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Arabic on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and X10 running Android

A very nice surprise from Sony Ericsson. Even though Android does not have full and official support for Arabic until Android 4.0, their handsets do have very good Arabic support by default, even handsets sold in the USA and Canada.

Arabic in Sony Ericsson Xperia Android phone

If you have Android 2.1 or 2.3 and updated it to the latest update from your carrier, then you do have Arabic support. To check if it works, then just visit BBC Arabic and see if Arabic shows correctly and the letters are connected.

Enabling Arabic keyboard

To enable Arabic typing, you need to press Menu, then select "Language and Keyboard", then under "Keyboard settings" select "Default input", then select "Writing Languages", and check "Arabic". You will then see a language switching icon on your keyboard (the "globe" symbol).

Not only does Arabic work well, the font looks much better than what is in CyanogenMod for example.

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My Android applications on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

This is a a list of Android applications that I currently have on my phone. Some are more often used than others, but all are useful.

These apps are running on my Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which has Android 2.3.3 on it. Most of them ran on the Sony Ericcson Xperia X10 as well.

ADW Launcher is a fast and feature rich home application replacement. Use it instead of Sony Ericsson's TimeScape and your phone will feel faster.

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Sony Ericsson cooperates with custom Android ROMs, including CyanogenMod

This is great news!

Sony Ericsson decides to cooperate with independent custom Android ROM developers.

They started with publishing steps on how to unlock the boot loader, and how to build the Linux kernel for Xperia phones.

Thanks Sony Ericsson ...

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Citigroup questions if there really is a US spectrum shortage for mobile

As I wrote before, the USA/Canada mobile market is ruled by corporate interests. One of the myths is that there is a shortage of "spectrum". This gave way to auctions for spectrum. In turn this means that different companies make handsets that run on different frequencies, and the balkanization of the market, or prices going up as phones become multifrequency.

Now, Citigroup questions if US spectrum shortage is real.

Hope Canada listens too.

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Maltese poem: Mejju gie, May has arrived - a translation by an Arabic speaker

In a previous article, I attempted a translation of the oldest know literary work in Maltese, Il-Cantilena, without looking up any translations, and relying only on my knowledge of Arabic as a native speaker of both classical and a North African dialect (Egyptian). I was largely successful.

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More balkanization and monopoly in Canada's mobile phone market

As the CBC is reporting, Mobilicity, a relative newcomer to the mobile market, is decrying the government auctioning off Long Term Evolution (LTE) "spectrum" to the bigger players (Rogers, Bell, and Telus).

This is the continuation of the industry lobbying for more balkanization.

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Jokes from the Egyptian Revolution نكت من ثورة مصر

اليمن والجزائر تتنافسان على المركزين الثالث والرابع.. عايزين تشجيع كبير يا شباب

الرؤساء العرب زي ستار أكاديمي.. كل جمعة بيروح منهم واحد نومونيه

سووووووووو يا سوووو مبارك خلعوووووووووه

سمعني أجدع سلام وتحية للفيس بوك مفجر ثورة التحرير

حالة من الإسهال الحاد والمفاجئ انتابت قادة الجيش الإسرائيلي بعد تنحى مبارك

من النهاردة مفيش حكومة.... شعب مصر هو الحكومة

الجدع جدع والجبان جبان.. وإحنا يا جدع هننضف الميدان

الجمعة هرب بن علي.. والجمعة تنحى مبارك.. والجمعة القادمة هنحرر فلسطين

يا شهيد ارتاح ارتاح.. حسني مبارك سابنا وراح

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Jokes on Gathafi أضحك مع القذافي

محمر الكنتاكي

القذافي لما مات قابل عبد الناصر و السادات و حسني. سالوه: سم ولا منصة ولا فيسبوك.. سكت و بص شوية و قالهم: من انتم .. من انتم

عاجل جدا | مؤكد : منظمة اليونسكو تحذر من المساس بالقذافي باعتباره مخلوق نادر مهدد بالانقراض وتدعو إلى نقله إلى محمية طبيعية هو وملابسه

القذّافي: الجزائر ليست أفضل منّا ليكون إسمها "بلد المليون شهيد"... لذلك لن أخرج من ليبيا حتّى أقتل مليون ليبيا، لتكون ليبيا أيضا "بلد المليون شهيد" !!

القذافي : استلمت الشعب الليبي 2 مليون وساسلمه 2 مليون

القذافى لما بيصحى من النوم بيقول
دقت ساعة المنبه دقت ساعة المنبه
أنا اتأخرت في النوم فين النسكافيه

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