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Sports Tracker – the ultimate running companion

If you like the famous Latin saying: “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, then you probably have some outdoor sport activity that keeps you fit and healthy. I present you Sports Tracker, a free app that will help you record and improve your runs/hikes, using the GPS receiver in your Symbian phone.

This tremendously useful application is the successor to the Nokia Sports Tracker, and is available only for touchscreen phones at the moment (S60v5) – I’m using it on my trial Nokia X6 16GB, and it works perfectly! Update 14.05.2010. FP2 phones supported also! You can download it in the OVI Store.

When you launch the app, you will see the following screen.

You can start tracking new workout, browse your previous workouts (if any), modify the settings, access your latest workout, see the sunrise/sunset time in your area, and send download link to your friend for this app via SMS.

I recommend that you start with the Settings.

Here you have 4 options, and I will begin with General Settings.

1. Access point – you will be using the selected AP to upload your workouts to Sports Tracker website (this feature is coming soon), and to download updates. I like to select home WiFi connection.

2. Memory in use – select where do you want to keep workout files – phone’s memory or mass storage (memory card).

3. Measurement unit – you have 3 options here, select the one that suits your needs: Metric (distance in kilometers, speed in kilometers per hour), Imperial (distance in miles, speed in miles per hour) and Nautical (distance in nautical miles, speed in knots).

4. Map material – you can choose between “Empty background”, “Phone” and “Phone and network”. I usually select Phone, because I don’t need detailed maps while running.

5. Workout backlight – I suggest you choose “Automatic” (which will follow your phone’s settings), because “Always on” will drain the battery.

6. Autolap signal – select if and how you want to be notified when you finish a lap. I like to hear a sound, light notification isn’t that useful to me.

7. Use automatic keylock – very useful option, because this automatically locks your phone after the selected period of time.

8. Altitude offset – lets you select your elevation. I keep this field at 0m.

OK, now go back one level, to the “Settings” screen, and select “User”. Fill in your name, age, gender and weight in the corresponding fields.

In the Activities view (in the “Settings” screen), you can tweak the settings for each type of workout, as shown below.

If you have a heart rate belt, pair it with your phone by clicking the Heart Rate field.

Finally, we finished the setup! :) Go back the the start screen, and select “New workout”.

Select the activity type in the first field, for example cycling.

You can skip the second field, or select some of the previous workouts.

In the third field, select how often do you want to hear a sound (“on each 1km” is just fine), or select “Route based” if you’re running/cycling in circles.

Now click “OK”, and you’ll see the following screen.

Wait for the “GPS fix OK” message, click “Start” and you’re ready to go! Once you’ve finished, click “Options->Stop”, and you’ll see the details of your workout. The image below shows my workout, I cycled with my friend Cvijan few days ago around the Belgrade lake Ada Ciganlija.

You can edit the workout details by clicking on the pen icon, or share the screenshot of the workout with your friends by clicking the envelope icon. You can also scroll down to see additional details, graphs, etc…

As I’ve mentioned before, the “Upload to website” feature is coming soon.

Now that you know how to use Sports Tracker, on your mark, get set, go!!! :)

How to transfer files between Symbian phones via WiFi?

Yes, you’ve read the post title correctly. This is possible, and quite simple as a matter of fact, all you need is a couple of Symbian mobiles phones with WiFi connectivity and a couple of Telexy’s apps.

For example, I’ll be using my Nokia N82 with SymNC installed, and the Nokia X6 16GB with SymNAS installed. I will be accessing files on the X6 (“second phone” from now on) from the N82 (“first phone” from now on) via WiFi connection. In case you’re new to Symbian apps, SymNC is the one and only application you’ll ever need when it comes to accessing your computer network via your phone. SymNAS is an important part of SymNC, and it also comes as an ultra useful standalone app that makes your phone’s drives accessible on the network.

If you have all the necessities, let’s begin.

First, launch the SymNAS on the second phone. If this is the first time you start this app, you will be asked to name your phone, so type in the phone’s model for example, it will be easier to recognize it that way. You will also have a pre-made network jack in the “Network Jacks” folder, and both of your phone’s disks will be shared on the network.

Open the “Network Jacks” folder, and you’ll see the following screen.

Select “Options->Modify”, and in the “Access point” field select the access point that connect your phone to your computer network. Click “Done”.

If you need more help about setting up new network jack, detailed tutorial can be found here.

When you’re ready, click on the modified network jack, and then “Plug in”.

This will share your phone’s drive(s) on the network, and you’ll see a popup window that informs you about phone’s IP address, and the name as it can be reached on network from computers or from another phone in our case.

That would be it, now let’s set up the first phone.

Launch the SymNC on the first phone, and scroll down till you get to “Network”. Click on it, and select the same access point as earlier (they don’t have to be named the same, it’s important that they have the same settings). If you need extra help with SymNC, pictured, step-by-step tutorial can be found here.

After a few seconds, you’ll see a list of devices that are currently connected to your network.

Select the second phone (in my case X6), and you’ll see its shared drives.

