Kogan announces Galaxy S5, One M8 prices

Australian onlne retailer Kogan has released its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. They'll set you back $799 and $829 respectively (plus shipping), and ship in 1-2 weeks according to the item pages. As with many of Kogan's products, the stock is imported from overseas suppliers so you might need to be careful before you hit the Buy button. Galaxy S5 - $799 Kogan's Galaxy S5 models appear to be overseas models (SM-G900I), powered by Samsung's Octa-core Exynos CPUs. In 2014 these phones seemed to pack a little more bang for buck in terms... Continue reading

Good Deal: Samsung Galaxy Camera only $269 from Kogan

With a Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 announced and hopefully on the way soon it's time for retailers to clear stock of the old model and Kogan is leading the charge, dropping the price on the original Galaxy Camera to just $269 + Delivery. The original still has specs which are nothing to sneeze at with a fairly high 21x optical zoom paired with a 16MP OIS sensor, the Galaxy Camera has a 4.8" 1280 x 720 S-LCD screen, 3G Connectivity (850/900/1900/2100MHz) and is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor and running Android 4.1 (Jellybean). Delivery charges from Kogan are... Continue reading

OnePlus announces European pricing, still quiet on Australian availability

OnePlus is continuing the strategic 'leaks' that have kept interest in their upcoming debut phone launch, by releasing a tease overnight on the European pricing of the One, stating it will be launched in the European market for under €350. https://twitter.com/oneplus/status/451705708539834368/photo/1 A direct conversion from Euro to AUD will show that €350 equals AUD$520.24, but we live in the real world so of course an 'Australia Tax' will be included. That's still a decent deal for a phone that includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor, 3100mAh Battery, 5.5″ 1080P JDI Display, 6 Piece Lens setup paired with a 13MP f/2.0... Continue reading

The Galaxy S5 Zoom is real and showing off for blurry-cam

The Galaxy S5 Zoom is definitely real, with the first picture of the camera-phone showing up overnight. The phone looks like a slightly modified iteration of the S4 Zoom, taking some design stylings from the faux-leather backed Note 3 instead of the new square hatched design on the back of the Galaxy S5. We're no closer to actual launch of the Galaxy S5 Zoom, but previous reports on the S5 Zoom, have rumoured it will first and foremost come with a 19MP sensor and have a 720P Screen, although what size screen hasn't been determined yet. There... Continue reading

Google Play gets more social, incorporates My Play Activites and recommendations from friends form Google+

My Play Activities has arrived on the Play Store, it's a one stop shop for you to see all of the items that you've given a +1, review or shared to G+. There's also a new section in the Google Play App on your Android device which sums up all the +1 recommendations from people in your Google+ circles. It looks great and gives you an opportunity to go back over old reviews and revise them, particularly if; like me you're a tad scathing when apps don't work as expected or advertised and a new revision is out that... Continue reading

Facebook updates its Messenger service for Android – lets users pin chats right to their home screen

Facebook has unleashed an update to its Messenger service for Android users which allow users to 'pin' their chats right to their home screen. The update, bringing the app to version 4.0, brings it into line with the recent iOS update pushed out to those users last week. The new Messenger app brings one of biggest new features, enabling users to create groups of their friends and then pin these gatherings to a dedicated Groups tab, making it easier to chat altogether without having multiple chat screens open. However, unlike our iOS counterparts, Android users can now also add a shortcut... Continue reading

Vine now allows users to chat and message friends

Vine — the service for sharing short videos — has announced overnight that it has added a new feature to the service, enabling users to message and chat with friends and followers. The Twitter-owned service has begun the rollout for the new feature, that lets users contact friends through either videos or text messages. The new feature is something that has been a long time coming, however it is very limited given there is no group chat availability. On the flip side, users can send videos to anyone in the users smartphone's contacts, whether or not they are a current... Continue reading

ChatON updated with new languages and functions

Samsung's own answer to Whatsapp, ChatON has been updated and posted to the Google Play Store and the Samsung App Store. Adding a handful of new features, some minor bug fixes and improvements to existing functions; the app is quite useful when your friends are on it. The latest version brings an increase in the size of large files you can transfer to a whopping 1GB, you can now have up to 1001 people in a group chat (that would have to be total chaos?) and a handful of new translation features with the addition of Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and... Continue reading

Google updates Play Newsstand, Movies & TV along with Google Keep apps for Android with new features

Google has begun to push out a updates for Google Play NewsStand, Movies & TV following the update to Google Keep. The updates bring a few new features and minor changes within the each of the apps -- let's take a look. Google Play Newsstand update brings New tabs on the "Read now" menu which provide instant access to sections like business, entertainment and sports, while the My News and My Magazines pages have been combined to form a 2-in-1 destination called My Library. The update has in particular, has... Continue reading

Google Opinion Rewards now available in Australia

If you're willing to fill in a survey or two in exchange for credit in Google Play, then Google Opinion Rewards is for you. The app is now available in Australia, as well as Canada and the UK. It's a fairly simple process, download the App and sign-in using your Google account. You're taken through an initial setup process and sample survey to get you started. Once Google has a survey to send to you, you will receive a notification in your Notification Pane and you simply tap on it to start the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zpKBS9pL-o If you haven't got any surveys to... Continue reading

Long live the Shelfie

While Gmail Shelfie was one of the more light-hearted April Fool's jokes this year, it seems that people rather liked the idea of sharing their themes with others, and Google has listened. Users who log into the Gmail Web interface will be faced with a popup telling you that the theme-sharing function is staying, and is now a "custom theme" which only takes a few moments to setup and can make you Gmail a much more personal experience. You can also share your custom themes with your friends and family if you wish through Gmail, Google+ or by simply grabbing... Continue reading

Source Code for HTC One M8 available on HTC Dev

Now available on HTC Dev, you can grab the kernel source code for the HTC One M8. This is for both the Sense 6 version of the device for a variety of international carriers as well as the Google Play edition of the phone which we sadly won't see in Australia (at least, not officially). Developers and hackers will be thrilled to see this source code as it's going to give the third party ROMs a shot in the arm for the new generation of flagships, no doubt it won't be long before we see nightly builds... Continue reading

Google Play Gift cards begin showing up at more stores

Google Play Gift Cards are rolling out to more retailers now, expanding availability to more people. They have now been spotted at Coles as we previously reported, but have now been confirmed at Target, JB Hifi, Australia Post and Officeworks. At this stage, Google can't confirm the exact locations they will show up at yet; with the Google Play Gift Card, 'Where to buy' page still only listing Woolworths, Woolworths Fuel, Big W and 7eleven as the places to buy them. With this in mind, we've gone on the hunt for them ourselves, as well as thanks to Continue reading