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Instagram release its new Bolt service to 3 countries only – Australian version to come soon

Instagram release its new Bolt service to 3 countries only – Australian version to come soon

Instagram has a new stablemate today, with the release of Bolt, an instant photo messaging service similar in ways to Snapchat. Bolt is now available to users in selected countries — New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. We’re told that Bolt will rollout for users elsewhere to download from Google Play “soon”. While Australia waits to get access to the service, it seems that there’s some controversy surrounding Facebook Inc’s use of the name Bolt. Bolt Technology Inc have requested that Facebook consider changing the name of their new service, as the company believes that users would be confused between[Read More...]

by 9:10 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

With Flappy Bird yet to re-appear on Google Play, the clones keep on appearing, and local developers Paranormal Games – a small indie game developer from South Australia – has launched a clone of their own: Flappy Ears. Flappy Ears sees you flying our “Beloved” Prime Minister through spike topped pillars using only the flapping power of his ears. It’s addictive just like the original, but with the amusing localised graphical twist. Paranormal Games has also included Google Play Games services, which means you can see your progress against your Google+ friends, or against everyone else playing the game. Not[Read More...]

by 8:44 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Getting around is fairly simple in most capital cities. With Google Maps incorporating Transit directions directly into the app, you’re rarely in need of a third party to help you out…unless, of course you’re in Melbourne where the transit API doesn’t currently allow for Public transport schedules to appear in Google Maps – enter Go – Melbourne Train Timetable. The app by local developers Glass Echidna is a beautiful way to see either get to work on-time in Melbourne, get around the city or see the sights if you’re visiting the home of the largest Greek population outside of Athens.[Read More...]

by 12:19 PM on July 30, 2014 8 comments Apps
Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Our favourite app of 2014 so far – Link Bubble – has been updated to include functionality with another favourite of ours – Android Wear. The 1.3 Link Bubble update brings the ability to view text from a link on Android Wear devices, reading text just like you would read a GMail notification. The addition is sure to raise the eyebrows of a few users, which Chris acknowledges in his Google+ post announcing the update. What the update does is push text to Android Wear, IF and only IF it can grab the text from the links you’ve clicked. It’s[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Facebook sending out messages to inform everyone from now on use its Messenger app

Facebook sending out messages to inform everyone from now on use its Messenger app

Facebook has begun contacting their user base, to advise that they have begun divesting the main Facebook app of the Messenger function. Starting in the next few days, if you use the Messenger portion of Facebook, you’ll need to download a new app to chat with your Facebook friends. The change to the Facebook app and introduction of a Facebook Messenger app began in Europe where their positive reaction and feedback, has helped the company make the decision to accelerate the roll out to other parts of the world. Facebook has stated the change will let it focus its development[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on July 30, 2014 4 comments Apps
Swiftkey updated with performance improvements to fix that lag – also Themes on-sale!

Swiftkey updated with performance improvements to fix that lag – also Themes on-sale!

Since their recent update, which not only upped the version number to v5.0, but also introduced a theme store while at the same time dropping the price to free, the Switftkey keyboard has unfortunately been a little laggy. The latest update unfortunately pauses while you type and the load time hasn’t been great either. Well, today, those laggy bits should disappear, at least according to the latest blog update from Swiftkey. Swiftkey has advised that the latest update (Version 5.0.2.4) will include fixes for those laggy bits, as well as including three new languages: Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen, and Emoji[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on July 30, 2014 2 comments Apps
Like to know about new apps on Google Play? IFTTT has just introduced a new App Zapp channel

Like to know about new apps on Google Play? IFTTT has just introduced a new App Zapp channel

If you like to know about all the latest apps, and deals, then App Zapp is a pretty neat application. It’s essentially part app-sales monitoring as well as shows a stream of newly introduced apps to both Google Play and the iOS App Store, and if you want to be notified, then IFTTT (If This Then That) has just introduced a new App Zapp channel to help you out. We’ve talked about App Zapp before as part of how to check out great deals in Google Play. The App Zapp Android app is a little bit dated now, with many[Read More...]

