour (recorded for 59.30 minutes) and used all those things the entire time.  Once I stopped, and unplugged my device from the wind powered charger I still had 4 bars.  The wind powered charger did exactly what it said it would, and streaming on the lower end of Qik’s service was great.  Using all those things without a charge station of some sort would really put the drain on your battery and it would be dead in less than an hour (I’ve tested this just by recording using qik.com (not playing music or using GPS, just recording on qik).)

I was most likely on AT&T’s 3G (HSDPA) service the whole time, and never saw a (delay indication).  Granted I was not always looking, I’ve managed to drive with it and have no delay indicator.

I streamed up to qik, recorded the entire time, (the screen stays lit while recording with qik) and as we all know, screen activity reall drains a battery.  I was constantly pulling a gps signal from a min of 9 sats, and uploading my position every 30 seconds to track using free.3dtracking.net and playing the music.

All in all, I’m very impressed with all the features mentioned above.  The Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM rocks, Qik.com rocks, free.3dtracking.net rocks, and so does thinkgeek.com’s solar and wind powered charger!

How will I ever make this “analog thing” work?  :(

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Additional Qik Testing…

Ok, in testing Qik further today, I managed to get an entire 120:30 minutes recorded!!! On an odd note, Qik only represents it as an 18:09 min file, although the entire recording seems to be there. :) Now that is freakin’ awesome! I just dinked around, sat down and watched a movie and checked it when the movie was done!

I tell ya, (despite that it’s not high-def, hey the camera is not), it beats not having that kind of storage on many devices, espically if you want to record everything, and walks all over Comvu PocketCaster’s 100mb of storage. All you really have to worry about with Qik’s service (as far as I can tell at this point) is a net connection for the broadcast/recording and juice (battery). I had to plug my N95 in, but since I was connected to my wi-fi, I was fine for connectivity!

I recently purchased a solar and wind powered charger from thingeek.com to mount to my bike and or other portable situations and will be recording some riding as weather permits. :)

I’m guessing that Qik will handle as well (if not better) than Comvu’s PocketCaster with 3G (HSDPA) in streaming content, but we will see how well it holds up to that type of connection while traveling on a bicycle at 20+ mph for 16+ miles. Cell hand-offs can be a pain, even for calls, so it will be a great test to see a transmission in movement. Obviously I won’t be able to blog on it while riding (except for the concentrated grunts and oofs) and it would be better blogged about after I view the recorded stream, but feel free to comment if you are watching it live when I do it, I do believe that will show up in the view comments.

I’m not sure what days will be nice enough to ride here in Seattle soon (as I don’t have a weather proof holder for my bike yet)… but I’ve ordered a case that will allow me to mount the phone to the bike along with the chargers. Once I receive those, I’ll blog that I will test or that I have tested and you can check it out then… (it should be soon as they are all in the mail)!

Lastly (for tonight)… I use a free live GPS tracking service called “3DTracking“… I plan to use that at the same time as I like to record my rides and my fiancee likes to watch me ride up to her work or see where I am on a long ride! :) For Qik, I am requesting such a service be built in conjunction with the next software build! It would rock if I could not only record massive life experiences, but where they took place as well without having to write it all down later… exif baby, exif! People could not only see the live experience but view exactly where it is on the map at the same time (again, always live!)

Thanks for the GREAT software, I promise to keep testing it like crazy!!

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Qik rules!!!

Ok, I’ve just now gotten, (received) my QIK authorization, and software link and as you can tell from the “rain like” sound in the background as it re-echos the sound of my keyboard typing in the firefox tab behind my review, QIK rules!!!.

So far, the quality beats PocketCaster by several levels (not quite DVD (or near) as the N95 produces on it’s own, but quite nice. I’m using wi-fi at the moment at my house… so further tests will show it’s ability and quality once I’m out using AT&T’s HSDPA (3G) or GPRS connections. However, I must say it is VERY nice so far! I’ve still not received a notice for flixwagon, so that will be another post, if I ever get an invite!

Thanks QIK guys, (and I’d guess Michael more specifically.) :)

Download was near instantanious over my N95-4 8GB NAM once I got the SMS to my device, installation was a breeze at 313kb, and usage is simple, straight forward. I’ve yet to figure out if there is a rotation function in the software (as it is taking the footage wide screen (but HEY, don’t we all love widescreen)? ;)

The stored recordings online are equal quality to that of which I see on screen, and appear (at the moment) not to have a limit of storage size. Sadly, PocketCaster has a limit of 100mb, and I just hate having to delete my life once it’s recorded! Ya know what I mean? After all, I got the service for the purpose of recording my every move (granted my battery stays charged). :)

You also have the ability to post to:

twitter, seesmic, blogger, mobuzz.tv, justin.tv, youtube, and pownce… I’ll use the provided embed codes for posting in wordpress. I’m sure with a bit more research (beings I’ve only had it active and playing for approx 20 minutes now) I’ll find out more FUN things to do with the software and website! Bravo QIK!.

