First: Enable Developers OptionsGo to Settings> About Phone > and click on build number seven times. This will enable your device's Developer options, which will give you access to more advanced settings
Second: Switch your runtime from Dalvik to ART
Go to Settings > Developer options > Select runtime > Switch to ART. (Make sure you have more than 50% battery, the switching process take a lot of processing power, you phone will not only suck about 20% of your current battery but it will get really hot)
After rebooting, your device will begin to optimize your apps for the new runtime. This should take a few minutes, but when complete you will notice a considerable performance boost on most devices.
I should warn you, though, that some (and I mean very few) apps may be incompatible with the ART runtime. If one of the apps you use is unable to open or you are having trouble receiving a software update, simply switch back to Dalvik mode using the same process
Using a recently discovered Linux kernel vulnerability, geohot has managed to root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5.
The root exploit itself is built around Linux kernel CVE-2014-3153, which was recently discovered by hacker Pinkie Pie, and it involves an issue in the Futex subsystem that in turn allows for privilege escalation. Although expressly released for the Verizon Galaxy S5, the root exploit will realistically be compatible with practically every device with an unpatched kernel–which at this point should be nearly every device not running a recent nightly build of a custom ROM with a patched kernel. As such, it has also already been tested and found to work with the AT&T Galaxy S5, Nexus 5, Galaxy S4 Active, and AT&T and Verizon variants of the Note 3.
As a site note, this method should work with any Android device with a kernel date before June 3, 2014. Certain HTC and Motorola devices are exempt because of the way they mount the system partition, though. If anything, it might be worth trying on your phone if you've been dying for root and are willing to accept the responsibility for anything that might go wrong.
You can find more information on his original thread at XDA Developers forums
This article by PCWorld walks you through a quick FreeNAS setup. For those who have some spare hardware lying around and need a file server, this might be for you.
PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?
Several free and open-source operating systems run extremely well on a wide array of older hardware. One in particular, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.
Check out the full article with graphics here
LockedUSB is an small USB adapter that allows secure charging of your personal devices. It enables portable devices to fast-charge, at their maximum rated current, anywhere there is a USB port. It physically disconnects the data lines, while keeping intruders away from your personal information.
What does it do?
- Enables USB charging while disconnecting the USB data lines
- Allows portable devices to fast-charge at their maximum rated current, reducing your charge time.
- Exercise the Data lines to negotiate the maximum charging capability
- ESD protected
- Surge protection up to 2.3 Amps
- Small package
- USB type A Male to USB Type A Female Adapter
Unfortunately, Identity Theft, Government surveillance, “rogue”, unstable and malicious chargers, are also on the rise. I’ve searched the internet to find a firewall device, or specialized cable, that would provide the security I was looking for, and to my surprise there was nothing out there that offered secure charging capabilities.
I wanted to make a simple adapter, which I could use my own device’s cable, and have peace of mind that my personal data and information was secure. I have designed a compact USB adapter that completely disconnects the data lines, while simultaneously providing the maximum allowed charging power so I can charge-up quickly and safely.
LockedUSB Charger Firewall and Power Optimizer was born, a single adapter that allows charging, while keeping the USB data lines physically disconnected from the host device. It also switches between multiple configurations, in order to guarantee maximum charging power which reduces charging time.
LockedUSB is very easy to use, just Plug it into the USB charging port, use your device’s charging cable and Done, you are Secure.
You can order LockedUSB Adapter at www.lockedusb.com/shop/
This summer, New Yorkers can Instagram as many photos of brunch or beach-ready bodies as they want with the help of AT&T's solar mobile charging stations.
The AT&T Street Charge project is expanding with nearly double the number of stations previously available throughout the five boroughs.
Inspired by 2012's Hurricane Sandy, which left many city residents and network providers without a personal power source, AT&T launched its eco-friendly solution last June. Its aim was to keep local folks connected even on the go.
Featuring a modern design (thanks to studio Pensa) and the latest in solar panel and battery technology (provided by Goal Zero), the stations allow users to charge any handheld device with a Micro USB, USB, 30-pin connector, or Lightning port.
"AT&T Street Charge grew out of a need for a sustainable power source during Superstorm Sandy and took on a life of its own when we deployed more than two dozen solar-powered units around the city last summer," AT&T New York state president Marissa Shorenstein said in a statement.