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Telstra makes 1800 numbers free of charge for mobile customers

Telstra makes 1800 numbers free of charge for mobile customers

Telstra has today announced a new bonus for their customers, becoming the first Australian operator to offer calls to 1800 number free of charge from a mobile. While you’ve been able to call 1800 numbers toll free from a landline for years, the cost of calling from a mobile has still been present, but no longer. Calls to 1800 numbers from a landline will remain free, but Telstra has recognised that more people are using their mobile as their main phone line and have decided to include the service as a bonus to their mobile customers. The inclusion will be[Read More...]

by 1:56 PM on October 9, 2014 3 comments Carriers
LG brings Music Flow wireless multiroom audio to Australia in October, starting at $249

LG brings Music Flow wireless multiroom audio to Australia in October, starting at $249

LG has entered the Australian wireless multiroom audio market with its Music Flow family of products – network-connected speakers that can stream audio from the Internet, controlled by an app on your Android or iOS phone or tablet. Products will be available at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Good Guys and Betta stores from mid-October with speakers starting at $249. With Music Flow, LG joins big name players Sonos and Samsung in the market (along with a few others), and it brings three speaker products (H3, H5 and H7), a sound bar with a subwoofer and a network bridge that brings[Read More...]

by 1:30 PM on October 9, 2014 5 comments Accessories
Google toying with Try Before You Buy Android app trials

Google toying with Try Before You Buy Android app trials

Google is apparently looking at a new way to try out apps in Google Play, with a new report from paywalled site The Information stating that Google is looking at allowing customers to try out features without having to commit to downloading a full app. With Android One now enticing the ‘next 5 billion’, Google is looking at new ways for customers who don’t have access to as much disposable income as other customers, to try out new apps. This could also save data for people who want to try a game but don’t want to waste valuable mobile data[Read More...]

by 8:09 AM on October 9, 2014 1 comment Apps, Google Play, Google Services
Google opens up Android Wear Help Forums to the masses

Google opens up Android Wear Help Forums to the masses

Google has always maintained help forums for their products, the forums cover a range of topics at all skill levels for their customers. From Nexus, to Chromecast and even AdSense, you’ll find forums to get help for most Google Products, and now they’ve opened their Android Wear forum. The forums are a fountain of knowledge about all the Google Products, there’s answers on many topics that you may encounter when using a Google product. There’s a heap of topics already up and running just hours after the launch, and remember you can always jump into the official Google Android Wear[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on October 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Google Services
HTC Asia President Jack Tong names the Nexus 9 – affirms HTC commitment to tablet market

HTC Asia President Jack Tong names the Nexus 9 – affirms HTC commitment to tablet market

The HTC built Nexus 9 is apparently going to be released quite soon, although exactly when is up for discussion. There’s obviously a lot of official secrecy surrounding the tablet, but this hasn’t stopped HTC Asia President Jack Tong from discussing the tablet with press in New York. Mr Tong, has apparently advised assembled press that the Nexus 9 is ‘HTC’s commitment’ to return to the tablet market, which they effectively exited around three years ago. According to Focus Taiwan, he further went on to say that HTC would be releasing the 8.9″ Nexus tablet in Taiwan sometime by the[Read More...]

by 7:41 AM on October 9, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
HTC announce the RE an action sports camera

HTC announce the RE an action sports camera

HTC has announced a second piece of hardware at their ‘Double Exposure’ event this morning, launching the RE an action sports camera. The tiny little handheld camera is designed to fit comfortably in your hand, but can be mounted on a number of accessories that HTC is bringing to market when the camera launches. The camera looks like a small pipe with a curved end, which contains a 16MP sensor allowing you to shoot 1080p 30fps HD videos through the wide-angle 146-degree lens. The RE is waterproof, coming with an IPX7 rating so it lives up to its ‘action camera’[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 9, 2014 4 comments Accessories
HTC announces the Desire Eye with a 13MP camera on the front and rear

HTC announces the Desire Eye with a 13MP camera on the front and rear

HTC is currently in the midst of their ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York and has just announced their new Desire Eye phone. The specs for the HTC Desire Eye are basically as we saw earlier this week, which includes a 5.2″ 1080P FullHD display, and powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, the phone also has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage with a microSD card slot. The phone also has front-facing BoomSound speakers and carries an IPS7 water resistant rating allowing it to be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes.[Read More...]

