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Field Trip comes to Google Glass, gives more information on the places around you

Field Trip comes to Google Glass, gives more information on the places around you

Some of you may already be familiar with the app Field Trip. It gives you information on the places and activities which you can do in the places around you. For instance, if you’re near or at a significant landmark it will give you information about that specific landmark. Before today you could only get Field Trip on Android and iOS, but now you can get it on Google Glass. So now you can get information on locations around you while you’re looking directly at them which is very cool. The Glass app can pair with your phone so that[Read More...]

by 10:46 AM on August 22, 2013 0 comments Apps, Glass, News
Samsung announces Galaxy Golden, Android flip phone

Samsung announces Galaxy Golden, Android flip phone

Samsung have announced another Android powered flip phone for the Korean market. The phone features two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, runs Android 4.2.1, powered by a 1.7GHz Dual-Core CPU, and has an 8MP rear camera. The Galaxy Golden is targeted at the older generation of users with its larger buttons. It also has a pedometer built in to make the most of S Health which is also installed on the device. It also includes an FM Radio and a $700 price tag, so it might not be the best buy given its price, especially when the Galaxy S4 has the[Read More...]

by 10:33 AM on August 22, 2013 4 comments News, Phones
Smartwatch: Who do you want to make it and what do you want it to do?

Smartwatch: Who do you want to make it and what do you want it to do?

We think it’s finally happening. Samsung, Sony, and possibly Apple, are all looking into launching smartwatches. They’re nothing new, but the market for them is sure to grow if these major companies all push them to their respective audiences. That got me thinking: what do I actually want from a smartwatch? Who do I want to make it? So here’s what I think, and I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments. The screen needs to be a capacitive touch screen so that I can interact with it directly, and not just via button on the side. Don’t[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on August 22, 2013 10 comments Opinion, Smartwatch
Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

It’s no secret that HTC is struggling to stay relevant and competitive in the current mobile market. The company recently spent millions getting Robert Downey Jr on board to help spread their name in North America — the largest mobile market in the world. Whether that move pays off remains to be seen, but it seems the main problem for HTC at the moment is internally, and it starts with CEO, Peter Chou. An HTC insider whom spoke to Reuters said that Chou is the reason HTC don’t have a clear path going forward, because his attention to detail and[Read More...]

by 8:39 PM on August 21, 2013 2 comments News
Google announces ‘Helpouts’ service, lets users get help from others on various topics using Hangouts

Google announces ‘Helpouts’ service, lets users get help from others on various topics using Hangouts

Google is pushing the boundaries of what their Hangouts service can bring to its users. Today they’ve unveiled ‘Helpouts’ (punny) which allows users to lend assistance to other users using Hangouts as the communication medium. These help sessions will cost the user a certain amount with a 20% fee which goes to Google. There are set categories from which you can get help from teachers and self-proclaimed experts in their fields. These categories include Music and Arts, Computers and Electronics, Cooking, Education, Fashion and Beauty, Fitness and Nutrition, Health and Counseling, and Home and Garden. These experts will have their[Read More...]

by 7:16 PM on August 21, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
YouTube app gets an update — New UI, multitasking, lots more

YouTube app gets an update — New UI, multitasking, lots more

Google have given their official YouTube app an overhaul to bring it up to parity with their other official apps that have been updated over the past few months. The update hasn’t yet hit the Play Store so there’s no official list of all the changes, instead Android Police have gone through and found them all themselves. Changes New Icon — Now the same as the desktop site Cleaner Holo design, Cards UI New slide-out slightly-transparent left menu In-app multitasking — slide the video down into a box in the corner and continue browsing YouTube Quicker access to your own[Read More...]

by 11:40 AM on August 20, 2013 4 comments Apps, News
HTC One Max could come equipped with fingerprint scanner

HTC One Max could come equipped with fingerprint scanner

HTC is yet to formally announce the One Max which means the leaks just keep on coming. This time the leak is from ePrice, and it’s a photo of the rear of the One Max alongside the One and One Mini. The interesting thing? That black square below the camera which is rumoured to be a fingerprint scanner. A potential use-case for this could be unlocking the phone using your fingerprint on the back instead of reaching up to the top to hit that badly-positioned power button on such a large device. Other specifications include a 5.9-inch 1920×1080 Full HD[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on August 20, 2013 7 comments OS Update
Sony Xperia Honami gets caught on camera, shows off its 20MP 4K camera

