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Google adds Waze integration to Google Maps for 46 new countries & territories

Google adds Waze integration to Google Maps for 46 new countries & territories

The purchase of Waze by Google back in June finally bore fruit for Google Maps users back in August when Waze real-time traffic information was added to Google Maps for users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US, but Google has announced today via Twitter that the service is now available in 46 new countries and territories for Mobile and Desktop users. Get home faster w/ @waze incidents available in 46 new countries & territories in #GoogleMaps on mobile & desktop pic.twitter.com/rF93BAPEb6 — Google Maps (@googlemaps) November 11, 2013 There’s been[Read More...]

by 5:32 AM on November 12, 2013 5 comments Uncategorized
Xperia Z1s appears briefly on Sony Global website – could be the international version of the Z1 f

Xperia Z1s appears briefly on Sony Global website – could be the international version of the Z1 f

When Sony and NTT DoCoMo announced the Sony Xperia Z1 f for the Japanese market last month there was an immediate outcry for the phone to be launched internationally, and a small slip-up by Sony showing a model of phone called the Z1s on their website could be the pre-cursor to just that. The prospect of a ‘Mini’ version of a flagship phone that finally didn’t compromise anything – well, maybe the screen – had many Android fans who long for a smaller screened flagship device very much excited. The Z1 f matched the current Sony flagship the Z1 spec[Read More...]

by 2:08 AM on November 12, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google Australia launches extended Nexus 7 Perfect Shot commercial as US launches two new ones

Google Australia launches extended Nexus 7 Perfect Shot commercial as US launches two new ones

The Nexus 7: The Perfect Shot video launched last month by Google was a great video in the vein of the Fear Less video that launched with the Nexus 7 back in August, and now Google has released an extended version which clocks in at just over a minute long. The video features the same young boy, learning how to be a better batsmen, using various forms of media from Google Play and YouTube – consumed on his Nexus 7(2013) – to learn how to best improve his batting. The Ad is again pretty good, check it out : But[Read More...]

by 12:54 AM on November 12, 2013 0 comments Google Play, Other
Motorola Moto G appears on GFX Bench and Amazon UK for Pre-Order – available November 14th

Motorola Moto G appears on GFX Bench and Amazon UK for Pre-Order – available November 14th

Motorolas follow up to the Ḿoto X – the Moto G – is widely tipped to be released at their event this week from São Paulo Brazil but it seems that Amazon just can’t wait and has listed the phone for pre-order on their site, the phone has also appeared on Benchmarking site GFXBench listing a Snapdragon 400 under the hood. GSMInsider has found the phone – Motorola XT1032 – on the GFXBench benchmarking site, where it listed its internals for the world to see. The specs listed include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 MSM8226 Quad-Core chipset with an Adreno 305[Read More...]

by 11:53 PM on November 11, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
PSA: Telstra announces free calls to Philippines

PSA: Telstra announces free calls to Philippines

Image courtesy of cnn.com In the wake of the devastating Cyclone Haiyan that recently struck the Philippines, and is still currently causing havoc, Telstra is offering free calls and text to the Philippines. The offer is available from now and until 6am on Monday 25 November. It includes fixed line and mobile services, and is free to Telstra retail customers. Group Executive Telstra Retail, Gordon Ballantyne said: “We want to help our customers who are concerned about their friends and relatives in the Philippines affected by the devastating typhoon to check on loved ones. Calls and text messages to the[Read More...]

by 4:55 PM on November 11, 2013 0 comments News, Other
Australia Post launches ‘Video Stamps’ to personalise your parcel deliveries

Australia Post launches ‘Video Stamps’ to personalise your parcel deliveries

Australia Post has just released their third App for Android(and iOS), with this app centring around personalising the parcels you send. The new Video Stamp App is a way to add a personal video message to parcels you send. The Video Stamp is available for free when you purchase any Express Post or Express Courier International item from any participating Australia Post retail outlets. When you post an item simply pickup the Video Stamp form which includes a sticker to place on your article and then when you’re ready, scan the corresponding QR code in the Video Stamp App and[Read More...]

by 4:53 PM on November 11, 2013 3 comments Apps, Other
Get flexible with the LG G Flex 4G LTE now available to pre-order from Mobicity

