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Ausdroid Podcast 79 – July 25, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 79 – July 25, 2013

Welcome to the 79st episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This is a special edition covering Google’s announcements from the morning of July 25 2013 at their US breakfast event where Android 4.3, the new Nexus 7 and Chromecast were announced. Featuring: Jason Murray and Dan Tyson, and Buzz Moody. Topics: Android 4.3 New Nexus 7 Chromecast Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact with us via our Podcast Email, or leave a comment below.

by 9:34 PM on July 28, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Chromecast exploit found and exposed to gain remote root access

Chromecast exploit found and exposed to gain remote root access

It’s a Google Device so obviously the first thing that enthusiasts are looking for is ways to play with it. The team at GTVHacker has just announced the first exploit for the newest Google hardware release a little over three days after it went on-sale. Normally the GTVHacker team work with GoogleTV and it’s this experience that has led them to be able to develop this specific exploit. When announced at the Breakfast with Sundar event, the Chromecast was said to be running a ‘simplified version of ChromeOS’, the GTVHacker team disagree with this description slightly, advising it’s more ‘a[Read More...]

by 6:28 PM on July 28, 2013 1 comment Chromecast, News
Dev channel update for ChromeOS

Dev channel update for ChromeOS

A selective release this time, all devices on the Dev Channel, except the Chromebook Pixel, Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Samsung Chromebox will receive an update to 30.0.1573.6 (platform version: 4443.3.0/4443.4.0 for cr-48). The update will fix several issues including : Video glitches on on certain Flash sites. Workaround: Move cursor away from playing window reduces the glitches (263154). Audio flaky when audio is playing on youtube and google voice search is used (263549). Bluetooth: Cannot connect A2DP audio devices (262227). Strangely, the Chrome Device release page maintained by Francois Beaufort, lists the Lenovo X131e as remaining on 29.0.1547.23[Read More...]

by 11:14 AM on July 28, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
Samsung tipped to release two new high resolution tablets with S-Pen support

Samsung tipped to release two new high resolution tablets with S-Pen support

If the 1280×800 or 1280×720 resolution of previous Galaxy Note devices from Samsung have been disappointing to you so far then things are set to get a whole lot better. According to a new tweet from @EvLeaks new 10″ and 12.2″ tablets with a 2560×1600 resolution are on their way and if the inclusion of S-Pen is any indicator they’ll be in the Galaxy Note line. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/361194779398242305 The model numbers line up with User Agent Profiles(UAProf) on the Samsung Mobile site for the SM-P600(10″) and the SM-P900(12.2″) show that both devices will be running Android 4.2 and being Samsung devices[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on July 28, 2013 3 comments Rumours, Tablets
MoDaCo.SWITCH public beta released for HTC One

MoDaCo.SWITCH public beta released for HTC One

A few weeks ago, we reported that Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo was working on tool for the HTC One that would let you switch between the AOSP interface and HTC’s Sense interface with the press of a button. Well, good news! The utility, known as MoDaCo.SWITCH is now available as a public beta over on the MoDaCo website, and runs as a layer atop the MoDaCo custom ROM. The best thing about MoDaCo.SWITCH is that data is shared between the two ROMS you have installed on your device, so not only do you not have to worry about flashing a[Read More...]

by 2:50 PM on July 27, 2013 1 comment News
iFixit tear down the Chromecast and Nexus 7 (2013)

iFixit tear down the Chromecast and Nexus 7 (2013)

Those masters of all things breakable…and repairable – ifixit – have done their duty and torn down the two newest products on the market from Google this week the Chromecast and the Nexus 7 (2013). Both devices have cases which appear to be very easy to get into, but they are quite different on the inside as you’ll see. First up the Chromecast. As a fairly basic device with no LCD or moving parts, it would be expected that the Chromecast would be an easy device to pull apart and it turns out it is, with no screws or other[Read More...]

by 2:28 PM on July 27, 2013 0 comments Chromecast, Tablets
Nexus 7 (2013) information page for Australia is live – coming soon to a retailer near you

Nexus 7 (2013) information page for Australia is live – coming soon to a retailer near you

