[Tutorial] Install Android 4.4 KitKat on a GSM Galaxy Nexus

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Halloween was a wonderful day for every Android-fanboy this time round as it was when Google released the Nexus 5 and along with it Android 4.4 KitKat. Although, for some (Galaxy Nexus owners), it wasn’t as good a day. Google officially announced that it’s Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and Verizon variants) would not receive any Android 4.4 KitKat goodness. To put it in another way, the Galaxy Nexuses will be stuck on Android 4.3 for eternity; ..and then the good Lord said, “let there be XDA”.

According to XDA Developers, the  following AOSP ROM is quite stable (it is!) with the exception of a few isolated issues like animation and graphical glitches (did not bother us much) which will be fixed in the upcoming releases.

Pre-requisites to flashing this ROM 

  • Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup.
  • Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if you don’t see Developer Options, follow this pastie -> http://bit.ly/1h0xTLg)
  • You must be rooted on your current firmware before updating and have a custom recovery installed. We suggest using ClockworkMod recovery.

Downloads Required

Steps involved in updating the phone

  • Connect your Galaxy Nexus to your computer and transfer the files you downloaded onto it’s storage.
  • Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.
  • Boot the phone into Fastboot mode by pressing and holding Volume UpVolume Down and Power buttons together.
  • Once the device reboots, you should see something like this —Fastboot_gnex
  • Use the Volume up and Volume down buttons to navigate to the red banner above the opened up Android to say “Recovery mode” and then press the Power button.
  • In ClockworkMod recovery, perform a full data wipe task by choosing Wipe Data/Factory Reset (use volume buttons to navigate and power button to select the desired option in recovery).
  • Wait until the wipe process completes and then perform Wipe Cache Partition. Let the process complete and then select Wipe Dalvik Cache from advance option. This will prevent ROM related errors or boot loop issues.
  • Once the wipe process is done, return to main recovery menu and select Install Zip from SD card.
  • Then select Choose zip from SD card. Now, locate the Android 4.4 ROM zip file you copied earlier to the phone and select it by tapping Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and let the installation begin.
  • Then, repeat the previous step for installing Google Apps as well.
  • After Google apps is also installed, go back and tap on reboot system now in the recovery menu. The phone will now reboot automatically. The first boot might take about five minutes to complete. So, don’t worry!
  • Once rebooted, you will be greeted with the Android setup wizard. Set your phone up and enjoy!

Steps involved to get get root access on the 4.4 ROM

  • Install the Nexus Root Toolkit you downloaded earlier. It will extract certain files so make sure you install in within a folder.
  • Once installed, you will be asked to select your device. Select Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+  and the select you ROM as Custom ROM – KK. Then, let the toolkit do it’s thing until you’re greeted with the following dialog box.

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  • Under the Root section  tick Custom Recovery if it’s un-ticked and then press Root.
  • From here on, just follow the instructions the pop up on your computer and you’ll be fine.
  • Once, the process ends, you will an up and running KitKat ROM with root access.

Source: XDA Developers

Update1 : Cyanogenmod 11 is now available for the Galaxy Nexus and it installs Kitkat!

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[Tutorial] How To Get Facebook Home On Any Unsupported Android Device (Root Required)

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Facebook has relesed their new launcher, Home, available on the Google Play Store. However, it’s currently US-only, and only available on a bunch of devices (for reasons known only to Facebook.)

But if you’re from another part of the world, and want to try it on your device, and it’s not supported yet? Don’t worry. Here’s a small tutorial to help you out. Although, you’ll need to be rooted for it to work.

1) First of all, get the Facebook Home .apk for here

2) Then, go into /system using a file manager of your choice (I used Root Explorer from the Play Store). You’ll find a build.prop text file there.

3) We have to edit the following values –

ro.product.model=”Some unique string”
ro.product.name= “Some unique string”
ro.product.device=”Some unique string”

Replace your device’s unique string with “GT-I9300” (without quotes)

4) Reboot. Install the Facebook Home APK and open it. Boom. That’s it. All done.

