IFTTT update

Everyone’s favorite automation app, IFTTT, is receiving a new update to its Android app beginning today. The update brings a slightly revamped interface, over a dozen new channels, improved recipe syncing, and a handful of bug fixes.

Let’s begin with the interface. The improved UI tweaks are small, but make everything a bit easier on the eyes. The icons are more prominent and the text is now in a bolder format, in turn giving the whole app a slightly darker look to it.

The most prominent part of the update resides in the addition of 19 new channels. The new channels include: Todoist, Sina Weibo, Whistle, Slice, Quip, Harmony, Ubi, Rachio Iro, FollowUp,cc, Garage.io, ShopYourWay, Stockimo, Bttn, Printhug, TrackIf, ORBneXt, Dailymotion, Kato.im, Homeboy, and Smappee. What’s more, recipe syncing is much improved in this update, so you should have no problems getting all of your favorite recipes to work on all of your devices.

If you have yet to download IFTTT, we urge you to try it out. The update is rolling out now, so head to the Google Play Store to grab your update!

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Motorola took their latest Moto X (2014) Android powered smartphone and put it in the hands of a professional drone pilot. Unleashing the drone on San Francisco, Motorola has since posted the 4K video captured by the flight for all to enjoy.

Except, you can’t see it. Not really anyway. We hope that Motorola will re-upload, but the video is currently limited to just a maximum of 1080P playback.

What is important here is the reminder that the new Moto X (2014) is capable of shooting UHD 4K video. Making the Moto X one of only a handful of devices yet able to do so. Not to be discouraged by the lack of 4K playback at this time, the 1080P video shows that the Moto X (2014) can at least do a great job of capturing respectable quality video.

Personally, I was very impressed with the stability of the imagery. I would have expected a little less quality from a non-OIS equipped camera in flight.

The Motorola Moto X (2014) is a great option of a phone, and a nice update from the 1st Gen. Moto X from last year. The new camera is equipped with a 13MP sensor and a new ring design dual LED flash. Be sure to check out our full review of the Moto X (2014) here, and if you are in the market to purchase one, be sure to hurry on over to see what deals are available.

Moto X (2014) owners, do you ever shoot video in 4K?

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Gameloft has just released the next game in their series of popular WWII first-person shooters on Android. Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War still takes place in the WWII era, but this time around features widely improved graphics, a more in-depth storyline, as well as tons of additional weapons. The game is available for free on Google Play and offers in-app purchases.

In Brothers in Arms 3, you play as Sergeant Wright experiencing the aftermath of the invasion of Normandy. It’s your job to lead a group of soldiers through Assault, Sniper, Siege, and Stealth missions. A few things have changed this time around, including enhanced squad-based combat, upgraded weapons, and improved 3D graphics. Here are some of the improvements Gameloft’s third iteration brings:

EXPERIENCE UNIQUE SQUAD-BASED COMBAT

  • Utilize your brothers’ arsenals to gain a tactical advantage!
  • Employ their diverse abilities: Air Strike, Molotov Cocktail, Rocket Blast, Mortar Fire and many more.
  • Unlock new allies. Upgrade them into seasoned soldiers: damage output, ability cooldown, HP pool, AoE ability damage and more!

DIVE INTO EXHILARATING ACTION SHOOTER GAMEPLAY

  • Smooth cover-based 3rd-person-shooter action with free movement.
  • Various types of missions such as Assault, Sniper, Siege and Stealth.
  • Impressive killcam zooms in on enemy soldiers.

ENJOY EYE-CATCHING VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Stunning indoor and outdoor game settings.
  • Weather and time-of-day variations.
  • Console-like graphics for a AAA game.

Though the app may offer a number of in-app purchases, we’re positive the gameplay will be just fine without them. Head to the Google Play link below to download Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War!

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Tile

If you’ve ever lost anything of value like keys, a remote, or even a bike, you’d know that it’s a terrible feeling. There is a way to track all of your important things, and it’s called Tile. Up until now, it’s been exclusively available for iOS. Today, the company has announced it’s Android availability, but it does come with a few restrictions.

For those who have never heard of it, Tile is a lost item tracker that pairs with your phone. It comes in the form of a small tile that can be easily attached to personal items and paired with a companion application. Once your Tile is mounted on an object, the Tile app can track where it is using Bluetooth. What if your item is out of Bluetooth range? The application can mark your item as lost, and it will track your item through any other device that has the Tile app installed on it, allowing you to extend your range longer than 30-40 feet. We know this isn’t the best case scenario out there, but if nobody around you has the app installed, the company recommends logging in to your Tile account on someone else’s smartphone to help find your item. It surely isn’t the easiest way to find your lost item, but this could make a huge difference when you lose something extremely important.

Tile began through a crowdfunding campaign, initially raising $13 million at startup. As the app was previously only available on iOS devices, extending its reach to Android makes the entire Tile ecosystem much easier to use. With Android support, there will be more devices out there running the app.

Unfortunately, there are a few restrictions when it comes to Android device compatibility. Aside from running at least Android 4.4 KitKat, you must have one of these compatible devices: Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, HTC One, LG Nexus 4, or LG Nexus 5. Hopefully the company will expand their availability to more devices, since only a small subset of users have these phones.

Thinking of picking one up for yourself? You can get your own Tile for $25, a four-pack for $70, an eight-pack for $130, or even a twelve-pack for $180. These might seem a bit pricey, but that’s the price you pay for keeping your important items secure. Head to Tile’s site to order yours today.

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Some companies seemingly want to push the boundaries of what we can still call a smartphone. If a smartphone gets too big, can it skip over “phablet” and just be called a tablet? It looks like smartphone manufacturer BLU would like to bridge that precious gap between phone and tablet with the new BLU Studio 7.0 – a 7-inch smartphone – currently being sold for just $149.99 unlocked.

The ‘phone’ is compatible with GSM networks, and offers 4G connectivity. It’s running Android 4.4 KitKat, and features a 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, a Mali 400 GPU, 8GB of internal storage, as well as Micro SD card support for up to 64GB. It also comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a resolution of only 600 x 1024 with a pixel density of 169 ppi. It comes in Blue, Gray, White and Gold.

A few things to note: the display on this phone is absolutely horrible, especially for a phone with a 7-inch screen. We suppose for the small group of people looking for the biggest phone around, this will suffice. However, with the inconvenience of not being able to fit it inside of a pocket, is it really that convenient to carry this device around all day?

With that said, this phone is only $150 unlocked. This phone/tablet hybrid should not only appeal to the big phone crowd, but also to those who just want to save a few bucks. What do you think of the new offering from BLU? When is big too big?

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No matter the situation, our eyes are always drawn to flashy and bright things. That’s particularly true this time of year, with holiday decorations in full force throughout December. That’s why we’re going with the prompt “sparkle” this week, and we’re sure there will be no shortage of subject matter for you to shoot in the coming days.

In hopes of brightening up the holidays for the winners, we’re picking two pictures this week to each win a Nexus Player!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We’ll pick a winner Tuesday (December 16) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday’s contest.

Enter this week’s photo contest



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