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Samsung patents its own fitness “Google Glass”

Samsung patents its own fitness “Google Glass”

Samsung has recently dived into wearable devices, such as the Galaxy Gear smart watch. Samsung has now been approved a patent in South Korea for a Google Glass type of eyeware for the FitBit generation. The device will have a forward projecting camera onto a small screen, with in-built earphones and a curious micro-USB link. According to the patent filings, Samsung describes the device as: This design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts It is expected that the device will be tethered to a smart[Read More...]

by 6:29 AM on October 25, 2013 4 comments Accessories, News, Rumours
Hyundai and Kia to have Android AVN system in all cars

Hyundai and Kia to have Android AVN system in all cars

Hyundai and its part owned sister company Kia are reported to be bringing Android integration into all of their cars from early next year. The Audio-Visual-Navigation (AVN) system will be based on Android and feature a company owned app store from which you can download automotive and multimedia apps. It’s not known yet if you’ll be able to fully access all of Google’s services, such as Google Play. Being an Android system, the linking of your smart phone’s functions to the cars AVN system should be a simple operation. A source familiar with the topic said: Hyundai & Kia will[Read More...]

by 1:31 PM on October 24, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Other
Visit Marysville Victoria – a new app leading the way for local tourism

Visit Marysville Victoria – a new app leading the way for local tourism

Historic Victorian town Marysville has had a tough time over the last few years with the 2009 bush fires, but has bounced back better than ever. The picturesque town is nestled in the hills of the Great Dividing Range, about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne through Healesville. They have recently released the app Visit Marysville Victoria that highlights the beauty of the town and surrounding forests. The app is one of the best of its kind, and features an overview of the area, getting there – either directly or taking a more scenic route through other towns with maps[Read More...]

by 12:36 PM on October 24, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
Dead Trigger 2 available now from Google Play

Dead Trigger 2 available now from Google Play

In 2014, an unknown virus turns humans into beasts… That’s the tag line from the intro video for the sequel to popular first person zombie shooter Dead Trigger2 which has just become available on Google Play. The game has upgraded graphics, a different weapons accumulation system, online multiplayer, and more of a survivors vs zombie feel to the gameplay. Dead Trigger 2 is a free game, so expect some in-app purchases being promoted, though if it is like the first Dead Trigger, then it should be possible to survive without spending any real money. A full review will be coming[Read More...]

by 12:26 PM on October 24, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
Select State Electoral Commissions are going Android

Select State Electoral Commissions are going Android

The NSW State electoral commission has gone Android, at least they will be, if a tender lodged with the NSW e-Tender website is correct. The tender from the State Electoral office is for the fulfillment of an order of between 5,000 and 5,900 Android tablets that will be used in the three Electoral Commissions of NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Specifications for the tablets are broad to say the least, screen sizes aren’t specified so could range from 7″ all the way up to the 18.4″ tablet sized screen of the Asus AIO. The only definite is that devices must be[Read More...]

by 12:19 PM on October 24, 2013 1 comment News, Other, Tablets
YouTube readying a music subscription service of its own to launch alongside a new YouTube mobile app

YouTube readying a music subscription service of its own to launch alongside a new YouTube mobile app

According to a report from Billboard, YouTube is readying its own music subscription service with a video component that will be launching later this year alongside a new YouTube mobile app. Just take a moment to let that news sink in. YouTube, a Google owned entity, is launching its own music subscription service that is likely to compete against Google’s own Google Play Music All Access service. ‘Compete’ is probably the wrong word, instead Google is likely to capitalise on the people that see YouTube as an easy way to access their favourite tunes and music videos. “We’re always working[Read More...]

by 11:26 AM on October 24, 2013 3 comments Apps, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 becomes the official phone of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 becomes the official phone of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

Samsung and the International Olympic Committee have joined forces to make the Galaxy Note 3 the ‘official Olympics Games phone‘ for the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The decision was a part of the initiative to make the Olympics the most wireless, seamless and paperless olympic games ever, and the Galaxy Note 3 is a device that is more than capable of making that happen. As a part of the initiative every athlete will be given a free Galaxy Note 3 to help capture and share their experience at the Olympics — so be sure to follow your[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on October 24, 2013 3 comments News, Phones
Moto G rumoured to be the Motorola DVX, a lower-end 4.5-inch Moto X

Moto G rumoured to be the Motorola DVX, a lower-end 4.5-inch Moto X

In September we say a device go through the FCC in America that was rumoured to be a 4.5-inch lower-end variant of the Moto X — a device which still hasn’t found its way to Australia — dubbed the Motorola DVX. Any further news on the device disappeared until recently when Motorola applied for a trademark on the term ‘Moto G’. Now appears that this is all the same device, the Moto G will be the low-end Moto X with its 4.5-inch LCD display (no AMOLED here), quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, and it’s likely to have dual-sim capabilities. So[Read More...]

by 10:52 AM on October 24, 2013 0 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung have sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units worldwide

Samsung have sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units worldwide

Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, has reportedly told Korean media outlets that his company has sold more than 40 million Galaxy S4 units around the world since its launch around 6 months ago. This number does not include variants of the device such as the Zoom, Active, and Mini — it does, however, include the 3G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S4. Sales have slowed for Samsung with only 5 million units reportedly shipped in August alone. The overall sales are still impressive nonetheless. The Galaxy S4 is yet to surpass the 50 million+ Galaxy S3 units which have sold[Read More...]

by 9:45 AM on October 24, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Chromecast presentations from Google Drive now available to some

Chromecast presentations from Google Drive now available to some

The Chromecast is fairly limited in its use cases – for Australian users at least – with the only uses for the super cheap device being for Netflix, Hulu Plus(both unavailable in Australia) and Google services like YouTube, Play Movies and Play Music, but it appears that Google is extending functionality to include Presentations in Google Drive as well. Originally found by German Drive user Daniel Lohse he also noted that you need the current updated version of Chrome Dev as well as the Chromecast extension installed. The ‘Present on another Device’ now appears on Presentation docs in Google Drive[Read More...]

by 8:44 AM on October 24, 2013 6 comments Chromecast, ChromeOS
Lego Cuusoo project ‘Android Bugdroid’ will not be produced

Lego Cuusoo project ‘Android Bugdroid’ will not be produced

In August last year a project was submitted to Lego Cuusoo, for a Lego Android statue to be released as an official product. After achieving the minimum 10,000 votes representing potential customers back in February this year, the project went up for consideration by the Lego review board to be released as an official product but this morning it was announced that the project would not be going ahead. The announcement was made this morning through a video which announced the successful project that will next be produced would be the ExoSuit : Project lead for the ‘Andy/Bugdroid the Android[Read More...]

by 8:06 AM on October 24, 2013 1 comment Other
iPin – a laser pointer that fits snuggly inside your Headphone jack coming to Android next year

iPin – a laser pointer that fits snuggly inside your Headphone jack coming to Android next year

The Pressy Kickstarter campaign proved there was a demand out there for alterntative uses for your 3.5mm Headphone jack when not being used for listening to audio, and a company called Conary Enterprise has released a laser pointer accessory called iPin that fits into the 3.5mm jack as well. The laser pointer fits snuggly into the headphone jack, sitting almost flush with the phone chasis. The small part that sits above the chasis is actually used as a safety switch which allows the iPin to be twisted 90° to an off position that means that even if activated accidentally from[Read More...]

by 7:20 AM on October 24, 2013 5 comments Accessories
Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear at IFA in September, the compatability was limited to Samsung Galaxy devices and at that a limited selection, limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1(2014 Edition) initially, but they advised that an update would come soon to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II in October. The rollout has begun for the Galaxy S4 – at least in Germany – but the other devices will be coming soon and Samsung has now extended the list of devices that will receive an update to be include compatibility[Read More...]

by 7:04 PM on October 23, 2013 1 comment OS Update