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imo app UI updated in preparation for Android L

imo app UI updated in preparation for Android L

With the imminent arrival of Android L not to far away, free video calls and chat app imo has just been updated with a UI makeover inspired by Google’s Material Design guidelines. According to imo’s blog: “We created better visual hierarchy in the app through the use of deliberate colors choices, edge-to-edge imagery, new icons, and new typography using different weights and styles of Roboto. We also increased spacing for better scannability and comprehension of content.” The updated app generally features new fonts, increased spacing and more white space. The contact lists have small improvements including increased row height and The[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
The new Moto G drops to $268 at The Good Guys

The new Moto G drops to $268 at The Good Guys

It’s only been a few days since the new Moto G was announced but The Good Guys have already dropped the price from $279 down to $268 (limit 3 per customer) with a $5 local door to door delivery charge which takes it to a total of $273. It doesn’t yet appear to allow you to pick up in store as it didn’t matter which capital city postcode I plugged in, it came back with the following message: “One or more products are unavailable for pick up near the postcode entered. Please try a different postcode or select delivery for[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on September 9, 2014 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Grab a Galaxy Gear Smartwatch for $95 through Yatango

Grab a Galaxy Gear Smartwatch for $95 through Yatango

Yatango shopping are offering Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear smartwatch for the bargain price of $95 for an Orange coloured watch or $85 for the Gold Coloured band. Of course the catch being that you need to be a member of Yatango Shopping and enter the promo code of ‘TECHSPOT’. The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the South Korean companies first product in the smart wearable category and originally ran a cutdown version of Android, but an update earlier this year saw the device ‘Updated’ to run Samsung’s own Tizen OS, bringing it in-line with the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch. Just in[Read More...]

by 9:34 PM on September 9, 2014 1 comment News, Sale, Smartwatch
Yatango Shopping opens up pre-orders for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Yatango Shopping opens up pre-orders for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

The newly announced Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are coming to Australia later this year. The Xperia Z3 will be available on Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, with Optus and Telstra opting to carry the Z3 Compact as well. But with no concrete release date for either phone on offer from the carriers or Sony Australia, wallets are out and ready to order. If you’re ready to go head over to Yatango Shopping where they’ve begun offering pre-orders for both phones in a range of colour options. The Xperia Z3 is available in Black, White and Green[Read More...]

by 5:54 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra have seen Optus’ offer to pay new customers $450 towards break fees incurred on a previous carrier, and have decided to offer potential Telstra customers the same deal. From September 16, in a move to help customers decide to join Telstra’s network, Telstra will offer customers credits up to $450 when they incur a contract break fee to transfer to Telstra. Customers must also trade in their old phone, and sign up to a new, eligible, 24 month handset payment and mobile plan to be eligible for the credits. As an extra sweetener, Telstra is also offering to include its[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on September 9, 2014 4 comments Carriers, News
Google Chromecast team are doing a reddit AMA later this month

Google Chromecast team are doing a reddit AMA later this month

Would you like to know what is coming up development wise for the Chromecast? Of course you would, and you may get the opportunity to ask the team behind it, with the /r/Chromecast community on reddit advising the Google Chromecast team will be taking part in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on September 25th. The reddit AMA is going forward, but the Chromecast team has asked for some potential questions to be provided beforehand. In the announcement post, /r/Chromecast moderator IAMA-CANADIAN-AMA advised that the top five upvoted questions will be forwarded to Google, but that’s not to say they[Read More...]

by 1:41 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Chromecast
Google releases update XE21.0 to Glass, adds faster Google Now updates and Waze

Google releases update XE21.0 to Glass, adds faster Google Now updates and Waze

Glass has had an interesting week, it went live on Google Play in the US, meaning availability is getting broader, at least in its home territory and now a new update has been released by Google. The update includes a couple of updates which will alleviate some annoyances for current Glass explorers, that of slow Google Now card updates. Glass owners will now see updates for Flight updates, as well as sports scores ‘within a few seconds’. As a Google property, lack of Waze integration on Glass has been a puzzler, but that too is rectified in the XE21.0 release[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Glass
Ausdroid Podcast 121 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 121 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/I7uVWYZckIs Welcome to episode 121 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Everything IFA and a little Motorola too!

by 9:02 PM on September 8, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Google kicks off National Child Protection Week with tips on keeping your kids safe online

Google kicks off National Child Protection Week with tips on keeping your kids safe online

This week is National Child Protection Week, an awareness initative from the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect(NAPCAN), which has been running annually for the last 20 years. Google is supporting National Child Protection Week by offering tips and reminders on some tools they provide to keep your kids safe while surfing on-line. Of course nothing is better than being with your child while they’re on the net, but eventually the helicopter parenting has to let your child fly solo. Google launched the Google Safety Centre earlier this year, and shared tips like these to help you[Read More...]

by 4:52 PM on September 8, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Google Services
7-inch Google tablet hits the FCC with Nvidia Tegra inside – could be Project Tango?

7-inch Google tablet hits the FCC with Nvidia Tegra inside – could be Project Tango?

As Nexus rumours go, this one’s a little confusing. Droid Life reports that a new Google device that looks to be a 7-inch tablet hit the FCC last week for certification, with Nvidia Tegra chips and a phone-sized battery inside. The FCC exhibit identifies the device as 7″ Tablet with designation A4R-NX74751. There’s a confidentiality request around the Block Diagram, Schematics Diagram and Parts List, so we won’t get a look at the details until Google’s good and ready. The listing is dated September 4, 2014, although SAR reports are dated July 2014. What we do know is that there’s[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on September 8, 2014 6 comments Tablets
Intel and Fossil Teaming Up For Smartwatch

Intel and Fossil Teaming Up For Smartwatch

Just in case you are under-whelmed by the current offerings in the smartwatch category there is another brand about to hit the market. At Recode’s Code Media event, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that Intel was teaming up with Fossil to make an Android wearable, which we will assume will be a smartwatch considering where Fossil’s expertise lie. Intel have been teaming up with other companies to partner in making devices lately, a sign that they are aware of their limitations and are sticking to their strengths. Intel are already teaming up with another company to make heart beat tracking[Read More...]

by 9:28 PM on September 7, 2014 2 comments News
Chrome for Android gets the material design treatment

Chrome for Android gets the material design treatment

Google has released version 37 (yes, thirty seven) of Chrome for Android, and while it contains the usual bug fixes and other improvements that we typically see in a Chrome release, perhaps the most noticeable change is the implementation of Material Design into the Chrome layout; you’ll notice when you start Chrome next that it looks rather different. Other new features include improved single sign-in, so that signing in to Chrome automatically signs you in to a number of Google sites as well. The rest are bug fixes and performance improvements which should become more obvious as use goes on. I’ve[Read More...]

by 8:12 PM on September 7, 2014 6 comments Apps, Google Services, News
Sony announces QX1 E-series Lens Mount and QX30 Zoom Lens camera

Sony announces QX1 E-series Lens Mount and QX30 Zoom Lens camera

Sony has announced a followup to the QX lens-style cameras from 2013 that looked to add DSLR-esque high-resolution photography to any smartphone. This year at IFA 2014, they’ve come up with the QX1, a lens mount sporting a 20.1 megapixel APS-C image sensor, an E-series mounting bracket, a flash module and all the other things you need to take and store photos and the QX30, a proper successor to last year’s QX10. As with the QX10 and QX100, both rely on a wireless connection to your smartphone and again use the Sony PlayMemories App for control and shooting. This new[Read More...]

by 1:01 PM on September 7, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Phones