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Google to bring Chrome apps to Android in early 2014

Google to bring Chrome apps to Android in early 2014

If you’re not much of a web developer, you might not know a lot about Chrome apps. Chrome apps look and feel exactly like a native application running on a desktop environment, but are built in the same fashion as a website and will run perfectly without an internet connection. Unlike standard web apps, Chrome apps allow developers to link their apps directly to hardware devices or system features. You can read more about Chrome apps and how they function over at the Chrome developers website, or check out the video below from the Chrome Dev Summit. The Next Web[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on December 5, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Any.DO releases Cal for Android

Any.DO releases Cal for Android

Any.DO, maker of cross-platform to-do list app by the same name, has finally released its long-awaited Cal app for Android, after it debuted on iOS earlier this year. Any.DO revolutionised task-list apps, with a fluid, beautiful interface and a simple, logical flow to the app, and they’ve done the same with with calendar apps in the form of Cal. Most of the iOS versions features have been brought across to the Android version, including integration with Google Maps and hire-car service Uber. As you might expect, there’s tight integration between Cal and Any.DO, allowing users to link to-do items with[Read More...]

by 1:08 PM on December 5, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
Review: Car Dock Qi Charger

Review: Car Dock Qi Charger

Last year when Google introduced Qi charging for the Nexus 4 we were all super excited to be able to charge our phones sans wires. At the time though, Qi charging for phones was relatively new and many people were burnt (along with suppliers and sellers) with Qi chargers that were less than perfect. They heated the phone up to dangerous levels, they stopped charging at 80% and several other issues were reports we heard on the grapevine as well as experienced ourselves. Fast forward 12 months and while there are still not many Android devices with Qi charging built[Read More...]

by 10:36 AM on December 5, 2013 14 comments Accessories, Reviews
Google Play kicks off the 2013 Players’ Choice Awards

Google Play kicks off the 2013 Players’ Choice Awards

Google Play has today announced the Players’ Choice Awards which gives Google Play users the opportunity to nominate and vote for the best Apps and Games of 2013. The Awards are divided into Six categories : I Can’t Quit You – Most Addictive Games Old School, Still Cool – Best Franchise Games Lights, Camera, Games! – Best Games Based on Movies Quietly Brilliant – Best Apps for Enhancing the Everyday At your Service – Best Apps for Booking and Buying I ♥ Google – Best Google Apps Each category has pre-selected Apps or Games included but also offers you the[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on December 5, 2013 0 comments Apps, Google Play
Google updates Santa Tracker site – Chromecast enabled Android App on the way.

Google updates Santa Tracker site – Chromecast enabled Android App on the way.

While NORAD has continued their relationship with the dark side this year by offering a Microsoft Bing powered Santa Tracker, Google has announced an update to their Santa Tracker website. The Santa Tracker site is an update of last years page, which sees Santa’s Village animated with plenty of fun games and activities for kids. The page features the Santa Countdown timer – the timer is counting down to the time that Santa will leave the North Pole, at which time the Santa tracking Google Map will appear – as well as games and activities like a Present Catapult game,[Read More...]

by 9:21 AM on December 5, 2013 0 comments Apps, Chromecast
Tic-Tac-Toe for Chromecast available now in Google Play

Tic-Tac-Toe for Chromecast available now in Google Play

With the Chromecast Hackathon that is expected to launch the official Chromecast SDK coming this weekend, a new game has appeared on Google Play which will allow two people to play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Available for both Android and iOS the game requires two players with the App installed, connected to the same Chromecast and obviously on the same Wi-Fi network. Once you have fulfilled the requirements, simply load the game, connect to the same Chromecast and start playing. It’s a pretty basic game and the source code is actually available up on GitHub for anyone wanting to have[Read More...]

by 8:49 AM on December 5, 2013 2 comments Apps, Chromecast
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 now available at Dick Smith Electronics

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 now available at Dick Smith Electronics

The third generation of the Samsung Galaxy Ace has now been released in Australia and is available outright from Dick Smith Electronics for $299. This is the first in the Galaxy Ace line which comes with 4G LTE compatability that will connect to all three of the major carriers LTE networks in Australia. The Galaxy Ace 3 also comes with 3G compatability on all three major carriers as well. In terms of specs the Galaxy Ace 3 comes with a 4″ 480×800 resolution display on the front and is powered by a 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor with 1GB of RAM.[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on December 5, 2013 5 comments Phones
Calibrate Your Nexus 5 Screen

