Apps

Mezzmo DLNA/UPnP server adds Chromecast support to their Android app

Mezzmo DLNA/UPnP server adds Chromecast support to their Android app

The introduction of Chromecast to Australia primarily saw us concentrate on the obvious ‘Big’ names, like Foxtel, ABC, Quickflix and of course the other on-demand options available on Android. While that’s all well and good, there is a lot of media out there which is stored on our PC’s which you may want to ‘cast’ to your TV, and Australian company Conceiva can help you with their UPnP and DLNA streaming software Mezzmo. Mezzmo works by running a server on your Windows Server, PC or Laptop. It transcodes your videos, music and photos stored on your system on-the-fly to your[Read More...]

by 3:59 PM on July 7, 2014 14 comments Apps, Chromecast
Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Perhaps custom watch faces aren’t really your thing. Perhaps you’d like to regale your Twitter followers with nothing more than a voice command to your wrist? Well, wait no(t much) longer; while Twitter is yet to port their app to the Android Wear platform, a third party developer has released an app called Bunting to meet your needs. Bunting works fairly simply; install the app on your phone, and sign in to your desired Twitter account. Once you’re in, you can use a simple ‘Ok Google’ command to send your tweet. Check it out in the video below: I’m sure it[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 6, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Waiting for Android Wear tomorrow? Choose some watchfaces

Waiting for Android Wear tomorrow? Choose some watchfaces

If you’re like some of us, you might be anxiously waiting for your brand new Android Wear device to arrive as early as tomorrow. Android Wear ships with a select few number of watch faces built in, but (just like the Pebble in this regard) it’s possible to install third-party watch faces that might meet your needs better than the built in options. While it will take some time for developers to flood the Play Store with a wide range of watch faces, there’s already some starting to appear. Sadly, the first ones to arrive on the Play Store are (frankly)[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on July 6, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps, News
IFTTT opens up new Android Wear specific channels to automate everything from your wrist

IFTTT opens up new Android Wear specific channels to automate everything from your wrist

IFTTT is an extremely late-comer to Android, but with the scalability and configurability of Android, it’s a natural fit. The introduction of Android Wear has opened up a whole new set of functions for the automation service. IFTTT allows users to create recipes for automating certain functions. A recipe is the mix of actions available in IFTTT – If X then Y, for example Take a screenshot Then upload to Drive. This is now coming to Android Wear, with IFTTT adding a whole heap of new functions : With Android Wear orders apparently about to start shipping to Australian customers[Read More...]

by 9:31 PM on July 3, 2014 0 comments Apps
Nova Launcher Beta Update delivers Android L Visuals

Nova Launcher Beta Update delivers Android L Visuals

Android L is available for a few devices but for everyone that is not able to flash the developer preview build, you can get now get some of Google’s latest OS on your device using Nova Launcher.. Nova Launcher, one of the most widely-used third party launchers on Android, received a beta update today and  it brings a few Android L features with it. New options for the Android L folder preview and app drawer icon are available, plus a new Android L app animation, which will slide apps up from the bottom of the display, just like on the preview build[Read More...]

by 7:21 AM on July 3, 2014 4 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Quickflix update brings wider Android support with Chromecast functionality

Quickflix update brings wider Android support with Chromecast functionality

It’s been a long time coming, but Australian movie streaming company Quickflix has today released an updated app which is said to be compatible with most Android devices with Chromecast support included. The new app supports both phones and tablets with a (mostly) native Android UI and lets you browse Movies or TV Shows and handle playlist management. You can watch videos on your device or cast them to the big screen. Catalog Quickflix’s movies catalog can be a little bit hit-and-miss – you’ll find recent-ish movies like Saving Mr Banks, Thor: The Dark World, The Hobbit, 47 Ronin, Ender’s[Read More...]

by 9:05 AM on July 2, 2014 0 comments Apps, Chrome Extension, Chromecast
Google announces acquisition of Songza

