Tuesday, June 2, 2015

How to unlock and install Android 4.4/5.1 Lollipop into Xperia U ST25i (Working bootloader unlocking method) Tutorial

Hello again guys and welcome to this new Android devices tutorial, today I hardy want to share this tutorial with everyone owning an xperia smartphone and specially for Xperia U users, Sony Xperia devices are considered as the most tricky devices to root, unlock and install costume ROMs, and so I want to share with you a "Real" tutorial to help users unlock boot loaders and install latest custom ROM such as CM11 or CM12 into their Xperia U.

First thing first do this at your own risk, also it might void Sony's waranty.

What you need:
  • Computer and USB cable.
  • Your Xperia U ST25i charged up to 75%.
  • Download the Fastboot tool including driver from Here.
  • Download this Xperia U driver (in-case you need it) from HERE.
  • Download Flash too from HERE.
  • Check the debug option in dev menu and unknown sources in security.

First thing first let's check and unlock the boot-loader.

Unlocking the bootloader for Xperia U:

  • First lets check if your bootloader is unlocked:
Open the dialler and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu, tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then continue.
  • Now go to Sony official unlocking page HERE.
  • Here is the trick now, in the official page "Xperia U" is no listed on scroll menu, you can Select Xperia S instead, many users try it and work, I personally try it and the key work fine.
  • next confirm and enter your email then follow the process.
  • PLEASE note down your imei code into a safe place.
  • After you get the unlock key note it down on a safe place txt file.
  • Now connect your phone in fastboot mode (power down xperia the press vol-up and connect the usb cable).
  • It's important to check drivers installed.
  • Then go Fastboot zip, extract then go to fastboot folder and press shift+right click and select command prompt.
  • Type this in the CMD window "fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version".
  • You shoult get '0.5' value.
  • If yes now type "fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY" AND Whange the key with the Key you get from Sony.
  • After pressing Enter, your device bootloader must be unlocked. 
If you still unable to get the steps just watch the bellow video it meight help:

  • Installing CM11 Android 4.4 Custom ROM and Recovery:

  • Download The ROM from Here and the Gapp from HERE.
  • And if you want to install Android 5.1 Lollipop CM12 ROM download it from HERE and GAPP from Here, (Please not that on this date '02/06/15' CM12 have some problems now like video recording).
  • Now run flashtool, install drivers, and click on flash icon->fastboot mode, select Reboot to fastbootmode (adb or fastboot).
  • Then select kernel to flash and select the boot.img from the CM.zip file.
  • If you get assert failed on xperia u when installing the CM ROM, then your Bootloader is still locked, you need to unlock it !
  • That's it now you can boot to the recovery (Power down, then power the phone when the Sony logo appear press repeatedly on Vol-Down).
  • Now go to install and select the CM ROM zip file then the Gapp zip file, then wipe data+cache+dalvik.
That's all, now your Xperia U must boot to the latest CM Android 4.4 or Android 5.1 OS and you'll get a real fast android system.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

How to remove video ads on Youtube with simple command (no plugin or software)

So disturbing the Adsense Ads by Google on Youtube videos forcing users to waist 5-seconds at least on every video you watch, if you watch lot of videos for sure you are searching for a solution to remove these video ads.

So to remove these video ads you only need a simple command line no plugin or software to install, just follow the bellow steps:

  • Open developer console command prompt on your browser when watching a video, in chrome use ctrl+shift+F buttons, in FIrefox use Ctr+Shift+K buttons.
  • Now just enter the bellow command line the press enter:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=oKckVSqvaGw; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();
Note that this method work for now, Google can fix it and make it down.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Easy install Android 5.1 to Galaxy S2 i9100 "Tutorial"

To this day, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a solid smartphone with it's 1GB memory, a dual core processor and a clear Samsung led display, many requests to install the latest Lollipop android in to the Galaxy S2, so here is a simple clean tutorial.

To install Lollipop android 5.1 first thing you must consider it might cause problems in some case or don't follow the tutorial steps,.

What you need:

  • An USB cable.
  • Computer.
  • SDcard.
  • Charge your Galaxy s2.
  • your brain !
  • Download the CM12.1 Lollipop android ROM from HERE, (courtesy of CM team)
  • Download GAP from HERE.
  • Copy these two files to your sdcard.
If you are running Android 4.1.2 Samsung official ROM:
  • You need to download odin and extract it to your desktop.
  • Boot to the download mode using "Home btn+vol-down and press power" when Samsung logo appear release power button.
  • Now connect your phone with USB cable to your PC and install related drivers.
  • iF driver is ok "ID;COM" must be blue, Now browse the tar syah recovery using "PDA" button and hit start.
  • Now you have a recovery to install your new ROM.

Installing Lollipop android CM12.1:
(if you coming from another CM or done step 1)

  • Boot to recovery using "Home btn+vol-UP and press power" when Samsung logo appear release power button.
  • Wipe cache and dalvik.
  • Go to install from sdcard and select the CM12.1 ROM zip file.
  • After installing the ROM do same thing for the GAP file.
Tha's it now reboot your galaxy s2 and wait for the start-up !

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to change android physical buttons (On Galaxy, LG, HTC ...) get system write access

Hello and welcome to this new Android tutorial, today I'll guide you on how to change the physical touch buttons on your android device such as Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5, HTC One, LG G3/G4 and more, you probably install or change your ROM to a new one that has different buttons layout or you need to change it for other reason, this tutorial will guide you.

In my case I want to change my Galaxy S4 buttons layout to the default S4 standard layout with menu button and long press home for recent app.

So to change the keys, you need some tools:

  • First thing first your android must be rooted, if not search google or our blog for the root process.
  • Now Install an app named "Total Commander" from Play store.
  • Using Total Commander navigate to this path "system/usr/keylayout/"
  • Now edit the Generic.kl file using the Total Commander editor.
  • Backup the Generic.kl for security propose !
  • Here on this file you can see all keys layout for your smartphone for Samsung galaxy to change menu button back to standard search for key 254 and change APP_SWITCH to MENU, the key 217 is for gome long press, you can change it to SEARCH.
  • Now press save and the Total Commander will ask to unmount system to make it read/write, confirm that.
  • Now reboot your smartphone to check changes.
That's it now buttons must be changed to your desired layout.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DiRT Rally with Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel gameplay PC

Finally, for Rally games lovers codemasters listen to their fans and produce a pure Rally game with flavor of the old Dirt game series, here is a video showing how nice the physics and car engine sound are done an early access to the game tested with Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel resulting an outstanding driving feeling, check it out.

DiRT Rally is available on PC Steam right now for 31$ (10$ discount).

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Core i7 6700k Vs i7-5820K Vs i7-4790K first benchmark leaks and specifications comparison

Today I want to share with you some new leaks about the all new next generation Intel's desktop processor, the 6th generation of core series code named Skylake-S built using 14nm process technology, a "tock" step in the "tick-tock" intel"s release cycle strategy the Skylake-S will support LGA 1151 socket and DDR4 controller.

The new 6th generation will require intel's Sunrise Point based X170 mobo, also to support DirectX 12 coming with Windows 10 later this year, a PCI Express V4.0 is supported and a 512 bit FPU width will make this chip special, with only 14nm process size users can push the Skylake-S to an unknown limits.

Some primary specifications about the series:

ModelProcessCoresCore ClockBoost ClockCacheMemory SupportTDPSocketUnlocked Design
Core i7-6700K14nm4/84.0 GHz4.2 GHz8 MBDDR4 2133 MHz95WLGA 1151Yes
Core i5-6600K14nm4/43.5 GHz3.9 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz95WLGA 1151Yes
Core i7-670014nm4/83.4 GHz4.0 GHz8 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151No
Core i5-660014nm4/43.3 GHz3.9 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151No
Core i5-650014nm4/43.2 GHz3.6 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151No
Core i5-640014nm4/42.7 GHz3.3 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151No
Core i7-6700T14nm4/82.8 GHz3.6 GHz8 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151No
Core i5-6600T14nm4/42.7 GHz3.5 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151No
Core i5-6500T14nm4/42.5 GHz3.1 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151No
Core i5-6400T14nm4/42.2 GHz2.8 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151No

Benchmark results:

3DMark Score:

CineBench R15 benchmark Score:

PC Mark 8 benchmark Score:

According to the leaked benchmark from pcfrm.com, the difference is 15% compared to the previous generation when considering the clock speed difference, so if you are a good overclocker with a good cooling system you can push it and get an outstanding result !

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Crucial DDR4 2133Mhz Vs GSkill Ripjaws 4 Benchmark and test (CT4K8G4DFD8213)

Moving to the DDR4 generation is already started, Crucial will releases the latest mainstream performance DDR4 module for desktop, a 32GB DDR4 kit with clock speed supporting up to 2133Mhz based on the Micron "D9" memory ICs 1GB each IC, and 8GB each module.

techpowerup already got the sampler and put it under benchmarks comparing the new Crucial PC4-2133P with other competitors such as GSkill Ripjaws 4.

Crucial DDR4 Specifications
Brand Crucial CT4K8G4DFD8213

Capacity 32GB kit (8GBx4)
SpecsDDR4 PC4-17000 • CL=15 • Dual Ranked • x8 based • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR4-2133 • 1.2V • 1024Meg x 64 •
Series Crucial
Kit Qty 4 modules
Voltage 1.2V

Currently it's for 360$ price tag on their website with lifetime waranty.

 Benchmark results Crucial DDR4 Vs GSkill Ripjaws 4

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