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Hangouts updated, bugfixes and custom notification tones in tow

Hangouts updated, bugfixes and custom notification tones in tow

Google Hangouts saw an update to version 2.1.233 (build 1205183-30) in the wee hours of the morning. On the surface, this version sees some small updates and bugfixes, but the main user-facing change is that you can now change the notification sound per-Hangout. While not specifically addressed in the change log, the unusual battery drain issue seems to have been fixed. The voice calling and stickers features seen in recent iOS versions of Hangouts remain MIA on Android. Have you noticed any other changes in Hangouts today? Let us know in the comments!

by 12:43 PM on June 5, 2014 5 comments Apps, Google Services, News
Google rolls out info cards for Google Play Movies to all countries

Google rolls out info cards for Google Play Movies to all countries

Ever sat through a TV show or Movie wondering who that actor is, what song is playing in the background? Well, wonder no more, Google has finally extended ‘Info Cards’ in Google Play Movies and TV to all countries with access to the service. Google first introduced the feature, which allows you to get information on actors and songs through cards which pop up on the screen when you pause a movie, in March last year. When paused you can tap on the actors face to get more information on them, information like the actors age, birthplace, recent roles or[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on June 4, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services
Instagram adds multiple photo editing tools to their app

Instagram adds multiple photo editing tools to their app

Instagram has been conistently updating their app with more features, like video and direct messaging for a while, but has today released an update which focuses on the heart of what makes Instagram a popular platform – photos. Specifically, they’ve added editing tools to allow you to touch up those photos before posting. The update, which brings Instagram up to version 6.0, adds some improvements to existing tools – Straighten, Border, Blur/Tilt Shift, Crop, Lux and Rotate and adds a host of new tools : Filter strength Adjust Brightness Contrast Warmth Saturation Highlights Shadows Vignette Sharpen Instagram has updated their[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on June 4, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google adds Chromecast support to Google+ photos and videos app – and ESPN, MLS and Crunchyroll

Google adds Chromecast support to Google+ photos and videos app – and ESPN, MLS and Crunchyroll

Google announced some new Chromecast support on the Chrome blog overnight, which concentrated heavily on sports related updates. Primaril, the blog focused on the introduction of Chromecast support for ESPN and Major League Soccer(MLS). We do have ESPN here in Australia thanks to Foxtel, but whether this service translates with your subscription is unclear, but if you want it, it may be worth clarifying with Foxtel. MLS on the other hand seems to be region restricted. The major one for Australia and indeed, Google+ users is the addition of Chromecast support for the Google+ photos and videos app, with Google[Read More...]

by 9:52 AM on June 4, 2014 3 comments Apps, Chromecast
Three new titles added to the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 10

Three new titles added to the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 10

The Humble Bundle: PC and Android 10 was already good value, but this morning they’ve added three new titles to their list of games. The games are locked, so you’ll have to pay more than the average price to unlock the titles but it’s still darned good value considering you now get a total of 11 games. The games added are Little Dew, Frozen Synapse and the original Fieldrunners, and the average price at this stage stands at a mere US$4.87 (approximately AUD$5.26). The soundtracks for Field Runners has also been added to the list of soundtracks you can grab[Read More...]

by 9:35 AM on June 4, 2014 0 comments Apps
What to do if you lose your Android, and what precautions to take

What to do if you lose your Android, and what precautions to take

Most people have experienced the fear of having lost their mobile phone, and while not all of us have actually lost one, the fear is well founded. Unlike the Nokia phones of a decade ago, smartphones today contain a wealth of personal information: your address book and diary, your email, photos, browsing history, and connections to your social media accounts. In fact, if someone were to find your smartphone and gain access to it, it’s not unrealistic to say that they’d have access to a large part of your life. With this in mind, we thought it was time to take[Read More...]

by 5:30 PM on May 30, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
AllCast introduces a receiver for Chrome

AllCast introduces a receiver for Chrome

Koushik Dutta, the developer behind a number of useful things but revelantly AllCast, has announced on his Google+ page that AllCast is to receive support for some further devices, because very soon there’ll be an AllCast receiver for Chrome. This means that you’ll be able to use any Chrome device — web browsers on desktops, laptops, tablets and more, as well as ChromeOS laptops and desktops — as a receiver for casting data from the AllCast app. You’ll be able to cast audio, video, music and mirroring displays, using any Chrome receiver to display. If you’ve got a Chrome device,[Read More...]

by 9:17 AM on May 30, 2014 0 comments Apps, ChromeOS
Android Device Manager being updated – Find or Disable your phone from a friends handset

Android Device Manager being updated – Find or Disable your phone from a friends handset

Android Device Manager has come along way since it’s initial release brought about a way to locate or erase your Android phone remotely, and today it’s getting another update. The update which is rolling out slowly to handsets now, brings about an important update if you’re out and about and find your phone has been absconded with or you’ve left it behind somewhere. Android Police are reporting that the latest update to the service brings a guest mode to the app, which will allow you to borrow a friends handset and login to Android Device Manager with your own credentials[Read More...]

by 9:52 PM on May 29, 2014 2 comments Apps
Sonos offering 6 months of Google Play Music All Access with purchase of Sonos Play Speakers

Sonos offering 6 months of Google Play Music All Access with purchase of Sonos Play Speakers

If Jason’s review of the Sonos Play wireless speaker system has whet your appetite but you haven’t yet jumped in, then maybe this will tip you over the edge. After introducing a ‘cast’ feature to the Sonos speakers last month, which allows you to send your Google Play Music to the system, Sonos has teamed up with Google to offer six months of Google Play Music All Access with any purchase of a SONOS PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5, or PLAYBAR for a limited time. There is some fine print, with the main condition being the offer is only available if are[Read More...]

by 6:37 PM on May 29, 2014 1 comment Apps, Google Services
Google Camera App updated to version 2.2 – brings more options for panorama and cropping

Google Camera App updated to version 2.2 – brings more options for panorama and cropping

The Google Camera, which received a massive update last month when it was released to Google Play as a stand-alone app for devices running, has received an update which restores some features previously removed and adds a few new ones. The update brings about some new features like a choice of full frame or cropped photos (including options for 4:3 or 16:9 on the Nexus 5) for both the front and rear cameras. There’s also new options in Panorma Mode for fisheye and wide angle. There’s also a new splash screen which pops up when you first launch the camera[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on May 29, 2014 2 comments Apps
Madman launches Animelab – free streaming Anime you can watch on mobile or Chromecast

Madman launches Animelab – free streaming Anime you can watch on mobile or Chromecast

If you’re a fan of Anime, you’ll be more than familiar with Madman and their awesome Manga and Anime titles they sell, mainly on DVD, but apparently now via streaming. They’ve closed down their Madman Screening Room and launched AnimeLab, a site where you can stream Anime and simulcasts direct from Japan. Why are we telling you about it? AnimeLab proudly state on their blog that they support mobile devices, and while there’s no apps currently they are working on some for iOS, SmartTVs and Android, but until then their HTML5 player works just fine in Chrome and Chrome for[Read More...]

by 6:03 PM on May 28, 2014 2 comments Apps, Chromecast
Humble Bundle PC and Android 10 goes live

Humble Bundle PC and Android 10 goes live

The Humble Bundle PC and Android 10 has gone live, offering a new round of Android and PC compatible games for either a rock bottom price or a generous donation towards charity and as usual, the choice of how much you pay is left up to you. There’s seven games on offer, if you pay more than the average donation price, which stands at US$4.81 at this stage. If you pay less you can grab : Symphony Draw a Stickman: EPIC Galcon Legends Or if you pay more you will receive : Skulls of the Shogun METAL SLUG 3 Field[Read More...]

by 8:14 AM on May 28, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google updates the weather card in Google Now

Google updates the weather card in Google Now

It appears that Google has changed the way the card in Google Now displays the weather. The previous arrangement of showing a stack of cards, most often with your home and work locations, has now changed to display one card, with your locations on the one card. You can access the old style weather card for each location, complete with the days forecast and a brief four day forecast by selecting the location. You can also as usual expand that out to a Google Search card by tapping the forecast. The change seems to be rolling out pretty quickly, with[Read More...]

by 7:57 AM on May 28, 2014 1 comment Apps