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Samsung made the original Chromeboxes, but they dodn’t generally make much of a mark. Lately however, other OEMs such as Asus and HP have begun releasing the boxes and Acer has today announced their entry to the Chromebox market with the CXI Chromebox series. Based on the C7 line of Chromebooks, the CXI line is a fast, but affordable Chromebox which Acer is aiming squarely at both the business and education markets. Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group said : The Acer Chromebox CXI is an excellent fit for schools or businesses where conserving costs[Read More...]
Ever since I have had my OnePlus One I have had issues with the touch screen. In fact it was me who first reported it to Cyanogen Inc in the first place. At one stage it was so annoying for me that it was nearly a deal breaker. I came within the click of the buy it now button on eBay of swapping it for an LG G3. The finger hovered but just couldn’t bring myself to give up on the OnePlus One and pull the trigger. A couple of weeks ago we reported that OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc had[Read More...]
The follow-up game from Flappy Bird Creator, Dong Nguyen, – Swing Copters – is now live and available to download from Google Play. The Game, which was shown off the other day, is a more vertical version of Flappy Bird. You still have to tap the screen to power your figure through obstacles, which this time are gates loaded with swinging hammers, but this time it’s steering left and right rather than flapping. What’s changed is that Swing Copters is Hard. Reaaaally Hard. It’s probably a bit too hard for me, unlike Flappy Bird, which gave you a sense of[Read More...]
LG has announced they will be bringing their newest 3G L Series smartphones – the L Fino and L Bello – to IFA, in Berlin in September. LG has made their name on the L Series smartphones, now on their third series – the LIII series has continued the line of well priced smartphones with excellent design, and quality specifications for a great price. LG has had a tradition of moving features from their premium G Series line down to lower end models, this continues with the L Fino and L Bello which are being released with a new feature[Read More...]
Google Glass is still not in Australia, but development continues and by the time it does reach our shores, it’s going to be quite full featured. Google has announced the updates in the latest Glass update – XE20.1 – advising a number of new updates for contacts, new cards and a new way to turn Glass on/off. The first part of the update is probably the largest, with improvements to the way you access contacts from Glass. Previously only a selected list of contacts were available, but from this update, all your contacts will be available with a simple swipe,[Read More...]
Boost has added a new budget smartphone to their pre-paid line of devices with the new Boost Icon Nero, which is available now for $59. The Boost Icon Nero is made by ZTE, who have made a couple of the previous budget devices like the “Tango” T790 or the Boost “Jump Smart” T760 and the specs are far from fantastic but hey, given the price point Boost are aiming for you still get passable — barely — specs. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT screen display (480 x 320) 1.0GHz dual core MT6572M CPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory[Read More...]
Online store Camera Paradise based in Hong Kong have the OnePlus One 16GB for $398 including shipping. According to their website this is the CyanogenMod 11S version and not the Color OS version that other online stores are selling. You can add shipping insurance for an extra $12.97 or priority handling for $19.97 which still keeps the total cost to under $420. Camera Paradise claims to have a 1-Year Door-to-Door Warranty and the phone is in stock now. You can even choose your colour as long as it is white. There is a 5 star review of the phone from[Read More...]
Android integration has already started to make its way into modern-day cars, the next step forward is Android Auto, which should start being introduced into 2015 model vehicles later this year and into next year. Twenty Five car brands have already signed up to Android Auto and have committed to shipping cars in the future, but Toyota has something completely different in mind — at least in Taiwan. Partnering with Asus-owned Unimax, Toyota has announced the “Toyota Intelligent System”, which essentially brings a dockable Nexus 7 to select vehicles. The idea is that ‘smart’ infotainment systems are useful, but also tend[Read More...]
Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid podcast! We’ve all been randomly unavailable for the last few weeks, but the podcast is finally back this week – and what a week to come back! With so much news coming out of Motorola, we decided this is really the Motocast episode. There isn’t a single thing Motorola’s doing that we’re not interested in at the moment, and the Moto 360 is topping that list! There’s also a bit of local carrier news, along with the now-regular OnePlus discussion and a quick recap of Kogan’s new 4G smartphone. With Jason Murray, Dan[Read More...]
The Humble Mobile Bundle is back – sort of. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle has now taken its place offering six games from the former console gaming powerhouse. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle works as previous Humble Bundles – pay what you want for three titles, which this time around include Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket! and Virtua Tennis Challenge, or pay more than the average price, which at this stage stands at US$3.73 and you also get Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Crazy Taxi. There’s also the promise of[Read More...]
http://youtube.com/embed/f7qB76ZUxBI Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Moto 360 Moto X+1 Moto G2 … and more!
Expansys Australia has a free shipping promotion on the Google Play Edition of LG‘s G Pad 8.3 at the moment. You can pick one up for a total cost $244.99, providing you use DHL as the courier. The Australian G Pad 8.3 (with LG’s customised Android UI) got a lukewarm response from Jason earlier this year, but we’ve seen a few people take them up as their tablet of choice in the last few months. The Google Play Edition version of the tablet should address our software concerns, and Expansys is offering the tablet at a good price. If you’ve[Read More...]