Changing Camera Sound in N900

Changing the camera’s sound in N900 is quite easy. All system sounds are stored in usr/share/sound. Just follow the following simple steps to do so:

  • Root your N900 if you have not already. Just download rootsh from application manager.
  • Connect to N900 using any FTP client (like Filezilla or WinSCP) over WiFi.
  • Go to usr/share/sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_1 by any new sound file (the format doesn’t matter). It’s the camera’s shutter sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_2. It’s the video recording sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_3. It’s the camera’s focus sound
  • Disconnect and restart your phone

That’s it. This will change your phone’s camera sounds to the new sound files. If you want a silent camera, just rename or delete the files instead of adding new ones.

Nokia’a New App to have an X-Ray Scanner??

It seems that Nokia is planning on developing a mobile application that allows one to look behind buildings, much like an X-Ray machine. Nokia has teamed up with developers from South Australia to achieve this piece of science fiction.

This technology is called Augmented Reality and practically, it employs nothing more than the phone’s camera and google’s databases.

What it does:

You basically have to focus your camera on a building and this software gives you a view of what’s behind it.

How it works:

It works basically by creating a 3D model of the place by looking up google earth and google streetview. It then projects the rendered image of what’s behind the building. GPS is used to find out the user’s exact position while Digital compass can be used to smooth out other irregularities like orientation.

The driving force behind this initiative, Dr. Christian Sandor, has stated that we might be seeing a complete software in about two years.

Incidentally, Dr. Sandor is also known for two other amazing technologies- Meltvision and Distortvision.

Meltvision is much like Augmented Reality except that a building melts away to reveal the image behind it.

Distortvision allows us to take images of objects which are not in the line of sight of the camera.

For more on this, go here.

Specs and Pics of Notion Ink Adam

Adam Ink

Technoholik brings to us the proper spec sheet of the much awaited Adam, before the announcement in MWC. The prototype has been changed a lot, as is clear from the pic. Here’s the specs to follow:

  1. 10 inch transflective LCD PixelQi screen with a crisp resolution of 1024X600(also runs in a power-saver full B/W mode)
  2. Support for Android, Ubuntu and Chromium
  3. Features nVidia Tegra 2(1 GHz Dual core + dedicated H/W acceleration)
  4. Comes with Firefox and Chrome
  5. 3 USB ports
  6. HDMI port
  7. video out at 1080p
  8. 3MP autofocus Camera
  9. 16 hours battery life(160 hrs in power saver mode)
  10. WiFi
  11. 3G(HSPA/GSM)
  12. Bluetooth
  13. AGPS
  14. Light Sensor
  15. Accelerometer
  16. Proximity Sensor
  17. Touchpad
  18. Multitasking Support
  19. Adobe Flash 10.1
  20. Memory Expandable through SD Cards

This phone should be available in the market by July this year.

Symbian^3 is now official

Symbian foundation has announced today the S^3 platform. It will be “feature-complete” by the end of Q1 and will have some big features like:

  • Better UI
  • HDMI support – See movies at 1080p
  • Multi-touch gesture support
  • Intuitive homescreen – More widgets. Twitter, facebook, Weather forecasts all at the flick of a finger.
  • Better support for H/W acceleration – S^3 harnesses the hardware to provide maximum visual enhancements and a feature rich environment.
  • Mutitask more- Writeable Data Paging will allow more applications to run in parallel for a faster, more complete and efficient multi-tasking experience, especially on mid-range hardware.
  • Faster Networking to provide a rich browsing experience.
  • Music store integration – This feature will be embedded within the radio and will help to identify a song and download it’s lyrics and album art.

The best thing is that it is the first Symbian to have an entirely open source release.

Windows Phone 7 Series is now Official

Microsoft has officially announced the next generation of Windows Mobile OS – Windows Phone 7 Series. This OS has been built from scratch and is totally different from the earlier versions. It now focuses strongly on social networking and has integrated support for Xbox LIVE and Zune.

Steve Ballmer has stated:

Today, I’m proud to introduce Windows Phone 7 Series, the next generation of Windows Phones,said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people’s lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences.

Every 7 series phone is going to have a dedicated Bing button – to enable one click search from anywhere in the phone.

