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Whats new in Android Studio 2.0?

Whats new in Android Studio 2.0?

This morning Google released* Android Studio 2.0 for developers, and with it, a litany of upgrades and feature changes. This version of the place where developers make the most of their Android apps works with a new Instant Run feature, an Android Emulator that they suggest runs 3x as fast as the previous release, and a brand new GPU Debugger Preview. Users will be able to work with Cloud Test Lab Integration - right out the gate, and they'll have both App Indexing Code Generation and Test abilities immediately - install and go!

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Taco Bell now has a bot for ordering within Slack

Taco Bell now has a bot for ordering within Slack

Slack, the messaging/collaboration app, has changed the way the employees of many companies communicate and work, from its goal of eliminating email, to letting people request a ride home with a growing number of bots. But soon you'll be able to use it to order tacos. That's right, fast food giant Taco Bell has announced it's developing a chat AI for Slack that will let users place and customize food orders using natural language conversations.

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Whoops! WhatsApp isn’t all encrypted

Whoops! WhatsApp isn’t all encrypted

Wait just a second here - just yesterday WhatsApp announced they were completely encrypted, end-to-end, right? Apparently not. While messages and phone call content are, indeed, encrypted, some of the details surrounding these bits of communication are not. As it turns out, a deeper look at the terms and conditions included in this latest update for WhatsApp includes mention of what's not going to be hidden - and might indeed never be hidden should WhatsApp be called upon to share them with a legally-bound 3rd-party group.

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Google Reminders available on the web (and in Android, iOS)

Google Reminders available on the web (and in Android, iOS)

Today Google launches Reminders for web, an extension of Google Reminders that'll have users even more addicted to their abilities than before. Once you begin to use Google Reminders, you find yourself relying on them - trusting them to remind you of the most important bits and pieces in your life. I know I do. I really do. I'm terrible at remembering things. One I tell Google - through my Android device - to remind me to pick up milk at 5PM when I'm done with work, there's no way I'll remember it unless my device reminds me - and it does. Today there's more.

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iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

Brave, the new web browser app for iOS, made a splash a few months ago when it was announced with a feature that would allow users to block ads in exchange for payment. The purpose is to allow privacy-minded individuals to browse the web without ads or trackers, but still help benefit publishers and the sites they visit. Now Brave has detailed the second half of the feature: the ability for users to get paid if they permit the browser to show them safe replacement ads.

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Grubhub announces ride-sharing service named Grüber [April Fools]

Grubhub announces ride-sharing service named Grüber [April Fools]

A couple of decades ago, not a lot of people were concerned with the likes of global warming, and the effects that burning fossil fuels had on the environment. Sure, some people were concerned, but it wasn't the major issue that we're seeing today. And because it's such a big problem, we need to work on ways to cut back our carbon footprint. One company has come up with a clever ride-sharing program that is so genius, that you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it.

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WonderPaw will teach your dog how to program [April Fools]

WonderPaw will teach your dog how to program [April Fools]

They say that dogs are man's best friend. But how often can you turn to your "friend" for help when it really matters? Like, when you're working on a tough coding project, and you just can't seem to figure out what's causing issues in the compiler. Well thanks to a new interactive program, you won't need to ask him for help, he'll be designing his own programs in no time.

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Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Google has a face-swap app that goes by the name Lip Swap. It's terrifying. You're going to need to have a peek at it if you're going to understand the horror and the glee that comes with trying it out. This app was born of the same glorious experimental minds that brought you today's Inside Abbey Road Google Cardboard release, allowing you to tour the legendary sound studio. This is not like that.

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Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

BlackBerry users with devices other than the Android-powered Priv are used to bad news when it comes to their platform of choice, but they were hit extra hard earlier this month when Facebook announced it was dropping support for its native app on the BlackBerry 10 OS, pulling its WhatsApp messaging service as well. What with Facebook being the most important website to hundreds of millions of people, it's easy to understand why BlackBerry users would be upset.

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Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

This morning Google decided to release another of their standard apps to the Google Play app store for any device to download. This is not the first - and certainly not the last - app that Google has made that'll be released to the Google Play app store for several reasons. One reason Google does this is to enable quicker updates to the apps - otherwise they'd need to update them each with a system update to the devices that employ them.

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Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat has announced its new Chat 2.0 update, saying it has made it easier than ever to initiate voice and video chats with friends through the app. Chatting is great, but sometimes voice and video gets across your message better than typed words can — thusly enters the update, and the ease by which users can make the transition from one type of messaging to another. Says the company, it has been “working on this redesign for a while."

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