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HTC launches Zoe beta to Google Play for a range of devices

HTC launches Zoe beta to Google Play for a range of devices

. Over the last few months, HTC has been hinting at releasing their Sense based services like Blinkfeed to more users, this has also been followed by the company releasing their software services to Google Play. Today, HTC has announced that their first software service released through Google Play for devices other than HTC will be Zoe. So, what is Zoe? The wider launch of Zoe to Google Play, is not what most HTC owners will recognise as the Zoe from their phones, but more the Video Highlights part of Zoe. With Zoe you can create, edit, remix and more[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on August 15, 2014 3 comments Apps
Foxtel drops the price of Presto to just $9.99 per month

Foxtel drops the price of Presto to just $9.99 per month

Foxtel, has this morning announced that they intend to slash the price of their movie streaming price in half, bringing the price down to a relatively small $9.99 per month. The price will come into effect this Sunday, the 17th of August, and offers a no lock-in contract way to access to some of the largest movies out there. Titles such as Captain Phillips, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Pacific Rim and We’re the Millers are already available to stream on the service, and more hits such as Thor: The Dark World, Delivery Man are set to join[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on August 15, 2014 9 comments News
Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Over the last few weeks there has been a LOT of talk about the Facebook Messenger Permissions required to install on your Android device, some of the comments around the social media circles are ill informed at best; downright irresponsible at times. There’s a LOT of permissions to take onboard when you install the app and it can seem quite daunting, invasive and perhaps a little creepy when you look at the amount of access to your device that Facebook want. Aside from being business suicide for Facebook, the fact remains; the general level of conversation and interaction on the[Read More...]

by 9:46 AM on August 15, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Samsung advertising (t)rolls on

Samsung advertising (t)rolls on

While we all enjoy a good laugh at the opposition, Samsung’s advertising really hasn’t progressed much from the juvenile jabs they’ve taken at their competitors since The next big thing is here. The latest campain has flowed on from comments by the Blackberry CEO John Chen who referred to iPhone users as “Wall Huggers” due to their inadequate batteries in their iPhones and constant need to just top up at every opportunity. The sledgehammer subtle, yet likely low cost advertising has clearly piggybacked on this at power plugs in some airports around the USA stating Samsung Galaxy S5 with Ultra[Read More...]

by 8:59 AM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones
Aldi offering fathers day tech specials with Onix Smartphone & Onix 3G Tablet

Aldi offering fathers day tech specials with Onix Smartphone & Onix 3G Tablet

If you are still trying to work out what to get your dad this fathers day, then Aldi might be able to tempt you with their latest offerings starting next Wednesday 20th August 2014 for 1 week. Aldi are offering two Onix branded products, a 4″ smartphone available for $99.99 and a 9″ 3G Tablet available for $149. Whilst both offer a low price and certainly don’t offer the latest in high end specs but they do offering a decent price for the budget conscious market they are aiming this for. So lets take a look at the specs separately[Read More...]

by 8:58 AM on August 15, 2014 18 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Sale, Tablets
LG announces LTE version of new G Pad 8.0

LG announces LTE version of new G Pad 8.0

LG has just announced an LTE version of its new G Pad 8.0 that we first saw alongside the LG G3 launch in London. It has the same specs as the Wi-Fi version including a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1280×800 resolution display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Android 4.4 KitKat but comes with the addition of 4G LTE connectivity. The G Pad 8.0 LTE will initially begin shipping in “key European countries” this week with Central and South America, Asia and CIS countries to follow. Whether the LTE version will make its way to Australia is yet to be seen, as so far[Read More...]

by 12:52 AM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Moto X+1, Moto G2 and Moto 360 to be announced on September 4th

Moto X+1, Moto G2 and Moto 360 to be announced on September 4th

Motorola has begun inviting press to a launch event scheduled for the 4th of September, at Motorola’s headquarters in Chicago. The invite is in the form of a ‘Cootie Catcher’ which some will be more familiar as a childrens origami creation from their primary school days. The invite opens to advise the recipient to ‘Choose a new experience’, before flashing up four graphics in each colourfully coloured quadrant showing the outline of two phones, a circular watch and what appears to be a bluetooth earpiece. As you can see, the phones each show a letter on screen – a G[Read More...]

