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The ART of turbo charging your Nexus 5

The ART of turbo charging your Nexus 5

Google’s popular new phone, the Nexus 5, certainly is a snappy performer with its top shelf Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2GB of RAM, but there are ways to make it faster again. For those that would like to maximise the N5’s potential, there are tweeks that can be done that don’t require Root, or any special software side-loaded at all. These are already built into the Nexus 5 – you just have to access them. The first one is obvious, especially if you are coming from a Nexus 4 or older phone, and that’s changing your plan or telco to[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on November 8, 2013 7 comments Modding, Phones
Google Hangouts 2.0.122 now available in Google Play and rolling out to everyone

Google Hangouts 2.0.122 now available in Google Play and rolling out to everyone

The updated Google Hangouts App, which was announced last week just prior to the release of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 at their ‘Morning With Google’ Google+ event has just arrived in Google Play and is rolling out to users who have it installed as an update. The new version – 2.0.122 – brings about the three major features announced at the event – Location Sharing, SMS Integration and animated GIF integration. The full list from the What’s New section : SMS & MMS (Android 4.0+): Send/receive text messages with Hangouts! You can import your existing messages, quickly switch[Read More...]

by 8:21 AM on November 8, 2013 16 comments Apps
Google Glass XE11 update rolls out – Take me home tonight

Google Glass XE11 update rolls out – Take me home tonight

It’s time for the latest update to Google Glass to rollout to Glass Explorers. While the product moves closer and closer to a retail release, the updates for the software increase the usefulness of the product on a monthly basis. So, what’s new this month? The update brings about some more Google Services functionality, specifically this month with your calendar. The XE11 update allows Glass Explorers to use commands to search for upcoming items in their agenda by using voice commands, simply say ‘Ok Glass, Google’ and then a following term such as ‘my agenda’ or ‘what am I doing[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Glass
Swiftkey advises Emoji Support is coming

Swiftkey advises Emoji Support is coming

If the announcement of system wide Emoji support in Android 4.4 was a defining feature of the update for you, you’re still out in the cold when using keyboards such as Swiftkey. We asked Swiftkey about Emoji support in their excellent keyboard replacement App, but they didn’t answer, but it appears they’ve been innundated with requests for the feature and they’ve advised this morning that Emoji will be coming to Swiftkey. Ben Medlock, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, for Swiftkey, updated their Support page this morning with the announcement, listing the feature suggestion as ‘Planned’ : Hi all, Just to[Read More...]

by 7:49 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Apps
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G launches November 12 on Telstra

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G launches November 12 on Telstra

Telstra are looking to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G on November 12 according to a source. The device is identical, in terms of design and most of its hardware, to the Galaxy S4 except the Cat4 4G version supports a faster 4G connection thanks to a newer radio in the device as well as Telstra’s Cat4 4G network with 20MHz of contiguous spectrum — currently in very few places, Perth is one. All of Telstra’s Cat4 4G devices are rated at 150Mbps peak downlink speed, with Cat3 maxing out at a ‘measly’ 100Mbps. You can obviously expect[Read More...]

by 3:28 PM on November 7, 2013 12 comments News, Phones
Google Play Services update disabling Android Device Manger on some devices

Google Play Services update disabling Android Device Manger on some devices

The latest update to Google Play Services, the App that Google is using to update older devices with new APIs and services, is having a few teething issues it seems. Android Police have discovered that the latest update – 4.0.30/4.0.31 – is silently disabling the Remote Lock And Wipe function in Android Device Manager. It seems to be hit and miss according to test that Android Police performed. I found that I did have Google Play Services 4.0.31 – to check which version you have go to Settings > Apps and check Google Play Services – and it was indeed[Read More...]

by 1:56 PM on November 7, 2013 6 comments Apps
DeadZebra announces Massive Vinyl Android figures coming soon

DeadZebra announces Massive Vinyl Android figures coming soon

I`m a massive fan of artist Andrew Bells line of vinyl Android figures, I have most of the ones released in the general series and some special edition ones as well, but what can top these cute 3″ tall figures? Well, how about one triple the size? Andrew has announced that he has made two Android figures in an over-sized limited edition which tower over the smaller figures, at a height of 9.5 inches. The Mega Androids will come in two variatons – standard Green as well as the DIY White. They will first be sold in a special preview[Read More...]

by 1:20 PM on November 7, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Other
Philips Hue — Review

Philips Hue — Review

One small step towards Home Automation The dream of a completely automated home has been inching closer for the last few years, when Google announced Android @Home a few years back at Google IO, it seemed like an idea that had finally reached the mainstream, but it failed to materialise in any meaningful way shape or form. Thankfully, there have been other companies working towards this goal and one of those is Philips who have created the Hue lighting system – a set of WiFi enabled LED Bulbs you can control from your smartphone. The Hue ‘Personal Wireless Lighting’ as[Read More...]

by 1:03 PM on November 7, 2013 12 comments Accessories, Design, Reviews
Moto G Livestream next Wednesday night/Thursday morning

Moto G Livestream next Wednesday night/Thursday morning

Motorola is launching their upcoming Moto G with a live streaming event next Thursday night/Friday morning from São Paulo Brazil. The Moto G is presumably, Motorola’s mid range – mid price phone that they plan on releasing much more widely than their previous phone – the Moto X, which is only available in the Americas. We don’t know much about the G yet, some specifications that have leaked out are: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core Processor 4.5″ 1280x720P edge to edge HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 8GB Storage 5MP Rear Camera with 1.3MP Front-Facing camera – 720P Video @30fps Bluetooth 4.0,[Read More...]

by 12:37 PM on November 7, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Swiftykey adds ‘Layouts for Living’ to their keyboard, combining tablet and phone into one App

Swiftykey adds ‘Layouts for Living’ to their keyboard, combining tablet and phone into one App

One of the most popular keyboard replacement apps on Google Play – Swiftkey – has overnight launched their new Layouts For Living to their keyboard. The new Layouts for Living, will allow Swiftkey first and foremost to do away with the additional keyboard app that has been required in the past for tablets. The new feature allows the one keyboard to combine multiple layouts within the same App, so that your keyboard layout can change to match whichever style of keyboard you need. Previous Swiftkey users who have purchased the App in the past, will now find the updated feature[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on November 7, 2013 6 comments Apps
Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

A few days ago we reported on Vodafone offering a Christmas bonus of double data on their $30 Prepaid Cap. Well, they are back at it again with a new offer of double data for the life of the plan on one and two year contracts. The fine print is that it is open to existing customers upgrading to a $60 or more plan, and new customers starting on a $60 or more plan. Month-to-Month SIM new or upgrading customers get the bonus data starting on the $45 plan, which now includes 3GB of data. This promotion lasts for the[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on November 7, 2013 9 comments Carriers, News