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Purported Nexus 6 accessories begin flooding AliExpress – renders in tow

Purported Nexus 6 accessories begin flooding AliExpress – renders in tow

Whether it’s a Nexus 6, or a Nexus X, there’s definitely going to be a new Nexus. What it looks like and when it will be released is not yet known but apparently Chinese manufacturers are starting to flood online marketplace AliExpress with cases for the ‘Nexus 6′ with ‘renders’ of the phone included. The phone in the renders is slightly different to the Nexus 5, but with similar design stylings. The camera has moved to the middle and now has a dual-tone flash. It’s got a smaller bezel beneath the screen, but really it’s all just conjecture. The screenshot[Read More...]

by 4:10 PM on September 16, 2014 10 comments Accessories, News
Mini Review – Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount for Smart Phones & GPS

Mini Review – Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount for Smart Phones & GPS

I don’t know about you, but I get sick of buying smart phone mounts for my car, only to find out they are difficult to use or they don’t really hold the phone solid so it doesn’t move around. I recently came across the Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount, a vehicle mounting system for Cell Phones and GPS Devices. That’s a real mouthful isn’t it? After watching a few YouTube videos and reading up on it a little bit, I decided to take the plunge and purchase one directly from Amazon as the Mountek website were out of stock[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on September 16, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Mini Reviews
HTC looking to release GoPro competitor and ‘Selfie’ phone at October event

HTC looking to release GoPro competitor and ‘Selfie’ phone at October event

HTC has had a few financial issues of late, the company has been doing better in their last couple of financial calls, but they’re apparently looking stabilise their financials by entering a new market, offering ruggedised, small form factor cameras according to a new report. Bloomberg is reporting that according to a source, HTC will release a waterproof camera aimed at extreme sports participants. The camera will feature a tube shaped body, with an ultra wide-angle lens atop a 16MP sensor. Connections to phones would be via Bluetooth or Wifi, which the camera will include. Chasing both the Android market[Read More...]

by 5:29 AM on September 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Rumours
Sony announces QX1 E-series Lens Mount and QX30 Zoom Lens camera

Sony announces QX1 E-series Lens Mount and QX30 Zoom Lens camera

Sony has announced a followup to the QX lens-style cameras from 2013 that looked to add DSLR-esque high-resolution photography to any smartphone. This year at IFA 2014, they’ve come up with the QX1, a lens mount sporting a 20.1 megapixel APS-C image sensor, an E-series mounting bracket, a flash module and all the other things you need to take and store photos and the QX30, a proper successor to last year’s QX10. As with the QX10 and QX100, both rely on a wireless connection to your smartphone and again use the Sony PlayMemories App for control and shooting. This new[Read More...]

by 1:01 PM on September 7, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Samsung’s VR headset given US pricing – still more than the cost of Google Cardboard

Samsung’s VR headset given US pricing – still more than the cost of Google Cardboard

Samsung had a number of announcements at IFA 2014, but the Gear VR headset seems to be quite a polarising product. Android, and Samsung fans either love it, or hate it. Either way, a Samsung spokesperson has let slip the pricing overnight, so you can start saving your pennies. While no release date was mentioned, a Samsung spokesperson has told VentureBeat, that the headset will cost US$199. This is obviously not counting the cost of the Galaxy Note 4 which the headset has been optimised for. The Gear VR, features hardware built by Samsung, but a software experience which is[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on September 7, 2014 5 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Motorola announce the Moto Hint and Moto Power Pack Micro accesories

Motorola announce the Moto Hint and Moto Power Pack Micro accesories

Motorola has had a pretty big day, launching three major new products, the new Moto X and Moto G, as well as their long awaited entry into Android Wear, the Moto 360. But that’s not all, as teased on their press invite, they also had an accessory to share with everyone – the Moto Hint and Moto Power Pack Micro. The Moto Hint leaked earlier today and is a discreet wireless earbud, which connects via Bluetooth to your handset. The Moto Hint allows you to use the voice controls on your Motorola phone, as long as it’s within range of[Read More...]

by 5:24 PM on September 5, 2014 3 comments Accessories
Good Deal: Get an LG Qi wireless charging stand for just over $40 shipped

