Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Custom Rom Free Download



Sony Xperia XZ Premium mobile features a 5.5" (13.97 cm) display and runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat) operating system. The device is powered by a Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 280 + 1.9 GHz, Quad core) processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3230 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 19 MP camera and the front is powered by a Exmor RS sensor.


Requirements For Custom Rom

  • Xperia XZ Premium [G8141 and G8142]
  • stock 7.1.1
  • 45.0.A.5.8 -> v01 -
  • 45.0.A.5.1 and older is not officially supported.
  • Unlocked bootloader

How to install

* Currently there is no TWRP. You can get root priv on the shell by "adb root"."_with_SuperSU" edition has integrated SuperSU.
1. Reboot into recovery or bootloader2. Flash kernel using recovery or fastbootRecovery - Install zip fastboot - Extract boot.img from zip and run this command:fastboot flash boot boot.imgIf you have no recovery, you also need to flash recovery by this command:fastboot flash recovery TWRP-3.1.1-0-maple.img3. Reboot4. Done!
To root and install Xposed, you should flash SuperSU zip (e.g. SR3-SuperSU-v2.79-SR3-20170114223742.zip) in TWRP.First/second boot will be bootloop and take some time to boot up correctly.Changelog
v02
Removed non-working DRM patch*This fixes sound problem v01Re-enabled double tap to wakeTo enable it, run these commands:adb rootadb shell/sbin/busybox mount -o remount,rw /systemtouch /system/usr/keylayout/clearpad.klchmod 644 /system/usr/keylayout/clearpad.klecho "key 531 WAKEUP" > /system/usr/keylayout/clearpad.klsetprop persist.sys.touch.easywakeup 1Add maple/sio/fiops I/O Scheduler (yeah, Maple on Maple!)
Add iosched switcherAdd KCAL
Add wakelock blockerAdd alucard, darkness CPU governorsAdd toggle for software crcAdd other misc patches
Disable DM_VERITY, force module sig and some debugging
Disable ric

Monday, June 26, 2017

How To save your Credit Card details from being hacked from the ATM


If you're ready for a summer road trip with friends and family, consider this: It's easier than ever for criminals to nab your credit card data at the gas pump using devices called skimmers.

The FTC also offers tips for keeping your information safe. For starters, keep an eye out for special seals placed over the front panel of the gas pump. Thieves need to lift that seal to get a skimmer inside the pump. If the seal gets lifted, it'll read "void." If you spot a voided label, don't use the pump and do tell the gas station manager.

The Federal Trade Commission released a warning Thursday that skimmers -- devices designed to detect and record credit card information at payment terminals -- are getting smaller, smarter and harder to detect. Some can even be hidden inside gas pumps, making it very difficult to tell that anything's amiss.


Other tips include keeping an eye out for external credit-card readers that look different from the ones at surrounding pumps and using your debit card as a credit card to avoid giving your PIN away. If you can't use your debit card as a credit card, shield your PIN number entry with your hand in case "tiny pinhole cameras" are installed. where thieves might be more worried about getting spotted by a camera.

How to secure and make internet Private with ProtonVPN


Proton 
VPN wants you to be able to browse the internet without worrying who might be spying on you. After launching an encrypted email service called ProtonMail in 2014, the online privacy company debuted its latest service on Tuesday. ProtonVPN is now available to the public after extensive beta testing and a year in development.

Proton cited numerous reasons for the service, including the US government's rollback of internet privacy regulations and upcoming battle over net neutrality. Proton's blog also references the UK's recent online surveillance laws and countries that restrict what websites you can visit.

As stated on the company's blog, ProtonVPN "allows users to browse the web without being tracked, bypass online censorship blocks, and also increases security by passing all internet traffic through a strongly encrypted tunnel.

Better yet, ProtonVPN has a number of subscription packages, and the cheapest option is free. If you like the service, you can upgrade or downgrade at any time. Essentially, the public vpn or "virtual private network" routes your connection to the internet through secure channels that travel through multiple countries.

Check out the various subscriptions here. ProtonVPN looks to have an admirable goal of bringing an open, private internet to all. The company also promises to never sell your data for ad revenue to other companies.

Google wants to build there own iPhone and processors



Google curtailed its Nexus program last year in favor of the Pixel, many commentators dismissed that as merely a rebranding exercise to make the latest thing feel fresh. I was in the minority that bought into Google's promise of a fundamentally different approach that would signal a direct challenge to Apple's iPhone, but the Pixel was still just the beginning. What we're seeing in recent times, in the ever-swirling rumor mill and through Google's hiring of new engineers, indicates the depth of Google's commitment to taking on Apple at its own game.

GOOGLE WANTS TO OWN ITS SUPPLY CHAIN  LIKE APPLE

I wrote about this at length back in October: the big difference for Apple isn't just software, hardware, or customer service, it's all of those combined. Apple's unmatched strength is in the integration of all the important aspects that go toward building up a satisfying user experience, and it's long been true that the only company that could hope to match Apple was Google, owing to its dominance on the software front with the Android OS. The Pixel showed that Google was willing and able to produce a premium, uniquely differentiated phone (the Pixel camera remains unmatched, many months later), but it obviously wasn't the finished product of Google's grander project.


Just like Apple, Google commands vast reserves of cash that it can deploy to help smooth out its supply deals, and that's exactly what its reported investment in LG Display is building toward. If the original Pixel was a trial run to test out what it's like to source and assemble all your own components, Google's big lesson from it was that demand for its phones will be high — and disappointment in the event of shortages would be even higher. Unlike Apple, Google doesn't yet have the promise of enormous unit sales to dangle as a carrot in front of potential suppliers, but that is liable to change dramatically with this year's Pixel, which would presumably enjoy much wider distribution and marketing than the original.

Apple's hardware lead is built atop a tight control, often monopolization, of its component supply chain. That's exactly where Google looks to be headed, with recent rumors and leaks indicating that the Mountain View company is working hard to secure a reliable source of OLED displays for a presumed Pixel successor with minimal screen bezels in the same vein as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. That's why indications of an LG-produced Google phone for later this year make so much sense: it's not impossible for Google to still use HTC as its manufacturing partner and source panels from LG Display (which is nominally independent from LG Electronics), but it's more complicated than just going all-in with the Korean supplier.

GOOGLE IS HIRING APPLE ENGINEERS TO BUILD ITS MOBILE 
PROCESSORS

Two things were revealed yesterday: one is that Google is designing its own system on a chip (SoC) for future mobile devices, and the other is that the lead architect for that project is a man named Manu Gulati, who, until very recently, had been a senior engineer at Apple. Both of these are massive developments, showing that Google won't be content until it has maximum control over every aspect of its smartphone — exactly the same goal that Apple pursues with every new generation of iPhone — and furthermore underlining the level of ambition by poaching away someone who would surely have needed a lot of incentive to leave a job at Apple.

The SoC is the processing heart that powers the vast majority of functions of any modern smartphone, tablet, or smart speaker. Qualcomm's Snapdragon is the most famous and widely used example, Samsung's Exynos is a comparable competitor, and Apple's A series of SoCs are the current gold standard, delivering unmatched performance and efficiency. If Google is determined to not be dependent on another company's whims or fortunes, having its own SoC is an essential part of its future business as a mobile hardware vendor.

The current Pixel is built around the Snapdragon 821 chip — its speed and feature-rich architecture contribute to the excellent Pixel camera — but the instructive example for Google to beware is the Snapdragon 810. Qualcomm had a ton of overheating issues with that piece of silicon, sufficient for Samsung to skip using that chip at all in its Galaxy S6, and Google can't afford to find itself in a similar situation with the Snapdragon 845 or whatever there is down the line. So Google is now building its own SoC, as fully evidenced by its litany of job listings attesting to that ambition.

INTEGRATION ALWAYS WINS

Beside freeing itself of the unpredictability of relying on other companies for critical components, Google's effort to control all the hardware inside its future devices will help it create more tailored, custom solutions. For instance, look at the way that notifications on the Samsung Galaxy S8 are signaled with a pulse of blue light tracing its way around the edges of its almost bezel-less display — that's nowhere near as impressive on a phone without the S8's sleek design. The coherence and synergy that can be drawn from hardware and software designers working in concert is best demonstrated by Apple, naturally, but I can envision future Google devices that have custom processing modules specifically to power Google's magical camera algorithms.


We don't know what difference a Google SoC would make to future Pixel phones, but it's obvious that Google is determined to find out. It's probably safe to presume Google is doing similar work to lock down its supply chain for less glamorous parts, like batteries and vibration engines and so on, and not all of it will be ready to debut by this year's end when the Pixel successor comes out. In fact, it's a practical certainty that Google's mobile processor is years away from making its debut in a consumer product, but that just goes to underline that Google is in this for the long haul.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

OnePlus 5 vs HTC U11 Full Phone Comparison



The recently announced OnePlus 5 is facing some serious competition on the market. There are a bunch of great flagships available at the moment including the HTC U11. In this post, we’ll compare the two devices to get a better idea of just how different — or similar — they are.

We’ll talk about the design, specifications, software, as well as price in order to figure out which one offers more value for money. The info down below will also help you decide whether you should get the OnePlus 5 or the HTC U11. Let’s get started!


Design


The OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 look very different from one another. As usual, OnePlus has opted for a simple and minimalistic design. Just like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 sports a metal body in two color options (Midnight Black and Slate Gray) but has more rounded corners and edges. This should make the smartphone more comfortable to hold and use, at least according to OnePlus.

The back of the device is very clean and features the logo in the middle and the dual-camera setup along with a flash module in the top left corner. On the front, you’ll find the home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner below the screen, while the volume rocker and the textured alert slider are located on the left side. This means that the power button, as well as the SIM card slot, can be found on the right side.

The OnePlus 5 is a good looking device, although it is worth pointing out that its design isn’t quite new. Its back looks very similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, while the entire device is almost identical to the recently announced Oppo R11. You can see all three smartphones side by side in the image below.

The OnePlus 5 is only 7.25 mm thick, which actually makes it the slimmest device OnePlus has ever made. And just in case you’ve been wondering, its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, comes in at 7.4 mm. The difference isn’t really that big, but it’s still worth pointing out.

The HTC U11, on the other hand, is made from a combination of glass and metal. It looks totally different than its predecessor — the HTC 10 — and is quite easy on the eyes. It has a “liquid glass” surface on the back that’s very eye-catching but is also a fingerprint magnet. So if you want to keep the device looking like it did when you took it out of the box for the first time, you’ll have to wipe it down quite often. Or you could you use the included clear plastic case instead.

Just like the OnePlus 5, HTC has also opted for a front-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button. Other design elements worth mentioning are the power button located on the right side under the volume rocker and the SIM card slot that’s found on the top. When it comes to colors, the HTC U11 can be yours in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red, although not all of them are available in every market.
Because the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 are so different, it’s impossible to say which one looks better. Design is a very subjective topic to talk about, so you’re going to have to decide for yourself which one of them comes out on top.

Specs


When it comes to specs, the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 share quite a few similarities. Starting with the OnePlus 5, the device has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and the latest Gorilla Glass 5. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and available in two variant: one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and the other with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space.

Just like the LG G6 and Huawei P10, for example, the OnePlus 5 is equipped with two cameras on the back. According to the company, it’s actually the highest resolution dual-camera system on any smartphone on the market. It features a 16 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, and a 20 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. Just be aware of how the OnePlus 5’s 2x lossless zoom works.

The OnePlus features a fingerprint scanner that unlocks it in 0.2 seconds and a headphone jack, but unlike many competitors, it’s not water resistant. It’s a dual-SIM device that, unfortunately, lacks a microSD slot.

In the design section above, I mentioned that the OnePlus 5 is the thinnest smartphone the company has ever made. Unfortunately, this does have a drawback, as the flagship sports a smaller battery than its predecessor at 3,300 mAh, compared to the 3T’s 3,400 mAh. OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 5 will actually last 20 percent longer, thanks to hardware and software optimizations. It also supports the company’s fast Dash Charge technology that promises a day’s power in half an hour and should fully charge the battery in around 90 minutes.

The HTC U11 also sports a 5.5-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 5 but has a higher, QHD resolution. This is great for VR, but the screen is more power-hungry when compared to the Full HD panel of its rival. At 3,000 mAh, the smartphone’s battery is smaller than the one found in the OnePlus 5, but it might still be big enough to get you through the day.

HTC’s flagship is also powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset but has “only” 4 GB of RAM. The company has released a version with 6 GB of RAM as well, but you can get it in just a few countries around the world (with the US not being one of them).

Although the HTC U11 doesn’t have a dual-camera setup, it does have the best camera on the market… Well, at least according to DxOMark. The reviewing outfit gave the smartphone the highest DxO rating ever (90 points), outranking the Pixel and Galaxy S8 by one and two points respectively. The camera has a 12 MP “UltraPixel 3” sensor, with an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. It performs extremely well in low-light conditions, where a lot of flagships struggle.

The smartphone is equipped with a 16 MP selfie cam and has 64 GB of storage, while the variant with 6 GB of RAM has 128 GB of space. Unlike the OnePlus 5, the HTC U11 has a microSD card slot (up to 256 GB) and is resistant to water and dust. Thanks to the IP67 rating, you can submerge it in up to one meter of water for a period of 30 minutes. Just like the iPhone 7 and a couple of other smartphones, it doesn’t have the headphone jack, which means you’ll have to plug in your headphones with the help of the adapter that comes in the box.

To sum up, both smartphones have a 5.5-inch display with the HTC U11 offering a higher resolution – QHD. The device is also IP67 rated, has a microSD card slot, and probably one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone at this point. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 has more RAM, a bigger battery, a headphone jack, and a dual-camera setup that can capture those fancy bokeh (or portrait) shots.

Software


Although both the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, they each have a custom user interface on top and offer a few unique features. OnePlus’ OxygenOS is a very clean skin and doesn’t change the look and feel of Android much. It does, however, offer tons of customization options to play around with. For example, with a simple tap in the settings menu, you can switch from using the capacitive buttons below the display to the on-screen software buttons.

To launch the camera, simply draw an O on the screen, while drawing a V will turn on the flashlight. OnePlus has added three additional gestures to its flagship (S, W, and M), which you can program to launch an app of your choice or perform a specific function.

Then there’s the Reading Mode, which filters out blue light and adjusts the sharpness and brightness of the screen to provide a better reading experience, Expanded Screenshots, and Auto Night Mode, to name a few. And let’s not forget about the Shelf feature that gives you access to recent contacts, apps, and more just by swiping right on the home screen.

The HTC U11 features the Sense user interface that is also quite clean and brings a few unique features to the table. BlinkFeed is one of them — it keeps you up to speed with the latest news based on your preference right on your home screen. In addition to news, it also displays posts from various social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. It’s turned on by default, but you can get rid of it if you don’t want to use it.

One of the biggest features of the HTC U11 is definitely the Edge Sense technology. Thanks to sensors found in the sides of the device, you can just squeeze it to perform various tasks. These more or less include anything you want like launching a specific app, opening up the camera, turning on the flashlight, and more.

The flagship also has HTC’s Sense Companion on board, which made its debut on the U Ultra back in January. It provides you with suggestions based on your location and the time of day including restaurants you can go to for lunch, traffic info, and more. Basically, it does everything we have seen before from similar services from Google. Its biggest drawback is probably that it doesn’t support voice interaction, although this might change in the future. Just like the OnePlus 5, the HTC U11 comes with Google Assistant. Additionally, Amazon’s Alexa is expected to make its way to the smartphone as well via a software update in July.

Price


A comparison between the two devices wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t touch on the subject of pricing. The OnePlus 5 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage retails for $479/€499, while the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage will set you back $539/€559. This makes it the most expensive smartphone OnePlus has made so far. Nevertheless, it’s still quite affordable based on its specs, especially if you compare it with the likes of the Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The HTC U11 costs more than the OnePlus 5, although it is cheaper than the three devices mentioned above. The unlocked version of the smartphone can be yours for $649 in the US. In Europe, prices vary from country to country but are — as usual — more expensive than those in the US. In Germany, for example, the HTC U11 retails for €749.

Final thoughts



So, which device is better, the OnePlus 5 or the HTC U11?

The OnePlus 5 offers more RAM, has a bigger battery with the fast Dash Charge technology, is made of metal, and features a dual-camera setup. It’s also a lot cheaper, which is one of the factors that has the most influence on consumers’ purchasing decisions.


On the other hand, the HTC U11 features the camera with the highest DxOMark rating ever, the innovative Edge Sense technology, is IP67 rated, has a beautiful glass back, and supports expandable storage.