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Google to add minimum & maximum bitrate support as well as 1080P support to Cast extension

Google to add minimum & maximum bitrate support as well as 1080P support to Cast extension

Google is continuing to improve their Chromecast extension, offering better tab-casting features slowly, but surely. They’ve called on Chromecast users previously to get Tab Mirroring improved, and now you can try out some new features – if you’re willing to use the Google Cast Beta extension. The announcement, made by Googler Mark Scott over on the Chromecast forums, shows that there’s a number of new features in the new Beta Google Cast extension. Google has added support to specify minimum and maximum bitrate on tab casting, as well as support for 60fps casting and setting resolutions to as high as[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on September 1, 2014 0 comments Chrome Extension, Chromecast
Rumour: Sony Smartwatch 3 running Android Wear and new Smartband coming at IFA as well

Rumour: Sony Smartwatch 3 running Android Wear and new Smartband coming at IFA as well

When Android Wear launched back in March, the platform initially saw a number of OEMs – Asus, Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola – announce they would be providing hardware for the platform. But not all Open Handset Alliance members jumped on boardm, Sony announced soon after that they would continue to concentrate on their own Smartwatch platform rather than going with Android Wear, but that is about to change with the Smartwatch 3 if rumours are to be believed. The new Sony Smartwatch 3, which Sony teased last week, is expected to be launched this week at IFA with a[Read More...]

by 8:22 AM on September 1, 2014 6 comments Android Wear, Rumours
Photo editing app Over makes its way to Google Play

Photo editing app Over makes its way to Google Play

If you’re like me and where in a previously an iPhone user but have since moved over to Android and love photo editing but have found it hard to find a photo editing app that adds wonderful texts and stamps over your photo’s, then you’re in for good news as the popular iOS photo editing app, Over, has become available to purchase on Google Play. The app, which is available to purchase for $2.14 on Google Play, does come with the basic fonts and artwork stamps however if you need additional fonts and artwork stamps, these can be purchased for[Read More...]

by 9:33 PM on August 31, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
Messaging app Whatsapp updated with full Android Wear support

Messaging app Whatsapp updated with full Android Wear support

Popular cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp has released an update to its Android app which now includes rich wrist-based notifications for Android Wear users. While we’ve had notifications for a while now, the new update brings a host of new features, including: Full, long message viewing Nested/stacked messages with sliding navigation between them Reply via voice Incoming messages can be dismissed with just a swipe, like a Hangouts message for example. I’m not a huge WhatsApp user, but you might be, so let us know what you think of the new update.

by 12:10 PM on August 31, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Looking for something fun to play? Go Back to Bed

Looking for something fun to play? Go Back to Bed

If you’re like me, you’re having a pretty lazy Sunday right about now. Are you looking for something to do, as you flick mindlessly between the cable channels? Look no more. We’re big fans of beautiful games, and Back to Bed, from Bedtime Digital Games is one such game. Reminding us firmly of Monument Valley, Back to Bed is a 3D puzzle game set in an isometric dream world, where the aim of the game is simply to guide Bob, the player’s character, back to bed. It’s not as simple as it might sound, though; you control Bob’s subconscious (aptly[Read More...]

by 12:05 PM on August 31, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Moto X+1 handset shows up in the wild

Moto X+1 handset shows up in the wild

The Motorola launch on the 4th of September should give us our first official look at the Moto X+1, but with the launch so close, the phone will of course show up in the wild, that’s what’s happened this afternoon. The phone which is due for announcement on the 4th, won’t make an appearance in-store until the 28th, which his sources say will be in AT&T stores in the US. AT&T will also be the first carrier in the US to get access to the Moto Maker customisation service which the US saw exclusively at launch last year. Moto Maker[Read More...]

by 4:34 PM on August 30, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Lenovo Thinkpad 11e — Review

Lenovo Thinkpad 11e — Review

Lenovo is the largest manufacturer of laptops on the planet. Along with Lenovo branded laptops, Lenovo is also responsible for continuing the legacy of the Thinkpad branded notebooks which were built by IBM until they sold the brand to Lenovo back in 2005. And continue the legacy they have, producing high quality and functional laptops for both business, personal and educational markets. While other manufacturers such as Acer, HP, Samsung and Toshiba have released Chromebooks in the Australian market since they launched last March, Lenovo has avoided the Australian market – until now. The release of the Thinkpad 11e and[Read More...]

