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Canonical Announces Ubuntu For Smartphones, A New Version Of Its OS Just For Your Pocket 'Superphone'

While Ubuntu (and Linux as a whole) may not be hugely popular among the consumer desktop computing crowd, it'd be folly to discount the OS as a whole. Especially among the Android developer crowd. Well, if you happen to be among the tech-literate faithful who use open source desktop operating systems to write code for your open source phone operating systems, Canonical would like to make your life a little weirder: introducing Ubuntu for smartphones!

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Not to be confused with Ubuntu for Android, which allowed a docked Android phone to run a more-or-less full version of Ubuntu a la Webtop, this new product is a full-blown smartphone OS, distinct from Android entirely and meant to run all on its own.

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CTIA To Combine Both Mobile Trade Shows Into A 'Super Mobile Show' Voltron In 2014

If you've not heard of CTIA... Well, that's actually kind of understandable. While it does organize the US's largest mobile-dedicated trade show, CTIA has taken a back seat to shows like CES and MWC in the last couple of years. This is largely because CTIA focuses on the US market, and most hardware manufacturers prefer to have their latest wares unveiled on a slightly more international-friendly stage.

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CTIA also typically runs two trade shows - one for consumers, and one for enterprises. I attended the latter back in October and it was pretty dead. Aside from spending some time with a couple of OEMs and carriers, the show was in a sort of sad state (as sad as anything in San Diego can be).

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Samsung Posts Jelly Bean Kernel Source Code For The International Note 10.1, Tab 2 10.1, and Tab 2 7

You know what's fun? Source code. Source code is fun. OK, maybe it's not everyone's idea of fun, but Samsung has just released the kernel code for three more tablets – the international Note 10.1 (GT-N8010), Tab 2 10.1 (GT-P5110), and tab 2 7 (GT-P3110) – and we thought some people may get excited about that.

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This means more tweaks, mods, and other un-stock things are coming to the aforementioned devices. So, if you've been waiting to overclock (or some other neat thing) your tablet, keep an eye on your favorite dev – all the goodies should be just around the corner.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Win One Of 20 PowerAmp Or 20 InDrive Licenses

Who wants some free apps? You do? Cool. Read on.

I'm sure you've all heard of PowerAmp before. But for those who haven't, it's probably the most powerful, versatile, and customizable music player in the Play Store. And that's saying something, because there is no shortage of music players on there. So, what's so cool about it? The fact that it can do basically everything you could possibly want from a media player. That's a lot of stuff – just take a looksee.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:

PowerAMP winners:

  1. Ahmad Abdullah   
  2. Vozár Tamás
  3. Adam   
  4. dmuhamma   
  5. mefink   
  6. Michael Lebowitz   
  7. xriderx66   
  8. alina   
  9. Matthew Cheung   
  10. Pat Heimann   
  11. John Kow   
  12. Mattias F
  13. BruceLee   
  14. budhraninilesh   
  15. SxperiaS   
  16. Lucus au   
  17. DoctorRabbitfoot   
  18. Asif Khan   
  19. Alex   
  20. Freez76  

InDrive winners:

  1. ads901119   
  2. Todd Moore   
  3. Cody Dean   
  4. reevester   
  5. Frost_Designs   
  6. Sukumar Patel   
  7. mug3n   
  8. Ryan McFadden   
  9. faceless128   
  10. DrewNusser   
  11. Chad Cesaro   
  12. JHS_NL   
  13. Ivailo Stoyanov   
  14. DraconisV   
  15. Razvan Coroama   
  16. Nikhil   
  17. Thomas Schuster   
  18. Isam Sami Moghamis   
  19. David   
  20. Jared Pannell  

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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Android: A Look Back To 2012, And A Look Forward To 2013

Happy New Year! It's that time again; with the new year comes our new annual prediction post. I tackled this last year, and rather than do a bunch of crazy, pulled-from-thin-air predictions, I ended up with a link-filled research-fest for the year. It worked out pretty well, so that's what's on the docket for today. First though, I'll take a look and see just how many of last year's predictions and rumors came true, and provide some updates for the more important topics.

A Look Back To 2012

What a crazy year. 2012 brought us two versions of Jelly Bean: 4.1 and 4.2.  We saw a complete transformation of Google Search with the Knowledge Graph, Google Now, voice output, and Google Goggles integration.

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[New App] Zime Is A Stylish 3D To-Do Manager And Calendar App

So maybe you made some resolutions this as the new year is upon us, but how are you supposed to keep track of all your resolution-related tasks with only two crummy dimensions? Hmm? Yeah, you're going to want at least three dimensions of to-do management, and that's where Zime comes in. This app is still in beta, but it's a really cool, flashy to-do list that relies on a gesture-controlled timeline view.

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Zime automatically plugs into your Google Calendar and displays events in a smooth conveyor belt UI. You can add events on your Google Calendar from within Zime, but these are different from tasks on your Zime to-do lists.

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[New Game] Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 Outpost Lets You Decode On The Go For In-Game Bonuses

Mobile companion apps for AAA PC and console titles have become popular in the last few months: see companions for Call of Duty and FIFA 2013 for examples. Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 is a surprisingly excellent addition to the shooter franchise, and it offers a companion app for its multiplayer component. But what makes this one different is that it includes more than the standard social/organization elements: playing the Outpost app can score equipment and upgrades for the main game.

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In Far Cry 3's online matches, players come across flash drives that can be submitted to Ubisoft's website to be "decoded", granting upgrades to weapons and equipment.

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Zombies, Run! 5K Training Prepares You To Go The Distance With Extra Missions And More Undead

We've had our fun with Zombies, Run! before. The fitness program/zombie horde simulator is one of the more innovative ways we've seen to get in shape. However, it's not all casual fun. Sometimes you have to get serious. If you're looking for an app to push  you a bit harder, you may want to check out Zombies, Run! 5K Training. Currently on sale for $0.99 in the Play Store (75% off), this one gives you more in-depth structure to get you through a full 5K in 8-weeks.

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The app should work much like the regular version, with audio stories to augment your running experience.

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Deal Alert: $50 Off Any Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Model For Amazon Prime Student Members

Do you want a Kindle Fire HD 8.9? Do you have an Amazon Prime Student account, or a .edu email address you're willing to commandeer for the purpose of making one? Good news! You can save $50 on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

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When you get to checkout, enter the promo code KNDL4STU, and you'll be good to go with $50 in instant savings. The promo is going on through January 30th, and applies to all Kindle Fire HD 8.9 models.

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Une Bobine Review: /Facepalm

We've looked at a wide variety of accessories over the past couple of years: cases, cradles, headphones, speakers, etc., but I'm not quite sure we've ever seen a product like Une Bobine. In a nutshell, it's a microUSB cable. But it's not your average USB cable - it's an adjustable, bendable, flexible USB cable that can be used to hold your phone – a dock and cable in one, if you will.

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Now, the first question you may be asking yourself is: why would I want this? To answer that honestly, I really have no idea. I've had this thing for several weeks now, and I really can't find a good use for it.

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