Month: April 2016

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Catches Fire, Burns With Nasty Fumes.

samsung galaxy s6 edge on fire 3A Reddit user has posted some scary pictures of a burnt Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. While the causes of the fire are still unknown, it could’ve been due to some defect in the battery. Meanwhile, Samsung has promised to replace the phone and damaged property.

 

TechNewsNation: Another day and another smartphone on fire! This time the phone’s from the house of Samsung — its previous flagship device Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

The incident was reported by the Reddit user Turkeylord_2 who posted the images on Imgur and shared them on Reddit. Actually, the phone belonged to his roommate, who told the complete backstory later.

Notably, the user of the phone was not using the charger it came with. Instead, he was using a Samsung charger that came with his Samsung GS3 and the phone was lying next to him on the bed. 

“I woke up to the sound of it sizzling and nasty fumes erupting from it,” he wrote.

Since GS3’s charger output is 1 A i.e. much lower than needed for Galaxy S6+, it doesn’t look like charger’s fault.

While I’m not an expert of smartphone fires and its caused, this problem could’ve happened due to some faulty battery or exposure to water or dust. Such types of incidents don’t happen very often, but are certainly very scary when they happen.

Meanwhile, owner of the phone has contacted Samsung and the company has promised to replace the phone and damaged property.

First Human Head Transplant Is Soon Going To Be Performed By This Doctor.

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Dr. Seergio, who has already done a successful neuro-linkages joint operation, came into controversy when he announced the first human head transplant. He also has a volunteer from Russia who is suffering from the muscle-wasting disorder and is desperate to get his muscles working again. Back in 1970, a monkey head transplant has already been a successful operation. 

Dr. Sergio Canavero got into the controversy when he announced the first human head transplant earlier in the month of January this year. Dr. Sergio has already surgically rejoined severed neuro-linkages. According to him, the healing process has already begun on the fused nerve endings. And now he wants to do more.The idea of first human head transplant came to Canavero’s mind almost three years ago and he announced that he’d be able to do the first human head transplant in a two-part procedure. Two procedures that he would follow are:

  • HEAVEN (head anastomosis venture) and
  • Gemini (the subsequent spinal cord fusion)

Valery Spiridonov, a 31-year-old Russian program manager, upon the doctor’s announcement, stood up to volunteer for the same. Valery is suffering from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a muscle-wasting disorder, and is desperate to get his muscles’ life back.

Dr Sergio with Spiridonov for the first human head transplant

According to the claims made by the Italian surgeon that has have successfully carried out a head transplant on a monkey, Dr. Sergio now wants to attempt a human head transplant. He also claims that this transplant could cure complete paralysis in a matter of years.

While many call this attempt by Dr. Sergioas as a fantasy, on the other hand, the doctor is optimistic that liver, kidney and lungs can be transplanted then why cannot a head? Back in 1970, American neurosurgeon Dr. Robert White also conducted the first successful transplant of a head to another body when he operated on a rhesus monkey.

Rhesus monkey with head transplant

From the Chinese head transplant experiment, Dr. Sergio claims that that if the head is cooled to -15°C, a monkey can survive the procedure without suffering brain damage.

Dr. Sergio has already delineated a plan in a June 2013 paper which was presented in 2015 while addressing American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons’s 39th annual conference. This first human head transplant will be a 36-hour, $20 million procedure involving at least 150 people, including doctors, nurses, technicians, psychologists and virtual reality engineers.

