Tutorials, tips and tricks

Remote phone lock for N97 via SMSRemote phone lock for N97 via SMS

One of the hidden features of the Nokia N97 and other S60 devices, that most of you have never heard of, simply because they have not played around with the settings enough, is the ability to lock your phone remotely without having any third party software installed on your smartphone. Here is a simple tutorial that will show you how to lock your smartphone from anywhere in the world just by sending a SMS message.

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Tutorial: How to change the product code of your Nokia N97?Change Nokia N97 product code

Changing the product code of your Nokia N97 or other Nokia smartphone is an easy and sometimes reasonable thing to do in order to get firmware updates faster. Also this process is used for debranding your Nokia N97 or other smartphone with changing the product code to a generic unbranded version of your smartphone.

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How to update your Nokia N97 firmware?How to update your Nokia N97 firmware

Updating your Nokia S60 phone firmware is an easy and quite simple process to be done and it is nothing to be afraid of. For those of you who have never updated the firmware of their phone, it is a common process almost everybody is doing on regular basis. So here is how it is done. For the purpose of this article we documented the firmware update of the Nokia N97, but it is the same for every Nokia Symbian S60 mobile phone out there (almost every phone).

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Phone battery myths - How long should I charge the battery for the first time?There are many myths around that are usually told by your friends, parents and even the salesman at the mobile phone shop. One of them is about the question "How long should I charge the battery for the first time?". So what is the deal, you have just bought a new phone and someone told you that you should charge the battery at least 12-16 hours before unplugging the phone from the charger? And maybe doing it again and again the first few times your charge your phone? Well, if it was like 5-6 years ago this might be true, but today's modern batteries are quite different from those used when mobile phones looked land felt like bricks.

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How to increase battery life on your Symbian S60 phoneIf you already own a S60 3rd edition phone you might have noticed that it drains the battery really fast. Sometimes the battery just dies when it is most needed. So how to prevent your phone from eating your battery in just a day?

For the last 2 years I have been a proud owner of Nokia N73, Nokia N80 and Nokia N95 and of recently the Nokia N82. All of these phones showed the same behavior when it came to battery life related matters. So here are some tips on how to make your phone battery last longer.

First thing that I do is to turn of the Bluetooth. Leaving it on causes the phone to constantly broadcast and expect to receive some kind of answer from other Bluetooth devices. So if you are not using a Bluetooth headset or you don't have any other Bluetooth devices attached to your phone all the time turn it off. It will save you a lot of battery life on your S60 phone.

This is maybe the most important thing... I guess you have filled your phone with various apps that you use from time to time. Well if you are not using them all the time... it is logically to close them. Leaving this apps running in the background eats a lot of battery, don't thing if you don't see 'em running they don't eat your battery. Go to the Task Manager and close everything you do not need.

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Tutorial: How to install Python on Symbian S60Python for Symbian S60 3rd edition installed on Nokia NSeriesSince Python is gaining more and more interest among Symbian S60 developers and more and more applications are written in Python, it is almost a necessity to have Python installed on your Symbian powered S60 mobile device. That is why we decided to make a short tutorial about how to install Python on your Symbian device.

About Python
Python for S60 is Nokia's port of the Python language to the S60 smartphone platform. In addition to the standard features of the Python language, PyS60 provides access to many of the phone's uniquely smartphone-y functions, such as camera, contacts, calendar, audio recording and playing, TCP/IP and Bluetooth communications and simple telephony.

How to install Python?
First you will need to download the latest Python version for Symbian S60 (PyS60) for example PythonForS60_1_4_2_3rdEd.SIS. The device installation package includes the Python interpreter (based on Python 2.2.2), select Python Standard Libraries, a script shell for launching Python scripts, a variety of native extensions and a Python Console for interactive development.

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