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Facebook Safety Check rolling out globally – lets you notify friends you’re ok in an disaster

Facebook Safety Check rolling out globally – lets you notify friends you’re ok in an disaster

Facebook has overnight, announced a new feature which has begun rolling out globally that will allow Facebook users to notify their friends and family, that you’re ok in the event of a natural disaster. The feature pushes so-called ‘Safety Check’ notifications to your Friends and Family when a natural disaster hits within area’s you’ve either come from, lived in or checked in at with friends or where you recently logged in from. The notifications will allow you to let friends and family know you’re safe, as well as check on others in the affected area and mark your friends and[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Apps
VLC for Android updated with support for ARMv8 and Android-L hardware decoding

VLC for Android updated with support for ARMv8 and Android-L hardware decoding

Popular media player VLC is currently pushing an update to their Android app to Google Play. The updated version brings about some new updates (as well as fixes), including support for hardware decoding in Android-L, which we now know to be Lollipop. There’s also support for ARMv8 processors which adds 64-bit to the list of hardware features supported now by VLC. VLC have announced that this latest release – which updates the version from 0.9.9 to 0.9.10 – is the last stop before the open-source media player goes to a full version 1.0 release. This is supported by an update[Read More...]

by 6:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Apps
After using the characters in their latest commercials, Google updates Androidify to V2.0

After using the characters in their latest commercials, Google updates Androidify to V2.0

We’ve all had fun creating our own custom Android characters with Androidify, we’ve even seen Google use them in their latest commercials – one of which apparently showed off the Nexus 6. Google has updated the app to version 2.0 and there’s a heap of new accessories and fashion items, as well as sharing options and animations to check out. The app is pretty different to when we last used it, so if you haven’t installed it for a while it’s time to check it out again. There’s a whole heap of new accessories, like phones, (Android Wear) watches and[Read More...]

by 2:54 AM on October 16, 2014 1 comment Apps
PSA: Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, but passwords may be compromised

PSA: Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, but passwords may be compromised

There’s been a lot of headlines on tech sites over the last couple of days about Dropbox, the popular cloud-based storage service, claiming that it’s been hacked. According to reports, up to 6.9 million Dropbox usernames and passwords have been compromised, and a handful were leaked online in a pastebin post, with the alleged hacker soliciting “donations” to encourage additional leaks. While Dropbox was little slow off the mark to respond – presumably wanting to confirm that their systems remain secure and untouched by unauthorised parties – the company yesterday released a denial: Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was[Read More...]

by and 2:11 PM on October 15, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

In April this year, Microsoft announced it was retiring their Qik video messaging service, and were merging it with Skype to better enhance user experience. It seems to have finally come to fruition with Microsoft today announcing its new service called Skype Qik: Group Video Chat. Skype Qik is an mobile-only app that is focused solely on swapping short clips (up to 42 seconds long) with contacts imported from contacts stored on your phone. Skype Qik allows for group messages to be created from these contacts, to quickly and easily allow you to arrange social, or business gatherings using these[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Facebook stickers are coming to comments

Facebook stickers are coming to comments

Facebook has begun rolling out an update to their Android app, which will allow you to use stickers in the comments section of your status, picture or video updates. The stickers, which have been widely available for a little while now in Facebook Messenger, are being rolled out to both the web, as well as mobile apps over the next few days and comes after a long project headed Product Engineer Bob Baldwin and his team at Facebook. The project, which started as an idea during a hackathon project in New York between Baldwin and fellow programmer Kwame Thomison. The[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 15, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Grab a bunch of Gameloft games for just $0.10 now on Google Play

Grab a bunch of Gameloft games for just $0.10 now on Google Play

Gameloft is running a sale at the moment which will let you get your hands on some of their older premium titles for as low as just $0.10, or some of their newer titles like Modern Combat 5 for as low as $4.49 ($3 off the usual price). The sale is exclusive to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand only – that’s right, the US misses out for once. There’s five titles on-sale for as low as $0.10 but you’ll have to pay a little more for Modern Combat 5 and The Amazing Spiderman 2. The titles on-sale[Read More...]

