Christmas is one week away and you haven’t finished your shopping yet?! What are you going to do?! First off, calm down and breath. With Amazon Prime and last-minute gift guides, there’s no reason to panic. The hardest part of last minute shopping is deciding what to get for those people in your life that deserve to receive gifts.
We've put together a short list of tech gifts your loved ones are sure to like and appreciate.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah DroidForums.NET members and guests!! We are kicking off the final stretch until Christmas with a fantastic Giveaway sponsored by the fine folks over at KENU! This giveaway features the chance for two (2) randomly drawn winners to win their choice of the Stance or AIRFRAME+. After reviewing these two products I decided to pick them both up because they are that good. With excellent build quality, perfect craftsmanship and just an all-around great pair of accessories, these are a must have for any Android smartphone owner. Here are a few details of the Stance and AIRFRAME+....
Stance: Stance is an amazingly versatile, compact tripod that mounts directly into your phone's charging port. Watching your favorite videos, making video calls, and positioning your phone's camera to capture amazing photos and videos has never been easier.
AIRFRAME+: Airframe+ supports the full range of smartphones and phablets ranging from the iPhone 5/5s (4" screen) to the Lumia 1520 (6" screen). It even accommodates most oversized cases, like the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 6 and mophie® juice pack plus for iPhone 5/5s. Sporting a new sleek design while still weighing under an ounce, Airframe+ offers all of the amazing functionality and portability of the original Airframe car mount.
Please check out the video for a quick look at both of these products "in...
Before we dive too deep into this It should be noted that while root is not necessary for the Double Tap To Wake Feature to be enabled you will need to be bootloader unlocked with TWRP installed. You will be using the TWRP file manager to modify the system. Double Tap To Wake is present on the Nexus 6 but not enabled. To enable head to the link below to download the moddified power.shamu.so. You will need to boot into TWRP and backup /system/lib/hw/power.shamu.so, then copy the moddified version of the same file. Then just reboot your N6.
There are the crack flashers and then there are the AOSP purist. Some of you believe that the beauty of owning a Nexus device is the fact that you can run pure stock AOSP android without having to flash a Rom or mod. This is great but there are some of you that are a bit disappointed in some of the functionality that is lost in stock Lollipop Android 5.0. Most of this functionality can be regained by installing a custom rom like Cyanogen Mod M12.
Lollipop has an all new recent apps button. This will show you both the apps that you have had open recently and the tabs in Chrome that you have had open recently. This can be useful when trying to go back and forth between apps. The only downside to the new recents app is the fact that there is no easy way to clear them out you have to open the app and swipe each recent away one by one. The Clear all function is totally missing. However the clear all function is present in Cyanogen Mod M12!
With Lollipop being so new Xposed Framework is not yet supported. Xposed Framework allows you to install hundreds of different mods to your device with only root. You can...
Well known developer Chainfire, known for apps like SuperSU, triangle away, and mobile odin, has released yet another super useful root app. Live Boot for root users turns your Boot Animation into a Live Log Center. Not only does this add to the appearance of your Bootanimation it also adds a bit of functionality. Live Boot adds your choice of a log cat or dmesg logging. This can be useful especially when your device bootloops as it will give you a live log of what is going on to keep your phone from booting. Head to the link below for the download.
Just a few days ago Verizon started rolling out a minor update to Samsung Galaxy S5s. This update did not bring much at all in the way of added features, and this certainly did not bring Lollipop 5.0. One thing the update did do is take away root for those that were rooted. The good news is that there is a way to get root back on your Verizon Galaxy S5! Dev Open1Your1Eyes0 has confirmed the previous root method will work with the latest update. He has also gone through the effort to pull the kernel from the new ota so that you can root the device.
To Regain Root After NK2 Update:
1. If already updated proceed to next step, otherwise you will need to be sure you are fully stock NI2 unrooted with safestrap uninstalled (If you are not there you will need to ODIN back to NI2 stock)
2. Once on NI2 stock, accept the NK2 update (confirm all is working)
3. Flash The NCG stock kernel via Odin (after flashing the kernel your device will crash and hang alot you will need to do your best to push through to the next step)
4. Root using Towelroot
5. Install SuperSU, open the app and allow it to update binaries normally
6. Flash NK2 kernel via ODIN
7. Reboot and Enjoy
It's that time again folks! Friday is upon us, so here is our fourth episode of Android in the News - Week in Review for December 19, 2014. This time around our busiest topics included some carrier news, some new phones, and the biggest flops of 2014 as chosen by you!
Here are the hot topics of last week in no particular order:
This was a great week in news, and was a great deal of fun. We will be taking off next Friday for the holidays, so we won't have a video news brief for you then. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay tuned!
It is Friday yet again and along with it being the end of the week for many of us, Friday brings with it another Fitness Friday article where the goal each week is to improve daily in mind, body, and spirit. As of late I have noticed that everything now is "gluten free". Gluten free crackers, gluten free cookies (which are horrible by the way), gluten free seasoning,etc. Gluten free has become the new fat free where manufacturers try and make money off the newest health craze. Let's start by defining what gluten is. According to wiki, gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and other grains. So basically that chewy texture you taste in breads are a result of gluten.
So why is gluten bad?
Well the diet started because there are some people who are allergic to gluten and as a result causes inflammation in the small intestine (celiac disease). As you see the diet was not a diet for losing weight but helping people with food allergies. So going gluten free to lose weight when you are not allergic to gluten may be a waste of your time. Whether it be fat free, gluten free, or sugar free the best way to lose weight and/or live a healthier lifestyle is to keep it simple and fill your plate with more produce and lean meats and stay away from the food on the shelves (ie processed foods)....
Samsung's marketing department came up with a cute new holiday cheer video ad to tease us. This one is pretty clever and takes us on a wild ride as told through the display of dozens of Samsung devices. It culminates with a hearty "May all your holiday dreams come true," and to that we heartily agree!
Sony wasn't the only large entity that was hacked recently. In fact, the other hacking target should be a greater concern for most of us than Sony, yet it has received very little press. ICANN, the governing body behind the database of domain names and IP addresses across the web was also recently hacked.
Supposedly, their employees were tricked by a phishing attack that exposed email login info, which resulted in the theft of Administrative access to all the files in the Centralized Zone Data System and much more. If that doesn't have you quaking in your boots, then it should. Here's a quote with more of the details,