Root failure - Firmware upgrade encountered an issue

Issue

Trying to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using Kingo Root failed. The phone doesn't boot and only displays following message when turned on:

Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again.

Recovery attempt in Samsung Kies failed. Re-flash full Samsung firmware via Odin also failed.

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Flashing using ODIN fails - Complete(Write) operation failed

Issue

Trying to install a custom recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using Odin fails with following output:

<ID:0/003> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/003> recovery.img
<ID:0/003> NAND Write Start!!
<ID:0/003> cache.img.ext4
<ID:0/003> Complete(Write) operation failed.
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

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Google Photos doesn't show people album outside US

Google Photos

One of the coolest new Google Photos features is "Group similar faces", which automatically detects faces in photos and groups them in "people" albums. Unfortunately, this option at the moment is only available in the US. The good news is that there is quite simple workaround that lets you to enable "Group similar faces" wherever you are.

The trick is to fool Google Photos that you are connecting from United States. The best thing is that this only needs to be done once (to enable "Group similar faces" option). After this is done, the feature will work regardless of where you are connecting from.

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