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Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses

Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses

Facebook has updated their Android app today adding only a few new bits and pieces likely to be appreciate by frequent users. You can now edit your posts and comments and review previous changes you made to them in case you need to edit your top-quality jokes when you stuff up the punchline. Also added is the functionality to post icons in status updates, such as how you’re feeling, what you’re watching/reading/listening to, etc. You can also now see upcoming events for your favourite pages. For users of the Facebook for Android Beta, there’s very little in this update that[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on September 27, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Ookla updates Speedtest.net application with new neon UI

Ookla updates Speedtest.net application with new neon UI

Ookla, the company behind the popular Speedtest.net website and application, has updated their Speedtest app for Android bringing with it a new neon-inspired UI which is likely to divide users. Speedtest.net is widely used for testing the speed and quality of your internet connection whether it be over the mobile network or Wi-Fi connection. We’ve noticed a few quirks with the app in its current version; sharing a speedtest to Twitter will attempt to create a 600+ character tweet. Hopefully in a future update it will let you share an image of your speedtest like you can do on the[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on September 27, 2013 6 comments Apps, News
Ausdroid Podcast 88 – September 24, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 88 – September 24, 2013

Welcome to the 88th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason returned from abroad and was joined by Phil and Darren to discuss the week’s local and overseas Android news. Topics: Galaxy S4 Active Review Latest on the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear CyanogenMod, Cyanogen Inc Oppo N1 No Android BBM from BlackBerry this week iMessage Chat Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact with us via our Podcast Email, or leave a comment below.

by 7:04 AM on September 27, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Ausdroid attends the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra launch

Ausdroid attends the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra launch

Earlier this evening Jason and I attended the Sony Mobile event in Sydney and spent some hands-on time with some of Sony’s new smartphones and accessories. On show were the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Smartwatch 2, the QX10 lens-camera plus other accessories and gadgets. The Xperia Z1 is intended to ‘create’ media with its 1/2.3-inch lens camera and the Z Ultra to ‘consume’ media with its gorgeous 6.44″ display. As we reported previously the Xperia Z1 will be available from Optus, Virgin and Telstra while the Xperia Z Ultra will be available through Optus only. Aside from having a[Read More...]

by 10:08 PM on September 26, 2013 7 comments News
Google Talk bug sees messages sent to unintended recipients

Google Talk bug sees messages sent to unintended recipients

Google Talk is a heavily used application, while it’s been updated for the most part to Google Hangouts, it seems that there are still users out there using the older style platform and as of this afternoon, when those users attempted to contact users using hangouts, their messages have gone astray and been received by users not intended. The team at ZDNet has found multiple instances of GChat issues when doing a search on Twitter and it seems to be affecting mainly the GChat client as opposed to Hangouts – all the more reason to upgrade to Hangouts – but[Read More...]

by 8:55 PM on September 26, 2013 14 comments Apps
Big W begins selling eBooks – DRM Protected with Adobe ID

Big W begins selling eBooks – DRM Protected with Adobe ID

If you’re a fan of reading then you’re probably all up in the eBook space and always on the look out for the next best place to get a great deal, especially if you go though books at the speed at which I do, now Big W has just announced that they’re selling eBooks. You’ll need to sign up to two places in order to get access to Big W books, firstly you’ll need an account with Big W/Woolworths, my Everyday Rewards account apparently is all I need to begin purchasing, otherwise you’ll be prompted to join up. The next[Read More...]

by 7:05 PM on September 26, 2013 8 comments Uncategorized
Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction – Asia and Australia stock

Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction – Asia and Australia stock

Earlier today we confirmed that Galaxy Note 3 stock sourced from Europe and the Americas are only able to be used with a sim card from their respective regions. While this does limit our options for purchasing a grey import, the greatest impact for Australian users will be if Asia Pacific handsets are subject to the same regional sim card restrictions, forcing owners to pay expensive global roaming rates when traveling to other regions rather than a cheaper local sim. The Note 3 is not released in Australia until 3 October so we were unable to confirm with any local[Read More...]

by 2:58 PM on September 26, 2013 45 comments News
Mystery ASUS tablet pops up at FCC in the US – could potentially be the next Transformer Pad?

Mystery ASUS tablet pops up at FCC in the US – could potentially be the next Transformer Pad?

A mysterious new ASUS tablet has popped up at the FCC overnight, leading to speculation that it could be the new Transformer Pad, reports Engadget. The filing for the tablet, given the model name TF502T, seems to in line with previous Transformer tablets released by the company, though sadly the filing doesn’t go into great detail with the only confirmed parts stating the device will come with 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC at the very least. The timing of the filing course matches the leaked ASUS roadmap and strategy revealed in August, in which we saw several new devices. Of[Read More...]

by 2:28 PM on September 26, 2013 4 comments Manufacturer, News, NFC, Tablets
Google Play Books now available in New Zealand

Google Play Books now available in New Zealand

It seems our poor neighbours across the Pacific Ocean are now finally able to purchase books from Google Play Store. The Mountain View company today announced the rollout of the feature to New Zealand and other Asian countries including Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Google has been slowly spreading its Play products across the world to Android users. While it would be awesome if they just flicked a big switch to bring all the Play Store products to everyone worldwide, rights & legal restrictions prevent such a scenario. Still, it is good to see our[Read More...]

by 2:18 PM on September 26, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Google spruces up Gmail application with card UI

Google spruces up Gmail application with card UI

Google have had a busy morning, cranking up the old rollout machine to update a number of their Android applications, including Hangouts and now Gmail. The Gmail update doesn’t add much in the way of functionality, but it gives the UI a bit of a polish, slightly darkening the action bar icons and ditching the transparency effect on the widget for starters. More noticeably, email threads now feature the card-style UI that Google are gradually incorporating into all their applications, breaking up each message into its own card. It certainly looks cleaner than the old version, but I’m not convinced[Read More...]

by 11:29 AM on September 26, 2013 11 comments Apps, News
European Galaxy Note 3 locked to European SIM cards

European Galaxy Note 3 locked to European SIM cards

Popular online UK phone retailers Clove and Handtec are reporting some unusual and surprising news this morning – Galaxy Note 3 phones purchased in Europe are only compatible with European sim cards. The European version is the same one that will be sold here in Australia and many other locations around the world, the SM-N9005 with Snapdragon 800. For Europeans it means that they will be unable to use local sim cards when traveling outside of Europe making mobile use much more expensive, and for us here in Australia it removes the option of importing the phone from Europe which[Read More...]

by 11:09 AM on September 26, 2013 8 comments News
Samsung offering a free case with any Galaxy Tab 3 purchased from Samsung Experience Store

Samsung offering a free case with any Galaxy Tab 3 purchased from Samsung Experience Store

Samsung are offering a deal to those customers looking to purchase a Galaxy Tab 3. If you purchase one of the Galaxy Tab 3 range the 7″, 8″ or 10.1″ from the Samsung Experience stores located at George Street in Sydney or at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne then you’ll receive a free case. The offer, which begins today and runs until 6pm(AEST) on the 29th of September will give you a choice of book covers for each of the tablets, the covers are available in White, Grey, Pink and Lime, but availability on the colours may vary. Of course[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on September 26, 2013 2 comments Deal
Google Hangouts updated with current user status and more

Google Hangouts updated with current user status and more

Google Hangouts for Android has received an update over night, or at least Google has begun the usual long, slow process of rolling it out to the more than 100 million – 500 million users who currently have the app installed. The update brings about one of the most requested updates to the app – the ability to see who is online – as well as a host of new features which are now listed on the Hangouts entry in Google Play : You can finally see who is on Hangouts! When you start a new Hangout, green icons show[Read More...]

by 10:45 AM on September 26, 2013 3 comments Apps, Google Play