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Google leaving out the in-page search bar in search results

Google leaving out the in-page search bar in search results

It looks like the search behaviour from Android’s version of Chrome is coming across to the desktop, with Google dropping off the in-page search bar on search results pages for some users. While this isn’t the most earth-shattering news, it is none the less a bit of a change in behaviour, and it seems that more than a few users don’t really like it. We received the tip from Tarrant Marshall, and he’s definitely not a fan. Other users have chimed in on Google’s Product Forums, questioning the new move. Not sure what we’re talking about? On Chrome for Android,[Read More...]

by 3:19 PM on August 25, 2014 2 comments Google Services
Nexus 5 Black back in stock on Google Play

Nexus 5 Black back in stock on Google Play

Earlier this month, the Black coloured Nexus 5 went out of stock on Google Play in both 16GB and 32GB versions. The good news is, that Google has replenished supplies of the Nexus 5 and you can now purchase the phone again through Google Play, with an estimated shipping date of the 29th of August. The 16GB White Nexus 5 also briefly dropped to ‘Out of Stock’ status soon after the Black versions sold out, but it too is showing stock due to ship on the 29th of August. Pricing for the Nexus 5 remains at $399 for the 16GB[Read More...]

by 12:15 PM on August 25, 2014 6 comments Google Play, Manufacturer, Phones
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and SmartWatch 3 teased by Sony

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and SmartWatch 3 teased by Sony

Sony is one of a number of manufacturers planning announcements for IFA, we were already expecting the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, and had seen inklings of a Z3 tablet compact, but it seems there may be a Sony SmartWatch 3 as well according to the teaser on the Sony Facebook page. The teaser comes as a part of a promo for the ‘SmartBand Summer School’ on the Sony Xperia Hub Facebook page, showing a new watch with slightly different design to the SmartWatch 2. It also shows quite a nice looking compact tablet. We’re almost positive that the[Read More...]

by 10:19 AM on August 25, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Smartwatch, Tablets
Boost Juice app now allows you to order your juice fix at your local store

Boost Juice app now allows you to order your juice fix at your local store

To date, the Boost Juice app has been a somewhat less than feature packed app. With a few basic features like store locator, menu and Boost Juice Vibe Member functions, it’s apparently learned a new trick with the latest update. Members can now order their favourite juice from their local or favourite store, then pay for their order using 10 Boost Vibe Points, Vibe cash, Credit Card or eGift Card. We are not sure what Vibe Cash is, however this sounds like a pre-loading of money onto your Vibe card to make purchases. Similar to what Starbucks Coffee’s offer on[Read More...]

by 9:44 AM on August 25, 2014 5 comments Apps
Rumour: Next Nexus phone to be called Nexus X

Rumour: Next Nexus phone to be called Nexus X

Nexus release time means you have to carry a large grain of salt at all times, so with that in mind, here we go. Leaker @TKTechNews, famous for initially leaking the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, is reporting this morning that the upcoming Motorola Nexus phone will be called the Nexus X – model # XT1100. TK has provided the above screenshot from the website Fnac, an international entertainment retailer, which he’s using for proof of this assertion. A search of the Fnac website, brings up no results for Nexus X or XT1100 – meaning that the page was either pulled,[Read More...]

by 9:38 AM on August 25, 2014 13 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
LG Tease A Round G Watch

LG Tease A Round G Watch

LG, along with Samsung, were first out of the blocks with their Android Wear smartwatch, the LG G Watch. It was a basic square watch which seemed to be lacking that final finishing touches. At the time LG said that they didn’t have time to include everything they wanted in the G Watch including a heart rate monitor. They were put under pressure by Google to have the G Watch ready for Google IO and the official release of Android Wear. Since then we have seen rumours of a successor to the G Watch arriving soon. Last week we reported[Read More...]

by 10:20 PM on August 24, 2014 7 comments News
Chrome Remote Desktop to receive Screen Record functions

Chrome Remote Desktop to receive Screen Record functions

Chrome Remote Desktop is set to receive another update which will extend its usefulness – the ability to record your screen for future playback. Chrome advocate François Beaufort has advised ‘that the chromium team is adding Record button to the Chrome Remote Desktop App’. This useful feature will be highly useful for people looking to record “how to” guides. Any budding developers looking to build their own Chromoting App, are encouraged to check out the Google Code Review for instructions. What would you like to see to add a killer feature to Chromoting?

