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How To ‘Jailbreak/Hack’ Nokia S60 Phones

[UPDATE – The method listed below is now redundant for most devices, instead use this link to hack your S60 devices, including the ones that were unhackable before – How To Hack Your Device In Under 5 Minutes]

It was a while ago that news came out that Nokia S60 devices had been hacked/jailbroken. At that point in time the procedure was complicated and not everybody would attempt doing it. Then Nokia released firmwares that took away this possibility.

But another version of the hack was created, which made it much easier to jailbreak and install unsigned applications and add patches. Jailbreaking/Hacking now takes less than two minutes and you do not even need a computer. I have been mulling over the idea of putting up a guide to doing this, but Mark at The Nokia Blog has beat me to it. Jump over for the complete lowdown on – How To Hack Your S60.

Warning: Once you do this, please be extra careful in selecting the applications you install on your phone.

Delete All Calender Entries In One Go

Delete All Calender Entries In One Go

I don’t know if any one of you has felt the need to delete all calender entries on the phone in one go, but for me, this one thing I have been wanting to do without hassle for a long time. There may be an occassion when you need to lend a phone to a friend for a while but before that want to delete all private data such as Contacts, Text Messages, Notes and so on. Fortunately all of these can be easily deleted by a simple ‘Mark All’ and then selecting ‘Delete’. However deleting multiple calender entries in one go can be a bother and the only solution is a *#7370# format. This is also specially irritating when a sync goes wrong or when you want to preserve the installed applications.

Fortunately there are two very simple ways of doing this easily and quickly, read on.

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Hack: Download Any File Via The Default S60 Browser

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My biggest gripe with the default S60 browser has been the (dis)ability to download files what the phone does not recognise itself. So inspite of WiFi and 3G speeds we cannot download a lot of stuff. A lot of times I get emails with .rar archived attachments and inspite of having a kickass smartphone while even lets me edit documents I cannot even get that attachment to my mobile. Silly!

But fear no more, Biggzy has just written an amazing guide (which he briefly mentions in the comments of the previous download manager post) which allows us to download any file with any extension via the default browser. I am reproducing it here. Brilliant work pal. There is just one caveat though you need to have the latest Core Player installed for this to work, if you do not have it I’d recommend getting it.

I recall when I had the N81, at first the phone couldn’t even download .zip attachments, however after I installed the default Zip application the Browser started downloading zip archives, so it is not difficult to implement or anything, S60 Browser team you listening?

The complete guide with step by step screenshots is right here after the break. If you prefer a video tutorial, look this page up.

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How To Add Flickr Or Ovi To Share Online

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Although a simple refresh of the “Add New Services” option should bring up all the three services namely Ovi, Vox and Flickr up I still cannot get them on the phone OTA without me having to put that extra effort in. Where’s the glitch Nokia?

Anyway there is a very simple solution to the problem, just download the respective configuration (.cfg) file and send it to the phone via bluetooth, it will show up as a message. Open it and now the services will show up.

Download:

Ovi Share

Flickr

Still, we shouldn’t be having to do this!

Driving Directions For India On MG Maps

I few days back I had talked about my pursuit of better maps for India on my N95 in the post Mapping India.

Although I was more or less satisfied with MG Maps running Yahoo India Maps, there was one drawback in application which was preventing it to be a perfect mapping and navigation solution for the Indian user. As I had mentioned in the earlier post, the driving directions feature is still not available in India since MG Maps uses Google for all its searches by default including routes (Google does not have driving directions/ route search for India yet). So even if you get detailed maps using Yahoo India maps, with your current location, speed heading etc on the screen, you still cannot use MG Maps as a GPS navigation system.

I posted a request to the developer of MG Maps to include Yahoo India maps in the search feature of the application and found that there is thread on the subject the forums section of MG Maps. At the forum I also discovered that there a very talented person who goes by the alias spadival has managed to create a pipe on Yahoo using Yahoo India Maps to get driving directions for India. Click here to read more about pipes.You can find the pipe created by spadival here.

Now what this pipe does is, it uses Yahoo Maps India to search for directions which are fed into the “from” and “to” fields and gives an output on the map. The best part is that the output can also be saved as a kml file which can be loaded to the phone running MG Maps and then the application loads the file and the way-points are show on the phone.

Here is a detailed “how to” on plotting your route in advance, sending it to the phone and then taking it up from there:

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