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Ausdroid Podcast 91 – October 29, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 91 – October 29, 2013

Welcome to the 91st episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Geoff and Scott spent some time going over the big Android stories from the last couple of weeks. Production note: The audio quality in this episode should be much improved! Please let us know what you think. Topics: OMG it’s an Ausdroid app! Goodbye, Android-branded KitKats Nexus 5 leakapalooza Nexus 10 fakeapalooza Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review Android, and “openness” 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[Read More...]

by 11:43 PM on October 30, 2013 2 comments Podcast
Ausdroid Podcast 90 – October 22, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 90 – October 22, 2013

Welcome to the 90th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Dan and Scott spent some time going over the big Android stories from the last couple of weeks. Production note: We had some issues with background noise this week and are working to improve this for episode 91. Thanks everyone for your patience. Topics: CommBank brings contactless payments to Android HTC One Max hands-on Nexus 5 leakapalooza Android 4.4 KitKat Motorola DVX Google Smartwatch Google Earnings Report Apps: Aviate BBM Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact[Read More...]

by 11:35 PM on October 30, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Retailer Round-Up: In-Store Weekly Specials

Retailer Round-Up: In-Store Weekly Specials

This is a new series of articles is for unlocked Android devices and accessories currently on sale, or a sale starting this week at retailers around the country. We will be concentrating only on physical stores with a presence in most states. Some sales may be only for specific regions, and we will endeavour to point this out when it arises. Online retailers will in most cases have cheaper prices – but stock availability, differing cost of postage, overseas models and Australian warranty all fluctuate from store to store – thus we won’t be covering them here. This is for[Read More...]

by 9:41 PM on October 30, 2013 5 comments News, Phones, Sale, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sales surpass 5 million in just one month

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sales surpass 5 million in just one month

Samsung CEO, JK Shin, has told reporters that the company’s Galaxy Note 3 has surpassed 5 million sales just one month since coming to market. He said that the response to the Galaxy Note 3 had been greater than that of its predecessors thanks to consumer awareness of the brand. The Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II took five and two months respectively to get the same sales figures. How silly were we early on to think the Galaxy Note line wouldn’t be a raging success.

by 9:25 PM on October 30, 2013 2 comments News, Phones
Why your iPhone’s touch screen is inaccurate, and why Samsung’s Galaxy S3 handset is better

Why your iPhone’s touch screen is inaccurate, and why Samsung’s Galaxy S3 handset is better

Those of you who’ve used an iPhone, particularly the later models, will probably have noticed the same kind of thing as we have. That is, the digitiser really isn’t all that good, and your perceived inaccuracy of your typing can leave one feeling quite annoyed. Well, Finnish firm OptoFidelity have used a robot and a robotic finger, and compared the touch sensitivity of the newest iPhone handsets, the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, with a slightly older, yet extremely popular, Samsung Galaxy SIII. While Samsung’s phone is a good deal older than the Apple models, never fear. Take a look[Read More...]

by 4:16 PM on October 30, 2013 12 comments News, Phones
Google Helpouts to launch on 5 November

Google Helpouts to launch on 5 November

On the back of this morning’s Google Hangouts news, it looks like the Google Helpouts service (discussed in August of this year) is now much closer to reality, with a mooted 5 November 2013 launch date. If Helpouts sounds unfamiliar to you, don’t worry. Google (somewhat quietly) announced Helpouts back in August. The basic premise is that it’s a different take on Hangouts, where users can receive help directly from experts via video chat for a fee, or free of charge. No dates have been made official, but Android Police is reporting that a trusted source says November 5th is[Read More...]

by 4:05 PM on October 30, 2013 0 comments Apps, News, Rumours
Lenovo Yoga Tablet officially announced – available in Australia next week

Lenovo Yoga Tablet officially announced – available in Australia next week

The Lenovo Yoga tablet that was launched in Germany earlier this month has been launched internationally in a live broadcast featuring everyone’s favourite Steve Jobs impersonator – Ashton Kutcher and the best news is that the device will be launching in Australia. Available in both 8″ and 10″ screen sizes, the emphasis on the tablet was on its unique form factor which offers three different configurations for use – Stand Mode, Hold Mode and Tilt Mode. The Yoga Tablet will offer an 18 hour battery life, with the launch video showing it being used for all manner of usage from[Read More...]

by 2:21 PM on October 30, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
JSTorrent back on the Chrome Webstore – more updates coming

JSTorrent back on the Chrome Webstore – more updates coming

JSTorrent, the only torrent client available for ChromeOS, was recently removed due to licensing issues surrounding the developer and his previous employers, but it appears that it’s now back on the Chrome Webstore and the developer is promising more updates. The Chrome Extension has now returned to the Chrome Webstore and previous users can now re-install it, however new users are looking at a $1.99 fee. The updated listing for the extenison advises that updates coming in Chrome 31 will have allow for some dramatic improvements : The app appears to be back. The developers have started writing a new[Read More...]

by 1:30 PM on October 30, 2013 0 comments News
Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 4GB RAM, 64-bit CPU

Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 4GB RAM, 64-bit CPU

How good are rumours? They give us something to dream about while we wait for devices (*cough*Nexus 5*cough*) to launch. In the rumourmill today are some tidbits about the Galaxy S5; it may be a good 6 months off, but that hasn’t stopped Korean media from reporting that Samsung will aim to put 4GB of RAM into the device along with their upcoming 64-bit Exynos SoC. From the (badly) translated Korean website, Samsung looks to be putting 4GB of RAM into the Galaxy S5 purely to show that it can, and because 64-bit SoCs can support that amount. So the[Read More...]

by 12:34 PM on October 30, 2013 14 comments Phones, Rumours
Facebook Messenger gets a complete redesign, rolling out slowly to users

Facebook Messenger gets a complete redesign, rolling out slowly to users

Facebook has unveiled a new-look Messenger application for Android which will slowly roll out to users from today. The fresh design is a welcome change from the old cluttered app which most users will be stuck with for the time being. Apart from the cosmetic changes, Facebook has made it easier to see who else is uing the app — users will be denoted by the blue messaging icon next to their photo — as well as improving text messaging support, which of course can be disabled if you prefer to use the stock text messaging app. The well timed[Read More...]

by 12:11 PM on October 30, 2013 5 comments Apps, News
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