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Google is planning to no longer call Freemium games ‘Free’

Google is planning to no longer call Freemium games ‘Free’

Google has responded to the European Commission over concerns raised by parents surrounding In-App Purchases (IAP) included with an increasing number of games for their platforms – namely Android. The commission asked both Apple and Google to implement changes to the way they sell apps which include IAP in their games. The changes asked for include not misleading customers about ‘Free’ games, as well as not ‘directly exhorting’ children to buy in-game items, and thoroughly informing customers about payment arrangements and forcing game makers to provide contact information – a step to help facilitate communications between customers and developers over[Read More...]

by 8:35 AM on July 19, 2014 7 comments Google Play
Meet Project Athena – an experimental redesign of ChromeOS based on Material Design

Meet Project Athena – an experimental redesign of ChromeOS based on Material Design

Material Design is the design language announced at Google I/O, it will appear across the entire range of Google’s products – from Android, to the web and of course their emerging desktop/laptop OS – ChromeOS. François Beaufort, Chrome advocate for Google has released a look at what the ChromeOS team is calling ‘Project Athena’ overnight, and for interested developers, you can follow along too. As Mr Beaufort points out in his Google+ post, the project is of course about bringing about a new kind of user experience. There’s some re-design of the windows, as well as ‘some simple window management’.[Read More...]

by 7:24 AM on July 19, 2014 2 comments ChromeOS
InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

If a six-inch display on your mobile isn’t enough, would you consider getting a second one? When I saw this headline, my immediate thought was no, but having read a bit more about what the InkCase provides, I’m kind of excited and I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. Shown above, InkCase Plus is an eInk display that acts as a second display for your Android. What can you do with it? Many things. Firstly, you’ll save battery life, because viewing / reading things on an eInk display is significantly cheaper in terms of battery usage than[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

The release of the Android Nokia X range just prior to the purchase of the company by Microsoft, left many people asking what the future of the Nokia X series was. With the launch of the Nokia X2 range late last month after the purchase had gone through it seemed the series could stick around. But overnight, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has overnight sent a letter to staff outlining some future plans for the Nokia X series and also some news about the future of some of the staff. The Microsoft team will lose a total of 18,000 staff[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, News
Guardians of the Galaxy slides into Google Play

Guardians of the Galaxy slides into Google Play

The US Summer movie blockbuster season is still upon us, that means we’re still seeing big budget feature films arriving in theatres. Next month Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest Marvel Super-hero movie joins the list of Marvel movie franchises and it looks absolutely killer. But what’s a movie without a game tie-in? Well, now you can play Guardians of the Galaxy as Marvel Games have released Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW (The Ultimate Weapon) into Google Play. Let’s get this out of the way, at $5.25 it’s a pretty expensive game, but the up-side is – no In-App Purchases![Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on July 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Maps for Android updates with elevation information for cyclists and more

Google Maps for Android updates with elevation information for cyclists and more

Just in time for the weekend, Google has today updated Maps with a few new features, including some updates which could make going for a ride this weekend a little more attractive. After updating Google Maps on the desktop in May to include elevation information for cyclists, Google has today brought the feature to Android. Cyclists will now be able to check out exactly how high those hills are going to be when you set out a route. You can even compare routes to see which one has the largest hills. There are a few other features if you’re not[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on July 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play – Winter is HERE!

Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play – Winter is HERE!

Winter is here. Disruptor Beam and developer Kongregate have brought the game Game of Thrones Ascent to Google Play. But hold on there, it’s not a sex and violence fuelled hack’n’slash, instead you’ll find yourself reading and scheming in a modern day version of the text-based adventures which featured heavily in early computing. The game ‘Offers in-app purchases’(IAP), so naturally it’s free to download and play. The IAP is to get around in-game timers, and of course purchase in-game currency you can use to purchase goods in the game. You can of course play for free, it will just take[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Apps
Google by the numbers – Q2 2014 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q2 2014 earnings report

Google has today released their financial results for the 2nd quarter of 2014. The results are pretty good for the company, with expectations above that of analysts on Wall Street, a positive for share-holders and executives alike. With the sale of Motorola still not complete, there are still results from the company included in this report and as with previous results – they’re losses. Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google said Google had a great quarter with revenue up 22% year on year, at $16.0 billion. We are moving forward with great product momentum and are excited to continue providing amazing[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on July 18, 2014 1 comment News
JB Hifi releases Stack Magazine as an Android App

JB Hifi releases Stack Magazine as an Android App

Catalogues, propoganda all the stuff you get from stores to advertise their wares usually end in land-fill, but in a connected world, we’re starting to receive the contents of these missives in electronic form if you wish, and that’s what JB Hifi is now letting you do with the electronic version of their Stack Magazine, which is available now on Google Play. As an avid collector of special edition DVD’s I often love picking up a Stack Magazine while visiting a JB Hifi, usually to take back to work to read at my desk during ‘quiet’ times. Stack magazine is[Read More...]

by 10:29 AM on July 18, 2014 2 comments Apps
Third Party app Pebble Locker adds support for Android Wear

Third Party app Pebble Locker adds support for Android Wear

If you still own a Pebble smart watch, third party Pebble app – Pebble Locker has added an update which is looking pretty good. Version 2.8 (which has now been updated to 2.8.1 to address crashing) of the Pebble Locker app, adds support for the app to work with Android Wear watches as well as bringing some general bug fixes. The app now supports a ‘trusted Bluetooth’ option, which Google announced as a feature in Android L, which allows your phone to remain unlocked while your Pebble/Android Wear watch is within range. Once your phone is beyond communication distance of[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on July 18, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Apps
Coles introduces mobile wallet app for existing Coles Credit Card users

Coles introduces mobile wallet app for existing Coles Credit Card users

Coles has launched a new mobile wallet payments app, available to Android and iOS users who currently have Coles branded credit cards. The mobile wallet app, which is available to download free from Google Play (as well as the App store for iOS users), allows customers to pay for groceries using their mobile phone. The app, which has been launched with Mastercard as a partner, uses a Coles Pay Tag sticker as opposed to NFC in the phone, mimicking the Commonwealth Bank Paytag system they launched last year. Using the Coles Pay Tag sticker, users can get from the Coles[Read More...]

by 9:21 AM on July 18, 2014 6 comments News, NFC
Why developers probably aren’t (and shouldn’t) be making Android Wear watch faces yet

Why developers probably aren’t (and shouldn’t) be making Android Wear watch faces yet

Google’s Wayne Piekarski has taken to Google+ to talk about the state of custom watch-faces for Android Wear, and while he’s doubtlessly impressed with what developers have come up with since the launch of the Android Wear SDK, he’s cautioning not to go too far. Not yet. As we know, and as Wayne has commented, customisability has allowed Android to thrive, and no doubt will have the same positive effect for Android Wear as well. However, the platform isn’t quite ready for the kind of extensibility people want in the form of watch faces.. yet. Wayne explains: Custom watch faces[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 17, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
LG Announces G3 Beat/s for Korean and European markets – probably won’t come here

LG Announces G3 Beat/s for Korean and European markets – probably won’t come here

With the LG G3 due to hit Australian shores early next month, LG has decided to unveil the mini version in Korea. Known as the G3 Beat for the Korean market, LG also plans to roll it out within Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS – Eastern European countries) where it will be known as the G3 s. The phone is, style wise, almost identical to the full sized LG G3, with the same slim bezels on the sides of the 5″ HD IPS display, although at 720×1280 resolution, it’s a far cry from the 2K resolution of[Read More...]

by 3:09 PM on July 17, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones