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Big W begins selling eBooks – DRM Protected with Adobe ID

Big W begins selling eBooks – DRM Protected with Adobe ID

If you’re a fan of reading then you’re probably all up in the eBook space and always on the look out for the next best place to get a great deal, especially if you go though books at the speed at which I do, now Big W has just announced that they’re selling eBooks. You’ll need to sign up to two places in order to get access to Big W books, firstly you’ll need an account with Big W/Woolworths, my Everyday Rewards account apparently is all I need to begin purchasing, otherwise you’ll be prompted to join up. The next[Read More...]

by 7:05 PM on September 26, 2013 8 comments Uncategorized
Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction – Asia and Australia stock

Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction – Asia and Australia stock

Earlier today we confirmed that Galaxy Note 3 stock sourced from Europe and the Americas are only able to be used with a sim card from their respective regions. While this does limit our options for purchasing a grey import, the greatest impact for Australian users will be if Asia Pacific handsets are subject to the same regional sim card restrictions, forcing owners to pay expensive global roaming rates when traveling to other regions rather than a cheaper local sim. The Note 3 is not released in Australia until 3 October so we were unable to confirm with any local[Read More...]

by 2:58 PM on September 26, 2013 45 comments News
Mystery ASUS tablet pops up at FCC in the US – could potentially be the next Transformer Pad?

Mystery ASUS tablet pops up at FCC in the US – could potentially be the next Transformer Pad?

A mysterious new ASUS tablet has popped up at the FCC overnight, leading to speculation that it could be the new Transformer Pad, reports Engadget. The filing for the tablet, given the model name TF502T, seems to in line with previous Transformer tablets released by the company, though sadly the filing doesn’t go into great detail with the only confirmed parts stating the device will come with 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC at the very least. The timing of the filing course matches the leaked ASUS roadmap and strategy revealed in August, in which we saw several new devices. Of[Read More...]

by 2:28 PM on September 26, 2013 4 comments Manufacturer, News, NFC, Tablets
Google Play Books now available in New Zealand

Google Play Books now available in New Zealand

It seems our poor neighbours across the Pacific Ocean are now finally able to purchase books from Google Play Store. The Mountain View company today announced the rollout of the feature to New Zealand and other Asian countries including Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Google has been slowly spreading its Play products across the world to Android users. While it would be awesome if they just flicked a big switch to bring all the Play Store products to everyone worldwide, rights & legal restrictions prevent such a scenario. Still, it is good to see our[Read More...]

by 2:18 PM on September 26, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Google spruces up Gmail application with card UI

Google spruces up Gmail application with card UI

Google have had a busy morning, cranking up the old rollout machine to update a number of their Android applications, including Hangouts and now Gmail. The Gmail update doesn’t add much in the way of functionality, but it gives the UI a bit of a polish, slightly darkening the action bar icons and ditching the transparency effect on the widget for starters. More noticeably, email threads now feature the card-style UI that Google are gradually incorporating into all their applications, breaking up each message into its own card. It certainly looks cleaner than the old version, but I’m not convinced[Read More...]

by 11:29 AM on September 26, 2013 11 comments Apps, News
European Galaxy Note 3 locked to European SIM cards

European Galaxy Note 3 locked to European SIM cards

Popular online UK phone retailers Clove and Handtec are reporting some unusual and surprising news this morning – Galaxy Note 3 phones purchased in Europe are only compatible with European sim cards. The European version is the same one that will be sold here in Australia and many other locations around the world, the SM-N9005 with Snapdragon 800. For Europeans it means that they will be unable to use local sim cards when traveling outside of Europe making mobile use much more expensive, and for us here in Australia it removes the option of importing the phone from Europe which[Read More...]

by 11:09 AM on September 26, 2013 8 comments News
Samsung offering a free case with any Galaxy Tab 3 purchased from Samsung Experience Store

Samsung offering a free case with any Galaxy Tab 3 purchased from Samsung Experience Store

Samsung are offering a deal to those customers looking to purchase a Galaxy Tab 3. If you purchase one of the Galaxy Tab 3 range the 7″, 8″ or 10.1″ from the Samsung Experience stores located at George Street in Sydney or at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne then you’ll receive a free case. The offer, which begins today and runs until 6pm(AEST) on the 29th of September will give you a choice of book covers for each of the tablets, the covers are available in White, Grey, Pink and Lime, but availability on the colours may vary. Of course[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on September 26, 2013 2 comments Deal
Google Hangouts updated with current user status and more

Google Hangouts updated with current user status and more

Google Hangouts for Android has received an update over night, or at least Google has begun the usual long, slow process of rolling it out to the more than 100 million – 500 million users who currently have the app installed. The update brings about one of the most requested updates to the app – the ability to see who is online – as well as a host of new features which are now listed on the Hangouts entry in Google Play : You can finally see who is on Hangouts! When you start a new Hangout, green icons show[Read More...]

by 10:45 AM on September 26, 2013 3 comments Apps, Google Play
Virgin Mobile announces pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3

Virgin Mobile announces pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3

When Telstra, Vodafone and Optus announced their pricing and plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Virgin Mobile advised they would be waiting to announce their plans this week, today they’ve announced that they are now taking pre-orders for the oversized phone on their web site for launch on the 3rd of October. The plans start from as little as $30 per month – with a $23 Handset payment – on a 24 month contract and range all the way up to the fully featured ‘Irresistible Plan’ gives you the phone with no handset repayments but has a $140 per[Read More...]

by 10:27 AM on September 26, 2013 0 comments News
Pressy rockets past $500 000 in funding

Pressy rockets past $500 000 in funding

Kickstarter project “Pressy – the Almighty Android Button” has flown past their initial crowdfunding goal of US $40,000 – 23,500 backers have lined up for the little multifunction button, sending its funding well over $500,000. Pressy fits into the headphone jack of your Android phone, and acts as a shortcut to any action that your phone can perform. A background service monitors the headset jack and activates only when the button is clicked, so that it doesn’t drain your battery. The application recognises the specific input and performs the desired action. The Pressy app works on all Android devices, versions 2.3 and[Read More...]

by 9:28 AM on September 26, 2013 12 comments News
Samsung releases the Golden Edition Galaxy S4

Samsung releases the Golden Edition Galaxy S4

Samsung Gulf, Samsung‘s arm in the United Arab Emirates, has announced on its Facebook page a Golden Edition Galaxy S4. The phones dazzle in Gold Brown and Gold Pink, leaving little doubt that these versions are only for its most financially fluid of customers. Samsung is never one to back down from a fight, perhaps this is a pre-emptive strike against therumoured gold variant of the HTC One, although it’s likely that Samsung has another popular device in its sights. Little information is available on the new colour variants, but it seems likely given the limited, region-specific announcement that these[Read More...]

by 9:01 AM on September 26, 2013 4 comments News, Rumours
Humble Mobile Bundle 2 goes on-sale

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 goes on-sale

The second Humble Bundle for Mobile has gone on-sale, it features games for Android Only at a ridiculously cheap price and as usual also offers you the chance to help two great charities – Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity. The basic premise of the Humble Bundle is that you can pay whatever you want and get 4 games, which this time around offers two completely new to Android titles – Star Command and Time Surfer – but you also get Punch Quest and Bloons TD 5. If however you want to pay more than the average donation which[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on September 26, 2013 1 comment Apps
Amazon announce newly updated Kindle Fire 7″ and new Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and 8.9″ for the US

Amazon announce newly updated Kindle Fire 7″ and new Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and 8.9″ for the US

After launching their Kindle Fire HD devices in Australia only in May this year, Amazon has announced two new tablets in their Kindle Fire range – the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and HDX 8.9″ – as well as announcing a spec boost and price drop for the Kindle Fire HD (7″). The new tablets have been announced for the US market and will begin shipping in the US over the next few months – they’re not currently available for pre-order in Australia. Content The forked Android build that Amazon use on their Kindle Fire tablets makes accessing content easy and[Read More...]

by 4:48 PM on September 25, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Tablets