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Aldi launching Cocoon branded Android Media Streamer on the 11th of October

Aldi launching Cocoon branded Android Media Streamer on the 11th of October

Aldi has dabbled with Android media streamers previously as part of their ‘Special Buys’ section of their catalogue. The previous model must have done alright, because they’re going again next Saturday with a Cocoon branded set-top box. The set-top box will be selling for $59.99 as part of their ‘Special Buys’, so it’s a limited time offer. The set-top box will connect to your TV via a HDMI connection and then srteams video, music and games. The box isn’t terrible when it comes to hardware, in fact it’s pretty decent, including : Quad Core processor 1GB RAM 8GB Internal Storage[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on October 2, 2014 10 comments Accessories
Bose Quiet Comfort 25 – First Impressions

Bose Quiet Comfort 25 – First Impressions

The package sitting on my desk when I arrived in the office yesterday morning filled me with excitement, then I opened it and my excitement was justified. I spend pretty much all day in front of a PC, most of it with headphones on listening to music so a “cheap” or low quality set of headphones just doesn’t cut it for me when I’m listening to over 100 hours of music at work every month, plus my listening at home. For a number of years now I’ve been somewhat loyal to Sennheiser headphones, they’re not cheap; they sound great and[Read More...]

by 7:52 PM on September 30, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News, Other
Kickstarter AU Focus: N2 Neo Smartpen

Kickstarter AU Focus: N2 Neo Smartpen

Since the introduction of Kickstarter into Australia last year, we’ve seen a number of projects and there’s a new one on the block that’s been launched by Sydney based company NeoLAB. Their Kickstarter is for the N2 Neo Smartpen, a digital pen which can sync your handwritten notes to a digital device – your smartphone or computer. With a thickness the same as a standard pen, and with the ability to use it as a pen (including using standard D1, pen ink cartridge refills), the N2 Smartpen is a device that bridges both the digital and analogue world. The N2[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on September 28, 2014 4 comments Accessories
Bose announces new SoundTrue and SoundSport in-ear headphones

Bose announces new SoundTrue and SoundSport in-ear headphones

Many of us use our mobile phones to listen to music and are always after the best listening experience we can get. If you are in search of this, as I am, Bose have today introduced a new series of in-ear audio headphones with a specific model aimed at Samsung Galaxy phones. The headphones offer “superior audio reproduction, features that are ideal for mobile devices, and a variant for select Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad models and Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.” Bose have included TriPort® technology to the headphones which apparently delivers “full, balanced sound” and the music “sounds[Read More...]

by 11:40 AM on September 26, 2014 7 comments Accessories, News
After one step back, OnePlus takes a step forward with accessories

After one step back, OnePlus takes a step forward with accessories

After recently canning their long awaited StyleCovers, OnePlus have added another accessory to their modest list, announcing the “Oneplus Silver Bullet Earphones”. The introduction in the OnePlus Forums says that they’ve engineered the earphones (earbuds) to feel compact and durable, while still providing users with an immersive sound experience. Great, but what does that actually mean? The controller on the earphone cable has access to music control, calls (as you’d expect) and the camera “without the need to reach for your phone”. What taking photos of the inside of your pocket is going to do for anyone, I’m not quite[Read More...]

by 8:28 AM on September 26, 2014 5 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Plantronics launches the BackBeat Pro at AU $349, in stores soon

Plantronics launches the BackBeat Pro at AU $349, in stores soon

Plantronics held a media launch in Sydney last night for the newest member of their popular BackBeat family of headphones. The premium quality wireless, noise-cancelling BackBeat Pro (as modelled by that chap, above) will be coming to Australia next month, priced at $349. Described by Plantronics’ Australian National Sales Manager Peter Petrides as a “marriage between a DSLR camera and a set of headphones”, the imposing-looking BackBeat Pro headphones feature dial controls, play/pause buttons, physical switches for power and active noise cancelling and NFC tap-to-pair functionality. You can connect the headphones to your device with Bluetooth or a 3.5mm headphone[Read More...]

by 1:16 PM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Is this HTC’s Action camera?

Is this HTC’s Action camera?

