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F(x)tec Pro1-X is a phone that ships with Linux or Android (and has a keyboard)

The F(x)tec Pro1 is one of the only modern smartphone to feature a physical keyboard. Soon it will also be one of the phones available with a choice of the Android-based LineageOS or Linux-based Ubuntu Touch operating systems. The makers of the phone have launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the F(x)tec Pro1-X, a slightly […]

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New Fire HD 8 bootloader unlock method doesn’t require opening the case

It’s been possible to unlock the bootloader and root the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet since January. But up until recently the only known method for doing that involved prying open the tablet’s case, identifying points on the motherboard, and shorting them to enter bootrom mode. But now there’s an easier way. Xda-developers forum […]

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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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Google 2nd-gen Pixel phone specs leaked (maybe)

Google typically releases new phones in the fall, but details about the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones have been leaking since this spring. Details about their codenames, possible specs, and manufacturers have already been leaked. Now xda-developers claims to have more information about the design, displays, and other hardware for the upcoming phones. […]

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Auraslate 1026 tablet dissected, proves hacker-friendly

Auraslate is positioning it’s 7 and 10 inch Android tablets as hacker-friendly devices with open source software. In fact you even get a disc with the source code when you buy one of the company’s tablets. But just how easy is it for an independent developer to work with one of these tablets? Pretty easy, it […]