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Updated: Order a Chromecast from Fishpond for under $50 including delivery to Australia

Updated: Order a Chromecast from Fishpond for under $50 including delivery to Australia

If you missed out on the Amazon slip-up earlier this month that allowed the Chromecast to be delivered to Australia for under the $50 mark for a limited time, then you may want to head over to Fishpond, where they’re advertising the dongle for just $49.97 including delivery Australia wide. With the Chromecast app recently becoming available to a much wider audience – including Australia – through Google Play, it’s conceivable that we could see a wider availability of the device directly through Google in the very near future. However, with Google declining to comment on availability beyond the US,[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on October 30, 2013 26 comments Chromecast
Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom for Australia

Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom for Australia

Samsung has today announced that another variant in the the Galaxy S4 range, the photography focused Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available in Australian retailers from next week. Revealed back in June, the Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced as the result of Samsung’s ‘mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera’. It’s finally arriving on Australian shores and will be available from Samsung retail partners and Samsung Experience Stores in the Highpoint shopping centre, Melbourne and the George Street store in Sydney priced at $699. At[Read More...]

by 11:17 AM on October 30, 2013 1 comment Camera, Phones
Google Glass hardware getting updated – now allowing Explorers to invite three more friends to the experience

Google Glass hardware getting updated – now allowing Explorers to invite three more friends to the experience

Google Glass is a great piece of technology and has captured the imaginations of both the technically interested and average consumer and yesterday Google announced that there would be a few changes coming for Glass Explorers in terms of access and hardware. Google has advised in a Google+ post that they have been quite happy with the reception that the Glass Explorer program has received and they’re expanding it. They’re offering their existing Glass Explorers three invites to hand out to interested parties that gives them the opportunity to purchase the exciting device. There are caveats however, similar to when[Read More...]

by 10:52 AM on October 30, 2013 4 comments Glass
Nokia 925 — Review

Nokia 925 — Review

Ausdroid takes on the Nokia Lumia 925 This is a little out of the norm, we normally stick to the Android based handsets and devices that are available in Australia, but a recent challenge by the team over at TechGeek to review the Lumia 925 had us intrigued. With limited experience of the WP8 OS, I felt it was time to take a closer look. Don’t worry, this won’t be a regular thing but it’s nice to look at the competition sometimes. Nokia Australia has kindly supplied a 16GB Black Lumia 925 to us to complete this review. Phones from[Read More...]

by 10:13 AM on October 30, 2013 16 comments Design, Reviews
A Morning With Google sees updates for Hangouts announced including inline animated Gifs and SMS integration

A Morning With Google sees updates for Hangouts announced including inline animated Gifs and SMS integration

This morning at around 3:30am – late due to a power failure – Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering for Google took to the stage for the ‘A Morning with Google+’ event, to announce a slew of new updates for both Google+ and Hangouts. The event started with a few facts about Google+, the service is now over two years old, beginning in September 2011. They’ve been constantly updating the mobile and desktop features, over the last 4 months they’ve seen 20 updates alone : There are now 540m active users, with 300m active in stream and 1.5 Billion photos[Read More...]

by 9:16 AM on October 30, 2013 12 comments Apps
Sony Smart Watch 2 — Review

Sony Smart Watch 2 — Review

Want a new wrist based accessory? The Smart Watch 2 could be it. The Sony SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is Sony’s third generation smart watch, and the successor to what Sony simply called the Smart Watch. The current model is an advance in all aspects from the previous edition. The SmartWatch 2 is perhaps more properly described as a second screen for your phone, as it’s not a standalone item, it relies on being tethered to your phone via Bluetooth to receive its smarts. In the box you get the SmartWatch 2 with a black silicon band, a quick start guide[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 30, 2013 5 comments Design, Reviews
Dick Smith starts selling Galaxy S4 in Blue, Pink and Purple!

Dick Smith starts selling Galaxy S4 in Blue, Pink and Purple!

