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App Review: Screen Time Parental Control

App Review: Screen Time Parental Control

Modern parenting. Often a phrase uttered by those who don’t agree with kids using technology excessively, usually by those who are yet to have kids. If modern parenting is a crime then I am guilty of it. Early on in both of my kids’ lives I encouraged them to use my Android tablets to familiarise themselves with technology, to give them a head start in technology for their future lives. Of course, as I got the latest and greatest Nexus tablet, they received a hand-me-down. That’s my excuse. My 5yo son is now addicted to his Nexus 7 2013 (thank[Read More...]

by 9:39 AM on August 19, 2014 2 comments Apps
PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

After announcing they were entering Australia back in April, PayPal Here, has finally landed at retailers in Australia. Officeworks has announced that they will be selling the chip and Pin Bluetooth card reader in stores. Priced at $139, the chip and PIN card reader is a first for Australian small businesses, who can now buy a mobile payment terminal capable of completing Visa and Mastercard credit card transactions, in a retail store. With Credit Card signatures out, and mandatory PIN for all credit cards transactions in, as of the beginning of August, PayPal Here offers small business owners a fairly[Read More...]

by 8:36 PM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Apps
Dogfooding version of Google AdSense app slips out

Dogfooding version of Google AdSense app slips out

If you use Google AdSense on your site, then the AdSense Android App is a great way to keep track of your earnings. If you have it installed, the icon has taken on a strange affectation after the latest release, it appears that Google has accidentally left the dogfood tag on the app. Dogfooding refers to the practice of testing out your product internally on staff before releasing to the product. In this case, the update (version 2.1.1302) has left a pawprint on the logo to indicate the dogfood nature of the app. There doesn’t seem to be much different[Read More...]

by 12:43 PM on August 17, 2014 1 comment Android Development, Apps
Google adding support Multiple Simultaneous Language Selections In Voice Search

Google adding support Multiple Simultaneous Language Selections In Voice Search

Australia is a multi-cultural nation, so there’s a very good chance that someone you speak to can speak more than one language. Android has had options for changing language for voice search, but it appears that Google isn’t happy with that arrangement and is updating search with support for simultaneous voice search in multiple languages. ‘Ok Google’ hotword detection is still limited to English, but you can now add up to 5 languages to your voice search options. The new update will allow for simultaneous search in multiple languages, meaning you won’t have to jump into settings, change your language[Read More...]

by 12:53 PM on August 15, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services
Domain updates their Android app with Android Wear notifications

Domain updates their Android app with Android Wear notifications

Real-estate classified site Domain has released an update to their native Android app, to take advantage of Android Wear. The update comes on the back of some other updates including a refined new look and a new option to streamline sign-ins, with options to use both Google+ and Facebook credentials to setup an account. Once you’re signed in, you can save searches for properties in areas and it’s these notifications which will start showing up on your wrist. The update is fairly rudimentary in this initial phase, with the update allowing you to see a notification with the total number[Read More...]

by 12:43 PM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps
HTC launches Zoe beta to Google Play for a range of devices

HTC launches Zoe beta to Google Play for a range of devices

. Over the last few months, HTC has been hinting at releasing their Sense based services like Blinkfeed to more users, this has also been followed by the company releasing their software services to Google Play. Today, HTC has announced that their first software service released through Google Play for devices other than HTC will be Zoe. So, what is Zoe? The wider launch of Zoe to Google Play, is not what most HTC owners will recognise as the Zoe from their phones, but more the Video Highlights part of Zoe. With Zoe you can create, edit, remix and more[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on August 15, 2014 3 comments Apps
Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Over the last few weeks there has been a LOT of talk about the Facebook Messenger Permissions required to install on your Android device, some of the comments around the social media circles are ill informed at best; downright irresponsible at times. There’s a LOT of permissions to take onboard when you install the app and it can seem quite daunting, invasive and perhaps a little creepy when you look at the amount of access to your device that Facebook want. Aside from being business suicide for Facebook, the fact remains; the general level of conversation and interaction on the[Read More...]

by 9:46 AM on August 15, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Google opens availability of My Glass App to more countries

Google opens availability of My Glass App to more countries

The availability of Google Glass, could be getting closer, with Google opening up availability of Glass to more countries. The My Glass app is now available to install on your Android (or iOS device) in Australia, as well as other countries, through iTunes and Google Play. Glass Explorers who live outside the US and UK, the only countries where Glass is currently officially available are now able to download the app, without having to extract the APK from Google Play, or find it through other sources. The availability of the app, is probably due to the expansion to the UK,[Read More...]

by 1:57 PM on August 14, 2014 0 comments Apps, Glass
Information from Field Trip to appear in Google Now soon

Information from Field Trip to appear in Google Now soon

Google has built a secondary company – Niantic Labs – which has been quietly been building location aware products like the augmented reality game Ingress and the tourist friendly app Field Trip for the last few years. Field Trip, while functional and indeed extremely useful, hasn’t been the glamour child of Niantic, and it could be about to get even less so, with the information from Field Trip about to show up in Google Now, without you having to install the app. The information from Field Trip will show up in Google Now as a card entitled ‘Nearby discoveries’ and[Read More...]

by 10:24 AM on August 14, 2014 5 comments Apps
Pebble update brings firmware version 2.4 to your smartwatch

Pebble update brings firmware version 2.4 to your smartwatch

Pebble has released a firmware update that’s going out to users’ devices, bringing the watch to version 2.4. The update seems to be a maintenance release and is said to fix a number of bugs and annoyances reported by users. If you’re building apps for Pebble, there are a few new features in the SDK. You should get a notification from the Pebble companion app on your phone when the update’s available, but if not you can search for it manually through the app under Support > Check for updates. the full list of changes and fixes include: Fix a[Read More...]

by 1:13 PM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Apps, News, Smartwatch
Beta version of HTC’s Zoe expected for all Android phones this week

Beta version of HTC’s Zoe expected for all Android phones this week

We’ve been waiting a while for HTC to make good on its promise – made at the time the One M8 launched – to bring BlinkFeed to all Android phones, but in the meantime The Verge reports that we’ll see a beta of Zoe this week. Zoe in its current form – seen on last year’s One and this year’s One M8 – makes short highlight videos from your photos and sets them to music. You can also apply a number of effects and transitions and share the results, although the sharing has been a somewhat controversial aspect of the[Read More...]

by 12:30 PM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Apps
Ausdroid is on Pinterest!

Ausdroid is on Pinterest!

Did you know Ausdroid is on Pinterest? Curated by yours truly, many of our pins link back to stories on our site making it a good way to keep up with the latest news if you don’t have time to read the site, but there’s more than that! We’ve also got some boards collecting some weird and wonderful ways that people have shown off Android, along with wallpapers. If you’re on Pinterest, come over and follow us – give us a like, share and enjoy some fun with us! If you’re not on Pinterest, here’s your chance to get in[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on August 13, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Check out Duet a game about timing and control

Check out Duet a game about timing and control

When the good folks over at the Humble Bundle released the Humble Bundle Mobile 6, tucked away was the debut of a game called ‘Duet’. The game is an iOS hit, which has finally come over to Android, even better, it’s a hit game which is made by Australian developers Kumobius. Duet is a pretty simple game at its core, it’s two dots – red and blue – attached at polar opposites to a rotating circle. The circle maintains its position in the centre at the bottom of the screen and you basically rotate it left and right, so that[Read More...]

by 11:42 AM on August 13, 2014 0 comments Apps