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Google’s Ingress is now open to the public

Google’s Ingress is now open to the public

Google’s augmented reality game Ingress has this week opened its virtual doors to members of the public in earnest. Previously, a new player required an invitation from a current player, but this requirement has now been removed – anyone can now install the app from the Play Store and get started. The World Around You Is Not What It Seems If you’ve not followed our previous coverage (or my frequent tweets on the subject), Ingress throws players into a global quest for control of a substance called Exotic Matter. Your phone becomes the Ingress “scanner”, that lets you see the[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on October 31, 2013 25 comments Apps, News
Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

In a very recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on popular site Reddit, a user going by the name of throwawaynexus5guy has been busy answering questions about the Nexus 5 that he alleges to have spent some time with recently. As proof he uploaded pictures as proof. He didn’t have time to delve deeply into the device, but here is a summation of  his answers poised to him by his fellow Redditors: Always on microphone similar to the Moto X Improved camera, but not vastly so Hangouts has SMS and IMS integrated into the one threaded conversation The Nexus 5 updates to Android[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on October 31, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Kit Kat promotional Nexus 7 tablets arriving now

Kit Kat promotional Nexus 7 tablets arriving now

For those lucky enough to have won a Nexus 7 16GB tablet in the Android 4.4 KitKat promotion, the good news is that they are now being shipped in a first round of deliveries. The bad news is that firstly, Woolworths are running low on the Android Kit Kats – and Nestle won’t be producing any more – so stock up now if your local Woolworths, Big W or service stations still have any. The specially marked Kit Kat’s are $1 for this week at the supermarket, if you can find them. The other bad news is that Android 4.4[Read More...]

by 6:28 PM on October 31, 2013 3 comments Competition, News, Tablets
Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

According to a leaked document that was sourced by Amir Efrati from Jessicalessin.com the upcoming version of Android will be aiming at a few things in particular – low-end phones, TV, wearable computing and NFC. The document which is reported to be shared with Google hardware partners lists the very hot new consumer range of wearable computing, with Kit Kat expected to support three new sensors – geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. The new sensors will possibly be used in Glass and very likely the rumoured Smartwatch that Google is rumoured to be gearing up to launch[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments NFC, OS Update, Rumours
Game Review: Monster Mash Saga

Game Review: Monster Mash Saga

It’s Halloween in Australia – let’s not get into the whole US only holiday thing – so why not try out a monster game like Monster Mash Saga from Australian developers Hovel Games. Gameplay Monster Mash Saga is a game that falls into the ‘match three’ genre, which sees you matching three or more Ghosts, Zombies, Devils, Mummies or Vampires to clear them. The game is objective based, with each level assigning a goal to reach in a set time period or a set number of moves, which gets harder as you progress through each level. The matching is done[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Apps, Reviews
Glass Accessories showing up for Glass Explorers to purchase

Glass Accessories showing up for Glass Explorers to purchase

With the expansion of the Glass Explorer program going ahead, as well as some new hardware coming out which supports both prescription glasses and a mono earbud, what’s next for Google? Well, something they’re not normally accustomed to – Release Accessories. The release of accessories for their Nexus program has traditionally been a pretty slow affair, with cases, chargers, etc. often taking months to come out and it appears that Glass is no different. Android Headlines are reporting that four new accessories are now available through the Glass store for Glass Explorers. The accessories available include a mono earbud –[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments Accessories, Glass
Samsung reportedly starting mass production of curved batteries

Samsung reportedly starting mass production of curved batteries

Samsung is on the verge of producing curved batteries according to a ZDNet report. This comes as Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Round that will be launching in the companies home country of South Korea. Whether the two will go hand in hand remains to be seen, however, Samsung appear to be very keen in the area of curved devices — it’s just a step closer to flexible devices, though I doubt we’re going to see flexible batteries any time soon. The first batteries are likely to be 2800mAh — the same capacity of those in the Galaxy Round.[Read More...]

by 1:01 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments News
Google Play Store now has a cleaner look when purchasing a Nexus 7

Google Play Store now has a cleaner look when purchasing a Nexus 7

Google have quietly updated the design of the ‘Devices’ section of the Play Store, making it cleaner and easier to navigate when selecting the variations of a device. So far it has only rolled out to the Nexus 7, though it’s certain to hit all future devices as well — where’s that new Nexus everyone is talking about? The new design allows you to choose which storage variations as well as connectivity options if they’re available. If you choose a 32GB model with LTE, but then swap back to a 16GB model, you’ll be notified that LTE isn’t available on[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Google Play, News
17 of Google’s own apps have been updated in the past few days, ready for KitKat

17 of Google’s own apps have been updated in the past few days, ready for KitKat

A keen Reddit user has spotted Google updating their apps despite no roll out in order to prepare them for KitKat’s (Android 4.4) launch in what feels like a few days. 17 of the apps have their last update set at October 28th or 29th yet only some of the updates have rolled out to users. Those apps are: Analytics Blogger Calendar Chrome Drive Earth Fiber Gmail Goggles Google+ Google Play Services Hangouts Keep Play Magazines Snapseed Translate Wallet I think at this point it’s very clear that Google have got everything set up and ready to go. All we[Read More...]

by 12:26 PM on October 31, 2013 8 comments Apps, News
There have been enough Nexus 5 leaks to create this 3D GIF

There have been enough Nexus 5 leaks to create this 3D GIF

Yep, that’s right; there has actually been enough leaks of the Nexus 5 for someone to create this almost-perfect 3D GIF of the device. I don’t think we’ve seen a device leaked so much before its actually been confirmed or announced by its owner — in this case, Google. As for when that might be, there’s a slight chance it could be done tomorrow US time, but our money is on November 5th. That gives Google enough time to invite people to an event should they choose to host one.

by 12:12 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Google is looking for beta testers to try out new products

Google is looking for beta testers to try out new products

If you’re a fan of Google and want to help them trial new products, Google is looking for people to sign up to their ‘Google User Experience Research Program’. Given the range of products that Google create, ranging from services to software and hardware, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get to try out the latest Nexus device, Google has given a quick rundown on what the program is for : You’d be helping us to improve Google products, both existing ones and those that are still in development. For example, we might ask you to try out a prototype and[Read More...]

by 10:36 AM on October 31, 2013 2 comments Other
Kit Kat wants you to share – maybe they should share the Nexus 5!

Kit Kat wants you to share – maybe they should share the Nexus 5!

Yesterday, to take your mind of the fact that no Android 4.4 event or launch had occurred as yet, Kit Kat wanted you to enjoy some Magic. Today, to achieve the same thing they’d like to remind you to not be mean and share your Kit Kat as this animation released through the Kit Kat Twitter account overnight shows. The cute animation of an Android teasing his fellow Android with a finger of delicious Kit Kat is pretty cute and shows what can happen when you take your eye of the prize, timely advice for Google with their Nexus 5[Read More...]

by 7:19 AM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Other
Updated: Retail Nexus 5 photographed in the wild in the UK

Updated: Retail Nexus 5 photographed in the wild in the UK

As stocks of the Nexus 5 allegedly arrive in warehouses around the world, we knew that it wouldn’t be long until one escaped into the wild. In this disappointingly blurry image posted to Overclockers UK (and since removed), we see the front of the new Nexus with what’s likely a factory screen protector on the face with Nexus 5 printed on it alongside packaging which seems to match previous leaks and previous years’ Nexus phone packaging. A Reddit user surmises that the original poster works for a large phone retailer in the UK, although we haven’t been able to confirm[Read More...]

by 12:07 AM on October 31, 2013 8 comments News, Phones