For future use, it’s recommended to map this drive. You do this by highlighting one of its shared drives (for example E:\), and then clicking “Options->Map network Drive”.

When you do so, you can change the letter of the drive if you like in the second field (leave the other fields intact). I’ll select ‘X’, because it reminds of X6… Click “Done” when finished.

This will create a shortcut on your SymNC’s main screen, and it will be much easier for you to access it some other time.

OK, back to the transfer. Locate the file you want to transfer, simply by clicking through the folders. Once you’ve found the desired file, highlight it, click “Options->File->Copy”.

All you need to do now is go back to the start screen of SymNC, open one of the phone’s local drives (for example, memory card), browse through its folders, and click “Options->File->Paste” when you’ve reached the desired folder.

That’s it! You’ve successfully transfered data directly from a mobile phone to another. Of course, you can transfer whole folders, or even listen to the music that is located on the other phone! Pretty cool, don’t you think? :)

How to remotely shutdown/reboot your PC using your phone with SymNC

Imagine the following situation: you’ve just taken a shower, and going for a nap, but you forgot to turn off your PC in the living room. Instead of walking, you can shut down your PC using your mobile phone from the comfort of your bed!

Ingredients needed for this delicious treat:

  1. Mobile phone that has WiFi connectivity, runs Symbian S60, and has SymNC installed,
  2. WiFi connection in your home/office,
  3. PC that is turned on and connected to that WiFi network.

In case you don’t know, SymNC is the most advanced Symbian network application known to mankind. It is developed by Telexy.

This remarkable tool consists of 6 applications, as shown on the picture below:

  1. Network File Browser,
  2. Network-Attached Storage (also available as standalone application – SymNAS),
  3. Remote Desktop client (SymRDP as standalone app, only for S60v5),
  4. PPTP VPN client (as you’ve probably guessed – SymVPN),
  5. Network mp3 player (SymPlayer),
  6. Wireless file synchronization (SymSync)

Click on the image to see it in full size.

OK, lets begin with the tutorial. Launch the SymNC, and you will see the following screen, or a similar one:

Scroll down till you get to the “Network” field and click on it.

Now you need to select the access point that connects your phone to your computer network. Your PC must also be connected to this network.

After a few seconds, you will see the list of computers that are currently connected to your wireless network.

Scroll down to the PC you want to shutdown/reboot and click “Options”:

Now select “Shutdown/Reboot”, and you will be at the following screen. As usually, I’ll go field by field.

1. Server Name – this field is read-only, meaning you cannot change it. Basically, this is the name of the PC you selected.

2. Message – you can also leave this blank, or you can type in any message, that will be shown on the PC’s screen. For example, you can mess around with your family members by typing in “Error! Your PC will shut down now.”, etc… The following two images show this field, and the popup message on the PC:

3. Timeout – the value of this field represents delay (in seconds) of the shutdown/reboot. Default value is 30 seconds, but you can fill in (any) number, for example 60.

4. Force application close – here you can select “Yes” or “No”, in order to kill the non-responsive programs on your PC (the ones that are refusing to close properly). I usually select “Yes”, just in case.

5. Shutdown/Reboot – select Shutdown if you want to turn off your PC, or Reboot if you want to restart it.

That pretty much does the job, all you need to do now is click “Done”, and your PC will do the selected action after the selected period of time.

I’ve also made a video tutorial, and you can watch it here:

SymVPN tutorial

Great news everyone,  I’ve finally managed to get a free VPN (Virtual Private Network) test account (from SwissVPN), so I can write this tutorial. I’ll be using the best VPN application for s60 (both v3 and v5) – Telexy’s SymVPN. This easy-to-use utility with superb functionality just received a major update (v2.0 – added full support for s60 3.2 and s60v5). Now it supports Destinations, and more applications are compatible with it. Here’s the official picture (©

SymVPN supports Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and it secures, I quote “user authentication, channel data encryption, session with VPN Server management”.  This app also works really well with other Telexy’s products.

To set this up properly, you will need three things from your VPN provider: (List of some VPN providers that work with SymVPN can be found here.)

1. VPN server address (or name) – for example

2. Username

3. Password

So, when you receive this details from your provider, you are ready to begin setting up SymVPN. Launch the application, and go down till you get to ‘Settings’:

Click on it, and select ‘Accounts’:

We need to make a new account for VPN connection, so click ‘Options->Add new’, and you’ll see the following screen:

In the first field, fill in the username that you received from your VPN provider, and in the “Password” field the corresponding password. Click ‘Done’ and you will see your new account in the account list, as shown below:

Now, select ‘Back’, and you’ll be at the ‘Settings’ screen. Select ‘PPTP VPN’ icon, and then click ‘Options->Add new”. This will open the screen where you need to fill in some details in order to make a new VPN connection:

Let’s go field by field:

1. ‘Name’ – type in anything you want here, this will be the name of your VPN access point.

2. ‘Access point’ – select the access point that connects your phone to the Internet from the list of available access points.

3. ‘Host’ – fill in the host name or host’s IP address. You received this detail from your VPN provider!

