[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 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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[News] Windows 8 Default Wallpaper Leaked

Microsoft is close to announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8, the final code for its new operating system. As the announcement approaches, the final default wallpaper for Windows 8 has leaked out by our friend’s at TechIt.The wallpaper features two daisy flowers surrounded by a clear sky in the backdrop.

Nothing more to say,so,here’s the wallpaper (Click on it to enlarge).
#Update1 – The guys at Win8china have located the default lockscreen wallpaper as well.
Check it out here 

Stay tuned for more on Apple,Microsoft,Google and the world wide web!

[Tutorial] How To Set Up ADB/USB Drivers For All Android Devices

So most people won’t have to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) ever, but if you want to learn how or want to get a little more technical with your Android phone, here’s how to get it set up.

I. Setting Up The SDK

1. Download the Latest Android SDK from Google

Android SDK (Select the exe version)

2. Once downloaded, double click the exe file to open it. (MAKE SURE you change the directory that it is installing everything to to c:\android-sdk\)

3. Click on the SDK Manager and it will ask you to install packages. Select the following and leave all others unchecked:

Android SDK Tools
Android SDK Platform Tools
Google USB Driver Package, Revision XX (XX being the highest number available)

4. Then click continue and follow the on screen prompts until all of the packages are installed and it finishes.

5a. On your phone, click Settings > Applications > Development and make sure USB Debugging is on.

5b. If using Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), click on Settings > Developer Options and make sure USB Debugging is on.

6. Plug your phone into your computer via USB cable (it needs to be on). It should say installing drivers if using Windows.

7. Open Windows File Explorer and look for the android-sdk folder inside of the C drive. Then open the platform-tools folder inside that. Now, hold the shift key down on your keyboard and right click in any blank area inside that folder. This will give you the option to open a command window here. Select that and a command prompt will open saying c:\android-sdk\platform-tools\*if using windows XP, this won’t work. So instead open command prompt first by going to Start > Run > then typing in cmd and hitting enter. Then type cd c:\android-sdk\platform-tools\ and hit enter, then continue.

8. Type the following into the command prompt window (hitting enter at the end of every line):

adb devices

You should see a serial number pop up, it’s the serial number of your phone. This means you are all set!

If you do NOT see a serial number, then we need to reinstall the drivers manually in Section II below.

II. If Drivers wont install automatically,then install them manually.

1. A program called PDANet (used normally to allow you to wired tether your phone’s internet to your computer) can be used to install the ADB drivers for a lot of phones. Download it and follow it’s instructions to install it then go back to step 8 in Section I above and see if that gets you the serial number (if you do, you are all done). If not, then use one of the device specific programs below in step 2.

PDANet

2. Download your phone’s driver’s below then goto your Device Manager on your computer, look for the phone and click on it. Then click Properties > Update Driver > Browse > Let me pick > Computer > Have Disk > Browse > Then select the driver you downloaded below:

Universal Motorola Drivers (unzip the file once you download it, and run the program inside to install the drivers)(Updated 09.27.10)

Motorola Droid Drivers (unzip the file once you download it).

Motorola Milestone Drivers (follow the instructions on the page).

Motorola CLIQ Drivers (follow the instructions on the page).

Samsung Behold 2 Drivers (unzip the file, run the setup.exe) (If you have Windows 64Bit, you CANNOT install the Behold Drivers. Find someone with a 32Bit system to to any Behold 2 procedures involving ADB).

Samsung Galaxy Drivers (unzip the file, do NOT run setup.exe. Instead follow step 1 in Section II and install manually.)

If using a Samsung device, try downloading Samsung Kies and installing that then plugging in your device and trying again.

III Reinstall Drivers,if they did not install properly in Section I or II (Optional)

1. Download USBDeview

USBDeview

2. While the phone is still plugged in, open USBDeview and sort by manufacturer. Find all the HTC drivers and delete them all.

3. Once all have been deleted, unplug the phone from the USB cable and plug it back in.

4. The correct drivers should reinstall automatically (check the drivers as they are installing, one should say ADB Device driver).

5. To check, goto Devices (or Device Manager for older versions of Windows) in your Start menu then click on the “Android Phone”. Click on the Hardware tab, and check the list of drivers for ADB Interface under Type.