Google announces acquisition of Songza

Google has announced overnight that they have acquired curated music service Songza. For those who don’t know, Songza’s service offers contextual expert-curated playlists, to give users the right music at the right time. Songza has its own music library, but it seems likely that by joining forces with Google, Songza will gain access to Play Music’s library as well. For now, though, Google and Songza have announced that there won’t be any immediate changes to the service, so existing users can continue to use the service as they have done previously. In the next few months, of course, they’ll explore[Read More...]

by 7:39 AM on July 2, 2014 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Sheets for Android also gets an L style makeover – Excel compatibility too

Sheets for Android also gets an L style makeover – Excel compatibility too

After the Docs update rolled out this morning, it appears Sheets is getting the same love from Google, with an update rolling out to Android devices bringing an L style makeover and Excel compatibility. With the introduction of Excel compatibility, the update removes the last piece of usefulness which Quick Office still had over Sheets. Like the Docs update, the Sheets update includes many new features as well as the Excel ability, including : Charts, the ability to create and edit Excel docs, the ability to see the difference between Excel and Sheets files, open locally stored files, ability to[Read More...]

by 5:23 AM on July 2, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google’s Docs for Android receives massive update following removal of Quick Office

Google’s Docs for Android receives massive update following removal of Quick Office

After Google announced they would be removing the Quick Office application on Monday, there were a number of users who noted the lessened functionality of Docs compared to the Quick Office app. Notably the Word compatibility was missing, but todays update fixes that as well as bringing a few new features and a new look. According to Android Police, the Docs app will now let you create, as well as edit Word Docs, it also includes a differentiation in the file list between Word and native Docs files. Users can now open files from device storage instead of just Google[Read More...]

by 4:10 AM on July 2, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play movies now listed in YouTube menu

Google Play movies now listed in YouTube menu

YouTube has been updated to show movies and TV shows purchased through Google Play Movies. A recent change by Google to YouTube has added the option to access your purchased Google Play video content in YouTube on Android or Chrome browser on the desktop/Chromebook. If you click on the Menu button in the YouTube app or within the Chrome browser it will bring up a list of your content including Purchases. You can also Add to Watch later, Add to Favourites, Create a New Playlist or Share. The list in my account doesn’t appear to be chronological and doesn’t appear to[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on July 1, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Play, News
The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Walking Dead: Season 2

When we previewed the Season 1 of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games, it was pretty clear early in the piece that the decision you make really influence the experience you have in the game. At a number of times you have the options for “Fight or Flight” and Season 2 is no different. The second episode follows on from the story you created for yourself in Season 1 (decisions made in Season 1 carry over into your character development in Seasons 2) so I can’t recommend enough that you play that first. I can’t speak for your decision making,[Read More...]

by 1:18 PM on June 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
YouTubers Rejoice – An app to control your channel content is here

YouTubers Rejoice – An app to control your channel content is here

Time to party YouTubers, the long promised and highly anticipated app for controlling your YouTube channel has appeared on Google Play. It’s got easy access to what’s important for your channel; Analytics, the ability to reply to trolls comments as well as editing video information, descriptions and availability. The push notifications could potentially be an annoyance for people with busy channels but they’re easily customised too. Grab it from the link above and get into your YouTube channel more, perhaps you’ll become the next viral sensation. Is the YouTube app something you’ve been waiting for, or is it just another[Read More...]

by 1:16 PM on June 30, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services, News
Google will remove Quick Office from Google Play – its Sheets, Docs and Slides now

Google will remove Quick Office from Google Play – its Sheets, Docs and Slides now

When Google purchased Quick Office back in June 2012, it was a pretty big move and signalled Google’s intent to pursue the Office market. For a start they made the app free for Android and iOS users, as well as integrating the technology into ChromeOS for offline editing of MS Office files, and recently added MS Office editing to Drive. But it’s the end of the road for Quick Office on Android and iOS, with Google announcing the app will be removed from Google Play and the App store. Google announced the move on their Google Apps blog, saying that[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on June 30, 2014 1 comment Apps