Nokia is giving away twelve brand new Nokia N8‘s each with a ticket to Nokia World 2010 in London. Nokia’s ‘Make My App’ competition is basically giving you the opportunity to see your ideas become reality. Simply submit your idea for an application, and if you are selected, a team of Nokia developers will create and pre-installed your app on the Nokia N8 you win. Check out the introductory video after the break to find out more and submit your ideas for this exclusive opportunity.

ABBYY FotoTranslate | Travel & Dine With Confidence

If you’re planning a trip this summer to a foreign country we have just the app for you. ABBYY FotoTranslate is a cracking utility application that not only converts images of text into text using its award winning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, but also then translates this text into your preferred language. So the next time you come across a road sign or restaurant menu that you can’t quite make sense of, simply snap the text you wish to translate and let ABBYY FotoTranslate do the rest. What’s more is that there is no need for an Internet connection, cellular signal, or even access to any external language resources. The built in dictionary software supports up to 8 languages for recognition and 30 directions for translation. Check out my thoughts after the break.

Key features

  • Translation without manual inputting of the words
  • Offline, independent mode work (no network signal needed)
  • Quick and accurate result
  • Up-to-date high-quality dictionaries
  • Auto suggestions and manual corrections
  • FREE downloadable sound files (download)

The user interface is very simple and easy to use. You have the option of switching the flash off  which is great, as sometimes the flash can glare text, especially when taking pictures close up. You also have the option to switch the sound off and change the orientation of the viewfinder. Other than these few simple alterations, the application more or less works as a point and shoot tool.

After taking the photo, you can select different parts of the image to translate and the translation is instantly altered. If the camera didn’t quite manage to capture the full word or if the recognition software missed out a letter, you can also manually add or change the text you want to translate.

ABBYY FotoTranslate may not be the coolest app you could have on your device, but if you travel a lot, or love eating foreign cuisine, you might just find this application more useful than you think. Check out the video demonstration below to see exactly how ABBYY FotoTranslate works.

ABBYY FotoTranslate is available for all S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition devices, and can be downloaded from the ABBYY Store for free on a 1 day trial or €5.95 EUR for the full license.

Nokia N8 | HD Video Capture & 12 Megapixel Photo Samples

The Nokia N8 was announced yesterday with its impressive (to say the least) spec sheet. The device is a complete upgrade of a Nokia smartphone as we know it and is exactly what Nokia needed. The Nokia N8 brings the familiarity of Nokia’s much loved Symbian platform into a whole new age with Symbian^3. This is just a small portion of the new technology this device is packing, but before we go into that, let’s take a quick look at some of its more obvious features, mainly being the 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera that sports HD video recording at 720p. We’ve got some sample photos to share with you along with a short clip recorded solely with the Nokia N8, which has not been enhanced or tweaked in any way, and the quality is simply faultless!

Nokia Announce The Nokia N8 | Connect. Create. Entertain.

Nokia has today announced its latest flagship – The Nokia N8. This intuitive device brings Nokia right back into 2010 with the latest features that connect people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Bluetooth 3.0, Symbian^3 OS, HDMI Out, 12 megapixel camera, and the 16:9 3.5″ Capacitive OLED display with multi-touch capabilities is just the tip of the iceberg. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is GBP £320, before taxes or subsidies. Hit the jump for more press images.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.