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Angry Birds Transformers rolls out…to Google Play

Angry Birds Transformers rolls out…to Google Play

Since Rovio soft launched their Angry Birds: Transformers title in New Zealand a couple of weeks back, we’ve been waiting for this and now it’s here. The AutoBirds and Deceptihogs are doing battle in this latest game in the Angry Birds franchise, which takes a departure from the usual catapult driven game we’re used to. As shown in the Gameplay trailer, things are a little different with Angry Birds Transformers. You take control of your favourite transformer and run through a side-scrolling adventure destroying the Piggies or Birds as you go. The game includes a heap of features, listed in[Read More...]

by 3:45 AM on October 31, 2014 0 comments Apps
New Moto 360 colour variants show up briefly on Amazon

New Moto 360 colour variants show up briefly on Amazon

With the Moto 360 due to hit Australian stores today, it appears that Motorola in the US is about to launch some new options for the watch, including new colours, size and bands. Amazon is the culprit for the latest leak which apparently leaked a number of new options that haven’t been seen previously. The listings have been pulled, but Android Police managed to grab the images from the listings for a champagne (Gold) coloured variant of the Moto 360, as well as a new version with a slightly thinner 18mm watch band. The champagne coloured version also comes with[Read More...]

by 3:30 AM on October 31, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Manufacturer
Google adds new ‘Skim’ feature to Play Books app as well as Quick Bookmarks

Google adds new ‘Skim’ feature to Play Books app as well as Quick Bookmarks

After updating a host of apps yesterday, Google has moved onto another of their core Android apps: Google Play Books. The app is receiving an update which adds a host of new functionality, based around skimming and bookmarking. The first feature ‘Skim Mode’ allows you to quickly skim through a book quickly with a swipe. The feature is being targeted at students, with Google saying that this will allow them to quickly traverse their textbook to find material. Also to help students, or indeed anyone who studies, Quick Bookmarks which can be added throughout the book. It makes for an[Read More...]

by 2:30 AM on October 31, 2014 0 comments Apps
Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola is now complete – meet Motorola, a Lenovo Company

Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola is now complete – meet Motorola, a Lenovo Company

On the same day that the Motorola built Nexus 6 went on-sale in the US, Motorola and Lenovo have jointly announced that the sale of the company from Google to Lenovo has been completed. The sale of Motorola caught many by surprise when Google announced it back in January, when they had sold Motorola for $2.91 billion. The sale was rumoured to be a bid to quash concerns by Open Handset Alliance manufacturers who saw the relationship between Google and Motorola as a little too close, despite statements that a ‘Firewall’ existed between the two companies. The sale is now[Read More...]

by 11:53 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News
Google’s ‘Stars’ Bookmark manager appears to be live in the Chrome Web Store

Google’s ‘Stars’ Bookmark manager appears to be live in the Chrome Web Store

We’ve seen Google’s new Bookmark manager leak under the code-name ‘Stars’ for a fair few months now, but it seems Google has released it without fanfare into the wild. Released onto the Chrome Web Store as an Extension for Chrome called ‘Bookmark Manager’, it seems to offer all the funtionality of Stars, though now polished and officially released. Depending on your Chrome version, installing the extension replaces your default Chrome Bookmarks manager. It’s not limited to ChromeOS devices, it’s literally an extension, but there are some restrictions. Talk around the web appears to put minimum version at 38, so make[Read More...]

by 8:45 PM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Chrome Extension
Sony Smartwatch 3 SWR50 available from Expansys for $337

Sony Smartwatch 3 SWR50 available from Expansys for $337

We’ve received a tip this afternoon that Expansys is offering the Sony Smartwatch 3 — that’s right, the Android Wear powered watch from Sony — for $337. Factor in about $18 in shipping and you’re looking at the latest Android Wear watch for a shade over $355 AU. If you’re interested, Australian residents can make the purchase here, and our Kiwi friends can do so on Expansys’ NZ website. We haven’t heard too much, just yet, about when or if Sony will be bringing the Smartwatch 3 to Australia on official terms. It seems likely, but we just don’t know. For[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, News, Smartwatch
LG G Watch R – reader’s first impressions

