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Jailbreaking your iPhone — removing Apple’s restrictions that prevent you from installing any apps on your device that you want or messing with settings Apple otherwise locks down — isn’t for everyone. It can be a risky process to begin with, and doing it voids your warranty, but it’s a great way to extend the life of an older device or something you don’t carry around for everyday use.

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Over the last 24 hours, owners of iOS devices across the globe have been compelled to take their expensive gadgets, wrap them in Glad Wrap and stick them inside their refrigerator. What on Earth would make anyone do that, short of a mental break? Well, it is because of a break of sorts — a jailbreak.

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On May 30, security research Ian Beer, well-known in the industry for uncovering bugs in Apple software, announced the discovery of two new exploits in iOS — specifically 11.3.1, which until recently was the most up-to-date build. Shortly afterwards, the jailbreaking community went bonkers, the promise of an updated jailbreak for Apple gadgets, both new and old, seemingly around the corner. But, here we are, well into June, with no public jailbreak in sight. So, what's going on?

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It was only a couple of weeks ago when I suggested that the age of the iOS jailbreak was coming to an end. But then, last week, a Google researcher revealed how an exploit in iOS 11.1 could be used to create a new tool for side-loading "unauthorised" apps to an iOS device. Apple promptly released a patch for that in iOS 11.2 (and then 11.2.1 to deal with a HomeKit vulnerability). But it seems Apple hasn't plugged all the jailbreakable holes.

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Jailbreaking a Kindle comes with a variety of benefits, including installing custom screensavers and software, but most recently the availability of the jailbreak has been restricted to a small handful of firmware. Now, its seeing a much wider release.

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Pokemania has swept the nation since Pokemon GO was launched in Australia this week. Thousands of people are rushing outdoors with their phones out, trying to catch digital critters in the wild through the augmented reality (AR) interface. You have to be outside and walking around in order to find and ensnare Pokemon in the game... or do you? If you own a jailbroken iPhone or a rooted Android smartphone, you can become a well-travelled Pokemon Master on GO without taking a single step. Here's what you need to know.