Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year! 2008 here we come


Time flies when you're having fun, another year has gone by in the blink of an eye. And 2007 was nothing short of a fun filled year for the tech world. The long-awaited Windows Vista was released, 8GB microSDs were created, Blue ray disks were introduced and mass marketed, Sony PS3 continued on the Playstation legacy, and my personal favourite, the release of the Nokia N95!! Since we're all in the new year mood, i thought i'd upload some New Year themes here.

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Download! them here.

All credits to the theme creators Babi and Pizero.

Heppy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy Holidays - Update Of s60 3rd Applications-

As you all know it is the festive seasons so i've been a bit preoccupied and have not been able to update this blog as much as i'd like to. But honestly i could not just push this blog aside -even though it's the holidays- so here's a list of applications that have been released lately.

-RotateMe has gone to Beta 5 and is publicly available on the developer's website

-Nokmote Beta 1 has been released but is only available to donators at the moment.

-emTube has been updated to v1.06 (now it is compatible with RotateMe 2.0.)

-Handy Taskman v2.0 has also been released (now has Favourites)

-pyPoziomica has been improved and has customizable backgroungs. Now on v2.0

and that's about it! Again i apologize for not being able to provide you with a detailed change log.
Happy holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Every year we all celebrate Christmas, giving each other gifts, enjoying a family meal together, wishing each other "Merry Christmas" or even "Merry Xmas". But how many of us even know where that word came from??

Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. It refers both to the day celebrating the birth; as well as to the season which that day inaugerates, and which concludes with the Feast of the Epiphany. The date of the celebration is traditional, and is not considered to be his actual date of birth. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus' birth with various cultural customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals.
In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. Christmas Eve is the preceding day, December 24. In the United Kingdom and many countries of the Commonwealth, Boxing Day is the following day, December 26. In Catholic countries, Saint Stephen's Day or the Feast of St. Stephen is December 26. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6. Eastern Orthodox Churches that still use the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas on the Julian version of 25 December, which is January 7 on the more widely used Gregorian calendar, because the two calendars are now 13 days apart.

The word Christmas originated as a contraction of "Christ's mass". It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038, compounded from Old English derivatives of the Greek christos and the Latin missa. In early Greek versions of the New Testament, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ. Since the mid-16th century Χ, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ. Hence, Xmas is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.

So keep those season greetings going, and to everyone reading this, Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Album Art Flipping Using N95's Accelerometer


Time for the iPhone to step aside. Once again, fellow Nokia fans and developers have came up with a way to proove that "anything the iPhone can do, the N95 can do way better!". This was already prooven once with Samir's rotateMe, but now, something new and way cooler is round the corner...

It's ....err... I dont think there's a name for it yet. Anyway, it looks really promising.

Here it is:

Sunday, December 23, 2007

N96 for real this time?? I assume it's the N81i *updated*

Yea we heard a whole bunch of BS about this. The N96, N97, some even called it the N100... all had photoshopped images.

But this time we get real pics of the N96! or as I like to call it, the N81i. I dont think China could come up with something so authentic looking.


More Pictures!







I managed to dig out some specs, but i cant guarantee how authentic they are.
It looks like it does indeed have a 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens and there is a dual LED flash similar to the Nokia 6500 Slide. The pictures of the interface clearly show S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, which isn’t out yet. No specifications are confirmed, but people say it is an N95 in a new shell.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas! S60v3 Christmas Themes For All!

Christmas is such a magical season, the delicious turkey, the decorations, but most of all, the spirit of giving!

So in the spirit of Christmas, i've compiled these great christmas themes for all of you to enjoy on your s60v3 devices!

They'll work on Nokia n73, n81, n82, n91, n93, n95, and so on... Enjoy!!

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Credits to all the theme creators!

Download! these Christmas Themes

Password for the file is: vot

If you liked the themes please go to the creator's website and donate to them.

Friday, December 21, 2007

EmTube: Watch Full YouTube Videos on your mobile!

