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HTC’s budget LTE-capable Desire 510 joins Telstra’s lineup

HTC’s budget LTE-capable Desire 510 joins Telstra’s lineup

4G devices are certainly making their mark and becoming cheaper every day, with Telstra and HTC launching the Desire 510, a budget 4G/LTE mobile phone to the Australian carriers pre-paid line of devices for $179. Spec wise, the Desire 510 does offer some decent specs for a budget minded device. Looking at the Desire 510, it certainly does also seem to follow the current line of HTC devices design wise which is good to see. The full list of specs include: 4.7″ FWVGA Display (480 x 854) 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 64 bit Quad-core processor 1 GB RAM[Read More...]

by 7:05 PM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone’s pricing for the Note 4 and Note Edge released

Vodafone’s pricing for the Note 4 and Note Edge released

Vodafone is putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edgeup for presale tomorrow, and there’s some bonuses on offer for those who pre-order. On the Galaxy Note 4, pricing starts at $10 a month on the $70 plan (over 24 months), up to $4 per month on the $100 plan. The Galaxy Note Edge starts at $18 a month on the $70 plan, dropping to $12 a month on the $100 plan. Customers who purchase the Note 4 between 15 and 29 October 2014, or a Note Edge between 15 October and 5 November, will receive a Samsung[Read More...]

by 7:03 PM on October 14, 2014 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Samsung advise Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge launches delayed

Samsung advise Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge launches delayed

Last month at their Australian launch event, Samsung Australia announced that the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge would launch in Australian stores and with carriers on the 29th of October for the Galaxy Note 4 and the 5th of November for the Note Edge. Samsung Australia has today advised that they have had to revise those dates, with the Note 4 set to launch on the 5th of November and the Note Edge now launching on the 12th of November. Samsung Australia has advised that the handsets will still go up for pre-order on Wednesday the 15th of October.[Read More...]

by 5:36 PM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Bose expands its wireless multiroom audio lineup with SoundTouch Series II WiFi Music Systems

Bose expands its wireless multiroom audio lineup with SoundTouch Series II WiFi Music Systems

Bose continues to increase its impressive range of audio equipment, today announcing new SoundTouch Series II WiFi Music Systems. Regardless of what model you look at, the system is simple and easy to use – even for the most technophobic user. A simple touch of a button on your phone or tablet allows you to control literally thousands of internet radio stations or streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora or Deezer to create a seamless and unparalleled music experience throughout your home. Free SoundTouch™ app The SoundTouch™ app gives you all the control you need to access music on[Read More...]

by 4:27 PM on October 14, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Samsung opens its Melbourne Central store up to the press, grand opening tomorrow

Samsung opens its Melbourne Central store up to the press, grand opening tomorrow

Samsung‘s newest Experience Store in Melbourne opened its doors to members of the press this morning for an exclusive preview of both the store and Samsung’s newest products – the Note 4, Note Edge, Gear VR and Gear S. We sent Scott in to check it out and get a look at the store first-hand. Located on Level 2 of Melbourne Central, the new store is a 350m2 space with smart tutors, group or one-on-one lessons and an onsite repair centre. It’s decked out in Samsung’s blue livery with a mix of what appears to be wood and slate flooring[Read More...]

by and 11:43 AM on October 14, 2014 21 comments Manufacturer
Vodafone and Spotify enter into an exclusive partnership

Vodafone and Spotify enter into an exclusive partnership

Vodafone and Spotify are set to enter into an exclusive partnership, the companies announced overnight. Specific details of the arrangement weren’t announced, with ink still drying on contracts last night but both companies are excited at the possibilities and plan to announce offers for both prepaid and postpaid customers in the next few weeks, promising “game changing”, unrivalled offers. A Spotify Premium subscription currently costs $12 per month. If the price of this subscription was to be absorbed into a Vodafone Red plan(for example) it could tip the balance in favour of the carrier for Spotify customers. The companies were[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on October 14, 2014 11 comments Carriers
Oppo N3 appears officially to show off rotating camera module in faux leather

