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Crowdfunded Console OS Accused Of 'Stealing' Android-x86 Project's Open Source Code

The world of open source collaborative projects can be murky at times, and throwing crowdfunding into the mix doesn't make it any clearer. This odd intersection is the source of much drama in the small but passionate community that wants to see Android become as widespread on the desktop as it is on mobile. Members of the open source development team over at the Android-x86 Project, which aims to make Android operable on standard PC hardware, claim that Kickstarter project Console OS has "stolen" Android x86 code and presented it, at least in part, as its own creation.

This is where things start to get complicated.

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SwiftKey Opens New Official Play Store Beta Testing Group, First Beta Up With 13 More Indian Languages And A Special Diwali Theme

The SwiftKey folks have released a new version of the popular third-party keyboard that comes with support for thirteen new Indian languages bundled in, but it's all still tucked away in beta form. Users who download the 5.1 beta will get access to Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Nepali, and Sinhala (Nepali and Sinhala are not Indian languages but SwiftKey opted to lump them in because they belong to the same Indo-Aryan language family). These languages join Hindi and Hinglish, which are already included in the app.

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To get these languages, you will need to join the new SwiftKey Beta for Android Google Group. Instructions are available inside.

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[New App] Tastemade Hits Google Play To Connect People Who Love Food And Samsung Devices

The Tastemade community caters both to users who like watching videos of other people's food and those who enjoy taking pictures of their own. The network, which spreads across various social media sites and an iOS app, encourages users to share their thoughts, expertise, and food experiences with others. Now Android users are free to hit up Google Play and take part in the festivities as well, assuming that they have a Samsung device.

For the time being, only the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Note 2, and Note 3 are listed as supported, though we have noticed a few other odd handsets score a positive as well.

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PSA: Google+ Community Moderators Can Now Pin Posts Via The Site And The Latest Version Of The Android App

The Google+ Android app jumped to a new version last week, and shortly after, its Play Store page updated with a change log topped by one problematic item:

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Here's the thing, moderators couldn't yet. We hit up the app, searched the site, and even asked around. The feature simply wasn't live. Now it is. Moderators can pin posts to the top of a community stream regardless of if they're using the app or the website.

You can see the feature used within the app below.

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Note the green thumbtack icon.

Here's how a pinned post looks on the website.

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[New App] MakerBot's Thingiverse Android App Squeezes Thousands Of Free 3D Printer Models Into Your Pocket

Thingiverse is an awful name, but the community behind it shows far more creativity. Just a quick visit to the website reveals pages upon pages of nifty things people have spawned using 3D printers, complete with guidelines for replicating the objects yourself. Now MakerBot has condensed this community down into something that can fit in your pocket. With the new Thingiverse Android app, previously released for iOS back in October, users can browse, like, and comment on the expansive selection of plastic objects from anywhere they wish.

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Thingiverse is similar to Etsy, except instead of buying other people's creations, you print your own copy for free, as MakerBot encourages all members to release their designs under a Creative Commons license.

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WidgetLocker Gets A Play Store Beta Program Via Google+ Community

More and more developers are taking advantage of the nifty new ability to start a semi-closed beta on the Google Play Store via Google+. The latest is TeslaCoil Software, makers of the customization tool WidgetLocker (among other things). If you want to try out the latest and possibly greatest version of WidgetLocker, just head for this Google+ Community and join in.

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Joining the beta is quite simple. Once you join the community, click the Play Store link that's displayed on the page, go through the standard warnings and whatnot, and you'll be directed to a seemingly normal Play Store entry for the app.

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[New App] Nextdoor Now Available For Android, Wants To Help You Get To Know The Neighbors

One of the problems of living in modern times is that it's easy for us to shut ourselves off from our communities, living in a place for years without ever meeting the Smiths down the road or the Patels across the street. If you've wished for a way to resolve this issue that doesn't require the awkwardness of knocking on your neighbor's door, you're in luck, because there's now an app for that. Nextdoor is a private social network that aims to connect neighbors with their community in a way even anti-social people can get behind.

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There are quite a few benefits to an app like this.

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After A Brief Scare, CyanogenMod's Website Is Back In Order, No Hostages Taken, Nor Money Extorted

Earlier on Wednesday, there was a bit of a scare when CyanogenMod wrote a blog post instructing users to transition to cyanogenmod.org instead of the .com address the group has used up until now. As the story goes, a member of the team donated the domain back in the early days and had managed it ever since. Until recently when control of the domain was in question during a dispute with said user. According to the original post, this person was asking for a substantial fee for the address, as well as access to Google Apps accounts that managed a number of public-facing email accounts.

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CyanogenMod's New Build Servers Are Online, Nearly Ready To Crank Out CM9 Nightlies

If there's one thing Android lovers can unite around, it's that we have the best community around. When CyanogenMod put out the call back in February asking for donations to get some new servers, the community responded enthusiastically. Now, the most popular third-party ROM developer is announcing that the servers are online and capable of building CM9 in nine minutes. Whoa.

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This is where the magic happens.

The team says there's still some work to be done before these babies are cranking, but once they've set up schedulers to automate the builds, the new servers will be able to put together bleeding edge ROMs for your device faster than you can say "Holy crap, that was really friggin' fast."

For those who are curious (and aren't we all?) those are three Dell R610s in the photo of the CM servers above.

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Instagram Updated To Support Tablets, Wi-Fi Handsets, SD Installation, And More

The extremely popular photo-sharing app Instagram, just days after hitting the Play Store, has received another update, this time bringing some pretty awesome changes.

Perhaps the most significant change the app's update to version 1.0.3 brings is compatibility for tablets and Wi-Fi handsets, meaning users can now share photos from all their Android devices with ease.

Besides the added compatibility, Instagram's latest update allows users to install the app to their SD card, thereby freeing up a little internal storage.

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If you're one of the scads of new Android-using Instagram fans, or if you've been waiting to use the app on your Android-powered tablet, just hit the widget below and grab the update.

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