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Good Deal: Grab a Chromecast for $39 with Click & Collect from Dick Smith for the next hour

Good Deal: Grab a Chromecast for $39 with Click & Collect from Dick Smith for the next hour

If you’re on the lookout for a good deal on a Chromecast, Dick Smith is running one for the next hour. From now until 4pm you can grab a Chromecast for just $39, using the Promotion Code ‘TENOFF‘ at checkout. Unlike previous sales on the Chromecast through Dick Smith, you can also forget about getting it delivered. Dick Smith have bowed to pressure of customers wanting instant gratification so you can hit the Click and Collect button, select your local store and head on over to pick it up. The deal is live right now, so if you’ve been holding[Read More...]

by 3:10 PM on October 24, 2014 3 comments News
LG unveils their new Processor – Nuclun – an Octa-Core processor with Cat 6 LTE support

LG unveils their new Processor – Nuclun – an Octa-Core processor with Cat 6 LTE support

LG has had a pretty close relationship with Qualcomm recently, their last three high-end G Series phones were all powered by Snapdragon processors. But that could soon be a thing of the past, with LG today announcing their first first mobile application processor (AP) – NUCLUN. Pronounced NOO-klun, the processor is a big.LITTLE ARM based Octa-Core processor with four Cortex-A15 1.5GHz cores and four Cortex-A7 1.2GHz cores. The processor will also be fully functional on CAT 6 LTE networks, offering maximum download speeds of 225Mbps, as well as being backwards compatible with older LTE networks. While we won’t be seeing[Read More...]

by 1:48 PM on October 24, 2014 0 comments News
Review: Bose SoundTrue and SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

Review: Bose SoundTrue and SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

I’ve never tried Bose before. I knew they were a big name in sound but never actually tried their products. I’ve tried all the other big names and still own a few of them. When the opportunity came up to test out the Bose SoundTrue and SoundSport in-ear headphones I jumped at the chance to see if Bose can live up to the reputation they have garnered since their inception in 1964. With both the SoundTrue and SoundSport in-ear headphones to review they are both included in the same review as the difference between the two is very minimal. The[Read More...]

by 1:22 PM on October 24, 2014 1 comment News
LG G Watch R on sale now

LG G Watch R on sale now

This afternoon Motorola announced the Australian pricing for the Moto 360 with it being available for $329 from local stores. The Moto 360’s most direct competition in the round smartwatch space is the LG G Watch R. The price of the LG G Watch R has been unknown, as is the exact release date, but has been speculated to be similar to that of the Moto 360. The LG G Watch R today popped up on the MobileZap website for $349.49AU. Add in $17.95 for standard shipping (4-6 business days) or $24.95 for express (3-4 business days) and you are[Read More...]

by 12:56 AM on October 24, 2014 11 comments News
My Tracks adds Android Wear support – removes sharing options

My Tracks adds Android Wear support – removes sharing options

After Google announced an update for Google Earth this morning, which included an option to now upload KML files directly, it reminded me I hadn’t looked at Google’s Activity tracking app, My Tracks in a while. Loading it up, it appears the app got an update recently which added a great feature but removed one at the same time. Listed under the ‘What’s New’ section of the Google Play description is the good and bad news, as you can see Google has removed sharing to other apps on the phone, but added Android Wear support : support Android Wear remove[Read More...]

by 9:17 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
New tablet and phone from Bauhn launching at Aldi on Saturday November 1st

New tablet and phone from Bauhn launching at Aldi on Saturday November 1st

Aldi is at it again, this time launching a new Bauhn branded tablet and phone as one of their Special Buys, and are due to go on-sale on Saturday the 1st of November. Aldi is saying they’re the ‘Best’ tablet and smartphone yet. The new Smartphone has got some fairly decent specs, including a 5″ screen and an un-named ‘Quad-Core’ processor with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot. The key feature for the smartphone is the Back Touch Sensor, which allows you to ‘Take photos, control music, or browse images conveniently with an extra sensor’. At $279[Read More...]

by 12:40 PM on October 23, 2014 13 comments News
Humble Bundle launches the Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle for Halloween

Humble Bundle launches the Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle for Halloween

Depending on your background, Halloween has little meaning, especially for Australians, but using it as an excuse to get a good deal on games? Yep, we’ll take that, and that’s exactly what the Humble Bundle folks are doing just that with their aptly named Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle, which went live this morning. The deal is the same, you can pay whatever you want and get three games: Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. But, if you pay above the average price, which currently stands at US $2.84, you also get Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Walking Dead:[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

“Update all the apps!” has no doubt been the catch cry at Google in the past week or so. We have seen many updates to the new material design as well as updates that give much more functionality to apps. Google has certainly been busy and seems to have brought it all together at once. Today Google Play Music saw an update to material design and much more. Back at the start of July Google purchased Songza, a streaming music company that provides “expert-curated” playlists to the subscriber based on the context the user is in. The idea is that[Read More...]

by 12:45 AM on October 23, 2014 2 comments News
Lollipop:  The state of root

Lollipop: The state of root

Back in Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean, SELinux was introduced into Android, albeit in permissive mode which is basically turned off. This was switched to enforcing in KitKat, 4.4. SELinux policy is in effect and things that it doesn’t want to allow won’t be allowed. SELinux was ported to Android by a team who submitted a patch earlier this year that stated “/system is always mounted read-only, and no process should ever need to write there”. This was a bit of a worry for those of us who prefer root access on their Android devices to be able to control[Read More...]

by 4:49 PM on October 22, 2014 20 comments News
Android 5.0 Tour: Keyboard – Giving Santa something to smile about

Android 5.0 Tour: Keyboard – Giving Santa something to smile about

Third Party keyboards have been a mainstay of the Android app eco-system since Android was in its infancy. With the release of the Google Keyboard, and the subsequent updates which brought gesture typing, emoji and introducing personalised spelling suggestions, the Google Keyboard somehow has become good enough to use up against the big guns in the keyboard world. So, what’s new in the Google Keyboard in Android Lollipop? There’s no massive changes in the Android Lollipop keyboard, you still get the various keyboard types QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, Dvorak and Colemak layouts are still available, although they’ve now been joined by[Read More...]

by 1:54 PM on October 22, 2014 5 comments News
Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

For those of you out there wanting a bit of Lollipop before it actually rolls out to eligible devices, you can now download a new update for Nova Launcher Beta through the Play Store. There are new animations for opening folders which adds to the existing slide up animation from the bottom and the Lollipop scroll indicator is included along with updated icon themes for the calculator, contacts, downloads and email apps and lots more. Here is the full list of changes: Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation) Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll[Read More...]

by 11:33 AM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Soon after the launch of Android 4.4 and the last Nexus phone, Google Executive Chariman Eric Schmidt published a guide on his Google+ page offering relatively easy advise on how iOS users could switch to Android. Now, in the wake of another Android update, Google themselves have seemingly polished up the guide, and posted it on the Android website, in a bid to get some switching going on. The guide is quite well put together and offers step by step instructions – as well as tools – to help iOS converts to transfer their Photos, Music and Music, as well[Read More...]

by 8:29 PM on October 21, 2014 3 comments News
Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

We’ve been having a look through Android Lollipop, or at least the latest Developer preview since Google released images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) on Saturday morning. It’s a complete new visual style and part of that is the new wallpapers that have been included in the new images. We’ve extracted them and you can find them below, as well as a link to a zip to grab all of the wallpapers. As a bonus, you can also download a zip with the new sounds from Android Lollipop – if that’s your thing. There’s some lovely looking[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 21, 2014 5 comments News