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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Book Giveaway #11: Win One Of Six Books Courtesy Of Packt Publishing And The 2011 Open Source Awards

While most of you have heard of Open Source software at this point (I hope you have, anyway), you probably aren't aware that each year Packt Publishing puts on a contest to highlight the best and brightest Open Source projects across all platforms. The contest is currently in its voting stage, ends on October 31, 2011.

The contest features applications in six different categories, including Mobile Toolkits and Libraries, CMS, Most Promising Open Source Project, Business Applications, JavaScript Libraries, and Multimedia Software; with five contenders in each category.

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Samsung Stratosphere Rooted, Here's How To Do It

So, you recently picked up the Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon and want to get the most out of your new toy. It's no secret that when it comes to getting the most out of any Android device, root access it the key. Fortunately, KnightCrusader over at RootzWiki just dropped the info on how to gain root on the Stratosphere.

The process seems to be pretty straightforward: a little ODIN action, some adb commands, and a kernel flash -- that's pretty much it.

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There's A Bounty Out For The Kindle Fire: $200 For Reversible Root, $800 For "Basic" Honeycomb Or Ice Cream Sandwich Port

It looks like the HP Touchpad isn't the only tablet to have a bounty placed on its head - Kindle Fire Forum is now offering a substantial reward to the first person who's able to provide a reliable, reversible root method, or either a Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich port for Amazon's Android tablet.

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The forum is offering a prize of $200 for a root method, and a whopping $800 for a "Basic" Honeycomb or ICS port.

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Android Developers, Listen Up: ADT 14 And SDK Tools r14 Previews With Much Needed Improvements Are Now Available For Download

As an Android developer, I don't think I've been this excited for an ADT and Tools releases in a long time. The Android tools team (Tor and Xav) just dropped off the latest ADT and SDK Tools at the Android Tools download site, bringing both up to version 14.

Among a sizeable list of improvements I'm mostly excited about these (and by excited, I mean ecstatic):

  • Improved incremental builds. Resource compilation is run much less frequently.
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Samsung Epic 4G Touch Rooted And Running ClockworkMod Recovery

It has only been a  couple of days since Samsung released the source code for the Epic 4G Touch and it looks like the device has already been rooted. Developers Shabbypenguin and Tanimn of Android Creative Syndicate (ACS) have released a pre-rooted tar file and instructions (XDA link) on how to root the shiny new phone. Similarly, XDA member zedomax has also released his method of rooting the device.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners] Book Giveaway #9: Five Readers Will Learn To Create Apps With The Android SDK Using The Android Developer's Cookbook

Once again, we're teaming up with informIT to give away yet another book. This time around, it's perhaps what you'd call a higher-level book that might be especially useful to those familiar with developing, though it's still accessible to those just starting out. The book: Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK.

The Book

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Written by James Steele and Nelson To and published in October, 2010, the book spans a whopping 400 pages.

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And The Five Winners Of The Android Police Book Giveaway #8 Are...

The 8th Android Police book giveaway is now over, and we've picked the winners. A copy of Teach Yourself Android Application Development In 24 Hours (2nd ed.) will be shipped to each of the following readers, as selected by informIT:

  • magiman7
  • James Rooney
  • Matt
  • Josh
  • Stefany

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted by informIT for your information and shipped a brand new copy of Teach Yourself Android Application Development In 24 Hours (2nd ed.).

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Go Launcher Dev Team Launches Switch GOWidget - Free, Clean, And Compact, Yet Functional

The unstoppable GO dev team keeps pumping out amazingly polished products seemingly almost every week - they've already won me over on the launcher side with the GO Launcher EX (and its gorgeous Calendar widget), and yesterday they've added Switch GOWidget to their arsenal.

This toggle widget is compact and only occupies one row on the homescreen, showing 4 primary toggles you've configured, but with a single press of the "..." button, it opens up a full page's worth of other toggles along with the phone and media volume sliders.

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O'Reilly's Android Open Conference Is Happening October 9-11 - And We're Giving Away Two Tickets ($1295 Each)

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Over the past few years, Android has grown from a small project in Palo Alto, CA into the most popular smartphone platform on the planet. As such, developers all over the world have taken interest in the platform, providing us with some pretty amazing apps along the way.

O'Reilly Media thought it was about time for a conference to encourage, nurture, and help developers that encompasses the entire Android ecosystem -- everything from app building to revenue models, and what goes under the hood.

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Motorola Droid 3 Finally Joins The Rooted Community

The Droid 3 is the most powerful Droid to date -- its 1Ghz dual-core OMAP processor and Android 2.3.4 make it a speedy and capable device. As with most devices, D3 owners wanted root access in order to take full advantage of all that it had to offer. That day has finally arrived, as the D3 has been rooted by developer drjbliss from the XDA forums.

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The rooting process seems to be rather easy, granted you have ADB set up and know how to use it.

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