Amazing tool for sign translation

The number of available phone applications is growing at top speed. I am trying to learn new languages and love traveling, so a good grasp of several languages is what I really need.

Recently I came across a superb course of English language history and begin to understand better grammar rules and language phenomena.

Hopefully there will be more other applications for language learning and I will review them with great pleasure.

Nokia N800 & N810: Take notes and doodle with Xournal

Xournal for the N800 and N810

Xournal is a very useful and fun application for OS2008, the operating system run by the N800 and N810 internet tablets.

Its basic idea is very simple: it simulates having pads of paper, pencils, coloured pens, highlighters and rulers. This means you can write and draw on virtual bits of paper just like you would do in real life.

At this point many of you may be screaming at the monitor: "Why don't you just use real paper and real pens you idiot?" That's a fair point, but there are two main advantages that Xournal has over the real thing:

- You can write, draw and highlight in lots of different colours, on any colour or pattern paper you want, without having to carry a bag full of materials with you. It's like having a stationery shop in your pocket.

- You can save your work and refer to it later, or even turn it into a PDF file which can be e-mailed to other people and viewed on other devices such as your PC.

In any case, Xournal is…

Canola and the future of the Nokia tablets

Normally the Internet Tablet School refrains from any kind of editorial position, we're usually just trying to help people get the most from their internet tablets. However, the following article is an exception.

We now feel that the time has come for Nokia to abandon the current graphical interface used by the tablets, and replace it with something simpler, more streamlined and intuitive. It should be something that even a non-technical person could use without any prior knowledge, and without having to consult any instructions.

There's a wonderful interface already available on the tablets which is up to this task, but so far Nokia don't seem to want to use it. It's called Canola.

How the tablets got their current interface

The Nokia internet tablets currently use a graphical interface called Hildon, which was first developed for their 7700 and 7710 smartphones way back in 2004. The latest version of Hildon is to be found in OS2008 on the N800 and N810, and it still …

Internet Tablet School taking a break

There won't be any new articles on the Internet Tablet School for the next couple of weeks, but we'll be back after that with new tutorials. You can of course browse our archive of previous tutorials.

If you're interested, you may want to follow Nokia's announcements at the upcoming CTIA 2008 trade fair from the 1st to 3rd of April. One announcement will probably be the "N810 WiMAX Edition", which is a normal N810 tablet that also has WiMAX compatibility. WiMAX is a very new kind of wireless network which works like Wi-Fi but has a much longer range. However, there aren't very many WiMAX networks yet, so this isn't quite as exciting as it sounds, but things may change in the future of course.

Incidentally, we do know Nokia have some other interesting tablet-related announcements too, but we can't say what they are yet! ;-)

More about the Nokia N800

Personally I like Nokia products and it doesn’t matter whether it is a cell phone or a tablet. Currently I own Nokia N800 and would like to say a bit about it.

In 2007 Nokia N800 was introduced as a replacement for Nokia 770 version, which was one of the first tablets ever. It had a large variety of new and improved features such as:

processor, which was faster than ever
doubled the amount of RAM
additional improvements such as a built-in camera for video calls
built-in stereo speakers
2 x SD-sized memory card slots
a built-in stand, which I use every day

Nokia N800 started to win buyers attention – it was nice looking with its attractive curvy steel-and-plastic casing. And to round everything up, it was added to N-series and if you are a Nokia fan, you know what difference it makes.

But let’s talk more about improvements of N800 compared to Nokia 770. It had a totally new operating system (Internet Tablet OS 2007), which replaced the 770's OS 2006. But all these improvements didn…

Nokia N800 & N810: How to install and use Skype to make free and cheap phone calls

What is Skype? What is it used for?

Skype is a popular internet phone application, which lets you make and receive free calls to and from other Skype users. It doesn't matter where you are, you can talk to anyone else on Skype free of charge.

You can optionally also make and receive cheap calls to and from ordinary phones (including landline phones and mobile phones) by paying a fee to use the extra services SkypeOut (for calling normal phones) and SkypeIn (for receiving calls from normal phones).

Skype effectively turns the tablets into mobile phones, especially if you buy the extra services. It works through the tablets' Wi-Fi connection and also through their Bluetooth mobile phone connection, though the sound quality may be very low if your phone connection is very slow (for example the quality is very bad on 2G phone networks but better on 2.5G, 3G and 3.5G networks).

Skype on the tablet is the same thing as Skype on a PC or Skype on a smartphone, it's all one network…

How to connect a USB flash drive to your tablet using the USB cable

Okay, let's start from basic notions - why would someone want to connect a thumb drive to a Nokia tablet?

USB flash drives, which are sometimes referred to as thumb drives are basically flash memory cards with a USB connector. They could be easily carried around and can store up to 64GB of information. Most of my friends use these to make backups of important files or to carry needed files with them.

The N800 and N810 both come with built-in memory card slots, but both these data storage devices work identically but flash drives are capable of storing larger amounts of information.

The only difference is in the the plug, the USB plug in this case.

Well, when I started writing this blog posts, I didn't know that a similar article already existed, so please refer to this article to find out how to connect a USB drive to a tablet by using a USB cable:

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