How to make your own Android ROM

How to make your own Android ROM

In this first part of a new series, Darren Yates begins looking at how you can bake your own custom ROM, starting with an introduction to virtualisation and the Android Kitchen …

How to unroot your Galaxy S3 and flash it back to stock ROM

How to unroot your Galaxy S3 and flash it back to stock ROM

Rooting your phone and even trying out new ROMs is part and parcel of being a hardcore enthusiast. But sometimes you need to go back to the way things were. Here’s how to do that.

How to root your Android phone

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The first question any hardcore Android user asks when they get hold of a new phone is: ‘How do I root it?’ The answer is by following this step-by-step guide!

Userbench Encode HD benchmark software

Userbench Encode HD benchmark software

About UserBench Encode HDUserBench Encode HD is APC’s new free benchmark developed by Darren Yates which allows you to test your PC’s multimedia performance. It runs on any Windows XP Vista 7 or 8 system 32 or 64-bit and is simple to use — you just install it and run it. Reading the results UserBench Encode…

Windows 8: Which licence to choose?

Windows 8: Which licence to choose?

The recent announcement that Microsoft had sold 100 million licences for Windows 8 its much-hyped revamp of its hugely successful Windows 7 operating system hammered home one strong point: if you haven’t already upgraded you probably will in the near future. Large businesses may be last in line however: many of those running Windows 7…

Make your own Windows home server OS

Make your own Windows home server OS

 Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on Windows Home Server (WHS) is interesting to say the least. It’s decided to fold the OS into the new Essentials version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012. You can read about the move in the company’s product PDF at tinyurl.com/779nytz. Basically Microsoft reckons WHS saw best use among…

Is Windows 8 for you?

Is Windows 8 for you?

With Microsoft officially announcing the release date for Windows 8 as October 26 we’re finally on the home run towards the next iteration of Redmond’s 27-year-old operating system. But it is it worth your time and money? Ashton Mills asks and answers the hard question. Windows 8 is without doubt one of the more significant…

How to stream video to an iOS device

How to stream video to an iOS device

Air Video is the most popular and it’s a full active streaming app that will convert any video into the H.264/AAC video/audio format required by your iOS device. It also uses HLS to get that data to your device. Emit is a similar option as is VLC Streamer. The difference with VLC Streamer though is…

Automating backups with Windows Home Server

Automating backups with Windows Home Server

Naturally another great feature of a home server especially if you’ve given it a bit of space is as a central repository for your backups – and not just your desktop PC but for every computer in the house. Windows Home Server makes it easy to not only back up all your computers but automate…