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How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone (& Never Worry About It Again) (Video)

Since most iPhone users don’t stray from iOS they usually upgrade from an iPhone to a newer iPhone. When they do this, things like photos, app data, and a tons of other things are synced and then transferred directly to the new phone. Combine this with the fact that most users don’t upgrade their storage when buying their next iPhone and you can see how we have a pretty easy recipe for running out of space pretty quickly.

Luckily you can free up space on your iPhone with a few simple steps. Things like making sure you aren’t saving duplicate photos (Instagram is notorious for this), saving photos to the cloud automatically so you can delete old ones from the phone without fear of losing them forever, as well as cleaning up some app data and caches that are just taking up space for no good reason.

So let’s see how we can free up storage space on your iPhone and how we can put things in place to make it far less often you’ll need to do this purging.

How to Free Up Space on the iPhone

Check Storage and Find the Largest Cuplrits

First off, we shouldn’t go into this blindly, right? Let’s see what the biggest storage hogs are, then we can tackle this starting with the biggest culprits and move on.

Thankfully, iOS has a way to check this built it. Head to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage under Storage. From here you’ll see list sorted by the items with the largest size on top.

Now that we can see the biggest culprits eating away at our storage, let’s go through how we can free up the storage they are hogging and also see if we can stop them from taking up so much in the future.

iPhone Storage

Photos

After doing the check on the storage, chances are, you’ll most likely see Photos pretty close to the top. Since it is probably the biggest complaint I usually hear about and the one that usually takes up the most data by far, let’s tackle that one first.

Use Google Photos to Automatically Backup All Photos & Videos then Delete Old Ones

Now that we’ve cut down on the duplicates, let’s take care of the big one –your camera roll.

I did an article on this a while ago and named a bunch of ways to backup your photos and you can check that out, but my favorite way is using Google Photos. Essentially, we’re going to use Google Photos, with its free unlimited storage and auto-backup features, to backup all of the photos we have on the phone then delete the ones on the phone since Google Photos allows us to see all of our photos in the Google Photos app without them taking up space on the phone.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t show them to anyone or post them on Google Plus or anything weird like that, and as a bonus, it actually has some cool (slightly freaky?) search features you can then use to find photos once they’re in the app.

Here’s how to use it.

Backup your Photos

Google Photos Backup

  1. Head to the App Store, search for and install Google Photos.
  2. Open it once installed and login/signup (it’s free).
  3. Then click the Settings icon and select to Automatically Backup photos (or select it when prompted during the setup process).
  4. Connect to a Wifi network at this point to speed up the process (and make sure it uploads your videos as well).
  5. Tap the menu icon at the top left and then tap on Assistant and make sure you see it backing up.
  6. Wait. A long time.
  7. Once it says it is done, head to photos.google.com and login with the same credentials you used for the app. Once you do, do a quick scroll through the photos to confirm they all seem to be there (maybe also do some other backup methods just in case as well).

Erase the Camera Roll Photos

Delete Camera Roll

Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t have a way of deleting apps in bulk very easily and would require you to delete them one by one, but thankfully, Google Photos just added the ability to delete them all from inside the app. Here’s how.

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Tap the menu icon at the top left then tap Settings.
  3. Under Free up device storage, tap Free Up Space and follow the prompts to finish the job.

From then on, you’ll have reclaimed a ton of storage and still have access to any photo you need from the past by going to the Google Photos app and finding it from there.

Also, from now on, the Google Photos app will always backup your photos and videos if you open the app once in a while while connected to Wifi (it is supposed to do it automatically without having to do that, but I find it doesn’t always so I open it once in a while and let it backup, just to be safe).

Messages

Messages on Mac

An app that you wouldn’t really think of hogging a lot of data, but is usually one I see on people’s phones at the top of the storage usage list, is your messages app.

Reason being is that iOS automatically saves all of the photos from your conversations as well as the conversations themselves indefinitely (by default, at least). And since you probably don’t need all of that, let’s change it from Forever to 30 days (the shortest amount it has).