First we had ytPlayer, a flash application that streams YouTube videos straight to your mobile. Now, there's this! emTube, from a Polish developer. Read on, you wouldnt want to miss this.

This is a wonderful application, it allows you to:

-Search and browse videos on YouTube.

-Download selected videos onto your phone.

-Stream FlashVideo files directly from YouTube.

-Play local FlashVideo files. Play FlashVideo local files.

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Other features:
- Audio and position control during playback. - Audio and position control during playback.
- Normal and full screen (portrait and landscape mode) video playback. Normal and full-screen (portrait and landscape mode) video playback.
- Ability to use built in accelerometer to rotate video between portrait/landscape mode. - Ability to use built in accelerometer to rotate between video portrait / landscape mode.

Looks like Samir has some competition!

Download emTube from the official website here

Thursday, December 20, 2007

pyPoziomica v1.0

Working in the construction industry? well this'll come in handy.

Here's the latest accelerometer app for the N95 Classic and N95 8GB.

Pypoziomica is a new application compatible only with the N95 series that allows to use your telephone as a spirit level. To check the level of a surface, put the telephone on the surface and to press ok to check and regulate it. When the ball is red, this surface is not completely level; when the ball is green, that means it's level. Simple as ABC. This application uses the N95's accelerometer but requires you to install Python on your device first.

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Download pyPoziomica

The password for the file is: vot

Download Python 1.4.1

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Nokia Developing Prototype Cameraphone Applications

Stuck in Chinatown again but don't know what to eat? Nokia is coming up with a solution!
Nokia has developed prototype cameraphone applications that’ll not only make ordering dinner from foreign restaurant menus easier, but which also promises to take window shopping online.

Dubbed Point&Find, the technology incorporates numerous elements, including GPS positioning, image recognition and artificial intelligence algorithms. However, the processing required to work out what you just snapped an image of will apparently be done on your network provider’s servers.

After snapping, say, a t-shirt in a shop window, or a film poster, the handset will connect to the internet and, hopefully, present the user with a selection of online purchase options or movie reviews.

The question is, does the service become more accurate the better quality of your camera? For example, if you snap a sports top with a one-megapixel camera, will you be sent to a website selling trousers?

Nokia’s also designing the concept to translate foreign menus too. So if you’re struck dumb by a French menu offering “Le steak and chips”, you can just snap a picture of the text and it’ll translate it into your native language. Nokia claims its prototype application can currently scan and translate 9000 Chinese words and 600 Japanese words.

Both the prototype applications are expected to be built into Nokia’s N95 handset.

Friday, December 14, 2007

VOT - We begin using partial posts

Partial posts!
Starting from today most of our longer posts will be posted in partial posts. Meaning if you want to read more you will have to click the "Read More" button/link. It's as easy as that. Partial posts helps us to...

Starting from today most of our longer posts will be posted in partial posts. Meaning if you want to read more than the teaser you will have to click the "Read More" button/link. It's as easy as that! Partial posts helps us to keep our blog organized as well as making it easier to read. We hope you like our new method of posting and continue to enjoy reading the wonderful things we post here.

Thank you.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cheaters Always Win! - Ogame tricks and cheats

Anyone who has played Ogame before will tell you that it is a highly addictive game! It demands skill, strategy, and most of all, a lot of time. However, to earn revenue the Ogame creators came up with Ogame Commander. Ogame Commander gives the user the ability to define certain tasks which the server will perform even while the user is away. Basically you pay a ton of money to get ahead of the game.

Well, today i'm here to tell you that you can get the same advantage without spilling a single penny. Recently i stumbled upon a website called It has all sorts of wonderful tricks, tips, tools, and so much more. Resource calculators, battle logs, automatic fleetsaving are just a few to mention. Some of them require a little script hacking so if you're not familiar with HTML scripts i would advise you stay away from those.

