Phonlab E-Campus Free Course

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Phonlab E-Campus free Chromebook Support course

I have been working with Phonlab for many months now and we decided to bring everyone a FREE course on Chromebooks to help techs and repair shops trouble shoot and fix customer devices. If you want to get access to this FREE course just head over to Phonlab.Teachable.com and enroll. Once you enroll in the Chromebook Support course you will have access to all the lessons. We hope you enjoy them and if you find them handy you may want to check out Phonlab E-Campus where we cover smartphone repairs and security.  Phonlab has just added our own tool called MotoReaper and it can remove FRP factory reset protection lock on any Motorola device on the market today. It is an amazing tool and all students at Phonlab E-campus get access to this tool. We hope to see you there so join us and be the future of mobile today.

 

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Fools For Android Giveaway

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April Fool’s (Fools For Android) Giveaway

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Well Android lovers, looks like it is time for another fun giveaway. This is just one of the cool ways that Rootjunky.com and some many other sponsors ( listed below ) like to give back to there subscribers and fans. So we have all decided to join up and throw this big giveaway. Good luck and make sure you follow all the Gleam.io rules and get as many entries as you can.

A Total of 26 Prizes

Nexus 5X
ISAW AIR Wi-Fi Full HD Action Camera White
Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Samsung Gear VR
$20 Play Store Gift Card
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Studio Monitor Reference Headphones
Chromecast
Chromecast
$25 Play Store Gift Card
Inateck Bluetooth Speaker
Choetech: Fast Wireless Charger
Satechi USB C Micros SD/SD Reader
X4 & NuuMobile Swag Bag
X4 & NuuMobile Swag Bag
LG Electronics Tone Ultra HBS-810 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset
Glyby Virtual Reality Glasses w/ Bluetooth Remote
Noot Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Tile (Bluetooth Key, Phone, etc. Finder)
Choetech: 3 Port Type-C Wall Charger
Honor 5X
Aukey BT Headphones
Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger
GateKeeper
Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio

 

18 sponsors

AndroidFileHost, Bane-Tech, BooredAtWork, c4eTech, Dope Tech Daily, DroidModderX, GadgtSpot, GameBros, Garwynn/GameTechnician, iTechTriad, NuuMobile, RootJunky, Rwilco12/EpicDroid.com, Scott Greenstone, Talk Android News, TeckGeeks.com, The Smoking Android, & TK Bay.

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Enter Giveaway HERE 

Full roles found on the Gleam IO page giveaway starts 4-1-16

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway – We Love You!

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway – We Love You!

Valentine's Day Giveaway

I have joined up with a bunch of youtubers and friends to bring all of you another fun giveaway with lots of awesome prizes and cool gadgets to win. Here is a list of the prizes you could win. This giveaway is like sending a Valentine’s Day gift to  you all 🙂 There is a huge list of people contributing to this giveaway and you can see them all at the gleam IO page with full rules on how to enter. Good Luck.

  1.  Amazon Fire 7in Tablet
  2. Kindle fire Stick
  3. chromecast
  4. chromecast audio
  5. ISAW air wi-fi full HD action camera
  6. $50 Amazon gift card
  7. Alcatel Idol 3 phone
  8. Kindle Fire 7in Tablet
  9. $25 Google play store gift card
  10. NUU mobile Z8 phone
  11. NUU mobile X4 phone
  12. Remix Mini PC
  13. chromecast
  14. Inateck 5-port usb charger
  15. Nexus Player
  16. chromecast
  17. zyubico USB security key with usb cable
  18. case for a Nexus 6

The giveaway will begin on 2/15/16

It will close on the 2/24/16 winners will be contacted after this date.

GLEAM IO PAGE

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Android New Years Giveaway

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ANDROID NEW YEARS GIVEAWAY

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Hey Everyone!

By now you’ve probably seen several of our posts on Twitter and other social media hinting that something big was coming.  Well we are here to announce that something big is in fact here!

