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    "Rooting" could mean causing a plant or cutting to grow roots, or when an animal turns up the ground with its snout in search of food. In this context, however, "rooting" is the process of allowing apps to attain "privileged control" or "root access" within the Android subsystem. Almost all smartphones and tablets come with root access disabled -- at least to you, the end-user. Ironically, the desktop or laptop computer that you use probably already has root access. When we're talking smartphones and tablets, "rooting" in Android is often compared to Jailbreaking in iOS. Though there are ...

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    At times when we're still debating what processor will launch with Samsung's Galaxy S 4, there are new details that confirm that the Exynos 5 Octa will make the scene. As it turns out, the leaked ROM that we talked about a couple of days ago has just begun to show its roots, or well, become rooted actually. As it turns out, the folks at XDA-Developers have already confirmed that this leaked ROM is rooted, but that doesn't necessarily mean good news for everyone. This root is available only for a rare Galaxy S 4 model that runs the Exynos 5 Octa that we've been wondering about. We do know ...

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    Two terms you hear thrown around a lot in the Android community are "root" and "rooting". You always hear of all these advantages to having a "rooted" device. But what does it all mean? In short, "rooting" is gaining access to the root directory on the system partition of your device. In other words, it's similar to granting yourself administrative privileges to your own device. Superuser (or SuperSU) acts as the gateway between the root directory and applications that extend the capabilities of Android. For example, taking a screenshot used to require root access, as did tethering and ...

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    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is essentially the implementation of two treaties from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) into United States Law. In a nutshell, it criminalizes "production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures ... that control access to copyrighted works". So far it sounds pretty innocent, right? The DMCA also criminalizes not only circumventing "access control" but any "attempt" to circumvent those controls -- even if there isn't any actual infringement of copyright. To make matters worse, the ...

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    Root is one of those Android Power User things lets you do all kinds of cool things. Unfortunately it usually involves unlocking the bootloader and installing an SU hack. This can mean wiping your device in the process. If you've got a Galaxy Nexus, some attention to detail, and are willing to take the risk, you can root your smartphone without OEM unlocking it (and wiping it in the process). This comes to us from Efrant, Bin4ry, and some other talented folks at XDA Developers. Step-by-step: 0) Assume the risk that this could break things 1) Download the files from the XDA article to your ...

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    You're not going to find much of an argument from anyone that the Nexus 7 is one of the best tablets for your dollar that you can buy today. There's a fair amount of speed tucked away in it's relatively affordable innards, specifically a 1.2 GHz, quad core Tegra 3 CPU. In real-world use the Nexus 7 is quite competent. It's not terribly fast, but it's not "slow" by any stretch of the imagination... except when it comes to web browsing. The Chrome browser seems sluggish. It hesitates. It stutters. It gets the job done, but it's not the buttery smooth experience that we were expecting ...

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    If you own or have ever used an Android tablet, you know that the same app will run differently on the tablet than it will on the phone. This is because each app has its own DPI setting that dictates the app's behavior. In a lot of cases, tablet apps are better: they often present split-screened views, more controls, and more customization potential. What if you could run tablet apps on your phone? Better yet, what if you could selectively choose which apps run in tablet mode, and which apps in phone mode? Then you could have your email be shown in a super-productive split-column view, ...

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    The fact that all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III come with unlocked bootloaders, except the Verizon flavor, gave birth to a number of unsatisfied customers or simply just the community being angry at Samsung -- though it might have been a condition laid down by the network operator. Who's going to come to the rescue if not the community? Root is now achievable on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus despite the locked bootloader. For that you will need to follow a rather simple procedure if hacking is your cup of tea and you're a power  user, and there's even a step-by-step walkthrough with ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) popular Android smartphone of the moment and the International version has been already rooted with CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies available for the power users. However, users in the U.S., especially subscribers to one of the carriers that have the phone in their line-up can now also join the root party. The Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile has been rooted. The procedure is pretty much the same, including the use of Odin and flashing ClockworkMod but for specific files and instructions for each ...

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    Multiple user accounts have been offered by various platforms for a long time. My first exposure to the idea of distinct user profiles was on my family's Packard Bell computer running Windows 95. With five of us sharing the machine, multiple-account support was a blessing. There was no security to speak of -we all had administrator access, though none of us knew what that meant- but it gave us the illusion of privacy. At the very least, we could select our own wallpaper and arrange our desktop icons the way we wanted. The underlying nature of separate-account support has changed since ...

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    In our review of the Galaxy S III, most of our complaints were software-related. Thankfully, one of the best aspects of Android is that if you don't like the software, you can change it, thanks to a vibrant third-party development community. All you need to do is root the device to get super user permissions and install a custom bootloader, like ClockworkMod. Then, you're able to install any third-party ROM with ease. In this video we show you how to go through this process. Of course, there are always multiple methods of rooting, but this particular process was quick and easy. Here are ...

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    We recently talked about why you should root your smartphone or tablet to get the most out of your device. Even if you're not planning on flashing a custom ROM, why haven't you rooted your Android yet? For the first little bit, let's assume that you want to root, but haven't yet. Why not? That's what we really want to know! It's too technical This reason comes in various flavors: too technical, too difficult, or too confusing. Honestly, this is a very valid reason! The first step in rooting it usually connecting your device to your PC via a USB cable. That, in and of itself, isn't all ...

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