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PlusUs launch premium LifeStar cables in 7 different styles

PlusUs launch premium LifeStar cables in 7 different styles

PlusUs, the Australian company behind LifeLink, the world’s thinnest, most compact smartphone cable, has announced they are now taking pre-orders for a more premium USB charge cable called the LifeStar. The tangle-free cables are covered by a lifetime warranty and are available in braided and stitched look in denim and PU leather (a man-made leather), with double stitching holding the material in place around the cable. The cables are finished with matching coloured PVC into an aluminum connectors. There’s two sizes available – 1 metre or 25 centimetre – which support up to 2.4amp charging with microUSB or Apple MFi[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on August 27, 2014 10 comments Accessories
Android One to launch next week in India

Android One to launch next week in India

At Google I/O, Senior Vice President in charge of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai announced the Android One reference platform which would launch in India in ‘the Fall’, according to a new report from The Economic Times in India, that could actually be next week. With a release expected ‘early next month’, the launch partners for Android One in India – Micromax, Karbonn and Spice – are believed to be readying Android One handsets priced at between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000 (between AU$125 – AU$177), slightly above the $100 price point that Google originally announced. The hike in price[Read More...]

by 3:34 AM on August 27, 2014 0 comments Android One
Moto G2 gets a new leak ahead of September 4th announcement

Moto G2 gets a new leak ahead of September 4th announcement

The sequel to the most successful Android phone ever released by Motorola – the Moto G – is expected to come at the event announced for September 4th in Chicago, but the phone just doesn’t want to stay under wraps showing up today in a series of leaks which show off the phone and new coloured rear shells. It’s a series of 8 photos on the Hellomotohk Facebook page, the Moto G2 is shown off with an upsized screen which HellomotoHK claim has been updated to 5¨, confirming our information about the phone. Also shown off is the dual-SIM card[Read More...]

by 3:18 AM on August 27, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google News & Weather gets an update to Version 2.0 with new look and features

Google News & Weather gets an update to Version 2.0 with new look and features

It’s the forgotten app on Android, after appearing in Android 2.0 the Google News and Weather app, along with its associated widget hasn’t received any love since then, but with a major design updates to Android since its release and another on the way, Google must have realised that it’s time. The update is available now in Google Play, or should appear as an update if you’ve had it installed all this time. The update includes a new Google Now card style design update, as well as tablet support and a new resizeable homescreen widget. The complete list of new[Read More...]

by 3:03 AM on August 27, 2014 10 comments Apps
Rumour: Nexus X appears in Antutu

Rumour: Nexus X appears in Antutu

A Motorola built Nexus phone has been on the wishlist of most Android fans for many years, the closest we’ve gotten so far was the Motorola ¨Droid¨ or Milestone as it was known outside the US, which launched Android 2.0, which was quickly updated to 2.1 – and the Motorola Xoom, which launched Android’s first true foray into tablets. The rumour of a Nexus X, has come to the fore in the last few days thanks to TK TechNews – a leaker who has received backing from famed former internet leaker Evan Blass, the man behind @evleaks. We’ve seen a[Read More...]

by 11:07 PM on August 26, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Rumours
LG announces the LG G3 Stylus coming at IFA

LG announces the LG G3 Stylus coming at IFA

IFA is going to be massive this year, with launches from almost all the large Android OEMs, LG has already announced they will be bringing their L Fino and L Bello phones, but they’ve just announced the stylus toting LG G3 Stylus – which leaked earlier this month – will also be coming along for the ride. The phone is a lower-end version of the LG G3, with the same visual stylings as its better specced older brother, but comes with the stylus which some users of the Samsung Galaxy Note products have raved about. The G3 Stylus is quite[Read More...]

by 6:16 PM on August 26, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Asus teases their IFA smartwatch announcement again – curved screen incoming?

Asus teases their IFA smartwatch announcement again – curved screen incoming?