The first human head transplant procedure:

  • Two surgical teams will work simultaneously—one focused on Spiridonov and the other on the donor’s body.
  • The donor’s body is from a brain-dead patient which matches Valery’s height, build, and immunotype.
  • Both of the patients will be anesthetized first then will be fitted with the breathing tubes.
  • Electrodes will be attached to their bodies to monitor brain and heart activity.
  • In the next step, Spiridonov’s head will be frozen to 12 to 15 degrees Celsius making in temporarily brain-dead.
  • Once brain dead, Doctors will then drain his brain of blood and flush it with a standard surgery solution.
  • Tubes made of Silastic will be tightened around arteries and jugular veins to stop blood flow and later loosened to allow circulation when the head and new body are connected.
  • The two teams, will make deep incisions around each patient’s neck and use color-coded markings to note all the muscles in both Spiridonov’s head and that of the donor, to facilitate the reconnection.
  • In the final and the most critical step, doctors will cleanly chop through both spinal cords—with a $200,000 diamond nanoblade.
  • Once the heads are sliced, Spiridonov’s head will have to be attached to the donor’s body and connected to the blood flow within an hour.
  • If everything goes well, Dr. Sergio will join neuro-linkages in the end.

So, let’s hope for the best and let’s pray that Dr. Sergio completes the first human head transplant successfully and the volunteer Spiridonov gets his body life back.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

WhatsApp video calls are coming soon!!

When WhatsApp finally got a voice calling feature last year it left us with just one question: when do we get video? There have been plenty of hints at its impending arrival, including a pair of new screenshots, and, with Facebook in the driver’s seat, it’s a matter of when, not if, the feature is coming. Here’s what we know about how to make WhatsApp video calls.

German technology blog Macerkopf has provided the latest leak regarding WhatsApp video calls. The site posted screenshots that show a video call in progress through WhatsApp. The images were reportedly taken from version 2.12.16.2 of the iOS app, which is said to be undergoing internal testing at the moment.

whatsapp video calling leaked screenshotsSupposed screenshots of a video call in action on WhatsApp.

The legitimacy of the images is open to debate, but given that video calling is sure to arrive on WhatsApp in the near future, it seems reasonable to believe they could be real. And although the screenshots come from the iOS app, there’s no reason to believe that WhatsApp isn’t also working on an Android version of the same feature.

How to make WhatsApp video calls

You can’t, yet, but what you can do is send a video clip to your WhatsApp contacts. In order to send video to somebody in WhatsApp, you use the same procedure you’d use to send a photo, an audio clip, your location or somebody’s contact details.

Open a chat with the person you want to send the video, tap the attachment button at the top of the screen (it’s the one that looks like a paperclip) and then tap on the kind of thing you want to send, so, in this case, you’d tap video. You can add a caption if you like, and then you can send the clip by tapping on the send button in the preview.

WhatsApp Messenger Install on Google Play

You can also forward a video sent to you by somebody else. To do that, tap and hold on the message(s) you’d like to forward, tap the forward arrow icon, and choose a conversation to forward the message to. Don’t worry about data use here: while the forwarded message(s) will appear to have come from you, you don’t have to upload the message or messages again. WhatsApp takes care of that.

How making WhatsApp video calls will probably work

WhatsApp might not have video calls just yet, but many rivals do – and you can get a good idea of how WhatsApp video calling should work by checking out alternative apps such as the excellent Viber, which is one of the best instant messenger apps for Android.

Viber Install on Google Play

In the case of Viber, making a video call means making a voice call first. Select your contact, tap the Free Call button, and wait for the call to connect. Once it connects, you’ll need to tap the Video Call button to move into video calling mode, and the person you’re calling needs to activate it too or you won’t be able to see him, her or them.

You can do the same thing in Skype for Android – there’s a button you can use to turn the video on or off during a call – but unlike Viber you don’t need to initiate a voice call first if you don’t want to. All you need to do is sign in, tap the contact you want to video call and then tap on the video call. If WhatsApp doesn’t do something very similar when it brings in video calling we’ll eat a Nexus.

Skype – free IM & video calls Install on Google Play

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Voice calling is available to everybody. We think video is imminent. / © ANDROIDPIT

What if you don’t want to receive or make WhatsApp video calls?

Once again, Skype shows how it’ll probably work: in its Settings card under Voice and Video Calls you can choose between the following options:

  • Receive calls from: choose who you receive Skype video calls from. You can use this option to stop unwanted video calls from unknown people.

