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Opinion: Why the OnePlus has run out of time

Opinion: Why the OnePlus has run out of time

The OnePlus One was launched earlier this year amidst some very grandiose ideas from OnePlus, it would ‘Never Settle’, including only the best hardware and software. OnePlus quickly went after the Android enthusiasts as a great way to market their phone, promising that rooting would not void warranty, although running CyanogenMod 11S (CM11S) software would mostly negate the need to root. It sounded great in theory and promised to sell by the truckload but now it seems that it may be too late for them. The OnePlus One seems to have been quite a success story so far: the forums[Read More...]

by and 10:02 PM on October 15, 2014 18 comments News, Opinion
Virgin Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are live – $5 per month on an $80 Plan

Virgin Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are live – $5 per month on an $80 Plan

Virgin Mobile has opened up their pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their website, offering the handset in the traditional Black and White colour options. The handset is available for $5 per month on their $80 plan, which includes unlimited calls and texts within Australia and $150 of included calls and text to international numbers. The $80 plan also includes 4GB of Data + a bonus 2GB, making for a whopping 6GB of mobile data per month. If the $80 plan isn’t within your current budget, Virgin Mobile offer plans starting as low as $30 per month. Until[Read More...]

by 3:21 PM on October 15, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
PSA: Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, but passwords may be compromised

PSA: Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, but passwords may be compromised

There’s been a lot of headlines on tech sites over the last couple of days about Dropbox, the popular cloud-based storage service, claiming that it’s been hacked. According to reports, up to 6.9 million Dropbox usernames and passwords have been compromised, and a handful were leaked online in a pastebin post, with the alleged hacker soliciting “donations” to encourage additional leaks. While Dropbox was little slow off the mark to respond – presumably wanting to confirm that their systems remain secure and untouched by unauthorised parties – the company yesterday released a denial: Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was[Read More...]

by and 2:11 PM on October 15, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
OK Google, here’s what I want to see in an updated Android Wear

OK Google, here’s what I want to see in an updated Android Wear

Google’s due to deliver a big update to Android Wear in the coming weeks, supposedly bringing it up to the Android L code base and adding a number of new features like GPS and Bluetooth audio support. With that in mind, I thought it was time to highlight some things I’d like to see tackled in Google’s nascent wearable operating system – hopefully before it starts to grow too big. Hopefully there’s a few Googlers listening and ready to devote some attention to addressing these issues. Messaging and Hangouts As Google’s made Hangouts its standard app for both SMS and[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on October 15, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Discussions, Opinion
Optus pre-orders open today for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – $0 upfront on $80/month plan with bonus data

Optus pre-orders open today for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – $0 upfront on $80/month plan with bonus data

Optus has opened pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in store and online, in black and white colours. Optus’ big incentive for customers signing up for a Note 4 on a new contract is $0 upfront on an $80 month plan (that also gets you an extra 2GB of data, bringing it to 5GB/month until November 2). On that plan (a 2-year contract), your Note 4 and two years of service comes to $1920. Remember, if you’re switching to Optus from another carrier you could be eligible for up to $450 credit to ease the transition and early termination[Read More...]

by 10:55 AM on October 15, 2014 9 comments Carriers, Deal, Manufacturer
Galaxy Gifts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge outlined

Galaxy Gifts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge outlined

Samsung is well known for stocking their Galaxy flagships up with so-called ‘Galaxy Gifts’. From free software to free subscriptions and now the list full list for both the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are up for perusal. The gifts are divided into four categories: Productivity, Entertainment, News & Reading and Lifestyle & Others. Dropbox 50 GB for 2 years for new users* (*Offer may vary by device) OnLive 3-Month Free Subscription with unlimited access to high-end PC and console-quality games Audible Free subscription for 3-Month, recurring billing of USD 14.95 thereafter Magisto Free subscription for 3-Month of Magisto[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on October 15, 2014 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
How to use a Samsung Gear Fit on any rooted Android device