We recently hosted Droidsgiving with our partners at AndroidFileHost.com.   We had several prominent individuals from the Android community join us and we had a lot of success.  Most importantly we were able to give back to all of you who helped make us all what we are today.  We talked it over amongst ourselves and decided that we needed to tell you all thank you again which is why we are hosting Droidsgiving Part 2! / Android New Years Giveaway.

The giveaway will be done via Gleam.io and will open on January 1st at 12:01 AM MDT and will go through January 10th at 11:59 PM MDT.

There will be 18 winners drawn from all valid entries.  Please be sure to review the terms and conditions when you enter!

We’ve got an awesome group of prizes lined up and even more sponsors partnering with us this time.  Check out the list below!

AndroidFileHost –Nexus 5X

AndroidFileHost –Kindle Fire 7″ 5th Gen

AndroidFileHost –Amazon Fire Stick

AndroidFileHost –Dead Zebra Android Figurine – Bingle Bear

c4eTech –$50 Amazon Gift Card

TheGameTechnician.com –$25 Gift Card

Jeff Springer –Samsung Gear VR Headset

BaneTech –Sades D802 Gaming Headset

Kevin The Tech Ninja –$25 Play Store Gift Card

Rwilco12 –Chromecast 2nd Gen

DroidModderX –Leagoo Elite 1

Qbking77 –Chromecast 2nd Gen

RootJunky –Kindle Fire 7″ 5th Gen

XDA-Developers TV –$25 Play Store Gift Card

TK Bay –Chromecast 2nd Gen

TK Bay –Chromecast 2nd Gen Audio

Good luck and we hope you win the giveaway! ENTER HERE

 

Chromecast Giveaway

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Chromecast Giveaway has ENDED look at the bottom of post to see the winner

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One of my awesome followers, Fred, has  sent me this Google Chromecast device to giveaway!    Google Chromcast allows you to  stream youtube, netflix and your android device screen right to your HDTV.   More information on this device can be found HERE.  also if you want to order one for yourself check it out here at Google play

Giveaway instructions:

Subscribe to my youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Tomsgt123

Comment on this giveaway Video with what was your favorite Christmas present you gave or received this year.

A winner will be chosen at random on 12/31 good luck

US residents only.

Big thanks to Fred for making this fun Chromecast giveaway happen.

 

And the Winner is…..  Gana Faze. Winner has one Week from the end of the giveaway to claim there prize.

RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless File Wireless Filehub

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RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless File Wireless Filehub / Portable Travel Router

Something i never used before is this RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub / Portable Travel Router  but theres so much more to it than just the title. It is probably the best investment I have made for ALL my mobile devices. I was on the fence about what wireless wifi storage to get Seagate, Kingston Wi-drive, Airstash and lots more but decided on the ravpower. Main reason was that it had a micro SD card slot and USB port to connect a multitude of different storage devices. And lets be honest, how many SD cards, microsd cards, portable hard drives and usb flash drives do we have laying around? There is soooo much potential with this product and some very nice surprises that I found out that makes this wifi disk a MUST have for all the tech geeks in us.

Bonus, it doubles up as external battery pack. 6,000mah may not be a lot but it does come in handy in those critical must have a charge situations. Specs:

Wireless wi-fi storage and external battery pack 6000mah
Micro SD card slot
USB slot

The size of the wifi disk is about the size of a small portable hard drive, fits perfect in the palm of your hand and thats perfect size in my opinion.

To connect to the device you must make a wifi connection to it. It is named “WiFiSD-158E” and the password is “11111111”. That is 8 ones BTW.

Performance:

I was able to pick up a wide array of storage media. SD card, microsd , Flash drives ranging from 4gb to 32gb with many different brands. It was able to power a Seagate portable hard drive no problem while a SD card was also in the sd card slot.

Many different devices were used to connect to the wifi disk: Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Ipad 4, Acer laptop, Coby Cryos android tablet, galaxy S3, Iphone 5 and a t-mobile S2.

It says that up to 5 devices can be connected to it.

I was able to play all sorts of video files from it, divx/xvid, avi, mp4, mkv, mov…..720p,1080p. It handled it like a champ.

I connected 5 devices and tried to stream a divx file all at the same time. It worked flawlessly, no stutters, no audio drops.
Now I dunno about HD 720p or 1080p files with 5 devices trying to stream from it. Will try more tests later.

