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Google Music Desktop Player

Google Music Desktop Player

Google Music for lovers of diverse music such as myself, is probably the best thing to come to the Internet since Spotify. Linked to your phone, tablet or playback via your desktop machine on Mac, Linux or Windows is a pleasure. But the desktop space is not yet well populated with options as far as a stand alone player. We’ve seen Radiant Player for Mac, various options on Linux and recently I’ve found a really nice desktop player for Windows. The beautiful thing about Play Music being a web app is that it’s not particularly difficult to replicate it’s functions[Read More...]

by 11:27 AM on July 24, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
Google introduces new exploring features to Google Maps

Google introduces new exploring features to Google Maps

Google has just announced a new feature for Google Maps, which is all about exploring new places around you. The new explore feature will show up in Google Maps in the form of an ‘Explore button’ when the option is available. The new explore option is time, as well as location aware, so you’ll get great dinner recommendations as the sun goes down, while in the morning more breakfast oriented options will present. With ‘nearby’ a relative term, Google has advised that they will be letting you decide what you class as nearby, be that a five-minute walk or a[Read More...]

by 11:25 AM on July 24, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Services
LG announces a game designed for use with the G3 QuickCircle case

LG announces a game designed for use with the G3 QuickCircle case

The LG G3 comes with a newly designed glanceable case, called a QuickCircle case. The design centres around a circular window which LG is providing a number of widgets and functionality for, as well as opening an SDK for third party developers to make further software for it, overnight they’ve announced a game for the QuickCircle case to show that ‘QuickCircle can be as much about fun as function’. The game is called Puppy Pop, and is a ‘match three’ style game, which you will play through the cover. You basically match three or more puppies by swiping a line[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on July 24, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Apps, Manufacturer, Phones
HTC continues push to Google Play releasing their Clock

HTC continues push to Google Play releasing their Clock

HTC has continued their moves into pushing core apps to Google Play in a bid to make them easier to update, this time moving the HTC Clock to Google Play. The HTC Clock is not terribly exciting in and of itself, but the continued move towards pushing apps to Google Play certainly is. The app gives a basic description and seems to be available for the HTC One M8, though I don’t have any other Sense 6 devices to check. The description for the clock reads : HTC Clock offers better time management functionalities including World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch and[Read More...]

by 8:23 AM on July 24, 2014 0 comments Apps, Manufacturer
HTC moves Sense Keyboard to Google Play – update now available

HTC moves Sense Keyboard to Google Play – update now available

Just prior to the launch of the HTC One M8, HTC began following the lead of both Google and Motorola and moved some of their apps into Google Play. Today they’ve also released the Sense Keyboard – known as HTC Sense Input – to Google Play. The keyboard release is the latest in the trend of moving apps to Google Play, which allows HTC to push updates more quickly than having them built into the system, and therefore requiring an OS update with all the carrier approval rigmorale that goes with it. HTC did announce that they would bring Blinkfeed[Read More...]

by 12:01 PM on July 23, 2014 0 comments Apps, Manufacturer
One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

Australian developer AppAce Pty Ltd has developed a revolutionary personal safety product and having read a bit about it, we want to tell you a little more. Coffs Harbour engineer Ian Kinny has developed a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy device which pairs with a compatible smart phone. The device features a single button, and is small enough to fit on a necklace or belt-clip. One click of the device’s button and the partner app on your mobile sends a pre-configured SMS to designated ‘help’ contacts, containing the user’s approximate GPS location as a Google Maps link. Unlike other systems, the[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Apps, News
Google revamps the Chromecast site with better discoverability for Chromecast apps

Google revamps the Chromecast site with better discoverability for Chromecast apps

The Chromecast is a massively popular device, with a heap of functionality and Google is keen to make it easier for you to find new ways of using it. Today, the Chromecast site has been updated to make that happen. The apps section of the Chromecast site is now showing a tabbed interface with four tabs. The first tab is the featured section, with a New section, More and a search section. Looking at the More section, you’ll find there’s a ‘Show More’ button at the bottom and you’ll take a fair time if you want to go through all[Read More...]

by 10:33 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Apps, Chromecast
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