This morning Dick Smith Electronics has shown that ‘Dick Does’ care about colours by announcing that they are now exclusively selling three new colour variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can now purchase your Galaxy S4 in the usual Black Mist or White Frost, however the new colours as released are – Arctic Blue, Purple Mirage and Pink Twilight. The new colour variations are the only difference in the new listings, with the specifications on the DSE website remaining the same as those launched back in April. You can check out all five colour variations of the Samsung Galaxy[Read More...]

by 7:51 AM on October 30, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, Phones
While you wait for Android 4.4, Kit Kat would like to share some magic

While you wait for Android 4.4, Kit Kat would like to share some magic

With no sign of an Android 4.4 launch from Google, the Kit Kat social media team are continuing to mess with Android Fans – either that or they’re just plain having some good old fashion fun. This time tweeting a link to a video titled Android KITKAT 4.4 – Android Animation – Magic! It’s a bit of fun and a clever animation, although I wish they’d just pull an event date or launch announcement out of that hat. Have a watch and see what you think. https://twitter.com/KITKAT/status/395197574304395264

by 6:53 AM on October 30, 2013 2 comments Other
Google’s own smartwatch centred around Google Now to launch within months

Google’s own smartwatch centred around Google Now to launch within months

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google’s acquisition of WiMM Labs will bear fruit within months, with the launch of its own smartwatch centred around Google Now’s at-a-glance services. The Journal’s source indicated that the watch will be able to communicate with other devices such as your phone — this likely for tethering in order to gain network connectivity. The use of Bluetooth 4.0 LE is almost certain in this case, due to its low power consumption — battery issues have plagued recent smartwatch launches such as the Galaxy Gear. We’re likely to see a very bare[Read More...]

by 9:57 PM on October 29, 2013 2 comments Rumours, Smartwatch
Sennheiser Adidas OCX685i Sports Earbuds

Sennheiser Adidas OCX685i Sports Earbuds

For years I have had issues finding some good earbuds for walking, jogging, cycling or just at the gym to drown out the garbage music they play there. Several times I thought I found the pair of eabuds or headphones that were perfect only to find they became uncomfortable after a period of time in my ears, or they fell out when on the bike/treadmill, or the sound quality was extremely poor, or the bluetooth didn’t reach far enough from my locker or… well you get the idea, there’s a myriad of issues that can cause issues with earbuds or[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on October 29, 2013 6 comments Accessories, News
Motorola announces an open modular smartphone platform called ‘Project Ara’

Motorola announces an open modular smartphone platform called ‘Project Ara’

The yearly, or even sooner for some, upgrade cycle for mobile phones has left Motorola with an idea on how to mitigate the seemingly wasteful practice, by announcing ‘Project Ara’ an open hardware ecosystem that will allow people to build their own device using an endoskeleton(endo) and modules. The modular phone concept is described by Motorola The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter–or something not yet thought of! Led by Motorola’s Advanced[Read More...]

by 4:12 PM on October 29, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Canada definitely getting Nexus 5 according to pictures of pallets of Nexus 5 stock and a pre-order page on Wind Mobile

Canada definitely getting Nexus 5 according to pictures of pallets of Nexus 5 stock and a pre-order page on Wind Mobile

The Nexus 5 has nothing really left to give in terms of specs, looks and even camera samples, the only thing left is availability which according to a pre-order page on Canadian carrier Wind Mobile, could be coming very soon. The Canadian carrier, obviously not content to wait for Google to announce the phone, added a pre-order mini-site to their Facebook page, where it was subsequently removed, but not before being sighted by a number of Android fans. The pre-order page included a list of the specs, which marries up with what we already knew of the upcoming device :[Read More...]

by 3:53 PM on October 29, 2013 5 comments Phones
LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

LG has just announced availability for the highly anticipated LG G2 in Australia. The G2 will be launching on Optus as the exclusive carrier and through selected Australian retailers in Black and White on November 4th. The LG G2 is an absolute dream of a phone, which I personally found out when I reviewed the handset. The phone offers an absolutely smooth user experience and absolutely gorgeous screen, as well as a new ergonomic design which sees the main controls for power and volume located on the back of the handset. There is also a pretty decent software package on-board[Read More...]

by 12:20 PM on October 29, 2013 12 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones