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Moto G specs leaked a full day before the official announcement.

Moto G specs leaked a full day before the official announcement.

Due to be officially announced tomorrow night, the Motorola Moto G has had a problem staying undercover of late, with multiple leaks appearing around the internet featuring specs, pictures and benchmarks of the upcoming phone. Today’s leak comes courtesy of German retailer The Phone House who managed to leak almost the entire load of specs as well as press images of the device. Spec wise, the phone appears to have a mid-range level of specs : 4.5″ 720P HD Touchscreen 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor 1GB RAM 8GB onboard storage Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth HSPA+ Android 4.3 2,070mAh Battery 129.9×65.9×6-11.6mm @ 143[Read More...]

by 12:41 AM on November 13, 2013 6 comments News
Fitbit Beta adds syncing to Nexus devices

Fitbit Beta adds syncing to Nexus devices

I have been doing my best to stay fit and healthy and to help with that task I recently purchased a Fitbit Flex. There are several devices in the Fitbit lineup and all of them perform roughly the same tasks in different form factors which is to count your steps as you go about your daily routine. Most of those devices include a display that can show you your step count at any time during the day except for the Fitbit Flex which just shows a row of five dots that give you an indication of how you are progressing[Read More...]

by 9:28 PM on November 12, 2013 2 comments Apps
Samsung Australia launches the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

Samsung Australia launches the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

In one of the slightly more surprising additions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup in Australia, Samsung has today announced local pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids device, which you can see depicted above. It features a user mode designed specifically for younger users (and of course, child friendly bright colours), while also featuring a standard mode for adults who might like to play too. Designed specifically to cater to separate age groups, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a 7″ tablet with bright yellow bezel, orange rubber casing, and when in the special Kids Mode, a[Read More...]

by 3:29 PM on November 12, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini — Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini — Review

Making the right compromises for it’s target market, mostly. The Target Market Isn’t Small! Not everyone is keen on a big five-inch phone. Plenty of friends have asked me what I’d recommend as a smaller Android phone. Although the big phone segment of the market is hot right now, many people (myself included) are not appreciating the higher prices and hand gymnastics that are part of the package. Samsung realised this last year when they released the Galaxy SIII Mini, but frankly, that phone was underpowered and therefore unworthy of the Galaxy SIII moniker! Not fazed, Samsung tried again with[Read More...]

by 2:20 PM on November 12, 2013 18 comments Design, Reviews
PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

With the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines needs a lot of help right now. With a number of Australians trying to reach friends and relatives abroad, Optus has offered to help make that a bit easier by announcing that they will be giving their customers free connections to the Philippines. Optus has advised that their support for customers will extend to their customers receiving : Free calls to the Philippines for fixed customers, from 11 November and available through to midnight on Sunday 17 November 2013 Free SMS and calls from postpaid mobile services, from 11 November and available[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on November 12, 2013 1 comment Carriers
Nexus 4 removed from Australian Google Play Store

Nexus 4 removed from Australian Google Play Store

After selling happily alongside its’s younger brother for almost two weeks, Google has finally removed the Nexus 4 from the Australian Google Play Store, leaving you with just one phone option – the Nexus 5. Even with a price drop of $100 being applied to both the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 back in August, it’s taken until this morning for the device to follow the U.S. Google Play store to see the Nexus 4 sold-out. The Nexus 4 has been in-stock on Google Play ever since stock levels stabilised earlier this year, after an extended period of being sold[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on November 12, 2013 15 comments Google Play, Phones
Former HTC UK execs found new  start up, Kazam – launches 7 devices

Former HTC UK execs found new start up, Kazam – launches 7 devices

It seems that many executives that have either left or been made redundant under cuts made under HTC current management are finding life outside the financially troubled company, with a large number heading to a new company called Kazam which is helmed by former head marketing executives for HTC Michael Coombes and James Atkins. Originally announced back in June without any hardware nor software to go along with Kazam changed this state of affairs last week when the company officially launched 7 devices. The only catch is the devices seem to be Chinese manufactured knockoff smartphones. Now, while there’s no[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on November 12, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones
Google adds Waze integration to Google Maps for 46 new countries & territories

