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Amazon’s 2019 Fire 7 tablet can be rooted, unlocked, and more

Amazon updated its entry-level Fire 7 tablet this year with a new model sporting a faster processor and twice as much storage as its predecessor. But two things haven’t changed. First, prices for Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet still start at $50 (or less during one of Amazon’s frequent sales). And second, the 9th-gen Fire 7 […]

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Bootloader unlock and root for Amazon Fire 7 tablets (5th-gen and 7th-gen)

Less than a month after hackers figured out how to unlock the bootloader and root the 8th-gen Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet (the 2018 model), there’s now a method for doing that with Amazon’s cheaper 7 inch tablets. Xda-developers forum member k4y0z has posted instructions for unlocking the 5th-gen and 7th-gen Amazon Fire tablets (the […]

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Hacking Amazon’s Fire tablets (Black Friday 2018 edition)

Amazon’s Fire tablets already offer a lot of bang for the buck, with list prices starting as low as $50. But this week Amazon is offering deep discounts on most of its Fire tablet lineup as part of a Black Friday sale. Starting November 22nd you’ll be able to pick up a Fire 7 tablet for […]

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fail0verflow turns a Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux PC

Less than two weeks after demonstrating an exploit that allows Linux to be loaded unto a Nintendo Switch game console, fail0verflow is back with a new video showing what appears to be a full-fledged GNU/Linux-based operating system running on Nintendo’s tablet. The video shows a Switch running the KDE Plasma desktop environment, complete with support […]

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You can remove the ads from Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Moto G4 (or pay $50 more to just get the ad-free version) Update: Blu R1 HD too

Amazon recently started offering Prime Exclusive Phones which are basically regular smartphones that are sold for $50 off their list price… and which come with ads that are displayed on the lock screen and in the notification tray. They also come bundled with a bunch of Amazon apps including the Amazon shopping, Kindle, Video, and […]

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Windows Phone Internals opens door for root, custom ROMs on Lumia phones

Some folks like to hack their smartphones to add support for apps and features that wouldn’t otherwise be available. That’s why there’s a community of iOS users that jailbreak their devices (or find new ways to do so), and a huge community of Android users rooting their phones and tablets, unlocking bootloaders, and installing custom […]

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Bring Super Mario Bros to any screen on a Mac with Screentendo

Ever find yourself staring at your computer screen and wishing you were looking at a game rather than a spreadsheet? Now there’s a way to turn pretty much anything on your screen into a game… if you’re using a Mac. Software developer Aaron Randall recently created an OS X application that can transform a portion of […]

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iPad battery case mod lets you double battery life of Chinese Android tablets

The Pipo Max M1 is an Android tablet with a 9.7 inch display, a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor, Mali 400 graphics, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. It’s about the same size as an iPad — and that means you can use some iPad cases with the tablet. SlateDroid forum member Carnivore figured out […]

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NOOKcolor hacks add support for Bluetooth headsets, SIP phone calls

Barnes & Noble calls the NOOKcolor a $249 color eBook reader, but hackers have been doing their best to turn it into a full-fledged Android tablet since day one. Now they’re also working to turn it into a phone… of sorts. Out of the box, the tablet supports WiFi, but not Bluetooth. But the latest […]

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Google Android Honeycomb ported to the NOOKcolor: Doesn’t really work yet

The good news is that the first version of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been ported to an existing Android tablet. Xda-developers forum member deeper-blue combined data from the preview SDK Google released this week with a kernel for the NOOKcolor eBook reader to get the software up and running on the tablet. The bad […]