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WindowsAndroid lets you run Android natively within Windows

It’s already possible to run Android apps on Windows PCs thanks to a clever little app called BlueStacks. But now a group of Chinese developers are looking to take it a step further by actually allowing you to run the entire Android 4.0.3 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system, complete with Google Play support, as a native application on your on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine.

For now the project is still very much in development and as such it still requires a lot of tweaking to get things working properly. For instance, the Google Play Store needs to be side-loaded separately, and once you get that running most apps will still show up as incompatible since they don’t recognize your computer as a valid Android device. A thread on Reddit offers some guidance on how to get around this problem

WindowsAndroid provides users with a stock Android user interface and leverages the Dalvik virtual machine to run Android apps. Since there’s no need for emulation apps can reportedly take advantage of your system’s hardware and graphics card for hardware acceleration. The program will support most screen resolutions and those that don’t have a touch screen can use their mouse and keyboard to navigate the interface.

Running Android on a desktop will have little to no practical use for most people, but the project itself seems interesting nonetheless and it’s worth a look if you haven’t had a chance to play with the platform yet. To try it out you’ll need to fill out a form on the developer’s site to get a download link on your inbox.

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Facebook page template & tips for 2014

As Facebook page admins get started with 2014, the social marketing experts at we created a detailed template, including image sizes, for page admins looking to get ahead.

we also released some tips for Facebook marketers looking to take their page to the next level. we shared some advice for Facebook page admins looking for some guidance:

Update your cover photo frequently – once a month is ideal.

Always include a photo description when you update your cover photo image; in the description, provide links and a call to action.

Use arrows and other design elements to direct Timeline visitors’ eyes to the Like button or to an app.

Coordinate your cover photo with your profile photo.

If you haven’t yet, experiment with free photo-enhancing sites such as Pic-Monkey.

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