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Catch Richard talking Microsoft, MWC and racing on the latest episode of The Tech Informist

The Tech Informist is a great, yet still relatively new tech podcast hosted by Kevin Harvell and JJ Hammond that’s boasted such great guests in the past as Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and our own Daniel Rubino. On the latest episode they went for a more international flavor and invited our Managing Editor, Richard Devine, to join them to talk about Microsoft, Mobile World Congress and even racing!


How to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Some apps that exist on the Google Play Store still require root privileges given how Android is designed, and as such sometimes it’s necessary to get root on your device in order to run such applications. The package that is used to obtain these escalated permissions comes courtesy of Chainfire which is a small package that is loaded into Odin and sent to your device to obtain root.

Using this root increases your flash counter and does trip the KNOX flag to void the warranty, so use at your own risk.

First, if you haven’t already got the USB PC drivers for your Samsung device, then head to this link to download them.

The version of CF-Auto-Root that you’ll need will depend on what version of Galaxy Note 4 you have, so be sure to download the correct version from the list below:

SM-N910F (International, Qualcomm):

SM-N910G (Asia, Qualcomm):
SM-N910H (Asia, Exynos):

SM-N910T (T-Mobile USA, Qualcomm):
SM-N910P (Sprint, Qualcomm):
SM-N910R4 (US Cellular, Qualcomm):
SM-N910W8 (Canadia, Qualcomm):

SM-N910C (Thailand, Exynos):
SM-N910U (Hong Kong, Exynos):

SM-N910K (Korea, Exynos):
SM-N910L (Korea, Exynos):
SM-N910S (Korea, Exynos):

SM-N9100 (China, Qualcomm):
SM-N9106W (China, Qualcomm):
SM-N9108V (China, Qualcomm):
SM-N9109W (China, Qualcomm):

Once that’s downloaded, head on to the instructions below to Root your Note 4.

Instructions to Root the Note 4

– Download and unzip the CF-Auto-Root-….zip file
– If you end up with a recovery.img and cache.img file, you’ve extracted twice. You need to end up with a .tar.md5 file – don’t extract that one
– (USB) Disconnect your phone from your computer
– Start Odin3-vX.X.exe
– Click the PDA button, and select CF-Auto-Root-….tar.md5
– Put your phone in download mode (turn off phone, then hold VolDown+Home+Power to boot – if it asks you to press a button to continue, press the listed button).
– (USB) Connect the phone to your computer
– Make sure Repartition is NOT checked
– Click the Start button
– Wait for Android to boot
– Done

You should now see SuperSU installed in your app launcher and able to grant any apps that require root the appropriate permissions.


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Google Maps adds Local Guides feature to bring you the top reviews in your area

Google Maps Local Guides

An handy new update to Google Maps is rolling out now in the Play Store. The version 9.4 update brings a new ‘Local Guides’ feature, which aims to give you expert opinions on the area. Local Guides is a community, similar to what we’ve seen on Yelp, that gives local reviewers more benefits the more reviews they write.

For everyone interested in signing up, it’s quite easy. Head to the link below, click the Join Now button and enter in some personal information. Once you surpass 50 reviews you’ll receive a Local Guide badge, signifying your prominence in the community. The rewards Google is giving out for top reviewers aren’t particularly interesting, but there are quite a few that can be earned. Check out the list of rewards below:

0+ reviews

  • Access our monthly newsletter
  • Stay up to date on the latest program benefits, features, and news
  • In select countries, invites to members-only contests

5+ reviews

  • Join Hangouts with tastemakers, connoisseurs, and Googlers worldwide
  • Submit your own Local Guides meetups for promotion
  • Eligible to test new Google products and features before public release

50+ reviews

  •  Get highlighted in the Google Maps app with a Local Guides badge
  • Join our private Google+ community
  • Apply to moderate Local Guides Google+ Communities
  • In select cities, invites to exclusive events

200+ reviews

  •  Eligible to be featured on our official Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and more
  • Annual thank you gift for consistent, high-quality contributions to Google Maps

If you’re interested in becoming a Local Guide, head to this page to sign up. For those of you who would like to start checking up on reviews in your area, the Google Maps update should be rolling out to Google Play right now. If you don’t want to wait, you can download the apk file here.


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

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Welcome back to another episode of Android Apps Weekly, the only weekly show to bring you new apps and games to try every week! Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

Here are the headlines this week:

  • Swiftkey Keyboard will come as bundled software on the OnePlus One in their next update. This doesn’t make much sense since the keyboard is free anyway but hey there it is.
  • A new Cartoon Network themed humble bundle is out now. You can pay whatever you want and get 4 games, beat the $6.13 average to get at least 4 more games and pay 8 bucks to get the entire 11 game package.
  • This last week was super bowl Sunday and the super popular Clash of Clans had a commercial. It starred Liam Neeson threatening to kill BigBuffetBoy85 after BigBuffetBoy85 laid waste to Neeson’s base.
  • Whatsapp is apparently rolling out a new voice calling feature. The interesting part about that is that you need to receive a call from someone before it’s active on your account so good luck finding a way to do that.
  • To see all the headlines, app updates, and app releases, we have a brand new Android apps newsletter that you can sign up for right now. We send one email a week on Friday and there’s no spam or ridiculousness. The link is in the video description below.

To see more information, links, and more, check out the Android Apps Weekly Newsletter by clicking here. You can also subscribe with your email address if you so choose. We’ll never send spam or anything, just a newsletter once a week with the latest Android apps and games headlines, app updates, and app releases!

Let’s check out some of the big Android apps and games releases this week!

