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Google Translate is enlisting the help of the ‘Community’

Google Translate is enlisting the help of the ‘Community’

If you’ve used Google Translate, you know things sometimes get lost in translation. It’s sometimes hard to know just what may work linguistically, so Google has created a Translate Community page to enlist your help. You can contribute your knowledge of language, and even give feedback about what Google may already be doing.

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Flappy Bird clone lands on Android Wear as Flopsy Droid

Flappy Bird clone lands on Android Wear as Flopsy Droid

Now that Android Wear apps are starting to crop up, it was only a matter of time before games for the small screen also started appearing. It should probably come as a shock to no one that one of the first games to land, or should we say fly, into the wearable platform would be nothing less than a clone of everyone's other favorite avian, Flappy Bird.

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Android L source released in AOSP for download and perusal

Android L source released in AOSP for download and perusal

This afternoon, General Public License projects for the Android L Preview release have been pushed. This does not mean that full source codes are live for all devices, as has been the case with first releases for Android versions in the past. Instead, this is an (almost) unprecedented move by Android to show a preview for developers before the full platform update.

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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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WebOS Mochi design language released as open source

WebOS Mochi design language released as open source

The legacy of Palm is almost all but gone but bits and pieces still live here and there. Now the team behind WebOS has just released Mochi, a software design language meant for the mobile platform that unfortunately didn't see the light of day. Until now.

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Amazon smartphone tipped international with “Project Aria” codename

Amazon smartphone tipped international with “Project Aria” codename

With a codename like "Project Aria", we wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon was also trying to kick out the SEO of Motorola/Google’s Project Ara while they’re at it. This week it’s been tipped that Amazon’s long-rumored smartphone is part of talks between the company and potential OEM partners for overseas distribution. What we’re also to understand today is that "multiple" United States-based cellular carriers are already onboard with the idea.

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Tizen stumbles as hardware fails to appear

Tizen stumbles as hardware fails to appear

Tizen may have two new smartwatches to its name, but the open-source OS is still struggling to convince the mobile world that it's the best alternative to Android and iOS. Samsung's new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearables proved to be the only hardware the Tizen Association could namecheck at its Mobile World Congress event today, instead pointing to third-party software advances and recent partnerships inked as evidence that it still has momentum.

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DARPA Open Catalog brings its open source offerings to the public

DARPA Open Catalog brings its open source offerings to the public

DARPA has announced the launch of a public website offering anyone access to its open source offerings, the Open Catalog. With this comes the hope easy access will facilitate more rapid development of software that meets government needs, allowing experts to build upon the foundation laid by others.

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Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

No company or web service is probably as painfully aware of the need to keep data safe and private than the likes of Facebook, who holds a virtual copy of a good portion of their users' lives in their hands. Facebook is now sharing part of that knowledge by releasing Conceal, a set of Java APIs that will help other app developers keep their own users' data secure.

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Google denies rumor of Google Mobile Services licensing fees

Google denies rumor of Google Mobile Services licensing fees

A recent report surfaced that practically accused Google of charging manufacturers a rather hefty fee to license its Google Mobile Services on Android. The Android maker has now come out to deny such a business practice, though some of its recent moves might make some remain a bit cautious.

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Spark.io builds open source Nest-alternative smart thermostat

Spark.io builds open source Nest-alternative smart thermostat

Prompted by Google's recent acquisition of Nest, the folks at Spark.io were inspired to create an open source alternative -- note the use of alternative, not equivalent -- which they succeeded in doing over the course of a single day. The project was detailed on the Spark Blog today, complete with short videos and downloads via Github.

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