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Mozilla Ditches Google, Makes Yahoo Default Search Engine

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Mozilla and Google have had a long-standing relationship of about 10 years. Google was paying hefty sums of money (reportedly around $100 million) every year to be the default search engine in Firefox. Google’s contribution covered something like 85% of the overall Mozilla’s income, and the Mountain View company was one the Mozilla Foundation’s biggest sponsors.

The most recent deal between Mozilla and Google was made in 2011, when Google agreed to pay for its search engine being default in Firefox until 2014. This deal just came to a close, as it was not renewed this year. Mozilla announced that Firefox will be using some smaller search offerings in various regions as their default se. . . READ ON »

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.NET Framework Open Sourced, Available for Other Platforms

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Creating your own Android project is definitely a challenging task. You can of course write the entire application’s code in Notepad or Nano and use some medieval sorcery to compile the APK, but there are other methods such as using IDEs. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, decided to change this and ordered .NET Framework to be open sourced. This is a huge step not only for Android, but development as a whole.

Surprised? You should be. .NET Framework is one of Microsoft’s most precious gems. Now, Microsoft will push its source to Github under the MIT license. This will surely improve compatibility between Windows and Linux applications that were using Mono, a complex open-source replication . . . READ ON »

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Are You A Student? Get Some Paid Applications for Free with GitHub!

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GitHub is one of those tools that most developers use on daily basis. It’s used for code hosting, issue solving and to generally keep the open-source community in good condition. While some developers have finished their studies, lots of folks still attend high school or university. GitHub has become a Good Guy Greg and teamed up with 14 partners to offer their services free of charge with their Student Developer Pack.

The project has been in works for quite some time. GitHub already provides access to private repositories for free (normally costs $7/month) to all students, but now users will have access to many tools that cost hefty sums. Students who don’t have much money can provide their stude. . . READ ON »

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Stream Your Media Files with the New Version of Droid Sync Manager

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Android is a Linux-based operating system, but this fact doesn’t put any limitation on this OS. Android can work with other OSes really nicely thanks to many tools developed by its massive community. Back in May, we talked about Droid Sync Manager, a handy Windows-Android utility that allows users to sync files between your phone and computer. Many things have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6.

With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh. The most important ones are certainly a changed UI for the Android client, which now follows Material Design UI language and two things related to phone to . . . READ ON »

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Windows Developers Rejoice! Dev Program’s $99 Yearly Fee is No More!

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Microsoft rule in the mobile market, much like the giant dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth several millions of years ago, is nothing but a distant memory with remnants of fossils scattered across the globe (for those of us who still have working Windows Mobile devices). At some point, Microsoft decided to try and avoid extinction by trying to evolve alongside a new set of species that were more fit to survive on this new era of mobile tech, and thus Windows Phone was born. Faster, heavier, and overall healthier than its dying predecessor, the new OS tried to expand across the globe to retake the kingdom that was supposedly its birth right. Fate as it is, does not believe in such things and its two biggest rivals (An. . . READ ON »

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It’s Coming! Windows 9 Screenshots Surface

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We have lots of Linux people in our audience who will likely go “meh” at this, but for those of you who still use Windows and are not up to date on the latest happenings from our beloved Microsoft, you will be happy to read that the successor of Windows 8.1 is coming sometime soon. For the time being, due to lack of a better option, the outside media has decided to dub this new version known as Windows 9. It seems that several companies have gotten a hold of an early version of its Developer Preview, which should be out within the next month or so. Out of those previews, it seems that a couple of German sites (namely ComputerBase and WinFuture) have managed to snatch more than a few screenshots of this new OS. Th. . . READ ON »

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Cell Phone SIM Unlock Bill Just Steps Away from President’s Desk

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For all those who believe that Cinderella stories don’t actually exist, I guess I can safely say that you are dead wrong. For the past year and a half (give or take a few months), there has been a push by the people of the United States to try and fix one of the many things that are wrong with the country. I’m not talking about Healthcare or firearms regulations, but one issue that is far closer to home and affects us and what we do here on XDA directly. In case you are not familiar with what went on over the last year and a half, let me brief you in a bit. XDA-Developers has been an avid supporter of certain groups, including the FSF and EFF in particular, during the fight against the specific sections in the DMCA tha. . . READ ON »

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Transfer Files between Your PC and Android Device with Droid Sync Master

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Managing files between your Android device and PC isn’t an easy task, and often requires additional software to do so efficiently in the absence of USB Mass Storage mode. Downloading a file to Android device can also be done through ADB, but this requires long commands and a physical connection if you haven’t already set up wireless ADB.

Luckily, you can transfer files between your PC and Android device via WiFi thanks to XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh‘s app Droid Sync Manager. This Windows-only application works with an Android client, and serves as a convenient command center.

With Droid Sync Manager, you are able to browse your PC’s files and folders and download them to . . . READ ON »

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BlueStacks to Offer Full Android OS on Windows PCs

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Running Android on your standard “traditional” computer is nothing new. After all, there’s the Android x86 project, which allows users to natively run Android on their standard desktop-architecture x86 computers. There are other solutions for getting Android onto your PC as well, such as Genymotion and Jar Of Beans.

Then, there’s always BlueStacks. But BlueStacks has always been more of an “app player,” rather than a complete Android emulator. This is no longer, as a forthcoming version of the BlueStacks App Player will do more than just play apps—it will run the entire OS, including the standard Android user interface you’ve come to expec. . . READ ON »

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