Now… for that test while I am sleeping, what do I sound like. To bad the N95 does not have a night mode so I can see it too.

I’ll keep you posted on the testing and fun, otherwise, check it out at qik.com

The echo is kind of funny. Specially when I clear my throat. ;)

You can reach my videos by going here: http://qik.com/thecolor… or you can subscribe to my video rss specifically here: http://qik.com/thecolor/latest-videos

Here is the embed function Qik provides from the user profile page:

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3 live mobile video streaming services…

To date I’ve run into three mobile streaming sites, and have so far only been able to test only one: Comvu’s PocketCaster

Rating 4 * * * *

of course, what does a rating mean if you have nothing to compare it to?

I still REALLY want to try out QIK but can’t seem to get a membership no matter what I try, signing up multiple times or emailing a commentor from my blog has yet to work. OIE!. :(

Today I came across another broadcaster called flixwagon. From reading up on FlixWagon, it seems they too are competition for the latter two services.

Either way, I’ve signed up for their services as well and we’ll see how easy it is to get an account and what they offer in comparison. So far it’s been 10 minutes and I’ve yet to get a welcome or confirmation email, so we’ll see.

On a side note, anyone offering a service, (alpha or beta or whatever), I personally feel it’s a good idea to make sure you have a confirmation email of some sort to the party that signs up, so they know you’ve got their request. I know, I know, 10 minutes is nothing. Sadly, the internet and computers have pushed me well beyond patience, thusly the need to be able to tell anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere, (the reason for such services like, Qik, Comvu PocketCaster and flixWagon.)

Stay tuned for whatever might come my way by Qik or flixWagon. :)

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PocketCaster vs Qik Live Mobile Streaming…

Well, I can’t really do a VS.. but the title makes you look. :)

Reason I can’t do a comparison at this point is ’cause no matter how many times I sign up for QIK, I get the same, “we’ll let you know when were ready for you’ type of statement. It’s actually kind of annoying. So, I went with Comvu for software called “PocketCaster.” PocketCaster is a similar service that allows you to stream from your mobile device (in my case the Nokia N95-4 NAM).

So far, it’s a killer app. Simple install, simple usage, and (for a live mobile stream where most devices are not capable of that yet), it’s not to shabby. :)

I can stream using my front cam (the smaller lower res one) or the main (back) cam which still seems to be compressed for the upload, but again, still cool and convenient.

Again, it’s LIVE, not pre-recorded! :) I have all the connectivity options, wi-fi, standard cell data connection, GPRS, 3G, EDGE, HSDPA as well as the ability to store the file locally or remotely for that “pre-recorded” archive. :)

Quality options range from 24kbps to 160kbps, of course I set mine to the highest.

It also has a GPS location functionality, which I assume will let viewers know exactly where you are. Now that rocks. My first test was indoors, so I did not bother testing the location function, but will let you know how that goes.

My second, third and fourth tests were outside on a walk from home and after viewing the archived footage and hear/rather seeing the IMs my friend in the NL was sending me (while I was narrating and strolling home in the rain) touring them a bit around Seattle, were, “this is just amazing!!” Streaming over wi-fi was great at home, but over 3G and EDGE it worked beautifully, which is a nice thing considering a walk down the street on a router (wi-fi) does not get you very far (no hand off like a cell tower). Thusly I was very happy to see how well it did over standard cell connectivity. :)

The one thing I wish was added was the “always ask” feature the N95 typically uses for data connectivity… as you have to manually set your connection option, which can be annoying to have to go in and change if you’re not near wi-fi.

Over all, my first few tests are way cool and super fun. Now, if I could only get an account and software for quick for a better comparison!

The embedded player was slowing the blog load, so I removed the embeded player and added a link to the right column.  Or, here.  :)

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amAze gps for my N95


Well, even though the box my new N95 came in advertised 6 months free nav, it lied :( I got a day.

So, (as always,) not desiring to pay a stupid license fee, ‘specially for a typically free app when hardware is purchased, I set out to find just that, a free app that gave me nav for free (not just the sat
connectivity feature).)
Well, gotta love google and O.S. developers, ’cause with one search, “free N95 gps app” I came across amAze gps.

The first nice thing of course is it’s free!

Second, it’s java so it works on more than just Symbian and with external (bluetooth) gps as well as the phones built in gps.

Third (bonus) it has built in / again free voice nav, something my first thought for an alternative “Google Maps” lacks, but has sat./hybrid mapping, COOL!!

Fourth it has the sat./hybrid maps, like what Google Maps has but the built in N95 maps app does not. It does use your cellular or broadband connection to grab the maps, but most of us with this kind of toy have an unlimited data plan or use neighboring wi-fi from the sidewalk as we navigate our way down the street anyhow. ;)

Fifth it has a “gps location weather app”! Way cool! It’s kinda like lookin’ at your fancy in car, outside temp info and it’s location based, so no more guessin’ the zip or city. ;) Like that’s hard, but also a functionality option anyhow.

