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IFTTT Do tames Internet of Things with one-tap triggers

IFTTT Do tames Internet of Things with one-tap triggers

Internet of Things glue IFTTT has launched three new apps, dubbed "Do", intended to take the most commonly used features of popular apps and services, and turn them into standalone widgets. Three "Do" apps are available initially - Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note - which can be set to provide one-tap access to regularly carried-out tasks like setting a Nest thermostat to a specific temperature, or uploading newly-taken photos to a Facebook album. At the same time, the original IFTTT mobile app has been rebranded, and will now be known as IF.

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Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

On the 27th of February, Lionsgate will be bringing a new app to the Gear VR virtual reality headset. This app will bring users to the film "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" before the film is released, and will be going on tour before release. That's confusing, we know. Before being released to the public on Gear VR, users will be able to see the experience on Gear VR headsets in several locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco soon.

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Xbox One apps incoming

Xbox One apps incoming

Apparently the Xbox One doesn't have enough software yet. It would appear that the next wave for the platform is to open the doors in a big way for developers, reaching out to these developers to get them to bring all manner of software to the device. Developers are said to be able to run beta apps for the Xbox One community in the near future, and Microsoft will bring a Software Developer Kit (SDK) to developers in May in preview mode.

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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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OneNote 2013 ditches feature restrictions for personal users

OneNote 2013 ditches feature restrictions for personal users

In 2014, Microsoft made its OneNote 2013 note-taking software free for personal use, something that was well received but not without its restrictions. To do away with those restrictions, you'd have to get a paid edition, something that Microsoft has decided to do away with entirely. From now on, OneNote 2013 will have a bunch of those previously restricted features available on the free edition (for personal users, obviously), something Microsoft said is in response to user requests received over past months.

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Xposed Framework Lollipop update released to public

Xposed Framework Lollipop update released to public

This week the folks behind Xposed Framework have revealed their newest creation: Xposed Framework for Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop broke Xposed Framework support when it was first released, making all the modders open their desk drawers and pull out their Discmans with Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" onboard. It was a depressing time. Now it's time to put the CD player away, because Xposed Framework is back, and it's ready to download for those of you so excited you'll install anything, even an Alpha version.

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Google Helpouts shutdown scheduled for April 20th

Google Helpouts shutdown scheduled for April 20th

In a few short weeks, the system known as Google Helpouts will be shut down indefinitely. Users who have used Google Helpouts in the past - who've contributed lots of content - will be able to save their work starting on the 20th of April as well. According to Google, "the Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors, but unfortunately, it hasn't grown at the pace we had expected." Because of the pace of growth, Google has decided to shut down the system from top to bottom.

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CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

The official OxygenOS for OnePlus "won't be a community build, it will be a real OS." So says OnePlus ROM team member Helen, an official member of said team. In return, the Android community has been none too kind to the creators of said operating system and said hardware. Cyanogenmod's own Steve Kondik suggested the following: "you can love CM or you can hate us, but we have no plans of taking our toys and going home." This is OnePlus after Cyanogenmod - and it's none too pretty.

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Windows 10 update for phones starting now

Windows 10 update for phones starting now

This morning Microsoft's Gabriel Aul made it official: the Technical Preview for Windows 10 for smartphones will be beginning today. Today is the day, at last, and finally - the button has been pressed, and the update is, indeed, happening. While we're not 100% certain of which devices will receive said update first, we have gotten some clues - if you purchased a phone in the past year from the higher end of Windows Phone, you may be in luck. Unless you have a Lumia 1520 or 1020, sadly.

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OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

In the wake of their odd breakup (or separation, or maybe they’re taking a break, who really knows) with Cyanogen, OnePlus announced they’d come to market with their own operating system. Quickly dubbed Oxygen OS, we were promised more details at a later date. Today is the day for more details, so what are we getting? A look at Oxygen OS’ logo, and a brief introduction to the team building it. If you were wondering how OnePlus was going to answer Cyanogen’s work on their hardware, the answer is Paranoid Android.

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