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[Freebie Alert] Packt Is Giving Away Android Application Programming With OpenCV, Today Only

In the spirit of Amazon's Free App Of The Day promotion, Packt Publishing has been unleashing a free eBook from its massive library of content each day for the last month. There have been a couple of notable development books in the lineup including the Android NDK Game Development Cookbook and Android Database Programming. Today brings another nice surprise with Android Application Programming With OpenCV by Joseph Howse.

If you've never heard of OpenCV, it's a popular open source "computer vision" library designed for efficient, real-time processing. This is a great platform for live object tracking, photo capture, image manipulation, and more.

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[Freebie Alert] Packt Is Giving Away Another Book: Android Database Programming, Today Only

A couple of days ago, we pointed out a free eBook giveaway from Packt Publishing that involved a copy of the Android NDK Game Development Cookbook. Another great book just turned up and we wanted to give another shout out so everybody could jump on it before the offer was gone. Today's freebie is Android Database Programming by Jason Wei, first released in 2012. It's targeted at developers that already know something about database development, but focuses on building and optimizing a data-driven mobile app with SQLite and Google App Engine.

To score a free copy of Android Database Development, make sure you're logged into Packt's website (accounts are free), then go to the Free Learning promotion page and hit the big button to claim your copy.

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Google Releases Free Developer-Oriented Guidebook "The Secrets To App Success On Google Play"

Have you felt the draw to get into app development, but didn't really know how to get started? Google wants to make things a little easier with a brand new guidebook that's meant to get developers on the right path. The Secrets to App Success on Google Play is an 81-page eBook that outlines the process and best practices for developing and submitting your software to the Play Store, and hopefully make some money on it. You won't get anything in-depth about writing code or managing a software business, but there are some good tips and tricks.

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The book covers a range of topics across these three common themes: getting set up on Google Play, developing a high quality and engaging app, and making money on it.

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[Deal Alert] 'GUI Design For Android Apps' Kindle Edition eBook Currently Free On Amazon ($30 Savings)

In addition to the exhilaratingly named "Android Application Development for the Intel Platform" book that we pointed our eyes toward yesterday, the equally catchy "GUI Design for Android Apps" is also available on Amazon right this moment for the low, low price of free. The book generally goes for $29.99, but now it's being offered for less than a cent to anyone who's willing to consume it on some sort of device. The paperback version is still going for $26.99.

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"GUI Design for Android Apps" comes to us from authors Ryan Cohen and Tao Wang. The book is aimed at mobile app developers and designers and contains tutorials, code samples, and other useful goodies that assist with the whole learning process.

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[Deal Alert] O'Reilly Knocks 50% Off All eBooks And Videos In Honor Of Day Against DRM

When it comes to publishers, few names stand out in the technical world like O'Reilly. With literally thousands of books and videos, there are topics ranging from Programming to Business, and Fitness to Photography. Not only does O'Reilly print under its own name, but it also owns several other brands including: Wiley, Packt Publishing, No Starch Press, and more. Almost every developer probably has a small stack of books with the trademark line-drawn animals on the covers.

In honor of Day Against DRM, O'Reilly has cut the price of everything in its entirely library by half. The discount applies to both books and videos, and it even includes brand new releases.

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[New App] Inkling eBook Beta App Brings A Catalog Of Interactive Instructional Literature To Android

Physical books just aren't what they used to be. They're big, clunky, and far too heavy. Okay, they're precisely what they always were, but times have changed. Publishers have upped their game, shrinking complex books down into portable digital formats and adding in interactive elements to make them more engaging. One such publisher, Inkling, has now ported its catalog of books to Android. These are usable exclusively through its dedicated app, which is now available through the Play Store in beta form.

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Inkling's books are of the instructional variety, useful in discovering how to cook delicate cuisine, get the most out of a DSLR camera, or deal with a young child.

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Readmill Ebook Reader And Service Shutting Down After Dropbox Acquisition, Data Export Available

Most people rely on Amazon, Google, Barnes and Noble, or some other all-in-one ebook service for their digital literary fix, but there is a thriving community of users who prefer the flexibility and lack of DRM that comes with independent reading apps. This has led to more than a few excellent choices in the space, including Readmill, an ebook app dedicated to simplicity and readability. Apparently Readmill users aren't the only ones who were impressed: Dropbox has acquired the app (or at least hired the employees who made it) and the service is shutting down.

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Readmill made the announcement on the company web page, also notifying users that it's now impossible to create a new account for the Readmill app (though you can still go through Facebook).

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Google Play Books Comes To Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, And Venezuela

The last time we saw an expansion of Google Play Books was nearly a month ago when the service opened up shop in South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey. Since then, it would appear Google has been making headway in its continued effort to bring more of its services to as many countries as possible. This time around, the list of countries in which Play Books is available has been updated to include Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela.

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If you live in one of the above-listed countries and have been yearning for access to the world's largest eBookstore, now's your chance.

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Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' Book Available For Free From The Play Store For A Limited Time, With An Excerpt From The Upcoming 'Inferno'

Ten years have passed since Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' took the world by storm, with the book selling over 70 million copies worldwide. If you're one of the few people not to have read the novel since its release, now's your chance to get it for free from the Play Store.

With the release date of latest Robert Langdon novel, 'Inferno', fast approaching, fans of the series have the chance to re-read The Da Vinci Code for free, before diving into the prologue and first chapter of Inferno, which will be released in May this year.

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The offer will only be available until March 24, so if you want to see what all the fuss is about then you'll have to act quickly.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] InformIT Holiday Book Giveaway #1: Win One Of Ten Copies Of "Learning Android Game Programming"

Our second, and last, giveaway for today is a little more literary than the offerings we've had so far, and really, is pointed more towards those who are looking to get into Android programming and development. So, we do ask that you only enter this contest if you actually want the book, because there aren't many Android giveaways out there aimed at the developer crowd. And don't worry devs, this isn't the only InformIT title we'll be offering as part of our Mega-Holiday Giveaway - it's just the first.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
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  • Kapil Sukhyani
  • Juan S*
  • jason f
  • RazorHail
  • Greg Draven
  • Ganzúas
  • Chris M*
  • Lino Barreca
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Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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