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Gmail ads starting to appear in Android app

Gmail ads starting to appear in Android app

The guys at Android Police found the other day that Google had included something a little extra in the newly released Gmail 4.6 for Android. Google, well known for displaying ads on its web properties, had included the ability to display ads in the Gmail client on Android as well. It didn’t take long for this framework to start being used it seems. As you can see above, there’s ads now being shown in the Promotions folder for Gmail accounts. These ads look like email messages, but the color is different and there is a badge marking it as an[Read More...]

by 5:21 PM on October 5, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
Google Smartwatch Coming with KitKat and Other KitKat Rumours

Google Smartwatch Coming with KitKat and Other KitKat Rumours

Throughout the year we have reported several times on stories, hints and rumours pointing towards Google releasing its own smartwatch with the most recent being that they purchased WIMM Labs, a smartwatch manufacturer, last year.  In the last couple days Artem Russakovskii of Android Police fame has posted a rumour on Google+ that Google will release a smartwatch codenamed Gem alongside the Nexus 5 and KitKat.  The date he has specified is October 31, saying that the date that were tipped off to of October 14 being the technical acceptance date rather than the release date. Not much is known at this[Read More...]

by 2:45 PM on October 5, 2013 11 comments Apps, News, Rumours
Modern Combat 5 delayed until 2014

Modern Combat 5 delayed until 2014

Gameloft has advised via Twitter that the next installment of their very popular Modern Combat franchise has been delayed until 2014. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour was released back in December of 2012, so the delay of  Modern Combat 5 (MC5) will potentially put a 15 month gap between releases. The image of MC5 that Gameloft released with their tweet reveals an immersive 3D environment that is probably pushing the limits of not only the  developers but current phones and tablets as well. It looks as though the long wait between episodes will be well worth the wait. Do you[Read More...]

by 9:47 AM on October 5, 2013 8 comments News
HTC One Max leaked images show microSD card and removable back cover

HTC One Max leaked images show microSD card and removable back cover

The leaks keep coming for HTC’s soon-to-be-announced HTC One Max, a 5.7-inch handset to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. This time, thanks to Chinese website ePrice, we’re seeing photos of the One Max alongside the Note 3 as well as the standard HTC One, and we can see that it’s quite a sizable handset. The screen size is said to be 5.7-inches, rather than the 5.9 that has been reported previously, and we can still see the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. The rear cover also looks removable, with room for a microSD card and a SIM[Read More...]

by 9:42 AM on October 5, 2013 2 comments Phones, Rumours
Proposed changes to the use of Electronic devices in-flight set to hit the US – what about Australia?

Proposed changes to the use of Electronic devices in-flight set to hit the US – what about Australia?

When travelling on aircraft around the world, you are required to turn off your portable electronic devices during take off and landing; while you can use them again after an aircraft has achieved cruising altitude, the period of not being able to use the devices between take-off and landing has frustrated a large number of air travellers. Now a new recommendation by a panel in the US, could see the governing body for flight regulations in the USA – the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) – relax those standards to allow for use of devices for the entire duration of the[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 5, 2013 6 comments News
Android 4.3.1 for Nexus 7 rolling out now

Android 4.3.1 for Nexus 7 rolling out now

There have been a few recent updates for Nexus devices, but they have been so minor that they haven’t been deemed to have a “point” added by Google. That is until now. Rolling out to Nexus 7 devices, with the LTE model being the first cab off the rank, Google introduces Android 4.3.1. What this update brings is, umm, Google Keep as a standard app for Jelly Bean. There are probably a few bug and security fixes happening in the background, but the general feel of the update is that it’s pretty minor. Here’s the nitty-gritty on the Android version,[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on October 5, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Tablets
HTC announces $101 million operating loss

HTC announces $101 million operating loss

Despite the popularity of the HTC One, it seems HTC are having a hard time saving their sinking ship. For the first time in the company’s history, HTC’s unaudited consolidated financial statements for Q3 2013 are showing an operating loss of NT$2.97 billion after tax, which works out to be about US$101 million. I don’t know a lot about accounting, but this doesn’t seem like good news for the struggling Taiwanese company. Breaking the announcement down: Total revenues were NT$47.05 billion (US$1.6 billion) Operating loss before tax was NT$3.5 billion (US$119.4 million) Net loss after tax was NT$2.97 billion (US$101.3[Read More...]

