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Google releases update XE21.0 to Glass, adds faster Google Now updates and Waze

Google releases update XE21.0 to Glass, adds faster Google Now updates and Waze

Glass has had an interesting week, it went live on Google Play in the US, meaning availability is getting broader, at least in its home territory and now a new update has been released by Google. The update includes a couple of updates which will alleviate some annoyances for current Glass explorers, that of slow Google Now card updates. Glass owners will now see updates for Flight updates, as well as sports scores ‘within a few seconds’. As a Google property, lack of Waze integration on Glass has been a puzzler, but that too is rectified in the XE21.0 release[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Glass
Ausdroid Podcast 121 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 121 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/I7uVWYZckIs Welcome to episode 121 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Everything IFA and a little Motorola too!

by 9:02 PM on September 8, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Google kicks off National Child Protection Week with tips on keeping your kids safe online

Google kicks off National Child Protection Week with tips on keeping your kids safe online

This week is National Child Protection Week, an awareness initative from the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect(NAPCAN), which has been running annually for the last 20 years. Google is supporting National Child Protection Week by offering tips and reminders on some tools they provide to keep your kids safe while surfing on-line. Of course nothing is better than being with your child while they’re on the net, but eventually the helicopter parenting has to let your child fly solo. Google launched the Google Safety Centre earlier this year, and shared tips like these to help you[Read More...]

by 4:52 PM on September 8, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Google Services
7-inch Google tablet hits the FCC with Nvidia Tegra inside – could be Project Tango?

7-inch Google tablet hits the FCC with Nvidia Tegra inside – could be Project Tango?

As Nexus rumours go, this one’s a little confusing. Droid Life reports that a new Google device that looks to be a 7-inch tablet hit the FCC last week for certification, with Nvidia Tegra chips and a phone-sized battery inside. The FCC exhibit identifies the device as 7″ Tablet with designation A4R-NX74751. There’s a confidentiality request around the Block Diagram, Schematics Diagram and Parts List, so we won’t get a look at the details until Google’s good and ready. The listing is dated September 4, 2014, although SAR reports are dated July 2014. What we do know is that there’s[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on September 8, 2014 6 comments Tablets
Intel and Fossil Teaming Up For Smartwatch

Intel and Fossil Teaming Up For Smartwatch

Just in case you are under-whelmed by the current offerings in the smartwatch category there is another brand about to hit the market. At Recode’s Code Media event, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that Intel was teaming up with Fossil to make an Android wearable, which we will assume will be a smartwatch considering where Fossil’s expertise lie. Intel have been teaming up with other companies to partner in making devices lately, a sign that they are aware of their limitations and are sticking to their strengths. Intel are already teaming up with another company to make heart beat tracking[Read More...]

by 9:28 PM on September 7, 2014 2 comments News
Chrome for Android gets the material design treatment

Chrome for Android gets the material design treatment

Google has released version 37 (yes, thirty seven) of Chrome for Android, and while it contains the usual bug fixes and other improvements that we typically see in a Chrome release, perhaps the most noticeable change is the implementation of Material Design into the Chrome layout; you’ll notice when you start Chrome next that it looks rather different. Other new features include improved single sign-in, so that signing in to Chrome automatically signs you in to a number of Google sites as well. The rest are bug fixes and performance improvements which should become more obvious as use goes on. I’ve[Read More...]

by 8:12 PM on September 7, 2014 6 comments Apps, Google Services, News
Sony announces QX1 E-series Lens Mount and QX30 Zoom Lens camera

Sony announces QX1 E-series Lens Mount and QX30 Zoom Lens camera

Sony has announced a followup to the QX lens-style cameras from 2013 that looked to add DSLR-esque high-resolution photography to any smartphone. This year at IFA 2014, they’ve come up with the QX1, a lens mount sporting a 20.1 megapixel APS-C image sensor, an E-series mounting bracket, a flash module and all the other things you need to take and store photos and the QX30, a proper successor to last year’s QX10. As with the QX10 and QX100, both rely on a wireless connection to your smartphone and again use the Sony PlayMemories App for control and shooting. This new[Read More...]

by 1:01 PM on September 7, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize finalist uses Android with Bluetooth wrist band and remote sensors

Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize finalist uses Android with Bluetooth wrist band and remote sensors

The Qualcomm Foundation – the philanthropic arm of chip-maker Qualcomm – is sponsoring an X Prize competition aiming to stimulate innovation in the medical world. The Tricorder X Prize, like its Star Trek namesake, asks us to envisage usage of portable, wireless devices like smartphones that monitor personal health and diagnose medical conditions. It’s hoped that this will allow unprecedented access to personal health metrics, giving individuals greater choice in when, where, and how they receive care. It’s a lofty goal, and it’s the very definition of altruistic – perhaps to a fault, especially when I’m sure at the end[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on September 7, 2014 1 comment News, Other
HP advise the new Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 will be hitting Australia next month

HP advise the new Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 will be hitting Australia next month

HP announced their updated Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 at IFA on Friday. They announced pricing and availability for the US, but we were waiting on HP Australia to see if these updated models will reach Australia. HP Australia has advised that the new Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 will indeed be arriving in Australia, reaching stores early next month. No pricing has been released at this stage, but we expect to see more information on pricing when stock is heading to stores. The specs include an update to the Samsung Exynos processor on the Chromebook 11 to an Intel[Read More...]

by 9:53 AM on September 7, 2014 9 comments News
Samsung Gear Live receiving update OTA now – improves navigation and alarms

Samsung Gear Live receiving update OTA now – improves navigation and alarms

It’s not the big update that Google announced was coming for Android Wear yesterday, but the Samsung Gear Live is apparently receiving an OTA update at the moment which brings a couple of improvements to the current features. The update, which brings the build version of Android Wear up to KGW42N, is all about improvements to navigation and alarms. Android Police have done a deep dive into the update and found that the navigation improvements include options for alternate destinations, for example saying ‘Navigate to KMart’ it should automatically default to the nearest one, but offer options for ones nearby[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on September 7, 2014 3 comments Android Wear
Samsung’s VR headset given US pricing – still more than the cost of Google Cardboard

Samsung’s VR headset given US pricing – still more than the cost of Google Cardboard

Samsung had a number of announcements at IFA 2014, but the Gear VR headset seems to be quite a polarising product. Android, and Samsung fans either love it, or hate it. Either way, a Samsung spokesperson has let slip the pricing overnight, so you can start saving your pennies. While no release date was mentioned, a Samsung spokesperson has told VentureBeat, that the headset will cost US$199. This is obviously not counting the cost of the Galaxy Note 4 which the headset has been optimised for. The Gear VR, features hardware built by Samsung, but a software experience which is[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on September 7, 2014 5 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Samsung announces new multi-function printers with Android 10.1 inch touch-screen panels

Samsung announces new multi-function printers with Android 10.1 inch touch-screen panels

During a dynamic presentation at IFA 2014, Graham Long from Samsung UK has announced a new range of Android running, multi-function printers with a built-in 10.1 inch touch screen which should be available worldwide next month. The Samsung Smart MultiXpress machines feature a touch screen that enables users to search and print from web browsers, emails, maps, images and other content without needing to connect to a PC or server. You can also preview and edit documents along with annotating capabilities. There will be ten models of MultiXpress printers released across four categories with one colour series: the X4300 A3[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on September 7, 2014 6 comments Manufacturer, News
Optus offers up to $450 to switch carrier as well as early upgrades for existing users

Optus offers up to $450 to switch carrier as well as early upgrades for existing users

Optus has kicked off Fathers Day with a new offer to try and tempt more Australian mobile users to say ‘Yes’ to Optus. Following in the footsteps of US based carrier T-Mobile, with their ‘U-Carrier’ initiative, Optus has today announced that they are offering cash and discounts to customers who wish to transfer to the Optus network. Users who bring their number from a competing carrier and sign-up to a 24 Month My Plan Plus contract, will be offered up to $250 trade-in for their existing mobile phone, as well as up to $200 towards paying early termination fees on[Read More...]

by 7:52 AM on September 7, 2014 3 comments Carriers