Reviews

Uber — App and Service Review

Uber — App and Service Review

It started innocently enough. Yesterday (Friday, 5 April) there was a bit of chaos on Sydney’s transport network. A train had destroyed some overhead wiring leaving most trains north of the city either delayed or cancelled completely. So there I was, around midday, looking for a way to get to my next appointment. I was going to take the train, until I realised that the trains were screwed, and the next departure was not for almost 45 minutes. Not good enough. Then, I remembered I’d installed the Uber app awhile ago, and I hadn’t tried it yet. For those that[Read More...]

by 2:24 PM on April 6, 2013 10 comments Apps, Mini Reviews, Other, Reviews
Game Review: Solar 2

Game Review: Solar 2

Of all of the games in the Humble Bundle 5, Solar 2 is the one that has really caught my attention, with the exception of Sword and Sworcery EP which was recently added and which I had already purchased through the Play Store. Solar 2 has been developed by “Murudai” aka Jay Watts who is an Australian developer. Solar 2 has been around for quite a while on PC and has recently made it debut on Android. This game has been developed by just one person as seen on the Solar 2 website. Solar 2 was developed by a one[Read More...]

by 9:18 PM on March 19, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
Video Review: USB Audio Recorder Pro

Video Review: USB Audio Recorder Pro

Android’s lack of USB audio support (#5) and high audio latency (#11) have been a couple of the platform’s most griped-about and longest-standing issues, starred by 4482 and 2329 users respectively at the time of writing. USB Audio Recorder Pro is an app that represents a significant step toward addressing these issues, as the developers have written a USB audio driver from scratch in order to bypass Android’s audio system and allow devices to run in USB host mode. In simple language, that means you can use a USB microphone to record audio straight to your phone or tablet (running[Read More...]

by 12:26 PM on March 6, 2013 10 comments Apps, Reviews
Game Review: Ball Of Woe

Game Review: Ball Of Woe

New Sydney-based developer Doppler Interactive recently released their first Android game Ball of Woe to the Google Play store. The game is the brainchild of Joshua – the developer, and Jessica – the graphic designer. The storyline behind Ball of Woe is that the citizens of ‘Nicetown’ have balled up all their sadness into a ‘Ball of Woe’ that you – as God – must guide through a physics-based puzzle maze on a suspended track using Puffs of air. You have to keep the ball on the track and avoid obstacles like holes in the track in order to liberate[Read More...]

by 1:17 PM on February 14, 2013 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Reviews
Lexathon Word Jumble – Addictive word fun

Lexathon Word Jumble – Addictive word fun

XandarMob is an Australian indie game developer based in Brisbane who have released Lexathon® word jumble onto Google Play. The game is basic in concept but addictive in nature; playing the game is simple — there is a 3×3 grid of letters, which you must use to create as many words containing at least 4 letters as possible, with all words including the letter located in the middle square and you can only use each letter once. You are able to shuffle the letter positions of the 8 letters surrounding the central letter at any time using the ‘Shuffle’ button[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on January 30, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
Ingress — Game Review

Ingress — Game Review

If you’ve been on Google+ any time in the last couple of months, you would have most likely seen the word ‘Ingress’ in trending topics. Infact, Ingress was trending for most of month of December. When I saw that word, the first thing I did was Google it and I found this video: A set up video for a new game, even though they insist that it is’t a game! The description gives some more information (as read like a release): Published on 15 Nov 2012 This world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake,[Read More...]

by 8:24 AM on January 28, 2013 11 comments Apps, Giveaway, Mini Reviews, Reviews
SoundGecko – Listen to websites, PDFs and RSS Feeds

SoundGecko – Listen to websites, PDFs and RSS Feeds

121Cast is an Australian software production company based in Melbourne. Founded in February 2012, they’ve released a number of applications for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Chrome. Today I’m looking at their Android offering, SoundGecko. SoundGecko is a combination of local app and cloud-based service that allows you to listen to things that you would normally read, like posts from websites or your RSS Feeds. It’s an interesting idea which, at first, I didn’t see much need for. However, after using it for a few days I have found it to be an invaluable tool. The theory behind SoundGecko is[Read More...]

by 3:54 PM on January 21, 2013 2 comments Apps, Reviews
S-Note — Review

S-Note — Review

Note: This review was written by Juliet Fieldew – wife of the Jedi – and complements our Galaxy Note II review. Creatives everywhere have been enthused by the fabulous functions of the Galaxy Note II’s S Pen and S Note software. Whether you’re into fashion sketches or productivity presentations, there’s a lot that can be done on the Note II once you know how. My job as the creative half of the review team, was to put the Note II through its paces and find out what I could do with such a yummy piece of hardware. One thing I[Read More...]

by 5:57 PM on October 24, 2012 6 comments Apps, Reviews
IM+ Pro — Review

IM+ Pro — Review

Looking for an all in one instant messaging app? Look no further. I had looked around for quite some time for a really nice, easy to use all in one instant messaging program. There were plenty that came close but they didn’t: Offer a smooth user experience Have all the IM protocols I wanted to connect to Have appropriate customisation and of course there were plenty that just didn’t make the cut. I’ve found one that I really like finally: IM+ Pro by Shape. It’s a clean interface, connects to all of the IM services I use regularly and offers[Read More...]

by 7:50 AM on October 19, 2012 3 comments Apps, Design, Reviews
tTorrent Pro – Review

tTorrent Pro – Review

In the age of digital file sharing we’re always on the lookout for a newer, cleaner, more effective way to share our legally acquired files with each other. Here’s another one that could save you stress and potentially a bit of money! Let me explain: Many ISP’s have peak/offpeak plans which leads to customers leaving their PCs on overnight to make use of this offpeak data that is at their disposal. Even with offpeak power rates this can end up being a costly adventure for people to have their PCs on overnight for extended periods of time. Now I ask[Read More...]

by 9:54 PM on October 2, 2012 1 comment Apps, Reviews
Critter Escape – App Review

Critter Escape – App Review

You’re a test-subject critter and you need to escape the secret research laboratory! Planet Muck brings us an action-packed 3D maze chase game, with an overlay of undeniable cute, Critter Escape. You play the part of the “Test Subject” critter, and you have to escape the secret research laboratory, where you are being detained. The storyline through the levels is engaging, and teamed with great graphics, the game-play is smooth. You have the choice of two types of input, a tap to path, or a virtual joystick. Both are single touch controls, so it can be easily be played on[Read More...]

by 9:41 PM on September 17, 2012 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Reviews
Checking out with Google Wallet

Checking out with Google Wallet

One of the coolest (and hence, most hyped) uses of NFC would have to be the use of it for contactless payments.Just like your MasterCard or Visa card with PayPass or payWave. The most widely known example of using your phone as your wallet is probably Google’s Wallet app. After installing it on your Android …

by 3:30 PM on September 4, 2012 15 comments Apps, NFC, Reviews
Whirldroid — App Review

Whirldroid — App Review

If you’re a frequent visitor to Australia’s most popular internet and technology discussion forum Whirlpool then you would know the mobile interface can be unreliable at times. Aussie developer and Whirlpool enthusiast Greg Smith has created a free app ‘Whirldroid‘ which makes viewing the Whirlpool forums on your Android phone or tablet a breeze. The app is still relatively new and being updated quite frequently with new features added and bugs squashed every few days, we reviewed version 1.3 of the app on a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7. To begin you need to log into your Whirlpool profile[Read More...]

by 5:09 PM on September 1, 2012 7 comments Apps, Reviews