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Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk, who has a lot of high-profile 3D modeling and animation software under its belt, such as 3ds Max, Maya, and AutoCAD, finally has a 3D printer under its name. And while Ember might have a pretty high price tag, that might just be fine for Autodesk's purposes. For one, it neatly ties in with Autodesk's own Spark 3D printing platform. And for another, Autodesk is making true its promise to provide an open source printer, which may very well make Ember an enticing purchase for makers and creators.

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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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Jolla’s crowdfunded, open source tablet raises $1.2M in two days

Jolla’s crowdfunded, open source tablet raises $1.2M in two days

It was only a few days ago that Jolla, a startup from Finland, launched its Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund a new tablet powered by their open source OS Sailfish. Well, it only took them a few hours to meet their funding goal of $380,000, but with two full days now passed, they've raised over $1.18 million from almost 7,400 backers, and they still have 17 days to go.

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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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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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