  • Answer calls automatically: select this option if you want incoming voice and video calls to be answered automatically.

  • Enable video calling: on most devices, video calling is enabled by default.

  • Technical info: select this option if you want to see technical information about your call.

  • Video quality: choose your video call quality. The higher the quality, the more data a video call will use.

That all seems pretty sensible to us, and it’d be good if WhatsApp introduced something similar. The app is almost certainly heading in that direction anyway, because now that Facebook owns it, it’s likely to get more Facebook-y and make more use of your Facebook network as well as your WhatsApp contact list.

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Android messaging is very competitive, and video calling’s a key feature for some WhatsApp rivals.

Also read: free whatsapp video calling coming

Are you praying for the day WhatsApp introduces video calling, or would you rather keep your contacts out of the picture? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share!

A Battery That Never Dies — An “Accident” Invents Nanowire-based Battery Material.

forever battery nanowire material

Tech News Nation: The hard working researchers from all around the world are working to extend the life of batteries being used in our daily use devices. In a recent development, researchers at University of California, Irvine, have developed a new nanowire-based battery material that could last forever and can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

Over the years, lithium-ion batteries have seen an improvement in their performance, but they still die after several hundred recharges. The researchers at University of California, Irvine, have invented a new nanowire-based battery material that could last forever and can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

In previous research work, scientists were able to develop nanowire batteries with the wires thousands of times thinner than the human hair and larger surface area for electron exchange and storage. However, those wires were brittle and their effective lifetime was even shorter than existing Lithium-ion batteries.

To overcome this problem, the researchers coated a gold nanowire in a manganese dioxide shell and encased it in a Plexiglas-like gel electrolyte.

forever battery nanowire material gel

The research leader UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai tells that these encased wires were then cycled up to 200,000 times over three months and no loss of capacity, power, and strength was observed. However, when nanowires were used without the electrolyte gel, they got corroded after 4,000 cycles.

It was just an accident!

Apart from a fair amount of hard work, a little good luck was also involved in this invention.”Mya was playing around, and she coated this whole thing with a very thin gel layer and started to cycle it,” said Reginald Penner, chair of UCI’s chemistry department.

Mya discovered that just by using gel, she could increase its lifetime thousands of times.

At present, a minuscule amount of gold is being used in this nanowire battery, this still makes it a costly affair. We hope that with further research, a more common metal could be used to turn the dream of forever batteries into reality.

Can You Identify Your PC’s Parts? The Computer Hardware Chart

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Tech News Nation: Ever heard of a computer hardware chart? Ever wondered about the color-coding and pins configuration? Well, our knowledge limits to what we use and not beyond. Here, we bring a computer hardware chart for an in-depth view of what your computer is all about.

I remember a funny incident that happened to me during my networking lab (@KODABS). I always knew network cable and jack by the name of RJ 45 but one day, when my friends began calling a jack, the male adapter, and port, the female adapter, I was surprised and equally amused

Later, when I came to know that straight cable and cross cables have different wire color coded configurations, I was again amused and surprised. So, I decided to open my old CPU box and take a took at all the ports, sockets, and slots.

Indeed, that was an awesome experience. So, today, I share with you a computer hardware chart which should be as interesting as an Indian Jones secret map for computer geeks.

If you have ever wondered about SATA or PATA, or the difference between an RJ-45 and RJ-11 port then this chart is for you (click to enlarge).

the complete computer hardware chart
Update: We have come up with a new image which contains the newer  technological advents like fiber channel plugs, fiber optic ports, different types of power connectors which are contemporary to today’s computer world and different types of phone plugs as well. Details of all these can be found in the newer image below:
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This computer hardware chart contains information about the following. Please click to enlarge!

  • RAM
  • Hard drive
  • Processor card and socket slots
  • Different ports
  • CPU sockets
  • Desktop card slots
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Some common smartphone battery myths you probably believe.

