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Hack your Android like a pro: Rooting and ROMs explained

There are benefits to rooting your Android smartphone, but it can be a tricky world for beginners. Here are some tips.

By Apr. 15, 2013


Marc Andreessen is rooting for Microsoft, thinks you should too

Redmond finds an unlikely advocate cheering for its success in the smartphone wars: Marc Andreessen, whose Netscape once upon a time was done in by Microsoft and the IE browser.

By Sep. 5, 2013


How to get Maps, Gmail on the Kindle Fire HD without rooting

Amazon doesn't offer Google's services on its app store, but it's not too tricky to install them yourself. Here's now.

By Feb. 15, 2013


Will the Kindle Fire be worth rooting?

A lot of people went ahead and installed custom firmware on the Nook Color, turning it into a true Android tablet. Will "hackers" want to do the same with the Kindle Fire?

By Sep. 28, 2011


Google encourages rooting of phones

The Android team wants users to know that easily rooting a phone has nothing to do with its level of security. Also, they see carriers and handset makers as obstacles to legitimately unlocked devices.

By Dec. 21, 2010


BlackBerry PlayBook can run Android apps via rooting

A how-to guide published online explains how PlayBook users can root their devices to access Google's Android Market and run Android apps.

By Jan. 4, 2012


Get Google Wallet on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus without rooting

Google Wallet may have been banned from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but that doesn't stop users from figuring out methods for getting it running on their beloved device.

By Dec. 19, 2011


Tools for rooting out Web plagiarism, copyright violations

Determine the originality of material posted on a Web site--or in a school term paper--by running its text through the checkers at free and fee-based plagiarism-detection services.

By Nov. 5, 2010


Sonos: 'We're rooting for Spotify'

In an interview with CNET UK, Sonos' director of product management Mieko Kusano expresses the company's desire to see the music-streaming start-up triumph, and to work with it in future

By Mar. 9, 2009


Android handset 'rooting': Should you risk it?

If your idea of heaven is meddling with the gubbins in your phone, gaining root access to your Android handset will be almost too much to bear. The question is, should you do it?

By Jul. 23, 2009