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Nov 3, 2013

Microsoft Silently Blocks Jailbreaking in Windows RT 8.1

Microsoft rolled out Windows RT 8.1 last month to bring a lot of improvements for devices running Windows RT, but also to block a jailbreaking method found earlier this year.

While Redmond hasn’t talked publicly about it, it appears that jailbreaking is no longer possible after deploying Windows RT 8.1, with the people behind the original project now claiming to be working on a new method to bypass the new restrictions. The Windows RT jailbreak made it possible to run unsigned code on ARM devices, including Microsoft’s own Surface RT, even though Microsoft warned that such a thing would create major security risks for all users.

The jailbreak obviously opened a completely new world for owners of Windows RT devices, as several large developer communities joined forces not only to tweak more apps to run on hacked devices, but also to make it possible to launch desktop apps on RT tablets.

Jailbreaking isn't possible anymore on Windows RT 8.1
Image credits to Microsoft

Google Play Store 4.4.22 Now Available for Download

Android enthusiasts and fans who are enjoying the latest barrage of applications extracted from the Android 4.4 KitKat source code and factory image, which were published by Google a few days ago, will be pleased to hear that a new version of Google Play Store has been released.

Obviously, this new version of Google Play Store has yet to be pushed live to all Android devices, but those who don't mind can download and install it manually. The folks over at AndroidPolice have just published the APK of Google Play Store 4.4.22, which seems to be just a minor update over the previous one that leaked a few weeks ago.

Android users who wish to download and install the latest Google Play Store 4.4.22 can now head over to AndroidPolice's original thread.

Google Play Store logo
Image credits to Google

Motorola Moto G Specs and Price Leak in Promo Card

Motorola Moto G briefly made appearance on the company's official website, but it was quickly pulled from unknown reasons.

The smarpthone's specs have been tweeted by evleaks shortly after the Moto G was removed from Motorola's site and now we have more info that confirms previous leaks. GSMArena reports it has been able to get its hands on a Moto G promo card, which apparently is going to sell at Phones4u. Although it has yet to be confirmed, sources close to the matter claim the smartphone will be available for purchase for only £134 ($215/€155) outright. Other specs that appear on the Moto G promo card confirm the smartphone will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and a fast 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor.

No word on the amount of RAM, but the phone is expected to pack 8GB of internal memory and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 64GB). Furthermore, the Moto G will sport a 4.5-inch edge-to-edge HD (720p) capacitive touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel rear facing camera. A secondary 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls will be included as well.

Motorola Moto G promo card
Image credits to GSMArena

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