4. ‘Account’ – select the account we made previously.

Here’s an example:

Click ‘Done’ and that should be it! Just to make sure everything is OK, highlight your VPN connection and click ‘Options->Verify’. After a couple of seconds, you should see the following screen (your details will be different than mine, and that’s just fine!):

Congratulations!!! You’ve successfully made a VPN connection. Click ‘Done’ for one last time, and exit the application. Now, every time you open your browser (or any other application that uses network connection), you will be able to choose your VPN access point from the list of available APs.

Select the VPN access point if you need secure connection, or regular AP if you don’t.

I’ve also made a video tutorial about setting up SymVPN and setting up VPN connection on Windows 7, I hope you’ll enjoy watching it:

If you like these tutorials, I suggest you follow me on Twitter, its easier to keep up. :)

Comment are welcome.

Weather apps showdown

Selecting the best weather app for your s60 mobile phone isn’t easy at all, so I hope this post will help you decide.

I will compare 4 really good weather forecast applications: SPB Weather, Foreca Weather, Psiloc World Traveler and Nokia Here and Now. Each of these app has its pros and cons, so let the competition begin!

Lets start with Nokia Here and Now, a free app from Nokia. You can download this app via Nokia Beta Labs (login is required). After a very long installation, you’ll find the icon in the Applications folder. When you launch it, it will automatically locate you using network based cell ID positioning (you don’t need to have GPS in your phone). Then, you will need to select the access point you would like to use to download weather forecast data (the last sentence is applicable to all presented applications). The amount of transmitted data is not so small, around 100KB, you a WiFi access point is recommended (I used this app actively a couple of months ago, and it was much less data intensive, because it didn’t have Events, Movies and Restaurant options).  After a couple of seconds, you should see the following screen:

As you can see, there are the current conditions, and 6-hourly forecasts. If you want more, click on your phone’s d-pad, and your mobile browser will be launched. It will automatically navigate to the Here and Now page, where you’ll be able to see the current conditions, and a 5-day forecast, as shown below:

You can click on each day, for more detailed weather conditions:

Moving to the second app, Psiloc World Traveler. This app is made by Psiloc, and the weather forecast part is free, which is great! You can download it on World Traveler’s site. After extremely long installation, you’ll see its icon in the Applications folder.  Run it, select the settings that suit you the most, and you’ll see that your location is already found. After you update the data (this time around 15KB), you’ll see the following screen:

Here you see the current conditions and a 5-day forecast. It’s interesting that Psiloc’s weather forecasting is provided by Foreca. You can change your location by clicking Options->Change my city, and you’ll have to search for the desired city every time you change your location (really tiresome).

Now, the Foreca Weather, available for download at Foreca’s site. Unfortunately, this app is not free (you can test it for 3 days), and after installing you’ll see the following payment options (5€ a year really isn’t that expensive):

This app offers much more types of weather forecasts, such as: Current Conditions, Short Forecast, Long Forecast, Temperature, Precipitation, Symbol, Wind, Cloudiness and Satellite. It’s easy to navigate through these forecast because they’re organized in tabs, so you click left/right to switch between them. Here are some screenshots:

You can select whether or not you want to show a specific type of forecast, and you can also select Animated forecast for some types, which is actually a slide show of images showing forecast throughout a day. Note: Animated forecast is data intensive (around 600KB, if everything is animated). You can also change locations by clicking Options->Location->Change, as shown below. The good thing as that your locations stay saved, so you can easily switch between them.

One bad thing about Foreca Weather is that it requires you to download data again, if you switch phone’s orientation, so it doubles the transmitted data:

Last, and certainly not the least, SPB Weather. You can download trial on SPB’s official site. This app is also a paid one, costing around 15€ (or surprisingly 15$, you can choose!?). It is a bit expensive, but this is lifetime forecast, not per year. Upon launching the application, you can find your location by typing it in or by GPS. It will transmit only a few KBs (less than 10) while updating data.

You get Today and 5-day forecast on the main screen, and each day is clickable, so you can see more detailed forecast (morning, day, evening, night). When you click on the highlighted day, you’ll see a cool 3D transition, which is a really nice touch. UI of this app is by far the richest of all.

One GREAT option is the ability to add up to 10 cities in your city list, so you can easily switch between cities by pressing left or right. For example, if you’re planing a trip, you can change locations quickly and effortlessly. I should also mention a 3D Globe View, where you see the 3-day clouds/temperature/precipitation forecast (this view is data intensive, so be careful).

Important note: I intentionally left out the Epocware’s Handy Weather app (although I do have a licence), because it hasn’t got Serbia in its country list. I really hope they will add my country in the next release.

Now it’s up to you to choose your favorite weather forecast application. Nokia Here and Now and Psiloc World Traveler are free, which is great, but they are not feature rich. If you’re willing to pay for a mobile forecast, I would recommend SPB Weather, because of its usability, small amount of transfered data, great capabilities and slick design. Foreca Weather does the job, but not looking good while doing it (and you have to renew your licence every year).

Did I miss your favorite weather forecast application?

Comments are welcome.


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