Deal: Fundamentals of Android Programming for $19, It’s Time to Build Your Own Apps

Interested in creating your own apps? Don’t you want to be the person responsible for the next Flappy Bird or Goat Simulator? Thanks to a deal currently running in the Droid Life Deals section, you could be well on your way. For just $19 (regularly $99), you could learn and master the fundamentals of Android programming.

The program helps you learn to use all of the tools needed to make your own apps. It features 9.5 hours of content and over 105 lectures, including a video course. Topics include app components and APIs, creating a user interface, adding animations, and more.

  • Over 105 lectures and 9.5 hours of content
  • Learn The Skills Required To Build Apps For Android
  • No Programming Knowledge Required
  • Highly Detailed – Covers Everything You Need To Know
  • Receive A Certificate Of Completion

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Starbucks Updates Official App With Digital Tipping and Shake to Pay Feature

A new update is rolling out to users of the official Starbucks application on Android. In the update, which is now available through Google Play, users can digitally tip baristas, thanks to an added prompt that will appear 2 hours after your Starbucks visit. If you always felt bad about not being able to tip with your Starbucks card, now you won’t need to feel guilty anymore.  (more…)

Beach Buggy Racing Hits Google Play, Optimized for Tegra-powered Devices

A new game from the makers of Beach Buggy Blitz hit Google Play today, a sequel of sorts, titled Beach Buggy Racing. The first game was geared more towards single player action, where players would race through sand dunes and volcanoes, hoping to collect enough coins and power-ups to upgrade characters and vehicles. In this new title, racing against other real-person opponents is the name of the game, bringing a completely new level of difficulty to the franchise. In essence, think of it like Mario Kart, where users can use power-ups against each other, ultimately trying to win the race to earn enough coins to continuously upgrade their car.

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OnePlus Cancels StyleSwap Covers for the One

OnePlus One owners, I hope you weren’t still waiting for StyleSwap covers to arrive, like the Bamboo cover pictured above that OnePlus unveiled back in July. The company announced this afternoon through its forums that they are officially calling off the StyleSwap project. Due to “technical difficulties” in mass producing the Bamboo cover, along with a terribly designed back cover removal process that puts your phone at risk of damage, StyleSwap covers are no more.  (more…)

Verizon Plans to Introduce Wi-Fi Calling Sometime Next Year, Doesn’t See It As a Priority

Depending on where you live, Wi-Fi calling may be more a necessity than an added benefit. Verizon, however, feels differently. Speaking at a telecommunications conference sponsored by Bank of America, Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo told attendees that while Verizon plans to launch Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year, it isn’t and never was a “top priority” for the carrier.

For comparison’s sake, that’s roughly in line with AT&T, which also intends to begin offering Wi-Fi calling sometime next year. (more…)

Dropcam Update Allows It to Work With Nest and Nest Protect

An update released last night to Dropcam’s Android app allows for the IP cam to work with Nest and Nest Protect in an automated fashion that you might find incredibly useful. By connecting your Dropcam devices to Nest or Nest Protect, you could have your Dropcam automatically turn on as you set your Nest away and leave for the day. You could also have Dropcam turn on, record, and update your activity feed if a Nest Protect were to detect smoke or CO.   (more…)

Sling App Gains Support for Chromecast

A growing number of TV providers are publishing apps for watching live and recorded content outside the home, but arbitrary viewing restrictions and intractable UIs make many of them an exercise in futility. That’s why for that purpose a lot of people rely on products from Sling Media, which seamlessly beam the video and audio from your cable box to the internet. And, starting today, there’s another reason to consider them: the Slingplayer app for smartphones now supports Chromecast. (more…)