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Angry Birds Transformers rolls out…to Google Play

Angry Birds Transformers rolls out…to Google Play

Since Rovio soft launched their Angry Birds: Transformers title in New Zealand a couple of weeks back, we’ve been waiting for this and now it’s here. The AutoBirds and Deceptihogs are doing battle in this latest game in the Angry Birds franchise, which takes a departure from the usual catapult driven game we’re used to. As shown in the Gameplay trailer, things are a little different with Angry Birds Transformers. You take control of your favourite transformer and run through a side-scrolling adventure destroying the Piggies or Birds as you go. The game includes a heap of features, listed in[Read More...]

by 3:45 AM on October 31, 2014 5 comments Apps
Google adds new ‘Skim’ feature to Play Books app as well as Quick Bookmarks

Google adds new ‘Skim’ feature to Play Books app as well as Quick Bookmarks

After updating a host of apps yesterday, Google has moved onto another of their core Android apps: Google Play Books. The app is receiving an update which adds a host of new functionality, based around skimming and bookmarking. The first feature ‘Skim Mode’ allows you to quickly skim through a book quickly with a swipe. The feature is being targeted at students, with Google saying that this will allow them to quickly traverse their textbook to find material. Also to help students, or indeed anyone who studies, Quick Bookmarks which can be added throughout the book. It makes for an[Read More...]

by 2:30 AM on October 31, 2014 0 comments Apps
Get $145 of apps and games for free in Amazon’s latest promotion

Get $145 of apps and games for free in Amazon’s latest promotion

Amazon has sent out an email to subscribers to let them know that there’s another app giveaway underway. This time there’s $145 of apps and games you can pick up for free simply by having the Amazon App Store on your phone. The list includes some big name apps and games including (but not limited to): Plex Endomondo Pro Easy Voice Recorder Sonic the Hedgehog Plants Vs Zombies Fruit Ninja World of Goo There’s 40 apps in total, worth a fair chunk of change and it’s worth the time to check to see if there’s any apps you want in[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Apps, Deal, News
Google Drive for Android gets a facelift and adds Find, View and Share functions

Google Drive for Android gets a facelift and adds Find, View and Share functions

Update Wednesday (or Thursday as we know it) is well under way today and it seems the theme of the day is Material Design. With Sheets, Docs and Slides all getting a few new features today, the main Drive app has also seen some functionality added, as well as being prettied up in time for the big Lollipop push next month. To start with, Google has brought their instant search results function to Drive, adding the ability for Drive to begin offering you search results as you type. Improved sharing functions are also included in the update, with the option[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play Games gets a Material Design makeover

Google Play Games gets a Material Design makeover

Google is getting their design thing on this morning releasing – slowly as usual – an update to Google Play Games, which brings an expected Material Design update to the Gaming hub. The update doesn’t just bring Material Design, but a new feature as well, with the ‘What’s New’ section advising that Game Profile Levels and Titles are now present to show off your gaming prowess. According to Android Police who captured the update, this latest version of Google Play Games, actually brings it into line with a more recent update of Google Play Games which was destined for Android[Read More...]

by 8:26 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play Movies & TV app updated with Material Design, trailers and Second Screen information

Google Play Movies & TV app updated with Material Design, trailers and Second Screen information

Google is moving forward with their Material Design updates, adding stylings to the Google Play Movies & TV app, as well as extra funcitonality which they hope will make movie night better. To start with the information cards featuring actor or soundtrack information they’ve talked about previously are now going to show up on your phone or tablet while you cast the movie to your Chromecast or Nexus Player. Simply look for movies with the information card badge in Google Play to check the feature out. There’s now Material Design inspired stylings in the app, including larger images and smoother[Read More...]

by 5:36 AM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Apps
Google updates Slides, Sheets and Docs apps with ‘Incoming’ tab and Bluetooth Keyboard shortcut support

Google updates Slides, Sheets and Docs apps with ‘Incoming’ tab and Bluetooth Keyboard shortcut support

Google has been pushing their Slides, Docs and Sheets Android Apps since separating them out of the main Drive app earlier this year. Today they are due to receive an update which will make usability a little easier, as well as prepare the way for the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case. To start with, you’ll of course get the mainstay of Google Android app updates: ‘bug fixes, performance updates, and improved accessibility’, but Google has also included some additional functionality to do with accessing newly shared docs faster. A new ‘Incoming’ tab has been added in each app which lets[Read More...]

