Joby GripTight Mount — Review

The Joby GripTight Mount is an attachment allowing you to mount and stabilise your smartphone, helping you take better photos by reducing the movement that occurs when you take photos with the device held in your hand. It's a universal solution, with an extendable arm to tightly grip the body of any smartphone up to 7.2cm (2.8 inches) wide, allowing it to hold the current crop of 5-inch superphones including the Xperia Z and Galaxy S 4. When Joby - known for their GorillaPod line of flexible camera tripods - announced the product, I... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 064 – 16/04/2013

This week we spent a while talking about Facebook's shiny new Android homescreen - Facebook Home - and the recent update to Facebook Messenger which brought about the much-reported Chat Heads feature. We also talked about Kobo's Arc, a relatively new contender for the 7-inch tablet crown in Australia, compared the recently-launched Google Music with a couple of its local competitors, and talked a little about UI changes we're expecting to see in the next version of Android. Featuring: Jason Murray, Geoff Fieldew and Scott Plowman, with an appearance by Darren Kemp. Topics: Kobo Arc Review Facebook... Continue reading

Secure Shell – Extension Review

Secure Shell (or SSH) is a tool that many people might not use, but for a good number of people out there who need access to SSH, this extension will be either a bit of curiosity or in my case, a tool used daily. The Secure Shell extension is like most other SSH clients -- you log into a server with your username and password and can complete all of the necessary functions you need to. You can save servers or machines that you access on a regular basis with single click logins, or for the more security conscious,... Continue reading

Extensions – How to make the most of ChromeOS

A topic that comes up when we discuss Chromebooks and the capabilites of ChromeOS is the ability (or perceived inability) for users to install their favourite programs and apps. Superficially this inability is present -- it is correct to say that people can't just install Microsoft Office on their newly purchased Chromebook. However, the story doesn't end there. The Chrome Web Store allows users of Chrome (including ChromeOS) to install a wide variety of extensions, apps and themes inside your Chrome Browser, regardless of platform -- Windows, Mac, Linux and ChromeOS are all supported. Extensions offer the ability to have extra... Continue reading

Motorola extends the $100 cashback for RAZR M

Earlier in the year, perhaps facing increased competition in the mid-range handset market, Motorola announced that it would offer a $100 rebate to those who purchased the Motorola RAZR M through Telstra. This ran from February to 31 March, and I can only imagine it was a somewhat popular promotion. Why? Because Motorola have told Ausdroid that they'll be doing this again! From today until 1 July 2013 (or until stocks last) Motorola will be again offering a $100 rebate to those purchasing the Telstra version of the Motorola RAZR M -- either outright, or on a plan. Claiming the... Continue reading

A big day for Google Glass – specs revealed, and units ready for shipping

The developers who signed up (and paid) for the Glass Explorers programme last year at Google I/O must be ecstatic today, as Google have sent out emails notifying those lucky ducks that the units have started rolling off the production line, and will begin shipping very soon. Not enough Glass(es?) have been manufactured yet to send them all out at once though, so they'll be shipped in batches when they're ready. Google have also released the specs for the Glass units today, and there isn't really anything surprising there: Display: 640x360 resolution display (which Google says is the... Continue reading

Google to add Chrome Apps link in your Bookmarks bar

Is this a vision of things to come on ChromeOS? We've seen this morning (care of 9to5Mac) that Google are preparing to add a direct shortcut to your Chrome Apps and Extensions to the left side of your bookmarks menu bar. You can see this in the left side of the image above, whereas the stable (current) view is on the right. If you don't like this addition to your bookmarks bar, you can easily disable it. However, it does look like Google is about to add a whole heap of emphasis to the Apps and Extensions available in the... Continue reading

Sick of annoying notifications? Silence them with this app

Here at Ausdroid we test a lot of applications, and like us, the Android Police have come across a major annoyance -- apps that generate spam notifications requesting that you install other apps. These are incredibly annoying, but if you're a bit more of a power-user, you'd know that Jelly Bean 4.1 gives you a way to disable these on a per-app basis by use of the App Info menu. Android developer Giorgi Dalakishvii has created a more user friendly solution to this problem, allowing you to view, enable and disable all app notifications from one easily accessible place. [gallery... Continue reading

Domayne and Joyce Mayne now selling Chromebooks

The original launch in Australia saw Google partner with Harvey Norman and JB Hifi to start selling their Chromebooks at retail, but if you would like to get a look at a Chromebook and don't have a Harvey Norman or JB Hifi nearby then you're out of luck, until now. Both Domayne and Joyce Mayne have now started stocking the complete range of Chromebooks currently available in Australia. Domayne is offering the Acer C7, Samsung Series 3 and the HP Pavillion 14 Chromebooks in stores and for two of the models, online. While stores are advising... Continue reading

Kobo Arc — Review

Can the Kobo Arc compete with the Nexus 7? The Nexus 7 has been the dominant 7 inch Android tablet in Australia ever since it launched and other companies are now playing catch up. So what made the Nexus 7 such a popular tablet? Price, but not just the price. There are a lot of tablets on the market today that are as cheap or cheaper than the Nexus 7, but most of those have sacrificed a lot in order to be able to sell their tablet at such a low price. Enter the Kobo Arc. A 7 inch... Continue reading

Ever rooted something and wished you hadn’t? Now you can undo it. We at Ausdroid have occasionally experienced this kind of remorse, and no, you dirty people out there, we're not talking about regretting our Saturday night exploits. Rather, we're talking about what happens if you've modified your phone and all of a sudden you need to rely on that precious warranty to get it fixed. If you've rooted your phone, there is a possibility that this will be blamed for whatever's gone wrong, and so if you are thinking of calling in a warranty service, you might want to consider this. Unrooting can be done by hand, and some of the... Continue reading

Facebook Home not enough? Facebook Chat Heads might wet your whistle

Facebook Home might not be to your liking; some people like what they've seen, and others surely don't. However, one aspect of the new Facebook experience is available here, now, and it doesn't even seem to be too bad! Facebook's standalone Messenger application has been updated to include the new Chat Heads feature, which overlays Facebook messages on top of your normal Android workspace. I'm not a huge Facebook user myself -- I really only use it to share photos with family -- but others who are have tried this feature and tell me it's pretty neat. Update: After a number... Continue reading

Facebook Home launches, install it onto any device now

Facebook have today launched Facebook Home -- their replacement launcher for a variety of Android devices (those being: Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, HTC One, One X, One X+). So if you own one of those device, you can try and go to the Play Store and install it (might not work at the moment, as it's mainly a US launch). However, if you're wanting to install it on almost any Android phone, then follow these simple instructions as posted on XDA-Developer forums. Root is not needed, however, if Facebook is preinstalled on your phone... Continue reading