BEWARE: All these cheats are concidered illegal in Ogame and you WILL get BANNED  if they discover you cheating. Happy Ogaming!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Travelling Tips : Stains

Everyone travels..
And OOPS..
you accidentally stain your attire..
it's a bit embarrassing..
but no prob!

After you've read this post..
you can solve it in a jiffy..

Here's how you can get rid of those nasty stains!

1. Treat the stain immediately.. With water.. Do not hesitate, ignore or panic...
2. Do not rub it excessively.. It will sink in..
3. For wet stains.. Absorb the excess moisture by dabbing it with a dry cloth or tissue..

Blood Stains
1. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and rub it with water..
2. If the stain remains.. add a little diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide..

Ink Stains
1. Dab it with water..
2. Spray hairspray or nail polish onto the back of the stain..
Wash it..

Chewing Gum
1. Harden the gum by freezing it in the refrigerator..
2. Peel it off..
3. Wash it..

Grass or Chlorophyll
1. Use alcohol based solution..

These are the normal stains you'll meet during travelling..
So now.. you can solve them at the spot..
Enjoy yourselves then..

Search Bar takes up too much space in N95-1 APAC

 image The new firmware for APAC N95s fixed a whole lot of things, but it also crated some new problems. Namely, the Search function incorperated in the active standby takes up two rows of space as opposed to a single line in European N95 devices. This makes the screen look cluttered and messy.


My friends over at said i could either change my product code to a european one or, try changing the fonts instead. Well, i took the seemingly easier route, changing fonts.

After trying for 1 hour, it was apparent that changing fonts was not as easy as i had thought. But after doing some research and tweaking again, i was able to figure it out!

Here's how my phone looks now:


Neat huh? I'll be posting my own simplified method of changing fonts on your s60v3 device soon so keep an eye out for it!

Monday, December 10, 2007

N95 Menu Folders in V20

Here’s the menu in my N95 after upgrading to V20


Good looking huh?

S60 manages folders pretty badly in my opinion, when you create a new one, you can’t change it’s icon, and when you have a folder inside a folder (like the office folder in V20s firmware), you can’t move it to the main menu, which is bad in my opinion, since I like all my main folders in the main menu, but also like each one to have a special icon…

But then I remembered a little hack to put folders inside folders , I only had to modify the process a little bit, here’s how:

First pretend the “folder” folder is you office folder, and you want to move it to the main menu, but there’s no “Move to folder” option on the left softkey , you have to start by setting up like the screenshot, the folder you want to move at the last place, and any app you can easily install and remove in the place before, in my case I chose the MovingBall app.


Now go, and uninstall MovingBall thru the app. manager, quickly press menu, go to the apps folder and press options above the MovingBall app:


Now wait, the MovingBall app is being uninstalled, when it finishes uninstalling, its icon will disappear from the menu , leaving the folder hi-lighted, and the “Move to folder” option still available in the options!


And voila! Just move the folder!

And again, we shouldn’t have to use this method for moving folders , S60 should have this option right from the start, even better, they should allow changing folder icons, if BlackBerry OS can do it…

Top 5 ways Australians damage their mobile phones

Australian operator Telstra is reporting how their users are finding new “innovative” ways to accidentally damage their mobile phones. According to the carrier’s customer service consultants, the five most commonly reported ways of accidentally damaging a mobile phone are:

  1. Driving off with a mobile left on the car roof
  2. Damaged by water - including dropping it in the toilet and taking calls when in the rain
  3. Sitting on the handset
  4. Dropping a phone - most often on the footpath
  5. Throwing a mobile - either on a desk, in a drawer, or to a friend

As you can see, Japanese may be the most tech advanced market, but Australians can innovate as well. ;)

Not that I have anything against them. On the contrary…

Saturday, December 8, 2007

How To Hide Certain Pictures or Videos From Gallery in Nseries devices

Some programs (TomTom for example) have image files as part of their installation. The N95 (and other Nseries devices for that matter) indexes all folders and shows the images in the gallery so you can end up with annoying thumbnails/icons/bits of map etc in your gallery.
You may also want to keep some 'private' content out of the gallery so nosey friends don't see them. Here is a guide of how to do it:

1) Download Y-Browser or ActiveFile.  Both are free file managers which are very small but incredibly useful.

