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Facebook Is Rolling Out Its Instant Upload Competitor 'Photo Sync' To Users Starting Today

One of the coolest features about Google+ is its ability to automatically upload all the photos you take and then allow you to selectively share them at your convenience. While Facebook has been testing this same type of feature with a few users since August, the service is now rolling out publicly to everyone. As long as you have the most recent version of the Android app, you should be able to enable it soon.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 38: The Technical Term Is Thumb-Crotch

Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 38.

A Word From Our Sponsor

Special shout-out to Logitech this week, the official video sponsor of the Android Police Podcast's live video show! Logitech was kind enough to outfit the Android Police Podcast with some brand-new video digs, in the form the C920 and C910 Logitech HD Pro webcams.

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The C920 webcam features Carl Zeiss optics, 1080p video recording, on-board h.264 video compression to reduce upload bandwidth requirements, and Logitech's proprietary Fluid Crystal Technology, making video smoother, sharper, and richer.

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Mozilla Wants To Bring Flash Back To Your Phone With An Open SWF Runtime - About Ten Years Too Late

I know. You thought Flash was long gone. You mourned the relationship and moved on. Having made peace with the past and exploring a bright future, you were ready to start a new life with HTML5. Now, thanks to Mozilla, your ex has come calling, bringing back all those old memories. But enough with the metaphors. The organization behind Firefox announced Shumway, an open SWF runtime project, today. With this, the company hopes to bring compatibility for Flash content back to the web, particularly on mobile.

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Getting To Know Android 4.2, Part 2: The Revamped Gallery

It's time for another installment of Getting To Know Android, the series where we show you every polished pixel in Google's latest Android update. Today's target is the Gallery, which, in a rare APK Teardown whiff, is not white. I have no idea what was going on with our crazy 4.2 alpha version, but the Gallery is still black, and the icon is still the same. Sorry about that. There is lots of new stuff to talk about, though.

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Yet Another Android 4.2 Bug: Weird In-App Transparency Glitch On Secondary User Accounts

Earlier today, we noticed a bug report for a very strange issue with multiple user accounts on the Nexus 7. Apparently, certain applications are displaying the underlying screen - be it the wallpaper, app tray, or the Play Store (depending on where the app was launched from) - through the foreground app. But here's the kicker: it's only happening on secondary accounts. Yeah, it's confusing and strange.

There's also a Reddit thread that confirms this is happening, and it seems to only be affecting apps that call on some sort of transparency.

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[New App] Foodster Is A Gorgeous Recipe App With Food From The Best Chefs On The Web

If you're a bit of a foodie (I'll admit, I can be at times), finding recipes on the web from databases is often a... terrible experience. While some repositories like Epicurious do hold themselves to a higher standard, many big sites will put up 28 different recipes for the same meal, 26 of which are awful and tacky "tweaks" on classic dishes without any pictures at all. It's not fun to dig through that.

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[Update: Rollout Starts Next Week] DROID RAZR HD Jelly Bean Update Support Docs Posted, Rollout To Start Soon

Update: According to Verizon, the Jelly Bean rollout for the RAZR HD and MAXX HD will begin next week.

The Verizon support site has been updated with Android 4.1 update docs for the RAZR HD (and the MAXX HD).

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The update rollout process should follow soon, in the next week or two.

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Cablevision Releases Optimum App For Controlling And Streaming TV, But Your Device Probably Isn't Compatible

Cablevision might not cover the largest geographic area, but it's actually the 8th largest cable company by number of subscribers. Those lucky enough to have Cablevision TV piped into their homes have a new app to play with today. The Optimum app lets you stream TV and control your DVR right from the device. Of course, you need a compatible phone and those are apparently hard to come by.

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The video streaming feature is remarkably open.

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Oracle Drops Patent Infringement Claims Against Google, Only Appealing On API Copyright Issue

In case you forgot, Google was involved in a little spat with Oracle earlier this year, in which a jury decided that Oracle's patents were not infringed by Google, and a judge came to the conclusion that Oracle's assertion regarding API copyright infringement was untenable.

Judge Alsup's reasoning in denying Oracle's infringement claim was, to anyone with a technical background, quite reasonable. Oracle had claimed that while the amount of line-for-line literal infringement Google committed against the 37 infringed Java APIs through its Dalvik virtual machine was minimal (read: 97% of Google's code was original), the fact that Google had copied created its functional equivalent constituted copyright infringement.

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HTC Releases DROID DNA Kernel Source Code

HTC has released the kernel source code (v1.15.605.4) for the DROID DNA, which you can download at the HTCdev site here (direct link to file here).

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The DNA, which has an unlockable bootloader through an exploit we published last week, is HTC's latest and greatest on Verizon, and the first 1080p phone to be sold in the US. This kernel source should allow developers to start tweaking the DNA a little more thoroughly, and improve custom ROM support.

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