Sony Xperia Honami gets caught on camera, shows off its 20MP 4K camera

It looks like we may finally know what Sony have to announce at their IFA event in early September thanks to Chinese website, Digi-Wo. What we’re looking at is the Sony Xperia Honami which, amongst other things, features a 20MP rear camera that can shoot video in 4K. And while that may sound impressive, 4K quality on a mobile device is likely to be compressed beyond belief for storage purposes. Not much else is known about this particular device, however, rumours floating around the interwebs suggest a 3000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 CPU, 1080p display >5-inches. The camera[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on August 15, 2013 3 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Sony to hold press conference at IFA, Xperia Z Ultra a possibility

Sony to hold press conference at IFA, Xperia Z Ultra a possibility

The mobile electronics show, IFA, is taking place in Berlin from September 6th to the 11th and amongst the crowds of manufacturers is Sony, and they will be holding an event there to show off some of their new wares. Without confirming a product launch in the above invitation for the event, it has been widely rumoured that Sony have a number of products up their sleeves — namely the Xperia Z Ultra, and that wireless camera lens we’ve seen floating around that sits on the back of your Sony mobile. The event will take place just hours before Samsung’s[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on August 14, 2013 2 comments News, Phones
Samsung to possibly unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note III

Samsung to possibly unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note III

It’s looking like the Galaxy Note III won’t be unveiled at Samsung’s upcoming UNPACKED Episode 2 2013 event. SamMobile, you have a pretty good track record of all things Samsung, are claiming that Samsung are looking to show off an Android-powered smartwatch dubbed that Galaxy Gear. Not much is currently known about the Galaxy Gear. All we have to go off is the above illustration taken from a patent Samsung filed regarding a smartwatch. Given the technology at Samsung’s disposal, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility to assume the display on the Galaxy Gear will be flexible. And given[Read More...]

by 9:03 PM on August 14, 2013 0 comments Rumours, Smartwatch
Key Lime Pie is already running on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4

Key Lime Pie is already running on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4

Although the newly released Nexus 7 is already running the latest version of Android in the form of 4.3 Jelly Bean, a build number — KRS36B — for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 has been spotted on the Chromium bug tracker. For those playing along at home, the latest build number for Android 4.3 on the Nexus 7 is JSS15J, and it’s JWR66V on the Nexus 4 — not a ‘k’ to be seen. There is nothing else within the bug post to enlighten us with what Key Lime Pie has to offer. But with development on the next[Read More...]

by 10:06 PM on August 6, 2013 14 comments News, Tablets
Samsung Music Hub Australia — Service Review

Samsung Music Hub Australia — Service Review

As a big listener of music and a big lover of tech, I’ve found that unlimited music streaming services suit me over buying songs and/or albums individually. With a streaming service I can search for the artist, song, or album I like, then listen to it instantly without having to fork over more money. It sounds ‘cheap’, however, its ease of use makes it very appealing. A good music streaming service also allows you to play back your tunes on different devices — Rdio, Grooveshark, Spotify, and more, all do this. So as a big user of Grooveshark for all[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on July 29, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
Bandwidth-saving ‘server-side compression’ feature rolling out to select Chrome for Android users

Bandwidth-saving ‘server-side compression’ feature rolling out to select Chrome for Android users

Users of Chrome for Android — not Chrome Beta, where this feature is already available — are slowly beginning to see a limited roll out of Google’s new server-side data compression proxy which can theoretically reduce bandwidth by 50%. We were just given an invite to the feature and have found that depending on the site and its size and image-count the compression lead to a reduction of around 35-15%. Google says that the proxy kicks in when you view a normal HTTP site, but when you go to a secured site (HTTPS) you bypass the proxy. Chrome connects to[Read More...]

by 12:18 PM on July 19, 2013 6 comments Apps, News