by 5:02 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Sony launches the PS4 Remote Play app onto Google Play for Xperia Z3 series

Sony launches the PS4 Remote Play app onto Google Play for Xperia Z3 series

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact have been some of the most anticipated handsets of the latter half of this year. They have great features, screens and look fantastic, but they also have a killer feature that gamers have been champing at the bit to access – PS4 Remote Play, and today, Sony has released the PS4 Remote Play app to Google Play. If you’re unaware of what Remote Play is, it lets you stream games from your PS4 to your Xperia Z3 series Phone or Tablet using Wifi. Sony has even created an accessory, the GCM10 Game Control[Read More...]

by 5:18 PM on October 29, 2014 0 comments Apps
Optus Smart Safe online backup service closing its doors on December 1

Optus Smart Safe online backup service closing its doors on December 1

Optus has written in a letter to users that its online backup service Smart Safe will close, effective December 1 2014. The Smart Safe site has not yet been updated to reflect the closure. The service, which provided backup solutions for PCs and mobile devices, was provided for Optus customers by F-Secure – who also previously provided antivirus software for Optus customers. F-Secure has advised Optus that they’re shutting the Smart Safe product down (curious wording, that), and will offer its own services under its younited service. The termination of the product could reflect low customer uptake, which might itself[Read More...]

by and 4:13 PM on October 29, 2014 2 comments Apps, Carriers
Google Fit – effortless tracking of all your physical activity

Google Fit – effortless tracking of all your physical activity

After its announcement at Google I/O earlier this year and a subdued presence as a step counter on our Android Wear watches for the last few months, Google has finally unleashed Google Fit, its take on keeping all of your personal fitness data in once place. Google wants Google Fit to be an effortless way to track your fitness activity – you don’t need to carry a Fitbit, Jawbone or any other fitness tracker anymore; just carry your phone or your Android Wear device. Google Fit will use the sensors in those devices to monitor when you’re active – whether[Read More...]

by and 1:00 PM on October 29, 2014 5 comments Apps, Google Play, Google Services, News
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with discounted games

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with discounted games

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of one of the best games in the Grand Theft Auto series: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. While some argue GTA3 was the start of it all, it was San Andreas with the massive wide open spaces, and seemingly infinite amount of things to do that cemented GTA as a franchise worthy of followups. So to celebrate, Rockstar has announced discounts on their Android (and iOS) GTA properties. Grand Theft Auto III: $3.42 (save 40%) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: $3.79 (save 40%) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: $4.99 (save 43%)[Read More...]

by 7:25 AM on October 25, 2014 1 comment Apps
Inbox by Gmail app hits the Chrome web store

Inbox by Gmail app hits the Chrome web store

Google has just released a Chrome app for the new Inbox by Gmail service to the Chrome Web Store. The app adds an icon to your Chrome apps menu to allow easy access to Inbox. At time of writing, the app doesn’t appear to be anything more than a ‘glorified bookmark’ to inbox.google.com, but there’s every chance that it offers greater functionality than what appears on the surface. At any rate, it’s probably worth adding to your Chrome apps, if for no other reason than to get new functionality pushed to your browser or ChromeOS device as it comes out.[Read More...]

by 5:41 PM on October 24, 2014 3 comments Apps, Chrome Extension, Google Services
Chainfire releases  Sideload Launcher for Android TV to make accessing apps easier

Chainfire releases Sideload Launcher for Android TV to make accessing apps easier

Chainfire, who we all know and love as the might behind the SuperSU app for root access on Android phones and tablets, as well as a variety of hacks and tricks all over the shop has turned his attention to Android TV. Frustrated with a lack of an easy way to access games, apps etc. that he’d installed on the ADT-1 dev version of Android TV, he created his own mini-launcher: Sideload Launcher. While you can’t really install apps to the ADT-1 from Google Play, Google still requires apps for Android TV to be ‘whitelisted’ for the platform, but you[Read More...]

by 10:56 AM on October 24, 2014 0 comments Android TV, Apps