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TWRP Recoveries Available For LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

TWRP Recoveries Available For LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

Each time a new Android device is released it isn’t long until the good people over at Team Win release their custom recovery for the device. A custom recovery, among other things, allows the user to root their device by flashing a SuperSU zip file (often the included SuperSU is outdated), flash a custom ROM onto their device, backup their current ROM and also factory reset their device. Of course the recovery that is now a favourite of many Android users, TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project), is now available for both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on July 28, 2014 0 comments News
Toolkit Available For Lazy LG G Watch Users

Toolkit Available For Lazy LG G Watch Users

Those who have read my posts in the past know my aversion to using toolkits for root functions such as unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices. Personally I feel that they put people in a bad position where they tend to rely on them too much so that when something goes wrong (and invariably it will) they do not know how to fix it because they have not learnt or maintained the skills involved with fastboot and adb commands. In saying all this toolkits can be a useful introduction to the world of root access, custom roms and general phone hackery.[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on July 28, 2014 0 comments News
Hisense UHD Android Vision TV’s now available in Australia

Hisense UHD Android Vision TV’s now available in Australia

Hisense made quite the splash when they launched their range of Vision TV’s in Australia. They’re the first TV platform running Android that’s been certified by Google to run Android on a TV, this prior to the launch of Android TV as a platform at Google I/O. While their initial offerings have been well specced and priced, they’ve stepped their game up to offer two new models at the higher end of the range, launching their Vision UHD – 4K – models the T910 series in 75″ and 85″. The T910 series is described by Hisense as ‘retro-futuristic’ with the[Read More...]

by 9:12 AM on July 28, 2014 4 comments News
Kogan unveil the Kogan Agora 4G for $229

Kogan unveil the Kogan Agora 4G for $229

Last night, Kogan began sending out emails to their subscriber list, teasing a new announcement set for 7:40am…timed for an announcement on the Today Show on Channel 9. The announcement is a new phone from Kogan, built in partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Benq – The Kogan Agora 4G – the phone is the result of the partnership and is Kogan’s first foray into the 4G handset market with an own branded handset. Right from the get-go, Kogan is pushing their phone against actual name brands. The phone they have taken time to take on specifically is the Motorola Moto G,[Read More...]

by 8:35 AM on July 28, 2014 10 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Rumor: Motorola is working with Google on ‘Shamu’, a 5.9″ Nexus phone

Rumor: Motorola is working with Google on ‘Shamu’, a 5.9″ Nexus phone

Rumours are flying that Motorola, which was once Google’s hardware acquisition, is working on the next Nexus handset, the Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu. Widely anticipated for an October/November release alongside the release of Android L, everyone’s looking forward to a new Nexus device, and there’s now a hint of evidence that it might just come from Motorola. What we know is there’s a device out there called Shamu, and it runs Android’s open source platform. There’s a lot of rumour about what this device might actually be, but there are few concrete facts. Android Police have posted some rumours about a[Read More...]

by 6:05 PM on July 27, 2014 7 comments News
Big list of Android Wear watchfaces – What are you rocking?

Big list of Android Wear watchfaces – What are you rocking?

Google has publicly come out and advised developers that until the official Android Wear watchface API is made available, they shouldn’t be releasing watchfaces. But that hasn’t, and knowing Android developers, will not stop them from doing it. There’s a range of options, which include a couple of standouts which do more than simply supply a watchface. Like WearFaces. Wearfaces gives you three watchfaces, but then allows you to create your own WatchFace by uploading 4 pictures based on a template you find on www.wearfaces.com. Next is what appears to be a Watch Face marketplace. Wear Face Collection offers a[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on July 27, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, Apps
Google continues to improve Docs, now with tracked changes

Google continues to improve Docs, now with tracked changes

Google continues to take on the giant of the productivity world, Microsoft, with further changes being made to their Google Docs web app. Now when you import or work on a .docx file the tracked changes are not only present, but you can make “suggested changes” within the Drive application too. This is a very useful feature that has kept me from transferring to Drive completely for a while now and may be the final piece of the puzzle. Google clearly have Microsoft in their sights as a potential market that they can grab a big portion of and the[Read More...]