PPSSPP - best emulators for Android appsPPSSPP PSP Emulator

[Price: Free / $5.99]
PPSSPP PSP Emulator is the best PSP emulator available on Android and this last week it received a huge update to version 1.0. It comes with a ton of glitch and bug fixes which result in the most competent and enjoyable PSP emulator experience yet. There is a free version and a paid version so you can try it before you buy it.
Get it on Google Play

smart weather wallpaper Android apps weeklySmart Weather Wallpaper

[Price: $1.99]
Smart Weather Wallpaper is a live wallpaper application that changes your wallpaper based on what the weather is doing. That means if it’s raining, you’ll have a nice rainy wallpaper. It comes with Muzei support and you can even search for non weather wallpapers if you so choose.
Get it on Google Play
smart weather wallpaper Android apps weekly

transformers battle tactics Android apps weeklyTransformers: Battle Tactics

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Transformers: Battle Tactics is a fighting game released earlier this week. The game contains no story line which some players didn’t like, but it does have online PvP battles and you can play as both Decepticons and Autobots if you want to. It’s a fun little online time waster and it’s free to play!
Get it on Google Play
transformers battle tactics Android apps weekly

picturesque lock screen Android apps weeklyPicturesque Lock Screen

[Price: Free]
Microsoft released Picturesque Lock Screen this last week. It’s a lock screen replacement app that updates daily with new wallpapers and also gives you access to things like news, weather, notifications, and even some specific features for you folks in India. It’s totally free with no in app purchases which is a nice touch as well.
Get it on Google Play
picturesque lock screen Android apps weekly

theScore eSports Android apps weeklytheScore eSports

[Price: Free]
It’s refreshing to see when a sports news outlet takes a new sporting platform seriously and that’s what theScore has done this last week with their new eSports app. You can view news on games like Dota 2, Call of Duty, Hearthstone, and more will be added soon. It’s a solid app for eSports fans.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps and games news, let us know in the comments. Again, don’t forget to subscribe to the new Android Apps Weekly newsletter!


WIND Mobile introduces $39 plan with unlimited data in Canada and the U.S.


The fourth largest carrier in Canada is WIND Mobile and today the company is introducing a plan that gives attention to customers that frequent the United States. The new $39 per month plan offers unlimited 3G data in both Canada and the United States. It is a great offer considering no other carrier in Canada has unlimited rolling when customers go south of Canada. Also, WIND Mobile has dropped a monthly $10 service fee for customers taking advantage of this plan.

Hit the break for a comparison of WIND Mobile plans.


WIND Mobile will offer the $39 plan through March 31. Then it is back to the plans shown in the chart above.

Source: WIND Mobile

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Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities [Mac Blog]

Apple yesterday posted a new support document and sent an email to its security mailing list noting that it is now requiring all OS X users to upgrade to the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in for Safari to address potential security vulnerabilities.

The company is blocking all older versions Adobe Flash Player prior to, and users with an out-of-date version of the plug-in will see messages like “Blocked plug-in” or “Flash out-of-date” when attempting to view Flash content within Safari before updating to the newest version.

For users who are on systems that are not able to run Flash Player 16, there is an update to Flash Player 13 ( that addresses the latest vulnerabilities.

APPLE-SA-2015-02-05-1 OS X: Flash Player plug-in blocked

Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player and

The and updates were released by Adobe on February 5 to fix a zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited by hackers against Windows machines.


Patriot FUEL iON Magnetic Wireless Charging System for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Patriot FUEL iON Magnetic Wireless Charging System for the Samsung Galaxy S5 ReviewBuild QualityFunction Ease of useEasy as 1,2,3Case is snugCharges at near standard rates Adds protection to your deviceLimited device cases Lack of color and design optionsBundled Kits with stand, no stand alone case optionsGalaxy Note 3, S4 and S5 support4.0Overall scoreReader Rating: (0 […]

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Struggling to find your next Android device? This website will help you!

Trying to discover your next smartphone is often quite a task, with so many on the market it’s often a daunting task to keep track of what the latest and best Android smartphone is and how it stacks up against the competition.

Luckily, there’s a website that will help you find your next smartphone by easily displaying them all in an interactive screen size vs price chart.

What’s more is that you can even filter the results depending on if you have a particular feature request, such as your next Android smartphone must have at least 2GB of RAM and a screen size of over 5-inches.

Once you’re set on a single device, or group of devices, then you can compare the latest price information directly from within the comparison to help make your final decision.

You can check it out and give it a go yourself, just head on over to this link.

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How to transfer your Clash of Clans village from iOS to Android

Moving Clash of Clans from iOS to Android is incredibly simple

Anyone who has felt the heartbreak of losing hundreds of hours of gameplay on a mobile device because the phone broke or it was time to upgrade and the game data wouldn’t transfer is immediately hesitant to go through that ordeal again. You probably know at least one person who has kept an older device around just to keep playing their favorite mobile game. Fortunately, for everyone involved, there is no need to ever worry about this with Clash of Clans. You can link your account to multiple devices, even across platforms with little difficulty. To make it even easier, we’ve put together this quick tutorial on moving your Clash of Clans village from iOS to Android.

Want to know what the big deal is with Clash of Clans? Check out our big explainer to get started.


Hotel Tonight wants to spice up your Valentine’s Day with themed room packages

If you find yourself struggling to throw something together for Valentine’s Day, hotel deals app Hotel Tonight has your back. Starting Monday, February 9, you’ll be able to select from a couple of different Valentine’s Day room packages from within the app.

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