Google's new version of Android, Lollipop, is wonderful. And now, one of our very few niggles—that its smart unlocking features didn't also react to location—is fixed.
Google's clever little Face Unlock security feature, which lets you use your phone's camera to pull your Android mobile out of standby mode by having it recognise its master, has been updated, with the Jelly Bean version of the tool allowing users to blink at it to prove they're not a photograph.
Hacker Loktar_Sun has discovered how to easily unlock your iPhone 4S—and any other iPhone. The unlock will free you from your carrier's tyranny, which is great news, especially while traveling or switching companies. We have tested it and it works.
AT&T is now unlocking iPhones, which is awesome, but also a hassle if you don't live near an AT&T store. So here's a quick how-to on unlocking your phone without ever leaving your house.
If there's one thing the nerd community hates, it's locked bootloaders. They make installing custom ROMs or second operating systems impossible, and that's just not cool. But when it comes to phones, we have carriers to thank for restrictions, not just OEMs.
While Apple's keen to make sure nobody ever uses the iPhone's slide-to-unlock system, Google seemingly couldn't care less. It's filed a patent listing a whole heap of news ways to unlock your phone—including voice commands.
Previously only a feature in Ice Cream Sandwich, a developer has ported the face-detection security tool to iOS: now it's possible to unlock your iPhone just by showing it your pretty little face.
Michael Capozzi claims he has found a way to unlock the iPhone 4S without using any hardware or software. This video shows a demonstration of his method. It has not been confirmed by us or any third party yet.
Sprint's policy for unlocking the iPhone 4S is a confused mess. First it was reported the handset would be sold unlocked, then it was said this report was false. Now a third report claims both statements, though contradictory, are true. Confused? Let's explain.
Computer security researchers Mathew Solnik and Don Bailey from iSec Partners have discovered a way to unlock your car doors and start your car remotely using SMS sent from a laptop.
HTC's promise to release unlocked bootloaders (for easy installation of custom software) is going to be delivered upon in August. The company says the first wave will hit the Sensation, with the Sensation 4G and Evo 3D up next. [Engadget]
The merry team at ChevronWP7 Labs just announced that, in collaboration with Microsoft, they'll be unlocking Windows phones for a small fee. This creates a wholly legitimate route for developers to access WP7 users. Apple could learn something here.
HTC finally gets it. The Taiwanese company will no longer lock the bootloaders on its Android devices. Rooting and flashing will be available to all. This news comes straight from CEO Peter Chou who made the following statement,
CutYourSim sounds too good to be true—but as BGR and other people have confirmed it works, we'll go with them on this. It permanently unlocks iPhone 4s, 3GSs and 3Gs, without the need to jailbreak and wait for unlock versions to be released. There is a catch, though—it costs $169.
Today's Library of Congress statement marks a historic moment in the battle between those who dictate how we should be able to use media and technology, and the rest of us. We explain what the new exemptions mean for you.
According to developer Till Schadde, random people may be receiving your AIM messages if you have a jailbroken or unlocked iPhone. In fact, anyone with a jailbroken iPhone may be getting them, according to his testing: [Update: Confirmed]