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Replica Island

Do you love classic gaming? Well Replica Island may be the game for you. This game is a traditional 2D side-scroller that features game play similar to that found on the NES and other early gaming systems.

AT&T Has Removed Google Search In Favor Of Yahoo

Things like this can be viewed as the bad side of having an open source platform. We all know Google's main source of income and the reason they make any product is focused on their ad revenues. Google Search is their main source of this income and it will be replaced on Google's own OS by one of its main competitors, Yahoo Search on the Motorola Backflip. Some speculate they their may be some disagreement between Google and Motorola but this is purely AT&T trying to keep Apple happy.

WordPress App Now Available For Android

The long awaited WordPress App has finally arrived in the Android Market. Android Community uses a version of this open source blogging program, this will come in handy for yours truly as well as a few others.

Google Chrome OS promises web-based netbook platform by late 2010

Google have announced their latest project, Google Chrome OS, an open-source platform for x86 and ARM based netbooks, notebooks and computers.  Building on their existing Chrome browser, Google Chrome OS is tipped to load and be internet-ready in seconds, be inherently secure from viruses and malware, and present no issues with hardware or software updates.  Chrome OS has at its heart a Linux kernel, with Chrome running within a new windowing system. Google Chrome OS will first appear on netbooks in the second-half of 2010, with the search giant apparently already in talks with manufacturers regarding distribution.  Prior to that, however, they will make Chrome OS open-source later on in 2009, allowing developers to get to grips with the platform. Since most of the user experience will take place on the web, with users interacting with web-apps, developers will be able to use existing coding skills to create software that not only runs on Google Chrome OS but any standards-based cross-platform browser.  As for Android, that remains a going concern for Google, with the company suggesting that "choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google" in the areas where the two platforms overlap.

Android open-source is just ‘marketing’ claims Symbian Foundation

If you thought open-source meant one big happy community, joining hands no matter the platform, think again.  Google's Rich Miner has called the Symbian Foundation "misleading" in their openness, after Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams described Android's "open source" credentials as simply marketing. According to Williams, who heads the newly-formed Symbian Foundation tasked with creating one unified platform out of the various proprietary Symbian OSes, Android is at its heart a Google project and not one led by the community.
"Android is not open. It's a marketing label. It's controlled by Google. It's a pretty label but I don't think the use of Linux is synonymous with open and they may have made that mistake of assuming it is" Lee Williams, director, Symbian Foundation
Meanwhile Miner, who co-founded Android and is currently Google's VP of mobile, has dismissed claims, highlighting the fact that Google have not kept back any technology within the mobile platform from their competitors.  As for the Symbian Foundation's own open-source position, Miner points to the annual membership fee - $1,500 - required to join the Foundation, and as well as the fact that membership isn't open to individuals:
"If you're talking about a platform and the source code isn't completely available for that platform, I would say it's misleading to call that platform open" Rich Miner, VP of mobile, Google
Symbian Foundation is to be the OS for a number of handsets announced at Mobile World Congress last week, including the Sony Ericsson Idou.
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