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Install Android Market on BlackBerry PlayBook

Ok, you’ve installed the PlayBook OS 2 beta. You’ve rooted your PlayBook. Now it’s time to get the Android Market up and running on your PlayBook. Why? Because while it’s certainly cool that PlayBook OS 2 lets you run repackaged Android apps that have been converted to RIM’s .BAR format, it’s way cooler to just […]

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How to root a BlackBerry PlayBook with DingleBerry

So you picked up a BlackBerry PlayBook for $199 and now you’ve decided that you want to root the tablet so you can access protected files and settings, install the Android Market, or do other things that BlackBerry maker Research in Motion doesn’t really want you to do. The Dingleberry tool makes the process relatively easy, […]

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How to install PlayBook OS 2.0 Beta

There are two things that have people (some of them, anyway) talking about the PlayBook OS 2.0 update coming in February 2012. First, it’s going to add the missing native BlackBerry email, calendar, and contacts apps. Second, the Android Player will finally make its debut, allowing users to run thousands of Android applications on BlackBerry’s […]

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QtADB makes it easy to connect to Android from your PC

The Android Debug Bridge is a utility that allows you to connect an Android phone or tablet to your computer and send commands to your device over a USB or WiFi connection. It’s part of the Android Software Developer Kit, and if you’ve read my instructions for rooting the Amazon Kindle Fire or NOOK Tablet, […]

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How to install CyanogenMod 7 on the Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire is is a 7 inch tablet designed to access Amazon’s digital book, music, movie, and app stores. But we’ve already seen that you can root the device, install the Android Market, and run many third party apps which aren’t available from Amazon. If that’s not enough for you though, it’s surprisingly […]

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How to add sideloaded apps to your NOOK Tablet home screen, app library

There are about a thousand apps available for the NOOK Tablet in the official Barnes & Noble Shop. But it’s easy to add thousands of additional apps by downloading them off the internet or installing a third party app store on the tablet. Update: Sideloading Android apps on a NOOK Tablet requires a device running […]

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Use a third party keyboard with a (rooted) Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon offers Kindle Fire users the opportunity to download and install thousands of third party apps from the Amazon Appstore. But there are some apps you won’t find there, including apps that require phone, camera, or microphone capabilities, because the Kindle Fire doesn’t have the hardware to support them. You also won’t find alternate home […]

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How to install CyanogenMod 7.1 Android Alpha 3 on the HP TouchPad

Update: CM9 Alpha 0 is now available, making it possible to install an early, buggy build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad.  The CyanogenMod team has released a new build of Google Android for the HP TouchPad. The tablet originally shipped with webOS 3.0 software, but last month a group of […]

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Rooted NOOK Tablet tweaks: adding a home button, settings shortcuts

So you’ve rooted your Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and installed the Android Market so you can download some extra apps. But those apps don’t show up in the Barnes & Noble app library, so you have to install a new app launcher… and then you have to use the search option to look up […]

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How to root the NOOK Tablet, install the Android Market

Less than a week after the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet started shipping, hackers have discovered a way to root the tablet and install the official Google Android Market. There are still a few hoops to jump through, since Barnes & Noble doesn’t make it easy to “enable USB debugging” so that you can push […]

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How to sideload apps (even the Android Market) on the Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire may look like a tablet designed only to access apps, music, movies, books, and periodicals from Amazon. But under the hood it’s an Android tablet, which means that it can run most apps designed for Android 2.3 and earlier. And it turns out it’s quite easy to install most of them. Most […]