The Music Related Apps I Install Once I Get Root Access

I have received many questions lately regarding my latest post that had to do about rooting an Android to gain access to many new and exciting music features, so I wanted to extend on that a little and show you the best apps using the SuperUser platform, which you can only access once you rooted your Android.

The best music related apps that you should install as soon as you rooted your Android phone or tablet:

Before I begin, keep in mind that the mentioned apps are all picked on personal preference, what I’m going to mention is the tip of the iceberg, as there are thousands of music apps available in the SuperUser’s app library. And for those who have no idea what “rooting” is, then it’s all explained here.

1 – 4Shared Music

This app is great, and anyone should download it as soon as they can. Why? Because they’ll allow you to download music for free. That’s right, for free. And it’s not streaming either, you’ll be able to get your hands on the actual music files, which is great since that way you won’t have any loading speed issues whatsoever.

2 – Volume Widget

This will divide your Android’s volume into different types, which you can them turn down, mute or turn up. This is a nice feature to have as that way you can for example turn down the bass of your plugged in speaker, and add more volume to the “high” of a song.

3 – Astro File Manager

This isn’t exactly music related, but I figured I might as well add this in the list here for the simple fact that it will allow you to store your music files in the cloud. That way you can still access all of your songs, without having to worry about the amount of data storage your phone or tablet has left.

4 – USB Mass Storage

Allows you to quickly port files stored on an USB to your Android. No need to explain it further, as it’s very easy to use.

5 – Fantastic Audio Installer

In my opinion this one falls in the category of “must have” apps, because it will allow you to keep your sound drivers up to date. That’s right, this app will automatically keep your drivers up to date, thus allowing you to maximize your music hearing experience because it will keep the sound quality top notch!

6 – Terra Music Player

As the name already says, this is a new music player which in my opinion is one the best and most easy to use. It’ll even allow you to play different media files than the regular music extensions. Apart from that, it also let’s you mix songs, if you ever wanted to try and see if you’re a good DJ, then definitely install this app!

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Something else entirely:

If you wanted to notch your Android up even more, don’t install any of the apps above, but install a ROM or Kernel instead. A ROM completely overhauls your entire Android into a specific theme. But It’s not limited to themes though, instead of will also include many additional features such as exporting, blend in music player, settings changer, sound effects, beat creator, beats audio / Spotify / Pandora integration and so many more.

So what you’d need to do is go to any of the XDA forums, and find customized music ROMs. They’ve been made so that your Android will become one big badass music player in which you can get the most out of your music hands down.

However, the only downside is the fact that ROMs are definitely for the tech savvy people, and unfortunately I’m not one of them, but they do remain a good option if you know what you’re doing, as they outperform apps all day long.

So, choose whatever you want, and be sure that rooting is definitely the way forward for your ears!

The Music Related Apps I Install Once I Get Root Access

Peerblock, The Best Use For Your IP!

Several years ago Phoenix Labs created a program called PeerGuardian. PG was meant to block known “bad” IP’s and allow a safer web experience. PG was freeware software that a few years after its release was known to contain many bugs and unsupported by any OS after Windows XP. To fix a lot of these issues, users had to search the web and find patches.
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Why, all of a sudden, did users need to do this to keep up to date with the program? Well, back in 2007 its developers seemed to have just dumped the program. They let their domain for the block lists expire and then not long after that their DNS had also expired.

They then released a statement regarding the issues saying “First, we lost it. Now we let our DNS expire. What’s next? *sigh*. I’m sorry, everyone. We’ll try to do better in the future.” Two years later a group of developers who saw the need for improvement on the program got together and on September 30, 2009 they released the official PeerBlock 1.0 Stable release.

So I bet after a brief history lesson you may be wondering what it is? This is just the same as PG was, however a large number of the bugs in PG are now gone and it runs much more stable, as well, it is the first release that provides support for Windows 7. The goal of PeerBlock is to detect all IP’s that are known to be “bad” or “unsafe” such as governments, corporations, servers designed for anti-p2p, and even countries.

Here’s how they work.

Whenever your computer establishes a connection to another, for example connecting to Google’s website, your computer sends “packets” of information to Google’s servers. These packets of information contain data (your IP) that Google recognizes so it can then deliver a response to you and provide you with the information you requested.

This works with your Network Protocols on your computer so that it filters out the packets that are to be transmitted either to or from IP addresses located in database that you provide, one such database that is most commonly used is the lists found at list websites. When it filters out all of these packets it in essence helps make you safer on the web by stopping or preventing communications between your computer and the ones monitoring your activity.

PeerBlock does its job as it is supposed to. It will block all that are on the list. Not all of them on the lists are actually bad as some can change constantly, and just the same, not all bad IP’s are on the lists. This raises the question to some users “why should I use it then if it doesnt work?”
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As previously stated it does this on the ones it is told to, and therefore is susceptible to not being perfect, however, the list contains several billion addresses which means that it does offer you greater level of safety and security on the web. It is recommended that when using this program you continue to use your regular firewall programs as normal since PeerBlock cannot block everything and doesn’t entirely work the same as a firewall.

My recommendation is that anyone and everyone use this software regardless of their daily internet activity. It only helps improve your safety and security on the net, and any improvement is better than none. It uses extremely low amounts of resources and wont be noticeable when used as a background process. It is supported on all Windows OS, however, it is not yet supported on any other OS. If you have any other questions or concerns while using this software forums and FAQ’s are located on their website.

Know of any other great filtering tool or ways to remain secure on the internet? Post comments below to add your input.

Peerblock, The Best Use For Your IP!

This Is How You Root Your Note 2 In 9 Simple Steps

Before you start, know the following:

By carrying out this procedure, you do void the warranty on your device. Neither our site nor I can be held responsible for any damage caused to your device, or a brick. You do this entirely at your own risk!

Introduction:

First of all, before we start, take a backup and make sure your battery is at least 50% charged!

Export your contacts, or put them into your google account. Use a tool such as SMS backup & restore from the Google Play Store so that you save your text messages which allows you to put them back on your device later.

Use an app like Titanium Backup or MyBackup Pro to save your apps.

Then copy the entire contents of your SD card to your computer, so you are certain that you have the correct files which you can put back on your device later on if necessary.

If there are any changes in the tool or this article needed, or this procedure is no longer correct, please let me know via our contact form and I apply it as soon as possible.

All credits for this tool and procedure go to mskip, a hero on XDA

What you need to do before starting:

1.     A Note 2. This speaks for itself but you should also use the original USB cable to avoid problems.
2.    A backup to your computer!! I can’t stress this hard enough how important this is! Don’t come afterwards complaining if you have lost your precious SMS messages or contacts etc.
3.    Best also is to do this with your MicroSD card. It is not strictly necessary, but some wipescripts going to make the internal SD card blank, so your best bet would be to do that as well before you start rooting.
4.    Know that this only works for Kitkat or lower. Any version on lollipop or above won’t work this, so don’t even try! We know over 50% of you already run on the lollipop update, therefore my friends at XDAWhizz created this tutorial! (shows for the S4 but it will work on Note 2, trust me!)
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Procedure and recovery:

1.    If you choose to have installed the tool on your computer, remove it.
2.    Disconnect your device, and do not connect it until not asked for!
3.    USB debugging must be ticked on (Menu -> Settings -> Developer Options -> Check mark next to USB debugging facilities)
4.    Download the toolkit. You can also always download it from the original thread on XDA.
5.    Install the tool, just always hit next, next and next to complete the installation..
6.    Then run the tool by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop.
7.    The tool will ask if you want to check for a new version. Type no and press Enter
8.    Then comes the question what your device’s format and build is. This can be found by going to Menu -> Settings -> Device Info. At the bottom you should see the build number. Compare this with the choices you get in the tool, and then push 1 or 2 depending on your build, and confirm with Enter.
9.     You are now in the main menu of the tool. The first step is to install it so that your computer recognizes your device to steer the necessary commands drivers. Therefore, choose the first option to install the drivers on your PC by typing 1,

Followed by Enter:

1.    The next menu, choose again one and Enter.
2.     Press Enter again to confirm for one more time.
3.    Then select the language and click Next, Next and Finish until it is installed.
4.    The tool then asks to connect the Note 2 to your computer via USB, it will carry out a few checks and then you see ultimately stand Press any key to Return to the Main Menu. Press Enter.

It’s now ready to be fully rooted and is ready to get it installed on. Simply hit the icon and you’re ready to go. You can also perform a recovery from within the tool, use the Recovery function.

This Is How You Root Your Note 2 In 9 Simple Steps

Ghostery – The Invisible Web?

So a while back I was looking for some extensions to add to my Firefox browser and I came across one that I found to be very interesting. Any web enthusiast would know that whenever someone accesses a website it can contain hidden software and tracking bugs. However, a large number of internet users may not know these exist and the ones who do know may not be fully aware of what actually is running in the background. Well I came across this extension called Ghostery.

Ghostery is nice because it displays for a brief moment all of the hidden processes on a website monitoring your activity. These processes can include things such as Google AdSense, Analytics, or even Quanticast. The purpose of this extension is to make it known to any websites visitor that these processes are running and then provide a link to information regarding such processes a user does not know about. This would allow people to more anonymously surf the web and feel safer on the internet as Ghostery allows its users to block certain or all hidden content.

Disadvantages of blocking hidden processes means that website owners will then show inaccurate data on their tracking software, which to many individuals may not seem like a big deal. But it can be a BIG deal especially since many website owners use this data to make improvements to their site. The data can contain detailed information that shows how many people click on certain links, visit certain pages, frequently access a given site, people who are new, and the length of stay on a website.

To the everyday web surfer this information is seemingly unimportant, however, it allows the owners of the websites to combine the info with info from other statistics software to help optimize the website. Developers can then implement new ways for site users to interact with the site, make navigation easier, dump things that aren’t receiving enough attention, or find ways to get it more attention, all of this slides down the totem pole finally affecting the end user, yourself. Being able to obtain this data and make these changes will allow for a much better website experience which is what all website users and developers want.

I personally don’t recommend blocking all hidden processes on a site except for those that may be potentially harmful, which is what is great about Ghostery, it displays information that is otherwise unobtainable by even the best anti-spyware software making a web surfers online experience safer and better. I enjoy using this add-on mostly for the information it provides to me. Any time I visit a website the first thing I am looking at is the purple box briefly displaying all of the hidden processes to see what’s new and I don’t know about. I wouldn’t worry all too much about that box going away either as bottom right of your web browser will show you a link that pops up a similar display containing more information.

In the end, to provide a more secure and safe web experience as well as to provide more information about what today’s technology brings us, I highly recommend that anyone use this extension. You may be surprised at the information you find. You may also find new and innovative ways to make it better. Go Download it!

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Ghostery – The Invisible Web?

I Could Root Samsung Galaxy S4 Using Towelroot

George Hotz is known in the jailbreak scene by his pseudonym GeoHot for years. Several times he has already developed or designed tools which lets users crack their iPhones. Now he is also active in the Android camp and has a free software available for download published on the net, with which it is now possible to obtain root privileges on the Samsung Galaxy S4 with 1 single click!

The application is called Towelroot and is currently available in version 1.3. On the website, a conventional APK file has to be downloaded, which can be installed on any Android device, if you allow the installation of software from unknown sources. This is done in the menu settings.

After installing the software your phone will automatically restart. Now a button with the text “Make it ra1n” is available – the same name GeoHot chose in the past, even with jailbreak tools.

Once you ran Towelroot, you should now have access after a reboot. You can test this with apps that require special access and are labeled accordingly in the Google Play Store. Or you can download Root Checker.

Officially Towelroot was made specifically for the S5 and the Note 3. But according to user reports can also be other Android phones such as the S3 and you can even use it on S4’s Mini models (see the specific instructions for that here), the Google Nexus 4 and 5 and can as well provide root access to various devices from LG. With Android smartphones from HTC, Towelroot does not work.

I will have to wait and see whether Samsung will complicate the root access on its smartphones as part of future firmware updates. In the past, the company had already access to the service menu which was impossible to have, for example, it allowed users to limit the wireless coverage to the LTE network, which is not possible via the traditional menu.

Current industry rumors say that the S5 will still get an update this month to Android 4.4.3.

It should also be noted that this for owners of Android phones is certainly attractive, since some functions are only available by getting it rooted., but it does void your warranty! So know that before proceeding.

Here’s a brief video that shows you how the process works if you’re interested:

I Could Root Samsung Galaxy S4 Using Towelroot

My PC, My Customizations

I have friends that when they come over to my place they see my computer and go “Oh. Wow! That’s a cool computer!” Haha, my girlfriend would say otherwise. Nevertheless, I thought I’d put together a list of some things that I thought someone could do to make their computer look much cooler.

First, if you haven’t upgraded from Windows XP to Vista or 7 yet, one really cool way to spruce up your PC is with the Vista Inspirat 2 theme package by CrystalXP. It is a really awesome way to disguise your computer and make it look like you are running Windows Vista. It provides a whole new icon set changing the look of files and mouse pointers and a sound package with Vista sounds.

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Not only does it do that, your start menu is changed to look the same as well as wallpapers, including your log on/off screens. It uses relatively the same amount of resources as any windows theme so you don’t have to worry about a slow computer. The best part about the package is you don’t have to worry about changing from what you already know and you also don’t get a lot of the hassles you get in Vista and 7, but on the same hand you don’t get some of the helpful features and updates provided with the new releases.

Another great way to spice up the look of your computer is to head on over to Stardock’s website. They offer some amazing programs to dramatically change the look of your computer. Take for example their DeskScapes 3 program.

“Stardock DeskScapes is a program that allows users to have animated wallpaper on their Windows 7, Vista or XP desktop. It supports playing video as animated wallpaper, dynamically generated content as animated wallpaper, and more.”

The files come know as Dream files. It is quite a perfect name for them as you can create anything you can dream and make it an animated wallpaper. Dream files can be found anywhere on the net and have quite a number of designers making them. A great place to start looking for them is WinCustomize.com where you can find a large selection of files.

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Stardock has a large variety of applications to choose from, another great example is DesktopX 3. DesktopX allows it’s user’s to build their own desktops, including widgets and gadgets. The functionality of this program is so ridiculous I have seen desktops that were 3D globes and cubes, and some advanced menu systems that completely replaced what everyone has grown so familiar with. Many of the widgets such as weather, RSS feeds, and my computer have been incorporated into the desktop so as to provide a seamless environment that looks as if it is to belong there.

Finally, another great way to customize the look of your computer is changing its physical features. Many websites off ridiculous looking cases with many colors and designs. Some cases come optimized for advanced cooling while others are optimized for storage and the rest are for show.

Most custom cases will have cutout windows that allow you to show off the interior of your computer. You can then ad to the interior lighting such as neon, LED and cold cathode. Lighting can add dramatic effects by using different colors or UV reactive wiring and paint. The lighting, I must say, looks extremely ridiculous when placed inside a completely clear acrylic case. Hell, if you want you could even add a fan to your computer that has an LCD screen which will display a programmable message.

So now that you know a few ways to add your own personal touch to the extremely bland computer you are reading this on take a look around the web and start working on it!

My PC, My Customizations