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Don’t like the software that came with your Android phone? For almost as long as device makers and wireless carriers have been offering smartphones running Google’s mobile operating system, hackers have been building their own versions of Android which you can install on many Android phones and tablets.

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular. It’s known for offering an experience similar to what you’d get from stock Android straight from Google, but with a few extra bells and whistles. But in recent months, the team’s gone kind of wild, introducing its own camera app, a remote locate and wipe service, a per-app incognito mode, and more.

If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with CyanogenMod, tomorrow’s a good time to find out. Some key members of the team will be answering questions live in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session at reddit tomorrow.

Update: Question answered. What’s up with CyanogenMod? They’ve raised $7 million and started a company to make their custom Android firmware awesome(r).

CyanogenMod logo

Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.

  • CyanogenMod leaders will be holding an AMA session on Reddit tomorrow
    Ever wonder what it takes to put together one of the most popular custom Android ROMs? Want to know what that whole newfangled CyanogenMod Account thing is about? Miffed that the team made it a bit tougher to enable root access? CyanogenMod’s Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta will be answering questsions live on Reddit Wenesday. [+CyanogenMod]
  • Apple already testing iOS 7.01, working on iOS 7.1
    It’s not exactly a huge surprise that with iOS 7 set to roll out this week, Apple is already working on future updates. But now it’s kinda confirmed. [BGR]
  • Firefox for Windows 8 (Metro/Modern) launch delayed
    Mozilla’s been working on a version of Firefox for the full-screen “Modern” user interface in Windows 8… since right around the time Windows 8 launched last year. It was due out in December. Now it looks like we’ll have to wait until January. [Computer World]
  • Microsoft revamps Bing logo, website
    Microsoft’s search engine and web portal has a new look… and it looks kind of like a “b,” I guess. [ZDNet]
  • Google Voice getting a security change October 1st
    Google’s going to make it tougher to check your messages from an unauthorized phone starting next month. But the biggest news is that Google is rolling out any sort of update for Google Voice at all. It’s an indication that the company remembered there are people that actually use Google Voice. [Android Central]
  • Mozilla releases Thunderbird 24 (it’s not dead)
    Speaking of things that aren’t dead, but which often seem to be on life support, Mozilla’s email client is still around. And hey look, it still gets updated… a bit. [Phoronix]

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