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Xiaomi Announce The Mi4: Another High-end Flagship

Xiaomi Announce The Mi4: Another High-end Flagship

Nine months ago Xiaomi released the Mi3 and over 10 million sales of it later they have announced the successor, the Mi4. While yet to make a significant mark outside of China, Xiaomi signalled their intentions earlier this year when they expanded to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India, selling devices as fast as they put them up available for purchase. At one stage they sold 100,000 Mi3′s in 86 seconds. This is in addition to their move in hiring Hugo Barra of Google fame to be Vice President of International. So far in 2014 Xiaomi have sold over 26 million[Read More...]

by 10:56 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment News
One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

Australian developer AppAce Pty Ltd has developed a revolutionary personal safety product and having read a bit about it, we want to tell you a little more. Coffs Harbour engineer Ian Kinny has developed a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy device which pairs with a compatible smart phone. The device features a single button, and is small enough to fit on a necklace or belt-clip. One click of the device’s button and the partner app on your mobile sends a pre-configured SMS to designated ‘help’ contacts, containing the user’s approximate GPS location as a Google Maps link. Unlike other systems, the[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Apps, News
Google and Samsung talk Knox integration in Android L

Google and Samsung talk Knox integration in Android L

Google hasn’t made the largest inroads into corporate and enterprise when it comes to spreading Android. Samsung has taken up a bit of the slack though with Samsung Knox, their security suite of APIs, apps and protocols designed to keep Samsung devices safe and secure in a managed environment. At Google I/O last month, support for components of Knox in the upcoming Android L release was announced, and today Google and Samsung have talked a bit more about the details. First off, despite rumours that Samsung were handing over the reigns of Knox to Google, Samsung has clarified this stating:[Read More...]

by 3:11 PM on July 22, 2014 4 comments News
Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

It’s been a long road to production and delivery for Pressy, the Kickstarter-funded project that sought to give users a new physical button for their devices with the ingenious idea of using the phone’s headphone jack. I backed Pressy at the end of September 2013 (so it’s been almost a year in the making now), and a small packet finally arrived on my desk this morning containing one Pressy and a black carry case that can (in theory) clip onto headphone cables and hook onto a keyring to keep your Pressy safe when not in use. The Pressy device itself[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on July 22, 2014 5 comments Accessories, News
Modern Combat 5 leaked to torrent sites thanks to competition winners – Gameloft understandably upset

Modern Combat 5 leaked to torrent sites thanks to competition winners – Gameloft understandably upset

Gameloft’s anticipated first person shooter – Modern Combat 5 – has been leaked to torrent sites just days before its official public release. Gameloft ran a contest which gave winners early access to the game. This early access has backfired however with at least one of the winners uploading the game to multiple torrent sites. The situation obviously doesn’t sit well with the team at Gameloft who have invested millions of dollars as well as man hours into the new game. On the Modern Combat 4 Hub Facebook page, Florian Weber stated : To anybody who got MC5 already, shame[Read More...]

by 1:10 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment News
EchoWear lets you identify music from your wrist

EchoWear lets you identify music from your wrist

Much like well-established music services Shazam and SoundHound, EchoWear for Android Wear allows you to search for music you can hear, all from the comfort of your wrist. While Google Now on your phone will have a fair stab at identifying most music, sometimes you don’t have time (or want) to get your phone from your pocket, and that’s where EchoWear comes in. Launch it from the Android Wear app drawer, or start it with a voice command (“Start Echo Search”), and it will record a few seconds of the song playing, before submitting it to widely recognised music database[Read More...]

by 2:51 PM on July 19, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

If a six-inch display on your mobile isn’t enough, would you consider getting a second one? When I saw this headline, my immediate thought was no, but having read a bit more about what the InkCase provides, I’m kind of excited and I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. Shown above, InkCase Plus is an eInk display that acts as a second display for your Android. What can you do with it? Many things. Firstly, you’ll save battery life, because viewing / reading things on an eInk display is significantly cheaper in terms of battery usage than[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

The release of the Android Nokia X range just prior to the purchase of the company by Microsoft, left many people asking what the future of the Nokia X series was. With the launch of the Nokia X2 range late last month after the purchase had gone through it seemed the series could stick around. But overnight, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has overnight sent a letter to staff outlining some future plans for the Nokia X series and also some news about the future of some of the staff. The Microsoft team will lose a total of 18,000 staff[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, News
Google by the numbers – Q2 2014 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q2 2014 earnings report

Google has today released their financial results for the 2nd quarter of 2014. The results are pretty good for the company, with expectations above that of analysts on Wall Street, a positive for share-holders and executives alike. With the sale of Motorola still not complete, there are still results from the company included in this report and as with previous results – they’re losses. Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google said Google had a great quarter with revenue up 22% year on year, at $16.0 billion. We are moving forward with great product momentum and are excited to continue providing amazing[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on July 18, 2014 1 comment News
Coles introduces mobile wallet app for existing Coles Credit Card users

Coles introduces mobile wallet app for existing Coles Credit Card users

Coles has launched a new mobile wallet payments app, available to Android and iOS users who currently have Coles branded credit cards. The mobile wallet app, which is available to download free from Google Play (as well as the App store for iOS users), allows customers to pay for groceries using their mobile phone. The app, which has been launched with Mastercard as a partner, uses a Coles Pay Tag sticker as opposed to NFC in the phone, mimicking the Commonwealth Bank Paytag system they launched last year. Using the Coles Pay Tag sticker, users can get from the Coles[Read More...]

by 9:21 AM on July 18, 2014 6 comments News, NFC
Why developers probably aren’t (and shouldn’t) be making Android Wear watch faces yet

Why developers probably aren’t (and shouldn’t) be making Android Wear watch faces yet

Google’s Wayne Piekarski has taken to Google+ to talk about the state of custom watch-faces for Android Wear, and while he’s doubtlessly impressed with what developers have come up with since the launch of the Android Wear SDK, he’s cautioning not to go too far. Not yet. As we know, and as Wayne has commented, customisability has allowed Android to thrive, and no doubt will have the same positive effect for Android Wear as well. However, the platform isn’t quite ready for the kind of extensibility people want in the form of watch faces.. yet. Wayne explains: Custom watch faces[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 17, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Charge Icon Pack Released

Charge Icon Pack Released

Remember a few weeks ago I posted an article about a new, unreleased, beautiful icon pack called Charge Icon Pack? Yes? Well the icon pack has now released, and you can pick it up for  $1.60! Ryanconography has a couple of other sexy icon packs, but this one is a hit out of the park. The full app was released on July 15th, and now includes roughly 1000 minimal icons, and 15 pretty wallpapers.  That is 750 extra icons at least and 10 more simplistic wallpapers that you can chew into.  This is obviously going to be rising, like all[Read More...]

by 7:37 AM on July 16, 2014 3 comments News
Google posts Android 4.4.4r2 Factory Image & Binaries for Telstra Nexus 5

Google posts Android 4.4.4r2 Factory Image & Binaries for Telstra Nexus 5

Google has today posted an update on their Factory Images page for the Nexus 5. Designated Android 4.4.4r2 with build KTU84Q, the release is very specifically for the Nexus 5 on Telstra as well as for carrier 2Degrees in New Zealand and the Nexus 5 in India. As well as the factory image, Google has released binaries for the new build as well. Its an oddly specific release and shows some carrier specific fragmentation. We’ll be following up with Telstra to see if we can find out what inclusions are being wrapped up in this release.

by 6:00 AM on July 16, 2014 19 comments News, OS Update