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Xiaomi Announce The Mi4: Another High-end Flagship

Xiaomi Announce The Mi4: Another High-end Flagship

Nine months ago Xiaomi released the Mi3 and over 10 million sales of it later they have announced the successor, the Mi4. While yet to make a significant mark outside of China, Xiaomi signalled their intentions earlier this year when they expanded to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India, selling devices as fast as they put them up available for purchase. At one stage they sold 100,000 Mi3′s in 86 seconds. This is in addition to their move in hiring Hugo Barra of Google fame to be Vice President of International. So far in 2014 Xiaomi have sold over 26 million[Read More...]

by 10:56 PM on July 22, 2014 0 comments News
One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

Australian developer AppAce Pty Ltd has developed a revolutionary personal safety product and having read a bit about it, we want to tell you a little more. Coffs Harbour engineer Ian Kinny has developed a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy device which pairs with a compatible smart phone. The device features a single button, and is small enough to fit on a necklace or belt-clip. One click of the device’s button and the partner app on your mobile sends a pre-configured SMS to designated ‘help’ contacts, containing the user’s approximate GPS location as a Google Maps link. Unlike other systems, the[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Apps, News
Google and Samsung talk Knox integration in Android L

Google and Samsung talk Knox integration in Android L

Google hasn’t made the largest inroads into corporate and enterprise when it comes to spreading Android. Samsung has taken up a bit of the slack though with Samsung Knox, their security suite of APIs, apps and protocols designed to keep Samsung devices safe and secure in a managed environment. At Google I/O last month, support for components of Knox in the upcoming Android L release was announced, and today Google and Samsung have talked a bit more about the details. First off, despite rumours that Samsung were handing over the reigns of Knox to Google, Samsung has clarified this stating:[Read More...]

by 3:11 PM on July 22, 2014 4 comments News
ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 – a big hard disk, power bank and Wi-Fi hotspot in one device

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 – a big hard disk, power bank and Wi-Fi hotspot in one device

ADATA is making a name for themselves in the Australian market offering a number of products, some traditional and some a little bit different that fill some specific users’ needs. Under that “little bit different” category, you’ll find their DashDrive Air AE800 – a combination USB power bank and portable hard drive that brings extra storage capacity to Android and iOS devices alike while also promising to help keep it charged. The top and bottom of the DashDrive Air are super slick black plastic, with a faux metallic chrome around the outside. Most of those surfaces are fingerprint magnets, but[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

It’s been a long road to production and delivery for Pressy, the Kickstarter-funded project that sought to give users a new physical button for their devices with the ingenious idea of using the phone’s headphone jack. I backed Pressy at the end of September 2013 (so it’s been almost a year in the making now), and a small packet finally arrived on my desk this morning containing one Pressy and a black carry case that can (in theory) clip onto headphone cables and hook onto a keyring to keep your Pressy safe when not in use. The Pressy device itself[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on July 22, 2014 5 comments Accessories, News
Vodafone to open LG G3 pre-orders tomorrow with an LG G Watch as a pre-order bonus (update: confirmed)

Vodafone to open LG G3 pre-orders tomorrow with an LG G Watch as a pre-order bonus (update: confirmed)

After launching pre-orders for the LG G3 through Optus yesterday, we’re still waiting on both Telstra and Vodafone to launch their pre-order deals for LG’s flagship. We’ve received word that Vodafone is set to announce pre-orders for the phone tomorrow. Vodafone will offer the Black version (no word on White at the moment) of the LG G3 for pre-order tomorrow. The phone will be available for $0 on the $70 Red Plan on a 24 month contract, putting it in the same class as other flagship phones being offered on the Vodafone Network, phones such as the HTC One M8,[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on July 22, 2014 0 comments Carriers
Modern Combat 5 leaked to torrent sites thanks to competition winners – Gameloft understandably upset

Modern Combat 5 leaked to torrent sites thanks to competition winners – Gameloft understandably upset