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Tech News Nation: We here at TechNewsNation get a lot of feedback about the devices running our favorite operating system. However, the most negative comments usually have to do with battery life. And it makes sense: there’s nothing more frustrating than having this magical powerhouse of microtechnology suddenly die on you at 5pm, right as you were trying to make dinner plans.

Because literally everyone owning a smartphone has experienced this problem, it’s no surprise that people would start hunting for and doling out all sorts of little tips and tricks to make their batteries healthier and longer lasting. However, it turns out that a lot of these ‘good practices’ for longer battery life are absolute malarkey. Hogwash. Poppycock. Balderdash. In fact, you probably actually believe one of these battery myths, but now it’s time for TechNewsNation to go on a myth busting spree.

 

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Myth Number One: leaving your phone on the charger all night is bad for your battery

“Overcharging” is the word that gets thrown around a lot with this one. The concept is that if you leave your phone on the charger for a while after it hits 100 percent, that it will reduce the capacity of the battery. Well, this just isn’t the case (except in the case of you having a bad case, but we’ll explain in a minute).  This myth has some pretty legitimate origins, so it’s no surprise that it’s stuck around. In the days of yore, lithium ion batteries would overheat if you left them charging for too long. This did in fact cause damage to the battery and reduce performance. Hell, it even led some to explode.  However, modern devices are way smarter with managing power. Leaving your device plugged in all the time is just fine. The only reason this should be a concern, as hinted above, is if you have a poorly designed case that doesn’t allow for heat dissipation. Other than that feel free to charge away. In fact, leaving your battery plugged in provides your battery with a trickle charge once it’s at capacity, and that’s actually healthier for your battery than a complete discharge is. Which leads us to Myth Number Two:

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Myth Number Two: You should completely discharge your battery before charging

Yeah, anyone hocking this old wives tale is thinking about a different kind of battery entirely. Nickel cadmium or nickel-metal hydride batteries are what these folks are talking about, and modern smartphones use lithium-ion batteries.

Once again, the myth has some reasonable origins. It’s absolutely true that older nickel-centric batteries would ‘forget’ what their full capacity was if you didn’t fully drain them before charging again. But lithium-ion is a different ballgame. They have a much smarter way of counting their charges. If you use 60 percent of your battery’s life, then recharge it, it won’t count that as a complete charge cycle. Over the course of the next day’s use, once it hits 40 percent discharge, it will count that as one charge cycle.

It’s true that lithium-ion batteries diminish in capacity with every charge cycle, but this effect isn’t very large. Most smartphone batteries retain about 80 percent of their original charge capacity even after a few years. Since most users swap out batteries or phones on about that same timeframe, there’s not really any reason to worry about it.

 

Myth Number Three: Always use the official brand charger for your phone

Oh boy, this one. This one has its roots in what is essentially marketing. Whenever you get your shiny new phone from a given manufacturer, odds are pretty good that the manual will tell you to always buy chargers from the company that made your device.

Of course they want you to buy their accessories, duh! But it’s not for the health of your phone, it’s for profit. Any reputable 3rd party charger should be just fine. There are some exceptions, especially in the case of USB-C cables, and some unofficial chargers might not allow for as fast of charging, but in most cases a quality 3rd party charger should be just fine with your device. Really the only ones that you have to watch out for are the super cheap Gh¢5 (Five Ghana Cedis) chargers you’d find on table stores, car boots (“promotion charges”), or any convenience store. Most of those are just fine, even, but every once in awhile you can come across some bad eggs that might give your phone a hard time.

 

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Myth Number Four: Never use your phone while it’s charging

This one gets thrown around a lot by concerned moms and semi-tech-savvy grandpas. This is a fear-uncertainty-and-doubt kind of myth that stays alive not because of any sort of actual evidence, but because the urban-legend-tier consequences that are said to follow such supposedly unwise use of your smartphone.

Some people say that using your phone while it’s charging can make your device explode, catch fire, or electrocute you. While not quite on par with the Korean concept of fan death, it’s still a pretty far fetched yarn. There’s no real danger in playing around on your device while it’s charging. Have at it.

