Unlocking and Rooting Nexus 7 2013 Edition

Unlocking and rooting the Nexus 7 is a plus in a few ways. I was very happy with the stock android, but there was somethings that I wanted to run that requires root. Therefore, I was forced to root.

The reason that I needed to root was for:
1. Greenify – an app that will hibernate closed apps, helping you to save some battery life.
2. SMS enabling – I am using the Nexus 7 LTE version and would like to use the SMS feature that Android KitKat 4.4.2 took away.
3. OTG USB Mount – to be able to use my USB Drive on the device.

Let’s get started with rooting and also learn a little adb and fastboot commands.

1. Install the Android SDK to your system. LINK
2. On the device: Navigate to Settings –> About Tablet and press the “Build Number” until you see a pop up message saying that you had enabled the Development option.
3. On the device: Go back to Settings–> Development Options and check USB debugging.
4. Windows: run cmd

adb devices

This will show the device that is connected to your computer. If you can not see your device, then there is a problem with your drive installation.
5. Reboot the device to bootloader mode:

adb reboot bootloader

6. You will need to unlock your device first. Be warned that unlock your device will erase all your files and data. If you forgot to back them up, you may reboot your device and save all the files before continuing.

fastboot oem unlock

7. Once you are unlocked you may install the TWRP recovery.
Nexus 7 2013 Wi-fi
Nexus 7 2013 LTE
Run the command to install the custom recovery

fastboot flash recovery TWRP-FILENAME.zip

8. Download root SU binaries and the app. LINK
9. On the device: Navigate to the recovery using the volume button and power button to enter.
10. On the device: Once you had loaded TWRP, navigate to Advanced–>ADB sideload
11. Run the command:

adb sideload SUPERSU-FILENAME.zip

This is install Root SuperSU on your device.
12. On the device: Navigate to Advanved–>Fix Permission
13. Done!

Your device should now be rooted and ready to use.

Apple Store Offering Broken iPhone 5c Screen Fix

If you have had your iPhone 5c screen broken or cracked because of a hard drop, then Apple will be offering a repair service right at the spot at their retail store. Their service for the repair is about 1 hour depending on the load of the day.

Apple is planning to offer the service starting on January 20th of 2014. So head over to their retail store to fix your beloved iPhone 5c. Of course, all this do cost money. For regular customers, the cost will be $149. And for Apple Care subscribers, it will cost only $49.

They are currently not offering iPhone 5s screen cracked repairs just yet.

Good luck to your device and hope Apple will bring back your phone to life.

Asus Google Nexus 7 2013 Cracked Screen Fixed

To people who have not gotten the Nexus 7 2013 yet, I need to warn you before you buy. I had had the tablet for around 3 weeks before the screen cracked on me. I did not drop the tablet at all. I needed the tablet to play around in my car, so I slide the Nexus 7 into my pocket. When I got to my car and it was time to set the map and everything, I had noticed the crack on the screen. I mean, oh my god, how can a screen crack like that. Is it the cold? Is it my keys in my pocket? Well, guess what, I searched online for Nexus 7 Cracked screen and found that many people having the same issue.

I contacted Asus via their web chat service. The customer service rep asked me to send in the device for check up. However I refused at first due to the fact that he/she mentioned that physical damage is not covered under warranty. I reply back with big caps: “IT IS NOT PHYSICAL DAMAGE, IT JUST CRACKED, IT IS ASUS DESIGN ISSUE.” He/she did not seem to care.

I finally took the chance to send them the device for repair and hoping that it would be covered under warranty. I was lucking that Asus had covered the issue under warranty. Asus was fairly quick on the repair. They received the package on Friday and repaired it within 3 days.

BTW: I just wiped the Nexus 7 to Stock, but forgot to lock the bootloader back.

Let’s see what happens when I receive the package from them.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date: At&t and T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 had just released their release date. As it turns out that At&t will be taking pre-orders at a price of $299 with 2 year contract and might be releasing the device on Oct 1st, 2013. T-Mobile will set the release date to Oct. 2nd, 2013. I have been waiting very long for this device to be release. This will be my first Note device. I hope it will stand up to its hype.

The spec shown on Samsung website does not show if the US market will be the Octa CPU. We are pretty sure US market will be getting the new CPU from SnapDragon 800 from Qualcomm.

