Friday, January 31, 2014

Piracast (Miracast on Pi) Beta Release

As Miracast devices are becoming popular for streaming the screen contents from an Android device to a large-screen TV or monitor, here is an interesting project that should turn a Respberry Pi device into a Miracast receiver.

Raspberry Pi • View topic - Piracast (Miracast on Pi) Beta Release

Code: piracast@github

Will 8.1.1 equal 7.0?

Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default | The Verge

Monday, January 27, 2014

AngularJS for Legacy Apps

Here is a presentation on how to add AngularJS to existing applications (or legacy apps).

AngularJS for Legacy Apps

Apparently, it is possible to completely separate new Angular code from the existing code. It is also possible to interact between the two.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SIM Unlock Galaxy S3

This article contains links to resources in relation to SIM-unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Note that I'm doing this with a second-hand phone so there are no provider contracts involved.

There is software on Android available for unlocking the phone. However, this depends on several variables and may not be successful in each case.

I have not found a method that works!

SIM-unlocking is tightly related to your phone's IMEI. Hence, a very viable option is to pay ~€20 for unlocking at a local phone shop.


To get IMEI, dial *#06# using Phone.

  • Easily SIM Unlock GSM Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 & Galaxy Note 2 N7100 (link)
  • Free SIM Unlock for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 (Various Models) (link
  • GalaxSim at Play Store (link
  • [Q]I9300 network unlock on firmware version 4.3 (EFS v2) (link
  • How to Network Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S3 to Use with Another GSM Carrier (link) - this method uses phone code.
  • How to Backup and Restore EFS / IMEI on Samsung Galaxy Devices – Did You Do It? (link)
  • IMEI and EFS issues (link)

to Samsung Galaxy S3

Flash Stock ROM on Galaxy S3

Pay attention to select the correct provider for the stock ROM in case the phone is SIM-locked.
Flash the .md5 file with Odin.
Perform factory reset. Reboot.

  • Stock ROM. Download from here. Select your provider.
  • Odin
  • [FULL FIX]S3 TO FACTORY STATE unroot/stock recovery/reset binary counter/stock ROM (link). See Step 4.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rooting Nexus 7 2013

How to root Nexus 7 (2013) - link - @ laptopmag

Some not-so-obvious details:
Nexus 7 will not be seen by ADB by default. You need to go to Settings -> Storage -> (Menu) USB computer connection -> uncheck MTP and check PTP. Then allow the computer hash to access the device via ADB. Only now will device be visible in Root Toolkit.

Before unlocking, as usual, don't forget to make backups, including APNs and potentially other data that is only stored on the tablet. The apps can be restored from the market so that's not critical.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

How to install OmniRom to Galaxy S3

The procedure is relatively simple but pay attention to version numbers for the various software involved. Steps would be:

  • Download OmniROM and GApps packages (.zip) to the phone.
  • If not rooted, root the phone and flash TWRP recovery.
  • Flash OmniROM and GApps packages, wipe data(!), reboot

Source: Article.
After upgrade, I had all the apps and their data remain from the 4.3 version.

Also, some first-aid type of texts:
  • Flash stock ROM (link)
  • Restoring a stuck S3 (link)
  • Samsung drivers (link)
Download links:
  • Odin versions (link)

Root Galaxy S3

In brief, flash the correct auto root .md5 file to the device using Odin.
  • Download CF Auto Root (homepage)
  • Download Odin 
In Odin, select the .md5 file in PDA slot. Put the phone in the download mode and flash.

Root Samsung Galaxy S3 (link) @ ibtimes.

to Samsung Galaxy S3 page.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Sim Unlock

Haven't tried this but there seems to be a program to unlock a Samsung Galaxy phone:

GalaxSim Unlock

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A bit more about Ingress

As I recently started playing Google's Ingress, by Niantic Labs, here are some opinions on the purpose of the game:
  • The Hidden Side of Ingress (link)
  • Why Google's Ingress game is a data gold mine; New Scientist (link)
  • What could be the purpose behind Ingress? (link)
There are many more but the ones above are enough to portray a general understanding on what is the purpose of the (data collection behind the) game.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Passlet - JavaScript password manager

Here is one more online password manager implemented in JavaScript:

Passlet - Online Password Manager