by 9:48 AM on July 29, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Like to take a selfie? Then this new Selfies app is made for you

Like to take a selfie? Then this new Selfies app is made for you

The team responsible for bringing us WordPress, Automattic, has quietly launched a new social photo-sharing network just for the duck-face fans among you, that’s right, Selfies is un-surprisingly just for Selfies. The app and network, which have seen little to no promotion was actually intentionally released that way. A representative from the company behind Selfies app, told TechCrunch that the app was simply just put out there to see what happened. The answer is, not much. When Tech Crucnch looked into it, the app had accumulated only 100-500 downloads – it’s now 10x that with 1000-5000 downloads. Selfies was in[Read More...]

by 8:48 AM on July 29, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Big list of Android Wear watchfaces – What are you rocking?

Big list of Android Wear watchfaces – What are you rocking?

Google has publicly come out and advised developers that until the official Android Wear watchface API is made available, they shouldn’t be releasing watchfaces. But that hasn’t, and knowing Android developers, will not stop them from doing it. There’s a range of options, which include a couple of standouts which do more than simply supply a watchface. Like WearFaces. Wearfaces gives you three watchfaces, but then allows you to create your own WatchFace by uploading 4 pictures based on a template you find on www.wearfaces.com. Next is what appears to be a Watch Face marketplace. Wear Face Collection offers a[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on July 27, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, Apps
My Paid Apps – The App

My Paid Apps – The App

We’ve all been there; “What was that app I puchased last year that did xyz?” but you just can’t remember the name of it. If you’ve got a memory like mine you’ll probably forget you’ve even purchased one and head for the play store to buy a new one, if you’re lucky tripping over the original one you purchased. My Paid Apps is a great little app (please excuse the irony here) that tracks what apps and books you have paid for and brings the to one useful interface. The app appears to scan through Play Receipts as it’s given[Read More...]

by 9:53 AM on July 26, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Google Play adds a section for offline games

Google Play adds a section for offline games

Mobile gaming is by definition ‘mobile’, but being mobile, often involves being in areas where there’s no internet conenctivity. So, if your favourite game demands contact with the mothership before you can play, then you should probably check out Google’s new offline games feature to see what other options are out there. The new section dubbed “Offline Games” on Google Play offers a list of games which fully support offline play. With titles such as Asphalt 8, Dots, Plague Inc. and Minecraft: Pocket Edition included, you can see there’s no shortage of big name titles, so you probably should take[Read More...]

by 3:58 AM on July 26, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Play
Foursquare shows off its new redesigned recommendation app along with a new logo to boot

Foursquare shows off its new redesigned recommendation app along with a new logo to boot

After making the somewhat interesting decision to split its business and user experience into two seperate app services earlier this year, Foursquare yesterday showed off its new Foursquare app on their blog. The company has ditched it old logo, colour scheme and the way users would have been using foursquare currently. The company has stated that the new app is centred completely around personalisation and recommendations. This means for the end user, that they won’t see the usual teal green colour used in the app anymore, instead users will see everything that’s tailored specifically to them in a watermelon pink[Read More...]

by 1:46 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play puts Health and Fitness apps on-sale and offers deals on In-App Purchases for games

Google Play puts Health and Fitness apps on-sale and offers deals on In-App Purchases for games

Google loves sales and we love to report them. At the moment you can grab some deals on some health and fitness related apps that are currently on-sale, as well as some great deals on In-App Purchases (IAP) for a bunch of games. The Health and Fitness deals feature some decent apps which are reduced in price, or have reductions to the In-App Purchase price. There’s a big showing from Runtastic, including Runtastic Pro which is featured in the Android Wear section of Google Play Zombies Run- $2.19 normally $4 Endomondo Sports Tracker – Free trial normally worth $3.99 Bright[Read More...]

by and 1:33 AM on July 26, 2014 1 comment App Sales Roundup, Apps, Google Play