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Cool Things to Do with My Old Android Device?

Many of us have older Android handsets around that are well past their glory days, but that doesn't mean you can't put them to good use. Let us know some of your favorite ways to keep your aging devices alive.

Welcome to the New XDA Homepage

About a week ago we made some major changes to the XDA homepage, which we've always called the "Portal." A corner of the site that historically has been reserved to bring you the latest happening from the XDA forums, the new XDA Home goes a step beyond that by bringing a variety of new content types...

New Relic & XDA One App Performance Monitoring [Sponsored]

A few months ago we posted about the incredible impact New Relic APM has had on our ability to debug web application processes on XDA, speeding the site and reducing server costs. As a result of our positive experience with the product, we decided to test New Relic Mobile with XDA One, our new app...

AirDroid 3 Beta Preview – Win a Year of AirDroid Premium! [Update]

Update!: We've chosen the winners of the contest. They are: petzku, Androidshek, mascaliente, damir1, nicopizza, dagoban, cretu01, JDLion, trusselo, mohfreestyl. These users will be contacted via XDA PM shortly with a code to unlock AirDroid premium. Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest, and thanks to AirDroid for the codes!It's the little...

XDA and Leaseweb: Server Trial/Moto 360 Contest (Winners!)

About a month ago, we held a contest along with XDA's host, Leaseweb, to give away a handful of server trials along with a Moto 360 (as the grand prize). To win, participants had to describe how they would use hosting services from Leaseweb as it relates to developing for Android. The best answer came...

Improvements to 10 Post Rule

Two years ago, we implemented a policy to help clean up development-related threads on XDA. This became known as the 10 Post Rule, and it effectively restricted new members from posting to any and all threads in development forums. If a new member tried to post in a development thread, he was told to go...

XDA and LeaseWeb: Win Free Server Trial and Moto 360

As you might recall from a previous Behind the Scenes article we wrote, XDA's complex server infrastructure is hosted by LeaseWeb. It is thanks to them that we're able to keep our forums fast and reliable despite the huge volume of traffic we experience each day and the many terabytes of files and images we host. We were...

Free CodeSchool From New Relic [Sponsored]

New Relic is currently incentivizing new customers with three free months of Code School classes. But really, the bribe shouldn't be necessary. We know, this sounds like the type of hyped-up pitch you might hear on a bad infomercial, but here at XDA, New Relic APM has completely revolutionized our ability to debug application processes, allowing us...

Beta Test the XDA 2015 Forum Redesign!

We've been hard at work on a complete redesign of the XDA forums and Portal. We wanted to build something that was clean, modern, fast, and that could manage to include a lot of useful functionality without feeling cluttered. While we're not finished with the new forum template, which we're calling "XDA 2015", we're close...

Code Syntax Highlighting Enabled in the Forums

We've just added a handy new feature to the forums for those who like to present code for others to view. For a while now, you've been able to use the [code][/code] markers to wrap code in a container. Now, you can specify what type of code you're using to enable syntax highlighting, as shown...

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 3

This is the last part of a series of articles that reveals some of the processes, technology, and systems that keeps XDA running. It's brought to you by our awesome host, LeaseWeb, which provides the brawny server infrastructure on which XDA runs. Previously we wrote about our moderator system and about the server configuration. In...

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 2

This is part two of a series that takes a look at how we keep XDA running. In case you missed it, check out part one, which covers XDA's moderation system. This second part, written by our server administrator, explains how XDA's server configuration handles all of our traffic and many page requests.The core of XDA's hosting...