 

Myth Number Five: Save battery power by killing apps or using an app killer

Aaaaagghh! Stop it! Stop doing it; stop spreading this lie. App killers and their proponents are the homeopathy and anti-vaxxers of the Android world: they don’t actually help and they can possibly make things worse.

There was a stretch of a few months back in, like, 2009 when app killers actually made Android run smoother. Then Android got a lot smarter about how it managed its resources, and all app killers do is suck up the resources they are claiming to protect. They became unnecessary before they even got popular.

Even if you’re just haphazardly murdering apps that seem to be running in the background by force stopping them or swiping them out of the Recent Apps menu, you’re often draining more battery than you’re saving. For one thing, a lot of apps spring right back to life after you kill them, meaning you just spent more resources than if you just left it alone. For another, the biggest battery sucker across the board is your display. If you’re spending screen time, not to mention seconds of your finite human life, needlessly assassinating apps, then you’re playing a game of whack-a-mole that is only wasting your time and your smartphone’s battery.

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Myth Number Six: Disabling services like Bluetooth and Location Services drastically improves battery life

This is another one of those rumors that is still sticking around because it actually used to be good advice. Wi-fi and Bluetooth used to latch onto your smartphone’s battery life like a vampire bat, but today they’re nowhere near so bloodthirsty. And location services are even leaner.

It’s true that disabling all these or going into airplane mode will save some battery life. However, we’re talking a very tiny sliver – like half an hour over the span of an entire day, so the gains are arguably not worth the trouble. Leave the services that you use on the regular running all you want. Your device is designed to handle it.

 

Thoughts?

These are our six favorite battery myths, and they’re the ones we see passed around in forums all the time – even by otherwise very tech-savvy people. However, this list is by no means comprehensive. What’s some bad bit of advice that you’re constantly seeing crop up regarding smartphones or battery life?

Let us know your favorite myths in the comments!

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How To Root Galaxy S3 and Install ClockWorkMod.

This procedure is simple but risky. Neither I nor the Android website and FreebiePixels can be held liable in case of mishandling. This process will void your warranty, but rest assured there is a way to recover it (it will be the subject of a future tutorial).

You will retain your data!

First it will download the necessary files:

– Odin
– Clockworkmod
– Superuser
– CWM management application
– Kies

Unpack the archive “GalaxyS3-CWM-ROOT.rar” and you must have:

We will use Kies only as it installs drivers Galaxy S3 properly.

Without further ado let’s go!

Installing Kies

If you had an earlier version of Kies, he will ask the permission of the uninstall: Accept.
Then our version of Kies will install without problems. After installation, it will ask this time if you want to launch and create a desktop shortcut, here also agree.

Kies launches automatically and it will check if an update is available. If he finds a new version, it will offer to install: accept.

Get the Galaxy S3 in “USB Debug mode”

For the rest of our installation tutorial of ClockWorkMod and the Galaxy S3 root we will spend the Galaxy S3 in “debug usb mode”, here’s how:

We must go into the settings of the smartphone by clicking the following icon

Then you have to scroll all the way down to the settings page.

Then click on “development options”.

Click the check box “USB Debugging”

Make “OK”, it is our Galaxy S3 is in debug USB mode.

Installation of drivers:

As we installed Kies that contains drivers Galaxy S3 this operation will be done alone. Just connect the GS3 to PC with micro USB cord.

Here in Windows 7, we see that after a few seconds all the required drivers have been installed correctly:

Preparing the Galaxy S3 Root:

Once the drivers are installed, your Galaxy S3 is recognized by the PC:

Navigate to File Explorer by selecting the line “open the mobile device to view files”

The PC recognizes two discs here because our Galaxy S3 has an external microSD card.

Go to “Phone” which is the internal memory of the Galaxy S3 and copy the “CWM-SuperSU-v0.89.zip” file to the root of the storage.

5 – Flashing Clockworkmod of Odin:

If you did not close Kies, do it.

Launch Odin by double clicking on “Odin3 v1.85.exe”

Pass the Galaxy S3 in download mode, for this you need to shut down and restart it now supported the button [switch home (the large physical button below the screen) and volume -).

Accept by pressing Volume +. The Galaxy S3 goes into “Odin mode”.

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The Galaxy S3 is in “odin style”:

Now connect the SGS3 the PC with the USB cable, Odin should “find” the Galaxy S3 and a top box to the left will turn yellow:

Be sure that the box “Re-Partition” is unchecked!

Click on “PDA” and select the file “CF-SGS3-CWM-v5.5-v1.2.tar”

If the check box “Re-partition” is unchecked you can click on the “Start” button.

The operation is very fast, the Galaxy S3 reboots itself.

We have already copied in step 3 the necessary file. This file we have to flash the through Clockworkmod that we just installed.
To go Clockworkmod, switch off the SGS3 and restart the now supported in the [switch, home, volume + -> and your Galaxy S3 display: (The characters are tiny on a 720p screen.)

In Clockworkmod control commands are:

Volume + to turn up the active line
Volume – to move down
Switch to validate

To flash “CWM-SuperSU-v0.89.zip” orders are to apply, from the menu:

Then you arrive in the tree of the “internal sd” the Galaxy S3, the “CWM-SuperSU-v0.89.zip” file is “normally” at the bottom.
Scroll to highlight the volume with + and confirm with the switch.

Clockworkmod ask you to confirm your choice by re-selecting the zip in a new list.

Reselect “CWM-SuperSU-v0.89.zip” and re-confirm via the switch. Clockwokmod then flashes the zip, it lasts less than a second.

The minutes of the exposure will be displayed in white letters on the bottom of the screen.

Then in the CWM menu go to “go back ****** ******” and then “reboot system now” to restart the Galaxy S3.

Using superSU:

The previous operation has installed a new application in your phone: superSU.

Start, it will ask to be updated:

Accept by clicking “continue”.

The application is updated, it goes very fast.

Make OK. “Now you can use applications that require root access to the system.

The root applications or super user will be intercepted by the superSU applications that ask you to accept affection root permissions to the application:

Here Root Explorer application to obtain super user rights, to grant them click “Grant”.

A big thank you to Chainfire the XDA forum who coded Clockwordmod and created the zipped root file for the Galaxy S3.

How To Root Galaxy S5 using TowelRoot Or CF-Auto-Root .

It is already possible to root the Samsung Galaxy S5, yet not delivered by European stores. Here is the tutorial which is based on CF-Auto-Root, developed by Chainfire, for users who have the chance to receive their Galaxy S5 first.

Warning

Back up your data! The following procedure can lead to the erasure of all user data. In addition, the root has risks. If you do not follow the steps correctly, you can make your Galaxy S5 unusable. Neither FreebiePixels nor I will not be held responsible for anything.

Method 1: Cf-Auto-Root.

The only supported version is the SM-900F, the standard European version.
Prerequisites

A Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F) charged to 70%
S5 drivers properly installed

Download CF-Auto-Root file for SM-G900F.

Steps:

1. Download the CF-Auto-Root package given above and unzip it.

2. If your Galaxy S5 is connected to your PC, disconnect it.

3. Launch Odin.

4. Click PDA and go for the CF-Auto-Root-KLTE-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5 file.

5. Turn off your S5 and restart it by download method (volume down + home + power).

6. Odin, make sure the Distribution box is not checked.

7. Click Start.

Congratulations! Your Galaxy S5 is rooted.

Method 2: Towelroot.
Geohot, developer including XDA just put online Towelroot APK which can internally do a Galaxy S5 root very easily. Here’s how to use it.

Towelroot is simply APK developed by Geohot allowing Root access on Galaxy S5 just by installing it. The developer of the root blocked Verizon and AT & T (US carriers), but he said that the method works very probably on international models.

