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Google to launch YouTube based music service: YouTube Music Key

Google to launch YouTube based music service: YouTube Music Key

Rumours surrounding a YouTube based music service have been circulating for some time, but it appears that the service could be almost ready to launch. Android Police have released a report which outlines the service, as well as plans to rebrand Google Play Music All Access. The new YouTube service will be called YouTube Music Key, a streaming service which will offer similar features to Google Play Music All Access, it will contain access to 20 million ad-free, “high-quality” tracks which will be able to be streamed, or downloaded for offline playback, though despite being on YouTube, it will be[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on August 19, 2014 6 comments Google Play, Google Services, Rumours
Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 app now available in the Google Play store

Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 app now available in the Google Play store

The Bingham Cup, is a biennial international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament, and this year it’s being held in Sydney. With 9 days to go until Sydney’s team, the Sydney Convicts, takes part along with teams from 15 other countries, an app has been released to Google Play. The free app, allows users to follow the news, results and fixtures from the 2014 Bingham Cup, basically helping keep visitors and supporters up to date on the everything going on during the Bingham Cup. The cup runs from 24th to 31st of August at 4 world-class ovals in Woollahra and Lyne[Read More...]

by 9:41 AM on August 19, 2014 0 comments Apps
App Review: Screen Time Parental Control

App Review: Screen Time Parental Control

Modern parenting. Often a phrase uttered by those who don’t agree with kids using technology excessively, usually by those who are yet to have kids. If modern parenting is a crime then I am guilty of it. Early on in both of my kids’ lives I encouraged them to use my Android tablets to familiarise themselves with technology, to give them a head start in technology for their future lives. Of course, as I got the latest and greatest Nexus tablet, they received a hand-me-down. That’s my excuse. My 5yo son is now addicted to his Nexus 7 2013 (thank[Read More...]

by 9:39 AM on August 19, 2014 2 comments Apps
PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

After announcing they were entering Australia back in April, PayPal Here, has finally landed at retailers in Australia. Officeworks has announced that they will be selling the chip and Pin Bluetooth card reader in stores. Priced at $139, the chip and PIN card reader is a first for Australian small businesses, who can now buy a mobile payment terminal capable of completing Visa and Mastercard credit card transactions, in a retail store. With Credit Card signatures out, and mandatory PIN for all credit cards transactions in, as of the beginning of August, PayPal Here offers small business owners a fairly[Read More...]

by 8:36 PM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Apps
LG G Watch 2 to debut as early as next month

LG G Watch 2 to debut as early as next month

LG has had their G Watch on the market for less than two months, but a new report is positing that LG could be ready to release a sequel very soon. According to a report in the Korea Times, LG could be taking the G Watch 2 to IFA next month. ‘An official at LG’ told the Times, that LG has paired up with their internal divisions: LG Display, LG Innotek and LG Chem, to improve on the G Watch and it may be making an appearance at IFA. The source seemed certain that the G Watch 2 would be[Read More...]

by 1:06 PM on August 18, 2014 7 comments Android Wear
Samsung announce the Galaxy Alpha will be heading to Australia

Samsung announce the Galaxy Alpha will be heading to Australia

Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha last week, showing off a new design and materials which they called ‘the evolution of Galaxy Design’. It was announced for release in September, but not into which markets, today Samsung Australia has announced that the Galaxy Alpha will be making an appearance in Australia this year. Samsung Australia released a brief statement about the Galaxy Alpha, advising : Samsung Electronics Australia can confirm the globally announced Galaxy Alpha will be made available in Australia in 2014. We look forward to announcing local pricing and availability for this exciting new addition to the Galaxy smartphone[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on August 18, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones
ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) — Review

<!– //–> As a top 10 manufacturer of tablets, Asus has been a powerhouse when it comes to providing Android tablets. Asus has provided a full range of tablets in varying from factors, from Transformers to Fonepads, Padfones, and MeMO Pads, they know what they’re doing when it comes to tablets, especially Android tablets Asus really came to the fore when they began building the Nexus 7 tablets for Google, which as given Asus a lot of experience in building smaller form factor tablets, but with no new 7” Nexus in sight, the 7” tablet form factor is due for[Read More...]

