Category: Android HOWTOs

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Amazon Echo Review & Voice Controlled Home Automation HOWTO w/ WeMo!

When I first got the Amazon Echo, it was a pretty cool device that you could talk to when you are bored but there were limits to the device as I was used to doing complex things with my Google Now already.  Of course, I also find playing music rather convenient, especially when I am doing dishes, I can turn on music without bothering to dry my hands, I really like that.  But at the price of near $200, is this gadget worth it?

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How to Make 4K Timelapse Video w/ Android and Camera FV-5!

If you want to make a high quality 4K timelapse on your Android smartphone, you will definitely want to use the Camera FV-5 as it comes with intervalometer (that automatically takes photos for the interval you set).  There are apps that make timelapse videos for you but the quality you get out of them will be nowhere near doing it this way by taking our photos then post-process them with desktop software Adobe Effects.  And if your Android smartphone supports RAW images (like LG G4, OnePlus One, Nexus 5/6), you will have more control over your images in your final edit, even remove noise from low-light shots.

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How to Make Hyperlapse Video with Android! [Advanced Method]

So, you want to make a cool hyperlapse video with your Android device or DSLR/mirrorless camera?

If you wanted to make something simple, you could possibly use Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile app for Android.  Now, if you wanted something with higher quality and something you could actually use for professional-quality videos, you will want to used the advanced method of taking the photos individually/manually then post-process them using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop or Lightroom.

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How to Install Xposed Installer on Android Lollipop 5.0/5.1/5.1.1!

Xposed Installer is an essential app required to run various different Xposed Modules/Apps to add extra functionality to your Android device such as enabling tablet mode using Xposed App Settingscloaking root through Root Cloak, or cheat in Pokemon Go using Pokemon Go Hack.    In fact, some of you use it so much that you even refuse to upgrade to Lollipop.  Xposed Installer has actually been available for awhile now and they actually work for most Android devices on Lolllipop including Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1, and 5.1.1.

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How to Setup VPN on your Android! (Access Netflix/Pandora Outside U.S.)

Many people have asked me in the past about how to setup a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to do various things like accessing Netflix/Pandora outside the U.S., installing apps on Play Store only available to U.S., and making their internet traffic encrypted and anonymized.  Whatever the case, I had the first hand experience to test out VPN outside the U.S. recently in my vacation to Thailand, which is a great test spot as it’s located on the other side of the earth (actually it’s located between the sun and earth).

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LG Watch Urbane Metal Band Replacement! [HOWTO]

While I do like the leather bands on my new LG Watch Urbane, I was really intrigued by the fact that the watch itself supports standard 22mm watch bands.  Plus, I wanted to have something unique and make my new watch customized, just like my phone with a custom ROM.

Well, I ordered a 22mm metal watch band on Amazon and link removal tool (to re-size the band) with no knowledge of modding a watch except for my common sense.  I usually go to my local watch repair shop but since it had closed down and there are not many watch repair shops around these days, I decided to do it all myself.  Best of all, it only took me 5 minutes!  I am sure many of you know how to do this already but for those who don’t, here’s some photos I took while I did mine.