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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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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 […]

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Lilbits #404: Handheld gaming, jailbreaking, and open source audio editing

Another day, another project to build a handheld gaming computer — this time powered by an AMD Ryzen 4000U processor. The Aya handheld gaming PC is still just in the concept phase for now. But given the developments we’ve seen in this space over the past year or two, it’s entirely plausible that a portable […]

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Jailbreak every iOS 13.5 device with unc0ver 5.0.0 (Updated)

A new iPhone jailbreaking tool is on the way here, and according to the developers you’ll be able to use it on just about any device running iOS 13.5 (the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, which was released just this week). Unc0ver 5.0.0 is based on a new kernel vulnerability discovered by @Pwn20wnd, and […]

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Hackers bring multi-boot support to newer iPhones and iPads

Apple makes it easy to upgrade an iPhone or iPad to a new version of iOS and often boasts about the high-percentages of users running the latest version of the operating system. A few things the company doesn’t make easy? Downgrading to an earlier version of iOS, installing an alternate operating system, or dual-booting. Or […]

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Project Sandcastle brings Android to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7+

Sure, you’ve known (since this morning) that you could jailbreak an iPhone with an Android phone. But what about turning an iPhone into an Android phone? For years there was no good way to do that. But now there is. Sort of. The folks at Project Sandcastle have released a tool for loading Android onto a […]