by 9:51 AM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Moto 360 shows up on website of US Retailer Best Buy with full specs and pricing

Moto 360 shows up on website of US Retailer Best Buy with full specs and pricing

We fully expect the Motorola Moto 360 to make an appearance at the event scheduled for September 4th in Chicago, we’ve seen indicative pricing and also specs before, but as we get closer to launch the actual details are getting harder to keep under wraps and leaks will happen. A leak is just what happened overnight, with US retailer Best Buy accidentally revealing the product page for the Moto 360 and showing off the price and features. The price, according to Best Buy will begin at US$250 (approximately AU$270), with a full list of features including a Horween leather band.[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on August 18, 2014 9 comments Android Wear
Dogfooding version of Google AdSense app slips out

Dogfooding version of Google AdSense app slips out

If you use Google AdSense on your site, then the AdSense Android App is a great way to keep track of your earnings. If you have it installed, the icon has taken on a strange affectation after the latest release, it appears that Google has accidentally left the dogfood tag on the app. Dogfooding refers to the practice of testing out your product internally on staff before releasing to the product. In this case, the update (version 2.1.1302) has left a pawprint on the logo to indicate the dogfood nature of the app. There doesn’t seem to be much different[Read More...]

by 12:43 PM on August 17, 2014 1 comment Android Development, Apps
Rumour: First Android Silver device to be the Nexus ’6′ released as Moto S on Verizon

Rumour: First Android Silver device to be the Nexus ’6′ released as Moto S on Verizon

Android Silver has been rumoured since the middle of the year, apparently slated to be a higher end version of the Nexus program sold through carriers and retailers. The Android Silver program was apparently being headed up by former Google Chief Business Officer, Nikesh Arora who recently left for Softbank and was apparently stalled as of the last ‘update’ on Silver, but according to TK Tech News, the program may not be dead, with the first Android Silver device to be the so-called Nexus ‘Shamu’ from Motorola, released as the Moto S. TK Tech News, run by former NHL player,[Read More...]

by 6:29 PM on August 16, 2014 7 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Want English (Australia) as an option in Android L? Let Google know

Want English (Australia) as an option in Android L? Let Google know

One of the options when setting up Android is Language. Currently you get a choice of English (United States), (United Kingdom) and now (India), but with options for English (Australia) buried in the options that you can choose later, who wants to select it later? Well, a feature request currently being looked at by Google for release in Android L could change that. An Android user, Nancy, has lodged feature request 1061, in the Android Developer Preview Bug Tracker to try and entice Google into doing that. The request reads: The feature request I (and many other Australians) would like[Read More...]

by 5:06 PM on August 16, 2014 8 comments News
Motorola Moto X+1 drops past GFXBench and shows off its front plate

Motorola Moto X+1 drops past GFXBench and shows off its front plate

With an expected announcement early next month, it’s not going to be too long till we see what Motorola has done with the follow up to the Moto X, and also to find out if that Moto X+1 name is going to stay. Even with this looming announcement, we’re still keen for any tidbits of information on the upcoming phone, and today we have two. Overnight, the Moto X+1 was found in the GFXBench benchmark results, showing under the model # XT1097. The listing is interesting, and raises some questions, mainly to do with the processor, which is listed as[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on August 16, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered for $34 from Dick Smith

Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered for $34 from Dick Smith

Dick Smith is at it again, but this time, it’s the cheapest price we’ve seen so far for Google’s Chromecast dongle, with Dick Smith offering to deliver a Chromecast for just $34. The deal is part of their ‘Free Freight Friday’ offer, paired with a coupon code for $15 off. To take advantage of the deal, head over to Dick Smith and add a Chromecast to your basket, enter the code ‘FRIDAY15‘ and you’re good to go. There’s no Click and Collect option, you have to have it delivered and it’s only off one Chromecast, no adding multiple units. Paired[Read More...]

by 3:45 PM on August 15, 2014 15 comments Chromecast