  1. Head to Settings > Messages.
  2. Under Message History, tap Keep Messages and change it from Forever to 30 days

Music

The next biggie for most people is their Music. This usually happens when you have your music actually saved on your phone, say through iTunes, but there’s a better way –streaming.

Use a Streaming Music Service

Spotify Streaming Music

I swap phones so often that I can’t be bothered with putting my music on each one every time so I opted for a streaming service like Spotify instead. You don’t need your entire library on your phone at one time, so instead I save the songs offline from Spotify that I listen to the most often (or know I’m going to want to listen to this week) and then the rest I stream when I feel like I need to hear a specific song. You can download Spotify and pay for the Premium service to be able to do this yourself, or, if you’re engrained in iTunes, you can add iTunes Match to your iTunes to achieve something similar.

Using iTunes Match instead of regular iTunes allows you to keep all your music on your computer, or in the iTunes cloud, and then just download to the phone ones you want to have offline and stream the others like with Spotify. The benefit of this over Spotify is really for those that have their own downloaded music library and want to be able to access it instead of relying on Spotify’s audio library.

To Setup iTunes Match

Sign Up for iTunes Match

  1. On the phone, head to Settings > Music > Subscribe to iTunes Match.
  2. Download and open iTunes on your computer and add your music to it so it can upload it to iCloud.
  3. Once done, head back to the phone and go to Settings > Music > Turn On iTunes Match

Extra Ways to Free Up Space

That probably covers the biggest ones, but there are a few other things to try and reclaim some more storage if you want.

Stop Saving Duplicate Photos

You might not know this, but your phone is saving duplicate photos.

The biggest offenders of this are your normal camera app and Instagram. Your regular camera app does this whenever you take a photo using HDR (which is a software for helping take low-light photos) and Instagram just infamously saves any photo you upload to Instagram as a photo in your camera roll for no reason.

Since neither of these is really very useful in my opinion – use your own judgement though, of course – let’s turn them both off.

Photos

Turn Off Keep Normal Photo

  1. Head to Settings > Photos & Camera
  2. Scroll down and turn off Keep Normal Photo under HDR.

Instagram

Turn Off Instagram Photo Saving

  1. Open the Instagram app.
  2. Tap on your profile then tap the Settings (gear) icon.
  3. Turn off Save Original Photos.

Delete Voicemail Messages

Deleted Voicemails

  1. Head to Phone > Voicemail.
  2. Swipe on each voicemail and tap delete until you delete them all.

Delete Old Podcasts

Podcasts App

  1. Open the Podcast app.
  2. Swipe on each one and tap delete until you delete them all.

Delete Unused Apps

Removing Apps

We all hate to see apps go, but as a last resort, it might be a good idea to check that manage storage list and see which apps use a lot of data that you simply don’t use that often (think video games, apps that do a particular thing you could just as easily do in the browser, or ones you just haven’t touched in forever).

There you go.

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How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

If you don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars for an Android phone, the Samsungs Galaxy Star PRO might be a good alternative. Successor to the original Samsung Galaxy Star, the Star PRO offers enhanced features and a little larger screen.

The phone runs on Android 4.1 which may seem a little obsolete considering the version of Android available now, but, with a little help from rooting the Galaxy Star PRO, you can get what users of the latest versions are enjoying. If you root your Samsung Galaxy Star PRO, you can get access to tons of root-only apps, custom ROMs, custom kernels, and many other things that’ll improve the performance as well as the appearance of your phone.

Adding new features isn’t the only thing that root lets you do, it also allows you remove the some of Samsung’s bloatware (stock apps loaded on your phone by the manufacturer) from your phone that you don’t use.

Here’s how to root a Samsung Galaxy Star PRO:

Before You Begin

  1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
  2. You must have a Windows based PC to do this procedure.
  3. You should have Samsung USB drivers installed on your Windows PC.
  4. This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.
  5. You should only try this on the GT-S7262 variant of the device. You can find out your variant info by going to Menu > Settings > About phone on your device.