Google adds Waze integration to Google Maps for 46 new countries & territories

The purchase of Waze by Google back in June finally bore fruit for Google Maps users back in August when Waze real-time traffic information was added to Google Maps for users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US, but Google has announced today via Twitter that the service is now available in 46 new countries and territories for Mobile and Desktop users. Get home faster w/ @waze incidents available in 46 new countries & territories in #GoogleMaps on mobile & desktop pic.twitter.com/rF93BAPEb6 — Google Maps (@googlemaps) November 11, 2013 There’s been[Read More...]

by 5:32 AM on November 12, 2013 5 comments Uncategorized
Xperia Z1s appears briefly on Sony Global website – could be the international version of the Z1 f

Xperia Z1s appears briefly on Sony Global website – could be the international version of the Z1 f

When Sony and NTT DoCoMo announced the Sony Xperia Z1 f for the Japanese market last month there was an immediate outcry for the phone to be launched internationally, and a small slip-up by Sony showing a model of phone called the Z1s on their website could be the pre-cursor to just that. The prospect of a ‘Mini’ version of a flagship phone that finally didn’t compromise anything – well, maybe the screen – had many Android fans who long for a smaller screened flagship device very much excited. The Z1 f matched the current Sony flagship the Z1 spec[Read More...]

by 2:08 AM on November 12, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google Australia launches extended Nexus 7 Perfect Shot commercial as US launches two new ones

Google Australia launches extended Nexus 7 Perfect Shot commercial as US launches two new ones

The Nexus 7: The Perfect Shot video launched last month by Google was a great video in the vein of the Fear Less video that launched with the Nexus 7 back in August, and now Google has released an extended version which clocks in at just over a minute long. The video features the same young boy, learning how to be a better batsmen, using various forms of media from Google Play and YouTube – consumed on his Nexus 7(2013) – to learn how to best improve his batting. The Ad is again pretty good, check it out : But[Read More...]

by 12:54 AM on November 12, 2013 0 comments Google Play, Other
Motorola Moto G appears on GFX Bench and Amazon UK for Pre-Order – available November 14th

Motorola Moto G appears on GFX Bench and Amazon UK for Pre-Order – available November 14th

Motorolas follow up to the Ḿoto X – the Moto G – is widely tipped to be released at their event this week from São Paulo Brazil but it seems that Amazon just can’t wait and has listed the phone for pre-order on their site, the phone has also appeared on Benchmarking site GFXBench listing a Snapdragon 400 under the hood. GSMInsider has found the phone – Motorola XT1032 – on the GFXBench benchmarking site, where it listed its internals for the world to see. The specs listed include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 MSM8226 Quad-Core chipset with an Adreno 305[Read More...]

by 11:53 PM on November 11, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
PSA: Telstra announces free calls to Philippines

PSA: Telstra announces free calls to Philippines

Image courtesy of cnn.com In the wake of the devastating Cyclone Haiyan that recently struck the Philippines, and is still currently causing havoc, Telstra is offering free calls and text to the Philippines. The offer is available from now and until 6am on Monday 25 November. It includes fixed line and mobile services, and is free to Telstra retail customers. Group Executive Telstra Retail, Gordon Ballantyne said: “We want to help our customers who are concerned about their friends and relatives in the Philippines affected by the devastating typhoon to check on loved ones. Calls and text messages to the[Read More...]

by 4:55 PM on November 11, 2013 0 comments News, Other
Australia Post launches ‘Video Stamps’ to personalise your parcel deliveries

Australia Post launches ‘Video Stamps’ to personalise your parcel deliveries

Australia Post has just released their third App for Android(and iOS), with this app centring around personalising the parcels you send. The new Video Stamp App is a way to add a personal video message to parcels you send. The Video Stamp is available for free when you purchase any Express Post or Express Courier International item from any participating Australia Post retail outlets. When you post an item simply pickup the Video Stamp form which includes a sticker to place on your article and then when you’re ready, scan the corresponding QR code in the Video Stamp App and[Read More...]

by 4:53 PM on November 11, 2013 3 comments Apps, Other