Asus has a smatwatch coming at IFA next week, they’ve announced it previously, and today they’ve followed up with a closer look at their watch revealing a few things about the design. The picture contains the same quote from Lebanese artist, poet, and writer, Khalil Gibran as the last teaser – Time has been transformed and we have changed. The sketch that they’ve released – while possibly not of the final product – shows that the watch will have a slightly more ergonomic curved design, with seemingly a matching curved display. While not 100% clear, one of the descriptions attached[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on August 26, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Telstra expands 700MHz LTE trial to Sydney and Adelaide

Telstra expands 700MHz LTE trial to Sydney and Adelaide

With the looming full scale launch of the 700MHz LTE network in Australia coming up in January, Telstra has been busily working on trialling the frequency in smaller markets to test for any issues which may come up in the full scale launch. Telstra announced trials of the network in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith last month and today they’ve announced the 700MHz trial will go live in Sydney and Adelaide, with trials starting in those cities in mid-September. The trials will be available to Telstra 4G customers in all eight locations as soon as Telstra flick[Read More...]

by 5:45 PM on August 26, 2014 1 comment Carriers
Amazon Coins are now on sale in Australia, everyone gets 500 Coins for free

Amazon Coins are now on sale in Australia, everyone gets 500 Coins for free

Amazon announced today that Amazon Coins are now available for purchase in Australia. Coins can be used on the Amazon AppStore as an alternative purchase method for both apps and in-app purchases, and you can buy them from Amazon directly. In the future you might also be able to redeem coins for other things should the company launch its content stores in Australia. In the US, you can also earn coins on some promotional items in a sort of “cash back” arrangement and Amazon says they’ll continue to add ways to earn and spend coins in Australia too. The going[Read More...]

by 1:10 PM on August 26, 2014 1 comment News, Sale
Samsung, too, considering a circular smartwatch

Samsung, too, considering a circular smartwatch

While the first round of smartwatches were square, and not the most appealing visually, it seems the thirst is now for the round smartwatch. Moto 360 is the first one that we’re likely to see, but others too are jumping on board. LG has a rumoured round watch in the works, and it seems that Samsung is keen on the idea as well. SamMobile has published the news, but there’s (unsurprisingly) very little detail to go with. All we’ve got is that the product is under development, and while it won’t launch alongside the Note 4 and other Gear devices on[Read More...]

by 7:27 AM on August 26, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Rumours, Smartwatch
ADB server coming to ChromeOS thanks to Koush

ADB server coming to ChromeOS thanks to Koush

Update: ADB for Chrome has now been released on the Chrome Web Store. Using ADB to access your Android phone or tablet on a Chromebook, ChromeBox or Chromebase has been a bit of a trial previously, but Koush is looking to make it a little bit easier. Koush has announced he’s releasing a new version of his ADB Server as a Chrome App. He’s announced that he has forked his ChromeADB project, and created a self-contained packaged zip for people running Dev Mode on their ChromeOS device. It’s currently only available for the Nexus 5 – but Koush has advised that[Read More...]

by 7:17 AM on August 26, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension, ChromeOS
Amazon buys out Twitch for $1Billion – Not Google

Amazon buys out Twitch for $1Billion – Not Google

UPDATE: It appears that the purchase has actually gone through, with Engadget reporting that Amazon has purchased Twitch for $970M in cash. After earlier this year reporting in May this year that Google was looking at purchasing the gaming network service Twitch for $1Billion (US), the Wall Street Journal is now stating that it is Amazon that is looking to buy out Twitch for the same amount. The report which surfaced overnight is stating that Amazon will acquire Twitch.tv for over $1billion (US) and has surprised many given that the deal with Google was reported closed back in June. The deal[Read More...]

by 6:26 AM on August 26, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
The Galaxy Note 4 is coming…

The Galaxy Note 4 is coming…

More teasers are appearing from Samsung that continue to ask “Are you ready to Note?” This time the minute long advert looks at the S Pen and it’s function in the Galaxy Note environment; from communication, to games, to creativity and general interaction with your Galaxy Note device. Finally closing off with the notable date of September 3rd and the phrase “ready to note” which is the date Samsung are delivering their annual presentation. We know it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, through various leaks it’s unlikely there will be much by way of surprises but the Galaxy Note range[Read More...]

by 6:22 AM on August 26, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones