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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets a Mugen 6500mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets a Mugen 6500mAh battery

Well known battery specialists Mugen Power is launching a whopping 6500mAh extended battery for the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Mugen makes the odd claim that their battery will last 2.03 times longer than the standard 3200mAh battery in the Note 3. They could have simply said that it lasts twice as long, or doubles your battery life. The Mugen Power extended battery for the Note 3 comes with the option of a black or white backdoor that will add considerable girth to your device. It costs US$ 98.50 plus US$ 16 for delivery to Australia via DHL courier, and[Read More...]

by 3:09 PM on November 17, 2013 3 comments Accessories, News, Phones
Daily App Sales Roundup – 17-11-13

Daily App Sales Roundup – 17-11-13

We have another bumper crop of apps today, with three free games as well! The highlight is Death Shooter 3D, which is shaping up to be a great game. Other apps: Tiny Planet FX Pro – $1.06 – was $2.99 Found a good deal on an app you’d like to share? Are you an Australian developer with an app you would like reviewed? Or have you found a most expensive app on the Play Store? Let me know at rob@ausdroid.net ———————————————————————————————————————————– Free Apps of the Day Amazon App Store Free App of The Day Flow Electric – Ad-Free Flow Electric[Read More...]

by 3:09 PM on November 17, 2013 0 comments News
Eli Hayes Healey Foundation fundraiser a big success

Eli Hayes Healey Foundation fundraiser a big success

Last night in Melbourne, Daniel, Jason and I attended the inaugural fundraiser for the Eli Hayes Healey Foundation, which is run / administered by the Ausdroid Community Foundation. After a few months of planning and organising, the night was finally upon us, and as you can see above, we suited up for the occasion, and even stood in front of a camera for posterity. The night was a huge success with over 230 attendees, numerous charity auction items, and ample food and refreshment. We enjoyed meeting and speaking to some of the distinguished guests, and did our little part to[Read More...]

by 2:55 PM on November 17, 2013 1 comment Charity, News
Sony Xperia Z1S leaks – could launch in late November

Sony Xperia Z1S leaks – could launch in late November

The Sony Xperia Z1S has leaked, being photographed next to its larger brother, the Xperia Z1. You may be wondering why you haven’t heard of the Z1S before – that’s because it is the international version of the previously seen Z1F . The Z1F apparently is the Japanese only version, with the Z1S being the international model. The Xperia Z1S is the mini version of the much admired Xperia Z1, but unlike other manufacturers mini versions, the Z1S packs all of the hardware of the powerful Z1, except the screen has shrunk to a 4.3″ display and the battery is smaller.[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on November 17, 2013 6 comments News, Phones, Rumours
The Practical Meter: a smart way to charge your device

The Practical Meter: a smart way to charge your device

A new product called the Practical Meter shows how much power that your phone or tablet is getting when charging, and can optimise the amount for your device so that it charges as quickly as possible. The Practical Meter plugs into your computer/laptop, wall charger or battery back-up USB slot. A micro-controller will read the output data, average the measurement over a few seconds, and illuminate the number of LEDs corresponding to the actual power. Each bar represents 1-watt of power, and for devices that require more power, like tablets, a secondary mode is available so that each lit bar[Read More...]

by 10:33 AM on November 17, 2013 3 comments Accessories, News
Samsung Galaxy Gear gets an awesome update

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets an awesome update

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be getting an update  that boosts its functionality by quite a magnitude. Previously, getting notifications on the Gear was limited to Samsung apps, and the choice was quite meagre. A new Gear Manager update will combine with a software update that is coming soon for the new features to work. It would appear that Samsung was aware of the short comings of its Galaxy Gear, as the new update brings support for all of your favourite  apps. A More Notifications page has been added, from which you simply pick which app or notification that you would[Read More...]

