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[New App] Autodesk Introduces SketchBook Ink For Tablets, A Well-Built Line Drawing Tool With Huge Exports For $4.99

Autodesk has a fantastic record of powerful, well-built apps. Continuing the pattern, the Pixlr Express makers today released SketchBook Ink, a (you guessed it) sketching and line work app specifically built for tablets 7" and above.

While SketchBook Ink is perhaps not up to handling a professional illustrator's full time workflow, it's a versatile tool with functionality that's suprisingly sophisticated for a mobile app. Ink's got a full screen workspace built on a "new resolution independent engine," with seven preset ink styles, a wonderful color picker (with RGB sliders, a color wheel, and a block for shade selection), layering options, and plenty of options to explore.

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Google Releases Android Platform Distribution Numbers For March With New Collection Method – Gingerbread Down To 39.8%, Jelly Bean Hits 25%

Well, it's that time again – time for the monthly update to Android's Platform Distribution Numbers. Each month, Google publishes the latest figures, letting developers know what versions of Android are currently dominating active devices.

This month, we're seeing a familiar pattern – Gingerbread is continuing its slow descent, hitting 39.8%, down from 44.2% this time last month. Meanwhile the latest and greatest – Jelly Bean – accounts for exactly 25% of the overall distribution, meaning it's finally hit one quarter of all tallied devices.

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[Update: Winners!] Giveaway: Tons Of NFC Tags From AndyTags And Android Police

It's no secret that we're big fans of automation – and thus, NFC tags – around these parts. Tapping your device on a small tag to automatically adjust settings to accommodate any given situation is not only convenient, but honestly, it's downright awesome.

We've shared this love by giving away some tags in the past, and now we've teamed up with a [somewhat] newcomer to the scene to do it again: AndyTags.

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Humble Mobile Bundle Updated With Funky Smugglers, Raiden Legacy, And Another World For Generous Buyers

Typically, about a week after a new Humble Bundle launches, the indie game distributor adds a few more titles to the mix as a reward for those who contribute above the average price. This time around, Another World, Funky Smugglers, and Raiden Legacy are the ones topping off the pack if you've pitched in $5.53 (at time of this writing) or higher.

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With the new additions, this brings the total number of titles up to nine, and at five and a half bucks, you're looking at around $0.62 per game.

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Samsung's Push Service App Will Let You Use The Force, Divide By Zero, And Give You Burritos (If You Believe Reviews)

Samsung has an app called Push Service that it uses to manage push notifications for its collection of applications found on a variety of phones and tablets. Also, according to user reviews, it can defeat the Amish Army, instantly cure your chronic depression, and raise your pets from the grave. We're not sure if many users will have a need for this, but it can probably find a niche home.

Here's just a sample of what Samsung's Push Service can do for you (note: some reviews may have some colorful descriptions):

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No, BorrowLenses Won't Let You Rent Google Glass (Yet) - Trust No One On April Fools

Yesterday, BorrowLenses, a site that rents gear to photo and video enthusiasts, posted up a rental page for Google Glass and a matching blog post. Those interested were invited to rent Glass on April 30th. The prices started at $105 for 3 days all the way to $499 for 4 weeks. With the developer version of Glass going for $1500, this didn't sound like such a bad idea if you were just looking to see how it worked without a huge commitment.

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LG Announces The Lucid 2 For Verizon, Available April 4th For Free (With A Two-Year Agreement)

If you just can't decide which mid-range phone you must have, Verizon and LG are looking to make that quandary even more... quandary-ful with the Lucid 2. As the name suggests, this is the sequel to last year's "breakout" budget phone. And while the Lucid 2 may bump the specs, it's keeps the same low price tag: free.

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Key Features Include:

  • Large 4.3-inch qHD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display
  • Long-lasting 2,460 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Memory: 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage
  • microSD™ Memory Card Support: up to 64GB
  • Wireless charging capabilities  (Wireless Charging Battery Cover sold separately)
  • Customizable lock screens
  • Advanced Camera Capabilities including Live Shot, Time Catch Shot, Panorama Shot and Cheese Shutter
  • Mobile Hotspot to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • QuickMemo allows users to capture screenshots and add their own personalized commentary or drawings with a finger
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0

It will hit Verizon's website and brick-and-mortars beginning April 4th, so there's only a couple days' wait if you plan on picking it up.

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Quickoffice For Google Apps For Business Launches On The Play Store, Costs Nothing

Since Google acquired Quickoffice last year, the internet has been quietly hoping that the investment will result in a much improved document editing experience on Android. So far, there hasn't been a monumental shift, but now the company is releasing Quickoffice for Google Apps For Business. For real.

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The suite is only available for users of Google Apps For Business, obviously, but if your company is in that group, then enjoy your new, free applications.

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