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IFTTT Android App Becomes IF—Joined By New 'Do' Button, Camera, And Note Apps

IFTTT is changing things up. The company has renamed its existing Android app to IF, leaving us to wonder what happened to the This Then That part of the formula. Functionality-wise, nothing. The app is largely the same as it was before, but it's now joined by three companions that are all focused on DOing. More on them in a second.

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Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note take IFTTT's trademark approach of combining different services together to create desirable automated outcomes and channel it into more specific directions.

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[Update: Gone From App Drawer] Latest Apex Launcher Update Has Users Up In Arms Over New Feeling Lucky 'Feature'

Apex's most recent update has brought the third-party launcher a flood of angry reviews over a new app recommendation feature that users are perceiving as adware. The popular app's overall score still sits well above a 4.0, but you don't need to scroll through the latest reviews for long before coming across numerous one-star ratings and anger-driven complaints.

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Cartoon Network Releases Grudgeball, Regular Show's Familiar-Feeling Extreme Sport Of The Future

The future, according to Regular Show, contains a sport where people throw balls at each other in a 3-on-3 contest involving cannons and portals. This spectacle goes by the name of Grudgeball, and Cartoon Network's latest Android game lets you experience it for yourself.

Fans of the network's mobile games won't be disappointed to find that Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere is another highly-animated game centered around familiar characters and simple play mechanics.

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Palabre Is A New RSS Reader With A Simple, Material Design And Feedly Compatibility

Need a new RSS reader? Do you just want one that conforms to Material Design guidelines? Palabre might be for you. This simple, new app is fairly straightforward. You have a pretty interface with a little customizability and Feedly integration so that you don't have to rebuild your RSS lists.

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Overall, things look good enough that I'm going to forgive that mustard yellow hamburger menu. That shade looks nice and unique as an accent color throughout the rest of the interface, but it's a little too big of a dose there.

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Android Studio v1.1 Promoted To Stable Channel, v1.2 Will Bring Big New Features From IntelliJ 14

December brought us many gifts, not least of which was the official release of Android Studio v1.0. While things have been fairly quiet for developers sticking to Stable releases, the Android Tools team has been busy with a steady stream of updates for those of us on the Canary builds. After two months in development, v1.1 is finally ready to roll out to the masses. This version is mostly dedicated to bug fixes, but there are a few features added in test builds that will feel new to users that are just now receiving the update.

Changelog: (from the Android Studio 1.1 Beta post)

  • Support for version 1.1 of the Android Gradle plugin (now available as a release candidate)
  • Improved support for unit testing.
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Android Wear 5.0.2 Update Starts Rolling Out With Some Google Fit Fixes In Tow

Owners of several Android Wear watches (Sony Smartwatch 3, LG G Watch, and Moto 360 so far) have reported seeing an update hit their devices to bring it up to Android 5.0.2. The corresponding build number is LWX49K for the G Watch and Smartwatch 3, LWX49L for the Moto 360.

But before you get excited about a host of new features rolling up to your favorite wearable, this one seems to be all about the bug fixes and stability improvements. Motorola posted the 360's release notes and they include updated Google Play Services and a "variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance and stability." It seems that a few users are already noticing small speed improvements on their watches and some bugs being ironed out — for example, if your watch's apps used to fail to launch sometimes, this appears to be fixed now.

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[For Developers] Facebook Open Sources Stetho, An Android Debugging Platform Running On Top Of The Chrome Developer Tools

At some point or another, most Android developers will eventually open up the profiling tools to track down bugs and performance issues in a misbehaving application. Let's be honest, the tools included with the Android SDK do leave something to be desired. Facebook has just released one of its internally-developed tools which provides network inspection, database inspection and interaction, and a support for access to the dumpapp output with the use of customizable plugins. The most interesting feature about Stetho is that it runs entirely through the Chrome Developer Tools – the same interface used by web developers everywhere.

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Network Inspector

Keep in mind, Stetho is not a total debugger replacement.

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[APK Download] Microsoft OneDrive Gets Material Makeover In First Official Beta Release

Microsoft OneDrive, in its first beta release, is showing off a totally revamped Material interface. It seems there are no feature additions from the latest stable version, so we're talking strictly cosmetic changes. But when comparing old to new, is that really such a bad thing?

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This side-by-side might be the best argument for floating action buttons I have ever seen. The old version's controls on the bottom just seemed a very inefficient use of space and, overall, were just plain ugly. Here's another look at the update:

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It doesn't take a very close look to see this is a big improvement.

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HTTP/2 And HPACK Protocol Specs Formally Approved By The IETF

Just last week, Google announced plans to remove SPDY support from its open source Chromium project early next year, and it would be replaced by the not-yet-official HTTP/2 protocol. Today, the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), the managing component of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), announced that the HTTP/2 and HPACK specs have been formally approved and are on the way to becoming official standards.

For those who may not already know, HTTP/2 (spec) is a network protocol generally used by web browsers for transferring the HTML, images, and other resources that make up web pages – but it is frequently used by countless other types of apps for communication, as well.

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Latest Instagram Beta Includes Colored Status Bar On Lollipop [APK Download]

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