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

To root the device, you’ll first flash a custom recovery on your device and then use that recovery to flash SuperSU which will root your device. Here’s how you can do it:

Downloading Required Files

  1. Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
    Odin
  2. Download CWM Recovery and save it to your desktop.
    CWM Recovery (Download link’s available in the first post)
  3. Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.
    SuperSU

Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

  1. Unzip files from Odin over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
  2. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll launch.
  3. When Odin launches, click on PDA and select CWM Recovery available on your desktop.
  4. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin.
  5. Turn off your device.
  6. Turn your device back on in download mode by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
  7. Hit Volume UP when prompted and you should be in download mode.
  8. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  9. Click on Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing CWM Recovery on your device.
  10. Wait for Odin to flash a custom recovery on your device.
  11. When the Odin’s done flashing recovery, your device should reboot.

There you go!

A custom recovery was successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Star PRO, and here’s how you can use the newly installed recovery to root your device:

Root the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

  1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
  4. Turn off your device.
  5. Reboot your device into recovery mode by holding down Volume UP, Home, and Power buttons together.
  6. Your device should now be in recovery mode.
  7. Select install zip from sdcard in the recovery menu.
  8. Select choose zip from sdcard on the screen that follows.
  9. Navigate to your internal SD card storage and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
  10. Hit Yes when prompted to flash SuperSU on your device.
  11. Wait for SuperSU to be flashed on your device.
  12. When it’s done flashing, reboot your device by choosing reboot system now.
  13. Your device should reboot.

Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy Star PRO is now rooted!

It’s time to explore what the custom Android world has to offer as your device is now rooted and has a custom recovery. Head over to our Samsung Galaxy Star PRO ROMs page and check out all of the custom ROMs available for your device that you can then flash and enjoy on your device.

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Everything You Need to Know from Facebook F8

Facebook just concluded their developer conference called F8 (is it slightly creepy that that spells fate?). During this event Mark Zuckerberg, laid out Facebook’s 10 year plan for world domination roadmap for the company that showed their products like WhatsApp and Instagram all the way to their VR aspirations and their plans to use drones and other means to make sure everyone can access the internet (and their products, of course).

Facebook F8 Roadmap

Since it is a developer event, Facebook kicked things off with some new developer tools.

Login Tools

Facebook announced a few tools for developers to help with logging into their apps. Sort of makes sense considering Facebook is the most popular login service in the world.

First up, there is Account Kit which developers can use to allow their users to login to their apps using their phone number or email. This came after developers told Facebook users wanted to be able to login without needing a Facebook account.

They also announced a new login for users with Facebook accounts, called Anonymous Login. As the name suggests, you’ll have a new Login Anonymously option in addition to the Login with Facebook option we are used to seeing that will allow you to login to an app using Facebook but without sharing any of your personal info and not letting the app post to your Facebook.

In addition to this new option – that I’m not sure why you would ever not select frankly, but maybe I’m missing something – Facebook also announced line by line controls for the normal Facebook Login. You can actually choose which permissions you want to give the app instead of having to allow all of them in one shot.

Sharing Tools

Next up in the developer tools that’ll probably affect you as an end-user is the new sharing-type tools that Facebook announced.

There is a new quote-sharing tool that developers can put on their sites eventually that’ll let users highlight text on the page and it’ll give users the option to directly quote it and share it to Facebook.

Quote Sharing

There’s also a new Save to Facebook button that developers will also be allowed to embed on their sites to have you save articles, yes, like Pocket or Instapaper, but to your Facebook app for reading later. Once of the nice things that might help this get adopted faster than Pocket or Instapaper is the face it doesn’t strip down the site, so publishers (ehem!) can still have their ads on the page and continue to make revenue. At least, until Facebook strips that out and forces them to use their own ad network, called Audience Network.

Messenger

The clear star of this event, though, was definitely Messenger.

Just like Microsoft unveiled at their recent event, Facebook is pushing bots. Now in Messenger, you can talk to specific bots and they’ll deliver information to you via conversational text instead of, say using an app. For example, messaging the CNN bot will have it ask you what topics you are interested in and it will then use that info to tell you about the news from those topics, the 1-800-Flowers bot can help you order flowers to someone, etc.

Facebook Messenger Bots

Again, as I’ve said before, these bot things are going to get interesting and they’re a brand new type of App Store that people like Microsoft and Facebook have opened up to developers to create their own (which, I’m sure will eventually be able to be charged for, which Facebook and Microsoft will then take a percentage of à la every app store).