by 2:39 PM on August 24, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services, News
Android 4.4.3 rolling out to Telstra HTC One (M7) owners

Android 4.4.3 rolling out to Telstra HTC One (M7) owners

HTC has begun seeding their Android 4.4.3 update to HTC One (M7) handsets within Australia and the first carrier off the rank is Telstra. The firmware version being seeded is 6.11.841.7 at a total size of 551.45MB, so probably best downloading the update via WiFi. The firmware update, which is Android 4.4.3 brings along a few updates including: Android 4.4.3 Firmware OpenSSL Security improvements Application updates for the Camera, Gallery & Sync Manager If you haven’t received a notification advising you of this new update, you can go to Settings > About Device > Software update > Check for updates.[Read More...]

by 2:26 PM on August 24, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Ok Google, What’s an Avocado? – Android Wear voice Search

Ok Google, What’s an Avocado? – Android Wear voice Search

Android Wear is getting a pretty big push from Google – rightfully so – it’s their next big step for Android before Android Auto, Android TV and Android One get released. The latest commercial shows off Voice Search, because sometimes you just want to find out something there and then, and why not? You have access to a wealth of knowledge through your phone, and now by extension your wrist, so ask away ‘Ok Google, What’s an Avocado?’

by 11:53 AM on August 24, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
Get a Chromecast deal this weekend.

Get a Chromecast deal this weekend.

The Chromecast is a great little device, it gives a lot of functionality for a mere $49, but who wants to pay full retail? Well, don’t, here’s a couple of ways to get a Chromecast for a discount. We’ve seen quite a few deals from Dick Smith of late, but it seems you can also get a good deal from JB Hifi at the moment. Over on OzBargain , user Chthonic describes a deal that will get you a Chromecast in-store for $39.20. Apparently JB are running a promotion on their gift cards: Buy a $50 Gift Card and get[Read More...]

by 11:45 AM on August 24, 2014 0 comments Chromecast
Dick Smith Runs on Google Apps and Drive

Dick Smith Runs on Google Apps and Drive

During the Google I/O keynote, Drive was featured for a few minutes to show off new updates for Workplaces. Updates included unlimited storage for all Google Apps, as well as collaboration tools for the low price of $10 per employee per month?! It seems one of Australia’s favourite electronics retailers – Dick Smith – began using Google Apps a year ago and Daniel Chiha, Communications Specialist (Operations) at Dick Smith has described the transition and benefits on the Google Enterprise blog. Dick Smith employs over 3,000 staff across 376 stores around Australia and New Zealand. The logistics of dealing with[Read More...]

by 11:27 AM on August 24, 2014 3 comments Google Services, News
More Motorola Shamu Evidence Surfaces

More Motorola Shamu Evidence Surfaces

Towards the end of July we saw leaks of a possible Motorola-made Nexus phablet with the codename Shamu surface. The Shamu didn’t go into hiding after that either with another rumour that it was to become an Android Silver device and would actually be released as the Moto S. Today another piece to the Shamu puzzle surfaced. Over in India a mention of a Shamu device with the code number XT1112 appeared in an import/export tracking system. While it is not the most reliable of sources there is a definite mention of “SHAMU PHONES (PROTOTYPE) (FOR DEMO PURPOSE) MOTOROLA XT1112”.[Read More...]

by 9:41 PM on August 23, 2014 6 comments News
HTC Nexus tablet certified by the WiFi Alliance

HTC Nexus tablet certified by the WiFi Alliance

The much rumoured HTC Nexus tablet – codenamed ‘Volantis’ or ‘Flounder’ – is very much anticipated after Google let the 1-year release window for their Nexus 7 line slide without any new announcements. The tablet has apparently quietly slipped through the WiFi Alliance – the certification body for WiFi capable devices – earlier this month. It’s an AOSP, Android L device, which is a great sign that this is indeed a Nexus device, with Google traditionally releasing a reference device for each new software platform. The listing, as you can see, also uses the fishy ‘Flounder’ code-name which Google traditionally[Read More...]

by 7:36 AM on August 23, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Rumours, Tablets