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Sony Smartband (SWR10) — Review

Sony Smartband (SWR10) — Review

Fitness trackers are a-dime-a-dozen these days. There’s a large market out there that’s ripe for the taking and with no clear dominant manufacturer there are some deep pockets out there looking for the right product. The Smartband is Sony’s first fitness tracker, and they’ve delivered just a little bit more than others. The Sony Smartband is what Sony call a ‘Lifelogger’. It’ll count your steps and track your sleep – just like the majority of fitness trackers out there – but Sony has gone a step further and the Smartband records almost everything you do. To do this recording, the[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 14, 2014 4 comments Reviews
Australian & Asia-Pacific first: Cuscal enables NFC-HCE mobile payments for CUA customers

Australian & Asia-Pacific first: Cuscal enables NFC-HCE mobile payments for CUA customers

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to use your Nexus 5 to pay for your shopping, that time has arrived. Cuscal, whose NFC Host Card Emulation mobile payments trial we reported on in March, has published CUA redi2PAY to the Google Play store for CUA customers. In an Australian and Asia-Pacific first, any CUA customer with an Android 4.4 phone and a Visa Debit card can now use their phone’s NFC functions to make payments at Visa PayWave terminals around Australia. Unlike other solutions, Cuscal’s redi2PAY technology isn’t limited to particular handsets by prior arrangement with the manufacturer. Users[Read More...]

by 12:01 AM on July 14, 2014 15 comments Apps, News, NFC
Let it Goat – an addictive new game emerges

Let it Goat – an addictive new game emerges

With the demise of Flappy Bird (although it’s apparently due to return to Google Play and the App store next month), the race is on to find the next addictive game on the market. Today I present: Let it Goat. Let it Goat is a game in the same vein as Flappy Bird, with a similar control mechanic and just like Flappy Bird it’s strikingly simple. Playing as Mount the goat, the game is a side-scrolling, 8-bit, endless runner that has just one control – Jump. As Mounty prances along through the game, the time will change from night to[Read More...]

by 6:15 PM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Apps
Alcatel Pop C1 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $79

Alcatel Pop C1 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $79

Optus have recently added a new smartphone to its pre-paid line of phones, introducing the Alcatel Pop C1. The Alcatel Pop C1 is a very basic, entry level smartphone, so its low-level specs aren’t going to wow anyone, but it will allow first time smartphone owners or beginners get a fairy decent experience. The full list of specs include: 3.5” HVGA Screen Display (320 x 480 pixels) 1GHz Dual-core CPU 1GB RAM 4GB with 2GB end user memory, expandable to 32GB via MicroSD Card 2MP rear camera only Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 3G[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft have launched an app that is mainly about what the weather is like in various places around the earth at various times and seasons. They’ve called the app Climatology. The Microsoft Research-developed app can show you any location’s temperature around the world, so not just your current location but it will also show you the selected location’s humidity and the average amount of rain and sunshine it’ll get during a particular month. Lets say for example, you’re heading to the United Kingdom in September/October, you just look up the place and choose a month[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Play this: Halfbrick’s Fish out of Water

Play this: Halfbrick’s Fish out of Water

Australian developer Halfbrick (the studio behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride) has released an Android version of their 2013 iOS hit Fish out of Water. The game is free to download on Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The game is a slick mobile variant on some of those old Flash games you’d use to while away your lunch break like Pingu Throw, where you pick up and throw a hapless animal (in this case, a school of fish – one at a time, of course) and try to get the best distance to compare with your friends. Fish[Read More...]

by 11:14 AM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps
Wear Mini Launcher now available

Wear Mini Launcher now available

Are you looking for a better way to access the apps on your Android Wear device? Launching through Google Now is cool, but it’s a bit hit and miss, especially with voice commands. What if there was an app launcher, or slide in drawer? Wonder no more, because now that’s precisely what’s become available. Shown above, Wear Mini Launcher is itself an app that you launch via the standard process, but once it’s running, you can slide in from the top left side of your watch and access a quick app drawer. Like most apps on Android Wear, though, it[Read More...]

by 9:18 AM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Tinder for Android Wear? I guess it was bound to happen.

Tinder for Android Wear? I guess it was bound to happen.

It seems that few things sell (or are more popular) than sex, or the prospect of procuring it, and so it should be little surprise that Tinder is quite popular. The cross-platform dating / friend-finding app allows users to find matches (male or female) in the local area, which you can like or dislike with a simple swipe of your finger. Now, you can do it all from your watch! Why you would is another question entirely, but at least it shows that Android developers are on the ball. On Android Wear, you can now launch the Tinder app, swipe left[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps, News
Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the Sony Xperia Z2, a device I really enjoyed. While I was reviewing the phone, I was contacted by Yianni from Gadgets 4 Geeks, to see if I wanted to try out some accessories. I agreed and he sent me two new toys to play with; a magnetic charging dock and the Sonivo Fusion bumper case. Magnetic Charging Dock One of Sony’s big innovations over the past few years has been making all their phones waterproof. This is all well and good, but anyone who has actually used one of[Read More...]

by 5:02 PM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Accessories, News, Reviews
Sydney Opal users can now purchase new Opal card smart wallets for their smartphones

Sydney Opal users can now purchase new Opal card smart wallets for their smartphones

We’ve previously reported that the NSW Government and Cubic Systems Australia (makers of London’s Oyster Card) had released a couple of Opal Card smartcard wallets and holders for Samsung Devices earlier this year. Transport for NSW have announced another series of colourful smart wallets which stick to the back of your smartphone to hold your Opal Card in place. According to the Shop Transport NSW website, the smart wallet is made of durable silicone with a universal 3M adhesive suitable for most phones (and covers) which fit most flatbacked smart phones, so the HTC One (M7), One (M8) and the LG Flex[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on July 12, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
Sony Xperia Z3 leaks again – this time with a phone behind the front panel

Sony Xperia Z3 leaks again – this time with a phone behind the front panel

Sony is not one to rest on their laurels when it comes to building new phones. Working to what seeems a 6 month product life-cycle, they’re on track to release the Xperia Z3 at IFA in September and the phone is determined to see the light of day, first showing up as a mere front panel, it’s now out in the wild as a full phone. The phone is believed to be the Chinese version of the Xperia Z3 – model # L55t, which follows on from the L50t used for the Xperia Z2 – and has the same design[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on July 12, 2014 9 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Get Chromecast Screen Mirroring on more devices (Root required)

Get Chromecast Screen Mirroring on more devices (Root required)

Google launched Screen Mirroring from Android to Chromecast only a couple of days ago, but it’s fairly limited. Google announced that while limited to a few devices, it’s expected to roll out to more devices soon. But why wait? This being Android the option to jump the line and start mirroring your screen to Chromecast is now open thanks to the fine folk over at XDA-Developers. To get the workaround going, you will need root access on your device. If you’re already rooted, then you’ll require the file – MirrorEnabler.apk – provided by XDA member r3pwn, which will trick your[Read More...]

by 9:59 AM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Chromecast, Modding
Cutomisable Quick Settings possibly coming to Android L

Cutomisable Quick Settings possibly coming to Android L

When Google introduced the Quick Settings in Android 4.2 it brought about a way to quickly access frequently used settings and toggles normally hidden away. Limited though it was, custom ROM makers quickly addressed this, adding the ability to customise what appeared in the Quick Settings menu, now it seems Google may do the same in the upcoming full release, known at the moment as Android L. While the Quick Settings in the Android L preview are much improved (Auto-Rotate toggle!!), there still remains some settings that people want that don’t appear. A feature request added to the Android L[Read More...]

by 9:44 AM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Google Services