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Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

It seems that startup Cyanogen won't just be stopping with Microsoft in building up support for its war against a Google-controlled Android. Rumor is spreading that Cyanogen plans to undergo a Series C funding and has been talking with the big dogs in the industry. One of those unofficially named is Amazon, who has its own custom Android flavor, which adds a bit more spice to the quest to break Google's monopoly over the largest mobile operating system, and sparking discussion on what an Android without Google would be like.

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Dronecode creates an open source space for UAVs to grow

Dronecode creates an open source space for UAVs to grow

Aside from smartwatches, the other fastest growing tech obsession is in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs, or as they are more popularly, or unpopularly, known, drones. But with every budding technology, there are often many and sometimes competing platforms, systems, software, and players. In order to foster development that is more oriented towards the open source culture, the Linux Foundation got the ball rolling and set up the Dronecode Project to provide the needed organizational and legal structures to support open source UAV efforts.

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MOD Duo hands-on: Breaking the effects pedal cartel

MOD Duo hands-on: Breaking the effects pedal cartel

Of all the instruments and accessories in a musician's arsenal, the guitar pedal may be the one that most resolutely refuses to get with the electronic times. Musical Operating Devices (MOD) decided there was a better way than daisy-chaining numerous single-effect pedals, and so came up with the MOD Pedal, effectively putting a tiny computer in a box and running open-source effects for far more flexibility. With a MOD Duo Kickstarter launching today, I caught up with MOD's Gianfranco Ceccolini to find out more.

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Students create open source brain signal recording equipment

Students create open source brain signal recording equipment

We live in an age where almost anything can be created - or replicated - for a fraction of the cost of a commercial product. For a couple of grad students wishing for some brain signal recording equipment back in 2011, their wish became a matter of original creation, eventually resulting in an open source community for neural technology and a device which is made at a fraction of the cost of its next least-expensive competitor.

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Autodesk Spark 3D printer plans open-source for ubiquity

Autodesk Spark 3D printer plans open-source for ubiquity

The 3D printer market is getting some new competition, with Autodesk not only revealing its own 3D printer and the Spark software to run it, but making the design of each open-source so that other firms can use them. The unnamed printer will not only go on sale from Autodesk later in 2014, but be compatible with printing materials from a wide range of suppliers, the company says, rather than locking owners into one proprietary standard.

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