CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod Power Widgets to be replaced by a “Quick Access Ribbon”

The folks at CyanogenMod are prepping for some upcoming changes to the power widgets. These have been used for quite some time now and were originally introduced back on the CM7 days. And for those who haven't been around CyanogenMod for that long -- CM7 looks back towards Android 2.3. That aside, the power widgets will be going away in favor of something called the Quick Access Ribbon.

CyanogenMod Chromecast streaming support teased

Koush has returned with another Chromecast demo and this latest is one that CyanogenMod users will likely be happy to see come available. The promise here is that it is possible to Chromecast everything from your handset. Well, with a handset that is running CyanogenMod. We have yet to see when this would be rolled into ROMs, however Koush has offered a rather compelling demo video.

HP Touchpad custom build brings in Android 4.2, Bluetooth functionality

It is quite sad when a still-working device reaches its practical end of life when a manufacturer decides to cut off support for it. While you can still use the device, it means no longer getting fixes, updates, or even new features that the device is otherwise capable of supporting. So it is always encouraging to hear of people still actively working on keeping a device alive, like in the case of the HP Touchpad.

CyanogenMod 10.2 will have a “Global Blacklist” for blocking calls and messages

Bits and pieces of what we can expect with CM10.2 are being revealed little by little and as of today it looks like we have yet another piece of the puzzle. The latest details are coming by way of the CyanogenMod Google+ page where they are talking about a "Global Blacklist." Basically, it looks like CM users will be able to block incoming calls and/or text messages with v10.2.

The Future of Rooting in Android

The announcement of Android 4.3 last month may have disappointed some people in terms of lacking the usual fireworks, but there was a change that caught some developers by surprise: the inclusion of SELinux as Android's security system. This seemingly small change has caused many an Android geek to worry not exactly about security but about the ability to gain privileged access in the future. The summary of it is that we'll still be getting root, but getting there will be different.