Steps:

1. With your smartphone, visit towelroot.com, and click the lambda sign (the “y” spilled red) to download the APK named tr.apk.

2. On your Galaxy S5, go to the settings and the System submenu, choose Security.

3. Scroll down and check Unknown Sources, so you can install an APK not from Google Play.
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Disable the installation of applications from unknown sources after the operation, it is always best. / © AndroidPIT

4. With a file browser, you can choose one from our top (Top 5 Best Android for file browsers).

5. Retrieve tr.apk file you downloaded earlier and start the installation by pressing its icon.

6. In towelroot application, click Root.

According Geohot, towelroot does not trigger the Knox counter on the Samsung Galaxy S5, the “security” tool of Samsung including incrementing the root counter may void the warranty. Incidentally, if you attach importance to the developer’s work and that you towelroot is useful, you can make him a small donation via PayPal by clicking on Donate towelroot.com.

Why you should not pop your pimples.

To squeeze or not to squeeze? I’ll admit that I’m no skin saint. I have stood in front of the mirror on a number of occasions as a teenager with a big pimple staring right back at me. And yes, despite being advised not to, I have squeezed, picked and popped.

But is this really a crime against the skin?

The answer is yes. Squeezing and trying to pop pimples is definitely not the best solution and can actually make your skin worse.

How pimples form

More than 80% of teenagers suffer from pimples. from shutterstock.com

Acne is one of the most common inflammatory skin conditions in adolescents. More than 80% of teenagers battle with pimples. It can also occur later in life for a number of reasons, including an imbalance of hormones called androgens.

At the moment, we need more research to fully understand the causes of acne. Oil glands (sebaceous glands), located in the skin at the base of the hair follicle, excrete oil (sebum) to lubricate the surface of the skin and hair. All parts of the body contain sebaceous glands, except the palms and soles of the feet.

Acne was previously thought to come from lack of normal shedding of the skin cells that line the sebaceous (oil gland) follicle. This was thought to lead to thickened skin and the formation of small comedones (black and white heads).

But there has been a shift in this thinking in recent years. Acne is now viewed primarily as an inflammatory skin disorder.

Why you shouldn’t squeeze

A pimple is like a little bag under the skin that contains oil, bacteria and inflammation. Squeezing it can result in

these contents being pushed into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection and temporary darkening of the skin in that area.

On top of this, the inflammation can become so bad that scarring is left behind when the pimple finally settles down. And scarring (unlike the pimple) can be permanent.

If you resist the urge to squeeze, pimples will usually resolve over a week or so without scarring. The “white” contents will also settle down or spontaneously pop when ready.

If large pimples require urgent treatment, a dermatologist can get rid of the contents of a pimple safely. They may also give it an injection that decreases inflammation and the pimple in a day or so.

If pimples are something you battle with even on a monthly basis, it is advisable to see a dermatologist to find out what can be done to control the flares.

How to prevent pimples

If you want to avoid pimples, here are some ways you can have healthier and clearer skin:

For clearer skin, eat at a healthy, well-balanced diet. from shutterstock.com
  1. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet low in sugar. This includes nuts, legumes, fish, red meat, fruits and vegetables. A number of well-conducted trials support the benefits of a diet with a low glycemic load for patients who have acne. Some studies suggest a higher risk of acne with frequent milk consumption, but more research is needed before dietary recommendations can be made. It’s advisable to keep a diary to see if any of these foods directly aggravate acne and avoid them if this is the case.
  2. Avoid excessive scrubbing, cleansing and exfoliating. Acne doesn’t happen due to accumulation of dirt and grime on the skin and can’t simply be washed away. Using many products can increase skin irritation and dryness and compound the problem.
  3. Choose oil-free cleansers, moisturisers and sunscreen (these are usually labelled “non-comedogenic” on packaging).
  4. Choose silicone-based hair products rather than greasy ones. Greasy hair products can make more oil and grease accumulate on the skin, which will make acne worse.

And if you do get pimples, try to resist the urge to squeeze!

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