Spec:

Network
– 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 /
1800 / 1900 MHz
– 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 /
2100 MHz
– 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different
band sets(Dependent on market)
Processor
– LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
– 3G Octa Core Processor
(1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad)
– The selection of AP will be differed by markets.
Display
– 5.7 inch (144.3mm)
Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
OS
– Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Camera
– Main(Rear) : 13 Mega-pixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus
camera with Smart Stabilization, LED Flash(High CRI),
and Zero Shutter Lag
– Sub (Front) : 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with
Smart Stabilization, Full HD recording @30fps
– Dual Camera : Dual Shot / Dual Recording
/ Dual Video Call
– Recording : UHD 30fps (*may differ by market),
Smooth motion (FHD 60fps), Slow motion (HD 120fps)
– Camera Mode : Drama Shot, Sound & Shot,
Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face,
Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama,
Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect
Video
– Codec : H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8,
Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC
– Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p), UHD
(*may differ by market)
Audio
– Codec : MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB,
Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
S Pen Optimized Features
– Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbook,
S Finder, Pen Window, Multi Window,
Direct Pen Input
Additional Features
– Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture,
Share Video, Share Document, Play Games
– Story Album, S Translator
– Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause,
Air Gesture, Air View
– Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call,
Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON
– S Voice™ Hands Free, S Health
– Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
– Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
– Safety Assistance, Samsung KNOX
Google Mobile Services
– Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books
Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings,
Play Games, Messenger
Connectivity
– WiFi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac (HT80)
– GPS / GLONASS
– NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
– IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
Sensor
– Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic,
Gyroscope, RGB
– Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity,
Hall Sensor
Memory
– 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
– 3GB RAM
Dimension
– 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g
Battery
– Standard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh

How to add international languages into settings on Android Samsung Galaxy S4?

My wife had brought the new Samsung Galaxy S4. She was really excited about the phone, since she is new to Android. (As you guys guessed it, she was an iPhone user before.) The number one issue that she was complaining about, was the international language available to her. The one she got was the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4, Android version 4.2.2. She was shocked to see that Samsung/T-Mobile or who ever it is, had not included the Chinese written language and many others. The only languages available to her was: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, and 한국의. She told me to take a look at it, I never took noticed of the language setting, as I was okay with English. She on the other hand was not. Is Samsung/T-Mobile/even Google being racism now? 🙁

Now, I have searched all over Google and found nothing. I started reading about cooking my own custom ROM. All that was a waste of time. I decided to look into the system files, and found the XML file that had the settings to enable international languages.

Enabling international Languages within Settings for Android Samsung Galaxy S4.

Quick Instructions:
#1: You will need to root your phone.
#2: Download and install “Root Browser” from the Play Store.
#3: Open the app and navigate to “/system/csc”
#4: Delete or rename “language.xml”

Picture Instructions:
#1: Make sure you have custom ROM that are based on the official Samsung ROM.
The ROM in the screenshot that I am using is the Wicked ROM Version 9.1
Wicked ROM Version 9.1 Galaxy S4

#2: You have to install “Root Browser” from the Play Store App.
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#3: Open up “Root Browser” and make sure you download/install all the prerequisites when you first open the app.
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#4: Within the “Root Browser,” navigate to the folder:  /system/csc
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#5: Rename or delete language.xml

#6: Restart your cell phone if needed. Now, you can see all the available languages within the Android system.
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That’s all, now you should be able to see all the international Languages of your choice.

Author: Jason Lin

Jailbreak iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS on iOS 6.0 to iOS 6.1.2 using Evasi0n on Windows

Just got my iPhone 5 with firmware 6.0.2 with T-Mobile and I am excited to jailbreak it.

Here are the steps into how to jailbreak the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS on iOS 6.0 to iOS 6.1.2 using Evasi0n on Windows.

  1. Download Evasi0n here for Windows.
  2. After you had downloaded the above, extract it and get these files within your extracted folder:

    Evasi0n Files within Folder
    Evasi0n Files within Folder
  3. Right click on the evasi0n icon and click on Run as Administrator then click on yes.
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  4. Now simply plug in your iPhone if you haven’t done so and close iTunes if it’s open. Evasi0n will automatically detect your iPhone and verifies if it jailbreakable for fool proof.
  5. Once plugged in, you can simply click Jailbreak to start the process.
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  6. At almost 75%, Evasi0n will tell you to unlock your iPhone and open up the Jailbreak app within your iPhone.
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  7. Done! (If you would like to support the Dev-Team, please click on “Support Us (Paypal)” within the software, they had done a great job.)
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