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How to change your tone on WhatsApp iPhone

How to change your tone on WhatsApp iPhone

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 3, 2015 at 15:00

Pop “change tone” into Google and you’re automatically presented with the suggestion “change tone on whatsapp iphone”. It’s ultimately dead easy, but only if you know where to look.

Yep, even I had to Google “change tone on whatsapp iphone” as iOS is way less intuitive – and more restrictive – than you might think. Instructions plus impromptu rambling below.

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How to install and use third-party keyboards with iOS 8

How to install and use third-party keyboards with iOS 8

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 5, 2014 at 14:00

There were a couple of big third-party changes introduced with iOS 8, and we looked at one of those earlier this week in Five free iPhone iOS 8 widgets.

The other change, as iOS becomes ever-so-slightly more open, is support for third-party keyboards, and here – since Apple doesn’t exactly supply a manual – we’re looking at how to install and use them.

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How to display your iPhone signal strength in numbers

How to display your iPhone signal strength in numbers

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 26, 2014 at 13:00

I penned 15 things you didn't know your iPhone could do a few months ago, but failed to include a classic – something that’s potentially rather useful if you suffer from signal problems.

I refer to showing your iPhone signal strength in numbers (dBm) rather than bars, but fortunately it’s still easily done in iOS 8.

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How to access US South Park Studios from your UK Android smartphone or tablet

I’ve been meaning to catch up with Season 18 of South Park for several weeks, and the legitimate way to do that – for those in the US, at least – is to hit up South Park Studios.

Here we’re relaying some outrageously simple instructions (seriously, it’s essentially a one-line answer) for accessing the US branch of South Park Studios on your UK Android smartphone or tablet.

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How to watch the WWE Network on your UK Android smartphone or tablet

Yesterday I detailed How to watch the WWE Network on your UK iPad or iPhone, a relatively simple process, truth to be told, and I naively thought it might be even more straight forward on glorious, open, do-whatever-you-like Android. Oh, how wrong I was.

I was actually just putting the finishing touches to WWE Network on your UK Android device: an impossible dream?, but I’ve only GONE AND GOT IT WORKING.

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How to watch the WWE Network on your UK iPad or iPhone

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: wrestling is the world’s greatest art form, deftly combining comedy, drama, romance, athleticism, and ultimately men in pants pretending to fight. It’s brilliant.

Alas, the launch of the UK WWE Network – the online service with a head-spinning volume of content – has been nothing short of a farce, being mysteriously pulled last week just minutes before it was supposed to go live. Worse still, there are rumours it’ll be a Sky channel over here, perhaps akin to the limited Canadian service offered through Rogers. Bleurgh.

But fear not! Here I’m detailing how to watch the WWE Network - the full service - on your UK iPad or iPhone, in three simple steps.

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Watch US Netflix on your UK Windows Phone

Watch US Netflix on your UK Windows Phone

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 5, 2014 at 13:00

Already this week we’ve detailed how to Watch US Netflix on your UK iPad or iPhone, and how to Watch US Netflix on your UK Android smartphone or tablet. Now we turn our attention to smartphone operating system #3. Symbian? BlackBerry 10? Don't be silly.

It’s a bit of a pain in the bum, to be honest, but it is possible – technically – to watch US Netflix on your UK Windows Phone handset.

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Watch US Netflix on your UK Android smartphone or tablet

Watch US Netflix on your UK Android smartphone or tablet

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 4, 2014 at 13:00

It’s unofficially (or officially, for all the difference it makes) Watching US Netflix in the UK Week here on Mobot. Yesterday I penned Watch US Netflix on your UK iPad or iPhone; here we turn our attention to Google’s ubiquitous OS.

Watching US Netflix on your UK Android smartphone or tablet really couldn’t be easier (seriously, this guide is all of 300 words long). And better still, it won’t cost you a penny.

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Watch US Netflix on your UK iPad or iPhone

Incredibly it’s been more than two years since we touched on the watching US Netflix in the UK thing, so I figured I’d update our instructions – focusing on the iPad and iPhone for starters.

Contrary to popular belief, watching US Netflix in the UK is incredibly easy, and requires literally no understanding of VPNs or DNS addresses or anything even vaguely technical. If you can type a number in a box, you can do this thing; it takes all of five minutes.

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Rooting the International Samsung Galaxy S3 the Easy Way

Rooting the International Samsung Galaxy S3 the Easy Way

Jeff Mulkey  Jul. 19, 2012 at 09:30

So you've just stopped by your local Vodafone outlet and picked up your shiny new Samsung Galaxy SIII. With its quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1 GB of RAM, the device screams with power. However, as a true mobotnik, your experience with an Android device is never complete unless you root. Today let's look at the easiest root method for the Galaxy SIII i9300 (international version), CF-Root.

Created by the developer Chainfire, the application is quite robust. First thing you'll need is the CF-Root 6.4 package. Save this to your desktop. Next download Odin 1.85. As always when using Odin, remember that you can very easily brick your device if you disconnect your phone at any point during the flashing process.

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Downgrading an EVO 3D CDMA (Shooter)

Downgrading an EVO 3D CDMA (Shooter)

Jeff Mulkey  Jul. 12, 2012 at 19:30

Anyone using a Sprint EVO 3D (for the Mobotniks on the US side of the pond) has undoubtedly heard of the atrocity that is HBOOT 1.50. Whereas versions 1.30 and 1.40 of the bootloader could have the security flag turned off (S-OFF) and the NAND portion of the phone written too, HBOOT 1.50 was without exploit. As such, even with the bootloader unlocked using the official HTC method, the ability to flash custom kernels was limited, unless a mobotnik was willing to undergo a much lengthier process that did not allow for flashing on the go.