Those are only a few of the awesome things this powerful yet small app can do in addition to the basic gps/find your way/navigation things any standard gps should do but without all the extra costs involved with buying voices and maps, sheesh!

Fun, Fun!!

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Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM (North American Model) shipping…

Well, I finally heard from MobileCityOnline that my device is in stock and should be shipping within the day.

I’m way stoked as I feel this is (in my opinion) the best multi-purpose device out there yet.

Multi-purpose is for those of us that hate to carry more than one device around to do most everything.

This Nokia N95-4 8GB is not just a phone… it’s a full on PDA, in addition to having a well qualified 5MP camera, near DVD quality video recorder, GPS with A-synch capability, music and movie capability, wi-fi, GSM/GPRS/3G/HSDPA connectivity along with the standards like bluetooth A2DP for full stereo music control and entertainment, a normal headphone jack (not the stupid micro jack you see in most phones now a day), an accelerometer, and so much more.

Lastly (before I give this device a serious run over when I receive it and review the heck out of it)… Nokia’s proven this line of devices 3 times over (being the 4th in the “NSeries”) as well as many other excellent products, and are so ahead of the game in SDK capabilities we can only imagine the possibilities of what we get and what lies ahead!

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I love theinquirer they are so informative!

March 03rd, 2008 | Category: m500

This news in from: theinquirer.net

It appears there is some confusion who actually owns the rights to a small mobile phone you can wear on your wrist.

Hmm, is it Dick Tracy, or Michale Knight (perhaps his employer F.L.A.G.), no one really knows.

But… you can read more about this at theinquirer.net

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applephoneshow.com

June 26th, 2007 | Category: Apple,AT&T,ATT,iPhone,Macintosh,TWIT

Al the hype, all the cache, all the information you can discover about the Apple iPhone can be located at www.applephoneshow.com

For those listening to this blog, it’s Apple Phone Show dot com

Believe me, between their own stories, stories from others abound, and one of my favorite shows, TWIT or MacBreak Weekly the iPhone is bound to be a hit in one way or another… and the ApplePhoneShow.com web site is bound to bring that information to you.

Don’t just read about the URL here, go check it out. Just click on one of the links in this blog, or copy and paste this URL. http://applephoneshow.com

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Virtual Radio Hack (vradio)

February 27th, 2006 | Category: live stream,vradio

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to stream my own audio through my A920 since I bought the dang thing. It seemed like no one had created a program to do this…. in actuality, no one had (for this device), until now. :)

Problem: I wanted my own streaming audio content on my mobile device and could not find software to stream a .pls file (playlist)

Device: Motorola A92x A920 with A925 firmware

Partial Resolution: I purchased a program called Virtual Radio at www.vradio.org

This worked great, except it would not allow me to stream my own content. The developer’s site said that they would add any live stream to their list and thus you could basically stream your own content that way.

Additional Problem: The developer refused to link my stream so I could access it through his great software. (what a waste!) Seems my stream was not good enough, not big enough and I did not advertise it. :(

So I Fixed My Problem: I set out to do what I do normally, what someone won’t do for me. :) In this program there is a great little file called vr_list.xml under the system>apps>vrcli folder.

The great thing about this file is that it’s easily editable and needs no recompiling to work with the existing program.

The problem with the program is that is is designed to connect to vradio.org and auto update the list. If you edit the file vr_list.xml and add your stream url, that update will simply wipe it out. To fix that problem, simply make the file read only, and hidden.

Once you’ve update the file with your own stream URL such as http://yourdomain.com:8000 and made this file read only and hidden, launch the program again, and search for the location in which you placed the link (Channel Group) The program should not only launch quicker because it is not able to update the file, but it will also display your new link in the Channel Group you placed it, viola, personal streaming content of which you have control over.

Another nice thing is that, since you can add any stream URL that is at least (to my knowledge) shoutcast compliant then you’ve got a massive shoutcast list: courtesy shoutcast.com. Just extract the stream URL and add it to your xml file and your set. :) In addition to that, you could actually go for a higher quality stream (like 128kbps) or whatever. Of course that greatly depends on your device and data rate. If you don’t have great speakers on it and a sucky data rate, well then, 128 kbps is either just not gunna load or it’s gunna chop from buffering like crazy. :(

Bare in mind, only you can see it… this is not a hack of the vradio site, only the software you own. But that was the point right.. to simply listen to your own music and control your list? :)

Hope this little post was helpful to anyone who wants to stream their own music on their Motorola A92x A920 A925 or any device that supports Virtual Radio.

Thanks Virtual Radio. To bad you would not help the little guy out. :(

Possible problems (if any): You might run into the occasional “Can’t write file” error when opening the program. If that happens, simply go back to the system dir you placed the new file in, change its name to something like bk.vr_list.xml.bk and reload the program. Once it’s written the new file and connected to vradio successfully, simply go back to the dir, delete the newly written vr_list.xml and change yours back (removing the bk.) and reopen the program. :)

—Edit—

The creator of the program had a change of heart and added my station as an exception. :) That was very nice of him. Thank you Juerg

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