As Apple Patches iPhone Security Flaws, Consumers May Be Biggest Losers

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When Apple introduced the iOS 6.1 operating system for the iPhone and iPad, it may be one of the biggest enterprise blunders released in recent history from the Cupertino, California company. While iOS 6.1 corrected some bugs, like wireless connectivity, it also introduced a fresh set of bugs that would have IT managers ripping their […]

Definitions of U.S. Copyright Laws Restricts Smartphone, Tablet Users

In a review of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the DMCA, that first made it legal to jailbreak devices, the U.S. Copyright Office has now made definitions of copyright laws that limit the benefits to owners of smartphones and tablets. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, owners of smartphones may continue to […]

Hacker Unlocks Bootloader on Latest Motorola Android Smartphones

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Developer drjbliss on XDA-Developers has managed to exploit a root method on Motorola’s GSM-based Atrix HD smartphone and says that the root should work on recent Motorola Android phones, including the Droid RAZR M, the Droid RAZR HD, the Photon Q (Sprint), and the RAZR i (Intel Atom-powered smartphone) to unlock those devices’ bootloaders. For instructions […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Rooted After Many Months

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Whenever a new tablet or smartphone hits the market it’s almost a sure thing that someone will find a way to root, unlock, or jailbreak it, often within a few days or weeks. There are notable exceptions — the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 only recently got their untethered jailbreak. The difficulty usually comes with […]

Official HTC Bootloader Unlock Utility Compatible with Droid Incredible 2, Thunderbolt, and Devices Released After September 2011

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HTC has revised its official HTC Bootloader Unlock tool to make it compatible with a number of older devices in addition to any device released after September 2011. In addition to being compatible with the recently released HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, it is also compatible with the 3G-only HTC Droid Incredible […]

Kindle Fire 6.2.1 Update Can Be Rooted and Blocked With Some Work

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The Amazon Kindle update did more than add a little polish to the interface. It also broke the one-click rooting method developers posted over at the XDA Developer’s Forum. You can still keep root if you block the over the air update (version 6.2.1) that Amazon started to push out this week. If you’ve already […]

Kindle Fire Update to Bring Improvements and Break One Click Rooting

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Amazon is supposedly pushing out an update to the Kindle Fire. I say supposedly because I and a number of other users haven’t seen evidence of it yet. The version number should be 6.2.1 and it promises to fix some issues and add some improvements. Those fixes and improvements include: The ability to remove items […]

Nook Tablet Rooted! That Took Less Than A Week…

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We’ve already seen how easy it is to trick the Nook Tablet into installing apps not in the Barnes & Noble shop, which will satisfy most users. But for those of you who can’t abide an unrooted device, there’s a root for the Nook Tablet now. The first root is not for the faint of […]

App Access the Key to Carriers’ Fight Against Android Rooting

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For users who like to customize their smartphone, Android has offered a big advantage over the iPhone, but recently this advantage has been cut back or removed all together by chipping away at the apps users who are rooted can use. Back in the old days, when Android first began making inroads on multiple carriers one of […]

Motorola Droid Bionic Gets Rooted Ahead of Launch

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Good news for those of you that are thinking about picking up a Motorola Droid Bionic when it arrives this month. No, the bootloader hasn’t been unlocked but for some, if not all of you, this news is probably just as good. It seems My Droid World has used the same method that was used […]

Nook Color: Will it Meet Your Tablet Needs?

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As a former Nook Color owner, I decided that it did not meet my needs. But I recognize it may be all the Android tablet some will ever need. In case you are not familiar, Barnes and Noble released the Nook Color as an update to their first Nook eBook reader. They added a color […]

Verizon Joining AT&T in Thwarting Illegal Tethering

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After AT&T had announced that it would be sending out notices to iPhone owners and taking action against those who are now illegally tethering without an approved plan–in the interest of fairness, as the carrier claims–it appears that long-time rival carrier Verizon Wireless will also be doing the same and joining AT&T on its quest […]

Should You Pay $35 to Root Your Nook Color?

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Afraid to open up the terminal or command prompt on your Mac or PC to perform the dark art of rooting your shiny new Barnes and Noble Nook Color? You can still have the power of a rooted Nook without the fear for the low-cost of $35, thanks to Nook2Android, a service that does all […]

Droid Incredible 2’s Bootloader Gets Unlocked by Community

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Rather than wait for HTC to address the locked bootloader situation, owner AlphaRev of the Droid Incredible 2 has found a way to unlock the bootloader on the HTC-made Android smartphone. Having an unlocked bootloader will mean that custom ROMs may soon be possible and become available to owners of the Droid Incredible 2 after the […]

New Malware Targets Android Users of Custom ROMs

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A new risk was discovered for users who root their Android smartphones to run custom ROMs as a security firm discovered a jSMSHider malware that can attack those handsets. The malware exploits the fact that unofficial ROMs rely on a publicly listed key on the Android Open Source Project. The malware then targets that exploit […]

For Verizon, Rooting is the Point of No Return – Literally

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Verizon Wireless is the latest party, following Apple, to not be taking rooting, hacking, or jailbreaking kindly. Though the U.S. Digital Copyright Millennium Act makes it legal to root or jailbreak your phone, Verizon Wireless does not have to honor your warranty if something wrong happens to your device, regardless of the cause of the […]

How to Root the Acer Iconia Tab A500 with Gingerbreak

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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Honeycomb 10.1″ tablet that I am reviewing is easy incredibly easy to root thanks to the Gingerbreak app which can root or unroot the device with the tap of a finger Here are the steps and applications needed to root the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Turn on USB debugging – from […]

Droid X2 Allows Some Bloatware to Be Removed Without Rooting

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As many of you with Verizon handsets know, smartphones from Big Red come with a bunch of pre-loaded software – called bloatware – that can’t be uninstalled. Well, it appears that Motorola’s Droid X2, which comes with the usual stuff, allows for some of that bloatware to be removed. In the past, Verizon smartphone owners […]

How To “Auto” Root the HTC Thunderbolt on a Mac [Video]

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There is a video on Youtube showing how to “auto” root your HTC Thunderbolt thanks to a program written by the thetechREF who posted it. We put “auto” in quotes because it does require interaction from the user, but at least there are no command line strings to enter into Terminal and you don’t need […]