This new bot platform is now ready for development and is dubbed “Messenger Platform”.

Live Streaming API

Another form of communication that Facebook is betting on is live video. With the release of their live video recently, it makes sense that Facebook announced their new Live Streaming API that’ll allow developers to throw live video up on Facebook. So, you know, expect more soon.

Virtual Reality

Being that Facebook owns the popular Oculus VR company, it was expected that there’d be some Virtual Reality news coming out of this event and Facebook didn’t disappoint in that respect: they launched a camera.

Facebook Surround 360

The new Surround 360 camera is capable of shooting 8K video using 17 lens and costs about $30,000. While that may sound like a lot of money, let me assure you that for that resolution and a 360 degree shooting rig with minimal setup needed, it’s not.

Conclusion

And there you go, a quick recap of the things that Facebook announced at F8 this year. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below and I’ll reply ASAP.

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HTC 10 Announced Today, Here’s the Details

HTC held an event on the 12th to launch their new flagship phone. HTC has had a bit of a rough patch with their phones starting with the M9 not being received terribly well and the A9 getting dangerously close to looking like an iPhone, if we’re honest. Thankfully though, they seemed to have course corrected and gone back to what makes HTC phones HTC phones with the HTC 10.

So first thing you’ll notice about the new HTC 10 is that the word One isn’t there. In an effort to probably associate this new device with a reinvention of their lineup, HTC has dropped the One moniker. HTC’s Head of Global Product Marketing Darren Sng (yup, there are no vowels in his last name) told Android Central ahead of the launch that the idea behind the name is that they are aiming for a “perfect 10” device.

Body & Design

htc-10-pdp-design

The body of this new device has chamfered edges on the back of the unibody metal design along with smaller edges on the front to help the 5.2″ 2.5K SuperLCD 5 screen transition to the thin sides of the device.

On the right side, we have the SIM tray, a textured power button, to help you differentiate it from the volume buttons that also sit on that side.

At the bottom we have a fingerprint sensor/home button and capacitive buttons for back and multitasking.

Audio

HTC 10 HiFi Audio

HTC has also dropped the dual front facing speakers in favor of a different type of system. Instead they have a HiFi BoomSound speaker at the top hidden in the earpiece to play the higher audio and the equivalent of a subwoofer at the very bottom for the low-end. Of course, we’ll have to see how this new setup stacks up against the much beloved dual speakers from before, but so far most people’s reactions are at least positive.

Also, in the audio department, the HTC 10 has 24 bit audio support when using a wired headset (like the LG G5 once it adds the HiFi Module) and can even upscale audio to the better quality as well. Because of this, they have also released a new wired headset to take advantage of the high-def audio.

Camera

HTC 10 Rear Camera

A department where the M9 lacked and caused a huge uproar is the camera so a lot is riding on it for this new flagship in the minds of HTC fans.

On the new HTC 10, HTC has brought back the UltraPixel concept they started a while back with a new rear-facing 12MP UltraPixel 2 sensor that has larger pixels instead of more. These pixels are 1.55 microns in size which is the same size as the Nexus 6P’s and slightly larger than the new Galaxy S7’s 1.4 micron pixels, in case you’re keeping score.

On the front, we have a new 5MP camera with the same UltraPixels, but with the included benefit of image stabilization –usually only found in the rear facing cameras of devices but HTC has added it to both on this one. Shaky selfies are a common issue, I suppose…

Performance & Battery

Powering all of this we have a Snapdragon 820 processor (like most flagships this year), 4GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage with an option for a MicroSD card for further storage, and a 3000mah battery.

Price and Release Date

HTC 10 Front

The HTC 10 will start shipping in “early May” for around $700.

Conclusion

There you go a quick run down of the new HTC 10. I, for one, am excited about the specs and design, but am going to wait until I can get my hands on one before I let HTC off the hook.

In the meantime, for my favorite hands on articles of the new device, check out the links below and let me know what you guys think in the comments!

Favorite HTC 10 Hands-On from Around the Web

Android Central

Digital Trends

Pocket-Lint

MKBHD

Full specs and to pre-order – http://www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-10/

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What is Continuum? (Video)

One of Windows Phone 10’s really great features that sets it apart from the other mobile operating systems is the new Continuum feature. This feature allows you to plug-in to a monitor or a TV via a separate dock accessory, HDMI, or Miracast dongle (to wirelessly cast it) to get a full-blown version of Windows 10 running from the phone.

It’s pretty simple to set up, but unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple. Nor is it that easy to understand what it can and cannot actually do so I figured I’d put together this video showing what Continuum is and how you can use it.

How to Use Continuum

So there are three ways to use Continuum. Essentially you need a way to project the phone’s screen to another screen (i.e. a monitor or TV) and some input devices, namely a mouse and keyboard. Here’s the options.

Display Dock

Microsoft Continuum Dock

So the most obvious way, thanks to Microsoft’s marketing, is the purpose built accessory, the Display Dock. This small brick allows you to connect your phone to any monitor/TV that has either an HDMI or DisplayPort available. You can then use its other ports to connect a keyboard, mouse, or other peripherals.

Besides the USB-C port that you use to connect your phone to it (that also charges the phone for you, by the way), it includes 3 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a microUSB port. The downsides to this method, is 1. you need to carry it and it’s power adapter with you if you travel with it, 2. it requires its own power, and 3. it costs $99 to buy (or $97 here on Amazon).

MiraCast

Belkin Miracast

MiraCast is a protocol for beaming a display to another device and, thankfully, Continuum and Windows Phone support it. If you have a TV that has the protocol built-in, you can easily tap on the Continuum app on the phone and tap Wireless Display to connect to it.

If you don’t have a display with that built-in, you can always buy a Miracast enabled HDMI dongle like this one, and that’ll allow you to plug it in to any HDMI port on a display to get it to work.

Benefits of this method include the portability of just needing to carry around the tiny dongle instead of the heavy port

USB-C to HDMI Cable

If you’d rather not use the wired approach, you can actually use a proper USB-C to HDMI cable, like this one, to connect the phone to the display and that works, is much cheaper, but doesn’t allow for charging or extra ports, of course.

Keyboard and Mouse

Surface Mouse

Regardless of any of the above three ways to get the screen working, the best way to get the mouse and keyboard to work on Continuum is to get a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, connect them to the phone, and then use those to control the phone.

After searching around for a while, I ended up getting this mouse because of its super small size, accuracy, and the fact it doesn’t need a dongle and this bluetooth keyboard for the same reasons. Regardless any keyboard or mouse with Bluetooth will work with Continuum.

What Continuum Can and Cannot Do

So now that we have it setup, it is a bit of a misnomer to say that it is a “full-blown version of Windows 10”. While it does feel that way at first glance there are a few things to note that it actually cannot do that an actual Windows 10 computer can.

There is No Desktop

So while it may seem like there is a desktop with a start screen, it turns out that it’s actually a large static image used to just fill up the space in the background. What is the difference between that and a desktop you say? Well, you can’t put anything on it — no icons, shortcuts, files, etc. It’s just a background.

Multitasking

Real Desktop

There is no side by side windows or any windows at all actually. Any time you open an app, it simply takes over the entire screen and opening another replaces it. You can still switch between them like you normally would and jump from one to the other but you can’t use two on the same screen at the same time (and opening the same app on the phone will actually pull it from the desktop and open it on the phone).

Can’t Use Most Windows Apps

Contrary to what most of us were led to believe with the unveiling of Continuum, you cannot run most apps or programs meant for Windows 10. Any program meant for 32 or 64 bit Windows will not work, only ones made to work with ARM processors work –just like the old Surface RT.

OK, So What Can It Do?

With all of that said, however, it still does allow the apps that do work (like the Office suite for example) to show as they would on a computer and, with the help of a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, allow you to work within them much more efficiently than on the phone.

Even if it feels to me like it isn’t quite what I expected (or wanted) from this feature is still has some value and combined with the above keyboard and mouse I found, it’s a cool way to get a little work done will traveling. Throw in the Miracast dongle to that hotel TV, open up the keyboard and mouse on a book on the bed, good to go.

So what do you guys think knowing all this about it? Is it useful? Is it worth getting a Windows Phone for this?

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Samsung Gear VR Unboxing (Video)

My Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge came with a free Gear VR and finally, it has arrived in the mail. According to the laws of the internet, I believe that means I need to do an unboxing, so here goes.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the Gear VR, VR in general (because it is fascinating me at the moment) and what you think of the video in general. Thanks for watching!

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Microsoft Build 2016: Everything You Need to Know (Video)

While not the most celebrated or anticipated conference, Microsoft Build is still an important event. As an event for developers on Windows and Windows still being the most popular desktop operating system, the things announced at Microsoft’s Build event have some impact.

While it is a 3 day long event – that can actually be live streamed in it’s entirety – I figured I’d grab some of the most important announcements and condense them into an easier to digest video and bulleted list. From bots and a new age for Cortana, the Microsoft virtual assistant, to big changes for Skype and even Xbox being able to run Windows apps, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Anniversary Update

  • Biometrics for all apps
  • Windows Ink
  • Comes to Xbox and Holo Lens

Windows Ink

  • Cortana can grab words contextually and then use them to set reminders, edit
  • Rulers from the other hand can be controlled with two fingers to rotate and one to position, then you can use it to straighten lines
  • Ink drawn on a map can calculate distance, can record elevation so it is 3D when rotated
  • Crossing out words or paragraphs will erase them, highlighting can be straightened

Universal Apps

  • New Universal apps that will work on Xbox, Windows Desktop and Windows Phone
  • Bash shell from Ubuntu linux binaries running on Windows
  • Desktop app converter to convert existing desktop app from 32 bit or DotNet to a new universal app

Xbox

  • Xbox Dev Mode – Convert retail Xbox to Dev Kit with an app
  • Single store for Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone
  • Cortana
  • New Features like Background Music, new features announced at E3 in June

Holo Lens

  • Shipping to Windows Developers Now for $3000

Cortana and Bots

  • Cortana understands more context
  • Bots are apps that can communicate with you through text in a conversational way
  • Cortana can help you communicate with bots by recommending one when you need it and handing you off to it
  • Available on all your devices (Android, iOS, Windows, etc.)
  • Cortana can see emails and help grab documents and send them to contacts with a sentence (“Send Ben the powerpoint I was working on last night”)
  • Cortana wants to monitor your activities to learn how you operate and then preemptively offer help (“Would you like me to add the taxi ride you took last night to your upcoming expense report that is due soon?”)

Skype

  • Video mail new look
  • Cortana is in Skype chats
  • She’ll highlight text to try and improve your conversation (i.e. highlight a company name within your chat automatically and have that bring up a card containing info on the company)
  • She can privately message you and broker your conversations between you and bots (like a real personal assistant) with info from bots (“I just received a message from the Cups and Cakes Bot. They have a package and would like to know your location for delivery. Should I share it?)
  • Grabs info from other chats and will use that later to help you (you mention a trip it offers the Westin Bot to help book it).
  • Knows who you talk to so might offer to ask you if you want to reach out to a friend that she knows lives in the location you are about to travel to then prepare a message with info taken from your other conversations about the trip (i.e. she knows you’re going to Dublin from the 1st to the 3rd and asks you if you want to message a friend that lives in Dublin with the message “Hi Janny, I’m going to be in Dublin between the 1st and 3rd. Would love to catch up!
  • Intelligence like this in real time into videos is coming as well
  • Developers can access the Skype Bot SDK right now
  • Skype consumers can access bots right now as well in their Windows, iOS, and Android apps.
  • Skype for Holo Lens released as well

There you go a quick overview of everything announced at Microsoft Build 2016. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below!

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How to Root the YU Yuphoria

YU’s Yuphoria phone belongs to the group of budget smartphones that provide really great features without damaging your wallet. The birth of the phone was inspired by the company’s first successful phone – the YU Yureka.

This phone from YU runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and has all of the hardware elements to support the features this version of Android brings with it. While the phone lacks no features to be your daily driver, it can still be further improved by rooting it.

Rooting the YU Yuphoria will allow you to install root-only apps, remove the stock apps that you don’t use, and flash an entirely new version of the OS – aka a custom ROM – on the phone.

Here’s how to root a YU Yuphoria phone:

Before You Begin

  1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
  2. You should have a Windows based PC to do this procedure.
  3. You should have Universal Naked Drivers installed on your Windows PC.
  4. This should erase the data stored on your device. So, please backup everything that you’ll need later on.
  5. This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.
  6. You should only try this on a YU Yuphoria device.

How to Root the YU Yuphoria

Root YU Yuphoria

To root the device, you’ll first unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery, and then use the custom recovery to flash SuperSU to obtain root. Here’s how it’s all done:

Downloading Required Files

  1. Download Fastboot and save it to your desktop.
    Fastboot
  2. Download TWRP Recovery and save it to your desktop.
    TWRP Recovery
  3. Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.
    SuperSU

Unlocking the Bootloader on the YU Yuphoria

  1. Extract files from Fastboot over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
  2. Head to Menu > Settings > About phone on your device and tap on Build number for 7-8 times and it’ll say you’re a developer. That should’ve unlocked the developer menu on your device.
  3. Head to the newly unlocked menu at Menu > Settings > Developer options and turn on USB debugging.
  4. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  5. Launch a command prompt window on your desktop by holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
  6. When the command prompt window launches, type in the following command and hit Enter:
    adb reboot bootloader
  7. Your device should reboot into bootloader mode.
  8. Type in the following command into the command prompt window and hit Enter:
    fastboot -i 0x2A96 oem unlock
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions for unlocking the bootloader on your device.
  10. When the bootloader’s unlocked, reboot your device by issuing the following command:
    fastboot -i 0x2A96 reboot
  11. Your device should reboot.

The bootloader on your YU Yuphoria has been successfully unlocked, and here’s how you can go about flashing a custom recovery on your device:

Flashing a Custom Recovery on the YU Yuphoria

  1. Head to Menu > Settings > About phone on your device and tap on Build number for 7-8 times and it’ll say you’re a developer. It should unlock the developer menu for you.
  2. Head to Menu > Settings > Developer options on your device and turn on USB debugging.
  3. Head to Menu > Settings > Developer options on your device and turn off Update Cyanogen Recovery.
  4. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  5. Open a command prompt window on your desktop by holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
  6. Type in the following command into the command prompt window to reboot your device into bootloader mode:
    adb reboot bootloader
  7. When the device enters bootloader mode, type in the following command into the command prompt window and hit Enter to execute it. Make sure to replace twrp.img with the actual name of the recovery image you have downloaded.
    fastboot -i 0x2A9 flash recovery twrp.img
  8. Wait for it to flash TWRP Recovery on your device.
  9. When it’s done flashing TWRP, reboot your device using the following command:
    fastboot -i 0x2A9 reboot
  10. Your device should reboot.

TWRP Recovery was successfully flashed on your YU Yuphoria, and it’s time to root the device. Here’s how:

Rooting the YU Yuphoria

  1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
  4. Turn off your device.
  5. Turn your device back on in recovery mode by holding down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together.
  6. Choose Recovery from the options shown on your screen and you’ll reboot into the recovery mode.
  7. Select Install in the recovery menu.
  8. Navigate to your internal SD card storage and choose SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
  9. Tap Swipe to Confirm Flash to flash SuperSU on your device.
  10. When SuperSU’s flashed, reboot your device by choosing Reboot followed by System.
  11. Your device should reboot.

Congratulations, your YU Yuphoria is now rooted!

Everything that you need to customize your device to a greater extent is now available on your device and you can start customizing it the way you want. Don’t forget to check out the huge collection of Android ROMs we have here on the site and it should give you some ideas for flashing a custom ROM on your device.

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How to Root the HTC Incredible S

HTC’s Incredible S was released quite a while ago. Back then it came with then-latest version of Android called Froyo running on-board and while it’s been several years since the phone was announced, it’s still owned by many people around the world. The phone eventually got various software updates namely Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, but that’s where it stopped.

