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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official)

11 October 2017 - 12:53 AM

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official)

Chainfire launches firmware.mobi to help you find stock boot and recovery images.

21 September 2017 - 12:06 PM

Chainfire launches firmware.mobi to help you find stock boot and recovery images.
Chainfire, developer of the popular Android apps like SuperSU and FlashFire, has launched a new website dedicated Android firmware. The website, firmware.mobi, includes a database of boot, recovery, and root images, making it easier for Android users to hunt down the firmware they want to flash.
Chainfire announced the website on Googleplus, stating that the current collection is mostly made up of Samsung and Google firmware — that which is readily available through official sources. The developer also said that the site is open to user-uploaded firmware, but noted that this is something that could easily be exploited and will be shut down should it be abused.
The website is already live and populated, and using it is easy: simply type a keyword for the device or firmware you seek (like “sailfish” or “pixel”), hit submit, and the relevant firmware should appear. Click the one you want and you'll arrive at the download page. Firmware.mobi also integrates with CF-Auto-Root tool to allow users to configure things like “install type, encryption options, SELinux modifications, and including suhide,” for most of the firmware currently available.
Tracking down the latest stock firmware can be time-consuming for beginners, so this is a neat way to help those that don't already have the necessary pages bookmarked. And though Samsung and Google's firmware is already among the easiest to get hold of, contributions from the community will hopefully quickly expand what's available on the site.
As always, rooting your device and flashing firmware can harm your smartphoneDo so at your own risk.

The iOS 11 hidden tricks you absolutely need to learn right now

21 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

The iOS 11 hidden tricks you absolutely need to learn right now
iOS 11 is officially out, which means you can install it on your iPhone and iPad right away to experience some of the things Apple has been working on. If you've already tried the beta, then you've probably discovered all the secrets of iOS 11. If you're experiencing it for the first time, however, you should know that many things are changed, while others are just hidden.
Control Center
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, and there's a new Control Center. It has a new design and comes with 3D Touch support. But the best part about it is that you can customize it to fit your needs. Customize Control Center from the Settings app.
Clearing notifications
Clear all notifications with a tap. Yes, you can, just hold onto that X until the Clear All Notifications menu appears.
Drag and drop
iOS 11 does drag and drop. The feature shines on iPad, but you can also use it on iPhone in select apps including the Notes and Camera apps.
Annotate screenshots
You can now instantly annotate screenshots before sharing them. No longer will you have to open them in a different app to do it. Just click on the screenshot thumbnail in the lower right corner after you take one, and annotate it. Share it, and you can then delete it immediately from the same interface.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
The phone will detect when you're moving too fast and advise you to turn on the Do Not Disturb While Driving. Or you can do it yourself from Control Center.
Apple Maps does lanes
When you are driving with Apple Maps on, you'll get lane guidance inside iOS 11. Pretty neat, although not new to Google Maps users.
Indoor maps
Speaking of guidance, Apple Maps will also help you not get lost while walking in certain locations like airports.
Screen Recording
It's finally here. Screen Recording is a great new addition to iOS 11, and it all “just works” directly from the Control Center.
QR reader
It took Apple a while, but the Camera app now scans QR codes. You don't need any other third-party apps for that. So just delete them.
Built-in document scanner
One other useful feature is the document scanner built into the Notes app. It does just what it says it does, which means you can delete one more app from your phone.
Better storage management
Speaking of storage, the iPhone will now tell you when you're running out of storage space and suggest ways to fix it. Go to the Settings app to see the new storage section which gives you more details about the way you're using your memory and recommendations on how to optimize it.
Files app
This isn't so hidden, as you'll see the new icon. But I still feel like I need to remind you that there's now a Files app on iPhone and iPad.
Text Siri
If you've ever wanted to text Siri, now you can, and it can be handy when you can't talk to the assistant. Just go to the Settings page and activate the Type to Siri option in the Siri menu.
Instant Siri translations
This is something that can definitely help you out when you're out and about in a foreign country, as Siri translates what you're saying in real-time. It still needs an internet connection, so roaming charges may apply.
Dark mode
It's not really the dark mode that you were looking for, but head on to Accessibility in the Settings app and enable Smart Invert.
Speaker of light and dark, you should know the auto-brightness section has a new home. It's under Accessibility, in the Display Accommodations menu.
One-handed keyboard
It's not just for the iPhone Plus, it's for everyone looking for a more compact keyboard experience on these big iPhones. You'll find the option in the keyboard selector key — the emoji key. Just tap and hold it to select your desired keyboard mode.
New SOS setting
Let's hope you never have to use this one, but pressing the side button five times will let you quickly initiate a call to 911.
Quick iPhone 8 and iPhone X setup
You're upgrading to iPhone 8 and iPhone X? iOS 11 will let you transfer your settings from the old model with ease. The same goes for iPad and iPod touch. It's a neat trick that you'll rarely use.
Wi-Fi password sharing
Also, a feature you're hardly going to use is the new Wi-Fi password sharing feature. Your iPhone and iPad friends will thank you, however.

