Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden

International readers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, you can now purchase Google Play gift cards. These five new supported countries bring Google’s total to 22.

Google hasn’t yet released their store locator portals for any of these new countries, but have flagged them as “coming soon.” Feel free to check the walls of gift cards at your favorite local retailers, assuming you have those overseas. Wait, do you have the massive gift card walls like we do in the US? You should, they are brilliant for last minute gift ideas. (more…)

Samsung Grabs Patents for Round Smartwatches, Because Round is King

When you talk Android Wear, there is still only one device that the majority of tech enthusiasts are excited about – the Moto 360. Why? Well, because it looks like a traditional watch, thanks in part to the materials used, but mostly because the device is round. It doesn’t have the square or rectangular face that the first wave of smartwatches carried. It doesn’t look like a futuristic, “There is a calculator on my wrist!” type of watch. It looks like a watch, a watch that does all sorts of cool things thanks to Google’s new wearables platform. Round is king.

While Motorola will more than likely be the first to get a fully-featured round smartwatch out the masses (assuming they ever release this thing), Samsung might not be far behind. The company applied for (3) patents back in March of 2013 for smartwatches that feature a similar round design. They were granted those patents yesterday.  (more…)

Don’t Touch The Spikes – Another Game Reminiscent of Flappy Bird, But It’s Better

There is yet another game on Google Play that reminds us of Flappy Bird, but this time, it is actually different. Instead of sending a flapping bird through tubes, Don’t Touch The Spikes is rather self explanatory, you must tap the screen to flap your bird’s wings, making sure you don’t send it flying into deadly spikes.  (more…)

Link Bubble Jumps to v1.3, Adds Android Wear Support

Link Bubble, the behind-the-scenes-loading-browser-alternative-chat-heads-like-floater-thingy app created by Chris Lacy, received an update today to version 1.3. The update introduces an article preview mode for displaying pages on Android Wear, adds enhanced notification controls, and improves Android L support, animations, and incognito mode. Lacy also fixed a bunch of bugs.

If you are wondering why Android Wear support was added as a new feature, Chris Lacy discussed the new add-on through a G+ post about this latest update. The basics are this – Wear is great for previewing information on, especially Link Bubble pages you have loading in the background, but this feature was not introduced so that you can read full browser-like pages on your smartwatch.  (more…)