Oppo N3 appears officially to show off rotating camera module in faux leather

Oppo is gearing up to launch the latest in their N-Series phones, with the N3 set to make its first public appearance in Singapore on the 29th of October. But the phone doesn’t want to stay hidden for that long, with Oppo themselves showing the rear of the phone off on their social media channels. The Oppo Google+, Twitter and Facebook accounts have all shown off the same image, showing the rear of the upcoming phone. Just like its predecessor, the N3 will have a rotating camera allowing the use of a high-resolution camera module to take front and rear[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 14, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Low-end Dual-SIM 3G LG L20 arrives on LG website – in-stores for $99

Low-end Dual-SIM 3G LG L20 arrives on LG website – in-stores for $99

LG is set to announce a new handset in their low-cost L-series range of 3G phones shortly, with the LG L20 appearing on their website. The phone is set to launch at $99 from retailers AllPhones and Harvey Norman. For those not familiar with the LG range, the LG L-Series offer competitively priced 3G handsets with some of their latest software enhancements included. The enhancements include options like Knock-Code which allows users to set a knock pattern to unlock their phone as opposed to the swipe code or pin-code options normally available on Android. The specs are pretty far from[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 14, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Maker of Android lawn sculptures for Google is trolling people talking about his love of licorice

Maker of Android lawn sculptures for Google is trolling people talking about his love of licorice

A new version of Android is normally heralded by the arrival of a new statue outside of building 44, and we do expect a new version of Android soon. Currently known as Android L, the new version will receive a dessert themed code-name upon official announcement, but which dessert beginning with L will it be? Lollipop? Lamington? Lemon Drop? Well, Giovanni Calabrese from the Themendous who makes the statues, has been throwing out hints that the next statue will be of Licorice. Calabrese started out the week stating in a Google+ post : He’s followed up with a series of[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 14, 2014 6 comments Other
4G compatible LG Optimus F3 on-sale at Coles for $119 from Wednesday 15th October

4G compatible LG Optimus F3 on-sale at Coles for $119 from Wednesday 15th October

4G phones are getting cheaper by the day. The budget 4G F-Series of Optimus phones from LG are among the first to drop below the $120 mark this Wednesday, when Coles begins selling the handset for just $119. Launched in Australia last November, the Optimus F3 is a fairly low-end handset when it comes to specs. Though it does only come with Android 4.1.2, it still features great LG software features like QuickMemo and QSlide as well as Camera software enhancements such as Time Catch Shot and Beauty Shot. Hardware wise, the LG Optimus F3 includes : 4.0″ 480×800 resolution[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google Play offering up free tracks and albums

Google Play offering up free tracks and albums

Google Play has been selling music in Australia since it launched in April last year, we’ve seen a bit in the way of ‘Free’ music, but you can now grab some free tracks and albums for a limited time. The music is a mix of Australian and international tracks, which can be found on the Google Play Music page. Tracks include: Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell You’re the Voice – John Farnham Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks All My Life – Foo Fighters Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra It’s Tricky – Run DMC[Read More...]

by 6:52 AM on October 14, 2014 3 comments Google Play, Google Services
OnePlus and JBL Team Up Again

OnePlus and JBL Team Up Again

When OnePlus designed and built the OnePlus One they teamed up with well renowned audio company JBL to fine tune the speakers in the phone. Today OnePlus have announced another partnership between the two companies, teaming up to produce a set of stylish earphones, the JBL E1+ Earphones. Following their ‘Never Settle’ mantra OnePlus have endeavoured to have JBL produce, exclusively for the OnePlus One, earphones that will better the listening experience with the One. The JBL E1+ earphones are equipped with premium 9mm JBL drivers with PureBass technology along with dynamic, high frequency response. For those who know about[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on October 13, 2014 5 comments News
Google begins a push on Google Search as a service with real world advertising

Google begins a push on Google Search as a service with real world advertising

Google has been the undisputed king of search for a while, Microsoft has been trying to catch-up with Bing since it launched in June of 2009. Google contains the lions share of the market at around 68% with Bing coming in 4th according to Wikipedia. Google is keen to retain the lead and has taken to the real world to market Google search, offering some new ads in Sydney, as well as in New York where the push seems particularly hard. AdWeek has run a nice piece which shows off the new ads embedded in locations around the city, like[Read More...]

by 4:58 PM on October 13, 2014 1 comment Google Services