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iDevices announce Android connectivity now available for iGrill and more.

iDevices announce Android connectivity now available for iGrill and more.

It’s not quite BBQ season, but for the high-tech grillmaster amongst you, some new tools are now available for use, with iDevices advising that their Android app, which controls all their iDevices Products, is now available in Google Play. There’s quite a few devices on offer, iGrill2, iGrill mini, Kitchen Thermometer, & Kitchen Thermometer mini all now compatible, and available for use, from one simple app. The products are generally used to keep a remote eye on the temperature of your food, using a probe which connects to a base unit, but also transmits via Bluetooth to your phone or[Read More...]

by 12:57 PM on August 7, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Apps
Google acquires messaging startup – Emu – perhaps looking to improve Google Now through Hangouts

Google acquires messaging startup – Emu – perhaps looking to improve Google Now through Hangouts

Messaging startup Emu has been acquired by Google, at least according to a message on the homepage of the site. Emu, is a messaging app, which gleans contextual information from your chats and allows some Google Now like functionality to be used straight from the app. The automation features are most likely what Google is after from Emu, with functions such as setting Calendar reminders, snoozing messages and location based reminders built-into the application. The most likely target for the messaging applications functions is Google’s Hangouts platform, which could feed the information straight into Google Now, or just improve Hangouts.[Read More...]

by 12:29 PM on August 7, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Test your geographic knowledge using Google Street View with “Where In The World?”

Test your geographic knowledge using Google Street View with “Where In The World?”

Australian developer Swizel Studios has released a fun new game to Google Play that tests your geographic knowledge of the world using Google Maps Street View. The game selects random Street View locations from around the world and challenges you to identify the location. Your final score will be based on the accuracy of your guesses and it’s integrated with Google Play Games so you can challenge your friends. Being Street View, you can navigate around the area and zoom in/out to try to find visual clues. Google added the ability for developers to use Google Maps Street View in[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on August 6, 2014 3 comments Apps
Humble Mobile Bundle 6 now available – three games for whatever price you want

Humble Mobile Bundle 6 now available – three games for whatever price you want

The Humble Mobile Bundle is back. For the sixth time, the folks over at the Humble Bundle have packed together some great games for you to purchase, with an option to pay whatever you want for three games, or pay over the average price and grab 6 games, with more games to be added down the track. The three games available for whatever price you deem worth include Eliss Infinity, as well as the Android debut of Duet Premium, and Combo Crew Special Edition, which features special unlocked content exclusive to Humble Bundle. But, if you want to pay more than the[Read More...]

by 6:58 AM on August 6, 2014 0 comments Apps, Charity
WhatsApp adds Android Wear support with voice reply and stacked notifications to their ‘Beta’ app

WhatsApp adds Android Wear support with voice reply and stacked notifications to their ‘Beta’ app

There’s no getting away from the fact that Android Wear is just hot right now. Android Wear releases are coming thick and fast due to an easy to implement update to existing Android apps, the latest to join the Android Wear revolution is the now Facebook owned chat platform WhatsApp. WhatsApp is without doubt a massively popular cross platform chat app, with 500,000 users it’s certainly got the numbers to make a claim for one of the most popular chat programs in the world. Of course with Android now claiming to be on 85% of mobile devices, it’s natural to[Read More...]

by 6:07 PM on August 5, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Google updates Google Now Launcher – available to majority of Android phones now

Google updates Google Now Launcher – available to majority of Android phones now

Google has today opened up availability of their Google Now Launcher to the majority of Android handsets now operating in the market place. Previously available to Nexus and Google Play Experience devices only, the launcher is now available for any device running Android 4.1 or above. The Google Now launcher of course puts Google Now a mere swipe away from the main screen, which of course means with more people hopefully using Google Now, there will be more data for Google. This change in availability means that the Google Now launcher is available to almost 3/4 of the Android devices[Read More...]

by 9:25 PM on August 2, 2014 4 comments Apps, Google Services
Entertainment Book has gone electronic – get your bargains in one place

Entertainment Book has gone electronic – get your bargains in one place

If you like a bargain, then you’re probably intimately familiar with the yearly release of the ‘Entertainment Book’. If not, the Entertainment book is a book filled with coupons and vouchers for your area to get you discounts and freebies at restaurants and attractions in your area, and it’s now gone digital. The book costs around $55-$70 per year, depending on the area you live in. Generally the book contains a lot more value, so if you prudently use the vouchers, you’ll cover your costs back. While you can still just get the book, you will, if my experience is[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on August 1, 2014 2 comments Apps
ADB Console without the headaches of installation

ADB Console without the headaches of installation

I found this little gem hidden away in the Android Central Forums. A way to access ADB without the need to install the Android Developers SDK and without the headaches associated with getting that all running, installing the JDK, burning precious time and getting aggrevated simply to run the odd ADB command for the sake of speed or convenience. ADB Console, designed by one of the AC Forums regulars; works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 (although I’ve only tested on 8.1 personally) and is super easy to install as long as you have your phone drivers[Read More...]

by 9:50 AM on August 1, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Z Launcher gets an update – adds more devices to the limited beta test

Z Launcher gets an update – adds more devices to the limited beta test

Z Launcher, the beta replacement launcher from recently split Nokia, has received a brand new update which brings a few changes to the popular Android launcher and adds two new devices to the beta program. The update, which is only available to users who signed up for the limited beta testing, aims to fix a lot of issues folks were running into while putting it through its paces and is mostly based off of user feedback and suggestions. The list of changes included in the update: Configure Favorites via drag-n-drop on your home screen – #2 requested feature on user[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on July 31, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
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