by 9:16 PM on November 16, 2013 16 comments Accessories, News, Smartwatch
Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei has announced on their EmotionUI web page that the Chinese domestic version of the Ascend P6 will be updated from Android 4.2 Jellybean straight to Android 4.4 KitKat in January. At this stage we don’t know if there will be an international update rolled out, but it certainly looks promising. We reviewed the Ascend P6 back in August, and were certainly impressed with this very stylish and ultra slim mid range device. It’s currently available in Australia through Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi for around $480. The specifications of the P6 are: 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD screen 1.5GHz quad-core[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on November 16, 2013 0 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Daily App Sales Roundup – 16-11-13

Daily App Sales Roundup – 16-11-13

Lots of sales and freebies today, but firstly in Google Play we have: ScanBizCards Premium – $1.06 – was $6.99 Camera ZOOM FX – $2.59 – was $5.18 Found a good deal on an app you’d like to share? Are you an Australian developer with an app you would like reviewed? Or have you found a most expensive app on the Play Store? Let me know at rob@ausdroid.net —————————————————————————————————————————— Free Apps of the Day Amazon App Store Free App of The Day HexLogic – Hot Air Everyone loves the bright colors and wonderful scenery around hot air ballooning and we’ve brought[Read More...]

by 2:09 PM on November 16, 2013 0 comments App Sales Roundup
HTC M8 initial specifications leak

HTC M8 initial specifications leak

Image courtesy of androidspin.com The next flagship device from embattled HTC – codenamed M8 – that we first reported on back in July, has had its purported specs leak. Serial news breaker @evleaks is claiming to have the low down on the main specifications, and they are unsurprisingly high-end, though nothing that we haven’t seen in other flagship devices. @evleaks tweeted: In previously seen photos, the M8 looks very similar to the current HTC One, though the current leaks suggest a screen bump to 5″ from the 4.7″ on the One. Could the M8 be the HTC One 2? Do have[Read More...]

by 2:09 PM on November 16, 2013 10 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Experience Home Appliance launched in Australia at Bing Lee

Samsung Experience Home Appliance launched in Australia at Bing Lee

Australia’s first Samsung Experience home appliance pop-up store has recently been opened at Bing Lee’s Rhodes Shopping Centre store in Sydney. The mini store displays Samsung’s premium-end appliances, a number of which are fully functional. The store is staffed by Samsung employees. Customers can interact with Galaxy tablets to find more information on products that they are interested in, then have that data sent to them via email or text. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OO7YKRaK4c&feature=youtu.be&a

by 12:51 PM on November 16, 2013 0 comments News
Extensive List of Google Now Commands

Extensive List of Google Now Commands

Many of us have been using Google Now voice commands with varying effectiveness and it seems that Google continue to improve it’s functions without many of us paying attention to what they are. We reported a couple of days ago that a Google Now/Search update brought with it a few new cards including Waze and an NRL team follow functionality. What many didn’t seem to notice was that at the same time Google introduced a conversation function into Google Now. Now you can start a conversation by firstly saying “OK Google”, “Send a message”. The Google mic icon turns blue[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on November 16, 2013 16 comments News
ASUS Miracast Dongle: Mirror your phone to TV

ASUS Miracast Dongle: Mirror your phone to TV

Google has the Chromecast, though the Australian availability has been limited to importing one from the US. Now ASUS is stepping up with a media caster of its own with the unimaginatively named Miracast Dongle. The ASUS dongle plugs into your TV and a power point, then with any Miracast equipped phone or tablet – such as the Nexus 7 – you should be able to mirror your device’s screen straight onto your TV’s screen. I say should, as ASUS is being a bit tight lipped when it comes to device compatibility, only mentioning on their page that it will[Read More...]

by 12:48 PM on November 16, 2013 4 comments Accessories, News
Nexus 5 appears on Telstra’s website, will cost $69/mo

Nexus 5 appears on Telstra’s website, will cost $69/mo

Well would you look at that, Telstra’s website is now showing the Nexus 5 alongside a minimum price of $69/mo. The link to the device’s own webpage is dead (for now), however, the pre-order link works perfectly fine. There’s no shipping date on the site, but the 26th of November seems likely — in corroboration with information given to us. It looks as though Telstra will be the first carrier to take the Nexus 5 on board, most likely because of their strong relationship with LG.

by 10:26 PM on November 15, 2013 20 comments News, Phones