As it happens, you don’t need Facebook Home to use Chat Heads. It comes with the Messenger app update. So, if you only want Chat Heads, just update Messenger!

Source: Androsym

#Update1: This method is cumbersome and time-consuming so please follow the this article instead

[Tutorial] How to Bypass Mailbox for iPhone’s Waiting Period

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So, lately this new email client (currently only supporting Gmail)  for the iPhone/iPod has been a huge topic for discussion in the tech community. Especially it’s ‘first-come, first-serve’ policy which some people are fine with but it irritates others. And we get that. You want to get your hands on the app too like everyone else is. So, what is this policy? Well, the developers for the app are sensible enough manage their servers properly because they know if they didn’t, they would crash and result in a bad review for the app. So, they limited the number of users allowed to use the app. Now, while we think this is smart and an intelligent way to monitor their users, it is also a ‘bad’ thing for people who want to get their hands on the app as soon as possible – for whatever reason.

Fortunately, there is a simple work-around for people with ‘jailbroken’ devices to get the app working. Let me guide you through the process.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any harm to your phone or email account. Also, we cannot assure this method to work when you try to use it as the developers might have just updated the app or their permission protocols.So, try this only if you really want to. 

Thing you need

  1. A jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch
  2. iFile installed from Cydia
  3. The Mailbox app installed on the phone (duh?)

Procedure

  •  Load Mailbox and get a place in line
  • Load iFile
  • Browse to var/mobile/Applications/ and look through all the weird named folders until you find Mailbox. Once you found it go to Mailbox/Library/Preferences/com.orchestra.v2.plist
  • Tap on com.orchestra.v2.plist and open it with the Text Viewer.
  • Scroll towards the end of the document and locate the following lines –

<key>orchestra.mailbox.did.ask.for.push.permission</key>
<true/>
<key>orchestra.velvet.room.allowed</key>
<false/>

  • Tap on Edit (upper left corner) and change the last line from false to true and save the file.
  • Make sure Mailbox for iPhone is not open (close it in the app switcher). Then, open up the app and sign in with Gmail.

#Update : This method no longer works. We’ll updated the post as soon as we find something that works.

We hope this helped. Let us know if it did by leaving a comment below!
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[Tutorial] How To Use The US Playstore Outside the US On Any Android Device

Untitled-1We live in a monopoly with USA as the super-power.So,it seems fair that Americans have an exclusive app market to purchase or browse content on.But this does not mean we can’t have access to it.A simple proxy does the trick,but the question is,which proxy and whether to pay for one or not?

Paying for a proxy is a stupid idea when there are free alternatives (which do work) out there.We’ll be talking about the most convenient and easy to use proxy in just a second.For now,let’s talk about what one needs to get access to the US playstore.

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Procedure

  1. Install Market Enabler on your phone just like you would install any other .apk file and download and install Hotspot Shield too from the playstore.
  2. Open Market enabler and select a ‘ US ‘ carrier from the second tab (swipe left once).We suggest using us-verizon.Make sure you don’t set it as ‘set on boot’ because that’ll interfere with your calls and/or messages.
  3. Now open up the VPN app and enable it.It’ll take a few seconds only.
  4. Now,go to Settings -> Apps -> All and look for ‘Google Play Store’ and empty it’s cache.
  5. Open up the Playstore and you should see the US Playstore which would look something like this.

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[ProTip] A Free Option For People In Search For High Quality Stock Images/Vidoes

YourShots

Are you a Photoshop enthusiast looking for free stock images and always end up on sites like Shutterstock or iStockphoto with the photo you want right in front of you and a price-tag you can’t afford or just don’t want to buy a stock image? I know,it’s super annoying when that happens.

Well,what does one do in such a situation? Fortunately,there are free alternatives out there and one of  which is YourShots.
This site is a ‘free‘ solution for people looking for stock images/videos for Photoshop/movie-making purposes.It’s completely free and is constantly updated as and when the members click good photographs.It provides really good quality photos and quick support if you need any.You can talk to the owners on their Facebook page and tell them what you require.We’re sure,they’ll help.