IV Install Fastboot (Optional)

1. Download fastboot.exe and save it to your computer.

2. Unzip it, then copy the fastboot.exe file into the platform-tools folder of your Android SDK.

3. Now, you can type fastboot commands in command prompt in the same place you typed adb commands.

Special Thanks to TheUnlockr.com for providing us with the driver and fastboot links.

[Tutorial] How to Install Siri on an iPhone,iPod or iPad for free using (100% working)

When Apple launched the iPhone 4S in October of 2011, one of the most talked about and probably its headline feature was the inclusion of the Siri intelligent assistant software which attempted to make life easier by being able to accomplish tasks given to it through a simple voice command. When invoked by the user, Siri is ready and able to take spoken orders which can range from setting meetings up in the calendar, checking the location of friends and family or even pulling up a weather forecast for most locations in the world.Siri can do unimaginable things and it does it bloddy fricken well!

So,When Apple did release Siri,the whole world wanted it.But,sadly only the ‘New iPhone 4S’ got it! Developers started working on ports immediately.But,It was really hard to get it working without violating any Apple Inc. Copyright.

Soon enough,A group of guys namely @MrAjsTech @leftyfl1p and @ericlewis came up with this wonderful idea of getting Siri to work using Google servers and ‘NO 4S KEYS’.This made the fact to violating Apple servers totally redundant.

And Just day before yesterday,i4siri was officially released.

Here’s a Tutorial on how you can easily install it in just minutes –

Note: You will obviously need to jailbreak your device to install this tweak (Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 with Redsn0w or Absinthe depending on what device you have.This currently does not work with iOS 5.1 as Spire isn’t compatible yet)

Step 1: Open up Cydia and add a source (http://i4siri.com/aspecialplace) and Install ‘i4Siri’ (For iPhone/iPod Touch) or ‘i4Siri iPad Install’ (For iPads). This’ll take time as it downloads an additional 100mb while installing a building caches,So be patient.

Step 2: After installation, open up the device Settings application and head to ‘General >> Siri‘ and make sure the toggle is set to ‘On‘.

Step 3: Go to Settings –>> General —>> And Set ‘Siri’ to ‘On’.

Step 4 : Then,Head back to the root of the Settings menu and select ‘Spire‘.

Step 5: In the Spire settings menu, populate the proxy URL field with‘https://i4sirifree.mooo.com/’.

Step 6: Open up Mobile Safari and head to ‘http://i4siri.com/installcertificate.html

Step 7: Install the certificate. Activate Siri and make a request.

Step 8: Et Voila! Keep the Home button pressed for a few seconds and Siri should pop up.

Here’s an FAQ page that should answer all your questions – http://i4siri.com/faq/
It is hightly appretiated if you Donate to the Developers  – http://i4siri.com/donators/
And  if you still have any problems or doubts,Just Tweet me (@Ratik96) or directly talk to the devs.

[Tutorial] How To Enable The New YouTube Design Right Now

Okay,So YouTube has been working on anew YouTube UI for quite some time now and they recently gave the rights to use the UI to some specific channels last week.But,There’s a work around that can be used to enable it right away!

It’s a simple five-step process. Anyone with a little computer experience can follow through with ease.

How To Enable New YouTube UI On Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari

Step 1: Launch youtube.com from your favorite browser.

Step 2: You must now open up page inspection menu. There are different ways to opening it up across different browsers but we’ll be covering Firefox, Chrome and Safari only since they are the most popular browsers used to access Redmond Pie.

  • Firefox: Cmd + Shift + K (Mac), Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows)
  • Chrome: Cmd + Alt + J (Mac), Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows)
  • Safari: Go to Preferences > Advanced and enable Show Develop menu in menu bar. You will now see a new menu item Develop. Close Preferences. Right click < Inspect element.

Step 3: Add in the following code:

document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU”;

Step 4: Close page inspection element.

Step 5: Refresh web page.

And,That’s it.That’s all you have to do to get this Awesome New UI.

Video Tutorial :

[Direct Links] iOS 5 Beta 5

Firmware

iPad 1G – Coming Soon

iPad 2 WIFI –  Download

iPad 2 GSM (AT&T) – Download

iPad 2 CDMA (VERIZON)- Download

iPhone 3GS- Download

iPhone4 GSM (AT&T)- Download

iPhone 4 CDMA (VERIZON)- Download

iPod Touch 3G- Download

iPod Touch 4G- Download

iTunes

Mac – Download
Windows 32 Bit – Download
Windows 64 Bit – Download

Download links via ios5downloads.com

ENJOY 8~)