At the launch for the Nexus 7 (2013) in the small hours of Thursday morning, Australia was listed as one of the countries that the new Nexus 7 would be sold in and it appears from the information page on the Google Australia website that it will be sold at retail as well as through Google Play. The information site is pretty bare bones, it features the simple picture above, which shows the new Nexus 7 displaying what appears to be a shot from the Fraunhofer Virtual Surround Sound video demo and a brief description of the tablet. Visitors are[Read More...]

by 12:33 PM on July 27, 2013 14 comments Google Play, Tablets
Android 4.3 code reveals optional App permissions coming soon

Android 4.3 code reveals optional App permissions coming soon

The latest Android update has been with us officially for only a few days now, so there’s still bits and pieces being discovered but a couple of cool piece of code points towards optional App permissions and 4K compatability coming to Android in the near future. First up, Android permissions have always been a slightly controversial topic, they’re presented to users front and centre when you install Apps from Google Play but in reality most people ignore the screen and click next to get the App installing as quickly as possible. The controversy can be warranted when some apps request[Read More...]

by 9:43 AM on July 27, 2013 6 comments Apps
Nexus 7(2013) accessories start appearing – Travel Case, Premium Cover and Screen Protectors

Nexus 7(2013) accessories start appearing – Travel Case, Premium Cover and Screen Protectors

When we finally get a look at the Nexus 7(2013) here in Australia we already know that at least one accessory could possibly be available from Google Play, but it looks like a sleeve may not be the only accessory that will be available for the Nexus 7. Droid-life has found two types of cases as well as a screen protector designed specifically for the Nexus 7(2013) on the US Asus website. The first is the updated version of the multi-coloured Travel Cover. Available in six different colours – Dark Grey/Light Blue/Pink/Orange/Red/Green the case will be a form fitting covered[Read More...]

by 8:32 AM on July 27, 2013 5 comments Accessories, News
Google attempting to clear Nexus 7(2012) from Google Play with free shipping

Google attempting to clear Nexus 7(2012) from Google Play with free shipping

Google is obviously looking to clear out remaining stock of their 2012 model Nexus 7 by offering free shipping – ‘For a limited time only’. The Retail price on the three Nexus 7 variants has however, remained the same : $249 for the 16GB Wi-Fi, $299 for the 32GB Wi-Fi and $349 for the 32GB 3G model. A number of Australian retailers have apparently already begun dropping the retail price of the Nexus 7 which already has no shipping charges on it. The $20 saving will be a small comfort to some, but with the general public beginning to become[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on July 27, 2013 1 comment Google Play, Tablets
Taronga Zoo from a keepers eye view through Google Glass

Taronga Zoo from a keepers eye view through Google Glass

The zoo keepers over at Taronga Zoo have been given the opportunity to try out Google Glass, they´ve just posted a Youtube video showing off a Keepers eye perspective of the koalas, eagles, giraffe as well as a sooty owl and their enclosures. Overall the keepers seem to be pretty taken with Glass and there is some great video that could only be captured by staff who are able to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. There are practical applications as the keepers note in the video including, transferring valuable information to other keepers as well as[Read More...]

by 6:08 PM on July 26, 2013 3 comments Glass

Improved Photo Spheres in Android 4.3

I LOVE Photo Spheres, but even I’ll admit that they can take a fair bit of effort to get ‘right’. According to Evan Rapoport, once you get Android 4.3 they’re about to get a whole lot better. Evan has advised in a Google+ post, that the Photo Sphere team has been working very hard behind the scenes to add improvements to Photo Spheres that will make them much better. Firstly, alignment and stitching has been improved, horizons will be more level and there will be fewer errors or glitches in your Photo Spheres. Next, they’ve improved exposure compensation for each[Read More...]

by 2:15 PM on July 26, 2013 16 comments News
LG G2 launch dates and battery size leaked

LG G2 launch dates and battery size leaked

If you’re hoping for an earlier release in Australia of the LG G2 than the Optimus G, then you’re in luck, if you were hoping for a co-ordinated global launch then you may not be as happy. According to LG Electronics’ CFO David Jung, who was interviewed by Korean News outlet – The Kyunghyang Shinmun – the release will be staggered. According to Mr Jung, the release will start in August with South Korea before launching in North America and Europe in September and finally to the all other regions in October. Additionally he spoke of the buttons on the[Read More...]

by 11:57 AM on July 26, 2013 2 comments Phones, Rumours