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Deal – Get an LG G Pad 10.1″ 16GB Tablet for $299 at Bing Lee or $348 at Harvey Norman

Deal – Get an LG G Pad 10.1″ 16GB Tablet for $299 at Bing Lee or $348 at Harvey Norman

UPDATE: Bing Lee have the Black LG G Pad 16GB 10.1-inch for $299 in-store or delivered for an extra $5 flat fee shipping. Harvey Norman have one of their  “Hot Deals” on an LG G Pad 10.1-inch 16GB tablet at the moment where you can pick one up for $348 for a limited time. The original price these tablets were selling for was around $400 which was well above the $249USD they were selling for in the US. At least with this hot deal it brings it down to a more reasonable price for a tablet with low to mid[Read More...]

by 7:43 PM on September 30, 2014 1 comment Deal, Manufacturer, Tablets
Sony launches the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in Australia

Sony launches the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in Australia

Sony is busy tonight, presenting their launch plans for their newest Xperia smartphones, wearables and accessories in Australia. We’ve seen the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Smartwatch 3, and they’re all coming your way in the next few weeks. Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact At the launch of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA we were advised that both phones would be heading to Australia, with the Xperia Z3 heading to all four carriers (Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Virgin Mobile) while the Xperia Z3 Compact would be heading to Optus and Telstra.[Read More...]

by 7:19 PM on September 30, 2014 40 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Protect your Google account with 2 Step Verification in just 5 easy steps

Protect your Google account with 2 Step Verification in just 5 easy steps

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password, no matter how well you protect it. Instead of protecting your Google account with just a password, consider adding 2 Step Verification. This adds an extra level to the login process that requires a unique key that’s supplied to you by Google, and you need to supply this key before your login is completed. The principle is that even if (or perhaps when) your account password is compromised by someone maliciously, they won’t have access to your phone so they won’t be able to get the unique key to[Read More...]

by 2:10 PM on September 30, 2014 9 comments
The Nexus 6 WILL Be A 5.9in Phablet

The Nexus 6 WILL Be A 5.9in Phablet

The Android fanatics, myself included, love every single morsel of Nexus news or rumours they can get their hands on. Lately we have seen quite a bit of rumours hitting the interwebs regarding the make and size of the sixth Nexus device. We have heard the rumour that the device will have a 5.9in display and last week we saw via XDA an image of the supposed Nexus “Shamu” next to a LG G3. Today Android Police are reporting, with a confidence level of 9/10 that that the Shamu is in fact the next Nexus phone. Android Police have received[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on September 30, 2014 49 comments News
Modified version of Android L for Google’s Project Ara will allow hot-swappable modules

Modified version of Android L for Google’s Project Ara will allow hot-swappable modules

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group is getting set to release their Project Ara modular smartphone system at some stage next year. When it does, we now know that the phone will run Android L, but it will be a modified version which will allow for extra functionality specifically for the modular platform. With a modular phone the ability to swap modules in and out is a big plus, and according to Google’s Paul Eremenko, when launched the phone will be able to do just that. The phone will run a modified version of the upcoming Android L version[Read More...]

by 10:38 AM on September 30, 2014 0 comments News
Telstra announces nation-wide trial of Wi-Fi hotspots will go live in November

Telstra announces nation-wide trial of Wi-Fi hotspots will go live in November

Back in May, Telstra announced a plan to create one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi networks. Telstra plans to install two million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation within five years. Officially set to launch next year, Telstra has this morning announced that a trial of the system will begin in November, in more than 1,000 locations across Australia. The trial isn’t just hitting out of the way places either, Telstra has chosen some of the biggest, busiest and what should be traffic heavy locations across the country. The first trials will be using Wi-Fi access points in payphone sites, including[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on September 30, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Telstra adds the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus To its Pre-Paid line of devices for $149

Telstra adds the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus To its Pre-Paid line of devices for $149

