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Next time you pick up your phone, you could also be picking up cash.


As mobile devices become increasingly "smarter," it is harder than ever for users to put down their phones. In 2016, Ofcom reported that nearly two thirds of UK's population now own a smartphone. The study showed that this group spends nearly two hours every day using their mobile devices to browse the internet, shop online or post on social media. If you are one of these frequent mobile users, then it's time you started earning extra money online. After all, your time is valuable too.


Making money right from your mobile device has never been easier. While there are virtually unlimited options, these four ways may be the quickest.


Download Apps That Pay


There are numerous apps that will pay you for your time. This may sound too good to be true, but it is incredibly simple as long as you have the free time.


Some apps, like Shopkick or Easy Shift, let you earn money by visiting stores you already shop at anyway. Scan barcodes and check prices to help businesses check their retail products. Companies will even pay you for putting their advertisements on your phone's lock screen.


If you want to get out and be more active, Gigwalk posts tasks related to verifying the name or location of street signs, roads or landmarks. GymPact will pay you to work out and then charge you for missed days, helping hold you accountable for your exercise routine.


Each app offers a different pay scale. Research which earning rate and activity level is right for you.


Play Online Games for Money


Online gaming isn't just sitting in front of your computer. There are websites that offer the chance to earn real money simply by playing.


Fantasy sports websites have become increasingly popular because of their strategy-based game play and immediate results. Learning the details of how to play these games successfully, however, can be overwhelming. You have to have a strong knowledge base in these various sports in order to be profitable.


If you are looking for something equally fun and easier to play, try online gambling websites. Live casino and betting websites feature classic card and table games that anyone can jump right in and play. Try your luck spinning the Roulette wheel or double down with a hand of Blackjack.


These games are such a great way to put a little extra cash in your wallet because you get to play while also making money.


Sell Your Stuff Online


Using your smartphone can turn cleaning out your closet into quick cash.


By posting unwanted or unused items on eBay, you can check two different items on your to-do list; you can make money and get rid of clutter.
If you like crafts, Etsy is another great resource that can match your talents with a potential buyer. Create hand-made products, post them to your portal and sell them immediately.


Although both of these give you huge ability to make money, there are some barriers to instant success. In order to actually sell goods on these websites, you must have a product that is in demand and that someone is willing to buy. Selling on these platforms require skill and patience. Both of these problems can be solved with research and studying effective selling strategies. And, even though these companies will take a small fee, it is still cheaper than starting and promoting your own business website.


Offer Freelance Work


You may not have a product to sell, but you might have a skill.


Whether it is writing, drawing, editing or just offering advice, there is growing market for services online. Known as the "gig" economy, you can sell a variety of specialty services through companies, such as Fiverr. Since you are paid by the project and your starting pay may be small, you may have to build a client base and generate positive reviews before you can really begin to earn.


If you are into photography, you could sell you work to a large, resource website, like Shutterstock. Because this doesn't require much effort to do, many people take advantage of this opportunity. You may have to be persistent and creative to get your items sold.



I know it sounds ridiculous but it's true! Thanks to Android Authority, we have found something for you today that's so different from every other smartphone out there that it's definitely worth a look.


There are two things that you need to understand about the Banana Phone.


• It's not an actual banana (which I am sure you had guessed)


• It's not exactly a standalone device


The Banana Phone is more of a Bluetooth communicator than a phone as it does require an actual smartphone to connect to, before voice communication is possible. It has a volume up, a volume down and even a Home button on it. With a battery life of roughly 10 hours (talk time) and a voice assistant that lets you make call from your banana, it might just be worth checking out at $40.


If you want one, the only problem is that you may have to wait till September. It's a crowd fund project by the way and will only go into production if they manage to reach their goal. In case you are wondering why you want to buy it, in spite of not being able to think of any logical use for it, join the club!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



According to a report by Android Authority, more people are still using the banned and discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7 than the likes of the HTC Bolt, OnePlus 3T and the LG V20! The data was gathered by Apteligent and is a part of their "2016 Mobile Year in Review" report. While this is embarrassing for the competitors and perhaps even good publicity for Samsung, we are not sure that this is exactly what they wanted to see at the moment, given that they have discontinued, banned and recalled each and every one of these smartphones.


It isn't the same for everyone though, because the Google Pixel phones and the Sony Xperia XZ have successfully crossed the Note 7 in terms of the number of current users. In order to deal with the headstrong customers who would rather tout a potentially dangerous device in their pocket and near their family and friends than returning it for a refund/exchange that also comes with added benefits, Samsung has decided to brick all operational Note 7s from the orbit with updates. One such update which will disable the Note 7's antennas, thereby cutting off Wi-Fi and all cellular reception, has already been launched in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the UK, an OTA update will limit the capability of the Galaxy Note 7's battery of being charged to more than 30%. In the US, the battery will simply stop taking in any charge at all after the bricking update manages to set in.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If there's something even the greatest critique of Samsung will admit, then that would be the fact that the Korean company simply makes the best display panels in the mobile industry. In fact its display department is so strong that it is literally making billions from the competition (read Apple) by selling them their OLED panels! In a recent news post by The Investor, Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is about to become another OLED customer for Samsung Display. This doesn't really come as surprise given the monopoly that Samsung holds in the mobile OLED panel manufacturing industry.


If the report is true then the Xiaomi Mi 7 will feature a 6.01-inch OLED panel supplied by Samsung, but whether or not it will be a QHD display is something that is unclear at this time. The shipment order at the moment stands at 3.2 (1 million in the first month, followed by the rest in the next) million units approximately, which should start reaching Xiaomi's manufacturing units by December 2017 -January 2018. This agreement is reportedly a result of the deal between Xiaomi and LG for 5.49-inch OLED panels breaking due to operational delays on LG's part.


Via: The Investor


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Google

 

One of the first things that Google announced at its big event today is that Android just keeps on growing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage that at the moment, there are more than 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world. "Active" in this context means that they've been used within the last 30 days.

 

This number is up 40%, from 1 billion, back in June of 2014. Keep in mind that this doesn't represent the total number of Android devices that were ever sold, it's just those that are still active, or have been so in the last month.

 

The Google Play Store is now being used on more than 1 billion devices. Again, this means 1 billion phones and tablets have used Google's content store in the last 30 days. So it appears that the Play Store either isn't installed or simply isn't used on a staggering 400 million devices out there.

 



What is a VPN?


VPN stands for virtual Private Network and irrespective of the OS or the device that's using it, the primary function of a VPN remains the same; to provide anonymity to the user and hide his/her actual location. In order to achieve this, the internet activities of the user are routed through servers in different locations around the globe to generate a proxy IP address. What this means is that if you access a website while using a VPN, the site will recognize your location based on the proxy IP address, as generated by a server situated in a completely different part of the world. If you are sitting in the US, a VPN can fool the websites in recognizing you as a user from Russia or vice versa.


What Is It Good For?


Quite simply put, using a VPN to connect to the internet makes everything you do safer and more secure due to the anonymity it provides. The websites you visit, the private data you exchange with others and just about any other activity remains anonymous and no one can see where you are actually logging in from, even when it's a public Wi-Fi connection. This also removes all region-locking restrictions from a service like Netflix, giving you unlimited access to all content from regions around the globe. Although, keep in mind that Netflix is known to block certain VPN services.


Why Do You Need VPN on Your Android Device?


While the Android OS has become a lot safer from its initial days when it was launched, it still continues to be the most affected mobile platform in terms of hacker attacks. If you plan to use your Android phone on public Wi-Fi connections and would like to keep your browsing habits personal, you will need a VPN service from the best providers. Besides, all the region-unlocking advantages that comes with subscribing to a VPN holds true for Android apps as well.


What are the Disadvantages of Using a VPN on Android?


The biggest disadvantage of using a Virtual Private Network on any platform is that your internet speed will slow down a bit. This is an unavoidable side-effect of the encryption and rerouting process for which the service is used in the first place. Unfortunately, in China, North Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia, it's illegal to use a VPN due to the authoritative structure of the laws that govern these nations.


Even free VPN services do provide a bit of privacy protection but their services are neither long term, nor reliable enough. We recommend using a paid service, especially if you take your privacy seriously enough.


Samsung

 

Apple always chooses Samsung as its main Hardware chipset manufacturer, Both companies worked together on A6, A7 and A8 chips. According to Etnews, Samsung started making the Apple A9 chipset using a 14nm FinFET design. Apple A9 chips will be included inside the upcoming iPhone / iPad devices Next year (2015).

 

Samsung has two plants capable of making this chip, but for an unannounced reason it will only be making the A9 in Austin, Texas. Work on that plant was started in late 2012 with a $3.9 Billion investment, specifically with the idea of making Apple chipsets.

 

Apple A9

 

TSMC will not let go of the lucrative Apple deal easily and has a competing 16nm FinFET Plus process ready to go. Even though TSMC made the bulk of Apple A8 chips, Samsung still got a cut so sourcing the new chipset from two companies is quite likely.

 

 

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Odin 3

 

If you want to get the latest firmware updates on your Samsung Android device, you'll have to Flash the ROM manually. The best way to do this is using Odin 3 tool and in this Tutorial we will show you the safest way on How to flash a firmware update to your Samsung's Android device.

 

Odin

 

BEFORE YOU START!

 

- Fully recharge your Samsung device battery before engaging into flashing process.
- Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop, Odin flasher tool will not run on Mac and other OSX systems.
- Use the supplied USB data cable, a bad USB data cable caused a flashing errors. Believe me, I've faced it several times, if you get failed errors in Odin then you did not read this.
- Remove the external micro SD card if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process. (Recommended for beginners, some rouge 3rd-party apps stored on SD card may also caused some problem)
- Closed any other running programs in your computer, this include Samsung's Kies too which basically blocks you from using Odin.

 


DOWNLOAD TOOLS:

 

youFirmware

 

- Download Odin v3.10 from HERE

 

- Download Latest Samsung KIES + USB Drivers from HERE

 

- Download Samsung USB Drivers ONLY from HERE

 

- Download Official Firmware for your device from YouFirmware

 


STEP 1: Run and configure Odin3 v3.10

odin 3

Hover your mouse to these three Odin check-boxes options, by default the "Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time" check-boxes are marked Checked. Just ensure the "Re-Partition" remains NOT-Checked.

 

Step 2: Boot your Device into Download Mode

download mode

Turn your Samsung device off, then Press the [Volume Down+Home+Power] buttons all together at the same time, HOLD them, then let them go until a warning screen prompted you to choose continue or cancel. Then Press the [Volume Up] button to continue and you will see a download mode screen on your device like in the photo above.

 

Step 3: Connect your Samsung device to the computer via the USB data cable

odin 3

Once you connect your Samsung device with the USB cable you can see that Odin's ID:COM triangular bar turned to blueish color and shows you the USB port number of your Samsung device is using for connecting with your computer. The COM number will depend on which USB port assigned with your phones, it usually connects from 01 to 07. There is also a word that says "Added" in the log-cat box. If you ain't see any response, try to recheck the USB cable and re-install the USB Drivers.

 

Step 4: Load the Firmware into Odin

 

Click the Odin "AP button" then browse and select the firmwares file. Just make sure you already unzipped it and then browse to the folder where you downloaded your firmware, it should end with file description as "tar.md5".

For Example, if you are about to flash a Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F, the firmware should look something like this "G900FXXU1ANE2_G900FOXA1ANE2_HOME.tar.md5". Note that Firmware packages comes in different build version numbers and basically shows the device model number such "N900F" or "N925A" and so on.

After that, wait 1-10 seconds while it reads the MD5 checksum.

 

 

Step 5: Install the Firmware into your Device

 

Simply hit the "Start Button" Once both AP and CSC files filled with the right files, simply click that Odin's "START" button to begin flashing. Wait and watch the progress bar as it will show you the exact time how it completes the flashing and it takes a couple of minutes before the flashing finishes, you have a time to relax for a while.

 

 

Step 6: Wait until the Restoration Process completes!

 

When original firmware installation successfully completed, you'll noticed that Odin displays a word "PASS" in Green. This means the operation was a success. Then reboot your phone and you are done. Check the Notes below if you have any problems.

 

Important Notes:

 

• If you flashed a firmware and faced issues with your Wi-Fi connection, Make sure that "auto reboot" option in Odin3 is NOT checked (Step1) and wait until Odin says "PASS" (green text at the bottom right) then disconnect your device.

 

• Samsung KIES installation is required to get the Samsung USB driver, In case you don't want to install KIES OR you already have it but facing many issues with it on your syste... just install the Samsung USB drivers only from the links above.

 

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