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Samsung Galaxy Gear now available at Dick Smith

Samsung Galaxy Gear now available at Dick Smith

With Samsung announcing the Galaxy Gear smart watch earlier this month at a pre-IFA event in Berlin along with Vodafone and Telstra announcing pricing for the Galaxy Gear along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 only weeks ago, you would have been forgiven if you thought this would have been the only way to purchase the smart watch device … until now that is. Dick Smith have the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch available for sale both in-store and online in 5 colours; Jet Black, Mocha Grey, Wild Orange, Oatmeal (beige) and Rose Gold for the recommended retail price of $369.[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 1, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Smartwatch
HTC One Mini — Review

HTC One Mini — Review

Can the HTC One Mini stand up to it’s bigger cousin? I was actually rather excited to be given the opportunity to review the HTC One Mini as I have very much liked what I have seen from the HTC One and was curious to see if HTC could deliver a similar experience with its smaller cousin. If you need a catch up on Ausdroid’s thoughts on the HTC One, check out our review from earlier this year. Being a Nexus fan, the one thing that I wasn’t too sure about was using a phone with Sense 5. I used[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 1, 2013 5 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Updated: Nestlé Android Kit Kat promotion now open – but not accepting entries.

Updated: Nestlé Android Kit Kat promotion now open – but not accepting entries.

After the specially marked Android themed Kit Kat bars began arriving in Woolworths stores last week, the competition run by Nestlé in co-operation with Google is now open. The competition, which gives you the chance to win a one of a thousand Nexus 7 Tablet 16GB or one of 25 thousand, $5 Google Play vouchers, runs from the 1st of October(today) until 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (“AEDST”) on Monday 9 December 2013. To enter you need to purchase one of the specially marked 45g Kit Kat bars you can see pictured above from any participating Woolworths supermarket or[Read More...]

by 6:31 AM on October 1, 2013 31 comments Competition
Remote wireless charging is just around the corner

Remote wireless charging is just around the corner

At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2013, Ossia Inc. CEO, Hatem Zeine, demonstrated his company’s breakthrough product by wirelessly recharging a smartphone. But this isn’t the usual charging mat, this is Cota. Cota is the wireless charging technology that the smartphone industry and its customers has been craving. It can charge a device that is equipped with an appropriate receiver from 9 metres away. It doesn’t require line of sight, it can follow the device around and can charge multiple devices at once. Ossia envisions their technology built not just into smartphones and tablets, but also remote controls, flashlights, wireless keyboards and[Read More...]

by 5:27 PM on September 30, 2013 10 comments Accessories, News, Other, Phones, Tablets
Optus ending relationship with Woolworths Mobile – Woolworths investigating further options

Optus ending relationship with Woolworths Mobile – Woolworths investigating further options

Woolworths Mobile will no longer be able to sign up new customers to their Optus-supplied Mobile network as of tomorrow, with Optus advising that they are in the process of ending their relationship them. The Woolworths Mobile service launched in July 2011, and has been supplying customers with fairly decent plans after purchase of a $2 SIM Card. An Optus spokesperson advised that from the 1st of October, customers will no longer be able to purchase a Woolworths Mobile prepaid SIM. Existing customers will not be immediately affected, with Optus advising that customers will be able to continue to recharge[Read More...]

by 3:02 PM on September 30, 2013 7 comments Carriers, News
JSTorrent removed from Chrome Webstore – may not be back

JSTorrent removed from Chrome Webstore – may not be back

The only Torrent client for ChromeOS has been removed from the Chrome Webstore and the code removed from GitHub making torrenting on ChromeOS something that is not currently possible. The Java based torrent client has received different blows from different directions according to the developer who has advised on the GitHub page for the code that the extenision has apparently been cited for DMCA violations leading to its removal from the Chrome Webstore, while the developer has advised that the code has been removed due to licensing issues. The full statement : javascript torrent client primarily for chrome web store[Read More...]

by 2:05 PM on September 30, 2013 0 comments News
Sony SmartWatch 2 available from Kogan for $149

Sony SmartWatch 2 available from Kogan for $149

The much anticipated Sony SmartWatch 2 is now available from Kogan for a very tempting price of $149. The watch connects wirelessly with one touch to any NFC enabled Android smartphone or tablet running 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later. It’s functions are managed with the Sony Smart Connect(LiveWare Manager) app available from Google Play. Smart Connect downloads any applications that you need straight to your phone or tablet. There are a huge amount of apps and LiveWare extensions available. Some of the functions that the SmartWatch 2 can perform are: Call handling (answer, reject, mute, volume handling) Missed call notification[Read More...]

by 7:16 AM on September 30, 2013 29 comments Accessories, News, NFC, Smartwatch
Supposed Nexus 5 screenshot and bug report log file leaks

Supposed Nexus 5 screenshot and bug report log file leaks

The rumoured new Nexus 5 must be getting close, as leaks substantiating previous rumours are starting to flow. In these latest leaks we have a screenshot that displays the white status bar icons we previously reported that could possibly be changed to other preset colours in Android 4.4: There is a slice of Key Lime Pie with antennae that appear to be the debugging icon. Though we now know that Android 4.4 is< a href="http://ausdroid.net/2013/09/04/google-announces-android-4-4-will-be-kitkat/"> officially named KitKat, developers within Google have always called this edition of Android Key Lime Pie. The bottom navigation bar is  black, not the hoped for translucent effect. Further,[Read More...]

by 1:06 PM on September 29, 2013 17 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
LG demonstrates the G2’s Optical Image Stabilisation

LG demonstrates the G2’s Optical Image Stabilisation

An extremely witty advertisement for LG‘s incoming new superphone, the G2, focuses on the camera’s Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) feature. The G2’s 13 MP autofocus snapper on the incorporates the feature, which damps the dreaded “shaky hands”, and results in consistently sharper pictures. To demonstrate why OIS is important, LG’s attached a miniature camera to Lizzy, taking advantage of a chicken’s uncanny ability to keep its head perfectly stable. The impressive device also features Snapdragon’s top of the line S800 chipset, a 5.2 inch True HD LCD screen with 424 pixels per inch, simultaneous video (1080p at 60 frames per[Read More...]

by 2:02 PM on September 28, 2013 8 comments Camera, News, Phones
Samsung’s new Region Locks apply only to first activation

Samsung’s new Region Locks apply only to first activation

As previously reported, in an attempt to stamp out “grey imports” of its devices, Samsung appears to have introduced a policy of region locking its phones. The term “grey import” refers to the practice of purchasing a product overseas, usually online, then getting it shipped to you. If the value of the product is under $1000, you avoid any duty, sales tax, or GST in Australia, making the price much more attractive than if you were to buy from an Australian store. We’ve seen that Galaxy Note 3 devices purchased from Europe and the Americas have stickers indicating that they are[Read More...]

by 1:40 PM on September 28, 2013 25 comments Manufacturer, News
Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Reports from SamMobile suggest that three of the biggest Samsung devices of the last 18 months will be receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates in a matter of weeks. The volume, frequency and accuracy of SamMobile’s information in the past suggests they’ve got inside sources at Samsung, so when they talk about software updates, we listen. According to the site, the Galaxy S4 will receive the update in early- to mid-October, followed by the Galaxy S III in late October / early November, and the Galaxy Note II in late November / early December. Of course, these will likely hit[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on September 28, 2013 11 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
HTC sells final stake in Beats by Dre for $256 Million cash injection

HTC sells final stake in Beats by Dre for $256 Million cash injection

Cash strapped HTC have accepted an offer from Beats by Dre to purchase back the remaining 25% stake that remained from the original 50% stake they purchased back in August 2011. HTC initially purchased a stake in Beats worth $300 Million for 50.1% of Beats by Dre, but a year later Beats purchased half of that stake back leaving HTC with a 25% share in the audio company. When Beats decided during the northern summer to expand into more consumer electronics such as car stereos and higher end stereo equipment as well as a music streaming service, the rumour began[Read More...]

by 9:20 PM on September 27, 2013 9 comments Accessories, News
Australia Post comments on concerns over no-root requirement in their Parcel Send App

Australia Post comments on concerns over no-root requirement in their Parcel Send App

After Australia Post launched their new Parcel Send app last month, users rushed to install the app but a number of them found they were not allowed to run the app. The reason? Their phones were rooted. We approached Australia Post about this at the time, and they advised they couldn’t set up a meeting with their digital content manager, but could pass on feedback. With a current 2.2 rating in Google Play and 16 out of the 25 reviews left giving a one-star rating, we thought that the feedback was sent loud and clear. It’s apparent that some people[Read More...]

by 6:16 PM on September 27, 2013 16 comments News