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Nexus 7 (2013) set for early September retail launch in Australia

Nexus 7 (2013) set for early September retail launch in Australia

We’ve been inundated with requests for information on the Australian launch of the Nexus 7(2013). Asus themselves have referred all enquiries regarding the Nexus 7 to Google, and Google – as usual – has remained silent on the matter. We’ve received confirmation from both a source within Asus and various Australian Retailers and Asus Re-Sellers, who have been busily checking since the announcement, that stock of the tablet will be available in early September. While no details on which of the three models – 16/32GB Wifi & 32Gb LTE – will be available at launch, nor any pricing at this[Read More...]

by 4:31 PM on July 29, 2013 27 comments Google Play, News
Kogan Mobile increasing their prices

Kogan Mobile increasing their prices

Earlier this year we reviewed Kogan Mobile and found it to be reasonably good value for money. That becomes a little less so from the 1st of August, as Kogan Mobile plan to implement a price increase, the new pricing table can be found here. The 2GB per 30 days data only plan will see a price increase of 50% from $9.99 per month up to $14.99 per month. Access 30 is increasing by 34% to $39 per month, Access 90 by 25% to $99 and the Access 365 by 10% to $329. You can take advantage of the current[Read More...]

by 2:36 PM on July 29, 2013 22 comments Carriers, News
Good Deal: Acer Iconia 7″ 8GB WI-FI Tablet – $69 after $29 cashback

Good Deal: Acer Iconia 7″ 8GB WI-FI Tablet – $69 after $29 cashback

Having a browse through the JB Hi-Fi website it seems they are offering a pretty good deal on the the Acer Iconia B1-A71 7″ Android tablet. They’re selling the 8GB tablet with Wi-Fi for just $98 and it includes a $29 cash back offer available via redemption from Acer, bringing the total price paid for the tablet, down to just $69. Just in case you have forgotten the specs, here they are for you: 7″ LCD @ 1024×600 1.2GHz MTK 8317 Dual Core CPU 512MB RAM 8GB of internal Storage with microSD Card Slot supporting up to 32GB 0.3MP HD[Read More...]

by 12:20 PM on July 29, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Sale, Tablets
Samsung SmartWatch SM-V700 pops up online

Samsung SmartWatch SM-V700 pops up online

It has been a rumour now for quite a while but it seems that Samsung have in fact made a SmartWatch according to sources at Samsung-Updates who found a listing for the device on Zauba, a site which appears to list import and Export data for India. The sources at Samsung-Updates have further confirmed that Samsung Germany have received a prototype of the rumoured smartwatch and have begun testing the firmware for the device. No other European country has confirmed receiving any prototype for testing purposes which is leading speculation that Samsung could possibly launch the product at IFA 2013[Read More...]

by 12:11 PM on July 29, 2013 4 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Rumours, Smartwatch
Samsung Music Hub Australia — Service Review

Samsung Music Hub Australia — Service Review

As a big listener of music and a big lover of tech, I’ve found that unlimited music streaming services suit me over buying songs and/or albums individually. With a streaming service I can search for the artist, song, or album I like, then listen to it instantly without having to fork over more money. It sounds ‘cheap’, however, its ease of use makes it very appealing. A good music streaming service also allows you to play back your tunes on different devices — Rdio, Grooveshark, Spotify, and more, all do this. So as a big user of Grooveshark for all[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on July 29, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
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