Accessories

LIFX LED Smart Bulbs now available from Harvey Norman

LIFX LED Smart Bulbs now available from Harvey Norman

Smart Bulbs are the new cool, we took a look at the Philips Hue light bulbs last year and we’re currently looking at another, more independent product – LIFX – who we wrote up all the way back in 2012, when they ran their Kickstarter campaign. They shipped out their bulbs to Kickstarter backers a couple of months ago and they’ve just announced they will begin selling the bulbs in Harvey Norman stores across Australia. The bulbs are of course doubly interesting to us as they’re made by an Australian company and because they can be controlled by an iOS[Read More...]

by 8:28 PM on May 30, 2014 6 comments Accessories
Ausdroid Gadget Store is coming

Ausdroid Gadget Store is coming

For the last few months, Ausdroid has been working on a bit of a project with the guys at Gadgets 4 Geeks. We’ve promoted their stuff before on Ausdroid and run a few specials here and there, but the one thing we wanted to do was to have our own store for Android accessories. So, with that in mind, today we (sort of) announce the soft launch of the Ausdroid Gadget Store. Those of you who’ve logged in on the desktop in the last 24 hours or so might have seen it appear in the menu bar. What is it?[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on May 30, 2014 14 comments Accessories, News
GOkey — A single device for charging, moving data and finding lost keys

GOkey — A single device for charging, moving data and finding lost keys

It’s not often we see a device that promises to be all things to all people, but the GOkey seems to be just such a device. It incorporates a portable battery charger, USB cable, flash drive and a keyring, all in one device, instead of a few different things cluttering up your bag. The GOkey’s functions include: Enough power on the go to power a smartphone for a few hours in an emergency situation A charging and data cable — charge off a USB socket, or move some files around A flash drive built in, in 8, 16 or 32GB[Read More...]

by 9:39 AM on May 30, 2014 1 comment Accessories
LG G3 accessories available from Gadgets4Geeks

LG G3 accessories available from Gadgets4Geeks

With the launch of the LG G3 upon us, accessories have begun to pop up online, including at the Australian accessories store and friend-of-the-site, Gadgets 4 Geeks. Gadgets4Geeks has a number of accessories, ranging from a bumper case, a slim-fit TPU cover and screen protectors and also stocks Qi chargers and accessories and a desktop cradle. Items are showing as in-stock and ready to ship, so now all we need is an actual phone to use them with! If you’re questioning the size of the G3, here’s a size comparison between the Nexus 5, LG G3 case and an HTC[Read More...]

by 10:00 PM on May 27, 2014 0 comments Accessories, News, Phones
LG shows off new QuickCircle case for the G3 with circular window

LG shows off new QuickCircle case for the G3 with circular window

When the leaks of the Quick Window icons came out the other day, the circular clocks and widgets pretty much ensured that we all knew that a Quick Window case with a circular window was coming. Well, it’s officially confirmed with LG releasing the LG G3 : Quick Circle™ Case video onto YouTube alongside a press release outlining some more details. As you can see it’s a pretty functional setup with the ring icons showing up to quickly access features such as camera, music controls and obviously time, as well as letting users send text messages or place calls more[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on May 22, 2014 4 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Knight Rider, Inspector Gadget and Star Trek have what in common LG?

Knight Rider, Inspector Gadget and Star Trek have what in common LG?

In the race to market with Android Wear, LG have taken a decisive lead over their competitors with their marketing. Market placement is everything in the current commercial market we live in and now LG have placed Knight Rider, Star Trek and Inspector Gadget in the same image set as their upcoming Smart Watch no one else will be able to use or leverage those well known “ahead of their time” techie shows. For those of you who want a translation, thankfully as my Korean is a little rusty; OK – Non existent, Google Translate has provided us an Engrish[Read More...]

by 6:42 PM on May 20, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Android Wear, Manufacturer, News
The business card comes of age, with NFC business cards from Martin Print

The business card comes of age, with NFC business cards from Martin Print

Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark So spoke Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, in a scene where the subject of the perfect business card appears to drive the protagonist of the film to a seemingly incoherent rage – an early show of what is to come. Nearly thirty years later, the business card is still with us, but it’s about time it got an update – something that Martin Print, a Western Australia based custom printing service run by Martin Russell is trying to do with their[Read More...]