LG G Watch R – reader’s first impressions

When the LG G Watch R will launch in Australia is still unknown – it showed up on the LG Australia site a few weeks ago, but LG Australia has so far kept quiet on launch details. We don’t know when the watch will actually arrive, how much it’ll cost or whether we’ll be able to purchase it on Google Play when it does. With the watch now shipping in the UK though, some people couldn’t wait and had the opportunity to have a look at the watch and reader Raph has provided us with some thoughts on his imported[Read More...]

by and 1:47 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer, News, Smartwatch
Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel band shows up in leaked image

Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel band shows up in leaked image

We heard at the Sony Xperia Z3 launch event that Sony would be releasing a stainless steel band for the Smartwatch 3, and this could be it. The above image popped up in a thread at XDA Developers a couple of weeks ago, but escaped wider notice until this week. The poster promises it’s real, but you can make your own mind up about that (there’s a confidential stamp/watermark on it and everything!). The structure isn’t a huge departure from the other bands Sony’s got up its sleeve for the Smartwatch 3, which allows you to pop the main watch[Read More...]

by 12:49 PM on October 30, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Rumours, Smartwatch
Get $145 of apps and games for free in Amazon’s latest promotion

Get $145 of apps and games for free in Amazon’s latest promotion

Amazon has sent out an email to subscribers to let them know that there’s another app giveaway underway. This time there’s $145 of apps and games you can pick up for free simply by having the Amazon App Store on your phone. The list includes some big name apps and games including (but not limited to): Plex Endomondo Pro Easy Voice Recorder Sonic the Hedgehog Plants Vs Zombies Fruit Ninja World of Goo There’s 40 apps in total, worth a fair chunk of change and it’s worth the time to check to see if there’s any apps you want in[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Apps, Deal, News
Google Drive for Android gets a facelift and adds Find, View and Share functions

Google Drive for Android gets a facelift and adds Find, View and Share functions

Update Wednesday (or Thursday as we know it) is well under way today and it seems the theme of the day is Material Design. With Sheets, Docs and Slides all getting a few new features today, the main Drive app has also seen some functionality added, as well as being prettied up in time for the big Lollipop push next month. To start with, Google has brought their instant search results function to Drive, adding the ability for Drive to begin offering you search results as you type. Improved sharing functions are also included in the update, with the option[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play Games gets a Material Design makeover

Google Play Games gets a Material Design makeover

Google is getting their design thing on this morning releasing – slowly as usual – an update to Google Play Games, which brings an expected Material Design update to the Gaming hub. The update doesn’t just bring Material Design, but a new feature as well, with the ‘What’s New’ section advising that Game Profile Levels and Titles are now present to show off your gaming prowess. According to Android Police who captured the update, this latest version of Google Play Games, actually brings it into line with a more recent update of Google Play Games which was destined for Android[Read More...]

by 8:26 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google offering 6-months Play Music All Access with purchase of a Nexus 6 in the US

Google offering 6-months Play Music All Access with purchase of a Nexus 6 in the US

US customers who hit Google Play this morning to order a Nexus 6, were offered a small bonus when ordering their phone – the option to get 6 months of Google Play Music All Access. It’s a pretty decent bonus for customers in the US (worth up to US$60 all up), but without the phone on-sale here in Australia we can’t tell if it will be offered to Australian customers. Unfortunately the Terms & Conditions attached to the offer don’t bode well with Google advising : Promotion only open to users who are residents in the United States who have[Read More...]

by 6:06 AM on October 30, 2014 1 comment Google Play, Google Services
Google adds option to #Halloweenify your photos in Google+

Google adds option to #Halloweenify your photos in Google+

Google is well known for adding fun, holiday themed effects to Google+. Their Hoff April Fools day prank was in a word: Awesome, now they’re gearing up for Halloween, and whether you want to celebrate Halloween or not there’s a spooky or fun new way to celebrate it with Google+. When logging in to view your photos on Google+ you can now add either a Spooky or Fun effect to your uploaded photos. The options are automatically added and are pretty cool. Check out what they did to my photos : The fun will last over Halloween, which is on[Read More...]

by 5:48 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Google Services