Calibrate Your Nexus 5 Screen

When it comes to screen calibration Google have never had much success when it comes to their Nexus device. Whether this is due to poor process or just not having the resources/expertise to do it is unknown. As with many things Nexus related, the developer community are attempting to provide a solution. Developer Myfluxi has come up with kernel code that can be used to reverse engineer the kernel drivers for gamma for the Nexus 5. In keeping with the open source spirit he has made this available to all and from this Faux123 has created an app/tool to adjust[Read More...]

by 7:26 PM on December 4, 2013 8 comments Modding, News, Phones
VSCO Cam is now available for Android

VSCO Cam is now available for Android

VSCO ended months of speculation today with its release of the Android version of its VSCO Cam photography app in Google Play. If you’re like me, you may not know a lot about photography but would like to enhance your everyday photos a bit. VSCO Cam is a simple enough application which allows novice photographers to tweak their photos using a number of filters in a matter of seconds. It’s a little like Instagram in that regard, but it gives users the ability to control and configure its preset filters. The app itself is free and supports a wide range[Read More...]

by 1:18 PM on December 4, 2013 9 comments News
Exclusive: Android 4.4.1 KitKat being tested internally, release not far off?

Exclusive: Android 4.4.1 KitKat being tested internally, release not far off?

Android 4.4 (KitKat) is just on a month old, and already it seems that Google is readying an update. There’s wide speculation on what the update could be fixing, but rumoured inclusions are a camera fix for the Nexus 5, which has rather slow focus acquisition and image capture, and addressing performance issues on 2012’s Nexus 10 tablet with its translucent backgrounds for the status and navigation bars. From what we have seen, the new version is currently running on Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 devices. Android 4.4.1, sporting the build version KOT49E, has been spotted in analytics[Read More...]

by 8:28 AM on December 4, 2013 11 comments Exclusive, News, OS Update
Android App for LIFX the WiFi enabled Lightbulb now available in Google Play

Android App for LIFX the WiFi enabled Lightbulb now available in Google Play

LIFX, the Wi-Fi enabled, colour changing, energy efficient LED light bulb that can be controlled by your mobile phone has not only begun shipping lightbulbs to Kickstarter backers, but they’ve finaly released their Android App to Google Play. The App was supposed to arrive last Thursday, but they advised via Twitter that some big issues were holding it back, but it’s now gone live as of this morning. The App includes the ability to : Turn your LIFX light bulbs on and off. Adjust brightness from 1000 lumens to completely off. Change colors (millions to choose from). Create groups. Name[Read More...]

by 8:19 AM on December 4, 2013 2 comments Apps
Special Rumour Edition: Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4

Special Rumour Edition: Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4

There are a number of rumours sweeping the web about the next generation Samsung flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4. Most of the rumours are based on what Samsung are working on releasing within the next six months, so some of the rumoured features may appear on the S5, and some may need more work and show up on the Note 4. The latest rumours are:  A 64 bit processor will debut in the S5 or Note 4 All of Samsungs flagship devices next year will have a ICOCELL 16MP rear camera  The camera will possibly not have Optical[Read More...]

by 1:30 AM on December 4, 2013 1 comment News, Phones, Rumours
Google Play Gift Cards 10% off at Woolworths from Wednesday 4th of December

Google Play Gift Cards 10% off at Woolworths from Wednesday 4th of December

Tis’ the season, etc. and the latest Woolworths catalogue shows that the national supermarket chain is getting into the spirit by offering 10% off Google Play Gift Cards from tomorrow. The sale which runs from tomorrow through till Tuesday the 10th of December is the first for the Google Play Gift Cards since they went on-sale here in Australia at the end of August. Woolworths has the exclusive rights on selling the gift cards through their stores as well as Big W and Woolworths Fuel outlets at least until the end of 2013. Edit: Yes, 7-11 sell them too! If[Read More...]

by 6:25 PM on December 3, 2013 16 comments Other