We personally use YourShots on a daily basis ’cause well,what’s better than ‘free’ HQ images,right? Happy Holidays!

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[Tutorial] How To Install Windows 8 Pro For Free (100% working)

Disclaimer: First of all,this is only recommended for people who want try Windows 8 for before actually buying it.We call know that Windows 8 has some big issues with what developers can use on it and where they can use it i.e. dev. software only runs on x64.So,people should check out exactly what they want before they purchase it.That’s what we think..Please don not pirate Microsoft software just to save money.Microsoft has worked really hard on this project so respect that and use original software.

With that out of the way,let’s dig into the tutorial part of this article!

We’ve been using Windows 8 for quite some now and I must say,atleast ‘I’ and impressed.Yes,’impressed’ but not ‘blown away’.
There is no doubt that Windows 8 is gonna make a good tablet OS but that’s not what Microsoft is know for right? They’re known for their desktop OS i.e Windows.Now,agreed that they are adapting and trying to make a mark in this tablet and smartphone hungry world but to be honest,I loved Windows 7 and am a little disappointed that Windows 8 isn’t that big an upgrade (keeping only PCs in mind).

But hey! that still does not mean I’m not gonna install it? And I’m sure you wanna install it too.So,let’s get started with the things you’ll need while and before installing:

  • A compatible system (check the requirements here)
  • Windows 8 .iso file (only download the one you want)
  • Windows 8 Activator (will be used in the end) -> Download this and keep it ready on another USB or partition on your computer.
  • uTorrent (it’s used to download torrent files.You can use any other torrent client as well.) ->
  • WinRar (to unarchive the .tgz activator file) -> Download this on Windows 8 using IE.
  • A 4 GB or more USB drive or a single-layered DVD (I suggest using a DVD)
  • Basic knowledge of how one boots into a USB/DVD via your BIOS
  • 1-2 hours and loads of  patience

Once that’s sorted out,just follow along.

Installation

  1. Backup your data on your current OS.
  2. Use this tutorial to make a bootable USB/DVD for Windows 8 using the .iso you downloaded earlier.
  3. Insert the USB/DVD and reboot your system.
  4. Enter your BIOS settings/boot menu(i suggest getting into your boot menu).Since every BIOS has a different method of doing so,you can look up the hotkey for your specific BIOS/boot menu in the motherboard/laptop’s manual or use Google.Once,you are into your BIOS/boot menu,select USB for your USB drive or select DVD-ROM if you’re using a DVD.
  5. Once you do that,the Windows 8 installation will start and it’ll ask you for a CD key.Use this XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH. After that just follow installation wizard and make sue you read everything properly while doing so.Once,you’re at the ‘Windows update’ section,turn them OFF completely to avoid any issues later on.Also,make sure you select the right partition to install Windows 8 on to avoid any data loss.
  6. When the wizard finishes installing,it’ll reboot your system and boot it up into the Windows 8 setup wizard where it’ll ask for you to setup accounts and what not.It is pretty self-explanatory so you shouldn’t have any problem there.If you do,you can always contact us or comment below.
  7. After you’ve gone through with the account setup,your computer should restart and boot back into Windows 8.

Now,right now you’ll have a working Windows 8 OS but it’ll not be activated i.e. you wont be able to access the personalization section and also wont be able to install Microsoft Office 13.To rectify that,follow the instructions below or feel free to close your browser and enjoy Windows 8.But,why would anyone do that right?

Activation

  1. Open up the Activator you downloaded earlier using WinRar and extract it on your desktop.
  2. In the extracted files,run ‘Windows 8 Pro Final Activator.exe’ as admin and let it do it’s thing.
  3. Once that’t done,reboot your system.
  4. That’s it! Your Windows 8 copy should be activated and fully functional.

For Dual Booting with any other version of Windows

The procedure remains the same – Just follow the same instructions and the Windows 8 bootloader will handle the rest.

Let us know in the comments section if you faced any problems or did it work for you flawlessly.
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