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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
Google Play Services update disabling Android Device Manger on some devices

Google Play Services update disabling Android Device Manger on some devices

The latest update to Google Play Services, the App that Google is using to update older devices with new APIs and services, is having a few teething issues it seems. Android Police have discovered that the latest update – 4.0.30/4.0.31 – is silently disabling the Remote Lock And Wipe function in Android Device Manager. It seems to be hit and miss according to test that Android Police performed. I found that I did have Google Play Services 4.0.31 – to check which version you have go to Settings > Apps and check Google Play Services – and it was indeed[Read More...]

by 1:56 PM on November 7, 2013 6 comments Apps
DeadZebra announces Massive Vinyl Android figures coming soon

DeadZebra announces Massive Vinyl Android figures coming soon

I`m a massive fan of artist Andrew Bells line of vinyl Android figures, I have most of the ones released in the general series and some special edition ones as well, but what can top these cute 3″ tall figures? Well, how about one triple the size? Andrew has announced that he has made two Android figures in an over-sized limited edition which tower over the smaller figures, at a height of 9.5 inches. The Mega Androids will come in two variatons – standard Green as well as the DIY White. They will first be sold in a special preview[Read More...]

by 1:20 PM on November 7, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Other
Philips Hue — Review

Philips Hue — Review

One small step towards Home Automation The dream of a completely automated home has been inching closer for the last few years, when Google announced Android @Home a few years back at Google IO, it seemed like an idea that had finally reached the mainstream, but it failed to materialise in any meaningful way shape or form. Thankfully, there have been other companies working towards this goal and one of those is Philips who have created the Hue lighting system – a set of WiFi enabled LED Bulbs you can control from your smartphone. The Hue ‘Personal Wireless Lighting’ as[Read More...]

by 1:03 PM on November 7, 2013 12 comments Accessories, Design, Reviews
Moto G Livestream next Wednesday night/Thursday morning

Moto G Livestream next Wednesday night/Thursday morning

Motorola is launching their upcoming Moto G with a live streaming event next Thursday night/Friday morning from São Paulo Brazil. The Moto G is presumably, Motorola’s mid range – mid price phone that they plan on releasing much more widely than their previous phone – the Moto X, which is only available in the Americas. We don’t know much about the G yet, some specifications that have leaked out are: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core Processor 4.5″ 1280x720P edge to edge HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 8GB Storage 5MP Rear Camera with 1.3MP Front-Facing camera – 720P Video @30fps Bluetooth 4.0,[Read More...]

by 12:37 PM on November 7, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Swiftykey adds ‘Layouts for Living’ to their keyboard, combining tablet and phone into one App

Swiftykey adds ‘Layouts for Living’ to their keyboard, combining tablet and phone into one App

One of the most popular keyboard replacement apps on Google Play – Swiftkey – has overnight launched their new Layouts For Living to their keyboard. The new Layouts for Living, will allow Swiftkey first and foremost to do away with the additional keyboard app that has been required in the past for tablets. The new feature allows the one keyboard to combine multiple layouts within the same App, so that your keyboard layout can change to match whichever style of keyboard you need. Previous Swiftkey users who have purchased the App in the past, will now find the updated feature[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on November 7, 2013 6 comments Apps
Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

A few days ago we reported on Vodafone offering a Christmas bonus of double data on their $30 Prepaid Cap. Well, they are back at it again with a new offer of double data for the life of the plan on one and two year contracts. The fine print is that it is open to existing customers upgrading to a $60 or more plan, and new customers starting on a $60 or more plan. Month-to-Month SIM new or upgrading customers get the bonus data starting on the $45 plan, which now includes 3GB of data. This promotion lasts for the[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on November 7, 2013 9 comments Carriers, News
Retailer Round-Up: In- Store Weekly Specials

Retailer Round-Up: In- Store Weekly Specials

This week we have included carrier locked phones as well as unlocked. The carrier locked phones will have the telco in front of the phone make. If you know of any upcoming sales – please let us know in the comments: Big W: Vodafone Huawei G300 $79 – starts Thursday 7 November Big W: Telstra LG Optimus L3 $29 –  One Day Sale Saturday 9 November only Coles: Telstra Samsung Galaxy Y $59 – starts now until 12 November Target: Boost LG Optimus L5 MKII $149 – starts Thursday 7 November Target: Boost Sony Xperia E $99 – starts Thursday 7[Read More...]

by 7:55 AM on November 7, 2013 4 comments News
Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Just when you thought that the Galaxy Nexus was being left behind by Google with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, it seems the folks over at XDA Forums have been extremely busy, with reports developers are finding what appear to be updated GPU binaries for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally when Google announced the KitKat update, the company stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the G Nexus device’s processor, Texas Instruments, is no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. Since the updated code[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on November 7, 2013 13 comments OS Update, Other, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 92 – Nexus 5, Gorilla Grass

Ausdroid Podcast 92 – Nexus 5, Gorilla Grass

Welcome to the 92nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week’s podcast has a different feel to it – Jason and Dan were in the same room speaking to each other over a table about their new Nexus 5’s, so it’s a lot more informal. Production note: We haven’t done this before, so there’s a bit of echo in the audio due to the room we were in. We’ll be back to normal next week! Topics: Dan’s Nexus 5 Jason’s Nexus 5 Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact[Read More...]

by 11:24 PM on November 6, 2013 1 comment Podcast
Google Helpouts video chat app now live on Android or Chrome

Google Helpouts video chat app now live on Android or Chrome

It certainly has been a long time coming, but Google’s Helpouts app has gone live for Android devices and as an extension within the Chrome web browser. Google originally announced the Helpouts services quietly back on 20 August stating that the service would be more than just a chat service; it would be a live video help service using the Google Hangouts backbone, allowing users to connect with experts in their chosen field and receive assistance from them either on your phone or your desktop. Google Helpouts seems like a great idea, but it’s worth bearing in mind that while[Read More...]

by 6:29 PM on November 6, 2013 0 comments Apps, News, Other, Phones
Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Among the changes in Android 4.4 Kitkat, the dialer is one area that’s been given a fair bit of attention. The updated Phone app has a new look and can do handy things such as provide you with the numbers and contact information of nearby businesses, and from early next year it will be able to grab profile photos from Google+ and display them when you make or receive a call. Google announced yesterday, via their Android Google+ page, that users who have verified their phone number with Google+ and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google[Read More...]

by 6:10 PM on November 6, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update