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Patrick Nelson
Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 3
12/16/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 918 Words

Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 2 The Official Honeycomb Release If you remember, last month, I succumbed to a peculiar urge to go out to my local, friendly big-box consumer electronics retailer and drop almost a hundred dollars on...

Patrick Nelson
Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 2
11/04/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1053 Words

Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 1 Day 2: Getting the Content With the leaked Honeycomb 3.1 operating system installed, my Logitech Revue Google TV box was, for all intents and purposes, driving a giant Honeycomb tablet. The only problem...

Patrick Nelson
ROM Toolbox Pro's Pretty Nifty for Rooting Around in Your Phone
10/12/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 606 Words

ROM Toolbox Pro , an app from JRummy Apps, is available for US$4.99 at Google Play.

Patrick Nelson
Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 1
10/28/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 816 Words

Day 1: Installing Honeycomb I've long held the opinion that the most effective way to get Internet-based content onto a...

Patrick Nelson
Roam Control Could Muscle You Out of a Tight Spot
10/26/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 759 Words

I've written about rooting before.

Unsupported phones include LG phones.

Putting It to the Test
I chose a remote urban-rural location where I knew service was marginal and spotty to perform my tests.

Operating the phone there in...

Patrick Nelson
With Nova Launcher Prime, the Problem Is Too Many Options
01/10/14 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 629 Words

Here's a simple way to refresh the look and functionality of your newer Android device without going to the trouble of rooting, bootloader-unlocking or installing a customized ROM .

It's by using a home screen replacement app called a launcher,...

Patrick Nelson
How to Back Up Data on Your Android Smartphone
11/06/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 600 Words

Titanium Backup Pro Key Root , at $6.58, is similar, but geared towards rooted users. Rooting is a form of phone unlocking that allows access to the phone's ROM file system.

Step 1: Browse to the Google Play store on your...

Patrick Nelson
Test Your Phone's Mettle With Benchmark & Tuning
10/18/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 701 Words

The second key feature is that rooted users can set a governor too. Rooting is a process that Android enthusiasts use to gain control over the operating system. Ordinarily, you'd need two apps to do all this. One app for benchmarking, and...

Patrick Nelson
Switchpro Widget: A Passel of Pretty Little Toggles
08/31/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 612 Words

Second, rooted users -- and I've written about rooting before -- are presented with a reboot switch in SwitchPro. Press the simple switch and the device reboots.

Power users can use this switch to refresh the device, or boot into recovery...

Patrick Nelson
No Ice Cream Sandwich for You? Clone It!
06/07/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 619 Words

You can achieve this without rooting, by taking advantage of a launcher replacement app that provides the elegant look and feel of Android 4.0 while retaining your base Gingerbread or earlier OS engine.

The Back Story
Hardware makers have...

Patrick Nelson
AVG Anti-Virus Pro Rolls Heavy Artillery Onto Deserted Battlefield
01/06/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 642 Words

However, all of the alerts were related to the rooting I had done on the phone, so I knew all about the issues already.

The app did offer to mark a suspicious SMS text message that it thought might be involved in...

Patrick Nelson
How to Overclock a CPU: Getting Started
03/29/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 790 Words

In the case of many custom ROMs -- and the Nook Color ROM, for example -- the processor speed can be simply altered within the custom ROM that I had already installed when rooting. Look for it in "Settings."

In my...

Patrick Nelson
Mounting a Tablet in Your Vehicle's Front Seat
02/09/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 789 Words

There are other methods of tethering that involve rooting the phone and may have implications relating to your phone carrier agreement, which you should check if you go that route.

User Interface
Launch the Android Market on your tablet and...


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