by 6:02 PM on October 4, 2013 4 comments News
How to root your Nexus 7 (2013)

How to root your Nexus 7 (2013)

While the process for most Nexus devices is very similar, today I found that after an OTA update being installed (I know I’m slack and should have done it weeks ago) without root on my new Nexus 7 and referring back to my notes on the first time I rooted the device to do it again. The process: NB this has been written on the assumption that users already have ADB/Fastboot installed on your desktop machine, if you don’t you can follow our instructions on how to setup ADB. You will need to download the TWRP recovery for either Wifi[Read More...]

by 6:01 PM on October 4, 2013 8 comments
Sony launches a power cover for its Xperia Ultra Z

Sony launches a power cover for its Xperia Ultra Z

Sony has announced a handsome case for its small tablet – or very large smart phone – the Xperia Z Ultra. The Power Cover CP12 is the perfect accessory for the giant phone. The case folds into a stand and contains a 3000 mAh battery, that combined with the 3050 mAh battery in the Z Ultra should be enough for even the most power-hungry user. A handy stylus also slots into the spine of the case. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a whopping 6.4″ Full HD display, quite large for a phone, but if you consider it a tablet[Read More...]

by 5:57 PM on October 4, 2013 3 comments Accessories, News, Phones
LG and Samsung to launch curved screen phones in the coming weeks

LG and Samsung to launch curved screen phones in the coming weeks

As LG and Samsung trade blows on their home soil of South Korea, Samsung landed a stunning blow when it was recently rumoured, then confirmed yesterday by Co-Chief Executive Officer Shin Jong-kyun, that they would be releasing a Galaxy Note 3 with a curved screen “as early as next week”. Now LG has struck back with their own announcement of a “flexible” display series of phones called the Z. The LG Z is already in production, and will be launched before the end of October. At the current stage of production of flexible displays, the term doesn’t mean a screen[Read More...]

by 1:23 PM on October 4, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Action Launcher 2.0 Beta brings a new way to multitask

Action Launcher 2.0 Beta brings a new way to multitask

Action Launcher is one of Ausdroid’s favourite apps and it’s a huge plus that its developer, Chris Lacy is Australian. Chris has announced today, via his Google+ page, that he’s releasing a beta of Action Launcher 2.0 to the Play Store for members of Action Launcher’s Google+ community. Action Launcher 2.0 brings a couple of neat new features designed to help with multitasking on your Android device. Firstly, is Quickpage – a navigation drawer that slides in from the right-hand side of the screen, which acts kind of like an additional homescreen, but one that you can instantly access, which[Read More...]

by 10:50 AM on October 4, 2013 6 comments Apps, News
HTC have enough issues, leave them alone Nokia!

HTC have enough issues, leave them alone Nokia!

As if they didn’t have enough issues already, HTC now face a potential import ban on the HTC One into one of the worlds biggest smartphone markets; the United States of America. A preliminary ruling this week stated that Nokia’s patent claims against HTC had foundation on 2 specific patents that relate to the Qualcomm chip in the HTC One. This Qualcomm chip is responsible for the phone reception and boosting signal to ensure that the phone has good reception and audio quality during calls. At this time, the understanding is that HTC have begun working with Qualcomm to avoid[Read More...]

by 9:01 AM on October 4, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News
Google asks developers to begin submitting Glassware for review

Google asks developers to begin submitting Glassware for review

Glass, that fabled product that most people are just dying to either try or buy is getting closer to a retail launch, with Google today asking developers of Glassware – the name that Google has chosen for Apps that run on Glass – via Twitter to ensure check out the Glassware Launch Checklist and submit their app for review. Have you built Glassware that's ready to share? Check out the Glassware Launch Checklist and submit yours for review: http://t.co/ARcCV5s1Nt — Google Glass (@googleglass) October 3, 2013 The ‘Distributing Glassware’ support page linked in the tweet, advises developers to ensure that[Read More...]

by 4:33 AM on October 4, 2013 0 comments Glass