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Magisk is alive and well after lead developer joins Google (Utility for rooting and customizing Android devices)

Magisk is a popular tool for rooting and customizing the look, performance, and behavior of Android phones. And when the lead developer took a job at Google earlier this year, there was some concern that he might not be allowed to continue working on Magisk. Now John Wu has explained that he’s been given the […]

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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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Magisk v21.1 adds Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G support

Less than a month after adding support for Android 11, the developer of the popular Android rooting/customization utility Magisk has released a new version with bug fixes, stability improvements, and support for Google’s latest Pixel devices. According to @topjohnwu, Magisk (beta) v21.1 is the first version to officially support the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel […]

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Magisk v21 adds support for rooting Android 11 (and much more)

One of the most popular tools for rooting Android devices has received a major update that adds support for rooting Android 11. Magisk v21.0 also works with a “completely redesigned” Magisk Manager app, and a bunch of other under-the-hood changes. Magisk v21.0 is still considered beta, and it may not work with all Android devices […]

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Lilbits 6-30-2020: With YouTube TV priced at $65, is cord-cutting worth it anymore?

When Google launched YouTube TV a few years ago, the service delivered live TV streams from 50 networks for $35 per month, plus features including a cloud DVR and support for up to 9 user accounts. It seemed like a pretty good alternative to cable. Then the company hiked the price to $49 last year. […]

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Magisk Canary build lets you root devices running Android 11 DeveloperPreview

Android 11 isn’t set to ship until later this year, but Google has been releasing developer preview builds since February. And now you can root them using the latest pre-release build of Magisk. Magisk is one of the most popular tools for rooting Android phones and gaining access to files and settings that would otherwise […]

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Some apps may stop working on rooted Android phones due to SafetyNet update

Google’s SafetyNet services and APIs allow Android app makers to ensure that they’re running on phones that haven’t been tampered with… at least in theory. In practice that would prevent you from running some Android apps on phones that have been rooted. But Magisk, the most popular tool for rooting smartphones also includes a “hide” […]

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You can jailbreak an iPhone… with an Android phone

Folks have been jailbreaking iPhones for years in an attempt to gain more control over their devices and install apps that wouldn’t otherwise be supported. But Apple doesn’t make it easy — the company typically patches the security vulnerabilities hackers use for jailbreaking shortly after they’re discovered. That said the checkm8 exploit discovered last year […]

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Amazon Fire tablet hacking resources (Fall 2019 edition)

As usual, Amazon is offering deep discounts on Fire tablets for the holiday shopping season. And as usual, some folks would like Amazon’s tablets better if they worked a bit more like other Android tablets. Amazon Fire tablets run a fork of Android called Fire OS. That means they have an Amazon-designed user interface and ship […]

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Walmart’s cheap Onn tablets are hackable (root, recovery & more)

This year Walmart launched a line of cheap Android tablets that sell for $50 to $100. While Walmart’s Onn tablets aren’t exactly high-performance devices, they do have one thing that helps set them apart from Amazon’s cheap line of Fire tablets — the Onn tablets run near-stock Android software with the Google Play Store and […]