How to Replace Galaxy Note 4 Screen – by Zedomax!

Over the past year or so I’ve become a fan of @Zedomax on Twitter. He caught my attention with his open frame bitcoin miner design. About a year and a half ago I got into mining Litecoin, Dogecoin, and using exchanges to play a bit of the Bitcoin game. I soon discovered how resourceful Zedomax’s channels and websites are, and wondered why I never seen these show up on Google SERPS. Let’s not get into SEO!

Max recommends getting the LCD screen with assembly, which makes replacing the LCD screen less complex and is only about $20 more. All you have to do is swap over the motherboard, camera, and back frame.

This video is a bit inspiring, it’s been a while since I’ve rooted, flashed, and help fix broken Android phones. Perhaps I’ll have to provide my services to local friends when I have downtime. :]

AT&T Galaxy S4 Prevent/Freeze OTA Updates

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Prevents NI4 to NJ4, the AT&T/Samsung OTA update keeps bugging me and I want to turn off the software update. If you are on a rooted AT&T Galaxy S4 and want to prevent the OTA update you can block the following apps with App Quarantine ROOT/FREEZE. Last time my OTA updated it went to NI4, broke Safestrap and Towelroot!

Block these in App Quarantine, tap the Settings icon and tap Filter, turn on Advanced and check Include system services. Block the following apps according to guut13 on XDA Forums.

  • AT&T Software update
  • wssyncmlnps
  • LocalFOTA

citation:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ramdroid.appquarantine&hl=en
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=56765224&postcount=36
http://netdungeon.com/stopping-att-android-software-updates/
photo curtious of etnyk on Flickr under Creative Commons!

Unified Remote – Androids Answer To Wireless PC Remote!

One of the main reasons I need a wireless PC remote is Netflix and Hulu Plus… I do not own a Television, and if I have a “movie date night” it’s kind of odd to have my guest sit as I awkwardly fumble a keyboard and wireless mouse in the dark.

A few nights ago while I was laying their with my girlfriend, we were coming up to the end of an episode of Sekirai. I couldn’t find my wireless mouse and decided to Google around for a solution.

I ended up finding a god sent savior, Philip from Unified Remote to the rescue!

I quickly downloaded the app and installed the server side client to my PC all while Sekirai continued to play on Netflix. Without a hesitation, Kayla asked, “What are you doing babe?”

Why Is Unified Remote The Best?

I have tried many different types of remotes. Let’s break it down: Xbox 360 Wireless Controller + Wireless PC Dongle, Windows Media Center PC Remote Control, Logitech Wireless G700, TeamViewer for Android, and I’m NOT about to pay $40 for Logmein for Android! To put it simple: Unified Remote has a built in mouse touch pad, utilizes the Android keyboard for input, has specialized remotes for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Windows Media Player, VLC, foobar2000, iTunes, and much much more.

TL:DR; Unified Remote has a mouse pad, keyboard, Netflix, Hulu Plus, VLC, iTunes remote.

How To Fix AT&T Galaxy S2 Wifi Issue After Root 2.3.6

If you’re a fan of The Unlockr and happen to pick up the AT&T Galaxy S2 (SGH-i777)… You may have flipped upside down and started dragging your head on the keyboard in frustration after you realized your wifi is completely broken! I have the solution.

Fluff: After digging around the XDA and Android Device Forums I found that factory AT&T Galaxy S2 typically came with 2.3.4, most write-ups online is for 2.3.4. Samsung’s recent OTW release 2.3.6, left thousands of Superusers with wifi connectivity issues due to having the wrong kernel.

How To Fix AT&T Galaxy S2 Wifi Issue Under 2.3.6

1.) Calm the fuck down, sip your coffee, breath.
2.) Goto: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1289460
3.) Download the latest Attached File (as of 2/12/2012 it is DD_02072012.zip note the retarded naming convention is a time stamp for DD_[02/07/2012].zip – I thought the top attached file was the latest)
4.) Connect Galaxy S2 to your PC/Mac, enter USB Storage Mode, place the .zip file onto your device (just put it in the root).
5.) Power off device and enter ClockworkMod Recovery Mode (By holding down the volume down, volume up button, and the power button. Let go of the power button once the device turns on and continue to hold the volume buttons until the recovery screen loads.)
6.) Use vol up / down to highlight “install zip from sd” then use the home button to select (maybe different on other devices)
7.) Select the .zip file, install, reboot device.

When the OS loads you should be able to go to Settings -> Wifi and see all your hotspots. Connect and test.

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Note: Please let me know if this does not work for you in the comments. I can further assist / update for others. Thanks!

UPDATE AS OF 6/26/2012: As of June 26, 2012 Samsung has released the OEM Ice Cream Sandwich. Previously, I decided to try out the leaked version that surfaced on the XDA forums. I am currently working on trying out the Samsung official release of ICS. I advise precaution, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

UPDATE AS OF 12/1/2013: My AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 has died as of 11/29/2013… The power button seems to have failed, causing to randomly turn on and off or stick (making it so I cannot wake / lock the screen.) I am very distraught! 🙁 If you by chance found this post, I hope this works for your phone. If you run into issues I can do my best to help. But if you run into an issue and figure out a way around it feel free to leave feedback for future reference. Ironically, I was able to pick up a free Samsung Galaxy S4 on Black Friday. Time to void the warranty! RIP S2, if I find another one on CL cheap I’ll turn it into a dedicated car mp3 player. 🙂

The Near Future: Netbeans + Android SDK

Picture via BinaryWasteland.com

In 2012 I have picked up a few great books to read revolving around OOP and bettering myself as a developer. I have also ditched the iPhone and declined Steve Job’s second round of kool-aid in favor of a new mobile device; the Samsung Galaxy S II.

I have begun setting up my Netbeans environment to work with the Android SDK, special thanks to BinaryWasteland. This year I will definitely jump in with the Hello World and pick up a Java book to thumb through.