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NFL Mobile redesigned for 2013, blocks root users

The official NFL app for Android has been updated this afternoon with tons of changes. Now that football is here (finally!) we all need an app to stay up to date with the latest news, scores, and highlights. It appears to be replacing the Verizon NFL Mobile app, and the official NFL (2011, 12, 13) one has simply been renamed NFL Mobile, and aside from a nice redesign it's all bad news.

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.

CyanogenMod considers removing the need for root access

Rooting an Android device is often associated with installing third party ROMs. And while that is a step in the process, you could simply root your device and keep the stock firmware installed and running. Those who root without using third-party ROMs likely do so for a variety of reasons. One of those is for backups. But it seems there is now some discussion about running CyanogenMod without root.

Verizon Galaxy S4 latest OTA update gets rooted, again

Verizon recently rolled out a software update to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone that brought in new features as well as security fixes. However, the update also included patches to security exploits that previously allowed the phone to be rooted. Owners intent on rooting their devices can breathe a bit easier now that a new rooting method has been developed over at XDA.

MoDaCo.SWITCH for HTC One beta signup goes live

Last we heard on the topic of MoDaCo.SWITCH was that it was nearing a beta release. That release hasn't happened just yet, however it appears as if progress is still being made. Paul O'Brien recently announced that he has begun accepting requests from those looking to test out the first release of MoDaCo.SWITCH.

TrulyClean script removes GALAXY S 4 bloatware

The topic of bloatware is a discussion that is likely not going anywhere anytime soon. We see manufacturers and carriers loading extra apps all the time and that is a practice that will likely continue moving forward. While some apps can be removed or disabled on an individual basis, that doesn't help when you have lots of apps you want removed.

Redbox Instant update adds support for rooted devices

Just like many other apps including Netflix and Google Movies & TV, Redbox Instant launched and completely cut out users who have rooted devices. Verizon and Redbox blocked all users with a rooted device from being able to use and enjoy the app, and we couldn't stream rented movies. Today's update however, has fixed that issue, as well as a few others.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active rooted by Geohot

AT&T has had the Galaxy S4 Active available for a few weeks now, however the folks over on the xda-developer had still been searching for a way to root the handset. In fact, a thread was created in late-June that offered a bounty for the person that could root the handset and make the method available for other users. And well, it looks like famed iPhone and Sony hacker Geohot has done just that.

S-OFF arrives for the HTC One and DROID DNA

If you happen to be carrying an HTC One or a DROID DNA and are looking to do a bit of playing, a recently released tool may be one that you have been waiting for. That tool is called S-OFF and while available for download and use -- it does come with a warning. You see, this release is considered an early access preview which is basically another way of saying things may not be perfect just yet.
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