Samsung to bring LED Smart Bulbs to market this year

Not content to let LG hog the app-controlled-lightbulb spotlight, it's been revealed that Korean rival Samsung is also bringing a product to market in the space. Due to be announced at the Berlin Light + Building 2014 trade fair event in the next few days, and posted on its own blog, Samsung will bring two Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) bulbs - one with a swiveling head - and an entry in its existing L-tube series (the type you might see deployed as overhead lighting in offices) to market ... soon. The new PAR bulbs have a Color Rendering... Continue reading

HTC restarts its war of words with Samsung; labels the Galaxy S5 a “cheap piece of plastic”

The PR battle between HTC and Samsung has begun anew, with the launch of the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 launching in the coming weeks. HTC's brought out the big guns early, with HTC USA President Jason Mackenzie taking a shot at Samsung's plastic phone construction: If you want to buy a product built out of cheap plastic, there’s a solution for you. But we’re going after a different customer, someone who wants the best. It's an easy slight to make against any of Samsung's Galaxy S flagships - pundits and commentators have been saying much the... Continue reading

Achievement Unlocked: Galaxy S5 Rooted before release

The Galaxy S5, which is sure to be one of the biggest sellers of this generation of flagship phones, has already been rooted even before its official release on Friday the 11th of April. Much like when the Galaxy S4 was rooted days before its release, the Galaxy S5 only requires a CF Autoroot from Chainfire and ADB installed on your machine. The usual myriad of disclaimers and cautions apply to this root kit (as with any root kit for any phone), but the firmware used to develop this particular root kit for the S5 was... Continue reading

Google cleans up the Play Store, no more naughty bits

In an update to their developer policies, Google have (amongst other things) clamped down on "sexually explicit material" which means if you're looking for naughty bits you'll have to head over to the Amazon Appstore to find them, because Google don't want it. The updated policies, which were emailed to developers and are available here if you're interested, include a few minor changes and a few major ones. The bit I really hope they enforce is the inappropriate and deceptive promotion of apps that a few sources have engaged in over the past year or so, but particularly... Continue reading

Rumour: OK Google, what bills are due?

Ahh Google Now, how I love the; let me count the ways. Android Police have a cracker of a rumour that there's a reasonable amount of evidence to support. Google now will soon(ish) have cards in place to remind you to pay your bills. Everything from your power bill, the dreaded credit card, mobile phone as a starting point. These days with most large companies offering API interfaces into billing systems (even if it's read only) there's a seemingly endless list of possibilities here. At this time, the evidence in the APK teardown conducted by AP suggests... Continue reading

Cerberus Antitheft servers compromised – Reset your password

The anti-theft/phone location app Cerberus has recently suffered a malicious attack on their servers. In a statement issued by the developers on Google+ they acknowledge the breach and state that just shy of 97,000 account usernames and encrypted passwords have been compromised. They also detail how the penetration occurred, and then go on to advise that they have addressed the flaw in security (accessing log files) which led to the hack, and that they're working towards a new encryption method for usernames and passwords. This may come as a surprise to some Cerberus users who were blissfully... Continue reading

Captain America: The Winter Soldier now available for download

The kings of Movie tie-in games are back, Gameloft has released the tie-in game for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which slides into theatres in Australia on Thursday next week, and it looks as interesting as hell. The Captain America game has gone a different route from their usual fare of beautifully rendered 3D gaming, offering a cel-shaded style of graphics for their official launch of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The game comes with the first two levels free to play as a demo-like arrangement and then will unlock the full version via an in-app purchase of $2.99. Check out... Continue reading

Jawbone UP24 now available in Australia – Android compatible and everything!

The Jawbone UP24 has been available in the US since last year, but after an extended wait, they've now made the tracker available in Australia as well as 28 other countries around the world. It's a good thing they've waited a little while longer too, because now we can experience the tracker on Android, with the company finally adding Android support earlier this month. The new UP24 actually connects to your Android (Ok, and iOS) device via Bluetooth 4.0 LE to feedback a lot of data about your daily life, as well as your step count you can log... Continue reading

Office Mobile now free for all to use

At last, they've seen the light...after launching Office Mobile tied into their Office 365 subscription service Microsoft has finally relented and released Office Mobile as a free to use application for all users across both the Android and iOS platforms. Unlike when the app was first launched, you needed to have an Office 365 account for it to be anything useful; you can now view, create and edit existing office documents on your phone. That's right, Phone. The caveat is that just as when it launched, Office is still only available for Phones. There's nary a... Continue reading

Vodafone has the Samsung Galaxy S5 in selected stores

Would you like to get your hands on the Galaxy S5 today, to decide whether it's the next superphone for you? Well, if so, you're in luck. Vodafone have Samsung's new flagship in store (well, in selected stores) for you to have a play with and explore. You can find the Galaxy S5 in the following stores: Store Address State Vodafone Parramatta Shop 5074-5075 Westfield Parramatta, Parramatta, NSW NSW Vodafone Bondi Junction Shop 1015 Westfield Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction, NSW NSW Vodafone Sydney: George Street 399 George St, Sydney, NSW NSW Vodafone Chatswood Shop 433 Westfield Chatswood, Chatswood, NSW NSW Vodafone Brisbane: Queen Street Mall Shop G01/G02 141 Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD QLD Vodafone Sunnybank Shop 8 Sunnybank Plaza,... Continue reading

Cuscal bringing HCE NFC payments to Australian KitKat devices

Australian financial services provider Cuscal is bringing mobile payments using Host Card Emulation (HCE) - a new feature in Android KitKat's NFC functionality - to market in Australia later this year. You may not know the name. Cuscal was founded more than 30 years ago and counts some 150 of Australia's financial institutions as its clients. It services mutual banks and credit unions, including NAB and Bank of Queensland as well as other companies seeking payment solutions like Virgin's Velocity program. It's one of Australia's leading end-to-end payments providers and runs a network of ATMs around the... Continue reading

All New HTC One Mini (M8) in the works – outed by Swedish telco

HTC has only just launched their flagship for 2014 - the All New HTC One (M8) but already thoughts are turning to other phones along the lines of the original HTC One which saw a Mini and Max version released throughout 2013, and it seems a Swedish telco has outed the existence of the mini at least on a list of phones compatible with HD Voice. The original One, One Mini and One Max are listed as well, just to allay any fears of confusion : According to Droid-Life, the specs are expected to be along the lines of a... Continue reading

Google Play Music for Chrome now enables browser uploads

Google has flipped the switch on its end, enabling Google Play Music users to upload  tracks to the cloud music service through a browser. The addition does require users to flip a switch on their (browser) end as well, but it's easy to do: In the Labs section of the menu, there's an option for Google Play Music for Chrome. By ticking the appropriate box will allow for both drag-and-drop and manual song additions without the need to use Music Manger companion app. Then by clicking the "Add Music" button at the top of the UI will also give you the... Continue reading