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code 177 on talk.maemo claims:

Today my Nokia Store / Ovi Publisher account was disabled and locked out, because I am not a corporation.

Nokia does not recognize individuals or sole proprietorship as valid business entities, and as such only corporations may publish through the Ovi store. Needless to say, as a legitimate businessman, I feel incredibly let down by Nokia, and the Ovi policies. These policies are going to prevent 95% of application developers from publishing through nokia, leaving only the choice of giving our work away for free (which is fine if you’re into that), or trying to establish an independent distribution channel which is going to be incredibly difficult.

Nokia should ensure that they either recognise sole proprietorships as legitimate business entities, or make it very clear – and i mean 72px font clear, that they do not allow individuals to publish through the store.

This is pretty disturbing news as one of the main highlights of the N900 was that Maemo is open-source and that home-brew applications can be easily installed without going through procedures like Apples iPhone policy apps.

Only corporations can sell applications through the n900 Ovi store when it’s released. Individual developers who are not incorporated as companies cannot sell apps through the ovi store, they must either give their application away for free, or find an alternative, unofficial method of distribution and payment.

If Nokia do not find a solution to this, the N900 as an application platform has seen it’s best days already.

Thanks Johnathan Blake for the tip

EDIT: Chanse Arrington, an employee of Nokia have stated through twitter than Ovi store isn’t the only way to deliver applications, and free applications will be available through Maemo.org.

I guess the rules exist to have some uniformity else if left all open, it would look pretty messy. I am just glad that they aren’t being like Apple and are truly keeping it open-source. Kudos, now, if only we could actually get the n900

It seems Nokia is sticking to the N900 video extravaganza, as its showing the N900 features in 30 seconds.

The first video shows how to keep your cellphone filled with apps.

The second shows its multi-tasking power

The third shows how easy it is upload videos on facebook. Shoot and Upload

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Penguins with laser eyes! This is the real reason the n900 is better than the iphone.

 

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The “N900 video extravaganza” starts tomorrow. Over the next month Nokia Conversations be rolling out a new N900 video every working day. Each one will last 30 seconds and there’s 30 videos in all. Anyone good at maths will already have worked out that 30 times 30 is 900.

Personally, I kinda find this interesting and promising.

 

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Nokia seems to be sending this newsletter to people in Europe. It looks so nice to see ‘Buy Now’ instead of Preorder.

Thanks Hans

Steffen from the Maemo 5 UI Team, shows us how you can view what’s on your phone’s screen using the TV-out capabilities and how to share a video.

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Thats right. Nokia is starting to ship it today. FINALLY. News confirmed by none other than Reuters

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The Mozlla mobile team has released Firefox for Maemo beta 5. This release is available for the Maemo OS2008 and Maemo 5 software platforms running on the Nokia N810 and N900 Internet Tablets.  If you’re viewing this on an N810 or N900, install Firefox for Maemo beta 5.

This release brings noticeable improvements to the user experience and UI of the browser. Specifically you’ll see:

  • Firefox official branding, with Firefox name and logo
  • Support for multiple locales, currently including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Russian
  • Flash sites such as YouTube now work
  • The viewport meta tag is now supported by Firefox on mobile sites using it
  • New form assistant to make filling in forms easier
  • Improved panning and zooming performance and behavior
  • Numerous other bugs and polish issues addressed

 

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The Nokia N900 will be available Nov 14th in the US of A and Nov 16th in the UK. The above picture describes us n900 fanboys emotions.

Are you guys ready?

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With the app Shazaam, you can easily identity music by just keeping your cellphone near the speaker, and after it records a bit, in a few seconds the song is identified. I have it on my E71 and have used it a lot. But suprsingly, the application hasnt been made for the N900.

Dominique Rohr has started a petition for the Shazaam to be ported onto the n900. It won’t take more than 15  seconds of your time :). Plus, it will make waiting for the n900 easier (maybe not)

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