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Optus LG G3 pre-orders begin to arrive at customers doors

Optus LG G3 pre-orders begin to arrive at customers doors

This morning a lucky customer who pre-ordered an LG G3 from Optus received a notification that an LG G3 was awaiting collection at their local post office. This is a little ahead of the official date for stock to arrive in-store which is expected around the 4th of August. It’s good to see that those that pre-ordered may receive their new phones before they officially go on sale in retail stores. You can still pre-order the LG G3 from the Optus website and receive a bonus wireless charger valued at $69 but you won’t receive the bonus LG G Pad[Read More...]

by 8:54 PM on July 30, 2014 2 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

With Flappy Bird yet to re-appear on Google Play, the clones keep on appearing, and local developers Paranormal Games – a small indie game developer from South Australia – has launched a clone of their own: Flappy Ears. Flappy Ears sees you flying our “Beloved” Prime Minister through spike topped pillars using only the flapping power of his ears. It’s addictive just like the original, but with the amusing localised graphical twist. Paranormal Games has also included Google Play Games services, which means you can see your progress against your Google+ friends, or against everyone else playing the game. Not[Read More...]

by 8:44 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Getting around is fairly simple in most capital cities. With Google Maps incorporating Transit directions directly into the app, you’re rarely in need of a third party to help you out…unless, of course you’re in Melbourne where the transit API doesn’t currently allow for Public transport schedules to appear in Google Maps – enter Go – Melbourne Train Timetable. The app by local developers Glass Echidna is a beautiful way to see either get to work on-time in Melbourne, get around the city or see the sights if you’re visiting the home of the largest Greek population outside of Athens.[Read More...]

by 12:19 PM on July 30, 2014 8 comments Apps
Android Publishing API for developers is now live – more control for your apps

Android Publishing API for developers is now live – more control for your apps

At Google I/O last month, Google introduced a new set of publishing APIs for devlopers which would give them much more control over the distribution of their apps, as well as notifications and improved statistics. Google has announced that the API is now live for developers in the dashboard. The publishing API allows developers to ‘upload APKs to Beta testing, Staged rollout and Production’. On the Android Developers Blog, it also lists new management tools to manage an apps in-app products catalog, as well as the ability to provide tablet-specific screenshots, and localize your app listing on Google Play with[Read More...]

by 12:00 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Android Development
‘Fake ID’ Android security flaw discovered (and fixed)

‘Fake ID’ Android security flaw discovered (and fixed)

Another day, another report of an Android security vulnerability. Overnight, security researchers Bluebox – the same team that found the so-called ‘Master Key’ vulnerability last year – have advised of a new flaw they have found with the way that Android authorises apps within Google Play. Before you start worrying, the vulnerability has already been seen to by Google, but it’s slightly worrying. The flaw is based around in the way that Android views certificates used to verify application identities. According to Bluebox the Fake-ID exploit, as it’s being called, allows malicious apps to masquerade as a special class of[Read More...]

by 11:45 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Google Play
Good Deal: Get a refurbished 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 2012 for under $90 from Expansys

Good Deal: Get a refurbished 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 2012 for under $90 from Expansys

The Nexus 7 (2012) was a pretty decent offering back in the day, and indeed still is. It’s two years old, but it’s a 16GB Tablet that’s still running the latest version of Android. So, if you’re in the market for a new 7″ tablet, then Expansys Australia has a pretty good deal going at the moment for the 16GB WiFi version of the Nexus 7 (2012). For a mere A$65.65 (marked down from $211.99) you can get yourself a great deal, a refurbished – but completely sealed in a new box – 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2012). There is[Read More...]

by 11:01 AM on July 30, 2014 7 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Our favourite app of 2014 so far – Link Bubble – has been updated to include functionality with another favourite of ours – Android Wear. The 1.3 Link Bubble update brings the ability to view text from a link on Android Wear devices, reading text just like you would read a GMail notification. The addition is sure to raise the eyebrows of a few users, which Chris acknowledges in his Google+ post announcing the update. What the update does is push text to Android Wear, IF and only IF it can grab the text from the links you’ve clicked. It’s[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Alcatel POP S3 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $199

Alcatel POP S3 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $199

Alcatel is making moves in Australia, with Optus adding yet another device from phone maker Alcatel to their pre-paid line up. The twist is that unlike the Pop C1, the Alcatel Pop S3 is 4G enabled though this time it is a 4G enabled smartphone. The Alcatel Pop S3, which certainly does aim to offer high end specs, but a more affordable specs for which would suit anyone on a budget. The full list of specs include: 4″ TFT capacitive touchscreen (480 x 800) 1.2 GHz Quad-core CPU 1GB RAM 4GB storage, expandable to 32GB via MicroSD Card 5 MP[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Phones
Facebook sending out messages to inform everyone from now on use its Messenger app

Facebook sending out messages to inform everyone from now on use its Messenger app

Facebook has begun contacting their user base, to advise that they have begun divesting the main Facebook app of the Messenger function. Starting in the next few days, if you use the Messenger portion of Facebook, you’ll need to download a new app to chat with your Facebook friends. The change to the Facebook app and introduction of a Facebook Messenger app began in Europe where their positive reaction and feedback, has helped the company make the decision to accelerate the roll out to other parts of the world. Facebook has stated the change will let it focus its development[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on July 30, 2014 4 comments Apps
In Pictures: Samsung Sound Unboxing

In Pictures: Samsung Sound Unboxing

Samsung launched its Samsung Sound wireless home multiroom audio system a couple of months ago, and our review system – consisting of a black M7 Speaker and an M2 Multiroom Hub just arrived! When I went to open the boxes, I realised that they were sealed tight, just out of the factory. While the system is available at retail, I thought that if I was going to be the first to open up the boxes for review, there might be some value in documenting the unboxing process, even if it’s just for a bit of fun. Here we go, then![Read More...]

by 8:19 AM on July 30, 2014 3 comments Accessories
Swiftkey updated with performance improvements to fix that lag – also Themes on-sale!

Swiftkey updated with performance improvements to fix that lag – also Themes on-sale!

Since their recent update, which not only upped the version number to v5.0, but also introduced a theme store while at the same time dropping the price to free, the Switftkey keyboard has unfortunately been a little laggy. The latest update unfortunately pauses while you type and the load time hasn’t been great either. Well, today, those laggy bits should disappear, at least according to the latest blog update from Swiftkey. Swiftkey has advised that the latest update (Version 5.0.2.4) will include fixes for those laggy bits, as well as including three new languages: Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen, and Emoji[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on July 30, 2014 2 comments Apps
Motorola Razr M and Razr HD scheduled to receive Android 4.4.2 update in August

Motorola Razr M and Razr HD scheduled to receive Android 4.4.2 update in August

The update to Android 4.4 for the Motorola Razr M and Razr HD has been a long awaited by Australian owners, ever since Motorola announced the KitKat update for US models last November. But the wait is apparently almost over, with the Australian Motorola Support page now showing the update listed as due to receive an update to Android 4.4.2. While the Razr M and Razr HD support page gives no dates for the update, it’s been saying the 4.4.2 update was coming for a while, the Motorola Razr M and Razr HD was also sold on Telstra, and this[Read More...]

by 4:03 PM on July 29, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Telstra is now accepting pre-orders for the LG G3

Telstra is now accepting pre-orders for the LG G3

Telstra has today announced that pre-orders for the upcoming LG Flagship, the LG G3 are now open. Telstra has chosen to offer the LG G3 in Titan Black colour options only, meaning that only Optus is making the White version available. The Telstra deal for the LG G3, begins at $70 per month. But there’s a range of plans to get the LG G3 on though ranging in price all the way up to $130 per month over 24 months. Telstra plans also include their ‘Peace of Mind Commitment‘ which allocates you an extra 25GB of data to use within[Read More...]

by 1:08 PM on July 29, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones