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Amazon Appstore For Android Now Lets Users Test Drive Apps Right On Their Devices

Unless an app you have your eye happens to have a free demo version to muck about with, there’s little one can do to try out an Android app on a device in advance. Sure, you could buy the app straight from the Google Play Store and get a refund within 15 minutes if you’re not satisfied, but Amazon has a new solution in place that helps take the friction out of that testing process. The latest update for the Amazon Appstore Android app packs a welcome surprise — instead of being stuck Test Driving your apps on your PC, you’ll now be able to do it from...

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Apache Hive Query Patterns: Generalized HiveQL Queries for Common Operations

Use these four Apache Hive query patterns to improve the process of developing Hive-based applications, enhance code reusability, and reduce HiveQL errors.

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Open Source Machines: New Ideas Are Arriving

Bring up the term open source to many people, and they'll immediately think of community-driven software projects, but we've covered many open source hardware concepts here on OStatic over the years. And, last year, the official Open Source Hardware (OSHW) definition arrived in version 1.1. Recently, TED fellow Marcin Jakubowski delivered an address in which he discussed the open source blueprints for 50 farm machines, ranging from tractors to harvesters. You can get his thoughts in a video, but these farm-focused ideas are only a small part of the open source hardware scene. As NPR notes: "Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski's work enables anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. The effort is part of an overall project to write an instruction...

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Google Chrome Beats Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has beaten Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser worldwide, for the first time.

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Who Loves Ya, Linux Baby?

If there's anything important in this competitive world, it's the ability to tell one's friends from one's enemies. We here in the Linux blogosphere tend to be pretty good at that, but recently a surprising turn of events left us befuddled. Namely: Mozilla's decision to leave Linux support out of...

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