PayPal Here brings new Chip & PIN card reader to Australia

PayPal Australia has launched the next generation of PayPal Here, an app and bluetooth device combination that enables Australian business signed up to PayPal Here to take transactions from Chip & PIN enabled credit and debit cards, wherever their business might take them. The new PayPal Here Chip & PIN card reader wireless connects to any Android or iOS devices through the Bluetooth technology in (basically) all mobile and tablet devices. The reader has been specifically designed for Australia, where chip and PIN has been widely adopted and will soon be mandated across ATMs, cards, and payments terminals. Andrew Rechtman, senior... Continue reading

Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android appears, but it’s in private beta

Google is continuing to push its Chrome browser into new areas, and this week it's started privately testing an Android client for Chrome Remote Desktop (aka "Chromoting"), making good on a promise from nearly a year ago. You can use Chrome Remote Desktop already to connect desktop computers running a Chrome browser with the Chrome extension. The new Android app - currently in invite-only private beta - will allow you to establish connections to these computers from your Android device. Screenshots of the app taken from the beta Play store listing, provided to Droid Life... Continue reading

Google Play gets more social, incorporates My Play Activites and recommendations from friends form Google+

My Play Activities has arrived on the Play Store, it's a one stop shop for you to see all of the items that you've given a +1, review or shared to G+. There's also a new section in the Google Play App on your Android device which sums up all the +1 recommendations from people in your Google+ circles. It looks great and gives you an opportunity to go back over old reviews and revise them, particularly if; like me you're a tad scathing when apps don't work as expected or advertised and a new revision is out that... Continue reading

Facebook updates its Messenger service for Android – lets users pin chats right to their home screen

Facebook has unleashed an update to its Messenger service for Android users which allow users to 'pin' their chats right to their home screen. The update, bringing the app to version 4.0, brings it into line with the recent iOS update pushed out to those users last week. The new Messenger app brings one of biggest new features, enabling users to create groups of their friends and then pin these gatherings to a dedicated Groups tab, making it easier to chat altogether without having multiple chat screens open. However, unlike our iOS counterparts, Android users can now also add a shortcut... Continue reading

Vine now allows users to chat and message friends

Vine — the service for sharing short videos — has announced overnight that it has added a new feature to the service, enabling users to message and chat with friends and followers. The Twitter-owned service has begun the rollout for the new feature, that lets users contact friends through either videos or text messages. The new feature is something that has been a long time coming, however it is very limited given there is no group chat availability. On the flip side, users can send videos to anyone in the users smartphone's contacts, whether or not they are a current... Continue reading

ChatON updated with new languages and functions

Samsung's own answer to Whatsapp, ChatON has been updated and posted to the Google Play Store and the Samsung App Store. Adding a handful of new features, some minor bug fixes and improvements to existing functions; the app is quite useful when your friends are on it. The latest version brings an increase in the size of large files you can transfer to a whopping 1GB, you can now have up to 1001 people in a group chat (that would have to be total chaos?) and a handful of new translation features with the addition of Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and... Continue reading

Google updates Play Newsstand, Movies & TV along with Google Keep apps for Android with new features

Google has begun to push out a updates for Google Play NewsStand, Movies & TV following the update to Google Keep. The updates bring a few new features and minor changes within the each of the apps -- let's take a look. Google Play Newsstand update brings New tabs on the "Read now" menu which provide instant access to sections like business, entertainment and sports, while the My News and My Magazines pages have been combined to form a 2-in-1 destination called My Library. The update has in particular, has... Continue reading

Google Opinion Rewards now available in Australia

If you're willing to fill in a survey or two in exchange for credit in Google Play, then Google Opinion Rewards is for you. The app is now available in Australia, as well as Canada and the UK. It's a fairly simple process, download the App and sign-in using your Google account. You're taken through an initial setup process and sample survey to get you started. Once Google has a survey to send to you, you will receive a notification in your Notification Pane and you simply tap on it to start the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zpKBS9pL-o If you haven't got any surveys to... Continue reading

Blackberry updates its BBM app – Brings new features to users

Blackberry has announced that an upgrade to its BBM messaging service app which brings a whole new raft of features users have been wanting the Canadian company to bring. BlackBerry has launched stickers for its messaging app, similar to what is currently available through some other messaging apps for a while now. The Canadian company is also opening a new BBM Shop where users can pick up a variety of sticker packs (most containing 20-25 icons each) now for $1.99 or less, with more expected to come on a regular basis. The update also brings the ability to share photos... Continue reading

Google testing new Gmail app

It looks like Google are testing a new Gmail app for Android and from what I can tell there are some nice changes heading our way. As with most Google updates these days this one is bringing with it a new user interface which includes a coloured Action Bar as seen on several of Google’s other apps including the recently updated Google Keep. It’s not just about the interface though with a few useful features added into the mix as well. There are a few new tabs including Travel, Purchases... Continue reading

Google Keep updated with new interface and searchable images

Today is Google’s regular day for updates and there are a few headed our way. One of those is for Google Keep which has a few nice little changes, nothing ground breaking, but nice all the same. The change you will probably notice straight away is the new user interface. Although this is mostly just a few minor tweaks, with the exception of a new yellow Action Bar, I really like the direction Google is heading with the UI. The other changes being made is the ability to search text within images, new list settings that control where new and... Continue reading

Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 – Games and Soundtracks for cheap

The Humble Bundle is back. This time it's offering PC compatible games as well as Android versions, not a bad deal for the gamer who likes to play across platforms. The games are compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android and you also get soundtracks for your favourites. There's currently six games on offer, with four available at whatever price you want to pay : Broken Sword 2:The Smoking Mirror Bridge Constructor Type:Rider Ravensword:Shadowlands And two games available if you pay above the average, which at this stage stands at US$3.69 (about AUD$3.99) : Kingdom Rush Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otg2V7AuVvI There's also the promise... Continue reading

Cut the Rope 2 on Google Play Store

I'm almost ashamed to say that I lost many hours of my life to the endlessly frustrating, yet painfully addictive, Cut the Rope. Unfortunately for me, there's a new version out and you'll find it just as addictive getting the candy to Om Nom as you might have the first time around. Full disclosure to readers here, while the app is free to install there are in-app purchases and I'll be surprised if you can get 15 minutes into the game without being prompted to buy something. The game links to Facebook if you're that way inclined, or Google... Continue reading