Mobile games are the new way of getting people off the couch, out of the house and out for some fun these days. With technologies like bluetooth, GPS, GRPS, 3G, 4G, cameraphones, smartphones, Symbian, Flash Lite, etc., becoming the norm , game developers are coming up with great game ideas and implementing them.
With GPS and mobile phones paired together street games has become a reality. Check out “Come Out & Play Festival” which will take place in New York City from September 22nd to 24th for a list of mobile games that are available.
The details for the mobile games are Insider, snagu, Crossroads, Spy Text, Sleuth!, The Go Game, Conquer The Quarter, Manhattan Story Mashup.
PayPal has expanded its Text 2 Buy service in the UK to include magazine subscriptions and consumer electronics. The rationale is that: “Readers will always have a mobile close by when they’re leafing through a magazine, and the phone can immediately connect the printed page to the wider digital universe in a very personal way,” said Andy Schachtel, president of Mowave. “This service is an important step in introducing consumers to the potential of mobile commerce.”
Flash Lite adoption is growing at a very rapid rate. It is most probably because it is so easy to code for and there are so many Flash designers/developers out there today that have now found a new media outlet – mobile phone users.
So watch out Symbian (C++) and Java Micro Edition (JavaME,J2ME) you have a new contender in the arena.
QR Codes are a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) used to store information which is more effiect than the traditional bar codes that we are used to. McDonald’s Japan is now printing QR codes on all its food packaging so you’ll know exactly what you’re eating (if you want to know, that is). To read the info, you simply scan the QR code with your cellphone camera, which should automagically recognize it and direct you to a mobile website with the lowdown on the contents of your McFood, including any potential allergy warnings. For the two people in Japan that don’t have a camera-equipped cellphone, McDonald’s is also printing conveniently short URLs for the corresponding mobile website. Of course, all this info only is really more of a curiosity, since you’ve likely already bought the food by the time you’re snapping pics of it with your cameraphone.
You can generate a QR code for your website, phone number, text or sms message Kaywa QR-Code Generator.
Before you read on, you must read this disclaimer:
I will not be held responsible for any damage you may inflict on your handset, nor any consequences which result from you implementing the techniques you read here.
Please be aware that in many countries, the use of covert surveillence devices is illegal. You must check the legality of your proposed actions before you implement them!!! Useful information on international privacy laws and covert surveillance can be found on this page and also on the BBC website.
Once you have ‘adapted’ your handset to become a “listening device”, you will be able to call it remotely and listen to the sounds in the room where it has been left.
Nokia handsets (5510, 6110, 6210, 6310 are easier, though you can use 3210, 3310 amd 3330, etc). For the purpose of clarity, I’ll assume you’re working with a 6210 or similar handset on which the “pins” are visible at the base of the phone close to where the charger plugs in. Other models, such as the 3310, can also be easily adapted as I will explain later in this guide.
Please note: This method does involve “hacking” the hardware of your handset!
At the base of your phone where the charger plugs in, you should see a row of ‘pins’ which look like the diagram below:
- The “O” is where the charger plugs in to the phone. The grey lines are the long silver pins and the yellow ones are the shorter copper pins.
- You need to short pins 3, 6 and 9 (highlighted in red in the diagram below).
- This will cause the handset to “hang” after which the “headset” menu will become available.
- You should then alter the profile settings as in the first method so that “automatic answer” is enabled and the phone is on silent mode.
If you are still concerned that the screen will flash when a call is received, thus drawing attention to the handset, you may want to consider replacing the screen with one which is broken or doesn’t work. Alternatively, you could put a thin piece of paper between the contacts on the screen and the phone so that the screen does not operate, though I wouldn’t recommend this as it could cause permanant damage to the handset! At the moment, I do not know of any other method by which you can stop anything appearing on the screen when a call is received, though I will update this post if I find one!
Information and Legitamate Uses
Other handsets such as the 3310 and 8210 can also be adapted though this would involve dismanting the handset with the use of a torx mobile phone screwdriver in order to access the “charging port” near the base of the phone.
The pins which you need to short on these models are different to those mentioned above!
Instead, you would need to short only pins 4 and 5 which are just visible if you look inside the hole where the handsfree kit would plug in. Once you have access to the pins, it is relatively easy to do. The screwdrivers themselves are not expensive and can be purchased readily on Ebay for a few pounds.
As I have already stated, the use of covert surveillance devices is illegal in many countries. As fas as I am aware, in the UK, it is not illegal to posess such a device, but it is illegal to use it to “spy” on another person without their express permission. Legitimate and lawful uses of the “spy phone” would be as a baby monitoring device, for example, or in experimenting with the transmission of sounds on your own property.
Symbian OS software developers cellphonesoft has just released Swiss Manager, a composite system utility for UIQ3. It provides task manager, file manager and system information services, giving you more access to and more knowledge about your phone.
Swiss Manager is an essential addition to your UIQ3 device which features:
* Management of running programs (task information, task switch, task exit)
* Release memory by exiting all running programs at once, optionally when closing the flip
* Navigation throughout the phone’s drives and their entire file system
* File management (copy, move, delete, rename)
* Displaying the amount of free memory and disk space
* Useful system information (device characteristics, system uptime, battery level, IMEI number, etc.)
The system takes advantage of the steady stream of positioning cues–untraced signals all cell phones produce, whether in use or not, as they seek towers with the strongest signals. It is the first traffic-solution technology that monitors patterns on rural roads and city streets as easily as on highways.
Unlike sensors and other equipment along major freeways that is expensive and takes years to deploy, our system takes advantage of existing cellular networks in which wireless carriers have already invested billions of dollars,” said National Science Foundation (NSF) awardee and IntelliOne CEO Ron Herman
Your phone contains private data that you may not want others to see like PIN’s, photos, contact names and numbers. Before giving your phone to your little sister you might want to get rid of all this data and if you don’t know how you can get step-by-step instruction at Wireless Recycling just by entering your phone model.
If your cell phone stores contacts and other information on a SIM card, take the card out. The SIM card doesn’t necessarily store all the data on your phone, though. It may store only your phone book, while call logs, photos, memos, and other information might reside in the phone’s internal memory.
To get rid of everything, you may need to employ multiple reset commands; and those commands aren’t always easy to find in a modern cell phone’s complex menus. Many of todays smartphones require you to enter ten different commands to delete all data, including text messages, phone numbers, call timers, and logs. But remember, if you want to keep the numbers stored in your SIM card, by all means remove it before you delete anything!
In a recent article published in the New York Times should get your attention to the dangers of
not wiping out your phone data completely.
First screenshot of FExplorer running on Series 60 3rd edition on N80 but the creator Dominique Hugo needs your help to iron out some bugs related to security and certificate issues.
“I have some troubles with the security, certificate, FE installs fine on the device but I get a security message when I run it !, if someone can give me some help, this will be very appreciated !!”
Calling all Symbian S60 3rd Edition gurus to give Dominique some tips on solving his bugs, after all he has delivered a great product to us all.
The time is now! Mobile technology is to sky rocket with the consumer base forever upgrading their mobile phones. Java-enabled phones together with Symbian OS phones make life and business much easier. Download the Midlet Development Kit and Symbian SDK and get started. Unleash your website to the wireless network. Deliver real time content to your clients via mobile.