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Chromecast App now available to Australian users in Google Play

Chromecast App now available to Australian users in Google Play

There are plenty of imported Google Chromecast dongles already in Australia, but Google is yet to officially sell them outside of the US. That may be about to change, as the Chromecast App has just landed in the Australian Google Play store. This could very well point to an imminent release for the device in Australia. Google’s description from the store: Chromecast is the easiest way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. No remotes required. Cast your favorites from[Read More...]

by 9:42 PM on October 19, 2013 6 comments Accessories, Apps, Chromecast, News
Dungeon Keeper now available on Android

Dungeon Keeper now available on Android

Dungeon Keeper from Electronic Arts (EA) has just been released on Android, and it’s a great game – but with a few reservations. The game itself is a strategic tower defence type game. You have a playing area in which you must expand and improve your dungeon, whilst protecting it from invading hordes that must come from Hades itself. As a first time player of Dungeon Keeper, I found that initially the game play and moves were overly complicated, but after an hour or so, it all started to make sense. There’s gold to be mined and gems to collect which[Read More...]

by 6:57 PM on October 19, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
I’m feeling lucky radio on play music, based on your listening habits

I’m feeling lucky radio on play music, based on your listening habits

Google have extended their “I’m feeling lucky” search function to their Play Music All Access service to reflect your listening habits. The service takes a selection of music from your recommended music in Play Music and offers it up to you as your own personalised streaming radio. I have had access to the update for around 24 hours now and am genuinely impressed by the mix that’s coming through my headphones, with only 2 or 3 songs that have warranted a “next track” button press in around 8 hours of listening it appears that for me at least; Google have[Read More...]

by 6:48 PM on October 19, 2013 3 comments Apps
Updated:Google Play event scheduled for October 24th in New York

Updated:Google Play event scheduled for October 24th in New York

This is most likely it, Google has begun sending out invites to press for a Google Play event in New York City to start at 7pm on October 24th, but like everything about this lead up to the release of Kit Kat, the Nexus 5(and maybe 10) nothing is certain. The event which is being billed as a Google Play event which is inviting attendees to join Google ‘for a night out with Google Play’ where there will be ‘Music, Movies, games and a special performance by Captial Cities’. Geek.com has been advised that this may actually just be a[Read More...]

by 3:59 AM on October 19, 2013 7 comments Google Play
Nexus 5 retail packaging pops up – White variant could be available at launch

Nexus 5 retail packaging pops up – White variant could be available at launch

The Nexus 5 has pretty much been seen from every angle now, we pretty definitely know what’s inside it, and how much it will be, but what will it be delivered in? Well, that question looks to have been answered in these pictures originally from UnderKG but re-shared on Google+. The packaging shows blue themed packaging that is similar to that of the box that the Nexus 7(2013) came delivered in. Last years Nexus devices came in grey coloured boxes, but this year it appears that blue is in. The box shows a white variant of the Nexus 5 in[Read More...]

by 1:50 AM on October 19, 2013 13 comments Phones, Rumours
Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on sale at Dick Smith for $279

Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on sale at Dick Smith for $279

This Saturday and Sunday only Dick Smith will be selling the ever popular new Nexus 7 32GB for the very good price of $279. The tablet is available in Google Play for $339. Of the big retailers, Harvey Norman is selling the Nexus at $337, Officeworks and The Good Guys price is $318, though some price match haggling may bag you a discount. For those unaware of the specifications of the Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB, they are: 7″ Full HD display with 323 pixels per inch 32GB storage, 2GB RAM Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor at 1.5GHz Wireless charging and NFC Wi-Fi[Read More...]

by 4:16 PM on October 18, 2013 20 comments News, Tablets
Nexus 5 makes a surprise US Google Play appearance

Nexus 5 makes a surprise US Google Play appearance

Earlier today the Nexus 5 accidentally appeared in the US Google Play store, then Android Police dug around and found a high resolution copy of the device pictured in Google Play. The Nexus 5 is listed as starting at US $349 for what we presume to be the 16GB version. We anticipate the 32GB model to be US $399. The listing reads: Nexus 5 – Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at (US) $349. Here are the high resolution shots of the Nexus 5 – straight from Google themselves – with the top speaker uncovered,[Read More...]

