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New Site Added to the Wap Review Mobile Directory
Jolla's new site uses a responsive design techniques to adapt to all viewport widths. It works well in mobile browsers, including Opera Mini, that can handle the site's rather heavy pages.
Jolla Ltd., headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is developing mobile devices and the open Sailfish OS based on the MeeGo and Mer open source projects.
Jolla's first handset, which will be released in 2013, will be an affordable device with mass-market appeal that will be fully open to developers and hackers to modify and improve.
Opera Software has released updates for a couple of its browsers.
There's a updated Opera Mobile for Android. The new release is Version 12.1.1 and it includes the following bug fixes:
- Fixed issue with commenting on Facebook
- Fixed issue with embedded Youtube videos
- Fixed issue with incorrect external URLs opening
- Various stability improvements.
The new release is available from the Google Play Store or directly from opera.com/mobile/download/versions/ for users of non-Google Experience Android devices. Opera Mobile requires Android 1.6 or latter.
Opera Mini for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) has been updated version 7.0.5. It includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Integration with iOS Facebook framework (iOS 6).
- Improved performance when saving large images.
- Fixed freeze after sharing via email.
- Fixed video playback on youtube.com (iPhone and iPod).
- Performance and stability fixes.
- Added support for iOS 4.2 - iPod touch 2nd generation and iPhone 3G is back in game!
- Various iOS 6 related fixes.
As always Opera Mini for iOS is available only from the iTunes App Store. It requires iOS 4.2 or latter.
While these are relatively minor updates they do fix issues that kept both Youtube and Facebook from working properly. I suspect that the return of Opera Mini iOS 4.2 support is also making a lot of owners of older iDevices happy.
I upgraded to Opera Mobile 12.1.1 on my Motorola Photon running Android 2.3. The upgrade went off without a hitch. I confirmed that I was able to comment on Facebook as well as watch embedded YouTube videos on Nokia Conversations and the desktop version of Engadget. The same videos had only displayed a black rectangle in the previous 12.1 Opera Mobile release.
Coolendar is a deceptively simple looking cloud based calendar and to-do list that's very easy and intitive to use. You add entries (Coolendar calls them "Plans") by typing into a single free form field in Coolendar's iPhone or Android native apps or their Webapp.
Coolendar's natural language query processor looks for date or time related cues in entries like "Move the car tomorrow" or "Friday 9AM planning meeting" and makes them calendar entries. Items without dates or times are treated as to-do's.
You can flag entries as Important and mark them as Done. A filter drop down lets you view only entries for Today, Tommorow, This Week or just ones flagged as Important or Done.
Coolendar is well connected. It uses your Google account for authentication and login, but the Coolendar Calendar is independent and is not stored in Google Calendar. If you wish you can sync Coolendar with Google Calendar, Apple ICal or Microsoft Outlook. You can create events using email or Google Chat by sending them to a Coolendar account . Coolendar can notify you of impeding events by email or Google Talk. Coolendar's email notifications contain handy links that let you mark the event as complete or delete and reschedule it.
Filed in: Wap Review Directory - Mail-IM-Talk-PIM/Productivity and PIM
Ratings: Content Usability
Mobile Link: coolendar.com
WordPress.com certainly "gets" mobile. Two years ago the freemium blogging service broke new ground by delivering mobile friendly versions of the 5 Million plus blogs it hosts to all mobile browsers. This month WordPress launched a major redesign for one of the two mobile themes it uses.
WordPress had been using an older version of the WPTouch mobile theme for modern smartphones and a lightweight theme based on Alex King's WordPress Mobile Edition plugin for feature phones and legacy smartphone browsers. The latest change is that smartphone browsers now get a slick new mobile theme called Minileven which replaces WPTouch. The Minileven name comes from the fact that the theme is based on the popular Twenty Eleven WordPress desktop theme.
Minileven is served to the iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS 5 and later, Symbian 3rd ed. and later and WebOS browsers and to Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. Other mobile browsers get the lightweight WordPress Mobile Edition based theme.
Minileven looked and worked well with all the browsers I tried. A nice thing about the new theme is that it will use the header and background images and widgets from the site's desktop theme, which helps maintain a site's branding across platforms. It's not a lightweight theme (average page size is over a megabyte) which might be a concern for those of you on slow or metered data plans.
Minileven is only available to sites hosted on WordPress.com. There's currently no Minileven plugin for self hosted blogs using WordPress.org software although there are loads of other mobile theming plugins available from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory.
Source: WordPress.com News