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Developer Competition Seeks Mobile Apps that Help Women October 11, 2010

Filed under: Nokia,Women — madamgeek @ 7:36 pm
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Nokia Developer News

The mWomen BOP (Base of Pyramid) App Challenge seeks mobile apps that can improve the lot of women in developing nations. Two cash prizes of $10,000 (USD) will be awarded, one to the developer of the best app for low-end mobile devices, and the other, for smartphones. Winners will also receive opportunites to showcase their apps to a working group of 20 mobile operators, consult with frog design, and meet with investment firm Carmel Ventures.

All entries are due by 7 December. The winners will be announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011.

Enter the mWomen BOP App Challenge.

Source: Forum.Nokia


Who are you playing with? October 10, 2010

Filed under: Gadget,Madam Geek — madamgeek @ 9:33 pm
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I read loads of articles on “women in tech” and they all seem to go around women either whining about how we don’t get enough scope or recognition from men. Funnily enough most of the writers are male. But fortunately for me, the women I find myself surrounded by do not see themselves at the bottom of the ‘tech space food chain’ but at the top of their game! Meaning there is no need to prove themselves to anyone or to fight with men for recognition, but to just enjoy technology and the beautiful journey of discovering amazing and new things everyday and how it can be used to not only make our live easier but to make a difference in someones life or to help impact an entire community.

Well for the first time in my life I actually love gadgets! A mobile phone was obviously my first gadget. It was acquired more out of necessity than out of curiosity or love. But once I got used to it, it became a fashion accessary and I remember buying covers for my Nokia 5110 to match all my outfits. Now you know how old I am (not sure how many of you remember that long back in the mobile phone era). This was in the late 90’s when you were a trend setter by the mobile device you had. Now I think you a trend setter by how you use the gadgets you have. Maybe its my unconventional thinking or just crazy notions I have now and then, but in this day and age in 2010 we cannot choose to let gadgets we possess to dictate our status! Whether you trendy or not does not depend on what make, model and year you have. Come on technology is advancing with or without us as players in the field, but what we do with what we have or have access to I think sets us apart and gives us all the status we crave and most importantly who you take to join you in the playing field as an equal player.


Apples are not the only fruit… May 7, 2010

Filed under: apple,Madam Geek,Nokia,Review,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 9:26 pm
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So today was Day 1 of the N900 review challenge by my friend She’s the Geek.

Just over 20 hours ago I packed up my iPhone and became a N900 user. The pic below is me receiving it. You see the broad smile. That excitement was short lived.

After putting in my sim card and looking for the power on button, I was ready to go. Now you have to remember I have been (and still is) an iPhone gal and it was love at first touch for me and my iPhone. Just after a few minutes of touching the N900 I must admit it does feel good in your hands. Amazing how important the sense of touch is. My overall feeling of the N900 in your hand is: sleek and sexy. Well done Nokia!

Please don’t think that that’s all I did was look at the N900 and touch it. (It is very easy on the eyes)
Last night I only had time to familiarise myself with the full touch device and the side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. Just to mention that the full touch screen is a TFT resistive touchscreen, 65K colors and not at all as sensitive as the iPhone. After being used to tapping gently and lightly I had to switch to using force and it felt as if I was being aggressive with the phone. At least it did not break.

And of course I had to get connected, I decided to use the wi-fi thinking thought that it will be faster than the 3G. It might of just have been the wi-fi at home that was slow but boy was it slow to connect to my social media sites. Facebook was first on my list and then Twitter. I had to update something before I went to sleep. Unfortunately I did not manage to access either one of those sites.

This morning I woke up with a new sense of adventure and enthusiasm. First thing I did was search for a Twitter app to use. Found Dabr and thought it was good enough for me. While tapping away on the touch screen the phone rings and it is the first time I have to answer a phone call on this device. Very funny story: I end up switching the phone in all directions and cannot quite figure out where the front or top of the phone is as I had it in slide mode. Neither can I figure out how to answer it, I finally hit the green answer button but found it strange that it was so soft and I could hardly hear the person on the other end of the line. Marlon (who I poked fun at for not being able to answer my iPhone time and time again) bursts out laughing and takes the phone out of my hand and it turns it the other way. I was talking into the wrong side of the phone. He says on my facebook profile: “Marlon Parker
FTW: @Rene got her first call on #N900 and tried talking through the ear piece 😉 So loving this. Hehe”

Well after that little slip up (maybe not so little seeing that the whole world read it) I decided to get down to business and crack the N900.

A few things I used the N900 for today:
1. Updated my Twitter with a twitpic
2. Uploaded photos and videos to Facebook
3. Commented on peoples statuses
4. Shared a video link from youtube
5. Took a photo with the N900 uploaded it with tags
6. Visited the Ovi store
7. Chatted on gtalk and other IMs
8. Made and received calls and SMSs

Tomorrow I will talk about the actual features of the N900, but today I have learnt that Apples are not the only fruit…

Title sponsored by Monique.


Packed up my iPhone May 6, 2010

Filed under: apple,Madam Geek,Nokia,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 5:46 pm
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Packed up my iPhone and getting ready for the hand over later tonight. Next time I update it will be from a N900! @shesthegeek are you ready?


Coming Soon: N900 in 72hours

Filed under: apple,Madam Geek,Nokia,Review,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 4:33 pm
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Over the next 3 days Madam Geek will review the N900. I do feel honoured to be intrusted with Marlon Parker‘s N900 for a full 3 days.

Madam Geek will review the N900 covering: the good, the bad and the ugly! The gloves are off and we are quite prepared for the Nokia lovers retribution. As an iPhone Gal I do feel a bit strange agreeing to be objective about a non Apple mobile.

She’s the Geek and Madam Geek has agreed to embark on the next 3 days reveiwing an iPhone and N900 respectively!

She’s the Geek will be reviewing Apple’s iPhone in 72hours. You can follow the Twitter updates by She’s the Geek on the progress of the review.


I’m still an iPhone gal… March 30, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek — madamgeek @ 3:55 pm
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My husband, Marlon Parker just arrived back from Finland after being there for 3 weeks. He visited one of his favourite places: Nokia. It must be his 3rd or 4th visit already.

Marlon has been an avid Nokia supporter and user since long before I met him which was 10 years ago. He loves technology and all things that push the boundaries of how we use it.

He is also a very romantic husband and decided to surprise me with a Valentines Day gift: iPhone. I have longed to own one since January 2008. Yes, I remember the date. That was the first time I held one in my hand and fell in love with it. It was love at first touch! So now I have my very own iPhone that I absolutely love!

Ok, so back to the point of this blog post: Marlon IM’d me from Finland during his trip and said there is something he just had to get and he is toying with the idea. After he said what it was I immediately googled it and couldn’t believe that he was still toying with the idea of buying it? He hasn’t got himself a new phone in over 2 years. After a bit of back and forth chatting, the next day he says he bought himself a NOKIA N900! I was happy as I know he absolutely loved Nokia and didn’t really enjoy playing with my iPhone.

The minute he got off the plane I heard all the details about the NOKIA N900. I like listening to people passionate about their mobile devices and decided to do some research and hear what other people are saying about. I was not given a chance to touch, play or test the phone yet myself. It was demonstrated to me, but no touching it for myself. Maybe one day I will get to play with it?

I found this blog post and wanted to share it. I like to be objective about things and give every device the benefit of the doubt even if I don’t personally agree.

Check out this post:

If you are an iPhone gal, don’t get offended as we know who wins hands down!