Lilbits (4-24-2014): Vic Gundotra leaves Google, IFTTT comes to Android

It’s a time for departures and arrivals: The head of Google+ is leaving Google, but the makers of popular web “recipe” service IFTTT (If This, Then That) are coming to Google with a new Android app that lets you do things like do things like send a notification if the forecast calls for rain, or set your wallpaper using the latest photos from Instagram.

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Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.

  • IFTTT for Android lets you create custom “recipes” for your device
    IFTTT is a service that lets you use channels, triggers, and actions to create simple but powerful tools using basic If This, Then That language. For instance, if Google Calendar shows an upcoming appointment, send me a text message. [IFTTT]
  • Google+ chief Vic Gundotra leaves Google
    After playing key roles in the company’s mobile apps division and then spearheading the launch of Google’s social strategy, Gundotra says he’s moving on… but he’s not ready to discuss what’s next just yet. [+Vic Gundotra]
  • Intel gives Bay Trail NUC a slight spec bump with faster Celeron N2830 CPU
    The earlier version had a Celeron N2820 chip and reportedly suffered from driver and USB connection issues. The new model has a updated C0 stepping, a faster clock speed, and support for faster memory. [Fanless Tech]
  • Polaris Office goes free(ish)
    One of the more popular Office suites for mobile devices now lets you create, open, and edit office documents for free. Users also get 100MB of free cloud storage to sync files between devices. Want more storage for your documents? The company charges $4 per month or $40 per year for premium plans. [Polaris Office]
  • Google Play Music Chrome app now supports always-on-top
    Google recently updated its Play Music Chrome app with a mini player window that pops up and lets you view album art, song info, and playback controls. But it has a habit of hiding when you click elsewhere on the screen. Now you can make it stay on top. [+François Beaufort]
  • Hulu Plus mobile apps get support for controlling playback on a game console
    Hulu is making it easier to treat your Xbox One, PS3, or PS4 like a Chromecast by turning your mobile device into a sort of TV remote control with media playback controls, along with support for choosing videos. [GigaOm]

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  • Jeff

    IFTTT sounds like a nice Tasker competitor for Android. It might be the first of its kind for iOS (at least the last time I checked this past December).

    I really like Tasker but I really wish they would adapt an existing scripting language like Bash or even Python instead/in addition to their graphical scripting interface. I know Android has built-in support fo Dash or something not as good as Bash which could be launched from Tasker but that’s not really ideal and may use more resources.