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Rooting N900

Maemo

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 maemo.org extras-testing for catalog name
  • Give web address as http://repository.maemo.org/extras-testing
  • 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.

Hack to Run Free Nokia Ovi Maps on Nokia N97

The announcement of a the free turn-by-turn navigation for Ovi Maps turned out to be a dud for Nokia N97 users, nevertheless, we confirmed that a Firmware update for Nokia N97 would bring the free Ovi Maps to them.

However, if you are impatient and want to try out the Free Ovi Maps on Nokia N97 before the firmware update, here is a hack around, thanks to our commentator ferry. To run the new Ovi Maps on Nokia N97, follow the instructions given below.

Step 1: Go to http://maps.nokia.com/explore-services/ovi-maps and Click on the "Get the latest" link.

Step 2: Select Nokia N97 mini from the dropdown list and download the OviMaps.sisx file to your desktop.

Step 3: Copy the file to your Nokia N97 and use the Filemanager to install it.

Step 4: Follow all the instructions to install the app and you are on your way finding directions for free.

Enjoy!!

Nokia N900 Dual Boots Android and Maemo

Sometime back we had told you how to run Debian on Nokia N900, however, it looks like this news takes the cake and eats it too. Brandon, a mobile technology enthusiast was able to dual-boot N900 with both and .

However, porting Android to is more proof-of-concept at this stage and has a few bugs to be ironed out. Nevertheless, it goes to show what Nokia’s latest device is capable of and how Android can be used on any system, and it does not matter whether the manufacturer officially supports it or not.

Watch the video below to see the Android and Maemo Dual-boot on Nokia N900, courtesy Brandon’s Posterous.

GeoHotz Team Hacks PS3

After 3 years, 2 months and 11 days, the GeoHotz team has finally been able to hack into the PS3. The hack took 5 weeks to complete, but they finally were able to have read/write access to the entire PS3 system memory.

The team was able to hack Hypervisor, also called as the Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) which provides a virtualized system that makes it possible to run multiple operating system.

I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1.

3 years, 2 months, 11 days…thats a pretty secure system

Took 5 weeks, 3 in Boston, 2 here, very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software.

According to them, the exploit they discovered is not yet patchable, however, being the kind hearts that they are, they will not be revealing the exploit to anyone.

Just goes to show that, no matter how secure a system you build, hackers will always take their time to find exploits in them, no matter if it takes them weeks to do it.

Read more about the PS3 hack here. We will update you when further details become available.

Run All Deb Files on Maemo – Take the RedPill

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.

Root and Unlock Nexus One [Video Tutorial]

The folks behind Android and me, definitely know Android very well. Even before the masses have gotten hold of the new baby from Google, Android and me has already rooted and unlocked the .

There are some important things you will need to perform before rooting the Nexus One, these include:

  • Installing the USB drivers for Nexus One which can be downloaded from Google or XDA
  • Confirm your device is recognized by ADB. See CyanogenMod Wiki or XDA for help
  • Backup all your interesting data from the phone

Once you have done that, watch the video below to learn how to root and unlock your Nexus One phone.

For complete step by step instructions on rooting Android and Nexus One, head over to this article on Android and me.

Browse Free on Airtel Live on Airtel Prepaid GPRS

If you are a Airtel Live user on Airtel Prepaid GPRS, here is a trick which will allow you to browse for free on your Airtel Live connection without having to pay for anything, yes absolutely free.

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To browse for free on your Airtel Live connection, you will need to load this site wap.google.com/gwt/x on your browser, and you will be able to browse for free. Please note, sometimes you will be charged when you click on a link, however this does not happen every time so please keep an eye on the charges you encounter to be safe.

We confirmed this trick with our friend Kunal G, who is an Airtel Live user and it works perfectly fine. However, the above site is neither associated with Google nor Airtel. Please confirm the above based on your own browsing, we take no liabilities if you are charged for browsing using the above URL.

Thanks for the tip N J, your free talktime will be on its way soon. You can earn free talktime too by sending us tips which we will publish here, read more about how you can earn free talktime at Techie Buzz.

Note: The above trick is for informational purpose only, we have not created the above URL and are not associated with it.

Fix for Jailbroken iPhone 3.1.2 Showing Restore on Restart or Reboot

If you have a iPhone or iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.1.2 jailbroken with Blackra1n, which keeps asking you to restore your phone on reboot or restart, here is a handy fix. Just run the Blackra1n jailbreak once again without running restore and your iPhone or iPod Touch should be back to normal. It is a minor inconvenience, but hey it fixes the problem.

This works 100%, I tested it few months back, but someone emailed me to ask for a solution, so here goes. I do not endorse jailbreaking, but I certainly entertain tech help requests. You can always use the contact us form to find help for your tech related problems.

How To Root Motorola Droid Running Android 2.0.1?

Earlier today Motorola Droid received and OTA update version 2.0.1. If you have updated to the latest version, you might lose all your hacks.

All Droid has come up with a tutorial which will allow you to root Motorola Droid running Android 2.0.1 or earlier. Rooting Motorola Droid will allow you to run sufrom your adb shell.

Steps to Root Android 2.0.1

  1. Download the zip file from All Droid.
  2. Rename to "update.zip" and copy to the SD Card
  3. Power off the DROID and power back on while holding the X key
  4. When you see a "/!\" symbol, press both volume+ and camera
  5. Use the onscreen menu to install update.zip

Visit All Droid to read the rest of the tutorial.

Enable Chrome Extensions Support on Mac OS X

Google today announced the beta version of  for Mac and Linux along with the launch of Google Chrome Extensions gallery. However, unlike Linux and Windows version of Chrome, the Mac version does not have support for Chrome extensions yet.

Thankfully TechCrunch discovered a hack which will allow users to install Chrome extensions on the Mac Version of Chrome.

For complete instructions, visit this page and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmark bar. Whenever you visit an extension page, click on the bookmarklet to enable the Install extensionbutton.

Note: You need to use the development version of Chromium on Mac for this to work.