7 series also brings a completely new concept – WIndows Phone hubs. They are meant to club similar items together and thus provide an easy and friendly to browse data. 7 series will have the following six hubs by default:

  1. People: It is Meant for social experience and can bring together content based on someones live feeds from social networks and photos. It can also be used to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live.
  2. Pictures: Helps to share pictures and video to social networks.
  3. Games: Used to play Xbox LIVE games and to see gamers profiles.
  4. Music+Video:Will be used to transfer movies or music from the internet or from a user’s PC. It also has an FM radio.
  5. Marketplace: Allows users to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
  6. Office:With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents.

Many phone company’s have already started to make phones for this OS and so, we might very well see a working device by the end of this year.

Windows Mobile 7 will not have Adobe Flash

Seems like Windows Mobile 7 won’t be having flash support for quite some time now. Adobe has issued a brief statement in this regard:

Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won’t support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month.

Though this statement seems positive, bear in mind that Adobe has promised us flash support for Android but we won’t be seeing it for atleast 3 months. This might place Windows Mobile 7’s time someplace in second half of this year.

Nokia to put RADAR on Phones?

NRC (Nokia Research Center) has unvield  a brand new technology in the Demo House 2010 Research Exhibition held in Espoo, Finland. Apparently, mobiles can have RADARs!

This technology basically enables mobiles to track the speed and direction of moving objects. The device needs an active radar sensor for this though. It employs electro-magnetic waves to produce some kind of mobile wireless sensing.

If this technology really came to life, it could very well be the next big phone revolution. We would be enjoying a horde of new features like gesture support, better games and security. There’s no limit to what we might have.

NRC is not clear with all the details but looking at the video, it fels like Nokia is mostly done with this product.

The Demo House 2010 Research Exhibition is a joint effort by Aalto University, NRC (Nokia Research Center) and Technical Research Center of Finland.

Instant Root – Root any Android!


New to Android? Don’t know how to root? No problem – try Instant Root. The best part is that it works on almost all Androids. Here’s what to do:

  • Download Instant Root APK from here.
  • Run the APK file.
  • You will get a confirmation message
  • Restart your phone and you are done

This APK exploits a kernel bug to gain root access.

This little APK has been developed by Neil and Theresa over at Androidlib.

Note : once done, you can’t unroot your phone.

Working on : G1, all HTC phones

Not Working On : Sprint Hero with firmware upgrade 1.5

Warning : Rooting your phone allows you to make serious changes to your phone system files. DON’T do it if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Rooting N900


Rooting N900 is much more simpler than any other phone available today. You just need rootsh to enable root access.

Here’s how to get rootsh:

  • Go to Application manager>>Application catalogs>>New
  • Write extras-testing for catalog name
  • Give web address as
  • Enter fremantle as the distribution
  • Enter free non-free for components

A simpler way would be to open this page on your N900 and click here. This link will automatically configure the repository for extras catalog.

Now simply download rootsh from Application Manager.

Once you are done with rootsh, open a terminal.

You can now either try sudo gainroot or rootsh. sudo gainroot gives us root access without enabling R&D mode while rootsh is much more effective if you want to run single commands.

If you are having problem with the sudo command, try downloading sudser from the extras catalog.

Warning : Root Access enables users to change the  file-system  and gives full access to all system files. DON’T play with it if you don’t know what you are doing.

Run All Deb Files on Maemo – Take the RedPill

Maemo is based completely on Debian…so why can’t we do away with all the complex restrictions around it? Well, guys at Maemo-Freak have come up with an excellent way – Take the RedPill.

If you have a N900, you’re probably a geek. Even if you are not, there’s a high probability that you’ve seen The Matrix. Remember Neo? He was offered a Red Pill for the truth. This RedPill is just it.

RedPill mode disables many safety features from your phone so that the App manager becomes a bit more. You can install any deb package and all the system updates. Though this should be done with great care because those safety locks are there for a reason – you could easily brick your phone.

Here’s how to activate RedPill:

  • Open App manager
  • Click on Tools -> Application catalogue
  • Go to New
  • Write matrix (seriously!!) into the web address field
  • Click outside the Application manager
  • Click Red in the dialog-box to enable RedPill mode, or Blue to keep your phone in the safe BluePill mode.

Warning: The RedPill mode, if not used correctly, is quite capable of bricking your phone. Use it ONLY if you know what you’re doing. If you are new to maemo or debian, DON’T use it.

Note: This mode doesn’t stay forever. As soon as you’ll close the App manager, it’ll close automatically.