How to use a Samsung Gear Fit on any rooted Android device

Warning: Rooting a device has a lot of inherent risks and things can sometimes go wrong and you may wind up with a brick, an unusable device. Keep that in mind when following the instructions below do so at your own risk and I suggest you read through them carefully as one misstep may result in bricking your device. We do not take any responsibility for anything you do with/to your device and you proceed at your own risk. Earlier this year, before the advent of Android Wear Samsung released it’s second generation of smartwatches. The Samsung Gear 2, Gear[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments
Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

In April this year, Microsoft announced it was retiring their Qik video messaging service, and were merging it with Skype to better enhance user experience. It seems to have finally come to fruition with Microsoft today announcing its new service called Skype Qik: Group Video Chat. Skype Qik is an mobile-only app that is focused solely on swapping short clips (up to 42 seconds long) with contacts imported from contacts stored on your phone. Skype Qik allows for group messages to be created from these contacts, to quickly and easily allow you to arrange social, or business gatherings using these[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Samsung Australia offering $50 cash back with purchase of the Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung Australia offering $50 cash back with purchase of the Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung occasionally offers a few deals with their products and this time around it’s their phone-camera or camera-phone, the Samsung Galaxy K-Zoom which launched in Australia earlier this year. Samsung is offering customers who purchased the device between the 22nd of September and the 15th of November, $50 cash back. To qualify you simply have to purchase the handset from a participating Australian retail store in the window and then claim your cash back by heading to the Samsung promotions website. You will need a few things before heading there, you’ll need a copy of your original purchase receipt, the[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Podcast
Facebook stickers are coming to comments

Facebook stickers are coming to comments

Facebook has begun rolling out an update to their Android app, which will allow you to use stickers in the comments section of your status, picture or video updates. The stickers, which have been widely available for a little while now in Facebook Messenger, are being rolled out to both the web, as well as mobile apps over the next few days and comes after a long project headed Product Engineer Bob Baldwin and his team at Facebook. The project, which started as an idea during a hackathon project in New York between Baldwin and fellow programmer Kwame Thomison. The[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 15, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
LG L Fino listed on LG Australia website – coming soon for $199

LG L Fino listed on LG Australia website – coming soon for $199

It seems that LG has added a number of new handsets to their site in time for the upcoming Christmas season, with a new L-Series phone, the L Fino handset appearing on the site. The phone is listed as ‘Coming Soon’ to a range of retailers, where it will sell for a Recommended Retail Price of $199. The L-Series handsets are lower end, featuring only a 3G radio, however the L Fino takes on design stylings from the higher-end LG G3. The handset also gets some of the higher end software features of the higher end phones, including Knock Code[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google teases Android 5.0 in a video showing off potential dessert names

Google teases Android 5.0 in a video showing off potential dessert names

We’re oh so close. Android L is rumoured to be launched tomorrow morning, and it seems like even Google doesn’t know what the L version of Android will be called (Lemon Meringue Pie? Lava Cake? Lady Finger? Lemon Drop?….Lollipop?). In this video shared by Sundar Pichai on Google+ this morning the casting call for the dessert to front the next version of Android is on. There’s all those desserts in there, including an Oreo (no seriously, watch the video). With the maker of the Android Lawn statues currently at the Googleplex, we’re surely going to know what the next version[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on October 15, 2014 9 comments OS Update
Oppo N3 to come with 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor in the rotating mount

Oppo N3 to come with 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor in the rotating mount

The rotating camera in the Oppo N3 is apparently going to be quite impressive according to the company’s CEO, Tony Chen. Mr Chen has taken to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo to describe the camera module and show off the difference against some of its top current competitors. Mr Chen started out by outing the camera specs for the phone which is due for launch at the end of this month, announcing the phone will have a 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor contained in that rotating mount at the top of the handset. He has also shown off a graphic comparing the sensor[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 15, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones