Facebook Lite – For low power Android devices

Facebook’s official app is a lot better than it used to be, if only because the service has become so ubiquitous that it’s more or less constantly being updated. Even so, there are Android users with older or cheaper phones, and users in areas where it’s hard to find a reliable data connection, that Facebook is intent on serving. To that end the company has published Facebook Lite on the Play Store. This smaller and allegedly faster app is not available in the some countries, but readers can download it via the link below.

The APK is signed by Facebook. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Downloading the app and subsequent updates from APK Mirror is possible from any market and on any device.

File name: com.facebook.lite-

Version: (Android 2.2+)

MD5: c4ede079d9ff30e9e56eb78ece209738

Linx 8 – Windows 8.1 with Bing

Do you own a Linx 8 tablet and have you managed to turn the device into a brick because Windows won’t boot or recovery fails? Here’s what you’ll need to get it booting again.

The following is a leaked OEM image of Windows 8.1 with Bing. Technically you already own this version of Windows 8.1 but there’s no official channels from which to download it. Of course you could install any version of Windows 8.1, but if you install this specific version then Windows will use the activation key that’s stored within the BIOS. That means that you won’t have to buy a new activation key or use illegal software.

File name: X19-57135_SW_DVD9_NTRL_Win_with_Bing_8.1_32BIT_Eng_Intl_OEM.img
SHA1: 0797928e7504b4f7bdfe1e382ee54efc1b067299
Download: Try this

You’ll also need the Linx 8 drivers. You can download them here.

Linx 8 – Enabling Secure Boot

Secure Boot will help to protect your Windows tablet from rootkits or other malware that attempts to replace your boot loader. The Linx 8, however, will come with Secure Boot disabled by default. That’s unusual because Microsoft requires all certified devices sold with Windows 8.1 to have Secure Boot enabled by default.

After some trial and error testing I’ve found out how to enable Secure Boot, but it will require a USB OTG cable and a USB keyboard.

Open up msinfo32 to check the status

  1. Shutdown Windows
  2. Plug in your OTG cable and connect your USB keyboard to it
  3. Hold volume up and the power button to access the BIOS
  4. Select “Secure Boot Option”
  5. Set “Restore Secure Boot to Factory Settings” to Enabled
  6. Press F10, select yes and then ok

Linx 8 – The Windows 8.1 tablet for less than £90

I’ve always wondered what a Windows tablet would be like, but I’ve never wanted to spend a lot of money on something that I might not like. Things have started to change recently though as you can now buy cheap tablets running Windows 8.1 with Bing. For those of you who don’t know, Windows 8.1 with Bing is free to to manufacturers if their device is smaller than 9 inches. Can you disable Bing though? Yes as it’s nothing more than the default Internet Explorer homepage.

The Linx 8 boasts an 8″ IPS LCD screen, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and an Intel Atom Z3735F (Quad core) CPU that at it’s maximum can reach 1.83 GHz. There’s also a 2.0 MP camera on the front as well as the rear, but they certainly won’t win any awards as they’re only included for basic use in programs such as Skype.

There’s no pre-installed 3rd party software on the tablet so it’s very responsive as it has plenty of free memory. What you do get though is a 12 month subscription key for Microsoft Office 365, which when activated against your Microsoft account will also give you unlimited storage to Microsoft’s OneDrive as well as 60 minutes of Skype call time per month.

The build quality isn’t far behind that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) and for the price it’s an amazing piece of hardware. I highly recommend the Linx 8 to anyone who’s interested in trying out Windows on a tablet.


Buy the Linx 8 from Amazon for just £89.99

Addons: Linx 8 case / USB hub

It’s released!

After a long wait people can now finally download my ROM.

The ZTE Skate is a really old Android device now, so there’s not many people using it anymore, especially when it comes to English speaking people like myself. I guess for that reason it’s bitter sweet, knowing that my ROM won’t be used by thousands of people, but that it’ll probably be the last fully stable high quality ROM for the device.

I think what I’m most proud of is that there’s no bundled in paid for apps, no “install this to speed up your device” scripts. There’s just bug fixes and a lot of hard work. And what really made it all worth it for me is the one person who said that it was worth the wait.

MoDaCo link: http://www.modaco.com/topic/366117-romzte-skate-h3-holo-dolby-audio-linaro-optimized-kernel-frandom-row-io-scheduler/

And to the people who waited for my ROM and are now using it…

Thank you

Outlook (hotmail) now has IMAP

Just about every other email provider has supported IMAP since 1986, yet Microsoft has only just made it available for Outlook.com. It’s great news though as this will now allow email apps such as K9-Mail to function correctly with Outlook, Hotmail and Live accounts.

Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 993
Encryption: SSL

Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 587
Encryption: TLS

Is that Jelly Bean?

For the last year I’ve been working on a heavily themed holo version of Gingerbread in my spare time. That’s one of the reasons I’ve not posted a lot as I’ll soon be releasing the ROM.

The past week I further modified the statusbar and I’ve got to say that I’m really happy with the result. I know it’s my own work so I’m going to be biased, but I can’t find any other holo themed Gingerbread ROM that looks this polished.

Xposed framework backported to Gingerbread

This has been out for a little while now, but I figured it’s worth a mention for them who are stuck on stock Gingerbread ROM’s.

I patched an issue with the app so that Xposed can be installed onto more devices.

You can get the source here: https://github.com/liudongmiao/XposedInstaller