Gameloft’s anticipated first person shooter – Modern Combat 5 – has been leaked to torrent sites just days before its official public release. Gameloft ran a contest which gave winners early access to the game. This early access has backfired however with at least one of the winners uploading the game to multiple torrent sites. The situation obviously doesn’t sit well with the team at Gameloft who have invested millions of dollars as well as man hours into the new game. On the Modern Combat 4 Hub Facebook page, Florian Weber stated : To anybody who got MC5 already, shame[Read More...]

by 1:10 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment News
Google Talks Android L Preview – followup reveals that new images probably won’t be coming

Google Talks Android L Preview – followup reveals that new images probably won’t be coming

The release of a preview version of the next version of Android – Android L – has set in motion a very promising new way for Google to seek out and destroy bugs before a full launch of a new version is released to the wider Android community. Google Developer Rich Hyndman has spoken about the Android L Preview in a Dev.Bytes video released on the Google Developers YouTube channel. The video takes you through some of the features included in the L Preview. The L Preview is of course available from the developer.android.com/preview website for the Nexus 5 and[Read More...]

by 12:47 PM on July 22, 2014 6 comments Android Development
Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

The term ‘Paperless Office’ has been around for some time now, but we’re a long way away from it being a reality. Companies still require you to physically sign documents they email you before re-digitising them and returning them, and there’s no real ‘standard’ for digital signatures at the moment. As Android and ChromeOS users, of course Google has options for printing – Google Cloud Print – and though there’s a lot of printers which are compatible, there’s a longer list of printers which aren’t. There are workarounds – but leaving your PC with printer connected switched on all the[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Reviews
Google uploads Android Wear source to AOSP

Google uploads Android Wear source to AOSP

Google has today uploaded the Kernel source for Android Wear to AOSP. The code includes Kernel source for both the Dory (LG G Watch) and Sprat (Samsung Gear Live) smart watches. In a post to the Android Building Google Group, Googler Bill Yi announced the availability of the source and kernels for the current Android Wear devices on the market. The update is a small release which is a minor update to the kitkat-mr2 release. hi All, Today, we pushed a small number of GPL projects for the kitkat-wear release. The tag is android-4.4w_r1. The changes are minor since kitkat-mr2.2.[Read More...]

by 11:23 AM on July 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
HTC may have pulled a Google and outed their upcoming smartwatch

HTC may have pulled a Google and outed their upcoming smartwatch

When Google announced back in March that they would be entering the Wearables space, they named a slew of partners from the Open Handset Alliance who had signed onto being hardware partners for the nascent Android Wear platfomrm. We’ve seen the launch of the LG G Watch, and Samsung Gear Live at Google I/O and seen Motorola’s offering the Moto 360, which is expected to be launched later this summer (Winter Southern Hemisphere). What we haven’t seen yet is the HTC offering…or have we? A recent video from HTC titled – HTC Design – Behind the Scenes – which talks[Read More...]

by 11:09 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
Set reminders from the Google Search box

Set reminders from the Google Search box

With Android Wear rolling out, with Google Now at the core of the experience, Google is looking to add more functionality and ways to interact with Google Now and now you can. You can simply type your reminder into the Chrome OmniBox or Search field on the Google Website to get an option to set a Google Now reminder. The reminder will of course be tied to the account you’re signed into on Google. It works in IE, Firefox etc, as long as you’re on the Google Website, or in the address bar as long as you’re using Google as[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Google Services
Google revamps the Chromecast site with better discoverability for Chromecast apps

Google revamps the Chromecast site with better discoverability for Chromecast apps

The Chromecast is a massively popular device, with a heap of functionality and Google is keen to make it easier for you to find new ways of using it. Today, the Chromecast site has been updated to make that happen. The apps section of the Chromecast site is now showing a tabbed interface with four tabs. The first tab is the featured section, with a New section, More and a search section. Looking at the More section, you’ll find there’s a ‘Show More’ button at the bottom and you’ll take a fair time if you want to go through all[Read More...]

by 10:33 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Apps, Chromecast