Good Deal: Get an LG Qi wireless charging stand for just over $40 shipped

Ausdroid reader @metaeaux sends word of a good deal on LG’s Qi Wireless Charger (model WCD-100) that was given away by Optus with G3 preorders, shipped from Korea. You can buy the charger from Ebay seller thekoreaseller – said to be in Korea, amazingly – for US $40 (about AU $43) with free international economy shipping – this is supposed to take 2-3 weeks, although this order arrived in under a week. The listing says the charger is compatible with LG G3 models D851 D850 and D855 (the Australian model). It’s also compatible with the Nexus 5 and probably other[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on September 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Deal
Kickstarter: Check your Blood Alcohol Content with DrinkMate

Kickstarter: Check your Blood Alcohol Content with DrinkMate

Australian’s love a drink – but we DON’T love people who drink and drive. As the saying goes ‘Stay under .05 or get off the road’, so making it easy to check your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is a good way to avoid incidents – or just don’t drink at all – so the team at Edge Tech Labs has started a Kickstarter project for a portable smartphone powered Blood Alcohol Content meter called DrinkMate. DrinkMate is a microUSB powered attachment for your smartphone which you can blow into and see your Blood Alcohol Content displayed almost immediately on the[Read More...]

by 9:29 AM on September 1, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Want a fancy charging dock for your LG G Watch? Aerios Moduul could be it.

Want a fancy charging dock for your LG G Watch? Aerios Moduul could be it.

There’s no doubt that the first generation LG G Watch is a functional device first, and aesthetically pleasing maybe fifth or sixth; it isn’t the most glamorous watch. The same can be said of the charging dock; it’s a black little plastic brick, and it’s rather unappealing. It doesn’t look great on the nightstand, and on the desk, it just looks a bit out of place. Enter Sydney design firm Aerios. Launched by the guys behind Gadgets 4 Geeks, Aerios has announced the Moduul range, with its first piece an upgrade to the dock for your LG G Watch. As[Read More...]

by 5:45 PM on August 27, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Android Wear, News
PlusUs launch premium LifeStar cables in 7 different styles

PlusUs launch premium LifeStar cables in 7 different styles

PlusUs, the Australian company behind LifeLink, the world’s thinnest, most compact smartphone cable, has announced they are now taking pre-orders for a more premium USB charge cable called the LifeStar. The tangle-free cables are covered by a lifetime warranty and are available in braided and stitched look in denim and PU leather (a man-made leather), with double stitching holding the material in place around the cable. The cables are finished with matching coloured PVC into an aluminum connectors. There’s two sizes available – 1 metre or 25 centimetre – which support up to 2.4amp charging with microUSB or Apple MFi[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on August 27, 2014 15 comments Accessories
PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

After announcing they were entering Australia back in April, PayPal Here, has finally landed at retailers in Australia. Officeworks has announced that they will be selling the chip and Pin Bluetooth card reader in stores. Priced at $139, the chip and PIN card reader is a first for Australian small businesses, who can now buy a mobile payment terminal capable of completing Visa and Mastercard credit card transactions, in a retail store. With Credit Card signatures out, and mandatory PIN for all credit cards transactions in, as of the beginning of August, PayPal Here offers small business owners a fairly[Read More...]

by 8:36 PM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Apps
Plantronics Backbeat Fit — Review

Plantronics Backbeat Fit — Review

The old 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t as widely used as it once was, at least for plugging in headphones, thanks to ever improving technology in the Bluetooth headphone market. The latest bluetooth headphones to be released in the Australian market are the Plantronics Backbeat Fit – a pair of over-ear earphones aimed at the sports and fitness user. Priced at $159, and available from a variety of retailers – Dick Smith, Officeworks and Allphones to name a few – in Blue or Green colour options, the Backbeat Fit earphones aren’t the cheapest option around, but they are pretty to look[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on August 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Google Fit Preview SDK now available for developers

Google Fit Preview SDK now available for developers

Back at Google I/O, Google announced a lot of things and one of the more welcome additions was the Google Fit platform; an open platform for developers to more easily build fitness apps that integrate with hardware and software, as well as making the data easier to share between other apps. Google Fit provides a single API for apps and device manufacturers alike to store and access activity data from phones, sensors in devices and other devices like wearables, connected scales, and more. Instead of having fitness data stored in silos, apps will (with your permission, of course) be able[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on August 8, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Google Play, Google Services, News