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How To: Update Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 family to Android 2.1 (Video)

3 Nov

The Android 2.1 update for Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and XPERIA X10 mini pro is finally being rolled out. But how does one update the smartphone to Android 2.1? Bless the folks at the Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog who have uploaded a video the gives step-by-step instructions on how to go about the task. Check it out below.



SOURCE: Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog

How To: Change default apps on the N8

14 Oct

Symbian^3 on the N8 brings along some new features that were not present in Symbian^1 or S60 5th edition. Some of these settings are so well-hidden that even we missed them during our review. One of these settings allows the user to change the default app for some functions. For instance, we were able to set Opera Mobile as the default web browser. While setting third party apps as default apps comes naturally to Android, to do so on the N8 one needs to tinker around a bit. Go to the settings menu and from there go to Application Settings. There you’d find Default Applications. From here, you can change the default browser, music player, video player and image viewer apps. If you hit Options and select Advanced Settings, you’d be able to change some more apps, mostly related to MS Office suite. Check it out and let us know what third-party apps you have set as your default apps.

How To: Watch CWG closing ceremony on your phone

14 Oct

After the spectacular opening ceremony for the Common Wealth Games in New Delhi, everyone is waiting with bated breath for tonight’s closing ceremony. And to make matters more interesting, you can (or so the organisers claim) watch tonight’s ceremony live on your phone. Yup, it will be streamed live and it is being claimed that it would work even on EDGE networks. If the Asian Games of 1982 brought colour TV to India, the government is hoping that Games will mark the advent of 3G. Lucky if you have a 3G connection or else we’d suggest you find yourself a Wi-Fi hotspot with decent browsing speed. Once that is taken care of, direct your phone’s browser to, where we are told the ceremony will be streamed. We will give it a shot for sure, but we’d keep a backup (our beloved television set) handy.

How To: Watch Windows Phone 7 launch event on October 11

9 Oct

windows phone 7 launch webcastMicrosoft will be launching the first batch of Windows Phone 7 smartphones with AT&T in New York this Monday (that’s October 11) and we are sure all of you would be interested to see the announcement as it happens. Yes, we will be live Tweeting (our Twitter handle is @cellpassion) but it is an all together different experience to watch the show live. Thankfully, Microsoft will be live streaming the launch event here. The webcast starts at 1900 hours India Time.

So how does a BlackBerry securely deliver mails and messages?

12 Aug

With more governments scrambling for access to data sent securely by Research In Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry handhelds, most users are scratching their heads as to what is the big deal about it. With big confusions come bigger rumours and Reuters has this excellent Q&A that answers most questions surrounding BlackBerry’s security concerns. Does this cheatsheet tell you whether any government will ban BlackBerry all-together? No. But it will certainly help you understand how BlackBerry delivers data securely and why some governments have a problem with it.

SOURCE: Reuters

Still wanna get a Nexus One? Sign up as an Android developer…

6 Aug

So you were on snooze while Google was selling the Nexus One aka the Google Phone and just found out that they have run out of units to peddle? Worry not, you can still get your hands on the only Android phone in the world that is destined to get every Android OS update.

It ain’t as simple as walking to a store and snapping one. Instead, you’d have to cheat the system. To get hold of the Nexus One, sign up as an Android Developer. You will have to pay a fee of $25. Once done, you can order a ‘developer phone’ aka Nexus One for $529. If you know of any Android developer, it’d be much simpler to ask him to book one for you.

We ain’t sure how many units of the Nexus One Google has in its kitty, so better hurry up this time.

How To: Unlock the iPhone 4

4 Aug

A couple of days after a fool-proof iPhone 4 jailbreak tool was released, the guys at iPhone Dev Team have made their iPhone 4 unlocking tool, UltraSn0w, public. Unlocking your iPhone 4 on iOS 4.0 and 4.0.1 is now almost as simple as jailbreaking it using Watch the step-by-step video demo of unlocking the iPhone 4 below.

SOURCE: iPhone Dev Team Blog

From which country should you buy an unlocked iPhone 4?

4 Aug

It is a question that almost everyone wants an answer from – which country sells the cheapest factory unlocked iPhone 4? Seems we finally have the answer, thanks to this graphic that illustrates legally unlocked iPhone 4 pricing in countries where Apple has launched the ‘magical’ device.

Turns out that you should book your tickets to either Hong Kong or Singapore immediately where they are available for €496/€585 and €499/€590 respectively for the 16 GB/ 32 GB versions. And one country where you shouldn’t buy even if you live there is Italy where you will be asked to shell out as much as €659/€779 for the two versions.

SOURCE: MacStories


Wireless Keyboard + iPhone = Pure Magic!

22 Jul

One of the notable features of the iOS 4 update was the fact that it would let the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 connect to keyboards over Bluetooth. Well, we decided to give it a go the moment we upgraded our iPhone 3GS to iOS 4 and managed to get our hands on Apple’s Wireless Keyboard. Why Apple’s keyboard when we were told that the software upgrade would make the device work just as well with any other? Well, mainly because it had music function keys, which we thought would be cool to try out and of course, because we felt that it would work best, thanks to the Apple connection. That it looked cool as hell and was the lightest wireless keyboard in town might have also had something to do with it at some level.
The first thing to do, of course, was to turn on Bluetooth in both devices. This resulted in the iPhone detecting the wireless keyboard but not pairing with it. To initiate pairing, we just touched the wireless keyboard highlighted on the iPhone screen and were presented with a numeric code to punch in and enter on the wireless keyboard. We did so, and hey presto, we were connected. That was literally all there was to it. Continue reading

How to get Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero users in India

2 Jul

HTC is finally rolling out Android 2.1 update for the Hero in India. It is a two-part process where you will first be prompted for a minor update that will update the ‘Firmware Over The Air’ (FOTA) client and then you will be made to wait for some more days to receive the actual update. Now, if you have received the first update and don’t want to wait it out to receive the real thing, you have come to the right place. We will tell you how you can get Android 2.1 running on your HTC Hero right away.

First of all, ensure that you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot with good bandwidth. The firmware update file is 79.6 MB and it took us some four hours to download it. Also, ensure that your phone is completely charged (ideally leave it on charging while the download goes, Wi-Fi can drain the battery pretty quickly). The thing is that for some reason HTC wants you to receive the update on July 10 so the hack is to fool HTC’s server that it’s July 10 already.

To do that, go to Settings>Date and Time> and manually change the date to July 10. Once that’s done, go to Settings>About Phone and you will notice the top most option would be to check for updates. Select that option and hit check now. That should do the trick! It will ask you to download a file, let the file download. Once the download is complete, install the file and the system will do the rest. Voila, you have a HTC Hero running on Android 2.1!