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Remove S-Finder and Quick Connect

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Two options under the notification panel in Android on a Samsung device shows you the “S Finder” and “Quick Connect” buttons. If you want them removed from the notification area, there are two ways to do so: one will not be available to all users, and the other requires root…here we go…

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Galaxy S5 Boot-Up Sound Removal

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Sometimes, when you apply a new Rom to your device, the Rom developer may put in a custom tone for when you boot up or shut down. Sometimes that sound isn’t really wanted by the end user. If you have one that you would rather not hear, here’s how to remove it. As with most other system mods/changes, your device must have root access; continuing on, I assume that you have root privileges on your S5 as well as superuser permissions granted correctly.

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Fix MMS

Sometimes, after you root or flash a custom ROM on your phone/tablet/phablet, you might have trouble sending and/or receiving MMS messages. This includes pictures, videos, recordings, really anything that isn’t just standard text. You’ll know you have trouble if you send a picture and instead of sending you just get a spinning processing icon on your message and it never sends, or if you try to receive an MMS message you’ll just have a download button on the message; when you try to download the message it flickers and then reloads the download button again.

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Nexus 9 Lollipop Update (Manual)

WiFi is funky on the Nexus 9 by HTC. Today, 12/4/2014, Google released Lollipop 5.0.1 but HTC developer live chat didn’t know anything about it, and also said they were not planning on any other OTA updates. So in order to update to 5.0.1, will need to manually push the update through ADB.

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Let’s Root an S5

So, the S5 has been out for a little while and I’m getting on the bandwagon now that there has been a bit of time to work out the kinks. I think now’s a good time to root my S5. Why would I want to? Well, it gives me access to the system, custom recovery tools, and more control over my device. Also, it allows me to install custom Roms (phone operating systems). Here we go…

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PRL Update on Rooted HTC Hero

It’s been a couple of months now since I rooted my HTC Hero and I gotta say it’s been one of the best things I did for my phone. It works almost flawlessly (randomly drops GPS and sometimes restarts but that’s not a big problem). It reacts to what I tell it to do, it makes calls when I want it to, it’s just a hell of a lot better than using that damned original OS that came with it. So my new endeavor is to now update the PRL on my phone (Preferred Roaming List) so that I can get the most out of the tower signals as possible. Unfortunately, the CM7 mod doesn’t have the ability to update the PRL, so does that mean I’m at a loss?

 

Nope, and here’s how…

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Rooting an HTC Hero (US)

When Sprint initially announced their partnership with Google and their first Android powered phone, I was super happy. This was the phone to get, this was the phone to move to! Yeah……..2 months after the release of the HTC Hero, Sprint released the 4G Evo and dropped all development on the Hero. It wasn’t until after 6 or so months that the first update for the Hero came out followed by Sprints official announcement to stop supporting it.

For anyone that has an HTC Hero, you’ll soon learn why this is the greatest phone you’ll love to hate. The more you use it, the more it eats itself up. By that I mean that it degrades the battery, the response of the OS becomes more and more sluggish, and it generally makes you want to throw it across the room. With Sprint offering no help for it other than the official statement of “Power off and back on”, what do we do?

Enter CyanogenMod….and here’s how to bring new life to your Hero.

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Google Your Music

Ever wanted to move your music collection, or listen to it from anywhere in the world without having to re-download all those tracks? Well, now you can…sort of. Google is bringing us the Google Music hub (beta right now) so that we can have a central location to listen, stream, categorize, and (I use the term loosely) store our music. But what’s it mean for the end user? Well, let’s find out.

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Market: TripIt

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What Is It?

This handy little app allows you to have a single spot for all your trip’s reservations.

You DO need a TripIt account to use the app, but at least it is free.

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Google Android Lockout By-Pass

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I recently had someone ask me how to get past the Android’s Pattern Pin. The problem is that there are random times when your phone could just “Poof!” in-validate the pattern pin sequence and lock you out of the phone. If this happens, you immediately lose access to your phone. Sure, you can enter the @google username and password, but most of the time it doesn’t accept; even if you try it on gmail.com and you know for sure you have the correct info.

If this ever happens to you, here’s three ways to go about bypassing that problem. The first solution is a simple user/pass bypass to fake your way through it. The second is a more drastic way of factory-reset and you do lose everything on your phone. The third is a debug way IF you had USB Debugging turned on.

See how after the jump.

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