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Google by the numbers – Q3 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q3 earnings report

It’s that time again, time to see how the Mountain View giant we know and love has been doing financially and from the look of the numbers it’s not terrible, in fact after hours trading on Nasdaq saw a 7.96% rise to reach $959.51 which is an all time high for their share price based on previous numbers. So, how did Google do? Results for Q3, ending 30th September 2013 : $14.89 billion in revenue, up 12% on Q3 2012. $3.44 billion consolidated revenue for Q3, up 21% on Q3 2012. $2.97 billion net income, up from 2.18 billion on[Read More...]

by 8:06 AM on October 18, 2013 1 comment News
HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 due to arrive in Australia in November

HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 due to arrive in Australia in November

The recently announced HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 are both coming to Australia and coming soon, according to HP Australia. Both models are due to begin hitting retailers in the middle of November and will be available where all good HP Laptops are sold. The Chromebook 14, which promises to give a boost to battery life based on the inclusion of the power sipping Haswell architecture that the Intel Celeron 2955USoC used inside the new model is based on, with Google advising that the Haswell chipset should allow for all day usage. The outside of the HP Chromebook 14[Read More...]

by 5:35 PM on October 17, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer
Commonwealth Bank’s new app brings contactless payments to Android

Commonwealth Bank’s new app brings contactless payments to Android

The Commonwealth Bank today announced a new app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices. The new app incorporates features from its existing apps like Kaching and introduces Tap-to-pay mobile payment functionality across all iOS and Android devices. There’s also, appropriately, a concerted effort from CommBank to get the message out about security and privacy – they understandably want to make users more confident and comfortable using their facilities. The new app features a friendly UI with access to frequently-used features up front and a heirarchical menu in a navigation drawer providing access to features, shortcuts to appropriate actions[Read More...]

by 1:00 PM on October 17, 2013 30 comments Apps, News, NFC
Vodafone prepaid 4G launches today

Vodafone prepaid 4G launches today

Vodafone opens their 4G network to prepaid users today, but there are a few caveats to start with. To be eligible for the initial roll out, you must be an existing prepaid Vodafone customer, and: Have a 4G device; Have an active Prepaid recharge – it’s strongly recommend by Vodafone that you have a plan with more than 500MB data ($30 Cap and above, All Time and Flexi Caps) Live in a Vodafone 4G area The roll out will be progressive, with Vodafone aiming to have all eligible existing prepaid customers migrated to the 4G network by the end of[Read More...]

by 12:19 PM on October 17, 2013 5 comments Carriers, News
Samsung Experience stores now hiring Christmas Casuals

Samsung Experience stores now hiring Christmas Casuals

Do you love Samsung? Looking for some casual work over the Christmas period? Live in Sydney or Melbourne? Well, ARMs retail – the group behind the Samsung Experience stores – want to hear from you. The Samsung Experience stores in George Street in Sydney and the Highpoint shopping centre in Melbourne are looking for casual staff to cover the busy Christmas shopping season. The jobs are being advertised over on Seek, where the offer of ‘Competitive hourly rate plus commission!’ as a bonus for working with some exciting Samsung products, including the just released Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear.[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on October 17, 2013 7 comments Other
HTC’s rumoured Amazon phone won’t be public release

HTC’s rumoured Amazon phone won’t be public release

Recently rumours have come to light that HTC are in negotiation with Amazon to manufacture a smartphone for the distribution giant, perhaps as part of their hail Mary strategy to get out of their seemingly perpetual slide into obscurity they’re clutching at any available opportunity to inject some cash flow into the company. While the official decision is yet to be made and Amazon are yet to confirm that they have made a deal and are in fact working on a smartphone with HTC, the rumours are now changing shape slightly to suggest the rumoured device will be offered to[Read More...]

by 9:17 AM on October 17, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Kit Kat teases with “This Is It”

Kit Kat teases with “This Is It”

On their Google+ page yesterday, Nestle posted their Android KitKat mascot with its arms in the air and the heading, “Everybody dance now!”: Today they posted, This Is It, with the line – “Sometimes you have to look for the signs”: After putting two and two together and adding that up to 5, sleuths on the Kit Kat page have come up with a very plausible argument that these teasers are referring to an October 28 announcement of Android 4.4. Firstly, yesterdays “Everybody dance now” doesn’t mean much by itself, but when combined with today’s “Sometimes you have to look[Read More...]

