Geohot’s towelroot features one-click root for many KitKat devices (7)


    June 23rd, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , | Posted in Tech

    Geohot is back into the exploit scene! This time round, he ventured into the Android domain and released an easy one-click root tool called Towelroot that easily root Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus and many others with locked bootloader.

    Like his iconic iOS jailbreaks, his tool just require you to click on the “make it ra1n” button to root the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4 or other (supported) Android devices with locked bootloader. The beauty of Geohot’s towelroot is that it exploits a vulnerability in the Linux kernel instead of something specific to Samsung phones, and can therefore theoretically root any Android device that has a kernel with a build date prior to 3rd June 2014. The best part for Samsung phones? It does not trip the dreaded flash or KNOX counters.

    Installing and executing the exploit is pretty easy.

    1. Ensure you have a supported Android device with KitKat.
    2. Enable installation of apps from unknown sources (Under Settings –> Security).
    3. Surf to Towelroot.com.
    4. Download and install the Towelroot APK.
    5. Execute Towelroot and wait for the good news.
    6. Verify that you attained root using Root Checker (from PlayStore).
    7. (Optional) Install SDFix: KitKat Writable MicroSD to enable writing to MicroSD.

    P.S.: I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9505) to KitKat 4.4.2 stock through Samsung Kies and rooted using Towelroot. I managed to preserve the KNOX (0×0) and Warranty (0×0) flag.

    Users around the Internet has reported success for the following phones:
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    AdBlocking with NGINX: Serving 1 pixel GIF and 204 No Content (3)


    April 28th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | Posted in Guides, Tech

    There are two parts to a network-based ad block solution – resolving known advertisement host names to another server and have the server present a 1 pixel transparent GIF (for images) or 204 No Content HTTP response. This will effectively hide advertisements. This article addresses the latter part of having a server present 1 pixel transparent GIF and 204 No Content HTTP response for other files types.

     

    Why use NGINX when there are pixelserv and nullserv?

    If you recently upgraded to ASUS RT-AC68U with TomatoUSB (Shibby) and had been using the AdBlock script, you will (probably) realise that previous Pixelserv does not execute on ASUS RT-AC68U as it was not compiled for  ARM architecture.

    Instead of cross-compiling Pixelserv for ASUS RT-AC68U, I decided to leverage NGINX web server in TomatoUSB (Shibby). This way, the ad block solution will not be  limited to ASUS RT-AC68U, you can also set up NGINX on Raspberry Pi or any other devices.

     

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    Keeping curtain flaps closed with neodymium magnets (0)


    April 22nd, 2014 | Tags: , | Posted in Guides, Life

    Keeping curtain flaps closed with neodymium magnets

    Keeping curtain flaps closed with neodymium magnets

    I think most of us would have the problem of keeping the two curtain flaps closed without a gap in the middle. Some would use one of the flap’s curtain hook to latch on to the ring of the opposite flap’s track glider. This essentially keeps both curtain flaps close to each other, closing the gap as a result. Do you know you can use neodymium magnets too?

     

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    How to identify a fake Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (0)


    April 20th, 2014 | Tags: , , | Posted in Guides, Tech

    Capitalising on the success of Xiaomi, fake Xiaomi Mi Power Banks also started making its rounds on deal-of-the-day websites. If your Xiaomi Mi Power Banks are not charging up your mobile devices (e.g. Xiaomi Redmi, Samsung S5), you really need to do a quick check on whether your Xiaomi Mi Power Bank is authentic. The check for original Xiaomi Mi Power Bank is real simple.

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    After 15 years, Dyn free is closing down (0)


    April 7th, 2014 | Tags: , | Posted in Tech

    Dyn announced today that they are ending free hostname program on 7 May 2014. This means that you will no longer be able to use the free hostname service from Dyn. Any free accounts that have not upgraded to VIP will have their DynDns free services disabled by then.

    Check out their FAQ page on Free User Discontinuation and their blog post for more information.

     

    So what should you do?

    Instead of signing up for the paid DynDns services, you can consider other free alternatives like:

    These DynDns alternatives work just like Dyn. They are also supported in most router’s DDNS client.

    How to identify a fake Xiaomi Redmi (0)


    March 28th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | Posted in Guides, Tech

    It appears that fake Xiaomi Redmi / Hongmi / Red Rice phones made their appearance in Singapore. The sellers are capitalising on the lack of Xiaomi Redmi stocks in the region. So how do you identify a fake Xiaomi Redmi? Let’s find out.

     

    No Google PlayStore on Xiaomi Redmi

    Google PlayStore

    Google Play Store

    It appears that the fake Xiaomi Redmi do not come with Google Play Store. Hence, people (with fake Xiaomi) are searching high and low on the Internet for guides on how to install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Redmi. So if you come across a online seller retailing Xiaomi Redmi with other buyers commenting that the Xiaomi they purchased do not come with Play Store. The seller is probably selling fake Xiaomi Redmi.

    The Xiaomi’s MIUI comes installed with Google PlayStore.

    Luckily, installing Google Play is is straight-forward. Let’s proceed to install Google Play (if yours is missing).

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