by 6:46 AM on October 9, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Three more Android apps now available officially on ChromeOS

Three more Android apps now available officially on ChromeOS

After announcing that Android Apps would be coming to ChromeOS back at Google I/O, it took a while but finally arrived last month with Vine, Evernote, DuoLino and SightWords. Of course unofficially, there’s been many more, but Google has today released three more including Onefootball, CloudMagic and Podcast Addict. These newest Android apps use the official Android Runtime for Chrome plugin which was launched with the previous Android launch. You will need to download the Android Runtime for Chrome before installing these apps. So, what do these apps do? OneFootball is a Football App in the truest sense, offering up[Read More...]

by 6:30 AM on October 9, 2014 0 comments Apps, ChromeOS
Backdrop for Chromecast goes live with your  favorite photo albums from Google+

Backdrop for Chromecast goes live with your favorite photo albums from Google+

Back at Google I/O, Google announced new functionality coming to Chromecast that would embellish the current crop of beautiful imagery that’s displayed as a screensaver when your Chromecast isn’t ‘casting’. Called Backdrop it promised to allow you to add a range of new sources to show, this morning, Google has announced the feature is live. There’s a few new places to get your source from including : Your favorite photo albums from Google+ Amazing artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps[Read More...]

by 6:17 AM on October 9, 2014 4 comments Apps, Chromecast
Humble Mobile Bundle 9 goes live with 6 great games

Humble Mobile Bundle 9 goes live with 6 great games

The Humble Mobile Bundle 9 has gone live this morning and it’s brought six games to the table which are sure to pique your interest. There’s some top notch titles included for whichever price you want to pay, including Syberia, Neroshima Hex, Bardbarian: Golden Axe Edition. If you want to pay above the average, which stands at US$2.87 at the moment you can snag Leo’s Fortune, Out There and First Strike with the promise of ‘More games coming soon!’ There’s also a bonus deal if you sign up for the Humble Bundle Mobile Newsletter, if you agree to be added[Read More...]

by 6:03 AM on October 9, 2014 1 comment Apps
Samsung Gear Live arrives at Officeworks for $199

Samsung Gear Live arrives at Officeworks for $199

Looks like the price of the Gear Live may be due an update soon, with a second retailer offering the Android Wear watch for a sub-$200 price. Officeworks in their latest catalogue is offering the Gear Live for just $199, mirroring the GoodGuys who started selling the watch at $198 last month. Just like the Play Store, the watch is only available in Black – although a Wine Red option is now available on the US Google Play site. The Gear Live is also showing up on the Officeworks website which allows you to check stock levels at stores around[Read More...]

by 4:16 PM on October 8, 2014 7 comments Android Wear, Deal
MTP connections now live in Stable channel on ChromeOS

MTP connections now live in Stable channel on ChromeOS

Google has begun slowly introducing more cross platform connectivity options between ChromeOS and Android. They’ve so far introduced Android apps on ChromeOS, and they’ve also been working on allowing Android owners the option to connect their Android devices to Chromebooks. This feature update has been coming to Chromebooks since May, when Google first introduced it to the ChromeOS Dev Channel in build 36. MTP compatibility has finally been brought down to the stable channel with ChromeOS build 38.0.2125.101 now including the feature. It’s still in limited release though, with Google advising that MTP connectivity is live for all Chrome OS[Read More...]

by 3:41 PM on October 8, 2014 0 comments ChromeOS, News
Optus to expand 4G coverage to 200 new regions in the next 6 months

Optus to expand 4G coverage to 200 new regions in the next 6 months

Optus has advised that they are expanding their 4G network out to more areas, including new regional and ‘holiday’ places. The rollout will take place over the next six months, but incorporates over 200 new regions, with most areas having never received 4G service previously. Optus has a plan to cover 90% of the Australian population by April 2015, using a combination of their 4G Plus network operating on the 2600MHz network, which becomes available this month in the majorty of Australia (WA becomes available in Feb 2016), as well as the upcoming 700MHz network which will go online in[Read More...]

by 1:36 PM on October 8, 2014 4 comments News