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Most iPhones and iPads could be jailbroken via the new checkm8 exploit

A newly released exploit for iOS devices could mean that every iOS device with an Apple A5 through Apple A11 processor can be jailbroken. The new checkm8 exploit is said to work on everything from the iPhone 4S (2011) through the iPhone X (2017) could be vulnerable to the new exploit — plus most iPads […]

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Lilbits 352: Smach Z finally shows off working prototypes

The Smach Z handheld gaming PC has been in development for years, and while the company has shown off early prototypes to the public a few times, up until recently they haven’t been fully functional. But this year the folks at Smach started posting a series of videos showing the little computer playing real games. […]

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2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV can be rooted (again)

It’s been a few years since hackers discovered how to root Amazon’s 2nd-gen Fire TV the first time. But Amazon patched the vulnerability used to gain root access with a software update, starting a bit of a cat and mouse game (another root method was later discovered and then lost due to another over-the-air software […]

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Google reports vulnerability in Fortnite installer for Android, Epic issues patch

You know how Epic Games decided to bring their popular game Fortnite to Android, but not to distribute it via the Google Play Store? Yeah, it turns out there was a pretty big security vulnerability in the installer, or at least the version that was made available through the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. Google discovered […]

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Lilbits 327: Will Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 be fast enough?

Qualcomm is working on a new processor designed specifically for Windows tablets and laptops. It’s called the Snapdragon 850 and it’s basically a sibling to the Snapdragon 845 chip that powers the latest high-end Android smartphones, but it’s optimized for larger devices that have more space to help dissipate heat, which could allow the chip […]

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Oneplus to roll out fix for OnePlus 6 bootloader bypass vulnerability

If you’re the sort of person that likes to load custom ROMs on your smartphone, the ability to load system software without unlocking the bootloader might sound like a good thing. But it also means that anyone with physical access to your device might also be able to load malware. So when OnePlus was alerted […]

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Intel’s hardware-based Spectre mitigations won’t protect against variant 4 (or later)

A few months ago Intel promised that it would start shipping processors with hardware-based protections against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in the second half of 2018. That will include upcoming 8th-gen Intel Core processors and Intel Xeon chips based on the new “Cascade Lake” architecture. But while those chips will offer hardware-based protections against […]

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Nintendo Switch hack + Dolphin Emulator could bring GameCube and Wii game support

This week security researchers released details about a vulnerability affecting NVIDIA Tegra X1 processors that makes it possible to bypass secure boot and run unverified code on some devices… including every Nintendo Switch game console that’s shipped to date. Among other things, this opens the door for running modified versions of Nintendo’s firmware, or alternate […]

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Nearly 15 million Nintendo Switches are now hackable (other NVIDIA Tegra X1 devices too)

Earlier this year hackers started to show evidence of an exploit that allowed you to load custom software on a Nintendo Switch game console. Theoretically that opens the door for homebrew applications, modified games, or even running an alternate operating system such as a GNU/Linux distribution on Nintendo’s latest game system. It could also make […]