There’s another Samsung handset on the market, with Telstra adding the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus, to its prepaid line of devices, offering the handset for $149. The handsets is an updated version of the Galaxy Trend which launched at Dick Smith late last year, to its prepaid line of devices, offering the handset for $149. Thought it’s technically an upgrade, the Trend Plus offers only a slightly upgraded CPU along with the ‘Plus’ monniker. The Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus isn’t going to wow you spec wise, but it certainly still good value price wise. The list of specs include: 4″[Read More...]

by 10:02 AM on September 30, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Google announces partnership with Adobe to bring Photoshop to ChromeOS

Google announces partnership with Adobe to bring Photoshop to ChromeOS

Chromebooks are an extremely powerful tool under a lot of circumstances, but for graphics work, they can be slightly underpowered. Web-based services such as Pixlr do a decent job for basics, but for professional image manipulation it’s Adobe Photoshop that people want and so far it’s been out of reach for ChromeOS users. But today, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe which will bring Photoshop to ChromeOS devices via the Creative Cloud suite. Beginning with education partners in the US, Adobe will start streaming their Creative Cloud products to Chromeboooks, beginning with Photoshop, but moving further afield in the[Read More...]

by 8:45 AM on September 30, 2014 2 comments ChromeOS
Moto 360 owners reporting improved battery life after latest OTA

Moto 360 owners reporting improved battery life after latest OTA

Early reports on battery life from owners of the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, haven’t been great, but the latest OTA update which began rolling out last week, are seeing better results in their testing – with some reporting up to double their previous battery life. Reports seem pretty good at this stage, with one user reporting 30 hours use, with 53% left on the battery, while another reports heavy usage, including 2 hours of navigation and the watch still had 41% battery life left after 17 hours. The official changelog for the KGW42R OTA update didn’t include much in[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on September 30, 2014 5 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
How To Install Glass Screen Protectors

How To Install Glass Screen Protectors

If you’re like me and prefer to protect the screen on your Android device then you will no doubt be aware of the types of screen protectors. Until this time last year all I was aware of was the cheap plastic ones from eBay (around $1) and the self healing variety that apparently are used on the blades of military helicopters that are an absolute nightmare to install (using soapy water). Then while surfing through Google+ I noticed some well known Android users who were using a glass screen protector. I then purchased my first glass screen protector for my[Read More...]

by 7:53 AM on September 30, 2014 6 comments
Android Wear crowdfunding campaign for budget smartwatch closed down by Google

Android Wear crowdfunding campaign for budget smartwatch closed down by Google

It appears that Google wants to keep tight control over its Android Wear smartwatch platform as it asked crowdfunding site, IndieGoGo to take down a campaign for the budget smartwatch Com1. The reason Google weren’t to happy about the campaign were as follows: The Com1 campaign page used stock images of Android Wear and the Android Wear trademark which was taken down by IGG under the premise of an intellectual property infringement complaint by Google shortly after the campaign launched. Google is usually pretty relaxed about the use of its imagery but they seem more interested in controlling which companies[Read More...]

by 7:40 AM on September 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
New Oppo N3 render surfaces looking more like a redesigned N1

New Oppo N3 render surfaces looking more like a redesigned N1

We’ve seen the upcoming Oppo N3 a couple of times now in redners, one of which was showing quite an ‘out there’ design, while the other showed a phone which was more an evolved design of the original Oppo N1. It looks like the latter design is what Oppo will be releasing, at least judging by the latest renders that have surfaced. Courtesy of a poster on forum Zaeke, the renders show off the design of the N3, which according to Oppo Malaysia will be released in two variants, one made of aluminum lithium alloy and the other made of[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on September 29, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Kickstarter AU Focus: N2 Neo Smartpen

Kickstarter AU Focus: N2 Neo Smartpen

Since the introduction of Kickstarter into Australia last year, we’ve seen a number of projects and there’s a new one on the block that’s been launched by Sydney based company NeoLAB. Their Kickstarter is for the N2 Neo Smartpen, a digital pen which can sync your handwritten notes to a digital device – your smartphone or computer. With a thickness the same as a standard pen, and with the ability to use it as a pen (including using standard D1, pen ink cartridge refills), the N2 Smartpen is a device that bridges both the digital and analogue world. The N2[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on September 28, 2014 4 comments Accessories