Google Translator is a great translator tool which has a very simple AJAX API that can be easily used from mobile apps. Compared to other translator tools it has one feature which other services don’t have, the auto detection of language.
The API is really easy to use. All you need to do is to pass three parameters to the API call:
Translated text, q=Hei maailma!
Language pair (if source is empty then language is automatically identified), langpair=|en
This made it pretty easy to integrate the API call to Twim. So now in Twim 1.6 you can select a tweet from status list and select “Translate to English” from status menu and Twim will display the translation to you in seconds. Pretty handy if you are following people from other countries in Twitter. Go ahead and download the latest Twim to your mobile phone from here.
…and by the way, new feature also has the “paging” feature for home screen and search results as a bonus! Happy Twittering!
Here’s the trick how you can add touchscreen scrolling to your J2ME applications. The key to touchscreen support is the Canvas class and its’ methods pointerPressed, pointerDragged and pointerReleased. These events are called when user puts finger on the screen (pressed) and drags the finger (dragged) and finally when removes the finger (released). Each method has the x and y coordinates for the pointer action.
The scrolling is implemented with the pointerDragged event. We store the current location of the canvas to variables verticalLoc and horizontalLoc. When finger (pointer) is dragged then location is changed according to the dragged amount. Variables are used on paint method to draw the area so that it is scrolled that correctly. You can also see from the sample code how you can draw background with repeatable pattern image.
Here is the new version of Twim, the mobile Twitter client, now with experimental touchscreen support. I don’t own a real touchscreen phone (yet) so I had to test touchscreen functionality with emulators like Nokia N97 SDK (v1.0) and Microemulator. There were also few good people in Twitter that tested the beta version with N97 and Nokia 5800.
New 1.14 also includes other new features like Search, Twitvid, and Follow/Unfollow support. There are also minor improvements like now you will only have to answer to less security popups when uploading files since now it is only using READ mode instead of READ/WRITE that popped up tons of popups on my E71.
Go ahead and download the latest binaries from here and start Twittering! Let me know how the touchscreen support feels like on a real device since I can’t test it myself :)
I like to get things done. For years I’ve followed my own action management methods but recently I’m leaning towards the David Allen‘s GTD method which he describes in his book Gettings Things Done:The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. I have used many tools to store the actions like traditional pen and paper and several desktop apps, like MiniTask and Evernote. I haven’t found any decent (and simple) mobile apps to do the same. I have used the Groceries app for this purpose but it was lacking in some areas of usability. This was the reason I created the Mobile Task Manager application.
I got good feature ideas from Jorge Ledesma who is a blogger at NokiaMobileTalk.com. The current set of features include:
Edit actions (with 3 key)
Mark action as done (with fire key)
Purge done items
You can add notes to actions (with 9 key)
You can rearrange the actions (with left/right keys)
Mark action as favorite (with 7 key)
Backup actions to CSV file
Check out the software page for additional screenshots and download links.
New release of Twim is once again out of the door.
Now you can post photos from Twim to Twitgoo
With the latest version (v1.11) you will gain the following new features:
Twitgoo support. Now you can take a photo and send it directly to Twitgoo service.
Retweet feature fills up the status update box with the selected tweet.
Clock is shown in the bottom of the menu screen so you know what time it is even if you Tweet with Twim 24/7.
Download the latest version from Twim page here. Tweet me (@tlaukkanen) if you like the new features :)
For the next versions I have planned on implementing an option to upload existing photos from your memory card as then you will have much more higher quality photos to upload to TwitPic and Twitgoo. This is because Java MMAPI doesn’t let application to take full resolution pics within Java application for unknown reasons.