The latest update it received is now considered to be obsolete as we’ve had quite a few new versions of Android since. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your phone to run the latest version. If you root your HTC Incredible S, you can get access to tons of custom ROMs that allow you to install newer versions of Android and even get custom versions.

Besides flashing a custom ROM, you can also remove the stock apps, flash custom kernels, and more. Gaining root on the HTC Incredible S isn’t as hard as you may think it’d be being an old phone, in fact, rooting it is as easy as rooting the latest phone from the Taiwan based company.

Here’s how to root the Incredible S.

Before You Begin

  1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
  2. This will erase the data stored on your device. So, please backup everything that you wish to keep.
  3. You must have a Windows based PC to do this procedure.
  4. You should have HTC Sync installed on your Windows PC. Install it if it isn’t already.
  5. This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.
  6. You should only try this on an HTC Incredible S.

How to Root the HTC Incredible S

Root HTC Incredible S

To root the device, you’ll first unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery, and then use that recovery to flash SuperSU to get root. Here’s how:

Downloading Required Files

  1. Download Fastboot and save it to your desktop.
    Fastboot
  2. Download ClockworkMod Recovery and save it to your desktop.
    ClockworkMod Recovery (Download the one that is for your device)
  3. Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.
    SuperSU

Unlocking the Bootloader on the HTC Incredible S

  1. Extract files from Fastboot over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your device by heading to Menu > Settings > Developer options > USB debugging.
  3. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  4. Launch a command prompt window on your desktop by holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
  5. When the command prompt window launches, type in the following command and hit Enter:
    adb reboot bootloader
  6. Your device should reboot into bootloader mode.
  7. Now, type in the following command and press Enter:
    fastboot oem get_identifier_token
  8. You’ll see a long text string in the command prompt window. Highlight it all and copy it to your clipboard for later use. Make sure you only copy the string and not words like <bootloader>, etc.
  9. Head over to the HTCDev Bootloader website and follow the on-screen instructions for unlocking the bootloader on your device.
  10. At one step, the site will ask you to input the string that you copied in the above steps. Paste the string and click on Submit.
  11. Once you’ve submitted the string to HTC, they’ll email you an unlock file. Download that file and save it to your desktop.
  12. Get back to command prompt and type in the following command and hit Enter:
    fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
  13. Hit Yes when prompted for unlocking the bootloader on your device.
  14. Your bootloader should now be unlocked.

Congrats! Your device is now ready to be flashed with a custom recovery to then be rooted. Here’s how to flash a custom recovery:

Flashing a Custom Recovery on the HTC Incredible S

  1. Enable USB debugging on your device by heading to Menu > Settings > Developer options > USB debugging.
  2. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  3. Open a command prompt window on your desktop by holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
  4. Type in the following command into the command prompt window and hit Enter:
    adb reboot bootloader
  5. Your device should reboot into bootloader mode.
  6. Type in the following command into the command prompt window and press Enter. Make sure to replace cwm.img with the actual name of the ClockworkMod Recovery Image you have downloaded.
    fastboot flash recovery cwm.img
  7. Wait for it to flash CWM on your device.
  8. When it’s done flashing CWM, reboot your device using the following command:
    fastboot reboot
  9. Your device should reboot.

Great! A custom recovery has been successfully flashed on your HTC Incredible S, and here’s how you can use this newly installed recovery to achieve root on your device:

Rooting the HTC Incredible S

  1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
  4. Turn off your device.
  5. Turn your device back on in recovery mode by holding down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together.
  6. Choose Recovery from the options available on your screen.
  7. Select install zip from sdcard in the recovery menu.
  8. Select choose zip from sdcard on the screen that follows.
  9. Choose SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
  10. Hit Yes when prompted.
  11. CWM should begin flashing SuperSU on your device. Wait for it to do so.
  12. When CWM’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your device by selecting reboot system now.
  13. Your device should reboot.

And there you go, your HTC Incredible S is now rooted!

Now, with root-access and a custom recovery, your device is all set to be loaded with a custom ROM of your choice. You can check out the Android ROMs collection we have here on our site and pick a ROM that you think will best suit your device.

Let us know how it worked for you!

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