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[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
Google Hangouts 2.0.122 now available in Google Play and rolling out to everyone

Google Hangouts 2.0.122 now available in Google Play and rolling out to everyone

The updated Google Hangouts App, which was announced last week just prior to the release of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 at their ‘Morning With Google’ Google+ event has just arrived in Google Play and is rolling out to users who have it installed as an update. The new version – 2.0.122 – brings about the three major features announced at the event – Location Sharing, SMS Integration and animated GIF integration. The full list from the What’s New section : SMS & MMS (Android 4.0+): Send/receive text messages with Hangouts! You can import your existing messages, quickly switch[Read More...]

by 8:21 AM on November 8, 2013 16 comments Apps
Google Glass XE11 update rolls out – Take me home tonight

Google Glass XE11 update rolls out – Take me home tonight

It’s time for the latest update to Google Glass to rollout to Glass Explorers. While the product moves closer and closer to a retail release, the updates for the software increase the usefulness of the product on a monthly basis. So, what’s new this month? The update brings about some more Google Services functionality, specifically this month with your calendar. The XE11 update allows Glass Explorers to use commands to search for upcoming items in their agenda by using voice commands, simply say ‘Ok Glass, Google’ and then a following term such as ‘my agenda’ or ‘what am I doing[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Glass
Swiftkey advises Emoji Support is coming

Swiftkey advises Emoji Support is coming

If the announcement of system wide Emoji support in Android 4.4 was a defining feature of the update for you, you’re still out in the cold when using keyboards such as Swiftkey. We asked Swiftkey about Emoji support in their excellent keyboard replacement App, but they didn’t answer, but it appears they’ve been innundated with requests for the feature and they’ve advised this morning that Emoji will be coming to Swiftkey. Ben Medlock, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, for Swiftkey, updated their Support page this morning with the announcement, listing the feature suggestion as ‘Planned’ : Hi all, Just to[Read More...]

by 7:49 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Apps
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G launches November 12 on Telstra

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G launches November 12 on Telstra

Telstra are looking to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G on November 12 according to a source. The device is identical, in terms of design and most of its hardware, to the Galaxy S4 except the Cat4 4G version supports a faster 4G connection thanks to a newer radio in the device as well as Telstra’s Cat4 4G network with 20MHz of contiguous spectrum — currently in very few places, Perth is one. All of Telstra’s Cat4 4G devices are rated at 150Mbps peak downlink speed, with Cat3 maxing out at a ‘measly’ 100Mbps. You can obviously expect[Read More...]

by 3:28 PM on November 7, 2013 12 comments News, Phones