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Swiftkey offering online backup and more with Swiftkey Cloud

Swiftkey offering online backup and more with Swiftkey Cloud

Swiftkey has announced a brand new beta version of their popular keyboard alternative called Swiftkey Cloud, that offers some fantastic new features which some users will recognise as coming straight from top of their want lists. Swiftkey Cloud is offering both Tablet and Phone versions of the new beta, both of which are available to download from their website, all you need to do is download the APKs for the new Swiftkey 4.2 and you’re able to take advantage of the new features as well as existing once such as Swiftkey Flow. Swiftkey Cloud offers three main new features –[Read More...]

by 8:10 AM on July 24, 2013 2 comments Apps
Belkin launches WeMo for Android and WeMo Light switch

Belkin launches WeMo for Android and WeMo Light switch

Belkin launched their WeMo home control system as an iOS exclusive and except for a Beta Android app that was released in February for the Galaxy S III, we as Android users, have been pretty much left out in the cold since then. Happily today Belkin has announced that they have released a full Android WeMo app into Google Play which is compatible with their full range of WeMo products. The WeMo range if you aren’t familiar is range of products – WeMo Switch, WeMo Baby and WeMo Motion – that are connected to your home IP network and allow[Read More...]

by 5:35 PM on July 23, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
LG’s G2 launch event promotional material confirrms backside touch controls

LG’s G2 launch event promotional material confirrms backside touch controls

A teaser video sent out by LG to promote the G2′s launch has all but confirmed that their upcoming flagship, the G2, will have a rear touch surface, despite how horrible these have been in the past (Motorola Backflip, anyone?). The video also promises that the G2 will learn from the user, but what that means is a bit of a mystery. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t seem to be available, but we have a copy of the press invite below. Unlike the flop that was the Backflip, the G2′s touch surface is quite different. It’s a lot smaller, and rather[Read More...]

by 4:34 PM on July 23, 2013 3 comments Phones, Rumours
Emergency ID app saves your ICE information to your lockscreen

Emergency ID app saves your ICE information to your lockscreen

Emergency ID Australia, the current leader in Medical Jewellery and Emergency ID products has designed and released a new App which displays your In Case of Emergency(ICE) information as a background wallpaper on your phones lockscreen. The new app which costs $2.99 is available in Google Play and allows users who could possibly require medical assistance due to a allergies or pre-existing medical conditions, to input data that could potentially be helpful to people or emergency services staff trying to assist them. Nicole Graham, Director of Emergency ID Australia started designing the app after a career in Emergency Services: When[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 23, 2013 10 comments Apps, Google Play
Job listing suggesting that Motorola might begin working on wearable devices

Job listing suggesting that Motorola might begin working on wearable devices

It seems that Motorola – and by extension Google – might be looking to produce a followup to the MotoActv, or join the rest of the tech world in producing a smart watch, if the current job listing for a Director Industrial Design – Wearables that has been placed by Motorola Mobility is anything to go by. The job, which went up on Thursday US Time, will be based at the headquarters of Motorola in Chicago, Illinois. Motorola is looking for candidates to fulfill the position who will: Provide strategic leadership, champion innovation and institute best practices to create a[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on July 23, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, News
Samsung ditches media and music hubs, combines them all into one App

Samsung ditches media and music hubs, combines them all into one App

If you have ever owned a Samsung device, you would have been familiar (or not) with Samsung’s own marketplace app, affectionately called Samsung Apps and it’s own music hub (aka Samsung Music Hub) which were separate from each other, but Android police are reporting that Samsung has combined these apps into one huge app called Samsung Hub. Whilst the combined Samsung Hub was first brought out under the Galaxy S4, it now also brings video to the store, which seems quite odd given that Samsung are trying to take on Google Play Store directly through its own major app. Whats[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on July 23, 2013 1 comment Apps, Manufacturer, Phones
New LG patent filings point to Tablet, Watch, Hub and more

New LG patent filings point to Tablet, Watch, Hub and more

LG has gone from strength to Strength in the last year, at least in the eyes of people who’ve given their higher end offerings a go, the Optimus G and Nexus 4 have certainly been great products that have rivalled the top of the line offerings from other companies so far at the top of the game and just like their South Korean counterpart Samsung, they look set to branch into other Android related offerings, at least according to some recent trademark filings. The patent filings are for G branded products which LG has recently informed the public is the[Read More...]

by 5:28 AM on July 23, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Glass, Manufacturer, Tablets
LG teases G2 in new video

LG teases G2 in new video

LG has posted a new video in the lead up to the August 7th launch of their new flagship. The video whilst well produced, doesn´t actually reveal a whole heap of new information. Although, some could point out the ‘Learning from you’ slogan atop the above image as something which could reveal something about what LG has in-store with regards to software. The video essentially leads through a whole host of interesting statistics regarding your life, from how many thoughts the individual person has on a day to day basis – 50,000 – to how many people you will come[Read More...]

by 5:11 AM on July 23, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Canonical launch an IndieGoGo campain for Ubuntu Edge – $800 Dual OS Phone

Canonical launch an IndieGoGo campain for Ubuntu Edge – $800 Dual OS Phone

That’s right, Canonical the company behind Ubuntu have just launched an IndieGoGo campaign for their new project named “Ubuntu Edge”. For those who have heard about Ubuntu Touch, the Ubuntu Edge project has been created in a similar sense to what Google have done with their nexus devices. We’re fascinated by converged computing, the idea that the smart phone in your pocket can also be the brain of the PC on your desk. We’ve shaped Ubuntu so you can transition seamlessly between the two environments. Now all that’s needed is a phone that’s designed from the ground up to be[Read More...]

by 4:55 AM on July 23, 2013 5 comments News, Phones
Historical view of ChromeOS releases by device

Historical view of ChromeOS releases by device

What you see here is a screenshot of a doc created in Google Drive by Chrome advocate Francois Beaufort. The source document gives a visual representation of the releases for Stable, Beta and Dev channel across all Chrome devices released since the CR48 was released back in April 2011. While it´s not terribly important information for the day to day user, it does show when each milestone release was reached for each device. Check out the complete document for a bit of nostalgia if nothing else.

by 3:41 AM on July 23, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
Samsung Joins the likes of Google, Apple with first ever Developer Conference

Samsung Joins the likes of Google, Apple with first ever Developer Conference

Samsung has decided that it wants to join the Google, Apple and Microsoft developer conference party, by hosting their first ever developer conference in San Francisco at the West St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, the conference will run from October 27th to 29th. The conference is being billed as a developer conference unlike any other, as it won’t just focus on Mobile development. All of Samsungs divisions, platforms and devices will receive attention. Due to the wide range of topics being covered at the conference, spaces are sure to be filled extremely quickly as it won’t just cover mobile devices.[Read More...]

by 2:51 AM on July 23, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer
Optus Now app will now collect anonymous data to help improve the network

Optus Now app will now collect anonymous data to help improve the network

If you have an Android phone from Optus, then you´re most likely one of the 300,000+ users who have installed the Optus Now App from Google Play. The app has up till now been delivering news, weather, games and sport, but since an update to the app on the 10th of July, it has also been capturing network information such as signal strength and sending it back to Optus for evaluation. The information collected is described by Optus as ‘high-level network data’ and the data sent remains anonymous. At this stage there is no way to provide users with a[Read More...]

by 10:50 PM on July 22, 2013 1 comment Apps, Carriers, Google Play
New Nexus 7 shown off again in a new gallery

New Nexus 7 shown off again in a new gallery

If you´re a Nexus fan like me then this last couple of days has been pretty exciting, the invitation to press to a Google event on Wednesday – Thursday AEST – the retail information, specs leaking and finally the Press shots released this morning by @evleaks, but there´s more. Android Police has just posted a gallery of lightly water-marked pics of the new Asus built Nexus 7, which shows it off from just about every angle you could possibly want, you can see the cameras – front and rear, speakers and of course that oddly horizontal Nexus logo on the[Read More...]

by 10:32 PM on July 22, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer, Tablets