You know the situation – you’re about to set off to the beach but there’s that niggling feeling, something’s not quite right… is it… excessive radiation? Now, the answer will always be no, but thanks to the FTLabs Smart Geiger you can at least check using your smartphone. Maybe you just want to get in the mood for Fallout 4, but either way this is a pretty cool device. Developed by Korea’s FTLabs and distributed in Japan by our old favourites Thanko, this plug-in dongle is apparently the real deal and works with an app on the phone to give readings for Gamma Rays and X-Rays. The unit weighs 6g and costs just ¥4,980 (~$42). [gallery link="file"] Via akihabaranews
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New from Mattel is a 21st century reboot of the classic View-Master toy. This time around rather than showing a static image, the VR View-Master houses a smartphone and puts the viewer into a virtual world. The headset is compatible with Google Cardboard apps, too, so rather than plump for the DIY kit, the $30 View-Master is a stylish way to dip into VR and it's launching with a View-Master app for Android and iOS. The app offers free previews of locations and complete "experience packs" cost $15. Compatible phones include Apple iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus; Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6 and Note 4, HTC One, Nexus 6, Moto X and LG G3 and G4 phones. [gallery link="file"] Via liliputing
Welcome to the future! We've made it, guys. It's October 2015: we've caught up with Marty and Doc in Back to the Future II. To celebrate, the addictive old chestnut mobile game Jetpack Joyride has had a Hill Valley overhaul and features classic objects from the Back to the Future movies. Mobile games are so easy to pick up, play for weeks and then put down and forget forever, so it's always nice to be reminded of an old favourite through the likes of this kind of update. The theme is free but to unlock everything there are some in-app purchases available. Via androidcommunity
Meizu has got a big product launch on 23rd September - expected to be the Meizu 5 Pro. Along with its new product the company will also release into the wild its new version of its OS, Flyme 5.0. Screenshots of Flyme 5.0 have been around for a while but up until now there was no word on when it would be out. It's not been too long since the MX4 models launched so whether 5.0 will be available to users of those devices is yet to be seen. [gallery link="file"] Via gizchina and androidheadlines
Taiwan's Asus has announced the price of its upcoming Asus Zenwatch 2 Android Wear smartwatch, which will be available in two versions - 1.6-inch and 1.45-inch display options. Both sizes will run on a Snapdragon 400 processor and carry 512MB of RAM and 4GB storage. The displays are AMOLED to keep battery use down and while Asus says it can last two days in 'ambient mode', that's not likely to be its state as we all know how hard it is not to jab at a gadget in front of us. Stock models will be available in Rose Gold, Slver and Gunmetal but custom options are also available through Asus. Both models will be out in October and will cost $170 for 1.45-inch model, while the 1.6-inch will be $190. Via gizchina
Anyone who uses social media will have noticed a glut of new videos with the grain and fuzz of an '80s/'90s VHS camcorder video. You can join in the retro party with the app that everyone's using: VHS Camcorder from Rarevisions. The app has all the features the old camcorders had, including clunky zoom, the date in the corner and a whole host of skins that let you choose exactly the type of grain you want. The app is currently only on iOS but an Android version is in the works. Via slashgear
The latest Android Humble Bundle comprises games that can also be played on Steam on PC and Mac systems, giving a wealth of on the go mobile and DRM-free desktop gaming options. Announced so far in this bundle are the games Crimsonland, the dark and disturbing Neverending Nightmares, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians and Fotonica for whatever price you want to pay. If you pay above the average (currently a measly $2.69) you also get Tiny Keep, Crowntakers, Monster Loves You! and more games yet to be announced. As usual proceeds are split between charity, the developers and the site and it's another cracking deal. Happy gaming! Get your games here.
Google to the lawn outside its Mountain View headquarters to unveil the new Android mascot and confirm the next incarnation of the OS, Android 6.0, will be Android Marshmallow. Marshmallow is expected to debut on on the next Nexus devices, with one coming from LG and the other made by Huawei. Now that we know the name of the new OS, it'll just be a matter of time before we learn what's new from Android HQ. Via pocket-lint
Apple have got everyone swiping their phones at the tills with Apple Pay, Google presumably want a slice of that action too. A new version of the Nexus 5 is due this year and is expected to launch with a fingerprint scanner - and with it the launch of Google's rival payment system. Rumours suggest that LG will be the brains behind the Nexus 5. Their previous models are now unavailable and the last one came out in 2013, so we're well due an upgrade. Along with the fingerprint sensor, it's also expected to run on a Snapdragon 808 processor and carry 4GB of RAM. As October will also see the launch of Android M, we're expecting a packed press conference. Via gizmodo
Games Workshop Android bundle: pay what you want for Warhammer Quest – the other nine games are a bonus
The excellent Warhammer Quest for Android is available on a Humble Bundle pay what you want deal, along with nine (and counting) other Games Workshop games. Also available for any price over a dollar are Warhammer 40,000 titles Carnage, Storm of Vengeance and Space Wolf, as well as The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault and Warhammer: The App. If you pay above the average price you also get Talisman Prologue, Chainsaw Warrior: LotN, Warhammer: Snotling Fling and more games yet to be announced. Check out the bundle here.