by 2:58 PM on August 30, 2014 5 comments Design
Nokia HERE Maps comes to Android – exclusive to Samsung devices

Nokia HERE Maps comes to Android – exclusive to Samsung devices

Nokia’s devices section has been sold to Microsoft, meaning we won’t be seeing a new Nokia branded phone for a while. Their software section however remains in Finnish hands and one of the best parts of the software division is Nokia HERE Maps. HERE Maps is right up there with Google Maps as one of the better mapping products available, and it’s coming to Android – albeit as a Samsung exclusive. The app will be available for Samsung Galaxy phones as soon as Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the Gear S – a Tizen powered self-contained 3G enabled smartwatch – is launched.[Read More...]

by 10:53 AM on August 30, 2014 1 comment Apps
Google introduces their own drone delivery system – Project Wing – now testing in QLD

Google introduces their own drone delivery system – Project Wing – now testing in QLD

While online retailer Amazon has already made their intention to begin deliveries by autonomous drone, it appears that Google also is interested in this delivery mechanism as well. Rather than delivering products however – although it can be done – they’re looking at Project Wing, which they’ve named the project, as a way to deliver goods to remote, or disaster struck locations. Project Wing – obviously named for the design of the drones being used, which is essentially a large wing shape – is currently being tested in QLD, with the team advising they have successfully delivered a first aid[Read More...]

by 12:16 PM on August 29, 2014 0 comments Google Services
Sony ramps up the teasers for their IFA 2014 announcements

Sony ramps up the teasers for their IFA 2014 announcements

With IFA 2014 set to start next week, the teasers are coming thick and fast, most of the OEMs are due to make their announcements prior to the actual start of the conference which begins on the 5th of September. We’ve seen teasers from a number of companies for IFA, but today it’s Sony’s turn, with the company releasing a video promo for their September 3 announcement. The video is titled The time to ‘Demand Great is coming #XperiaDetails’ and you’ll find the video features many ’3′ references, obviously teasing their Xperia Z3 line of devices, which this year will[Read More...]

by 8:39 AM on August 29, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer
LG G Watch R European pricing leaked in German press release

LG G Watch R European pricing leaked in German press release

How much are you willing to pay for a smartwatch seems to be the question, many people have been expecting a higher-end price for the Motorola Moto 360, but how much were you expecting to pay for the newly announced LG G Watch R? Well, LG Germany has apparently slipped the pricing, as well as availability for the watch in Germany into their press release. The press release slipped in a few extra details compared to what most press outlets around the world received yesterday, including extra details on price and availability. While most outlets were advised : The LG[Read More...]

by 8:24 AM on August 29, 2014 10 comments Android Wear
Reader Poll: Round Android Wear watches – LG G Watch R or Motorola Moto 360?

Reader Poll: Round Android Wear watches – LG G Watch R or Motorola Moto 360?

Last time we checked in on which Android Wear watch you were looking at , the Moto 360 with it’s round face design and traditional timepiece-like looks easily ran away with the votes. 65% of you said you were waiting for Motorola’s watch to be released before pulling the trigger on Android Wear, telling us it was either the circular design or the more traditional style you wanted. After today’s announcement of the LG G Watch R, we thought we’d re-visit the poll and see whether your feelings towards the Moto 360 are changing — from our chats amongst the[Read More...]

by 4:58 PM on August 28, 2014 24 comments Android Wear, Smartwatch
Yatango begins taking pre-orders for the Motorola Moto 360

Yatango begins taking pre-orders for the Motorola Moto 360

Yatango, the company who just purchased electronics importer Mobicity, has just begun offering pre-orders for the Motorola Moto 360, in anticipation of a launch in the first couple of weeks of September. The product page is essentially a place-holder – they advise that information is based on rumours in their Overview of the watch – but you can actually pre-order the watch. The Moto 360 is available to pre-order from Yatango in either Black or Silver, with a price premium being placed on the Silver version. The Black version will cost $344.95 while the Silver is slightly more expensive at[Read More...]

by 3:58 PM on August 28, 2014 3 comments Android Wear