In fact, the lack of development in the months following the release of the EVO 3D was (in part) attributed to the locked down bootloader. Thanks to a group of very intelligent developers, a method was constructed that allowed for HBOOT 1.50 to be downgraded to 1.40, which could have S-OFF. Let's take a look at the how to do this.

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Unlock the Nexus 7

Unlock the Nexus 7

Jeff Mulkey  Jul. 11, 2012 at 20:00

Google Nexus devices are always exciting in terms of development. The best part about a Nexus is the ease with which it can be rooted and a custom recovery loaded on it. With Google already taking preorders for the Nexus 7, let's discuss how your new tablet can be set up for development.

As always, you must have the Android SDK setup and the proper drivers installed. For those who don't have the SDK, head here and download it. Once it's downloaded, run the installer_r20-windows file and walk through the install. When prompted for the install location, be sure to select C:\ADB. As the install finishes, a box will be checked to run the SDK Manager for the first time. Selecting “Next” with the box checked will open up a new window:

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Fixing a Soft-bricked Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Fixing a Soft-bricked Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Jeff Mulkey  Jul. 10, 2012 at 13:30

Like many a mobotnik, you've just rooted your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus and flashed TWRP's latest touch recovery. You race to your local Android forum, pick out the latest custom Jelly Bean ROM and flash it. The device's screen glows with the light of the Google emblem and nothing happens. You wait for several minutes hoping to see the boot screen, but the device reboots itself. Having forgotten to run a nandroid backup, you are now stuck between a rock and a hard place.

You pull the battery and then rerun TWRP. You wipe system, data, cache, and even the battery stats, hoping that with a reflash your Galaxy Nexus will reboot into the comforting glow of the Jelly Bean home screen. Sadly, the device just remains on the Google emblem, doomed to be forever stuck there. Your device is now what is known as soft bricked. This is definitely a problem that can be fixed, however, your options are limited: you can try and flash the stock ROM images from Verizon Wireless and hope that none of the partitions are corrupted or you can take the safe, guaranteed route: ODIN.

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Simpler Sony Xperia Nandroid Back-ups

For those of you with a rooted, ClockworkMod Recovery enabled Sony Xperia (may work with any model of Android phone) device with: Superuser, terminal and BusyBox installed, there is a time saving tool that will allow you to make Nandroid back-ups without the annoyance of booting into recovery!

If you have yet to make a Sony Xperia Nandroid back-up, what are you waiting for!? Having a Nandroid back-up will give you a safeguard in case anything goes wrong with your phone.

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A Guide to setting up ADB

Damien Bailey  May. 23, 2012 at 14:30

A Guide to setting up ADB

ADB is a powerful tool. It allows you to send commands to your phone and push files via the command line. It is considered by many to be ‘pro-tier phone use.’

This usually means downloading the entire Android SDK which is fairly large and cumbersome to install. Fortunately you can download a stripped down version:

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Install ICS on the LG Optimus 2X

Install ICS on the LG Optimus 2X

Damien Bailey  May. 16, 2012 at 18:30

A few days ago we announced that the LG Optimus 2X will not be getting the ICS update until Q3 of this year. To me, this is a long time to wait. Fortunately though, you can install an unofficial build of Cyanogen 9 (based off ICS) that will give you Ice Cream Sandwich goodness and more!

Usual rules apply. Your phone’s warranty will be voided and Mobot takes no responsibility for any damage caused to your device! Your phone will be wiped so back up anything important...

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One Click Root for the AT&T HTC One X

One Click Root for the AT&T HTC One X

Damien Bailey  May. 15, 2012 at 19:30

Here's one for the US Mobotniks! Thanks to an exploit discovered by sparkym3, your AT&T HTC One X can now be rooted using a very simple ‘One-Click-Root’ method!

Usual rules apply. Your phone’s warranty will be voided and Mobot takes no responsibility for any damage caused to your device! Your phone may be wiped so back up anything important.

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Flashing the Nokia N9

Flashing the Nokia N9

Damien Bailey  May. 14, 2012 at 18:30

After much nagging to one of my employers to have a play with the Nokia N9, they finally caved in and allowed me use of one for a time. The only catch was the phone was (in their terms) “bricked”. It was not quite true as there was obviously life still in the device as it would switch on, but it would then restart every 10 seconds in an endless loop, never getting past the Nokia logo.

On searching Google,  this seems to be a common problem with the Nokia N9. However, guides to fixing seemed few and incomplete with a huge majority aimed at Linux users. So I’ve decided to write a more broken down version for Windows users.

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Motorola Xoom Root and Ice-Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Motorola Xoom Root and Ice-Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Damien Bailey  May. 10, 2012 at 14:30

The Motorola Xoom is still a mighty popular Android tablet that is long overdue its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the UK. It’s been promised by Motorola for an OTA update in Q2 2012 but until then, if you want to get your hands on the update here is a guide to rooting and sticking a stock ICS ROM on your Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi (not the 3G version).

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A guide to installing Android on an iPhone

A guide to installing Android on an iPhone

Damien Bailey  May. 8, 2012 at 17:30

It may be a rare occurrence but believe it or not there are some iPhone users that look upon Android users with great envy. Whether it’s the use of widgets on homescreens, access to apps that would normally be blocked from the iPhone or just a genuine passion for Google; this small crowd has its reasons.

Fortunately, if you have an old iPhone (1st or 2nd generation) that is jailbroken and has the correct version of iOS installed you can enjoy some Android Gingerbread goodness on your old trusty device.

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