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HP announces Australian pricing for their upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14 refresh

HP announces Australian pricing for their upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14 refresh

We know they’re coming, HP advised we should be seeing the updated HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 in the early days of October. Today, HP advised the pricing for the Chromebooks as well as the colour options we’ll be seeing. The Chromebook 11 will becoming in Snow White (unfortunately no Ocean Turquoise for us), while the Chromebook 14 will be available in Smoke Silver or Sorbet Orange. Both devices will come with 100GB of Google Drive storage valid for two years and carry a $399 price tag, but curiously HP has advised that the price will be from $399[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on September 11, 2014 7 comments News
Gameloft releases Spider-Man Unlimited into Google Play

Gameloft releases Spider-Man Unlimited into Google Play

Gameloft has seen some success with the last two movie tie-in games for the Amazing Spiderman, but today’s release won’t cost you a cent to try out. Gameloft has followed their usual freemium model and released Spider-Man Unlimited into Google Play for Free, with the usual ‘Offers in-app purchases’ addendum. The game contains a cell-shaded graphic style, which lets you take on the role of Spiderman in an endless runner style game, that Gameloft are calling an ‘arcade web-runner’. Spider-Man Unlimited contains a narrative to go with the game, with two issues containing different villians – The Green Goblin (Issue[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on September 11, 2014 4 comments Apps
Nearly 5 Million Gmail login credentials were leaked  – less than 2% were valid

Nearly 5 Million Gmail login credentials were leaked – less than 2% were valid

We all like to think our accounts are secure, but every time we hear about a breach we all shudder a little. Well, overnight Time Magazine reported on leak of 4.93 million usernames and passwords, being posted on a Russian Bitcoin security forum late Tuesday. While the forum where the leak occured, assured that at least 60% of the credentials leaked were in fact active and ready to be ‘used’, the reality is, that that was not the case. As usual, Google was onto the leak and advised that they were aware of the leak and reported on the legitimacy[Read More...]

by 3:23 PM on September 11, 2014 6 comments Google Services
Nexus 5 replacement program is US Only

Nexus 5 replacement program is US Only

Last week, a few outlets in the US cottoned onto the story of Joshua D, who posted on Google+ (in a post that is no longer on-line) about having his Nexus 5 replaced by the Google Play support team after smashing it. The Google Play team member he spoke to also advised that Google had implemented a one-time replacement policy for Nexus 5 phones. So is this something we can all take advantage of? In a word No. It seems that even in the US, there are varying reports on how effective this is, with Droid-Life updating their post to[Read More...]

by 2:56 PM on September 11, 2014 11 comments Google Play, Phones
Telstra details plans to expand 4G LTE service into 700 Mhz space

Telstra details plans to expand 4G LTE service into 700 Mhz space

At an event in Sydney this morning, Telstra is announcing enhancements to its 4G LTE service. The carrier expects to expand the footprint of its 4G coverage so that reach 90% of the Australian population by the end of January 2015. Telstra plans to use the 700 MHz spectrum from 1 January to cover a 3km radius of the CBDs of all capital cities and 50 regional locations. In some areas, where it’s used in conjunction with an existing network, it’ll double Telstra’s 4G network capacity. This seems like the logical extension of the expanded 700 Mhz trial that was[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on September 11, 2014 9 comments Carriers
Virgin Mobile begins offering incentives to customers who switch to their network

Virgin Mobile begins offering incentives to customers who switch to their network

After Optus began offering incentives to customers who switch over to their network last Sunday, we’ve seen Telstra join in, and now Virgin Mobile has announced that they too will be offering incentives to customers who switch over to the Virgin Mobile network. Virgin Mobile has announced that from Friday the 12th of September in-store or the 13th on-line, until the 19th of October, all new customers who sign up on a 24 month plan with Virgin Mobile will be allocated an additional 2GB of Data per month to their plan. Not forgetting their existing customer base either, Virgin is[Read More...]

by 9:10 AM on September 11, 2014 5 comments Carriers
HTC to host a ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October