by 5:23 PM on October 11, 2014 6 comments Apps, Google Play
Cars: Fast as Lightning from Gameloft burns rubber on its way into Google Play

Cars: Fast as Lightning from Gameloft burns rubber on its way into Google Play

Cars is one of Pixars biggest lines, it’s an absolute smash hit with the kids and Gameloft has partnered up to release Cars: Fast as Lightning, a new game based in the town of Radiator Springs. In this new game, you’re going to race characters from the Cars universe, which means you’ll be hearing some familar voice talent including Owen Wilson reprising his role as Lightning McQueen. You’ll race cars, build race tracks by incorporating stunts and scenery as well as upgrade your cars throughout the game. The racing isn’t exactly challenging, it’s a matter of holding down the accelerator[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 10, 2014 4 comments Apps
Google toying with Try Before You Buy Android app trials

Google toying with Try Before You Buy Android app trials

Google is apparently looking at a new way to try out apps in Google Play, with a new report from paywalled site The Information stating that Google is looking at allowing customers to try out features without having to commit to downloading a full app. With Android One now enticing the ‘next 5 billion’, Google is looking at new ways for customers who don’t have access to as much disposable income as other customers, to try out new apps. This could also save data for people who want to try a game but don’t want to waste valuable mobile data[Read More...]

by 8:09 AM on October 9, 2014 1 comment Apps, Google Play, Google Services
Three more Android apps now available officially on ChromeOS

Three more Android apps now available officially on ChromeOS

After announcing that Android Apps would be coming to ChromeOS back at Google I/O, it took a while but finally arrived last month with Vine, Evernote, DuoLino and SightWords. Of course unofficially, there’s been many more, but Google has today released three more including Onefootball, CloudMagic and Podcast Addict. These newest Android apps use the official Android Runtime for Chrome plugin which was launched with the previous Android launch. You will need to download the Android Runtime for Chrome before installing these apps. So, what do these apps do? OneFootball is a Football App in the truest sense, offering up[Read More...]

by 6:30 AM on October 9, 2014 0 comments Apps, ChromeOS
Backdrop for Chromecast goes live with your  favorite photo albums from Google+

Backdrop for Chromecast goes live with your favorite photo albums from Google+

Back at Google I/O, Google announced new functionality coming to Chromecast that would embellish the current crop of beautiful imagery that’s displayed as a screensaver when your Chromecast isn’t ‘casting’. Called Backdrop it promised to allow you to add a range of new sources to show, this morning, Google has announced the feature is live. There’s a few new places to get your source from including : Your favorite photo albums from Google+ Amazing artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps[Read More...]

by 6:17 AM on October 9, 2014 4 comments Apps, Chromecast
Humble Mobile Bundle 9 goes live with 6 great games

Humble Mobile Bundle 9 goes live with 6 great games

The Humble Mobile Bundle 9 has gone live this morning and it’s brought six games to the table which are sure to pique your interest. There’s some top notch titles included for whichever price you want to pay, including Syberia, Neroshima Hex, Bardbarian: Golden Axe Edition. If you want to pay above the average, which stands at US$2.87 at the moment you can snag Leo’s Fortune, Out There and First Strike with the promise of ‘More games coming soon!’ There’s also a bonus deal if you sign up for the Humble Bundle Mobile Newsletter, if you agree to be added[Read More...]

by 6:03 AM on October 9, 2014 1 comment Apps
Facebook working on an app that won’t require you to use your real name

Facebook working on an app that won’t require you to use your real name

Reports have surfaced overnight from the New York Times, that Facebook is preparing to launch a new standalone app that will allow you to interact with others by not using your real name. Unnamed sources cited by the New York Times, claims that Facebook has been working on this project for close to a year. The project is being led by Josh Miller, a product manager at Facebook who joined the company when it acquired Branch, a start-up which focused on products that fostered small, online discussion groups. According to these unnamed sources, Miller and the rest of his team[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on October 8, 2014 3 comments Apps