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Full size Google Now images on display on Flickr

As seen above, normally the images in Google Now are obscured by the search box or are replaced entirely now by the daily Google Doodle. But if you’ve ever wanted to see the full resolution of the wonderful illustrations from the backgrounds in Google Now, then now is your chance. Reddit user SameOlE tracked down the artist behind the pictures and revealed that they were created by designer Brent Couchman. Brent has made four of the Google Now backgrounds – Beach Night, Forest Night, Mountains Day and Plains Day – available on his Flickr page for people to enjoy. On[Read More...]

by 10:50 PM on June 18, 2013 0 comments News
Rumour: Oppo Find 7 due in September

Rumour: Oppo Find 7 due in September

Chinese manufacturer Oppo Digital found minor success earlier this year in various markets with the Oppo Find 5, a 5-inch phone with a 1080p display. Rumours are now circulating that they’re about to have another go at the high-end smartphone market, with the Oppo Find 7. The Find 7, despite the name will retain the 5-inch 1080p display found on the Find 5, but will be packing an upgraded cpu in the form of a quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery at a thickness of 9.9mm. Other rumours suggest the phone will include 13MP rear camera, 8[Read More...]

by 8:30 PM on June 18, 2013 2 comments News, Phones, Rumours
FlashiZ launching QR and NFC payment service in Australia later this year

FlashiZ launching QR and NFC payment service in Australia later this year

If you’ve been following the news regarding contactless mobile payments through NFC, you might have seen that Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have been working with some of the major banks to bring SIM-based contactless mobile payments to Australian customers, as well as some of the major banks trialing their own NFC payment systems. Well later this year FlashiZ will be launching a contactless payment service here in Australia, that will allow customers to wirelessly pay for products with QR codes as well as NFC. FlashiZ which is operated out of Luxembourg is currently being supported by more than 500 merchants[Read More...]

by 5:09 PM on June 18, 2013 4 comments News, NFC
Falcon Pro hits Twitter token limit again, resets tokens

Falcon Pro hits Twitter token limit again, resets tokens

Falcon Pro, the popular Twitter app by Joaquim Vergès has once again hit Twitter’s 100,000 limit on user tokens, as also occurred earlier this year. Vergès has reset the application token, invalidating existing user authentications, and has released an update to the app with the new token. Falcon Pro users will need to login to the app again after installing the update. Settings will be maintained as they are stored within the app. @NitrozK @PaulOBrien @lennyuk it's the least dodgy solution… — Falcon for Android (@falcon_android) June 17, 2013 While this solution works in the short term, Twitter’s token limit[Read More...]

by 3:21 PM on June 18, 2013 3 comments Apps
HTC Desire 200 seen in the wild

HTC Desire 200 seen in the wild

Earlier this year, we learned that HTC was looking to bring back their Desire brand with two new handsets. The HTC Desire 200 was first spotted in May, being certified by the Taiwan National Communications Commission(NCC), and it’s resurfaced again, this time with video footage. HTCs plans for the resurrection of the Desire brand seems to indicate they will be using it as their ‘budget’ line; with the recently announced Desire 600 showing specs that are nothing spectacular and the HTC Desire 200 appears to be set to continue this trend offering some very low end specifications. Specs for the[Read More...]

by 9:12 AM on June 18, 2013 7 comments News, Phones
Android 4.2.2 update for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II possibly delayed

Android 4.2.2 update for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II possibly delayed

For those waiting for the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for their Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note II handset, it appears you will unfortunately be waiting quite a bit longer.  According to Sammobile twitter account the 4.2.2 update has been delayed until at least November.  The reason given is due to a new TouchWiz for the handsets. https://twitter.com/SamMobiles/status/344545767609999360 Recent leaks of ROMs and specific apps from the Galaxy S4 for the Galaxy S3 and Note II, show that they run quite acceptably on the slightly older models, so the conspiracy theorists are theorising that the real reason for the delay is[Read More...]

by 8:58 AM on June 18, 2013 17 comments News, OS Update
Google expanding retail availability of Chromebooks

Google expanding retail availability of Chromebooks

Google has today unveiled plans to expand retail availability of Chromebooks in the US and the rest of the world. At this stage only Harvey Norman and JB HiFi are listed as official suppliers of Chromebooks in Australia, but only at selected locations; however this announcement will see that expand by the end of the year with Google announcing : In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well. In practice we’ve found that because Harvey Norman owns both Domayne and Joyce Mayne, you can also purchase various Chromebooks at their[Read More...]

by 8:56 AM on June 18, 2013 0 comments Chromebook
Netgear PTV3000 Wireless Display Adapter now available

Netgear PTV3000 Wireless Display Adapter now available

Owners of Miracast certified phones have had very little in the way of options since the announcement of Miracast support in Android, but Netgear has finally made their Miracast certified PTV3000 Wireless Display Adapter available for sale in Australia. The Wirless display adapter should be filtering into stores who stock Netgear products now and is priced at a RRP of $89. The Miracast PTV3000 is listed as being compatible with the Nexus 4, LG Optimus G and the Sony Xperia T/TL; devices certified for Miracast can be found over on the Wi-Fi Alliance certification page and from their listing I[Read More...]

by 1:13 PM on June 17, 2013 17 comments Accessories
Google Doodles now live in Google Now

Google Doodles now live in Google Now

If you’ve loaded up Google Now this morning, you’ve probably noticed a new addition. The top image, which has previously been a fairly generic graphic that may vaguely relate to your location is now mirroring the Google Doodle that is currently on the Google webpage. As you can see, todays Google Doodle celebrates the 146th birthday of Australian poet Henry Lawson. Clicking on the Google Doodle in Google Now has the same effect as clicking the Doodle on the Google Search webpage, it takes you to the search results for ‘

by 10:28 AM on June 17, 2013 4 comments Uncategorized
HTC One mini confirmed by UA profile

HTC One mini confirmed by UA profile

While the HTC One mini has yet to be officially announced by HTC, we’ve been hearing an awful lot about it lately, and the latest information comes from HTC’s Taiwan website. HTC have user agent profiles for all their phones on their website, which detail the web browsing and mms capabilities of the devices, and HTC have just updated the site with the UA profile for the One mini. The profile confirms the name One mini (note, no capital ‘m’), the suspected display resolution of 1280×720, and that the phone will be running Android 4.2. At this stage, there isn’t[Read More...]

by 8:32 PM on June 15, 2013 3 comments Phones
Next Generation Nexus 7 hits the FCC (Update: Bluetooth SIG too)

Next Generation Nexus 7 hits the FCC (Update: Bluetooth SIG too)

With the one year anniversary of the debut of probably the most successful Android tablet to date – the Nexus 7 – fast approaching, apart from a possible appearance in a recent Google promo video there really hasn’t been much heard about the Nexus 7 Mk II - until today. An Asus tablet has just been spotted listed in the FCC online repository with a brand designation of ‘Nexus’. The Asus built tablet, model #:K009 is listed in the FCC certification documentation with a slew of hardware details which share a similarity with another recent arrival at the FCC the ME571K(K008) –[Read More...]

by 10:30 PM on June 14, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Earlier today, I made a phone call that sounded so clear that I felt like I was actually standing next to the person on the other end. Telstra have had HD voice for a while now, but being a long-standing Vodafone customer, I’ve not had the pleasure of experiencing it. Yesterday, Vodafone announced that they were commencing the rollout of their LTE network, but what they didn’t announce was that they are also trialling HD voice. After an excited, but confused few minutes, I did what all good nerds do, and took to Twitter to find out what was going[Read More...]

by 9:00 PM on June 14, 2013 7 comments Carriers
Acer say they won’t “rewrite Android” like other manufacturers are doing with their UIs

Acer say they won’t “rewrite Android” like other manufacturers are doing with their UIs

While manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, and Huawei are pushing skins for Android, Acer is determined to head in the other direction and leave Android’s UI alone. Speaking to TechRadar, president of Acer’s global smartphone divison, S T Liew, said that Acer didn’t need to “rewrite Android” because Android does a great job of serving up the right user interface. “People know Android, they like it, and we don’t want to try and change their behaviour.” He also added that the fact Acer doesn’t need to add the overhead of making their own UI means that updates are quicker[Read More...]

by 8:23 PM on June 14, 2013 5 comments News, Phones, Tablets