Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you’d like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He’d like to think he’s a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you’ll find him tilting at IT industry or political windmills on Twitter – follow @JM77 and say hi!

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn’t need a smartphone. Now he can’t bear to be without his Galaxy Nexus. He’s now in his third year of Android ownership and has barely touched his iPad since buying a Nexus 7. As someone who likes his phone to “just work”, he only recently looked into unlocking and rooting phones, and attributes the non-broken nature of his phone and tablet to the rest of the Ausdroid team’s helpful tweets.

Current Phone: Nexus 4
Current Tablet: Nexus 7

Jason has posted 201 articles and reviews on Ausdroid.

Twitter: @jm77


Ausdroid Podast 109 – The fifth galaxy

Welcome to episode 109 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we talked with Geoff about his shiny (shimmery) new Galaxy S5, and his first impressions of his new phone. Scott also talked about his recent car mount charger review, and Jason talked about recent developments with Sonos. We ended with a bit of a discussion about use of password managers in the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Geoff Fieldew and Scott Plowman. Topics: Galaxy S5 First Impressions Not just another car dock charger Sonos Continue reading

Sonos partners with Google to bring Play Music integration to its products

Sonos, makers of premium audio equipment, announced overnight that they've partnered with Google to integrate Play Music - until now, a notable omission in the company's audio lineup. Information pages have gone up today on both Sonos' and Google's sites about the partnership. Play Music joins other streaming music services Spotify, JB Hi-fi Now, MOG and Rdio on Sonos. You can also use services like Tune-in Radio and Stitcher Radio. You can connect the Sonos desktop app to Google Play Music with an update made available today, and the company's... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

Welcome to episode 108 of the Ausdroid podcast! With special guest Phil Nickinson joining us this week, we had to work out the best way to address both Phils. I'm not sure we succeeded on that front. We took a look at this week's Android TV rumours and picked Phil's brain with a quick snog/marry/avoid roundtable on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Spoiler: They're both pretty good phones! There's also some local news and a bit of rumour-mongering to round out the show. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson, Phil Tann and special guest Continue reading

Telstra invites Sydneysiders to try out the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit on Friday morning

With Friday's launch of the Galaxy S5 almost upon us, we're starting to see a few launch day activities crop up. Telstra has announced that it'll be demoing the phone along with Samsung's newest wearables - the Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo in Sydney on Friday morning at Hickson Road Reserve in The Rocks between 6am and 10am. Attendees will be able to put the new devices to the test, and see how they stack up alongside some real athletes. Wendell Sailor (ex-NRL champion), Alex "Chumpy" Pullin (Winter Olympian) and Liz Cambage (Australian Women's... Continue reading

Kogan prices imported 4G LTE Galaxy S5 models from $769 + delivery

We saw Kogan announce its Galaxy S5 prices a few days ago, with the caveat that they were selling Octa-core 3G models for $799. Today, Kogan's listing 16GB 4G LTE models of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900) in black and white for $769, with blue and gold units priced a little higher at $849. When you factor in the $22.99 delivery fee, this brings the black and white price to $791.99 - a little cheaper than Millennius' $798 delivered price. The blue and gold models save you slightly less, coming in at $871.99.... Continue reading

Australian puzzle game puts #cityrail10 on your phone

If you're constantly seeing patterns in numbers around you, then Australian developer Andrew Sario (the maker of IN 5 Browser) has a new puzzle game you might like to try. 10Up has hit the Play store this week, offering you some maths-based distraction on your way to work - and elsewhere. 10Up is based on an informal game often played by public transport users in Sydney (and maybe elsewhere) that asks you to take four digits and find a way to add, subtract, multiply and divide them to end up with a result of 10. Exactly how... Continue reading

Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android appears, but it’s in private beta

Google is continuing to push its Chrome browser into new areas, and this week it's started privately testing an Android client for Chrome Remote Desktop (aka "Chromoting"), making good on a promise from nearly a year ago. You can use Chrome Remote Desktop already to connect desktop computers running a Chrome browser with the Chrome extension. The new Android app - currently in invite-only private beta - will allow you to establish connections to these computers from your Android device. Screenshots of the app taken from the beta Play store listing, provided to Droid Life... Continue reading

Kogan announces Galaxy S5, One M8 prices

Australian onlne retailer Kogan has released its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. They'll set you back $799 and $829 respectively (plus shipping), and ship in 1-2 weeks according to the item pages. As with many of Kogan's products, the stock is imported from overseas suppliers so you might need to be careful before you hit the Buy button. Galaxy S5 - $799 Kogan's Galaxy S5 models appear to be overseas models (SM-G900I), powered by Samsung's Octa-core Exynos CPUs. In 2014 these phones seemed to pack a little more bang for buck in terms... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 107 – Gotta fool em all

Welcome to episode 107 of the Ausdroid podcast! With local launches for the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 past, we could finally discuss some Australian specifics like carrier pricing. As both Dan and Jason have the One M8 in hand, we also gave some early thoughts on the device. There's also a quick roundup of some other notable devices hitting local stores and carriers, and a software update for an old friend. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson and Phil Tann. Topics: April Fools pranks Galaxy S5: Launch, Carrier pricing and SK Telecom... Continue reading

Samsung to bring LED Smart Bulbs to market this year

Not content to let LG hog the app-controlled-lightbulb spotlight, it's been revealed that Korean rival Samsung is also bringing a product to market in the space. Due to be announced at the Berlin Light + Building 2014 trade fair event in the next few days, and posted on its own blog, Samsung will bring two Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) bulbs - one with a swiveling head - and an entry in its existing L-tube series (the type you might see deployed as overhead lighting in offices) to market ... soon. The new PAR bulbs have a Color Rendering... Continue reading

Cuscal bringing HCE NFC payments to Australian KitKat devices

Australian financial services provider Cuscal is bringing mobile payments using Host Card Emulation (HCE) - a new feature in Android KitKat's NFC functionality - to market in Australia later this year. You may not know the name. Cuscal was founded more than 30 years ago and counts some 150 of Australia's financial institutions as its clients. It services mutual banks and credit unions, including NAB and Bank of Queensland as well as other companies seeking payment solutions like Virgin's Velocity program. It's one of Australia's leading end-to-end payments providers and runs a network of ATMs around the... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) – Australian launch and hands-on

HTC launched the new HTC One (M8) in Australia this afternoon by treating a selection of local tech media to a cruise around Sydney Harbour accompanied by the company's local and regional management. The event contrasted with last night's Galaxy S5 launch, and really emphasised the difference between the companies' approach. While Samsung's launch was a big, lavish and slickly produced event, HTC embraced its underdog position with an intimate setting and a candid and honest presentation. Don't get me wrong - chartering a boat to take a catered cruise around Sydney harbour obviously isn't cheap. We heard... Continue reading

Samsung’s Australian Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 Launch – and how you can be one of the first to try it out

Tonight, Samsung hosted its launch event for the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 range at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. Samsung Australia's Arno Lenior held the stage - dominated by a large screen - for most of the presentation, introducing guest speakers to cover specific details of the Korean giant's new product offering. While we already knew much of the information from last month's global launch event, it's clear that Samsung sees the nascent mobile payments as a huge target for the Galaxy S5 in Australia with the phone's NFC functionality offering integration with Westpac's and Commonwealth Bank's... Continue reading