Get flexible with the LG G Flex 4G LTE now available to pre-order from Mobicity

If a phone that can flex, curve with the side of your face and apparently heal like Wolverine if you scratch it, then the LG G Flex is the phone you’ve been looking for and Mobicity is about the only place in Australia that you can get it….so far. At this stage, Mobicity was unable to give an ETA for a delivery apart from hoping that it will arrive this month, but they are taking pre-orders for the curved screen LG G Flex in black with an asking price of Update: It seems the price has been updated the maths[Read More...]

by 4:29 PM on November 11, 2013 4 comments Phones
Aldi tablets and phone sale this Saturday

Aldi tablets and phone sale this Saturday

Aldi are bringing back their popular 10″ and 8″ tablets and their 5″ phone all at once for a pre-Christmas sale. Starting this Saturday (16 November), the Bauhn 10.1″ 3G Quad Core Android Tablet, the Bauhn 8″ 3G Android Tablet and the Bauhn 5″ Smartphone will be on sale. The Bauhn 10.1″ 3G tablet ($229) runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the following specifications: CPU: QualComm MSM8225Q Quad Core 1.2Ghz Operating system: Android 4.1 Jellybean Display: 10.1” Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 Resolution IPS Screen Touch screen: Capacitive Multi touch Battery: Li-Polymer, 6000mAh / 3.7V Internal memory: 4 GB +[Read More...]

by 2:59 PM on November 11, 2013 10 comments News, Phones, Tablets
Enable battery percentage on Nexus 5

Enable battery percentage on Nexus 5

KitKat arrived less than two weeks ago and we are still finding hidden gems within the 4.4 update. Google has never had the battery percentage included in their AOSP or stock ROMs, until now. The code for it was committed to the Android source and seems to be Google’s way of neutralising the Android interface so that it can match with whatever phone’s UI you are using. The addition of this to the code also means that the hacks seen in older custom ROMs to add the battery percentage no longer work and a new workaround must be found by[Read More...]

by 9:47 AM on November 11, 2013 12 comments
Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

As part of the reinvention of their brand, Vodafone recently launched their new “Red” plans which, accompanied by Red Roaming, allow you to roam internationally to over 40 countries using your phone with you number, your SIM and your plan entitlements. The price for this convenience is an extra $5 a day charge while overseas – an effort to curb bill shock for short term overseas travellers. There’s usually a difference between marketing hype and real world experience, so on a recent 2-week trip to New Zealand in October, I took the opportunity to review the service for myself. I[Read More...]

by 10:45 AM on November 10, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News
Make your Nexus 5 speak Australian

Make your Nexus 5 speak Australian

One criticism often levelled at “stock” (AOSP) Android is its lack of Australian English as a system language. While OEMs like Samsung and HTC often add this to their custom Android builds, Nexus devices have never had this option offering only US or UK English and possibly confounding users during setup. Why is this even an issue? We don’t spell words the same way the Americans do. We don’t ‘customize’ things, we don’t change ‘color’, and we don’t use ‘aluminum’. We also don’t use their month-day-year date system. While many of our words are found in the English (United Kingdom)[Read More...]

by 9:35 AM on November 10, 2013 20 comments
Aviate, the intelligent homescreen – our first impressions

Aviate, the intelligent homescreen – our first impressions

Most custom launchers are variations on a theme – static rows of icons with the occasional widget thrown in depending on your taste. Aviate takes a different approach, offering dynamic content that changes depending on your location, the time of day and a million other factors that I’ve only begun to discover. If you read other Android blogs (GASP! There are other Android blogs?) you’ll likely have seen everyone going crazy for Aviate for the last few months. Not Ausdroid though. We’ve been trialling Aviate for a while now, but frankly, its alpha version was nothing to write home about[Read More...]

by 8:56 AM on November 10, 2013 6 comments Apps, Mini Reviews
Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

If you’ve grown tired of the current camera app on ChromeOS, then you’re not alone, Craig Tumblison has noted that a new Camera packaged App is in the works and you can actually try it out now. The app brings a whole host of effects like Big Head and Big Jaw modes as well as colour effects like Grayscale and Sepia. The camera app did not actually work on the Chromebook Pixel camera but did work with a webcam I plugged in. If you want to give the app a go, then on his Google+ page, Craig has outlined the[Read More...]

by 1:31 AM on November 10, 2013 0 comments Camera, News