Root And Install Oxygen OS Onto OnePlus One

OnePlus just released Oxygen OS for OnePlus One users.  Unfortunately, users cannot flash Oxygen OS over the air (e.g., LTE, Wi-Fi, etc…).  I’m not going to go through the steps in details of showing you how to do this.  Nonetheless, I’m going to list a few things that are essential for you to get before you can flash Oxygen OS onto your OnePlus One.  As always, don’t blame the messenger, but blame yourself if something goes wrong and you haven’t had a backup of your OnePlus One data.  Once backing up your OnePlus One data properly, you can then proceed with rooting your OnePlus One.

  1. Step one – you need to root your OnePlus One.  What you need to have to root your OnePlus One?
    1. Make sure you got the latest Java JDK installed on your Mac.  You can check out the version of your Java JDK by opening up a terminal and type this command in, javac -version.  If you aren’t seeing any feedback in your terminal, it means you don’t have Java JDK installed.  You need Java JDK to run Android SDK’s fastboot and adb tools.
    2. You need to download Android Studio at https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.  Although you can download Android SDK standalone version just so you can use fastboot and adb, but the easiest way is just downloading the whole Android Studio.  Once done downloading and installing Android Studio with recommended default plugins and features, you need to open up your Mac’s terminal to see if you have fastboot and adb or not by going to /Users/[enter your username here without the square brackets]/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools/.  If you’re seeing fastboot and adb tools within this directory, then you’re knowing that you’re good to go.  If you’re using Linux and Windows, I don’t have the steps for you.  Google for the steps please.
    3. You need to enable Android Debugging function/feature within your OnePlus One phone.  Just go to Settings > About Phone > tap seven times on Build number.  Hit back till you see Developer options, go into here and enable Android Debugging.
    4. Connect your OnePlus One to your Mac through USB cable.
    5. In terminal, change into directory where your fastboot and adb tools are located.  The command is, cd /Users/[enter your username here without the square brackets]/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools/.
    6. Follow the video right after this sentence for rooting your OnePlus One.
    7. https://youtu.be/fUB9lz5_BjY
  2. Step two – we are going to install Oxygen onto OnePlus One.
    1. You need to download TWRP Manager from Play Store.
    2. If TWRP Manager requires you to do a SD Patch, you should do so.
    3. Once done patching, you need to install TWRP using TWRP Manager.
    4. Go to https://oneplus.net/oxygenos and download Oxygen OS.
    5. Now you need to download Android File Transfer at https://www.android.com/intl/en_us/filetransfer/.  Done?  You need to install Android File Transfer onto your Mac.
    6. With OnePlus One connects to your Mac, use Android File Transfer to copy and paste Oxygen OS’s files onto your OnePlus One’s Download folder (directory).
    7. Follow the video right after this sentence to install Oxygen onto your OnePlus One.
    8. https://youtu.be/DTZV0B7Wxgo

Enjoy!!!

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Should Smartphone Makers Get Smart By Embedding No Driving While Texting Limitation Into Various Smartphone Operating Systems By Default To Prevent Driving Accidents?

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Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand held mobile phone violating New York State law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best way to stop people from texting while driving might have to come down to either the smartphone makers or the user themselves.  Nonetheless, I think the former party might be more honest.  Just imagine, instead of relying on the users themselves to download a road safety app, why not having the smartphone makers to embed a road safety function within various smartphone operating systems?  Imagine a scenario when a user tries to text during a moving vehicle, the very smartphone operating system can lock up all functionalities except the emergency functions such as answering a phone call (dial 911, etc…).

When vehicle is moving and a smartphone operating system is refusing to allow a user to text and use the smartphone in distracted ways, I think this very user either have to stop on the side of the road or find a place to park fast just so he or she can use his or her smartphone as usual.  Perhaps, this way more smartphone users will be less dangerous for fellow drivers while they’re on the roads.

I think, driving while texting is just as bad as driving while intoxicating.  Driving while texting is definitely much harder to enforce since when the drivers stop using their smartphone during a drive, there is no way for the police to know for sure that the drivers had used their smartphone during a drive.  Unlike alcohol, texting while driving does not leave any indication of intoxication in certain span of period, therefore the authority won’t be able to detect the wrong doing.

I believe, if you ask just about anyone in regarding to have they had ever done texting while driving,  most people will definitely answer you that they don’t do texting while driving.  Nonetheless, I believe most people sometimes if not a lot probably have done some texting while driving.  How come?  It’s just so easy to texting while driving even though texting while driving is hard.  Driving while texting is not easy, because you have to watch where you drive while texting, and this is why it’s so dangerous.  Nonetheless, people are doing it just because it’s so easy to reach for a smartphone and text away during a drive.

Dedicated, prudent drivers may not text while driving when they’re being careful, but even these drivers may let their guard down once or twice, and perhaps just once or twice is good enough to wreck havoc on the roads.

I think, the smartphone operating systems should be smart enough to refuse to allow drivers to text while driving.  Anyhow, I propose this idea based on my experience with a navigation system within my 2007 Hybrid Camry.  Don’t know if this is true for most 2007 Hybrid Camry model, but within mine I cannot enter any direction or use the navigation system in any manner that requires me to take my eyes off the road.  I cannot even override this very limitation if I want to (or I don’t know how to do so), and so I think the maker of the navigation system for 2007 Hybrid Camry had done a very smart thing.  It’s time for the smartphone makers to do the same?

Ooma Telo Sounds Like A Great Idea, But I Don’t Know If I’m Ready To Ditch My Landline Phone Service

Power Outage

Power Outage (Photo credit: dave hale)

Cnet has a piece (Get an Ooma Telo home phone system for $109.99) on how you can let go monthly landline phone bill by using Ooma Telo VOIP phone service.  It sounds excellent and persuasive, but I do feel though this might be scary if I really need to use the phone in the midst of the power outage (and cell phone runs out of battery)…  Nonetheless, it seems like a good idea to get rid of landline phone bill, because saving money is always a good thing.  Calling 911 during power outage (and cell phone isn’t working) might still be the #1 thing to have, and so going with VOIP type of phone services might not be a good idea still, at least for me.  If somehow, these VOIP services can provide an emergency solution where they can tap into landline phone that will always work (and I don’t have to pay any fee for an emergency landline service) even when power outage happens, then I definitely want to jump on board with something like Ooma Telo.

Imagining The TV Of The Future, Don’t Laugh!

One can imagine the future, TV might not require a physical display!  Instead, the future might have TV lovers install some sort of devices/gadgets in very small sizes along the corner of the walls.  I would like to think each space within the house or an area just needs a few of such tiny devices/gadgets to be adequately performed its tasks.  These devices/gadgets might not have to be bolted to the wall, but these could be sat on shelves and so on.  These devices/gadgets will basically litter the house through out.  These devices will be wireless.

Whenever users want to watch something, users just speak out loud in natural manners, and the devices/gadgets will project videos and information and so on in the midair.  The users might be able to adjust the positions of the projections through voice.  When pause the videos, users can just step right into the projections and see the projections almost as the real things — but make sure the things that look so real stay digital.  Even when the projections run the courses, users might be able to feel as if they’re inside the projections.  Users move up and down throughout the levels of the houses, the projections should follow but stay right infront of the users; this way, the users will not miss a single moment of actions.

Let imagining some more!  Imagining that the users might be able to interact with the projections and create personalized on-the-go projection moments such as he or she will be able to insert oneself into the projections through the use of a digital clone/avatar; he or she could just reach out and deflect digital objects within the projections such as a bullet so the new personalized on-the-go projection moment would have a different ending (i.e., the new hero — an avatar of oneself — will not meet his/her end when a bullet makes its mark).  Users might be able to change individual color of the objects within the projection moments.  Users can play God by manipulating everything within the projection moments.  It might be possible since we’re talking about digital and holographical things.

TV will no longer be TV, but it will be much more!  TV will be super computer, intricate telecommunication devices with holographical capability, personal assistant with super smart artificial intelligence, and a lot more.  Furthermore, users might be able to use various mobile devices to smoothly get update and feedback and seamlessly communicate with the TV-will-no-longer-be-TV devices (i.e., the things this article describes so far) — might also be able to tap into the processing power of these tiny intricate devices to make the mobile devices super powerful and smart even though the mobile devices are meant to be used for on-the-go purposes.

In the end, this is our imagination!  We will never know how and what the future engineers will use to bring about such technology.  The materials that will be used to build this imagination might be exotic.  Might require quantum computing?  I’m clueless, but I so wish this sort of imagination will come true!

Walmart And T-Mobile Offers No-Contract $30 Mobile Phone Plans With Unlimited 4G Data; You Down With This?

According to PCWorld’s article Walmart and T-Mobile to Sell No-Contract $30 Mobile Phone Plans With “Unlimited” 4G Data, it seems this is a sweet deal for people who want to watch Netflix on their smartphones.  Now, why don’t they combine that with iPhone 4 and 5 for an even better plan/deal?  Sure, Walmart is a brand that promotes affordable everything to customers, but such a deal for iPhone 4 and 5 might trump a reasonable assessment of affordability, right?

Source:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/241011/walmart_and_tmobile_to_sell_
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Technology Of PaperPhone May Revolutionize The Future Of Electronic Devices

Imagine you can have a smart phone that is thin as a piece of paper.  Cnet reports researchers are at work to bring the concept of a phone that is thin as a piece of plastic to life.  In fact, they already have a working prototype.  The working prototype is so thin that you can bend it.  Furthermore, the bending may translate into certain commands for the phone.  The idea may astound some people, but from reading the comments on Cnet, many commenters wrote that the idea is a terrible one.  Some commenters think that the bending of the thin piece of plastic phone is not giving off a good feeling as if one is holding an iPhone.

In my opinion, perhaps the idea is horrible for a phone, but it could be a revolution since I would definitely love to see a 50 something plus inches big screen TV is thin as a piece of paper but durable enough that cannot be destroyed, besides of cutting it of course.  This technology is definitely going to revolutionize the future of electronic devices, but it’s only one step closer to everything holograms.  I prefer to have something even as small as a dime, but it has the ability to project a 50 plus inches big screen TV or couple inches screen for a smart phone in hologram.  Then again, please don’t mind me, because I’m daydreaming right now!

Check out the video on a smart phone that is thin as a piece of paper right after the break!

Oh, one last thing, I dislike the bending gesture.  It seems to me it’s a lot more work than swiping on a touch screen.  I’m just amazed at how thin an electronic device can be such as this PaperPhone.  I’m definitely looking forward for a future where a big screen TV, without using a projector, can be thin as this PaperPhone or even more in the case of a hologram.

Source:  http://news.cnet.com/is-your-iphone-obsolete-meet-paperphone/8301-17938_105-20060621-1.html