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Entertainment Book has gone electronic – get your bargains in one place

Entertainment Book has gone electronic – get your bargains in one place

If you like a bargain, then you’re probably intimately familiar with the yearly release of the ‘Entertainment Book’. If not, the Entertainment book is a book filled with coupons and vouchers for your area to get you discounts and freebies at restaurants and attractions in your area, and it’s now gone digital. The book costs around $55-$70 per year, depending on the area you live in. Generally the book contains a lot more value, so if you prudently use the vouchers, you’ll cover your costs back. While you can still just get the book, you will, if my experience is[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on August 1, 2014 2 comments Apps
ADB Console without the headaches of installation

ADB Console without the headaches of installation

I found this little gem hidden away in the Android Central Forums. A way to access ADB without the need to install the Android Developers SDK and without the headaches associated with getting that all running, installing the JDK, burning precious time and getting aggrevated simply to run the odd ADB command for the sake of speed or convenience. ADB Console, designed by one of the AC Forums regulars; works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 (although I’ve only tested on 8.1 personally) and is super easy to install as long as you have your phone drivers[Read More...]

by 9:50 AM on August 1, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Z Launcher gets an update – adds more devices to the limited beta test

Z Launcher gets an update – adds more devices to the limited beta test

Z Launcher, the beta replacement launcher from recently split Nokia, has received a brand new update which brings a few changes to the popular Android launcher and adds two new devices to the beta program. The update, which is only available to users who signed up for the limited beta testing, aims to fix a lot of issues folks were running into while putting it through its paces and is mostly based off of user feedback and suggestions. The list of changes included in the update: Configure Favorites via drag-n-drop on your home screen – #2 requested feature on user[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on July 31, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
Instagram release its new Bolt service to 3 countries only – Australian version to come soon

Instagram release its new Bolt service to 3 countries only – Australian version to come soon

Instagram has a new stablemate today, with the release of Bolt, an instant photo messaging service similar in ways to Snapchat. Bolt is now available to users in selected countries — New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. We’re told that Bolt will rollout for users elsewhere to download from Google Play “soon”. While Australia waits to get access to the service, it seems that there’s some controversy surrounding Facebook Inc’s use of the name Bolt. Bolt Technology Inc have requested that Facebook consider changing the name of their new service, as the company believes that users would be confused between[Read More...]

by 9:10 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

With Flappy Bird yet to re-appear on Google Play, the clones keep on appearing, and local developers Paranormal Games – a small indie game developer from South Australia – has launched a clone of their own: Flappy Ears. Flappy Ears sees you flying our “Beloved” Prime Minister through spike topped pillars using only the flapping power of his ears. It’s addictive just like the original, but with the amusing localised graphical twist. Paranormal Games has also included Google Play Games services, which means you can see your progress against your Google+ friends, or against everyone else playing the game. Not[Read More...]

by 8:44 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Getting around is fairly simple in most capital cities. With Google Maps incorporating Transit directions directly into the app, you’re rarely in need of a third party to help you out…unless, of course you’re in Melbourne where the transit API doesn’t currently allow for Public transport schedules to appear in Google Maps – enter Go – Melbourne Train Timetable. The app by local developers Glass Echidna is a beautiful way to see either get to work on-time in Melbourne, get around the city or see the sights if you’re visiting the home of the largest Greek population outside of Athens.[Read More...]

by 12:19 PM on July 30, 2014 8 comments Apps
Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Our favourite app of 2014 so far – Link Bubble – has been updated to include functionality with another favourite of ours – Android Wear. The 1.3 Link Bubble update brings the ability to view text from a link on Android Wear devices, reading text just like you would read a GMail notification. The addition is sure to raise the eyebrows of a few users, which Chris acknowledges in his Google+ post announcing the update. What the update does is push text to Android Wear, IF and only IF it can grab the text from the links you’ve clicked. It’s[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Facebook sending out messages to inform everyone from now on use its Messenger app

Facebook sending out messages to inform everyone from now on use its Messenger app

Facebook has begun contacting their user base, to advise that they have begun divesting the main Facebook app of the Messenger function. Starting in the next few days, if you use the Messenger portion of Facebook, you’ll need to download a new app to chat with your Facebook friends. The change to the Facebook app and introduction of a Facebook Messenger app began in Europe where their positive reaction and feedback, has helped the company make the decision to accelerate the roll out to other parts of the world. Facebook has stated the change will let it focus its development[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on July 30, 2014 4 comments Apps
Swiftkey updated with performance improvements to fix that lag – also Themes on-sale!

Swiftkey updated with performance improvements to fix that lag – also Themes on-sale!

Since their recent update, which not only upped the version number to v5.0, but also introduced a theme store while at the same time dropping the price to free, the Switftkey keyboard has unfortunately been a little laggy. The latest update unfortunately pauses while you type and the load time hasn’t been great either. Well, today, those laggy bits should disappear, at least according to the latest blog update from Swiftkey. Swiftkey has advised that the latest update (Version 5.0.2.4) will include fixes for those laggy bits, as well as including three new languages: Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen, and Emoji[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on July 30, 2014 2 comments Apps
Like to know about new apps on Google Play? IFTTT has just introduced a new App Zapp channel

Like to know about new apps on Google Play? IFTTT has just introduced a new App Zapp channel

If you like to know about all the latest apps, and deals, then App Zapp is a pretty neat application. It’s essentially part app-sales monitoring as well as shows a stream of newly introduced apps to both Google Play and the iOS App Store, and if you want to be notified, then IFTTT (If This Then That) has just introduced a new App Zapp channel to help you out. We’ve talked about App Zapp before as part of how to check out great deals in Google Play. The App Zapp Android app is a little bit dated now, with many[Read More...]

by 9:48 AM on July 29, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Like to take a selfie? Then this new Selfies app is made for you

Like to take a selfie? Then this new Selfies app is made for you

The team responsible for bringing us WordPress, Automattic, has quietly launched a new social photo-sharing network just for the duck-face fans among you, that’s right, Selfies is un-surprisingly just for Selfies. The app and network, which have seen little to no promotion was actually intentionally released that way. A representative from the company behind Selfies app, told TechCrunch that the app was simply just put out there to see what happened. The answer is, not much. When Tech Crucnch looked into it, the app had accumulated only 100-500 downloads – it’s now 10x that with 1000-5000 downloads. Selfies was in[Read More...]

by 8:48 AM on July 29, 2014 0 comments Apps, 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
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