by 9:54 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Google Services, News
My Paid Apps – The App

My Paid Apps – The App

We’ve all been there; “What was that app I puchased last year that did xyz?” but you just can’t remember the name of it. If you’ve got a memory like mine you’ll probably forget you’ve even purchased one and head for the play store to buy a new one, if you’re lucky tripping over the original one you purchased. My Paid Apps is a great little app (please excuse the irony here) that tracks what apps and books you have paid for and brings the to one useful interface. The app appears to scan through Play Receipts as it’s given[Read More...]

by 9:53 AM on July 26, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Google Play adds a section for offline games

Google Play adds a section for offline games

Mobile gaming is by definition ‘mobile’, but being mobile, often involves being in areas where there’s no internet conenctivity. So, if your favourite game demands contact with the mothership before you can play, then you should probably check out Google’s new offline games feature to see what other options are out there. The new section dubbed “Offline Games” on Google Play offers a list of games which fully support offline play. With titles such as Asphalt 8, Dots, Plague Inc. and Minecraft: Pocket Edition included, you can see there’s no shortage of big name titles, so you probably should take[Read More...]

by 3:58 AM on July 26, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Play
Foursquare shows off its new redesigned recommendation app along with a new logo to boot

Foursquare shows off its new redesigned recommendation app along with a new logo to boot

After making the somewhat interesting decision to split its business and user experience into two seperate app services earlier this year, Foursquare yesterday showed off its new Foursquare app on their blog. The company has ditched it old logo, colour scheme and the way users would have been using foursquare currently. The company has stated that the new app is centred completely around personalisation and recommendations. This means for the end user, that they won’t see the usual teal green colour used in the app anymore, instead users will see everything that’s tailored specifically to them in a watermelon pink[Read More...]

by 1:46 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play puts Health and Fitness apps on-sale and offers deals on In-App Purchases for games

Google Play puts Health and Fitness apps on-sale and offers deals on In-App Purchases for games

Google loves sales and we love to report them. At the moment you can grab some deals on some health and fitness related apps that are currently on-sale, as well as some great deals on In-App Purchases (IAP) for a bunch of games. The Health and Fitness deals feature some decent apps which are reduced in price, or have reductions to the In-App Purchase price. There’s a big showing from Runtastic, including Runtastic Pro which is featured in the Android Wear section of Google Play Zombies Run- $2.19 normally $4 Endomondo Sports Tracker – Free trial normally worth $3.99 Bright[Read More...]

by and 1:33 AM on July 26, 2014 1 comment App Sales Roundup, Apps, Google Play
Pocket casts hits version 4.7 as Shifty Jelly prepare an L of a lot of changes ;)

Pocket casts hits version 4.7 as Shifty Jelly prepare an L of a lot of changes ;)

Our buddies over at Shifty Jelly haven’t been just lounging around in their mansions living off of their millions of dollars in revenue from Pocket casts and Pocket Weather, they’re working hard at upgrading the hugely popular Podcast app and have released version 4.7 to the Play Store. Version 4.7 is out for Android, go grab it now: https://t.co/ll4LeYSSxE Lots of great enhancements as we gear up for bigger things — Pocket Casts (@pocketcasts) July 25, 2014 For anyone who hasn’t done so in the past, it’s always worth reading their Change logs; often with a geeky Dad joke or 2 thrown[Read More...]

by 12:04 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Photos of what could be the Moto X+1 with wooden back leaked

Photos of what could be the Moto X+1 with wooden back leaked

We know the Moto X+1 is coming, Motorola themselves said it would be coming this summer. We’ve seen possible specs for the phone, now Android Police have gotten their hands on what their tipster is calling near-final hardware of the phone. The phone is shown with a wooden back, with a large camera lens at the top and an equally large Motorola logo branded underneath. The front of the phone mainly consists of the 5.1″ screen which is rumoured to up the 720P resolution of the original to 1080P. Design of the phone is remarkably unchanged from the original Moto[Read More...]

by 9:31 PM on July 25, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones