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EchoWear lets you identify music from your wrist

EchoWear lets you identify music from your wrist

Much like well-established music services Shazam and SoundHound, EchoWear for Android Wear allows you to search for music you can hear, all from the comfort of your wrist. While Google Now on your phone will have a fair stab at identifying most music, sometimes you don’t have time (or want) to get your phone from your pocket, and that’s where EchoWear comes in. Launch it from the Android Wear app drawer, or start it with a voice command (“Start Echo Search”), and it will record a few seconds of the song playing, before submitting it to widely recognised music database[Read More...]

by 2:51 PM on July 19, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Guardians of the Galaxy slides into Google Play

Guardians of the Galaxy slides into Google Play

The US Summer movie blockbuster season is still upon us, that means we’re still seeing big budget feature films arriving in theatres. Next month Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest Marvel Super-hero movie joins the list of Marvel movie franchises and it looks absolutely killer. But what’s a movie without a game tie-in? Well, now you can play Guardians of the Galaxy as Marvel Games have released Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW (The Ultimate Weapon) into Google Play. Let’s get this out of the way, at $5.25 it’s a pretty expensive game, but the up-side is – no In-App Purchases![Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on July 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Maps for Android updates with elevation information for cyclists and more

Google Maps for Android updates with elevation information for cyclists and more

Just in time for the weekend, Google has today updated Maps with a few new features, including some updates which could make going for a ride this weekend a little more attractive. After updating Google Maps on the desktop in May to include elevation information for cyclists, Google has today brought the feature to Android. Cyclists will now be able to check out exactly how high those hills are going to be when you set out a route. You can even compare routes to see which one has the largest hills. There are a few other features if you’re not[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on July 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play – Winter is HERE!

Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play – Winter is HERE!

Winter is here. Disruptor Beam and developer Kongregate have brought the game Game of Thrones Ascent to Google Play. But hold on there, it’s not a sex and violence fuelled hack’n’slash, instead you’ll find yourself reading and scheming in a modern day version of the text-based adventures which featured heavily in early computing. The game ‘Offers in-app purchases’(IAP), so naturally it’s free to download and play. The IAP is to get around in-game timers, and of course purchase in-game currency you can use to purchase goods in the game. You can of course play for free, it will just take[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Apps
JB Hifi releases Stack Magazine as an Android App

JB Hifi releases Stack Magazine as an Android App

Catalogues, propoganda all the stuff you get from stores to advertise their wares usually end in land-fill, but in a connected world, we’re starting to receive the contents of these missives in electronic form if you wish, and that’s what JB Hifi is now letting you do with the electronic version of their Stack Magazine, which is available now on Google Play. As an avid collector of special edition DVD’s I often love picking up a Stack Magazine while visiting a JB Hifi, usually to take back to work to read at my desk during ‘quiet’ times. Stack magazine is[Read More...]

by 10:29 AM on July 18, 2014 2 comments Apps
Third Party app Pebble Locker adds support for Android Wear

Third Party app Pebble Locker adds support for Android Wear

If you still own a Pebble smart watch, third party Pebble app – Pebble Locker has added an update which is looking pretty good. Version 2.8 (which has now been updated to 2.8.1 to address crashing) of the Pebble Locker app, adds support for the app to work with Android Wear watches as well as bringing some general bug fixes. The app now supports a ‘trusted Bluetooth’ option, which Google announced as a feature in Android L, which allows your phone to remain unlocked while your Pebble/Android Wear watch is within range. Once your phone is beyond communication distance of[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on July 18, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Apps
Why developers probably aren’t (and shouldn’t) be making Android Wear watch faces yet

Why developers probably aren’t (and shouldn’t) be making Android Wear watch faces yet

Google’s Wayne Piekarski has taken to Google+ to talk about the state of custom watch-faces for Android Wear, and while he’s doubtlessly impressed with what developers have come up with since the launch of the Android Wear SDK, he’s cautioning not to go too far. Not yet. As we know, and as Wayne has commented, customisability has allowed Android to thrive, and no doubt will have the same positive effect for Android Wear as well. However, the platform isn’t quite ready for the kind of extensibility people want in the form of watch faces.. yet. Wayne explains: Custom watch faces[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 17, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Minuum shows off their keyboard on the LG G Watch – typing on a watch, may not be stupid

Minuum shows off their keyboard on the LG G Watch – typing on a watch, may not be stupid

Android Wear is certainly a hot topic, developers continue to find new and interesting ways to use the platform, and one of the teams looking at the best way to use it is the team at Minuum, the makers of the minimal third-party keyboard. Minuum have shown off a video of their keyboard working on the LG G Watch. They note there aren’t that many Android Wear apps working with Text input at the moment – but they also note they are working to change this. As you can see, it looks pretty amazing actually, and you can try it[Read More...]

by 9:32 AM on July 16, 2014 5 comments Android Wear, Apps
Get some Star Trek on your wrist with an LCARS themed Android Wear watch face

Get some Star Trek on your wrist with an LCARS themed Android Wear watch face

We’re still a long way from using your watch to ask Scotty to beam you up, but you can get some Star Trek theming on your new Android Wear watch thanks to the Star Watch watch face now in Google Play. The watch face gives you an LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) interface for your watch. The LCARS system is well known to Trekkies as it’s the primary OS used on computers in the Star Trek universe. It’s also looks to be quite a usable design as a watchface – although I still can’t decipher the star dates. It’s an[Read More...]

by 9:03 AM on July 16, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, Apps
Craft Beer lovers of Victoria will love Beer Mate – your guide to the best drop down south

Craft Beer lovers of Victoria will love Beer Mate – your guide to the best drop down south

Winery tours have been a big thing in Australian – indeed, world – culture for many years, but wine isn’t to everyone’s taste and the trend towards drinking “Craft Beers” has emerged as a new culture, growing steadily. The Simple Apps Factory has released Beer Mate for Android to guide you through the local Victorian Craft Beer scene. Beer Mate is free on Google Play, but if you’re willing to pay $0.99 for some extra features, there’s a premium version that will get more regular updates, features and of course there’s no ads. The premium version will also get an[Read More...]

by 1:24 PM on July 15, 2014 3 comments Apps
Australian & Asia-Pacific first: Cuscal enables NFC-HCE mobile payments for CUA customers

Australian & Asia-Pacific first: Cuscal enables NFC-HCE mobile payments for CUA customers

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to use your Nexus 5 to pay for your shopping, that time has arrived. Cuscal, whose NFC Host Card Emulation mobile payments trial we reported on in March, has published CUA redi2PAY to the Google Play store for CUA customers. In an Australian and Asia-Pacific first, any CUA customer with an Android 4.4 phone and a Visa Debit card can now use their phone’s NFC functions to make payments at Visa PayWave terminals around Australia. Unlike other solutions, Cuscal’s redi2PAY technology isn’t limited to particular handsets by prior arrangement with the manufacturer. Users[Read More...]

by 12:01 AM on July 14, 2014 15 comments Apps, News, NFC
Let it Goat – an addictive new game emerges

Let it Goat – an addictive new game emerges

With the demise of Flappy Bird (although it’s apparently due to return to Google Play and the App store next month), the race is on to find the next addictive game on the market. Today I present: Let it Goat. Let it Goat is a game in the same vein as Flappy Bird, with a similar control mechanic and just like Flappy Bird it’s strikingly simple. Playing as Mount the goat, the game is a side-scrolling, 8-bit, endless runner that has just one control – Jump. As Mounty prances along through the game, the time will change from night to[Read More...]

by 6:15 PM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Apps
Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft have launched an app that is mainly about what the weather is like in various places around the earth at various times and seasons. They’ve called the app Climatology. The Microsoft Research-developed app can show you any location’s temperature around the world, so not just your current location but it will also show you the selected location’s humidity and the average amount of rain and sunshine it’ll get during a particular month. Lets say for example, you’re heading to the United Kingdom in September/October, you just look up the place and choose a month[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps, News