Al Jazeera, the Arabic news channel, has launched a new application for smartphones that allows users to view live broadcast streams, latest news stories, opinion pieces, features, spotlights, videos and picture galleries. This app is available for free from BlackBerry App World.

What is most interesting about this app is that it also gives the users the power to send in their own media for crowd-sourced coverage.

The salient features of the app are as follows:

  • All the latest news, features, spotlight, opinion and blogs from the Al Jazeera English website
  • Programmes videos and information for the latest shows
  • News video clips
  • 24 hour free access to the live broadcast
  • Breaking news banner
  • In Pictures gallery to browse the latest stories by images
  • Send your media to Al Jazeera
  • Search articles and content from the website
  • Preload articles
  • Viewable in portrait and landscape modes

For more info, visit Al Jazeera.

Opera’s booth at Symbian’s SEE provided me with an opportunity for a bit of hands-on time with the latest version of Opera Mini. Just in case anyone of you is new to the topic: Opera Mini 5 introduced tabbed browsing.

Starting Opera Mini 5 unveils its new home screen. Instead of the classic one showing a list of web sites along with some thumbnails, you now get this:
opera mini 5 frontpage Opera Mini 5 – hands on

In use, the program mimicks the browser found on an iPhone:
opera mini iphone Opera Mini 5 – hands on

Tabbing worked flawlessly during my tests:
opera mini 5 tabs Opera Mini 5 – hands on opera mini 5 open tab Opera Mini 5 – hands on

Opera 5’s UI generally is ribbon-based – here is another example:
opera mini 5 ribbons Opera Mini 5 – hands on

As this hands-on was made on a Nokia N97, I don’t know how the program will work together with RIM’s and Palm’s Java Virtual Machines. However, I heard little bad – which means that taking a stab could very well pay out…

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