HTC to host a ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October

HTC has sent invites overnight to press, inviting them to an event in New York on the 8th of October. The event has been called ‘Double Exposure’, which from the release of the HTC One M8, seems an obvious reference to their Duo-Camera setup – but what could the event be for? While a HTC Tablet is possible (probably not the HTC Nexus 9), the timing of the event suggests it’s most likely going to be something in the realm of the HTC One M8 Max. The HTC One Max, launched last year in mid-October, so timing wise, this matches[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on September 11, 2014 3 comments Events, Manufacturer
Humble Mobile Bundle 7 launches with six games for a low-low price

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 launches with six games for a low-low price

The good folks over at the Humble Bundle are back again, this time launching the Humble Mobile Bundle 7, offering six games, with the promise of more to come, for one low-low price. If you don’t want to pay much at all, you can grab The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium and Heroes of Loot, or if you pay above the average price, which at this stage stands at US$3.90, you can grab Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn and Sorcery! as well as any more games that will be added to the bundle in the future. As usual you can[Read More...]

by 8:27 AM on September 11, 2014 0 comments Apps
NVidia mentions HTC made Nexus 9 in legal documents

NVidia mentions HTC made Nexus 9 in legal documents

Well, there’s always some lapse in secrecy surrounding the development of devices, this time it’s the Nexus 9 and it’s some legal documents which have spilled the beans. Earlier this month, chip-maker Nvidia, brought legal action agains competitors Samsung and Qualcomm, claiming they are using technology in their GPUs without paying royalties to NVidia. It’s in the documents for this case, that BrightSideOfNews found a reference to the Nexus 9, with NVidia outing the name, manufacturer and release window as well as confirming it will be powered by the Tegra K1. Nvidia references the Nexus 9 in the documents, stating[Read More...]

by 8:01 AM on September 11, 2014 9 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Android Distribution numbers show KitKat is on almost a quarter of all devices

Android Distribution numbers show KitKat is on almost a quarter of all devices

September has brought about a new update to the Android distribution numbers, and after reaching the heady heights of being on one-fifth of all Android devices last month, KitKat is now sitting on the edge of hitting the 25% mark. After racking up 54.5% market share in the Android world, Jelly Bean has shown only a slight dip in its share, retaining top spot on 54.4% of all Android devices. Former king-pin Gingerbread is now on only 11.6% of devices and looks set to continue its downward trend. So too is Ice-Cream Sandwich heading south, dropping 1% of market share[Read More...]

by 7:45 AM on September 11, 2014 3 comments News
So, yesterday Apple did something. Our only iPhone 6 / iWatch post.

So, yesterday Apple did something. Our only iPhone 6 / iWatch post.

Look, we write about Android stuff here, and sometimes that strays into things Google’s doing within its on ecosystem, as well as things that are Chrome, and otherwise of interest. We tend not to write about Apple much. Ausdroid does Android, and there are plenty of other places that talk about tech generally, and that talk about Apple stuff only. However, this little graphic, shown above, prepared by none other than Ron Amadeo from ArsTechnica, caught our attention and it seems worth mentioning if only because we’ve not said a word about the iPhone 6, and maybe we should acknowledge[Read More...]

by 6:34 AM on September 11, 2014 19 comments Opinion, Other
Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

About a month ago, it was reported that Google had unofficially extended the refund window for Play Store purchases out to two hours, instead of the somewhat miserly fifteen minutes that had existed for quite some time beforehand. Well, that’s now become official. Originally, the Play Store allowed users a full 24 hours to evaluate purchases with the option to refund, before the purchase became final, but in 2010, that was slashed to just fifteen minutes. There was a bit of an outcry at the time, but to be fair to Google, that’s still fifteen minutes more than Apple gives[Read More...]

by 6:13 AM on September 11, 2014 2 comments Google Play, News
Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google has finally decided to start integrating Google Hangouts with its older sibling Google Voice. We started hearing murmurs about this yesterday but it seems we’ve woken up this morning to the news that it’s done. A new app, called Hangouts Dialer, has landed on the play store and it enables some cool new features inside Google Hangouts. Primarily, it gives users the ability to make phone calls from within Hangouts. So what, you might think. Well, here’s what. Users can place a call to any phone number in the world, with calls to the US and Canada being free of charge.[Read More...]

by 6:06 AM on September 11, 2014 11 comments Apps, News