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Google Glass Explorers won’t be deactivated if you sell them

Google Glass Explorers won’t be deactivated if you sell them

Google Glass explorers are highly sought after if you weren’t quick (or rich) enough to get your hands on them at launch. With only a small number of units being released with some pretty stringent rules about the use and particularly the sale of explorer units: The terms of sale on explorer units were very specific in stating If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device Desperate geeks can relax a little now that Google have relaxed that standpoint on deactivating the devices if[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on November 9, 2013 0 comments Glass, News
ASUS TransKeyboard: a nifty new keyboard for tablets

ASUS TransKeyboard: a nifty new keyboard for tablets

ASUS has just announced a clever new keyboard for your Android tablet called the TransKeyboard. It folds flat when not in use, and is easily popped into a bag for carrying with your tablet, as it’s only one centimetre high when folded and weighs 246 grams. When opened it reveals a full 26 cm QWERTY keyboard with wrist rest, and a very neat flexible folding lid that transforms into a structure to support any tablet or phone up to 10″. Magnets hold the folded lid in place, and it connects to your tablet via Bluetooth 3.0. The TransKeyboard charges via[Read More...]

by 6:07 AM on November 9, 2013 2 comments Accessories, News, Tablets
Google partners with Tapit to offer NFC enabled advertising for Google Music

Google partners with Tapit to offer NFC enabled advertising for Google Music

Google has partnered with well known Australian company Tapit, a global leader in NFC technology, who help customers by leveraging their NFC based platform in advertising campaigns all over Australia and the world, for a promotion that will help promote the Google Play Music service here in Australia. The promotion, which has also been pointed out to us by Ausdroid reader Beau Giles, sees signs placed in a select number of buses in Sydney, as well as trains in Melbourne & Brisbane, will offer travellers the chance to tap – or scan a QR Code for those not fortunate enough[Read More...]

by 3:55 PM on November 8, 2013 15 comments News, NFC
Pat Cash Tennis Academy

Pat Cash Tennis Academy

Champion tennis player Pat Cash has released a coaching app titled Pat Cash Tennis Academy. The app features beginners to advanced tips, drills, biomechanics, groundstrokes, serve and smash plus more. It also has an overview of his career from being a Wimbledon Junior and Senior champion, U.S. Open Junior title holder and other highlights of his professional career. The Pat Cash Tennis Academy app has interviews with him on a variety of topics such as best shots/players, winning Wimbledon and State of Mind. The videos are downloaded with the app so that a further internet connection isn’t required. Monthly video[Read More...]

by 2:55 PM on November 8, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Rumour: Google Wallet to come to AU and UK in January or February 2014

Rumour: Google Wallet to come to AU and UK in January or February 2014

Google Wallet promised to be the solution that would allow us to use our Android powered smartphones with NFC hardware as a virtual credit card, paying for goods without needing to use cash, our credit cards, or even pulling out our wallets. Last year, Beau Giles wrote up an excellent story for Ausdroid on how Google Wallet works, and how (at the time) it could be massaged a little to get it working in Australia. Sadly, things have changed since back then, and Google Wallet no longer works in Australia in any measurable way. Since this time, many an Ausdroid[Read More...]

by 2:44 PM on November 8, 2013 42 comments Exclusive, News, NFC, Rumours
Eli Hayes Healey Foundation fundraiser on Saturday 16 November

Eli Hayes Healey Foundation fundraiser on Saturday 16 November

In just one week’s time now, Saturday 16 November 2013 at 5.30pm, Ausdroid Community Foundation and the Eli Hayes Healey Foundation will be holding their first fundraising gala event at a black tie event to be held at the Intercontinental Melbourne &mdash The Rialto. Jason, Chris and myself will be there on Saturday night, and the evening offers a bit of entertainment to boot — drinks and canapés are included, and there’ll be live entertainment, and a charity auction on the night, including a range of products and services you can bid on. Why are we telling you about this?[Read More...]

by 12:56 PM on November 8, 2013 2 comments Charity, News
[Update] Kogan and the GPL

[Update] Kogan and the GPL

One of the best things about Android is its open source nature. While it is not entirely open source (many apps are not), there is the Android Open Source Project, or AOSP, which refers to “the people, the processes, and the source code that make up Android.” The AOSP allows anyone with the knowledge and a 64bit operating system to build a version of Android. So what makes Android run? The kernel. The kernel tells the operating system what to do and when to do it. It is, in simple terms, the link between the OS to the hardware. In[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on November 8, 2013 20 comments Opinion, Other
Nuance updates Swype with Bilingual support and dictation

Nuance updates Swype with Bilingual support and dictation

It seems the keyboard wars are upon us, Google updated their keyboard when Android 4.2 was released with Gesture Typing which was a clear shot across the bow of well known keyboard replacement Swype, since then even Swiftkey has introduced ‘Flow’ their version of gesture typing but Swype is still considered one of the best for the gesture typing afficianados and Swype continues to add features. Nuance, the company behind products such as Dragon Dictate and other natural language products including well known Keyboard replacement Swype, announced yesterday that they have updated their keyboard with some new features which may[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on November 8, 2013 2 comments Apps
Telstra Dave sent through Tough Mudder – comes through with flying colours

Telstra Dave sent through Tough Mudder – comes through with flying colours

The Telstra Dave, which launched on Australias largest mobile network last month last month, is a ruggedised beast built by ZTE. Telstra has obviously seen the need for a ruggedised phone in their range, carrying the Xperia Z and Z1 and now the lower end ‘Dave’. In a survey which Telstra commissioned, which interviewed over 1,000 people, they found some interesting statistics regarding how many people damage or break their phones and also found some interesting ways in which they break them : 58% of people have damaged or completely broken a mobile phone. 79% of offenders do so by[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on November 8, 2013 5 comments Carriers, Phones
Pictures of the back panel of the HTC 2014 flagship model codenamed ‘M8′ leak

Pictures of the back panel of the HTC 2014 flagship model codenamed ‘M8′ leak

The HTC One, launched early this year was known quite early on by it’s internal codename ‘M7′. At an end of year party last year, video was taken of HTC CEO Peter Chou on-stage at an event holding up the phone while scores of HTC staff yelled and chanted ‘M7, M7, M7′ and now it seems HTC have continued the naming convention with the M8 now on track for release next year as the successor to the well designed handset, and the fingerprint sensor from the One max may be showing up here too. The back plate for the ‘M8′[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on November 8, 2013 3 comments Phones, Rumours
Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony has updated their blog overnight with updates on their line of Xperia devices, advising exactly which products are getting the newly announced Android 4.4 update, as well as listing the schedule and lineup for Android 4.3. First up – Android 4.3. The final Jelly Bean updated will be heading to a whole range of Xperia Smartphones next month – carrier approval pending for those locked models of course – with the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V all confirmed to receive the update. The Xperia[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Galaxy Note 3 Experience app lets you try out a Note 3 for free

Galaxy Note 3 Experience app lets you try out a Note 3 for free

Are you in the market for a new phone but not sure where to go? Are you considering a Galaxy Note 3, but not really sold on its features? Samsung wants to help ease that decision, and has released a new app called Galaxy Note 3 Experience, which, funnily enough, allows you try out some of the features of a Galaxy Note 3 on whatever Android device you have available. Some of the features you can try out include Air Command, Pen Window, Action Memo, Multi-Window, S Finder and more. You can even play with some of the Galaxy Gear[Read More...]

by 8:59 AM on November 8, 2013 2 comments Google Play, News, Phones
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