How to: Enable HTML 5 audio playback in Google Music

Now that Google Music is available to Australian customers, you've probably noticed that audio playback uses Flash. It's no secret that Chromebooks often see poor performance running Flash content, so you might want to enable Google Music's experimental HTML 5 support instead. The steps are very simple: Log into Google Music Click the settings cog in the top right corner Select Music Labs Enable HTML 5 Audio Click the Save Changes button For a number of users, this will create a smoother and cleaner experience on your Chromebook allowing you to do more on your device while playing your favourite tracks in the background. Are you... Continue reading

How to: Add a swap partition to your Chromebook

While many users are more than happy with the performance of their Chromebooks, there's a handy little tweak that could make your life a little bit better if you're a RAM hungry user - you can add a swap partition. What is a swap partition? A swap partition is a way to give some of your hard drive space to the Operating System, allowing it to use that space as additional RAM. While there's more to it than that, from a basic user's perspective the net effect of creating a swap partition has is just that - more RAM. There are some... Continue reading

More information about Google Babel and features

Every other day we're finding out more things about Google Babel, the rumoured unified chat service which Google looks to be readying for public access. Rumours have included Google 'dogfooding' Babel to its employees, a rumour which seems to be verified by a Gmail page accessible on Google's own sites. A snapshot of the Google Babel references in Gmail In this snapshot, there's a few things we can glean: Upgrade Chat to Babel! Babel is Google's new messenger with clients for Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Access the same conversation list from Anywhere! A new, conversation-based UI Advanced... Continue reading

Google Glass Explorer Edition hits eBay, vanishes

Now that the Google Glass Explorer Edition units are out there, as always there's people trying to make a profit while doing evil. The early release was intended to give those who are prepared to boldly go where no one has gone before the opportunity to try the device, advise Google of their experience and make recommendations, as well as allowing developers an early chance to try their concepts out. Yesterday, a Google Glass unit was sighted on eBay at an amazing £100,000 (that's a touch over $148,000 Aussie Dollars) - and they... Continue reading

Motorola’s future phones to use ‘unadulterated’ Android

Motorola stuck very closely to stock Android when they designed the software for their 2012 devices, the RAZR HD and the RAZR M, but when the company was acquired by Google, it seemed only a matter of time before they did away with custom UI overlays completely and shipped the AOSP experience on their devices. According to Jim Wicks, Motorola's design chief, in an interview with PC Mag, that time has come: Consumers love what the Android OS can do for them, and they want to have the most recent releases faster... From a software and UI... Continue reading

Checker Plus for Gmail – Extension Review

Checker Plus for Gmail is possibly the most useful extensions I have come across to date. Developer Jason Savard has done a brilliant job taking the knowledge that a huge number of users do not have just the one Gmail address, but often running with two, three or more. The extension runs in the background and checks all of your Gmail accounts through a single interface and notifies you when you receive new email on any of the registered accounts. The interface has expandable tabs for each Gmail to allow the user to expand individual email address inbox listings to... Continue reading

WordPress for Android updated with new Holo look

WordPress is huge. It's one of (if not the) most popular news and blogging software packages available, and it powers many of the most widely read websites there are. It also powers Ausdroid funnily enough. WordPress offers mobile apps to enable blogging on the go, but unfortunately the mobile apps haven't really been very good. I have never used it to post a story, though I've used it to edit stories, prepared elsewhere, to get them ready for publication. However, with this latest update, the WordPress mobile app might become a bit more useful. Check out these new features: What's in... Continue reading

Android Open Kang Project AOKP reaches 1 million users

The developers of the Android Open Kang Project (or AOKP to those in the know) are celebrating today, as their custom Android ROM has reached an exclusive milestone -- it is only the third community-developed ROM to run on more than 1,000,000 devices, behind CyanogenMod and MIUI. Making the announcement on the blog, the team note that with the release of their first Android 4.2 build they'll be mixing up the release process. Rather than releasing numbered build releases as they have done in the past, AOKP will be automatically built and distributed from the team's servers on... Continue reading

Asus Fonepad on sale via eBay Daily Deals for 350 USD

We're not all that afraid of giant phones anymore. The time when the Galaxy Note seemed big has passed, Huawei is bringing the Ascend Mate (a 6" phone) to market soon, and we've previously told you about the Asus FonePad, a behemoth 7" device. If you like the idea of holding such a giant device against your head, then the Asus Fonepad is the way to go. While a local release date isn't yet known, it seems you can snag one today from eBay's Daily Deals. However, there's a little bit of a catch. Asus announced the launch pricing... Continue reading

Microsoft updates app, partners with SEVEN

Microsoft and SEVEN Networks have released a new version of the application for android today with a huge update pushed to Google Play. The name SEVEN might sound familiar to you; they've previously built push email solutions for Nokia's Symbian platform and earlier Windows Mobile devices, as well as the Hotmail app for Android. This new release sports a new look, complete with a pseudo-Holo feel, yet mixing in a good dose of WindowsPhone style elements as well. New features include threaded conversations, the ability to mark messages as junk, and creating filters for unread and flagged mail. We know... Continue reading

Google Glass Explorer editions begin arriving

Google Glass Explorer editions have begun finding their way into the hands of the lucky few who won the #IfIHadGlass competition and this has meant that unboxing videos have now begun appearing on the web. This unboxing video comes from Dan McLaughlin who did an initial unboxing. Quality is not the best with Dan offering this explanation for the less than stellar recording 'Recorded on an old Mac Mini acting as a server so it lagged and I thought a quick video was better than a perfect video'. Dan has also recorded a somewhat meta 2nd version of... Continue reading

Net Market Share report shows low adoption numbers for ChromeOS

Market Share Statistics company NetMarketShare has only recently begun monitoring the worldwide usage of ChromeOS and after one week have released their first report which does not include ChromeOS. ZDNets Ed Bott queried the lack of ChromeOS figures from the NetMarketShare report and was advised that they found that ChromeOS only accounts for 0.02% of web traffic, a figure they described as too small to earn a place on its reports. Google, so far seems happy with the sales figures on Chromebooks having previously advised that the Samsung Chromebook has been #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for laptops... Continue reading

Foxtel Go app coming to Android on June 3 – Exclusive to Samsung devices

Foxtel will finally be releasing their Foxtel Go app for Android. The app will be available from June 3 but only to Samsung phones and tablets. The exclusivity arrangement will be in place until the end of October when availability will be expanded to include other brands of Android devices, however there has been no details regarding which devices the app will be compatible. The app, which has been available on iOS since last year, allows Foxtel subscribers to stream live and catch-up content to their mobile devices. In a previous "exclusive" app deal, the Samsung Galaxy S 3 launched... Continue reading