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Kickstarter now has Australian projects – support local software and hardware developers

Kickstarter now has Australian projects – support local software and hardware developers

It seems that everyone loves Kickstarter, a lot of people go nuts over the projects, Android based projects such as Ouya, LIFX, Pebble and more have launched on Kickstarter and become phenomenons in their own right, but so far they’ve been overseas, but as of today, you can now launch projects on Kickstarter based in Australia. The fact that the projects are based in Australia means that you won’t be paying the pesky overseas shipping charge that you’ve been used to. There are two main conditions for launching a project on Kickstarter according to their project signup page : Everything[Read More...]

by 5:55 PM on November 13, 2013 0 comments Other
New Airbnb app puts hosting in the palm of your hand

New Airbnb app puts hosting in the palm of your hand

Popular hospitality hosting company Airbnb has released a new app today that lets you manage your hosting duties from your phone or tablet – without needing a computer at all. Airbnb helps you with short-term renting of a spare room that you may have to holidaying guests, and has over 350 000 hosts in 34 000 cities, with 1000 new hosts signing up every day. Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb said: “Hosts define the Airbnb experience, but they are busy people who are always on the go… our goal is to make hosting as easy as possible through[Read More...]

by 5:33 PM on November 13, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Amazon launches Australian Kindle Store

Amazon launches Australian Kindle Store

Today Amazon has made a number of announcements about the expansion of its operations in Australia, announcing that the Australian Kindle Store is now open, and that a range of hardware is now available in Australia both online and through retail partners. Australian Kindle Store Firstly on the Australian Kindle Store, over 2 million eBooks are on offer including 26,000 free English-language titles. A range of current best sellers in fiction, sports, cookbooks and even graphic novels are available. Over 700,000 books are priced at $3.99 or less, and 1.4 million are priced at $9.99 or less. In news for[Read More...]

by 2:52 PM on November 13, 2013 13 comments Manufacturer, News
Retailer Round-Up: In-Store Weekly Specials

Retailer Round-Up: In-Store Weekly Specials

Lots of tablets for sale this week, with the ever popular Asus Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB making an appearance for $299 at Dick Smith starting on Thursday. This means that Officeworks/Good Guys/Harvey Norman will price match: JB Hi-Fi: Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet $148 Dick Smith: Asus Nexus 7″ 32GB (2013) Wi-Fi tablet $299 – starts Thursday 14 November Dick Smith: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB $494 – starts Thursday 14 November Dick Smith: Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8″ 16GB 4G $497 – starts Thursday 14 November Aldi: Bauhn 10.1″ 3G Quad Core tablet $229 – starts Saturday 16 November Aldi:[Read More...]

by 2:14 PM on November 13, 2013 5 comments News, Sale
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 and 8 now available

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 and 8 now available

The Lenovo Yoga Tablets have been leaked, then officially announced, and now they are here for sale. These very interesting tablets with built-in stand and enormous battery life are now available from JB Hi-Fi. The Yoga Tablet 10 with 16GB of storage is $398, and the smaller 8″ version is $348. Both tablet’s specifications are virtually identical, except the for screen size and the 10″ tablet has a larger battery: Yoga Tablet 8 Yoga Tablet 10 Processor:/td> MTK 8125 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7( 1.20GHz 533MHz 1MB) Operating System: ANDROID 4.2 Total Memory 1.0GB LPDDR2 800 MHz Display Type: 8.0″ 1280×800 10.0″[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on November 13, 2013 3 comments News
Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

  Google’s Android team have just tweeted that the Nexus 7 (2012/2013) plus the Nexus 10 will be receiving Android 4.4 from today. They then tweeted again with the information that the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 with mobile data shall be getting the update soon. No further information was included in the tweets, other than a link to the Android 4.4 KitKat official page. We’ll keep you informed as the updates are received. https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441100436918272 https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441209841135616 Have you received your KitKat update yet? Let us know in the comments!

by 1:28 PM on November 13, 2013 60 comments News, OS Update
CyanogenMod debuts its one-click installer in the Play Store