by 2:35 AM on October 17, 2013 9 comments OS Update, Rumours
Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra firmware updates

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra firmware updates

Sony has released a firmware update for their Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. For both devices Sony has: re-calibrated the display ever so slightly, to ensure viewing experiences remain bright & bold economised power consumption for longer battery life streamlined Exchange connection for faster email sync, display and download For the Xperia Z1 the improvements are: tweaked the camera algorithm for even better all round performance refined Sony’s Smart Social Camera platform, so Xperia Camera apps run more smoothly (particularly Burst Mode, Superior Auto, AR Effect and Sweep Panorama…) The Z Ultra gets improved touch screen optimisation for finger gestures, writing and drawing with styluses on top of the enhancements made for better battery life[Read More...]

by 2:34 AM on October 17, 2013 6 comments News, Phones
Angry Birds Go!: Karting comes to Piggy Island

Angry Birds Go!: Karting comes to Piggy Island

Developer Rovio has announced that a new slant on their ever popular Angry Birds franchise is coming in December. That slant is downhill racing Mario Kart style. In Angry Birds Go! you race against your favourite avian characters plus the naughty pigs. The racing looks frenetic, and in classic karting style there are coins to collect, hazards to avoid and power-ups to be had. It wouldn’t be Angry Birds without merchandise, and Rovio do not dissapoint here. Go! will have a selection of collectible Telepods figures that can be scanned into the game. Angry Birds Go! will be a free[Read More...]

by 8:28 PM on October 16, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Apps, News
Acer Australia launches the Haswell powered Acer C720 Chromebook

Acer Australia launches the Haswell powered Acer C720 Chromebook

After releasing details in the US about the new Haswell powered Acer C720 Chromebook in the US last week, Acer Australia has today advised that the C720 will be available this month in Australia. Priced at $399, Acer is advising that the C720 will again be available through Google approved retailers JB-Hifi and Harvey Norman as well as online through their Acer web-store this month. Daniel Goffredo, Head of Commercial Client Products at Acer Australia spoke about the C720 and working with Google Working with Google on the C720 Chromebook has given Acer the opportunity to offer customers an affordable[Read More...]

by 11:26 AM on October 16, 2013 3 comments Uncategorized
HTC comments on security arrangements surrounding fingerprints in the HTC One Max

HTC comments on security arrangements surrounding fingerprints in the HTC One Max

With the modern day spectre of PRSIM and the potential for NSA spying, the potential to have your fingerprints mis-appropriated albeit even accidentally is something that the every day person must think about and the same goes for HTC with the launch of their fingerprint scanner enabled HTC One Max. When Apple launched their iPhone 5s, they went to lengths to ensure that customers were aware that their fingerprints were not being stored online where a potential NSA collection could be on the cards and HTC appears to be doing the same thing with the HTC One Max. PhoneArena spoke[Read More...]

by 11:23 AM on October 16, 2013 2 comments News
Google Watch rumours heat up

Google Watch rumours heat up

A Google Smart Watch, code named Gem, has been previously reported by us, but the rumours are definitely mounting for a reveal alongside the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4. It is believed that the watch will be “always listening” and use Google Now for most of its functionality, such as local weather, nearby cafes, flights, appointments, calendar notifications and more. Messages, emails and calls would also be pushed to the watch. The watch would  be wirelessly connected to a phone via Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and it is envisioned that Google’s powerful Voice Search will be deeply integrated. It is[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on October 16, 2013 10 comments News, Smartwatch
Rumour: Nexus 5 price to begin at US$399 and an LTE enabled Nexus 4 could be on its way

Rumour: Nexus 5 price to begin at US$399 and an LTE enabled Nexus 4 could be on its way

The Nexus 5 has been essentially photographed from all angles, been torn down, taken out for drinks at a bar and had a how to guide on servicing leaked and so the only real questions remain are ‘how much’ and ‘when’? According to AndroidGeeks, the Nexus 5 will take the same path as the updated Nexus 7 in launching at a slightly higher price point. With the leaked Service Manual confirming 16GB and 32GB options, the rumour is that pricing will start at US$399 for the 16GB model and go up to US$449 for a 32GB model. The other rumour[Read More...]

by 9:34 AM on October 16, 2013 17 comments Phones, Rumours