2) Install it and then run it.

3) Navigate to wherever the image/video files are. You may need to dig around if the images are from an application but there is a search function so that may help.

4) For each file, highlight it and press the options key. Go to File > Attributes and change 'Hidden' to 'Yes'. Save the changes and exit.

*Repeat this for each file you want to hide.*

5) There will be a folder called _PAlbTN in the same path as the image. Delete it.

6) That's it. You can now only view those hidden files through Y-Browser/ActiveFile or by hooking the phone up to your PC.

NOTE: The _PAlbTN folder contains 3 different sized copies of the image and is created by, and for, the gallery app when it indexes your phone. There will be one _PAlbTN subfolder in every folder in which a picture or video exists. If you delete it the gallery will rebuild it next time it runs from all (visible) images and videos in that folder. That means even if you only want to hide some images in a given location it is still perfectly safe, and much quicker to delete the whole _PAlbTN.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Nokia Internet Radio

Aww.... Bad FM radio reception again? Not to worry.

Nokia has finally released their internet radio application which has been under R&D for some time now. There's practically no setup involved! Just install, connect, and you're good to go! Truely in the Nokia spirit of being user-friendy.

Besides the fact that it's incredibly easy to use, i like this app for the ability to control the stream quality according to cnnection type. i.e. High quality(128kbps) and above for WiFi, medium quality for 3G and low quality for GPRS, though i havent tried out the low quality yet.  This app also integrates well with my N95 and i was able to control the volume through the volume keys instead of navigation keys.

The downside of the app is that this great loooking black theme is fixed, meaning the app's appearance does not follow your mobile theme as a regular app would, and for now there's no way of changing this...but i'm sure there's a lot of you out there already using this theme so it should't be a problem.


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Pros:  Incredibly simple and user friendly, wide variety of stations, good streaming quality, integrates well with Nokia phones

Cons: Fixed appearance, cannot change them or color

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Tired of signing applications through BiNPDA's SignSiS appllication? There's a solution coming!
Instead of countless clicks, you just set it once, and then sign applications in a single click.
It's embedded into window's shortcut menu (right-click) so there's no longer the need to open the signing application.
For now it's still a BETA, but once it's officially released i'll post it here.

N82 Review


The Nokia N82 seems somewhat odd,  –it wedges into the Nokia’s otherwise consistent range and then provokes a natural question – Is there any real need in this phone? But the answer is right on the surface, you just need to take a better look around to figure out that the N82 is in fact strikes back at Sony Ericsson’s flagship – the Sony Ericsson K850i. This is what Nokia was set to do – roll out a direct rival for the K850i with comparable price tag and an edge in the form of S60. Speaking in favor of this guess is the fact that only now does a Nokia-branded device employs the bundled motion sensor for auto menu rotation not only in the camera application. The N82’s Xenon flash is another tribute to its imaging department. So, these two phones share a whole lot of features, plus the Nokia has hastened to release the N82 into the wild, which is not exactly typical of this company – all these facts seem to add up. The Finnish manufacturer had to launch its solution before the Christmas season and trip up the Sony Ericsson K850i. Hard to say for sure, but as I see it, the company has coped with both goals.


The calls the audience this handset is aimed at “Technology/Style Leaders”, which is a target group characteristic of the NSeries in general – the Nokia N73, which was rivaling the Sony Ericsson K800i a while ago, also came in to appeal to this segment. Obviously, the company is trying to capitalize on the N73’s success by positioning its latest and greatest N82 as a decent replacement for the former – and, well, this is pretty much how the things stand.


On the other hand, this phone focuses on the imaging department – its N-Gage functionality, as well as default applications for the latest generation of S60-powered handsets, only indicate that this is another “do-it-all” offering with knack for photography.

This model is designed for those who still haven’t got a Nokia N95 in their pockets for some reason, yet need a pretty good phone with a potent camera onboard. Also, all candy-bar style buffs will feel content with the N82, since it is the handset’s very conventional design that seems to be quaint for this end of the NSeries.

Its rushed release also indicates that the model will be all the range pretty soon – its price curve will match that of the Sony Ericsson K850i, ensuring some serious rivalry between the two.

The group of consumers looking for a decent cameraphone won’t find the choice between the Nokia N82 and the Nokia N95 8Gb particularly easy, even those the junior model trumps its 8Gb sibling only with the form-factor, lens cover and xenon flash –its image quality is pretty much in line with the N95 8Gb, and all hardware specs haven’t undergone any revamp.










The N82 is housed in a candy-bar type design with average dimensions for its class – 112x50.2x17.3 mm, 114 grams. However when we met it in person, it seemed somewhat on the chubby side, the same impression was delivered by Sony Ericsson K850i, by the way. On the other hand, the phone is very pocket-friendly. But it is not “friendly” enough to be carried on a neck strap, probably some will use an arm strap at best.

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The microUSB socket is getting be a par-for-the-course element of every Nokia’s phone – the N82 is no exception, look for it on the left-hand spine. It is used for wired data transfers, while headphones can be plugged in the 3,5 mm audio jack sitting on the top edge alongside the power button. The left side also features the 2 mm charger slot.

Among the queer things about the N82 is the way its stereo-speakers are laid out – they are housed on one flank (on the right). This is the first time when the maker adopts this layout – while you gain with it when watching videos, ring tones are a tad muffled, as they aren’t as loud as with Nokia N81 or the Nokia N95.

The build quality was never an issue with the N82, however we still felt that we would need to see how its surface would fare in the long term. But generally our phone seemed to be sturdy and solid.

As of today, the N82 comes only in one color - Warm Titan/Silver Titan, where the front fascia is silver and resembles metal, plus it picks up finger prints with ease. The rear enjoys a patterned surface made of milky plastic.



The handset comes equipped with a 2,4-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) display, capable of showing up to 16M colors, presenting you with a quite bright picture that remains visible in various environments.

Facing off the N82’s display against the Nokia N95, you won’t see any real supremacy of the latter in your daily routine, but when it comes to the Nokia N95 8G and its 2,8-inch behemoth of a display, the 0,4-inch difference won’t pass unnoticed. Generally, the N82’s display fares well. The display accommodates up to 8 text and up to 3 service lines. In some modes, though, you may get up to 14 text lines. All fonts are sharp and easy to read.

No protective glass screen is mounted on the N82’s display.



One of the most popular questions asked about the N82 is whether its keypad is any good. Indeed, its buttons are smallish, and the shapes aren’t exactly conventional. In fact, this element somewhat reminded me of the Sony Ericsson’s solution, and I don’t think this is a pure coincidence – they wouldn’t have had any troubles squeezing normal numeric buttons on this area, but for some reason, Nokia had dumped its standard keypad style.




The handset utilizes a 1050 mAh Li-Pol battery (BP-6MT). The N82 is rated for 5 hours of talk time and 225 hours of standby. Music time – up to 10 hours, max quality video recording – up to 110 minutes, video playback – up to 200 minutes.  Looking at the battery performance of the Nokia N95 8Gb, the N82 is likely to stay online a day or two, very unlikely it will fare better than that.




The device comes equipped with 128 Mb of RAM, after first launch you will get around 90 Mb of free memory at your disposal, which is enough for running a dozen of applications and browsing “heavy” web-pages – the word “slow-down” is definitely not in the N82’s vocabulary.

The user has almost 100 Mb of storage available, where can store any data.

The N82 deals with microSD memory cards (hot-swappable), the phone comes packaged with a 2Gb unit. There are no restrictions as far as memory card’s size is concerned – our handset easily identified a 4Gb card.




USB. The handset comes in with USB 2.0 support (data transfer speeds – 600-650 Kb/s, whereas the Nokia N95 offered up to 900-950 Kb/s), upon a successful PC connection you can choose one of the following modes:

  • Data Transfer (Mass Storage USB) – memory cards is available, no drivers required, as your OS identifies the handset automatically.
  • PC Suite – used for device management via Nokia PC Suite, enables all features of the phone, data backup etc.
  • Image Print – no explanation required.
  • Media Player (MTP protocol) – synchronizes data with Windows Media Player.

Bluetooth. The smartphone sports EDR-enabled Bluetooth 2.0 alongside the following profiles:

  • A2DP
  • BIP-ImagePush
  • DUN-GW
  • FT-Server
  • HandsFree-AG (1.0)
  • Headset-AG
  • OBEX
  • OPP-Client
  • OPP-Server
  • SIM Access-Server

The top speed you can get with the N82’s Bluetooth connection is around 100 Kb/s. We also tested its A2DP profile in pair with the Sony Ericsson DS970 headset, which worked just fine – we managed our play list, skipped within tracks and adjusted volume seamlessly, however we couldn’t make current track’s title show up on the N82’s display.

Wi-Fi. This handset comes armed with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 g) support. All security standards are supported: WEP , WPA , WPA 2, with other advanced settings available. The device supports Universal PnP standard (UPnP), which is the successor to the wired standard PnP. With its help, along with Wi-Fi, you can send slides to a TV, music to a stereo system, and photos to a printer. In a certain sense UPnP is like an add-on to the infrastructure (Wi-Fi, for example) in the form of Bluetooth-esque services, so this looks more like a software upgrade. The sales package includes Home Media Server, which allows connecting the N82 through your home Wi-Fi network to a desktop PC.

There is also a Wi-Fi wizard available in the N82 – it can keep looking for enabled networks in the background mode and tap into them.


The N82’s camera module has been carried over from the Nokia N95, and its major trump is the xenon flash. The edge it has over the standard LED unit can be seen already today – in fact, it all comes down to a couple of scenes, snaps taken in the dark and indoors. Sony Ericsson was the first maker to adopt this type of flash, and the K850i, in addition to its xenon unit, boasts a LED flash gun, which is the best way to go for a mobile device, ensuring high-quality of images you get even while in photography-unfriendly environments.


If you don’t tend to take your snaps in the dark or use the flash gun extensively, you won’t spot any substantial difference between the Nokia N95, the Nokia N95 8Gb, and the Nokia N82. The latter may use revamped image procession algorithms, but you won’t know this from the camera’s shots. We will be putting the N82’s camera through its paces in a comprehensive review – basically, this is not we are going to do during our first hands-on sessions with the handset.

The camera lens is protected by the cover, opening which launches the camera application. The company’s managers put special emphasis on their efforts to reduce the time between sliding the cover open and taking a snap. The N82 does all this in a couple of seconds, which is a pretty good result comparable with the market’s finest offerings. Probably, this speed is mainly due to the increased RAM volume.

Final words

Has Nokia hit the bull’s eye with this model? It is absolutely safe to say this handset will appeal to the masses and will be a truly sought-after offering – the N82 definitely has what it takes and just like the Nokia N73 a year ago, it is on its way to the title of the most affordable and decent Nokia-branded imaging-minded solution. Its music department is no different from the Nokia N95, meaning that it proves to be somewhat inferior to the Nokia N81. Still, your music experience with the N82 won’t be irritating or dismal. Missing remote control from the sales package is another hint at the handset’s true positioning. Given its current retail price of 450 Euro, the N82 is up against the Sony Ericsson K850i alone. Which one to go for, I hear you ask? It will be one tough decision for you, better listen to what your experience of playing around with either of the phones tells you. For the owners of the Nokia N95, the N82 won’t break any new ground, so you can rest well at night knowing you still have the best in your hands. :)

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