Quick Screenshot Maker review

Quick Screenshot Maker requires an incredibly arduous setup and rarely works even if you do it correctly. It's by no means easy to take screenshots on a pre-Ice Cream Sandwich phone, but this takes things a little too far. Between the fact that you need your computer to make it work, and the fact that it could load your phone with ads, there aren't many positives about this app.

This app offers to take screenshots of your phone, but you need a computer to do it. The app's "helper" download works for Macs, Windows, and … Read more

Two ways to enable the root user in OS X

Besides the user account you use to log into the system, OS X contains a number of other accounts, most of which are hidden, but are used for running specific background tasks and system features. One of these accounts is called the "root" account, which is the main overarching system account that has unrestricted access to all system resources. Most of the system's background tasks are run under the root account, as can be seen if you open the Activity Monitor utility and choose "All Processes" from the View menu.

When a program or process … Read more

Review: Titanium Backup Root offers a good, basic backup package for rooted gadgets

Titanium Backup Root is a decent backup app with plenty of speed, but it only works on rooted Androids. The app doesn't even let you test its backup if your phone isn't rooted. However, if your device is rooted, you might enjoy this app's straightforwardness and all of the features it offers if you opt for the Pro version.

This app backs up all of that data on your phone and SD card, including your app data. It can even back up system apps and move them to your SD card to save space. The only catch … Read more

Review: Kingo Android ROOT makes rooting your Android easy

Kingo Android ROOT helps you start the process of rooting your Android phone, but it doesn't do much more than give you access. Think of it as a key to your phone's developer features: it's useful, but what you do once you're inside is entirely up to you. If you need that sort of kick start, this app is a fine way to do it.

Kingo Android ROOT automatically detects any gadget you connect to your computer to start the rooting process. Don't mistake this for a custom ROM, though; you'll still need one … Read more

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved (by Google) apps, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize just about anything, and so on.

Of course, for the average user, rooting sounds like -- and can be -- a scary process. After all, "rooting" around in your smartphone's core software might seem like a recipe for disaster. One wrong move and you could end up with bricked handset.

Thankfully, there's a new Windows utility that makes rooting a one-click affair: … Read more

CyanogenMod founder teases Oppo as first smartphone partner

Odds are high that Chinese smartphone-maker Oppo may prove to be the first official hardware partner for CyanogenMod's custom Android build.

A video posted to Oppo's YouTube account on Friday (reproduced below) shows Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik proclaiming that he's "looking forward" to attending an Oppo event in Beijing on September 23. Adding, "we have exciting news ahead," it's here that the video ends and splashes "Oppo N1" on the screen, the name of the upcoming smartphone.

Although it has started making some waves in the Android pool, Oppo has … Read more

Meet the firm behind Verizon, AT&T's reliability, speed claims

Apparently, it takes just two words to rile up wireless giants Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Those words, "most reliable," set off the latest fracas between the two as both attempted to claim network superiority. With handset selection and phone plans so similar, the carriers are increasingly banking on the reputation of their service quality as the key competitive edge.

So Verizon was more than a little perturbed after AT&T co-opted its "most reliable" title. After initially taking the high ground and pointing to its own track record, Verizon added its own word … Read more

The AquaFarm is a fish tank and food garden for the countertop

There can be little doubt that when it comes to food, fresher is better. The same can be said about fish water. Yes, fish water. The living, breathing creature that lives in the fish bowl on the counter occasionally needs its water cleaned to survive. Problem is, in the closed environment of a fish bowl, waste has nowhere to go until a human intervenes. Or one could just let the garden take care of that.

The AquaFarm Fish Garden ($59.99) combines a fish tank with a garden, and it makes perfect sense. On top, five plant pots comprise the … Read more

Review: Discover the power of mobile Internet with ClockworkMod Tether

ClockworkMod Tether effectively allows users to access the data connection on their Android device through a USB connection and use it for a mobile Internet connection. While many similar applications exist, this one is superior because of its stability and effectiveness. Unfortunately, the free version places a 20MB limit on data transfers after the 14-day free trial. Unlimited access is granted following the upgrade to the Premium version.

Installation of this application goes easy, but some users may experience difficulties if their computer currently doesn't have an Internet connection. The user first needs to download the Android application to … Read more

Discover Android hardware and system info with CPU-Z

PC users who like to tinker with their Windows systems with things like overclocking use CPU-Z to get useful hardware and system data for their projects. The developers over at CPUID have now brought CPU-Z to the Android community. Whether you've rooted your Android device and are looking to overclock it or if you're just curious about your hardware's internals, CPU-Z can help.

CPU-Z for Android divides the displayed data into four tabs: SOC (system on chip), System, Battery, and Sensors. SOC shows you details of your Android device's CPU, including name, architecture, and clock speed. … Read more