by 12:51 AM on August 15, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs leak out: 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 805, 4K video and more

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs leak out: 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 805, 4K video and more

Indonesian retailer Erafone appears to have jumped the gun a little by listing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their website. While it shouldn’t be long before we officially hear from Samsung on the Note 4 (3 September), if the specs on the Erafone website are correct, it’s going to be one powerhouse of a device. According to Erafone’s website the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be packing the following specs once it finally announced: 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 display (515 ppi) 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or octa-core Exynos with four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores (depending on model and[Read More...]

by 12:38 AM on August 15, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Humble Bundle App exits Beta with a new look and audio and ebook compatability

Humble Bundle App exits Beta with a new look and audio and ebook compatability

If you’re a fan of a bargain, then you’re probably familiar with the Humble Bundle website, it’s a site where you can usually grab quite a few good deals on apps (games), books, comics, music and more. The Humble Bundle site has had an Android app, which has been in Beta for some time, but it’s now exited beta, with a brand new look and some new features. The app has had some fancy new UI work done, with an updated nav drawer, newer icons for the download buttons and you can now see all your ebook and music to[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on August 14, 2014 1 comment News
Google opens availability of My Glass App to more countries

Google opens availability of My Glass App to more countries

The availability of Google Glass, could be getting closer, with Google opening up availability of Glass to more countries. The My Glass app is now available to install on your Android (or iOS device) in Australia, as well as other countries, through iTunes and Google Play. Glass Explorers who live outside the US and UK, the only countries where Glass is currently officially available are now able to download the app, without having to extract the APK from Google Play, or find it through other sources. The availability of the app, is probably due to the expansion to the UK,[Read More...]

by 1:57 PM on August 14, 2014 0 comments Apps, Glass
Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

The update to Android 4.4.3, for the HTC One M8, has begun rolling out to handsets in Australia now, with Optus the first to push the update to their customers. The update includes performance optimisation updates for WiFi, Bluetooth and Radios, as well as application updates to Camera, Gallery, Settings and HTC Sync Manager according to the screenshot of the update kindly supplied by Michael: The update also includes Security Fixes. These security fixes are actually the ones from Android 4.4.4, as advised by VP, Product Management for HTC US, @moversi on Twitter: @swalker20659 @JasonMacHTC We've incorporated the security fixes[Read More...]

by 1:39 PM on August 14, 2014 18 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Information from Field Trip to appear in Google Now soon

Information from Field Trip to appear in Google Now soon

Google has built a secondary company – Niantic Labs – which has been quietly been building location aware products like the augmented reality game Ingress and the tourist friendly app Field Trip for the last few years. Field Trip, while functional and indeed extremely useful, hasn’t been the glamour child of Niantic, and it could be about to get even less so, with the information from Field Trip about to show up in Google Now, without you having to install the app. The information from Field Trip will show up in Google Now as a card entitled ‘Nearby discoveries’ and[Read More...]

by 10:24 AM on August 14, 2014 5 comments Apps
Google looks to make Hangouts less rubbish in Chrome with Ultra Violet

Google looks to make Hangouts less rubbish in Chrome with Ultra Violet

One of the most promising aspects of Google’s Hangouts chat service is its ubiquity. A client for Hangouts is available on Android and iOS, inside your Gmail in a desktop browser and even as a Chrome extension to break it out of the Gmail window. It’s that last one in particular on which that today’s rumour centres, and it’s a welcome one. Google’s Chrome extension for Hangouts isn’t generally well-regarded – anecdotally, it often brings with it excessive resource utilisation, to say nothing of some questionable UI decisions. Florian Kiersch reports (in German) that Google is testing a new Chrome[Read More...]

by 10:14 AM on August 14, 2014 3 comments Chrome Extension, Rumours