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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 0 comments Apps, News
TWRP Recoveries Available For LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

TWRP Recoveries Available For LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

Each time a new Android device is released it isn’t long until the good people over at Team Win release their custom recovery for the device. A custom recovery, among other things, allows the user to root their device by flashing a SuperSU zip file (often the included SuperSU is outdated), flash a custom ROM onto their device, backup their current ROM and also factory reset their device. Of course the recovery that is now a favourite of many Android users, TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project), is now available for both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on July 28, 2014 0 comments News
Toolkit Available For Lazy LG G Watch Users

Toolkit Available For Lazy LG G Watch Users

Those who have read my posts in the past know my aversion to using toolkits for root functions such as unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices. Personally I feel that they put people in a bad position where they tend to rely on them too much so that when something goes wrong (and invariably it will) they do not know how to fix it because they have not learnt or maintained the skills involved with fastboot and adb commands. In saying all this toolkits can be a useful introduction to the world of root access, custom roms and general phone hackery.[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on July 28, 2014 0 comments News
Hisense UHD Android Vision TV’s now available in Australia

Hisense UHD Android Vision TV’s now available in Australia

Hisense made quite the splash when they launched their range of Vision TV’s in Australia. They’re the first TV platform running Android that’s been certified by Google to run Android on a TV, this prior to the launch of Android TV as a platform at Google I/O. While their initial offerings have been well specced and priced, they’ve stepped their game up to offer two new models at the higher end of the range, launching their Vision UHD – 4K – models the T910 series in 75″ and 85″. The T910 series is described by Hisense as ‘retro-futuristic’ with the[Read More...]

by 9:12 AM on July 28, 2014 6 comments News
Rumor: Motorola is working with Google on ‘Shamu’, a 5.9″ Nexus phone

Rumor: Motorola is working with Google on ‘Shamu’, a 5.9″ Nexus phone

Rumours are flying that Motorola, which was once Google’s hardware acquisition, is working on the next Nexus handset, the Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu. Widely anticipated for an October/November release alongside the release of Android L, everyone’s looking forward to a new Nexus device, and there’s now a hint of evidence that it might just come from Motorola. What we know is there’s a device out there called Shamu, and it runs Android’s open source platform. There’s a lot of rumour about what this device might actually be, but there are few concrete facts. Android Police have posted some rumours about a[Read More...]

by 6:05 PM on July 27, 2014 8 comments News
Google continues to improve Docs, now with tracked changes

Google continues to improve Docs, now with tracked changes

Google continues to take on the giant of the productivity world, Microsoft, with further changes being made to their Google Docs web app. Now when you import or work on a .docx file the tracked changes are not only present, but you can make “suggested changes” within the Drive application too. This is a very useful feature that has kept me from transferring to Drive completely for a while now and may be the final piece of the puzzle. Google clearly have Microsoft in their sights as a potential market that they can grab a big portion of and the[Read More...]

by 9:54 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Google Services, News
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
Pocket casts hits version 4.7 as Shifty Jelly prepare an L of a lot of changes ;)

Pocket casts hits version 4.7 as Shifty Jelly prepare an L of a lot of changes ;)

Our buddies over at Shifty Jelly haven’t been just lounging around in their mansions living off of their millions of dollars in revenue from Pocket casts and Pocket Weather, they’re working hard at upgrading the hugely popular Podcast app and have released version 4.7 to the Play Store. Version 4.7 is out for Android, go grab it now: https://t.co/ll4LeYSSxE Lots of great enhancements as we gear up for bigger things — Pocket Casts (@pocketcasts) July 25, 2014 For anyone who hasn’t done so in the past, it’s always worth reading their Change logs; often with a geeky Dad joke or 2 thrown[Read More...]

by 12:04 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google apparently owns Twitch now

Google apparently owns Twitch now

A rumour began circulating in May, that Google was looking to purchase game video streaming service Twitch for 1 Billion dollars, that deal has apparently now gone through according to Venture Beat who have spoken with sources who are ‘familiar with the matter’. At roughly the cost of one 2012 style Instagram, Google has seemingly purchased themselves a bargain. Google obviously owns the premiere online video site in YouTube and has now acquired the upcoming Twitch service for seemingly a song, paying less than the US$1.65 billion they paid for YouTube back in 2006. Twitch has a massive subscriber base,[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on July 25, 2014 4 comments News
LG’s improving sales turn around three quarters of losses

LG’s improving sales turn around three quarters of losses

LG‘s just released their financial results for Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2014, and if you’re a fan of the company then things are looking pretty good. The company’s turned a profit of AU $625m (US$588.5m), an increase of 26.5% year-over-year. A decent chunk of this – and the part we care most about – is coming from the modestly-named LG Mobile Communications Company division, which shipped 14.5 million smartphones in Q2 (a 16% increase in sales), ending three consecutive quarters of losses. People want LG phones, and we can’t fault them for that. Much of this success is attributed to initial enthusiasm[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on July 25, 2014 0 comments News
Official 4.4.4 Stock Android for the OnePlus One

Official 4.4.4 Stock Android for the OnePlus One

Most tinkerers, hackers, Android enthusiasts and people who like to live on the edge of stability fell to their knees and thanked their relevant deity when they heard that there would be a phone released with a custom rom onboard. The OnePlus one was a dream for us. CyanogenMod booting up, straight out of the box was something we had hoped for for a long time. So now it seems strange that OnePlus are also releasing an official stock Android 4.4.4 for their “flagship killer”. OnePlus have released via their forums (and the custom rom download site Android File Host[Read More...]

by 10:11 PM on July 24, 2014 1 comment News
Dendy Direct launches August 6; first partner studios revealed

Dendy Direct launches August 6; first partner studios revealed

Dendy Direct has announced the first slate of film studios and distributors who’ll be bringing their content to its new on-demand movie streaming service, slated to launch August 6. The list includes ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Icon, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission, and Umbrella Entertainment. From those studios, the titles we know will make their way to Dendy’s new service include high profile hits like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Lego Movie along with Red Dog, Tracks, The Railway Man, Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow. There are also some deals yet-to-be-made with independent[Read More...]

by 2:46 PM on July 24, 2014 10 comments Apps, Chromecast, News