CyanogenMod debuts its one-click installer in the Play Store

In a move sure to bring CyanogenMod to more users, the team have released a one-click installer to put its custom firmware on compatible Android devices. Installation seems fairly simple, with users needing a compatible device, Windows PC and a USB cable. The companion app — for Windows only, at this stage — will be available later todayis now available to download. Steve Kondik, co-founder of CyanogenMod, said: Our goal for the installer has always been to allow more users to experience the benefits of CyanogenMod, without the hassles of technical guides and concerns associated with the process. More than[Read More...]

by 10:02 AM on November 13, 2013 18 comments Apps, Modding, News
Google Glass to get access to Google Play Music in the coming weeks

Google Glass to get access to Google Play Music in the coming weeks

Google Glass is getting a lot of new features and the newest one, which Google has just announced on Google+ and Twitter will be arriving on Glass in the next few weeks is the ability to play music from Google Play Music through Glass. As a Glass Explorer, users will be able to use the command ‘Ok Glass listen to….’ to access their library stored in Google Play Music as well as the tracks available through ‘All Access’. This new functionality will also be paired with a pair of stereo earbuds that have been designed specifically for Glass, and are[Read More...]

by 1:40 AM on November 13, 2013 3 comments Glass
Moto G specs leaked a full day before the official announcement.

Moto G specs leaked a full day before the official announcement.

Due to be officially announced tomorrow night, the Motorola Moto G has had a problem staying undercover of late, with multiple leaks appearing around the internet featuring specs, pictures and benchmarks of the upcoming phone. Today’s leak comes courtesy of German retailer The Phone House who managed to leak almost the entire load of specs as well as press images of the device. Spec wise, the phone appears to have a mid-range level of specs : 4.5″ 720P HD Touchscreen 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor 1GB RAM 8GB onboard storage Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth HSPA+ Android 4.3 2,070mAh Battery 129.9×65.9×6-11.6mm @ 143[Read More...]

by 12:41 AM on November 13, 2013 6 comments News
Fitbit Beta adds syncing to Nexus devices

Fitbit Beta adds syncing to Nexus devices

I have been doing my best to stay fit and healthy and to help with that task I recently purchased a Fitbit Flex. There are several devices in the Fitbit lineup and all of them perform roughly the same tasks in different form factors which is to count your steps as you go about your daily routine. Most of those devices include a display that can show you your step count at any time during the day except for the Fitbit Flex which just shows a row of five dots that give you an indication of how you are progressing[Read More...]

by 9:28 PM on November 12, 2013 2 comments Apps
Samsung Australia launches the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

Samsung Australia launches the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

In one of the slightly more surprising additions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup in Australia, Samsung has today announced local pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids device, which you can see depicted above. It features a user mode designed specifically for younger users (and of course, child friendly bright colours), while also featuring a standard mode for adults who might like to play too. Designed specifically to cater to separate age groups, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a 7″ tablet with bright yellow bezel, orange rubber casing, and when in the special Kids Mode, a[Read More...]

by 3:29 PM on November 12, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini — Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini — Review

Making the right compromises for it’s target market, mostly. The Target Market Isn’t Small! Not everyone is keen on a big five-inch phone. Plenty of friends have asked me what I’d recommend as a smaller Android phone. Although the big phone segment of the market is hot right now, many people (myself included) are not appreciating the higher prices and hand gymnastics that are part of the package. Samsung realised this last year when they released the Galaxy SIII Mini, but frankly, that phone was underpowered and therefore unworthy of the Galaxy SIII moniker! Not fazed, Samsung tried again with[Read More...]

by 2:20 PM on November 12, 2013 18 comments Design, Reviews
PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

With the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines needs a lot of help right now. With a number of Australians trying to reach friends and relatives abroad, Optus has offered to help make that a bit easier by announcing that they will be giving their customers free connections to the Philippines. Optus has advised that their support for customers will extend to their customers receiving : Free calls to the Philippines for fixed customers, from 11 November and available through to midnight on Sunday 17 November 2013 Free SMS and calls from postpaid mobile services, from 11 November and available[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on November 12, 2013 1 comment Carriers