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Google adds ‘Insert from Drive’ to GMail for Android

Google adds ‘Insert from Drive’ to GMail for Android

It seems that we’re getting some updates today, with Google rolling out updates to a number of apps, including GMail, with Google adding ‘Insert from Drive’ to the list of options when attaching files to emails. The option to add a file from your Google Drive to an email is now found in the overflow menu on the right, with a popup window appearing so you can select which file you want to add. At this stage there aren’t any other new features popping up according to Android Police, but it’s a nifty piece of additional functionality. As usual, Android[Read More...]

by 4:52 AM on July 10, 2014 1 comment Apps
Update for Google Camera rolling out now adding remote shutter for Android Wear and more

Update for Google Camera rolling out now adding remote shutter for Android Wear and more

The Google Camera is getting an update at the moment, and with Android Wear the flavour of the month, there’s a new Android Wear component included – Remote Shutter. The update, which is arriving via a gradual rollout to Android devices, brings about the ability to activate the shutter remotely from your wrist. Simply set your phone or tablet with the Google Camera installed up and you can hit the shutter when you’re ready to go. A three second timer is initiated when you tap it, and when the photo is taken a preview is shown on your watch face.[Read More...]

by 4:11 AM on July 10, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Stick Sports updates Stick Soccer with Google Play Games functionality and more

Stick Sports updates Stick Soccer with Google Play Games functionality and more

Stick Soccer is less than a month old, but there’s a fairly substantial update rolling out to the new game, bringing with it some features promised when the game first launched. The biggest change included in the update is the introduction of Google+ login at the start, which also brings with it Google Play Games leaderboards and achievements, so you can interact with all your Google+ friends. The system ‘Back’ button now functions within the game, which was a big sticking point when we first looked at Stick Soccer when it was released, but that now works well. The game[Read More...]

by 2:49 AM on July 10, 2014 0 comments Apps
Screen Mirroring with Chromecast now live for selected devices

Screen Mirroring with Chromecast now live for selected devices

Google announced that Screen Mirroring was coming to Chromecast for Android at Google I/O last month. We’ve been patiently waiting for the Cast Screen function to begin working ever since and today Google has announced that the feature is now ready to go. You can now mirror the contents of your compatible Android device to your Chromecast by selecting ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app, or more quickly through the Quick Settings menu available by a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen. The catch is that the function is only available from a select[Read More...]

by 2:37 AM on July 10, 2014 20 comments Chromecast
Control your phone’s volume from your Android Wear watch

Control your phone’s volume from your Android Wear watch

Wishing you could control your mobiles volume without the need to get it out of your bag or pocket? Well, a developer named Kirill Rakhman has come up with an app that can control your mobile’s volume control simply with an app called ‘Wear Volume’ through your new smartwatch. The App, which is pretty basic in design and set up process, is available for free on Google Play and the apps developer has stated that to use the app on your Android Wear smartwatch, all you need to do is to by tapping the screen or saying “Ok Google”. Swipe[Read More...]

by 7:59 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
LG announces KizON wearable for pre-school and primary school children

LG announces KizON wearable for pre-school and primary school children

LG has today announced a new wearable that they’re aiming directly at parents. The new wearable called KizON is a GPS and Wi-Fi location tracker which shares real-time location information to a smartphone. The KizON includes a 2G/3G radio, which allows parents or loved ones to call the child directly using the One Step Direct Call function, to easily communicate with their children at any time throughout the day. The ability to call the child is restricted to a list of 10 pre-configured phone number, set from and phone running Android 4.1 or higher. There’s an element of safety included[Read More...]

by 7:45 PM on July 9, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
Modern Combat 5 from Gameloft to launch on July 24th

Modern Combat 5 from Gameloft to launch on July 24th

Mobile gaming powerhouse Gameloft has been producing some excellent content for mobile platforms since the birth of the mobile revolution. Their first person shooter series Modern Combat has been improving with each iteration and on July 24th they’ll unleash Modern Combat 5 onto Android (and iOS). The game has been ramping up for some months, with Gameloft showing the game off at E3 last month. From the trailer alone, it looks brilliant, but they’ve got a lot more coming. What we know about the game is that it will have a great single player campaign mode that will include fast-paced[Read More...]

by 5:46 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments News
Factory reset phones found to still contain personal data

Factory reset phones found to still contain personal data

When you’re finished with a phone or tablet and are looking to on-sell the device, you factory reset it. But what if that doesn’t actually wipe those naked ‘selfies’ you’re trying to get rid of them? That’s what security software company Avast has found when looking at some old phones they purchased from eBay. Avast purchased 20 Android smartphones from eBay and managed to restore more than 40,000 photos – including 250 nude male selfies! – as well as 750 emails, 250 contacts, four previous identities and a completed loan application. To recover the information they didn’t use anything particularly[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on July 9, 2014 5 comments News, Other
Google voice searches can now be corrected after a failed attempt

Google voice searches can now be corrected after a failed attempt

Searching Google by voice has been hit and miss for a lot of people and with voice search now the focal point on Android Wear it makes sense that there are steps in place to improve it. According to 9to5Google, if you attempt a search such as ‘find me the nearest bars’, Google could get anything wrong in that search, but you could end up with ‘find me the nearest cars’. A simple voice command of ‘No, I said bars’ will resubmit the search with the one word changed. This looks to be an extension of their conversational search that[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on July 9, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Services
Google implements workaround for paid Android Wear apps on Google Play

Google implements workaround for paid Android Wear apps on Google Play

After a bug arose over the July 4th holiday weekend with paid Android Wear apps not uploading to their customers Android Wear devices, Google has updated their Android Developers blog to advise that they have a workaround in place. Through their Google+ page, Google advised that they advised this is definitely only affecting paid apps, with free apps requiring no changes. For developers, there are some changes required. Notably, the Android Wear APK, needs be renamed to wearable_app.apk and sit in the res/raw directory as opposed to the Assets directory that free apps can reside in. Developers will need to[Read More...]

by 4:16 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Google Play
Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch stripped bare by ifixit

Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch stripped bare by ifixit

As Android Wear devices show up on people’s doorsteps around the world, it’s time to see what the good folks over at iFixit think about the innards and the repairability of these new watches. They’ve taken apart both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live but obviously still await the arrival of the Moto 360. The Samsung Gear Live is first on the repair bench. The Gear Live gets a pretty good report card from the iFixit team, who took time to note that there are many pluses from their standpoint on the Gear Live. The band is[Read More...]

by 3:57 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
First Custom ROM Released For The LG G Watch

First Custom ROM Released For The LG G Watch

When a new device is released it is always an exciting time when the development community switch into gear and set about tweaking the manufacturers offering. Add into the mix a new platform and the anticipation levels rise even more. With the first Android Wear devices arriving in the hands of consumers (as opposed to developers from Google IO) the first custom ROM has been released. Jakeday has released the first custom ROM for the LG G watch over at Rootzwiki. The ROM, Gohma 1.0, at this early stage seems to be basic kernel tweaks and is only an 8MB[Read More...]

by 6:57 AM on July 9, 2014 3 comments News
Lenovo to launch ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook in Australia this month

Lenovo to launch ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook in Australia this month

Lenovo has been making Chromebooks since they released their first device the education oriented Thinkpad branded X131e, but they’ve never brought their Chromebook offerings to Australia…until now. Lenovo is set to introduce their ruggedised Thinkpad 11e Chromebooks to Australia, starting sales of the devices, which include their multi-position Yoga model, through their online store. If you’re new to the Lenovo range, there are two models on offer, the Thinkpad 11e, which comes in a traditional Laptop clamshell formfactor. Or, for the more adventurous amongst you, there’s the Thinkpad Yoga 11e, which comes with a 360° Yoga hinge that allows the[Read More...]

by 9:57 PM on July 8, 2014 0 comments Chromebook, Manufacturer