HTC began teasing what is thought to be their upcoming GoPro competitor this morning. The device is supposed to be announced at their October 8th ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York, but an association with a twitter account @re_camera may have given the game away early. The link to @re_camera was made through a reddit thread, which said a HTC employee had sent it to them. The only tweet originating from the account, which co-incidentally has the tag line ‘Something Remarkable is Coming’ in their header image, was released around the same time that HTC launched their teaser video this[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
HTC has begun teasing their Action Cam competitor

HTC has begun teasing their Action Cam competitor

HTC has been rumoured to be entering into the action camera market, which has so far been dominated by GoPro, for a while. Their upcoming ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October is said to be the place where we’ll see this camera (as well as a so-called ‘Selfie’ phone), so now’s as good a time as any to begin teasing and that’s what HTC appears to be doing in a new video released this morning titled ‘Something Remarkable is Coming’. The video is a teaser, so nothing implicit regarding a product or specs is stated.[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
SanDisk releases high-speed 512GB SD card and 64GB microSD card

SanDisk releases high-speed 512GB SD card and 64GB microSD card

SanDisk has launched two new flash memory cards, which you’d probably better know as SD Cards or microSD. These aren’t any cards though; they’re world firsts: a 512GB U3-rated SD card, and a 64GB u3-rated microSD. Why are these so amazing? The SD card is marketed as the highest capacity SD card manufactured to date, and the microSD is the fastest microSD available. Why would you want such a blindingly fast SD card? Simple — if you’re shooting 4K video on a camera, you need a lot of storage space and you need to be able to write to it[Read More...]

by 8:20 AM on September 25, 2014 7 comments Accessories, News
Australian carriers advise availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Australian carriers advise availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

There’s a lot happening with Samsung tonight, with the manufacturer launching their Note products as well as the Gear VR headset in Australia. So far we’ve received outright pricing for the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, which will be selling in Samsung Experience stores and retailers for $949 and $1249 respectively. But what are the carriers saying? Telstra Telstra will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and also offering the Gear VR. The Galaxy Note 4 is launching as the first phone on the Telstra network to support LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation. The aggregation will work accross[Read More...]

by 8:21 PM on September 23, 2014 13 comments Accessories, Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung Australia announces pricing and availability for Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Samsung Australia announces pricing and availability for Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Samsung is busy running the launch event for their range of products announced at IFA in Germany earlier this month. As we thought, the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR are all coming to Australia in the next couple of months, but if you’re looking for pricing from carriers you’ll have to wait just a little longer. Galaxy Note 4 Starting off with the phone that finally caused Apple to copy them, Samsung has launched the 4th generation Galaxy Note, advising the phone will be made available from Samsung Experience Stores and other retailers from the 29th of[Read More...]

by 6:56 PM on September 23, 2014 8 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Phones
Kickstart This: Qimini Deuce is a portable Qi charger with 2,000 mAh battery built in

Kickstart This: Qimini Deuce is a portable Qi charger with 2,000 mAh battery built in

Qimini, the creators of the Pocket wireless charger, are taking it to the next level with the introduction of Deuce, a wireless charger with a built-in 2,000 mAh battery for use in places where USB ports aren’t readily available. The project is now available for backing via Kickstarter, promising a thin and light powerbank with a Qi inductive charging coil to charge compatible devices on the go. Qimini claims that Deuce’s 2000 mAh battery will be able to supply an additional 50% battery life to a Nexus 5, or 45% to a Samsung Galaxy S5. Deuce is just 14mm thick and[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on September 20, 2014 9 comments Accessories, News
Get a new Marvel case for your Nexus 7 (2012) for as little as a $1

Get a new Marvel case for your Nexus 7 (2012) for as little as a $1

If you’re still rocking a Nexus 7 (2012), and there’s quite a few of you out there who still are, then you may want to check out your local EB Games store for a bit of a bargain. The store is having another one of their sales and is clearing some of their Nexus 7 (2012) cases. There’s two available on the EB Games website, an official Nexus 7 Travel cover in Pink, or a Spiderman branded Nexus 7 (2012) cover for just $2. Now, that’s the price on the website, but in-store I found the Spiderman branded one on[Read More...]

by 6:09 AM on September 20, 2014 2 comments Accessories