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Reader Survey 2013 prize winners announced

After successfully winding up our Reader Survey for 2013 last Friday, we're pleased to announce those who've won a prize for completing the survey. We received over 450 completed responses to what was -- in all fairness -- quite a detailed survey. We're truly grateful for everyone getting on board and helping us with this survey, and as promised at the beginning, we've got some prizes to give away to those who completed the whole survey, randomly selected of course. The prizes were as follows: A Google Chromecast device, fresh from the... Continue reading

Special Rumour Edition: Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4

There are a number of rumours sweeping the web about the next generation Samsung flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4. Most of the rumours are based on what Samsung are working on releasing within the next six months, so some of the rumoured features may appear on the S5, and some may need more work and show up on the Note 4. The latest rumours are:  A 64 bit processor will debut in the S5 or Note 4 All of Samsungs flagship devices next year will have a ICOCELL 16MP rear camera  The camera will possibly not... Continue reading

Retailer Round-Up: In-store Weekly Specials

There's a lot of deals in the run up to Christmas, especially in the tablet department. The major stores must be betting that these will be hot ticket items: Aldi: Bauhn 8" Dual Core Android Tablet 16GB $129- starts Wednesday 4th December Aldi: Bauhn Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker $29.99 - starts Wednesday 4th December Aldi: Sandisk 32GB microSDHC Card $25 - starts Wednesday 4th December Big W: Smart Tab Junior Android Kids Tablet $148 - starts Thursday 5th December Big W: Laser Kids Tablet $98 - starts Thursday 5th December Big W: NextBook 7" Android... Continue reading

Huawei threatens to exit the US market amid spying accusations

Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world - passing Ericsson in 2012 - has threatened to pull out of the US market amid what they say are unsubstantiated claims of spying for the Chinese government. This comes from Huawei Chief Executive Officer Ren Zhengfei, who said at a press conference in France, that Huawei is "exiting the US market". Earlier this year Zhengfei said in relation to the Edward Snowden NSA spying leaks that: Huawei has no connection to the cyber-security issues the U.S. has encountered in the past, current and future. While Ren has not advised that... Continue reading

Galaxy Note 3 rumour wrap-up

Recent rumours suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which we reviewed last week, would be getting a few new colours, red and rose gold. Today Samsung has officially announced that not only would the new colours, Merlot Red and Rose Gold White, be coming to the Note 3, but new accent colours would be launching as well. The Rose Gold White Note 3 will have Rose Gold Black accents and the Jet Black and Classic White  will have Rose Gold highlights. This brings the colours of the Note 3 to five, with Jet Black,... Continue reading

FIFA releases official app for Android

The International Federation of Association Football - or FIFA - has released a great app just in time for the Final Draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brasil. The Final Draw is on the 7th of December local time, and you can follow it with the official FIFA app, simply named FIFA. But that's only a small part of this app. The FIFA app is designed to give you the most comprehensive coverage of football across the globe, with 197 leagues incorporated, including the Australian Hyundai A-League and New Zealand ASB Premiership. Included is a... Continue reading

US Black Friday and Cyber Monday App sales for Australians

Just because we live in Australia doesn't mean that we can't join in the fun and enjoy the savings of the annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that are happening now in the US. Google Play and Amazon are offering a bumper crop of heavily discounted Apps and games over the next few days. Some of the highlights are Make Your Clock Widget Pro ($1.19 was $2.49), World Clock Widget Pro ($0.99 was $1.49) - both of these are from Tomas Hubalek, maker of the very functional and polished Battery Widget Reborn, which... Continue reading

LG G Flex to be launched internationally on the 3rd of December

The LG G Flex was first thought to be a small scale South Korean exclusive, due to manufacturing challenges associated with the unique curved screen, display and battery. It was launched in Korea on the 12th of November.  We then reported that the availability would spread to Orange in France in early December. Now LG has sent out invitations to a G Flex international launch event in Hong Kong on the 3rd of December. The G Flex is an exciting innovation from LG. Not only does it feature a curved screen and display, but it also... Continue reading

HTC One Unlocked and Developer editions getting KitKat today in the US

We reported recently that the Google Play edition of the HTC One would be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update soon. Now HTC has announced that the Developer Edition and the HTC Unlocked version will be getting KitKat starting from today. With all of the US special edition One's receiving Android 4.4, surely it won't be long until the international HTC One gets to taste some KitKat soon.  @HTCUSA recently tweeted: It's expected that the latest update will also bring Sense 5.5 to the international One. We'll keep you updated on when the roll out... Continue reading

HTC launches the Desire 700 and 501

On top of the UK released HTC One DUAL SIM, HTC in Taiwan launched the Desire 700 and Desire 501 (pictured above). The Desire 700 is a doppelgänger for the HTC One, except it's plastic, not the aluminium of the One: The HTC Desire 700 runs on the old Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features: 5" 540 x 960 display 1.2GHz quad-core processor 1GB RAM 8GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB Dual SIM 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS 2100mAh battery The Desire 501 comes in three colours - Black, White and Pink - and has similar... Continue reading

HTC One Dual SIM with expandable storage released

The HTC One is one of the best designed phones available at the moment, and now it gets another variant, a dual-SIM model with expandable storage via microSD card of up to 64GBs. The extra storage capacity is on top of the already included 32GB of internal storage. To access the dual-SIMs and microSD card the back plate is removable. HTC describes the dual-SIM functions as: Receive calls from either SIM card at any time Switch seamlessly between both sim cards while you talk HTC Sense helps you manage calls, texts and data between sim cards effortlessly On-board Dual Network Manager... Continue reading

HTC One Max now available from Telstra

The HTC One Max is now available on plan from Telstra. The One Max has an impressive 5.9" screen, 4G capabilities and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The HTC One Max is available on the Small to Extra Large Plan, from $74 per month to $130 per month. With the Small Plan, the One Max costs an extra $14 per month, the Medium Plan an extra $4 per month, the Large an extra $3 per month, and free on the Extra Large Plan. The specifications of the One Max are: Boom Sound Stereo Speakers Super... Continue reading

Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch available now

Qualcomm is the worlds leading designer and manufacturer of mobile System on Chip (SoC). The Snapdragon series of SoC has been hugely successful for them. The Qualcomm Toq (pronounced "talk") Smartwatch is a demonstration of Qualcomm's prowess. From the silicon that runs the watch to the Mirasol display and Wireless Power WiPower LE charging, it's designed to showcase Qualcomm's ingenuity and engineering. Like most smart watches at the moment, it has to be paired with an Android phone to receive most of its smarts, requiring the paired device to run Android 4.0.3 Jelly Bean or... Continue reading