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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
Facebook working on an app that won’t require you to use your real name

Facebook working on an app that won’t require you to use your real name

Reports have surfaced overnight from the New York Times, that Facebook is preparing to launch a new standalone app that will allow you to interact with others by not using your real name. Unnamed sources cited by the New York Times, claims that Facebook has been working on this project for close to a year. The project is being led by Josh Miller, a product manager at Facebook who joined the company when it acquired Branch, a start-up which focused on products that fostered small, online discussion groups. According to these unnamed sources, Miller and the rest of his team[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on October 8, 2014 3 comments Apps
Google is working on multi-window functionality for Android

Google is working on multi-window functionality for Android

Android on tablets is as a whole a hit and miss affair. On smaller screen tablets, like the Nexus 7, Android manages to skate along the line of using phone apps on tablets and they look quite good and function well. Where Android tends to fall down is when Android apps scale up to tablets in the 10″ range, where most developers have not added support for the elements required for larger screen devices. Samsung has worked around this by adding multi-window functionality to their tablets of late, which adds much needed functionality, now it appears Google is looking into[Read More...]

by 12:55 PM on October 8, 2014 8 comments Android Development
Google updates Android Wear companion app ahead of Android Wear feature update

Google updates Android Wear companion app ahead of Android Wear feature update

Google announced support for GPS and on-device music playback paired with Bluetooth headset compatibility and downloadable watchfaces last month. Google today started pushing out an update to their companion app this morning which looks to be paving the way for the update. With the big Android Wear update rumoured to begin hitting Android Wear devices in the middle of this month, so rolling out the update now allows for some time to iron out any bugs. Android Police have done an initial look into the new app, which from an initial look appears to support the idea that the update[Read More...]

by 12:05 PM on October 8, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Apps
Woolworths offering deals for purchasing Google Play Gift Cards

Woolworths offering deals for purchasing Google Play Gift Cards

Since Google released Gift Cards in Australia, we’ve seen them slowly expand availablity to more stores, and we’ve seen some deals starting to show up. This week Woolworths is running a deal if you want to purchase some Google Play Gift Cards. In this weeks Woolworths catalogue, you’ll find an offer for $10 off your shopping when you purchase $50 worth of Google Play Gift Cards. The offer runs from the 8th of October till the 14th of October and you’ll need to scan your Everyday Rewards card to get the $10 off. The $10 off offer will then be[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on October 8, 2014 9 comments Deal, Google Play
HTC confirms wearable plans, coming at some stage next year

HTC confirms wearable plans, coming at some stage next year

Will they, won’t they? HTC was named as a hardware partner when Google first launched the platform all the way back in March, alongside Asus, LG, Motorola and Samsung but while the others have at least announced their smartwatch, HTC has so far remained quiet on their plans. That has now changed with Jason Mackenzie and Drew Bamford from HTC America talking to Re/Code about their plans. HTC is definitely working on a wearable, that much is now clear, despite rumours to the contrary.Mr Mackenzie, the head of HTC America, said We had originally planned to have a wearable launch[Read More...]

by 11:03 AM on October 8, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
Oneplus One update: Claims to fix touchscreen issues

Oneplus One update: Claims to fix touchscreen issues

The Oneplus One by Cyanogen has been something of a success story; Labelling themselves as the 2014 “Flagship Killer” with people waiting months to get their hands on an invite, but there’s a dark side to jumping onboard a startup train. Bugs… quite a few of them if I’m brutally honest, both Scott and I have one and we’re both of the honest opinion that this is not a daily driver for the average punter. It’s a late Beta at best currently, but there’s good news in the latest update that was posted on the Oneplus Forums yesterday. The OTA[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 8, 2014 7 comments News