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Lateral thinking: a dozen uses for your phone's camera that you might not have thought of!

Taking a photo of that family member, friend or scene is the obvious function of your smartphone camera. But a little lateral thinking sees quite a few extra uses for this equipment - your phone camera isn't just for Christmas (and holidays), you know. See if any of these examples ring true in your experience... Can anyone remember life before we all had cameras with us 24/7? Me neither!

# Posted by Steve in How To, Comment, Hardware at 9:02 UTC, Sep 14th || Comments

How to: Use the mobile web - There's a Bookmark for that!

Over the last few years, I've had a burning conviction that's been growing and growing as I watch the current craze for 'Apps' blossom. Now, I've nothing against genuine applications or games, but it has to be said that a large number of so-called 'Apps' are simply scraping or managing exactly the same data as you get right now, on any phone, for free. And my way there are no installations, no complications and no hassle. Apps? Pah - I've a new slogan to rival Apple's. "There's a Bookmark for that!"

# Posted by Steve in How To, Comment, Software at 9:41 UTC, Jun 22nd || Comments

Sergejs' N900 Application List

In this feature article guest author Sergejs Cuhrajs shares his list of applications for the Nokia N900 that have earned his attention. There are more than 130 applications on this list, ranging from Abiword (a word processor), through gPodder (podcast client) and Leafpad (notepad style application) to Zoutube (a YouTube browser and viewer). With one or two exceptions they are freely available through the maemo.org repositories

# Posted by Rafe in How To, Comment, Software at 22:00 UTC, Jun 11th || Comments

N900 talking to the Mac!

The N900 has been available in the market for a couple of months now. From a geek point of view, it's an attractive device, but what if you are not a geek, and want to use it as a portable multimedia system? With a Mac?

# Posted by Asri in How To at 18:23 UTC, Apr 10th || Comments

Accessing extra characters and accents on the Nokia N900

You want a particular character or accent but can't find it on your N900's keyboard. What do you do? Well, there is actually a built-in character and accent menu, but it seems some people have been missing it, so we present below a short-and-sweet video showing how to accesss it.

# Posted by AAM in How To, Hardware at 18:05 UTC, Feb 22nd || Comments

How to unlock the FM radio on the Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 has a secret FM radio receiver which is not on the official specs. Although it's hidden by default, you can unlock it by installing a special unofficial application, as shown in the video below. The video also briefly demonstrates the N900's FM transmitter which lets you listen to music files and internet stations on any nearby FM radio (which is quite handy in a car).

# Posted by AAM in How To, Hardware at 5:01 UTC, Feb 20th || Comments

How to update the firmware on the Nokia N900

There have been several firmware updates since the N900 was released, and more are on the way. The video below is intended for beginners who need a little help with updating their device. You don't need a PC, the update can be done entirely on the phone itself.

# Posted by AAM in How To, Hardware at 5:26 UTC, Feb 19th || Comments

How to download apps and games onto the Nokia N900

There are two main methods for installing applications and games on the N900: through the free software catalogue built into the App Manager, and through Nokia's own Ovi Store application shop. Both of these methods are demonstrated in the video below, which is intended for beginners.

# Posted by AAM in How To at 17:25 UTC, Feb 18th || Comments

The Basics of Widgets

The word "widget" has been used in so many contexts in computing and elsewhere, it can sometimes be unclear what exactly it means. On the N900, widgets are simple applications you can add to the desktop, and the video below goes through all the basics.

# Posted by AAM in How To at 0:17 UTC, Feb 18th || Comments

How to add internet radio stations to the Nokia N900 media player

The N900's media player application has an internet radio section which contains lots of radio station bookmarks, but no obvious way of adding more. The video below gives an example of how to add more stations to the list, and how to remove stations too.

# Posted by AAM in How To at 4:08 UTC, Feb 15th || Comments
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