You can access your connected storage via 3 different ways:

Now, you can use the recommended mobile apps mobile fun (android) and airstor (IOS) to connect to the device to see your connected storage options. They are nice clean simple apps. Reminds me of an “ES Explorer” type file explorer. Pretty fast, smooth and it simply just works. The one thing the APP is a must for is to make it a wifi hotspot. What that means is that you can configure it to connect to your regular home internet router so that when your device is connected to it; you can still have internet access. Basically it acts like a wireless bridge for your router. Once configured you don’t have to use the apps ever again.

You can even use your browser to go to “10.10.10.254” and connect via a web interface. The default username is “admin” and there is no password. You can configure it to have a password; which I did via a wizard tutorial. This is nice since you can connect your laptop to it and access the connected storage.

The last option was a little thing I figured out and was pleasantly surprised! The wifi disk can be accessed via ANY file explorer app that can make SAMBA/SMB connections! File explorers such as “ES Explorer” and “Solid Explorer” have this ability. I personally recommend solid explorer (more on that in a bit).

You just have to set it up

For solid explorer press the “jump” button, then “Network” and then “SMB/CIFS” button. Jump>Network>SMB/CIFS
Now press the plus sign button at the top right. It will cause a popup that you will need to fill in the appropriate info.

Display name: can be left blank
Computer name or ip address: enter 10.10.10.254
Authentication method: can set as “Log in as guess” if you did not use the web interface to make a pass word. If you did make a password set it as “store encrypted password”
Username: admin
password: whatever password you made via the web interface

Now you should be able use the file explorer to navigate the connected storage options:

SDCARD-Volume1 = SD card slot
USBDisk-Volume1 = USB port connected storage

Now you don’t need an extra app to use the wifi disk. Use the file explorer you love and know!

Solid Explorer is my recommendation because it has the two pane option when in landscape mode. With the two panel mode, you can navigate to the “SD card” with pane 1 and then navigate to the “usb port” with pane 2. This will allow you to transfer files between the “sd card” and the “usb port” storage seamlessly and easily! There was a step by step guide on amazon how to transfer files between two attached storage options on the wifi disk, but this makes it sooooo much easier!

Build Quality: Seems solid, not too flimsy but quite light. Nice colored LED’s that aren’t too bright.

Gripes about it:

Only comes in white; no black option. It sticks out like a sore thumb next to all my other devices.
Does not come with a wall charger; but will use any usb charger which in my opinion are VERY minor.

If you would like to pick on up you can get it for about $50.00 from Amazon HERE

The Voip Life

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The Voip Life

Voice Over IP.

       Living with wi-fi only for mobile calling can be a tricky process to start but thanks to root junky there is a step by step video guide for those who are interested in the idea of Voip and free wi-fi calling. Once you have set-up Voip on your wifi device, (phone/tablet) the next plan of action is to sniff out free wifi hotspots in your local area and along your daily commute.

