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Visa says its Token service will come to Android in 2015

Visa says its Token service will come to Android in 2015

Visa this week announced its Token service, and while it seems Apple has an exclusive on the technology until the end of 2014, Droid Life is reporting that the service will come to Android in 2015. Token generates random numbers that aren’t related to your actual credit card number, and uses those numbers to make payments. It’s the technology powering Apple Pay service, and is designed to keep your credit card details safe on your phone, never to be transmitted – retailers never actually get to see your real credit card number, so in the case of a security breach[Read More...]

by 12:21 PM on September 14, 2014 6 comments Mobile Payments
People’s Choice Credit Union become the second bank to use the Cuscal redi2PAY NFC payment solution

People’s Choice Credit Union become the second bank to use the Cuscal redi2PAY NFC payment solution

Cuscal has been leading the charge with Host Card Emulation (HCE) based NFC payments for Android phones, since launching their platform earlier this year. CUA were the first to embrace their NFC payments solution in their app in July, and now another bank, well, Credit Union this time has added their redi2PAY NFC solution to their app, with People’s Choice Credit Union updating their Android app to allow the function. The app let’s you register your preferred Visa payWave card and then use your phone on Tap & Pay terminals at Point of Sale. It’s quite easy to register your[Read More...]

by 11:53 AM on September 14, 2014 5 comments Apps, Mobile Payments
Android One handset from Spice appears briefly on Flipkart

Android One handset from Spice appears briefly on Flipkart

The launch of the Android One program announced at Google I/O is apparently set for launch in India tomorrow, where Three manufacturers – Spice, Karbonn and MicroMax – are expected to announce handsets. Indian retailer, Flipkart has accidentally listed the first Android One handset from Spice on their website, giving us a look at the specs, price and design of one of the first phones in the Android One program. Android One is of course a reference design from Google, which allows manufacturers to simply create a phone, which Google will supply the base operating system for, essentially a pure[Read More...]

by 11:36 AM on September 14, 2014 0 comments Android One
You can now Chromecast video files from Google Drive in the ChromeOS Dev Channel

You can now Chromecast video files from Google Drive in the ChromeOS Dev Channel

ChromeOS is moving forward with Chromecast support, with the Chromium team adding Chromecast support for movies stored in Google Drive and played on the VideoPlayer App in the latest Dev update in ChromeOS. To play the files, open the Files App, go to the Drive section and play the movie, a Chromecast icon should now appear and you can select the Chromecast of your choice – provided you’re on the same network, as usual. If you’re not seeing the icon, ensure you have the Google Cast Extension installed from the Chrome Web Store. The Chromium team is welcoming feedback, well,[Read More...]

by 7:18 PM on September 13, 2014 0 comments Chromecast, ChromeOS
The Asus Nexus Player: An Android TV?

The Asus Nexus Player: An Android TV?

Leaks regarding Nexus devices always have us here at Ausdroid salivating at the lips. This time it is not a Nexus 8 tablet made by HTC, nor is it a Nexus phone made by Motorola, it is an Asus Nexus Player. What the hell is an Asus Nexus Player I hear you asking? Speculation is that it is an Android TV, possibly the first to run Google’s new Android TV. Benchmark site GFXBench has uncovered “evidence” of a device call an Asus Nexus Player. The devices seems to come in two sizes, 23.7 and 31.9 inches each of 1920 x[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on September 13, 2014 8 comments News
HP Australia clarifies specs and pricing for the upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14

HP Australia clarifies specs and pricing for the upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14

Ok, we think we got this. There’s definitely updated HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 models arriving in Australia, but after double checking with HP Australia, we’ve been able to nail down the specs, model #’s and pricing for the Chromebooks dropping next month. For a start, the Chromebook 14 will not have a FullHD screen, this was an unfortunate wording error in the press release. The screen resolution for both the Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 will be 1366×768. There will be only one model of the Chromebook 11, released in Snow White with 2GB of RAM priced at[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on September 13, 2014 4 comments Chromebook
Samsung Australia begins asking ‘Are you ready to Note?’

Samsung Australia begins asking ‘Are you ready to Note?’

After a big launch at IFA in Germany last week, Samsung Australia has begun ramping up for the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 in Australia. The Samsung Australia website has begun offering customers looking for information on the launch of the Note 4 locally, a way to sign-up to receive information as soon as they’re ready to announce it. For interested potential customers, you can sign-up to the mailing list, which requires you to enter your Name, Email address and Post Code, to ‘Be among the first to know when the Note 4 hits Australia!’ No mention yet of[Read More...]

by 5:55 AM on September 13, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Smaller G Flex successor to arrive before the end of the year

Smaller G Flex successor to arrive before the end of the year

The G Flex was an interesting device, it showed off many facets of LG’s ability to incorporate new technologies, as well as solve problems on the fly. It didn’t set the world afire with sales, but as a halo device, the G Flex is well deserving of a second model, and that’s exactly the plan according to sources in Korea. LG will apparently unveil a second model of the G Flex in Korea before the end of the year. The new G Flex will be a more compact model than the previous 6″ behemoth, and will also carry a higher[Read More...]

by 5:43 AM on September 13, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
HTC looking to release GoPro competitor and ‘Selfie’ phone at October event

HTC looking to release GoPro competitor and ‘Selfie’ phone at October event

HTC has had a few financial issues of late, the company has been doing better in their last couple of financial calls, but they’re apparently looking stabilise their financials by entering a new market, offering ruggedised, small form factor cameras according to a new report. Bloomberg is reporting that according to a source, HTC will release a waterproof camera aimed at extreme sports participants. The camera will feature a tube shaped body, with an ultra wide-angle lens atop a 16MP sensor. Connections to phones would be via Bluetooth or Wifi, which the camera will include. Chasing both the Android market[Read More...]

by 5:29 AM on September 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Rumours
Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 210 with LTE – bringing LTE to the low-end market

Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 210 with LTE – bringing LTE to the low-end market

Qualcomm is at the top of their game, their processors power the current flagship phones, as well as powering the lower end of the market, all the way down to the Snapdragon 200. As a followup, Qualcomm has decided to include LTE on-chip as part of the follow-up to their Snapdragon 200 processor, introducing the Snapdragon 210, with LTE. While LTE is great, not all markets have it so Qualcomm has also announced a 3G-only version called the Snapdragon 208. It appears to have all the same specs, but with no LTE radio. The Snapdragon 208 and 210 include Multi-Mode[Read More...]

by 4:16 AM on September 13, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer
Latest Android Wear update for LG G Watch brings three new watch faces

Latest Android Wear update for LG G Watch brings three new watch faces

The recent KGW42N update for Android Wear is now hitting the LG G Watch as KGW42Q. The improvements to the alarm and navigation functions have been documented, but the update also includes three new watch faces for the LG G Watch, and they’re not bad. The G Watch shipped with 24 Android Wear watch faces, none of which was terribly spectacular, but after the update, three new ones are actually looking pretty good. Named Sporty, Chic and Classic, the watch faces are analogue based, with a second hand movement ticking around. There’s a date on each one, with a three[Read More...]

by 11:48 PM on September 12, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
Dell unveils the Venue 8 7000 series tablet – the worlds thinnest tablet

Dell unveils the Venue 8 7000 series tablet – the worlds thinnest tablet

The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is always good for a couple of tidbits, the most sexy is the new upcoming tablet from Dell, the Dell Venue 8 7000 – or as Dell like to refer to it, the worlds thinnest tablet. As it’s an Intel event, the tablet obviously runs an Intel processor, in this case it’s an Intel Atom Z3850 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, it will come with 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot. It’s a smallish tablet, with a speaker sitting down the bottom beneath the 8.4″ 2560×1600 resolution OLED touch display, mounted atop a[Read More...]

by 9:21 PM on September 12, 2014 5 comments News
EA announces SimCity BuildIt, coming soon

EA announces SimCity BuildIt, coming soon

EA Games has announced that it will soon be bringing SimCity BuildIt, a new game in the SimCity franchise, to Android and iOS. We’ve only got a very brief description about the game so far: The choices you make evolve your city in a variety of ways. Meet your citizens’ needs to keep them happy, or make questionable choices and feel your citizens’ wrath. Pinch, zoom, and rotate 360 degrees as you manage your city in the palm of your hand. With countless buildings and vivid, 3D-quality graphics, it’s the most advanced mobile building simulation game. There’s no official release[Read More...]

by 3:57 PM on September 12, 2014 1 comment Apps, News