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Lilbits: iOS 16 unveiled, Google Pixel’s latest feature drop, and an open source handheld messenger

Apple is bringing widgets (and more) to iPhone lock screens with iOS 16. A public beta is set to launch in July and the software should roll out this fall for most iPhones released in the past five years. Google, meanwhile, has just released its latest Pixel feature drop, which brings a few new features […]

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Jailbreak released for Kindle running firmware version 5.14.2 or earlier

Amazon’s Kindle devices are some of the most popular eBook readers around, largely due to a combination of affordable price tags and Amazon’s dominance in eBook sales. But while Kindle hardware typically offers a lot of bang for the buck, some folks are less pleased with the software Amazon offers… which is where jailbreaking comes […]

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Lilbits: Windows Terminal to become default command prompt for Win11 (plus jailbreaking the PS4, using older Chromebooks and more)

For the most part you can use Windows without ever typing into the command line. That’s one of the key things that set Windows apart from its predecessor, MS-DOS. But power users may still find themselves firing up command line utilities like the Windows Command Prompt, Microsoft PowerShell, or the Windows Subsystem for Linux from […]

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Unlock the Chromecast with Google TV bootloader to run LineageOS or Ubuntu (older models only)

The $50 Chromecast with Google TV is a dongle that hangs from the HDMI port of a TV, allowing you to stream video, listen to music, or play games using Google’s software. Want to use it for something more? A team of developers have just released a method for unlocking the bootloader. That makes it […]

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RootMyRoku lets you hack a Roku and install unofficial channels

Roku devices support hundreds of “channels,” allowing you to stream music and videos from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney, HBO, Spotify, and many other sources. But if you want even more control over your device, it’s now possible to jailbreak or root many recent Roku devices. The new RootMyRoku software is a “persistent root jailbreak” that […]

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Unc0ver now lets you jailbreak any device running iOS 11 through iOS 14.3

The first jailbreak tool that works with the iPhone 12 is here. In fact, the latest versions of unc0ver, which was released last weekend, works with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 through iOS 14.3. There is one catch – Unc0ver version 6 was released about a month after Apple released iOS 14.4, patching […]

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Jailbreak for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (current-gen)

There’s good news for folks looking to jailbreak Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite eReader: there’s a new method for doing that. But there’s also bad news: Amazon has just begun rolling out a firmware update that breaks compatibility with this method. So if you think you might want to jailbreak the 10th-gen Kindle Paperwhite (also known […]

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Apple HomePod can be jailbroken with checkra1n

It’s been a little over a year since security researchers discovered a vulnerability in iOS devices that makes it possible to jailbreak most iPhones and iPads from the iPhone 5s through the iPhone X. Now it looks like Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is vulnerable as well. A pair of tweets from @_L1ngL1ng_ and @DanyL931 show […]

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Lilbits: Toshiba ends notebook business, Snapdragon chip vulnerability, and jailbreaker infighting

Toshiba was one of the first companies to release a portable computer that could reasonably be called a laptop. But that was 35 years ago. The company formally exited the personal computer space a few years ago when Toshiba sold its laptop business to Sharp, which formed a new subsidiary called Dynabook. But Toshiba still […]

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Apple releases iOS 13.5.1 (and patches the vulnerability used by unc0ver jailbreak utility)

Last week developers released a tool that allowed you to jailbreak pretty much any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 through iOS 13.5. Today Apple released iOS 13.5.1 and iPadOS 13.5.1, and they patch the security vulnerability exploited by unc0ver. In fact, that’s pretty much the only thing that’s new in this update. It’s a security […]