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Ausdroid Podcast 123 – LIVE tonight from 9pm AEST

Ausdroid Podcast 123 – LIVE tonight from 9pm AEST

It’s that time again, where we pull up a chair and speak frankly with each other about the news that happened in the week that was. With Sony’s big bash last night, expect a lot of discussion about their new product line. Jason’s got a Z3 Compact and he’s not afraid to use it, and his wrist has played host to the company’s Smartwatch 3 – and it didn’t disappoint. We’ll also check in with some updates on the Moto 360, and a little phone called the Nexus 6. We’ll have the usual chat room up just before 9pm, so[Read More...]

by 6:06 PM on October 1, 2014 0 comments News
Authy: Centralised 2 Step Verification for Google Authenticator-compatible services

Authy: Centralised 2 Step Verification for Google Authenticator-compatible services

2 Step Verification is becoming more and more important in an online world that’s filled with people trying to get their hands on your data. Whether it’s your Evernote, Google or Facebook account or something more precious like your banking details, if you haven’t already done so, get onto any and every site you use that supports 2 Step Verification and enable it! At this point in time, it’s probably the best option there is available to protecting your data. Check out our HowTo for activating 2 Step Verification for your Google Account When you enable 2 Step Verification on[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on October 1, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
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 2 comments Accessories, News, Other
The Nexus 6 WILL Be A 5.9in Phablet

The Nexus 6 WILL Be A 5.9in Phablet

The Android fanatics, myself included, love every single morsel of Nexus news or rumours they can get their hands on. Lately we have seen quite a bit of rumours hitting the interwebs regarding the make and size of the sixth Nexus device. We have heard the rumour that the device will have a 5.9in display and last week we saw via XDA an image of the supposed Nexus “Shamu” next to a LG G3. Today Android Police are reporting, with a confidence level of 9/10 that that the Shamu is in fact the next Nexus phone. Android Police have received[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on September 30, 2014 48 comments News
Modified version of Android L for Google’s Project Ara will allow hot-swappable modules

Modified version of Android L for Google’s Project Ara will allow hot-swappable modules

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group is getting set to release their Project Ara modular smartphone system at some stage next year. When it does, we now know that the phone will run Android L, but it will be a modified version which will allow for extra functionality specifically for the modular platform. With a modular phone the ability to swap modules in and out is a big plus, and according to Google’s Paul Eremenko, when launched the phone will be able to do just that. The phone will run a modified version of the upcoming Android L version[Read More...]

by 10:38 AM on September 30, 2014 0 comments News
Telstra adds the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus To its Pre-Paid line of devices for $149

Telstra adds the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus To its Pre-Paid line of devices for $149

There’s another Samsung handset on the market, with Telstra adding the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus, to its prepaid line of devices, offering the handset for $149. The handsets is an updated version of the Galaxy Trend which launched at Dick Smith late last year, to its prepaid line of devices, offering the handset for $149. Thought it’s technically an upgrade, the Trend Plus offers only a slightly upgraded CPU along with the ‘Plus’ monniker. The Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus isn’t going to wow you spec wise, but it certainly still good value price wise. The list of specs include: 4″[Read More...]

by 10:02 AM on September 30, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Galaxy Note 4 gets unboxed

Galaxy Note 4 gets unboxed

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is coming, it’s out there in a few review circles already so here come the unboxing videos. The 5.7″ QHD display is a highlight that everyone who’s handled the device at various display shows always mention as well as the consistency of the Samsung design of the phone; making it instantly a familiar and comfortable feeling device to someone who’s had a Samsung Galaxy device in the past. Of course in the current market state, what’s a large phone unboxing without a mention that the phone feels “solid” or “sturdy”? It’s close to the undisputed[Read More...]

by 5:10 PM on September 27, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vine gets an update to allow video trimming and undo editing

Vine gets an update to allow video trimming and undo editing

Twitter’s Vine app has received an update that is rolling out to users, bringing significant improvements including improved editing tools to users who may still be using the service. The update also brings the app version 2.5.0. Here is a list of improvements listed: A new button on the bottom left to access your camera roll Preview videos of any length, and trim them to 6 seconds or less Upload a single video, or mix and match to tell a story! Undo last recording Flashlight for recording in low light In the edit screen Duplicate a clip, or trim a[Read More...]

by 12:40 PM on September 27, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Update on the Ausdroid Store

Update on the Ausdroid Store

For those that aren’t newsletter subscribers you might not have seen the news about the Ausdroid Store. We’ve been running our gadget store for a couple of months now, and it’s time to look at the results and how things have been going. While we’ve enjoyed running the store, and we’ve certainly seen some good sales results coming through, we’ve re-evaluated the store and how the partnership is working with Gadgets 4 Geeks. We’ve decided that, for the time being, the store will be taken offline. We want to work on a new model which will work better for Ausdroid,[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on September 27, 2014 0 comments Discussions, News
Does this photo show Motorla’s Shamu, the next Nexus?

Does this photo show Motorla’s Shamu, the next Nexus?

It seems only yesterday that we reported on Motorola’s Shamu, which is lining up to be the next Nexus device in the form of a mooted Nexus 6. Oh wait. It was only yesterday. Today we’ve got another photo of the Shamu, and this time it shows us  some updated kernel specs. Let’s break it down. The photo above, originally posted by Android Police, shows the original image left in the Droid Life comments, as well as a modified image (to the right) prepared by Android Police to reveal more of the phone’s actual shape. I don’t think that’s a particularly[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on September 27, 2014 2 comments News, Phones, Rumours
HTC might be toying around with a One M8 variant with a 13MP camera

HTC might be toying around with a One M8 variant with a 13MP camera

Rumours abound that HTC is experimenting with a variant of the One M8 with a better camera. The original HTC One (released last year) has a 4MP Ultrapixel camera, which works great in the dark, but it doesn’t have the best resolution. This year’s HTC One (dubbed the One M8) uses the same camera, but pairs it with a dual camera, allowing some interesting 3D effects. What it doesn’t allow, though, is decent high-res photography. Rumours are circulating around the web suggesting that HTC is working with a 13MP sensor in a variant of the One M8, but sadly, it[Read More...]

by 7:05 AM on September 27, 2014 3 comments News, Phones, Rumours
No more pocket billiards: Shifty Jelly brings Pocket Casts from your pocket to the web

No more pocket billiards: Shifty Jelly brings Pocket Casts from your pocket to the web

Shifty Jelly, makers of superior podcast app Pocket Casts, have taken the wraps off a web-based version of their service. For those who signed up to gain early access to the beta, invites are now being sent around. The interface is consistent with their Android app and syncs with your existing Pocket Casts account. Your list of podcasts is automagically populated in the web interface, and the sync works extremely well between your mobile device and the web app. I’ve tested this listening to a podcast en route to work, then picking up where I left off on the web[Read More...]

by 5:56 PM on September 26, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Updated Google Play Distribution Agreement takes a shot at Amazon

Updated Google Play Distribution Agreement takes a shot at Amazon

Google yesterday updated their Google Play Distribution Agreement, a document which sets out the rules that developers must abide by in order to play in Google’s Playground as it were. The updated agreement introduces a couple of new clauses aimed at improving developer response, but also appears to be making moves to encourage alternate providers of apps to move them into Google Play. In a move that appears to be a direct shot at Amazon, and their method of release for their Amazon Prime Instant Video app. Amazon, after a long wait, finally released their Amazon Prime Instant Video app for[Read More...]

by 11:50 AM on September 26, 2014 3 comments Google Play, Google Services, News