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Machinarium republished under Amanita Design

Machinarium republished under Amanita Design

After my Machinarium article a couple of weeks ago, some of you noticed that the game was no longer visible in the Play Store. We now know the reason for this. It seems that the publishers of Machinarium – Hothead Games, and the developers – Amanita Design have had a bit of a disagreement regarding this game. Amanita Design have responded to questions on Facebook with the following statement hi, we had to republished Machinarium for Android because the older version was published by Canadian publisher Hothead Games. the collaboration wasn’t ideal so we agreed to end it and publish[Read More...]

by 11:42 AM on March 12, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Is this the Motorola X Phone?

Is this the Motorola X Phone?

Update: No, this isn’t the Motorola X Phone. Looks like a false render. I mean really, who would have guessed — the image was really poor quality, and the specs seemed a little unreal. Sorry folks, we’re as excited about the X Phone as you are, but this isn’t it. It must be leak season. Seemingly spurred on by Samsung leaking all sorts of things about the upcoming Galaxy S IV, Motorola might be jumping on the bandwagon releasing some details about the rumoured X Phone, together with a very blurry image to boot. The X Phone was rumoured to[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on March 12, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Samsung releases next teaser video for their Samsung Unpacked event

Samsung releases next teaser video for their Samsung Unpacked event

Samsung continues to tease us, releasing a new video overnight for their Samsung Unpacked event. Last time we saw Jeremy, he was entrusted with the biggest job of his life – guarding a box which apparently contains the secret product from the Samsung Unpacked event. From watching the video it appears that Jeremy still can’t keep his hands to himself and continues to open the box — What’s in the box?. He does let us know that whatever is in there comes in his favourite colour. From the end of the video with Jeremy looking ready to get dressed for[Read More...]

by 5:26 AM on March 12, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer
Want Google Glass now? Tangerine Dev Kit now available on eBay for US$8000

Want Google Glass now? Tangerine Dev Kit now available on eBay for US$8000

If you’re really desperate to get your hands on Google Glass then you can try your luck with this auction over on eBay where a Russian user has put up a pair of Google Glass – Tangerine for sale. Bids on the auction are currently at US$8,201.00 with 36 people having bid on the device. The seller Iozterika, has a 100% positive feedback rating, however the only thing I can see the seller has sold previously is some tea. There is a pic of a rather dodgy looking box with the sellers username handwritten on a piece of paper next[Read More...]

by 5:19 AM on March 12, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Glass
Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S IV may have just leaked in China

Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S IV may have just leaked in China

With just over 3 days to go till the New York announcement which should see the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, it appears that a phone purported to be the new handset has been leaked onto a Chinese forum. With a model number of the GT-I9502 the phone has been shown off from all angles and at first looks appears to be fairly legitimate – as far as these things go – showing a physical home key and a capactative key either side. The photos also show a leaked screenshot of Antutu running which gives away some key[Read More...]

by 10:05 PM on March 11, 2013 15 comments Phones, Rumours
Samsung Experience Store opening in Melbourne, Thursday 14th of March

Samsung Experience Store opening in Melbourne, Thursday 14th of March

Melbournians, you’ve asked for it and now it’s finally coming. As Buzz posted back in January the Samsung Experience store is having its Grand Opening this Thursday the 14th of March, at the newly developed Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne. There will be a press event prior to the stores Official Opening to the public on the day, which is expected to be around 10am. Unlike its sister store in Sydney which is within sight of the main Apple Store in town, from looking around at Google Maps, there doesn’t appear to be an actual Apple store within cooee of[Read More...]

by 7:25 PM on March 11, 2013 6 comments News
Optus begins revamp of retail strategy – new stores and service focused

Optus begins revamp of retail strategy – new stores and service focused

Optus is looking to refresh their customer experience by revamping their retail experience across 10 retail stores opening this month along the east coast of Australia as ‘yes’ pilot stores. The re-branded concept stores will continue to roll out across their existing stores over the next 12 months and include the addition of 33 new stores as well as 200 new retail staff. The overhaul of the retail experience will also include an overhaul of the Optus website and Optus branded applications. The new stores are beginning to open now, with Hornsby in NSW opening last week and further stores[Read More...]

by 10:15 AM on March 11, 2013 15 comments Carriers
Samsung considering Wifi Galaxy Camera for Australian Market

Samsung considering Wifi Galaxy Camera for Australian Market

Last month just prior to Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced that they were launching a Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The 3G version of the Galaxy Camera has so far been pretty well received in Australia, which is currently selling through Harvey Norman and other retailers. However, we have seen some people commenting that with the extra cost of including the 3G radio inside the camera a cheaper Wi-Fi model would be appreciated. We asked Samsung if they were looking to release the Wi-Fi verison of the Samsung Galaxy Camera in Australia and they advised : At[Read More...]

by 10:02 AM on March 11, 2013 1 comment Camera
Designing and manufacturing the HTC One – Go behind the scenes to hear how it’s done

Designing and manufacturing the HTC One – Go behind the scenes to hear how it’s done

HTC is very proud of their latest flagship device the HTC One and it certainly is a very beautiful looking device. To show you exactly what’s involved in building the phone and what went into the design process they’ve released a video with HTC Creative Director, Daniel Hundt and Jethro Liou, Senior Director, Manufacturing Design describing the process. The video shows the manufacturing process, which uses custom designed CNC machining techniques to hollow out the all-aluminum frame in awesome detail. It goes to show just how much effort goes in to making these very beautiful devices. Check it out and[Read More...]

by 3:56 AM on March 9, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Specs for a new Facebook phone from HTC emerge

Specs for a new Facebook phone from HTC emerge

It was just over 2 years ago that the first Facebook phone the HTC ChaCha was announced and almost as long since the second Facebook phone, the HTC Salsa was announced. According to the @evleaks twitter account there’s a new Facebook phone incoming and it will again be a HTC built device. Codenamed the HTC Myst and with no mention of a physical keyboard, the phone is expected to be candybar design similar to the Salsa, although a slider style phone can’t be ruled out completely. The phone would be expected to feature a hardware Facebook button like the previous[Read More...]

by 3:29 AM on March 9, 2013 5 comments Phones, Rumours
Google Glass can be used to identify people in a crowd

Google Glass can be used to identify people in a crowd

As Google Glass gets closer to a public release, we are likely to see more and more awesome and inventive uses for the new technology. Last week at the HotMobile technology conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia, scientists from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and the University of Durham, North Carolina unveiled an application for the heads-up display called InSight, that was part financed by Google itself. What is remarkable about InSight is that it does not use facial recognition technology to identify people, but rather uses a ‘fashion profile’, known as a spatiogram, which is generated by a[Read More...]

by 1:47 PM on March 8, 2013 5 comments Apps, Glass
To root or not to root?

To root or not to root?

[toc] It’s no secret that many Android users around the world – Ausdroid staff included – root their phones and sometimes change ROMs installed on their devices on quite a regular basis. Given some of the confusion, misinformation and FUD out there, we thought it was time to bring some clarity to the process. Rooting and ROMing is a process you should only undertake if you understand the risks: Bricked phones – This means that something gets broken in the operating system that prevents the phone from booting (it’s a useful as a brick) Voiding warranty – Depending on your[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on March 8, 2013 27 comments News, Other
Deal site Catch of the Day launches their own Chrome Extension

Deal site Catch of the Day launches their own Chrome Extension

The well known Australian sale site ‘Catch of the Day’ has released their own Chrome Extension. For users of Chrome or ChromeOS simply navigating to the site will now prompt you to install the extension as you can see above. Simply clicking ‘Install The Extension’ should be enough to get you under way. Once installed the extension will appear in the extensions section of your browser and clicking it will show you the current sales in action on the Catch Of The Day website. It’s a pretty good extension actually and particularly good if you’re a keen bargain hunter. Head[Read More...]

by 10:47 AM on March 8, 2013 0 comments News