by 11:54 AM on October 18, 2013 32 comments Google Play, News, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.3 rolling out to international Galaxy S4 starting in Germany

Android 4.3 rolling out to international Galaxy S4 starting in Germany

If you’ve been waiting for the Android 4.3 update to hit your Samsung Galaxy S4 in order to rush out and grab a Galaxy Gear, then you may actually be able to do that quite soon, with reports coming in that Samsung has begun rolling out the Android 4.3 update to owners of the Snapdragon based Galaxy S4(GT-I9505) in Germany. The update brings about not only the Galaxy Gear compatability but KNOX capabilities as well as TRIM support that saw speed improvements on the aging original Nexus 7 when it updated. There are other improvements included : OpenGL 3.0 Support[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on October 18, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Toshiba's Haswell based Chromebook may not arrive till 2014

Toshiba's Haswell based Chromebook may not arrive till 2014

The recent announcement of new Haswell based Chromebooks from Google at the recent Intel Developer Forum saw two new entrants to the ChromeOS hardware market – Asus and Toshiba – Asus is said to be bringing a Chromebox to market while Toshiba will be entering the popular Chromebook market, but not is seems untill at least next year. The Local arm of Toshiba has advised this morning that they are still evaluating the release of their Chromebook in the Australian market : Toshiba is looking at the option of releasing a 13.3” Chromebook in 2014, but nothing is confirmed at[Read More...]

by 9:56 AM on October 18, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer
Mongrel release the ruggedised Black Ops Tough Phone

Mongrel release the ruggedised Black Ops Tough Phone

Australian Tough phone and accessory supplier – Mongrel Phones- who we last saw when Jason reviewed their Galaxy S4 screen protectors has just released their latest ruggedised Android Smartphone, the Black Ops Tough Phone. The phone is built tough. Very Tough. The Black Ops Tough Phone is IP 68 rated, which makes it dust tight and can be immersed in water exceeding 1m for up to 40 minutes. It’s also shockingly durable thanks to the heavy duty housing that includes an internal alloy frame that will help protect it from drops onto concrete from a height of 1.2 metres, it[Read More...]

by 9:40 AM on October 18, 2013 1 comment Phones
Canadian Carrier Telus offers up Nexus 5 press renders with Kit Kat on-board

Canadian Carrier Telus offers up Nexus 5 press renders with Kit Kat on-board

Canadian carrier Telus has apparently let some press renders of the upcoming Nexus 5 out into the wild proudly displaying their branding and showing off in crystal clear clarity the front of the phone and the very oddly covered round speaker at the top of the phone. As you can see the front speaker at the top, which has usually been a cut-out rectangle on most handsets – including previous Nexus phones – is now a rounded shape and appears to be covered by the glass. How exactly this will go with sound quality is questionable, perhaps some new type[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 18, 2013 1 comment Phones
Google by the numbers – Q3 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q3 earnings report

It’s that time again, time to see how the Mountain View giant we know and love has been doing financially and from the look of the numbers it’s not terrible, in fact after hours trading on Nasdaq saw a 7.96% rise to reach $959.51 which is an all time high for their share price based on previous numbers. So, how did Google do? Results for Q3, ending 30th September 2013 : $14.89 billion in revenue, up 12% on Q3 2012. $3.44 billion consolidated revenue for Q3, up 21% on Q3 2012. $2.97 billion net income, up from 2.18 billion on[Read More...]

by 8:06 AM on October 18, 2013 1 comment News
HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 due to arrive in Australia in November

HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 due to arrive in Australia in November

The recently announced HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 are both coming to Australia and coming soon, according to HP Australia. Both models are due to begin hitting retailers in the middle of November and will be available where all good HP Laptops are sold. The Chromebook 14, which promises to give a boost to battery life based on the inclusion of the power sipping Haswell architecture that the Intel Celeron 2955USoC used inside the new model is based on, with Google advising that the Haswell chipset should allow for all day usage. The outside of the HP Chromebook 14[Read More...]

by 5:35 PM on October 17, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer