Track & Protect is a mobile phone security system which is available for various platforms including Symbian both S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition. Track & Protect lets you remotely control your lost or stolen phone, even if the thief changes the SIM card. But it doesn’t stop there. You can take remote pictures using the front facing camera on your device and send call back commands to the phone to listen to it. You can even do a PIM backup of your content. Whats more is that the basic features of Track & Protect are available for free. Hit the jump for download links and to see a video demo of how the software works.

How To Get Started With Track & Protect

  • Download the application from our S60 5th Edition Applications page.
  • Install the application on your handset and set your pass-code.
  • Your web account will automatically be created for you.
  • Log into your personal web account here using your phone number and pass-code to log in.
  • Then send silent commands from the Web to the phone: get location, lock, unlock, alarm, wipe, get camera image.

Note: Some features of Track & Protect use SMS messages for communication with your phone. These features require credits that can be purchased from your web account. There is also a small subscription fee: 2 credits per month. This fee gives you 2 free commands per month.

Track & Protect is also available in a professional version which can be downloaded via the Ovi Store for £12.99 GBP. Download links below.

Behind The Scenes At The Premiere Of The Commuter

Nokia’s highly anticipated short film, ‘The Commuter’ premiered last Monday. The groundbreaking film, directed by the McHenry Brothers, was shot in just four days with the Nokia N8 using no back up cameras. Go behind the scenes at the premiere with Nokia’s reporter Natalia Grace and discover what stars including Pamela Anderson, Mr Hudson and Laura Whitmore would film with their Nokia N8.

You can also find some pictures taken at the premiere over on Nokia Uk’s Flickr Set. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to watch the final production of ‘The Commuter’.

3rd Party Nokia N8 Portrait QWERTY Keyboard

Considering I had a rant about the Nokia N8 keyboard just a few days back, I was pretty excited to see this pop up in my RSS reader. Baidu Input is a portrait QWERTY keyboard that works on the Nokia N8 and presumably should work on other Symbian^3 handsets.  What’s more is that when the keyboard is displayed the whole screen is not masked by it, allowing you to view the text entry box or web page as you type. Hit the jump to find out more.

It seams as though there will be an official release of this feature soon, hopefully via the next firmware update which is also set to bring the new Symbian^3 web browser. However if you can’t wait till then, Baidu Input is available to download here. Remember though that 3rd party software should only be installed on your device if you know what you’re doing and if you wish to use this app then use it at your own risk.

I personally tried it but due to the lack of English support I was unable to get it working. But it sure has got me excited for the next firmware update for the Nokia N8.

The Nokia N8 Keyboard Rant | Text Lovers Be Warned

After using the Nokia N8 for the past few weeks I must admit that I absolutely love the device. Symbian^3 is familiar yet more capable and let’s you use your device the way you want. But Nokia really need to take a look at one major flaw on this handset. I’ve never found it more difficult to type on a virtual keyboard, than I have with the one on the Nokia N8.

To start with, when typing using the landscape keyboard, the arrow keys are in a very awkward position. This is not because they’re too hard to get to, but instead they’re too easily pressed, especially the right arrow key. Every single time I want to press the space bar I find myself accidentally pressing this right arrow key, which then takes the cursor to the beginning of the message. Many users are experiencing this same issue and I have received quite a few emails asking me to suggest alternative solutions.

The Swype keyboard on the other hand is designed much better. I think the key here is that the right and left arrow keys have been relocated to the upper right of the screen, which I believe is the ideal position as its easy to access when needed.

Secondly, when I asked the designers at Nokia World why the QWERTY option wasn’t available in portrait mode, the response I got was that it was due to the width of the device, which I can understand. A narrower form factor does make it difficult to fit in all the keys. However if you’ve used the Opera Mobile 10 Web Browser on the Nokia N8, you’ll notice that Opera provide a QWERTY input method in portrait mode. Its squeezed in pretty tight but it works rather well. So why can’t Nokia create a portrait QWERTY keyboard for the Nokia N8? If users prefer to switch to T9 then that option can also remain available.

Finally, what I’d like to see is that the keyboard becomes more a part of the OS rather than a standalone application. For example when entering your username and password on a web page or entering a captcha code to verify the fact that your not an alien, the virtual keyboard props up as any other application would and masks the whole screen. To view the captcha whilst typing it in is not possible and leaves you switching back and forth. This needs to change. Early rumours suggested that Nokia has enabled this feature but application developers have not utilized it. Well if this is the case then why has Nokia itself not utilized this feature?

A revamped virtual keyboard will let the Nokia N8 live up to its hype. However for me, this is a deal breaker. If I can’t use my mobile phone to send text messages and emails quickly without having to continuously edit the write up, then the fact that is has a 12 megapixel camera or free voice guided navigation is irrelevant.

Let us know what you think? How are you getting on with the Nokia N8? More importantly, how have you found the virtual keyboard? Drop some thoughts in the comments below.