The Good & Bad Thing About US and Good & Bad Thing About Other Countries

09 September 2017 - 04:02 PM

The Good & Bad Thing About US and  Good & Bad Thing About Other Countries








In the United States a Hurricane can go though State Boarders without stopping (Bad) :(


You can go State to State without having your ID checked (Good) :)


In other Countries a Hurricane has to stop and have its ID checked (Good)  ;)


Your Friend in the next Country has to have his ID checked before he comes to see you (Bad) :(

Make your own VPN server to protect your devices from prying eyes

02 September 2017 - 10:57 PM

Make your own VPN server to protect your devices from prying eyes
Growing numbers of users concerned about their privacy or annoyed about websites being blocked in the UK are turning to VPNs (virtual private networks). A VPN essentially routes your traffic through a private "tunnel" so snoopers can't see what you're browsing. They can make it appear as if you're based in another country, so you can get around annoying geographic restrictions, and access sites and watch videos not usually allowed in the UK.
You can set up individual VPNs on each of your computers, tablets and mobile phones, but a smarter approach is to create a VPN server you can use to protect every single device on your network. Here's what you need to do.
Make your own VPN server: What you need
The key component for a VPN server is a computer. This can either be an old PC you no longer use or a cheap computer such as a Raspberry Pi. We'd recommend running this project on a Pi, preferably a Raspberry Pi 3 which costs around £33. These mini computers have all the networking hardware you'll need built in; use very little power to operate; run silently; and barely take up any room.
We'll take you through the steps to set this up, but it's worth noting that the encryption process can take a long time, so you may not want to start this until you know you can leave your computer to get on with the job, possibly overnight.
The project will work just as well on an old PC. You'll need to install Ubuntu Server as the primary operating system to run PiVPN, so you can follow the same steps as you would for the Pi. If you're installing the VPN onto a new Pi, you'll also need the following:
You can buy kits with all the necessary bits and pieces but there's a good chance you already have some of the required cables and peripherals lying around at home. If you have an Android phone or tablet, the cable used for charging it will power the Pi just fine.
Your Pi needs to be running the Raspbian Jessie operating system. It doesn't matter if you opt for the Lite or Pixel version, both work fine.
You'll also need a copy of PiVPN, which is a version of OpenVPN designed specifically for Raspberry Pi. We have a guide to setting that up below.
Because the Pi will be acting as a server, it will need a static IP address to function properly. Go into your router's settings (check the manual for how to do this) and look for something like “static DHCP reservation”. The exact location and process for making a reservation will vary depending on your make and model of router, but it's usually straightforward. If you can't get a static IP, this guide offers a fairly easy workaround to follow.
Make your own VPN server: Install and use PiVPN
From the Pi (or Ubuntu) Desktop, double-click the Terminal button to open a terminal window. Type PiVPN's installation command: 'curl -L https://install.pivpn.io | bash' and press Enter. All the required code will be pulled from PiVPN, so make sure you're connected to the internet. This takes a while, so be patient. The installation process will then begin.
Choose a network interface – Ethernet is best. Select it and click Ok. You'll be asked if you want to use your current network settings as a static IP address. Select Yes, unless you want to enter different details. Select Pi as the user to install the configuration to (or the default user on your Ubuntu installation) and allow unattended security updates.
When this is set up, choose UDP as the protocol, then select the default port (1194). Accept the recommended level of encryption. It will take a very long time to generate a private key. Once that's done, select 'Use this public IP' and select a DNS provider, such as OpenDNS. Reboot the PC when asked to do so.
Make your own VPN server: Add clients and configure PiVPN
When the Pi has rebooted, open Terminal and type "pivpn add". You'll be prompted to enter a name for the first client you want to use to connect a device to your new VPN ('WindowsClient', for example). Enter a password twice. You want this password to be easy to remember but very hard to guess.
A private key and OpenVPN profile will be generated. Open the File Manager and navigate to the folder where this file has been saved. By default, this is "/home/pi/ovpns". You can copy this to your OpenVPN client using FTP or via email (remember to completely delete the message afterwards, for security reasons).
In Windows, install and run the OpenVPN client. Right-click its icon in the notification area and select 'Import file'. Browse to the saved OVPN file, select it and click Open. Next, right-click the icon and select Connect. When prompted, enter the password you created earlier. OpenVPN should connect to your VPN server.
Make your own VPN server: Install Rasbian Jesse
If you don't already have Jesse on your Pi, go here and download NOOBS – New Out Of the Box Software– to your PC – then unzip the contents to a folder on your Desktop. Connect a microSD card to your computer (using an adaptor if necessary), then drag the contents from the folder to the card. Insert the microSD card into your Pi and power it up. NOOBS will load. When it completes, select Raspbian in the menu and click Install. It will take quite some time for all the files to be copied over but once it finishes, you'll be able to start using the Pi.
Make your own VPN server: OpenVPN clients
Once your PiVPN is up and running, you'll need to install OpenVPN clients on all the devices that will be connecting to the VPN. There are lots of different clients available, but here's a shortlist of the best to get you started:
We show you how to connect your devices to your VPN server in the 'Add clients and configure PiVPN' tutorial above.
Make your own VPN server: Port forwarding
Go into your router settings and look for a port-forwarding entry. This may be located under Advanced. Essentially, all you need to do is enter the name of the application or service you're setting up, and the incoming port (or ports) to use. Choose a protocol type (TCP&UDP, for example) and the IP address to route the request to. If you're not sure what you need to do, trying Googling the make and model of your router along with 'port forwarding' and you should find instructions to follow.
Make your own VPN server: PiVPN commands
If you still have your screen connected, you can type commands into the terminal window in your Raspberry Pi to carry out various actions, such as seeing which clients are connected to your server, creating additional clients, revoking a client profile and more.
The command pattern you need to type is:
pivpn <command> [option], with <command> and [option] replaced by any of the following:
Use a cheap PC to setup a VPN server so all the devices on your network are protected.

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