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Lexathon Word Jumble – Addictive word fun

Lexathon Word Jumble – Addictive word fun

XandarMob is an Australian indie game developer based in Brisbane who have released Lexathon® word jumble onto Google Play. The game is basic in concept but addictive in nature; playing the game is simple — there is a 3×3 grid of letters, which you must use to create as many words containing at least 4 letters as possible, with all words including the letter located in the middle square and you can only use each letter once. You are able to shuffle the letter positions of the 8 letters surrounding the central letter at any time using the ‘Shuffle’ button[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on January 30, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
Play Store updates Nexus 4 status to ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’

Play Store updates Nexus 4 status to ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’

Today, Google updated the Nexus 4′s page on the Play Store from ‘Sold out’ to ‘Temporarily out of stock’. Google and LG have been working hard to produce more stock of the much-sought-after phone, and considering that the Nexus 4 will be available from Harvey Norman on Friday, and that it’s currently available from Best Buy in the US, it seems likely that the Play Store will be restocked soon as well. While we’re considering rumours, Droid Life has apparently received information that the Play Store will once again be selling the Nexus 4 tomorrow from 9am Pacific Time. Considering[Read More...]

by 6:52 PM on January 29, 2013 6 comments Google Play, Phones, Rumours
Android Accessories – Nexus 7 keyboard case

Android Accessories – Nexus 7 keyboard case

I’ve been on a quest to find some Android accessories – some “generic” items to use with any of my devices, and others which are specifically designed for my Nexus 7. This is a keyboard/case combo, that snaps onto the front of your Nexus 7 via 3 clips. It connects via Bluetooth, and can be charged via Mini-USB. To use, you slip your Nexus 7, in landscape mode, into the groove at the back of the keyboard. It sets it at a desirable angle for viewing and typing. As a case, it clips on to the front of your Nexus[Read More...]

by 6:50 PM on January 29, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Mini Reviews
Ausdroid Christmas appeal & the new Ausdroid Foundation

Ausdroid Christmas appeal & the new Ausdroid Foundation

2012 Christmas Appeal Back in December we ran a mini fundraiser for Variety the Children’s Charity, and in total, we raised $670 which was a stellar effort by all concerned. Today we received a letter from Variety thanking us for these donations, and we thought seeing as a number of you contributed to this, you should all be able to have a read of the letter we received. Ausdroid’s appeal, though, was not without its flaws. We weren’t too careful, and conducted this fundraiser without the authority of Variety, and that’s a bit naughty. We had a few hiccups with[Read More...]

by 5:57 PM on January 29, 2013 1 comment News
Plague, Inc – kill all the humans; now with zombies

Plague, Inc – kill all the humans; now with zombies

When I first heard of Plague, Inc, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The aim of the game is to make the human race extinct by creating and evolving a virus. It doesn’t take long to get hooked on the game, and it actually takes quite a bit of strategy. You have to try for the right balance of lethality and contagiousness so that it spreads across the world, but kills everyone before scientists have time to find a cure. It is definitely an odd game, but there’s a certain pride that comes from seeing that Australia is leading[Read More...]

by 2:19 PM on January 29, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
Vodafone now testing the Sony Xperia Z

Vodafone now testing the Sony Xperia Z

Vodafone has just announced that they’re now testing Sony’s new baby, the Xperia Z via their Google+ page. Sony’s latest flagship phone boasts a 5-inch, 1080p display powered by a quad-core 1.5 Ghz CPU and 2330 mAh battery, runs Jelly Bean 4.1.2 out of the box, and promises to be water- and dust-proof. To say it’s a highly sought-after item would be an understatement. The device is rumoured for release in Japan on February 9 and in Europe on February 18. While Vodafone hasn’t yet announced availability or pricing, it’s encouraging to know they’re already putting the device through its[Read More...]

by 10:48 AM on January 29, 2013 8 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 054 — It’s A Crowded One — 22/01/13

Ausdroid Podcast 054 — It’s A Crowded One — 22/01/13

Welcome back to the awesomeness that is the Ausdroid Podcast. We are hitting the airwaves or video waves whatever you want to call it with another killer show. Sit back and relax cause it’s about to get messy. The video can be downloaded manually or you can get it through the new RSS feed below and you can also watch the video through our Youtube Channel: AusdroidTV. You know the drill…

by 2:20 PM on January 28, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Ingress — Game Review

Ingress — Game Review

If you’ve been on Google+ any time in the last couple of months, you would have most likely seen the word ‘Ingress’ in trending topics. Infact, Ingress was trending for most of month of December. When I saw that word, the first thing I did was Google it and I found this video: A set up video for a new game, even though they insist that it is’t a game! The description gives some more information (as read like a release): Published on 15 Nov 2012 This world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake,[Read More...]

by 8:24 AM on January 28, 2013 11 comments Apps, Giveaway, Mini Reviews, Reviews
Ausdroid’s Phil Tann and his son Alex

Ausdroid’s Phil Tann and his son Alex

That’s who’s above in this photo, of course. Phil on the left, with his son Alex. Those who’ve been with Ausdroid for awhile have probably noticed Phil hasn’t been posting stories for a little while, and we thought it was time to tell you why. What follows is an abridged version of the story — we don’t want to alter Phil’s words too much. On the 3rd of January 2013, Phil’s son Alex was diagnosed with a brain tumour which required immediate neurosurgery to remove. What followed the diagnosis can only be described as the worst two weeks of Phil’s[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on January 27, 2013 19 comments Other
HTC One SV — Review

HTC One SV — Review

How does HTC’s latest instalment in the One line stack up? My love of Android phones has come and gone, and come again. My earliest Android handset was an HTC Magic (the G1 didn’t really count) and I loved it — it had a great form factor, good function, and it worked really well. My next HTC device was the Nexus One, and it was a stellar phone. I had, and used, the Nexus One for a good twelve months before the battery started to fade, and it never missed a beat. Unfortunately, my experience of HTC handsets soured after[Read More...]

by 12:36 PM on January 27, 2013 10 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC to offer a Mini to go with its larger handsets

HTC to offer a Mini to go with its larger handsets

Some of us know what it’s like to carry a giant phone in your pocket. Our own Matt Booth liked the original Galaxy Note, and now rocks a Galaxy Note 2, much to the amusement of the rest of us over our Christmas lunch, until we came to grips with how awesome the hardware was. Not all of us are comfortable with carrying a 5″ phablet in our pockets, or up to our heads and for us, HTC may be coming to the rescue. In order to make the HTC J Butterfly more appealing to those who (a) are happy[Read More...]

by 10:42 AM on January 27, 2013 12 comments News
More pictures of Galaxy Note 8.0 show up

More pictures of Galaxy Note 8.0 show up

We’ve heard bits and pieces about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in the last week or so. We had it confirmed by Samsung’s J K Shin that the Galaxy Note 8.0 would launch at the Mobile World Congress in February 2013. Then we saw some advertising imagery shown around the web. Now it looks like we have the first decent quality photos of the device itself, demonstrating the included S-Pen and companion software. As with the rest of the Samsung line, the Galaxy Note 8.0 appears to be running the TouchWiz UI, however those familiar with Samsung’s previous tablets might[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on January 27, 2013 9 comments News, Rumours, Tablets
Looking for something to do in Sydney for Australia Day? Use this app.

Looking for something to do in Sydney for Australia Day? Use this app.

Are you in Sydney and a little lost for something to do on Australia Day, and wanting to get out there in the community and get involved in some Australia Day events? Sure you are. The NSW Australia Day Council has updated its Australia Day app for 2013, and you can download the latest version from the Play Store today. This app should help you find events in your area, though conventional knowledge suggests that most of the ‘bigger ticket’ events are likely to be in and around the Sydney CBD, though there are local events all around the place[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on January 26, 2013 0 comments Apps, News