by 3:13 PM on May 19, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Sony SmartBand now available through Telstra and Sony stores, RRP $159

Sony SmartBand now available through Telstra and Sony stores, RRP $159

Sony‘s new wrist-wearable fitness tracker SmartBand is now available locally from Telstra, Sony Online and Sony Centres / Kiosks with more retailers to follow soon The device RRP is $159, and Telstra users can get it on contract as an “Accessory Repayment Option” for $39 upfront + $5 / month over two years – which funnily enough, adds up to $150. The SmartBand was first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and we noted that it had become available for preorder last week. It connects with Sony’s LifeBlog app available from Google Play and logs your life (as[Read More...]

by 1:53 PM on May 15, 2014 3 comments Accessories
Glass back on sale to everyone, for good.

Glass back on sale to everyone, for good.

Google Glass has, until recently, been a bit like the proverbial hen’s teeth; ephemeral, hard to get, and expensive. With a recent opening of the doors, everyone was able to get Glass for just one day, but that quickly ended. It seems now that Google has decided to open the doors to everyone. While this will make Glass a bit more commonplace, it doesn’t address the price: getting Glass will set you back around $1500 US. Posted on their Google+ page overnight, the Glass team announced: Last week we told you we’d be trying out new ways to find Explorers.[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on May 15, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Android Wear, Glass, News
Google adds Nexus 5 snap cases to the Play Store from $29.99

Google adds Nexus 5 snap cases to the Play Store from $29.99

Nexus 5 accessories, at least the official kind, aren’t too many in number, but if you’ve tried out the other cases for last year’s Nexus headliner, you might be tempted by a new option: a range of five snap-cases available (US only for now) via the Play Store. They’re Google-branded, and come in five different colours: Black, Aqua (pictured above), Silver, White and Clear. They wrap around the sides and rear of the Nexus 5, leaving the top and bottom of the phone exposed, so while they mightn’t add a lot in terms of protection, they will protect the rear[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on May 15, 2014 4 comments Accessories, Google Play, News, Phones
Motorola Moto G Flip Shells now available at JB HiFi

Motorola Moto G Flip Shells now available at JB HiFi

The Motorola Moto G was announced back in November with an array of colourful cases, in different styles,  from standard ‘Shells’ to ‘Flip Shells’ and Active Grips. While we haven’t seen the Shells or Active Grips, nor the colourful selection – yet – you can now grab a Flip Shell in Black from JB Hifi. The Flip Shell will act as a ‘Smart Cover’  for your phone, sensing when the flip cover is open or closed. The Black Flip Shell will set you back $29.95 but they are currently a little scarce, with two out of the three JB Hifi[Read More...]

by 2:48 PM on May 13, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Samsung releases a 1.5TB wireless media streamer targeting Android users

Samsung releases a 1.5TB wireless media streamer targeting Android users

Samsung has collaborated with Seagate to bring us an external wirelessly-accessible hard drive designed to work with Android devices to bring wireless media streaming to the fore. The drive sports a huge 1.5TB capacity, allowing you to carry around up to 750 movies, over 350,000 MP3s, almost half a million photos, or any mix of the above. Dubbed the ‘Samsung Wireless’, it allows up to five users to connect wirelessly to the hotspot generated by the device, which in turn allows users of Android 2.2 Gingerbread or higher to stream media from the drive. It’s not just Android though; Windows[Read More...]

by 9:11 AM on May 13, 2014 6 comments Accessories, News
Need a new car cradle? Try a Strike Alpha

Need a new car cradle? Try a Strike Alpha

If you’re looking for a charging cradle for your phone when you’re riding in the car, you might like to consider a Strike Alpha cradle. Ausdroid has been playing with one for the last week or so, and our review unit designed for the HTC One (M8) has performed well. The suction cup grip isn’t too strong, but when paired with the supplied adhesive disk (for fitting to a dashboard or similar), it holds on like a limpet mine, and nothing short of a head on collision is likely to dislodge it. It’s not just grippy. The Strike Alpha cradle features[Read More...]

by 3:06 PM on May 8, 2014 8 comments Accessories, Mini Reviews