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Android Studio: Failed to complete Gradle execution. Supplied JAVA_HOME is not a valid folder

So I recently upgraded from Java 7 to Java 8, when I opened Android Studio, the below message popped up

Failed to complete Gradle execution.
Supplied JAVA_HOME is not a valid folder. You supplied /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle

I was like, “what the heck!” since I already had changed my JAVA_HOME environment variable…

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Root Your Nexus 5 Under Linux [Guide]

I am using Linux Mint for this guide, and unlike Windows, under Linux you do not have to install any additional drivers. If you are using Ubuntu or Fedora, you need to set up some things for ADB to work. You can follow my Ubuntu or my Fedora guide to set up ADB. With Linux Mint you just plug and play, that is the beauty of it :)

Now let’s get down to the Nuts and bolts of this guide

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Setting Up ADB/USB Drivers for Android Devices in Linux (Fedora)

I have been using Linux Fedora for a couple of month and decided that it was time to set it up for Android. I was expecting it to be something like what I did for Ubuntu (Setting Up ADB/USB Drivers for Android Devices in Linux Ubuntu), but it was much easier in Fedora. Just had to install two utilities and that was it. This was tested in Fedora 18 Spherical Cow and Fedora 19 Schrödinger’s Cat.

But I do not want to bore you with my story, continue reading for the guide

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Check Out Locket, Get Paid By Unlocking Your Phone

Hey, check out Locket. It’s an Android app that pays you for unlocking your phone. The way it’s done is simple. By downloading the app, you basically rent out your lock screen to brands. At one swipe, you can either open the ad, or unlock your phone the way you always do.

No matter what, you get paid. Real money. Up to hundreds of dollars per year.

Check it out here: Get Locket

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How to Calibrate the Phone’s Battery After Flashing a new ROM or Kernel

If you are like me, changing roms very often, you will find yourself calibrating your phone’s battery very often. I remember the first rom I flashed back when I had my Sprint Hero, battery life was terrible after flashing it, and since I was a n00b back then, I did not know that I had to calibrate my phone’s battery. After some research, I was able to find out that I needed to calibrate the battery and the how-to thread.

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Mac OS X Not Recognizing Galaxy S Phones

When I bought my Galaxy S phone (Sprint Epic 4G) I was really excited about the phone until I connected it to my Mac, to my surprise, OSX wouldn’t recognize the phone, so Mounting the phone as USB Mass Storage was of no use, nor trying to connect it thru ADB; I was very disappointed. I rushed to Google trying to find an answer and to my surprise, I wasn’t the only one having the same problem, some people were able to connect for a couple of seconds then OSX would kick them out of the system, some others wouldn’t connect at all, and some other ones connected just fine. Digging deeper I found several solutions:

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How to set up ADB (Android Debug Bridge) in Mac OSX

I have seen many questions regarding the set up of ADB under Mac OSX, and when I got myself a MBP I had the same question. After some research, I was able to find that is not as complicated as I thought it would be; it’s actually less of a hassle than setting it up under Windows or Linux. In OSX, ADB just works, as simple as that.

What is ADB?
ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a handy tool that comes with Android SDK that allows you to control and interface with your Android device.

IMPORTANT Update 12/11/10 – There has been a change to the new Android SDK. ADB Tool has been moved to /android-sdk-mac_86/plataform-tools, so if you have the old SDK, please download the new one and update your path (Step 4.5 of this tutorial). If this is your first time doing this, then disregard the update and continue with the tutorial.

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Google Android Hidden Secret Codes

While doing my favorite thing (browsing the internet, lol) I stumbled across a very interesting article. A geeky Android user found some internal Android codes while decoding various firmware .apk files present in the phone. He found them using Samsung Galaxy I7500, take into account that some codes may be Samsumg dependant only. I own a Sprint Hero, some of them worked, some of them did not, and some of them didn’t even dare trying.

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How to Uninstall Sprint Apps from from Your Android Device

When I got my phone I didn’t like that it came loaded with useless apps from Sprint, like NFL, Nascar, SprintTV, I immediately wanted to remove them, but unfortunately they couldn’t be removed. What now? After some research, I found out that the only way to remove them is by rooting the phone and using some adb commands. So, here is a little tutorial on how to remove them.

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Setting Up ADB/USB Drivers for Android Devices in Linux (Ubuntu)

If you are like me and like developing in Linux, then you will find this guide useful. When I was setting up everything for my Android development, I ran into the problem that Linux was not recognizing my Android phone, and took me some time figuring out how to make Linux recognize my phone. Finally, after some research I was able to put this little guide together and decided to share it with the rest of the world.

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a handy tool that comes with Android SDK that allows you to control and interface with your Android device.

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