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        For convenience sake, if you have home internet, look into what your provider offers as far as internet features and ask about free wifi hotspots. If you, yourself don’t own home internet or your provider doesn’t offer the free wifi hotspot feature, ask friends and family if their internet provider offers these features and ask for their credentials so you may use it. Comcast for example offers free wifi hotspots to their internet subscribers, but where I live Comcast is not offered and I myself have Verizon, who does not offer free wifi hotspots. I use the bartering system and offer what I have in trade for what I lack. For example I asked a family member for their Comcast login information for the free hotspot in exchange for my Amazon Prime login information for the free movies and other Prime features. Which is funny because the features of Amazon Prime are fruitless without internet. Now with some form of free hotspot in your life lets start mapping out wifi hotspots offered by local businesses and homeowners without protected wifi routers. Most businesses offer free wifi which is awesome of them, its a nice way to give back to the customer. Most have parkinglot range and with some luck even reach the streets so you can connect to the wifi at the red-light and get sms and call updates that were missed while blackedout or disconnected from the internet. A good way to start collecting free hotspots is keeping the wifi settings open and scan for networks at every stop, standstill and red-light, where its safe to look at your phone (please drive carefully and never text and drive) and when you find a free or unprotected wifi network just connect and hit remember. Every time you are within range of the wifi network it’ll auto connect and you will be able to receive and send texts and calls. If you travel on foot or by way of public transportation this will be easier since walking while looking at our phones is now second nature. Try walking on both sides of the street on route to your daily commutes to double your wifi hotspot odds. Also if you take a bus and your nearest bus-stop doesn’t have a free wifi hotspot connection try walking to the next waiting station and seeing if you get lucky, now you’ll have a reason to get a little more exercise on your commute. Keeping the wifi settings open and hitting scan as often as possible while in transit is the best way to start a wifi commute path to stay connected to the internet as often as possible while in motion. I noticed some people on public transit have there phone or other form of hotspot open and unprotected for anyone to use, just remember if you don’t know or trust the wifi source proceed with caution and don’t risk using credit card information or logging into private social sites while using random hotspots. Social gatherings and outings with friends or family can make wifi only living feel like mooching when you find yourself asking everyone at the party if they have a free hotspot or wifi password you can use to post socially with the rest of the live streaming in the moment as it happens vloggers and bloggers in the group. Try not to seem desperate or over needy for internet because your friends pay for internet they don’t know the need for it and sharing that password with you might come with new trust barriers to overcome. Just be cool and if questioned just simply explain your situation and need for wifi since its not on your utilities list. Most of my friends dont mind me using their wifi and hotspot passwords, since i’ve been doing this wifi only lifestyle for years now its come to them at no surprise when i ask for wifi and hotspot information at new locations or when i’m a little late to replying to a text or missed call. Not paying a phone bill and not having internet 24/7 and everywhere you go is in a way freeing. I don’t get bothered by not being able to check my Facebook feed or post a Tweet when i’m out and about.

       Simply put because when i’m out and about, i dont need that distraction to take me out of the moment. I capture moments , I take snaps, I post whats on my mind and I send texts at the time in the moment and when I connect to the internet that is when my posts, likes, snaps and texts go live to their respective social destinations. I never paid a phone bill. I don’t know what it is like to have a phone plan. Mobile internet to be connected 24/7 and everywhere you go is not something I see worth paying for. Not when I have my wifi hotspot  daily commute lined out so well I almost always have an internet connect in my travels. The amount of blackout time or time without internet is so small I just can’t bring myself to pay to fill in the gaps and you shouldn’t either. Even the cheapest monthly phone bill with reasonable internet is about $34.99 a month which is $420.00 a year. Saving $420.00 a year adds up fast.

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Wifi Phone

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How to turn your old or new android device into a WiFi phone

Requirements

1.  Phone with Android version 4.3 or higher

2.  Gmail account

3.  Google hangouts app installed

4.  Google Voice app installed

5.  Hangouts dialer app installed

6.  A phone number you can use to setup your Google voice account with but not use. It can be a land line or a cell

7. a WiFi network to have your device connected to. maybe at your home or at McDonalds 🙂

Steps for setup

1. Go to Google.com/voice and login

2. get a new number for your google voice account

3. activate new number be verifying with another number cell phone or lane line.

4. setup voice mail and any other settings you like on the site

5. check forward calls to Google chat this is really import also make sure you verification number isnt checked

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6. Now that you have your google voice number setup you can setup the apps on your phone

7. setup google voice app first then open and setup hangouts next hangouts dialer

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8. go to settings on hangouts app and select sms and enable it

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8. again in settings click on your email address. Then under google voice check both incoming phone calls and messages

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thats it your done

if you did everything right you now have a android phone that when it is on wifi can make and receive phone calls with the google voice number you setup. It can send and receive text also from that google voice number and even get voice mail that can be played in the hangouts app, in fact all the features listed here are done from the hangouts app.

This is a great way to use a old phone or even a phone with a bad esn

No sim card required device can be unactivated

Enjoy my little trick and also what i use for a home phone

RootJunky Out

Sync this phone with a android wear device and you will be really running smooth 🙂

 if you are still having a hard time with this check out this video it the same process just with different apps