In the early days of Social Media I was a bit creeped out by the whole idea of sharing all of my most personal information with family, friends, and the rest of the world. I can remember sharing only sparingly on myspace. At that time I had decided that once you get a facebook account you have gone too far. Pretty quickly family members had convinced me that I needed to be on Facebook, so at that point I decided that if you had a twitter account you had gone to far.
All these years later I am pretty well in the middle of just about every social media platform. All my info is right out there for everyone to see and it no longer worries me. The only real social media platform that I don't spend a lot of time on is instagram. I never really got the point of just sharing photos. It is something I already do on Facebook. I guess instagram is like twitter in the since that you are sharing mainly with people you don't know while on facebook you share with mostly people you do know.
Instagram has just added a new feature that will be great for business owners and public figures. Their new app update allows you to use multiple accounts. This means you can log into both your...
The Galaxy Note 5 is one of the fastest Galaxy devices ever. Samsung finally put all the pieces together to give us a lag free touchwiz experience. That being said I have owned the Note 5 since release date. As time has passed the Note 5 has slowed down considerably. Roms are one great way to get your device back up to speed.
HyperDrive is Touchwiz the way developer "sbreen94" figures it should be. It includes all kinds of speed and performance optimizations as well as battery enhancements. The rom also includes a fully customizable user interface and options for theming. This rom is compatible with both the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ on T-mobile. This rom is fully debloated and includes lots of tweaks. Head to the link below for the download.
I have had the privilege of using the Zuk Z1 for the past few weeks. For a plastic budget phone this device is super sturdy and doesn't look or feel cheap. The best part is that this phone runs CyanogenOS natively. CyanogenOS is pretty great. It performs well and battery life is great. You also have plenty of customization options. If you love CyanogenOS chances are you are itching to try other custom roms.
With the Zuk Z1 you can do this pretty easily. You need to have an unlocked bootloader, and TWRP installed to do so. Installing TWRP is pretty simple. Once you have your bootloader unlocked, download the recovery image and place it in the folder on your PC that contains your fastboot and adb files. Boot your phone into fastboot mode and connect it to the PC.
Unlocking the Bootloader on most phones is normally pretty simple. It simply requires that you boot the phone into fastboot and then run the "oem unlock" command. That won't work with the Zuk Z1. The reason for this is that the device does not show up as a fastboot device. You have to specifiy the OEM id. The OEM id for the Zuk Z1 is 0x2b4c. You will also need to have the adb and fastboot files installed on your PC.
Use the following commands to verify your bootloader is unlocked:
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot -i 0x2b4c oem get-device-info (device unlocked should be "true")
There were some pretty sweet deals in the big box stores on Friday, but it seems that the true deals are online! The were several instances where TVs, cell phones, and other gadgets could be purchased for less online than in stores. That's why it is always best to do research before spending your hard earned money. If you have been looking to get your hands on a hard to get Xiaomi or OnePlus device Gearbest is offering some pretty great deals on Cyber Monday!
One of the best deals they have is the OnePlus 2! You can grab this device invite free which is great in and of itself. The Cyber Monday price is only $379! These normally go for about $450 on Amazon! Another stand out deal is the Xiaomi RedMi Note 2. They have this on sale for only $159! If you need a phone with a huge battery that will last you more than a day you can't go wrong with the Oukitel k6000. It is packing a 6,000mah battery and is on sale for only $119.
They have other goods that tech fans would like too including drones for as low as $25, Android Tv boxes for as low $58, and 4K action cameras as low as $47! You don't have to wait until Monday for these deals. The deals are live now. Head to the link...
It may not sound like big news, another device gains Cyanogenmod support, but trust me this is big! Cyanogen has officially stated that they would not support devices with Exynos chips. The reason being is that Samsung does not do their due diligence to provide developer with the source code necessary to make a truly stable build. This means that while CM devs could easily port their rom to a device with an Exynos processor it would be very difficult to get everything working properly.
One developer "tdcfpp" has decided to go ahead and give the CM port a go on the Galaxy S6. So far the Rom boots up on the device. This is still in the very early stages of development, but at least we are getting somewhere. There is no way to know how long this will actually take to get a fully functional rom on the phone, but it is promising to see that developers have not given up. Head to the link below for more info.
First off I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully yours was as joy filled as mine. Nothing beats great food and time with friends and family! As I was sitting on the couch about to fall asleep from the Tryptophan I saw in my twitter feed a little teaser pic that P3droid posted showing that his personal Droid Turbo Bootloader had been unlocked. Seeing this image woke me right up!
Jcase and the team from TheRoot.Ninja have come through with little holiday gifts like this in the past. Today we get a nice Thanksgiving day treat! TheRoot.Ninja has added support for the Droid Turbo to the Sunshine app. This means the Droid Turbo can now be fully bootloader unlocked! The update brings Sunshine to 3.2 Beta. There is a warning not to use the latest build of Sunshine for any other devices. Jcase has also added on twitter that one more surprise is coming this weekend! Who knows what that could be.
Now in my world 1GB of data is about as useful as a single lays potato chip. It really doesn't do me a lot of good. Heck I could probably sneeze and use 1GB of data. I have become a data hog. I use more than 50GB per month on my grand fathered data plan. Those of you who have had to convert to tiered data plans over the years have probably learned how to nurse your data throughout the month. You may be the lucky recipient of a free 1GB of data.
Verizon will let you gift 1GB of data to a friend. You can purchase this through the website or the verizon messages app. This is billed to your account. To grab this open up the Verizon Messages app, go to the eGift catalogue, and purchase it. Your friend will receive the text message. This is also just a really great way to be thoughtful and give gifts to people you don't expect to see during the holiday season!
Grace from GearBest reached out to me earlier today to let me know about some of the deals they are running for Black Friday. GearBest specializes in more affordable budget smartphones and tablets. They will be discounting prices even further for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Some deals for Black Friday include:
Teclast X98 Air Phablet : Normally $179 discounted to $116
Xiaomi Red Mi Note 2 32GB: Normally $175 discounted to $79
Q3 Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter: Normally $289 discounted to $269
Oukitel A29 Smart Watch: Normally $65 discounted to $45
Deals For Cyber Monday Include:
BluBoo XTouch Smartphone: Normally $179 discounted to $69
Cube iworks8 Tablet-PC: Normally $84 discounted to $49
Zeblaze Crystal Smart Watch: Norally $64 discounted to $32
I can remember a time when all I wanted for Christmas was a Fossil watch! They were all the rage in school and all the cool kids had one. Now you can get one for $20 at the local outlet mall. However Fossil watches still hold a place in my heart. If I actually wore a watch on a regular basis it would probably be a Fossil watch.
They have just released a their Android Smartwatch, the Q Founder. It actually looks really slick! The design really screams classic and sends me right back to middle school! The watch is also surprisingly thin from the provided images. Of course this watch brings the standard Android Wear push notifications and activity tracking to your wrist. The watch features an Intel chipset, 4GB of storage, 400mah battery, and a flat tire sensor on the bottom of the screen. The device is bluetooth 4.1, and is IP67 certified. The watch is available for only $295. Grab it from the link below.