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Optus Smart Safe online backup service closing its doors on December 1

Optus Smart Safe online backup service closing its doors on December 1

Optus has written in a letter to users that its online backup service Smart Safe will close, effective December 1 2014. The Smart Safe site has not yet been updated to reflect the closure. The service, which provided backup solutions for PCs and mobile devices, was provided for Optus customers by F-Secure – who also previously provided antivirus software for Optus customers. F-Secure has advised Optus that they’re shutting the Smart Safe product down (curious wording, that), and will offer its own services under its younited service. The termination of the product could reflect low customer uptake, which might itself[Read More...]

by and 4:13 PM on October 29, 2014 2 comments Apps, Carriers
Google Fit – effortless tracking of all your physical activity

Google Fit – effortless tracking of all your physical activity

After its announcement at Google I/O earlier this year and a subdued presence as a step counter on our Android Wear watches for the last few months, Google has finally unleashed Google Fit, its take on keeping all of your personal fitness data in once place. Google wants Google Fit to be an effortless way to track your fitness activity – you don’t need to carry a Fitbit, Jawbone or any other fitness tracker anymore; just carry your phone or your Android Wear device. Google Fit will use the sensors in those devices to monitor when you’re active – whether[Read More...]

by and 1:00 PM on October 29, 2014 5 comments Apps, Google Play, Google Services, News
Expansys offering refurbished Nexus 4 with free bumper case from $157 including shipping

Expansys offering refurbished Nexus 4 with free bumper case from $157 including shipping

Expansys Australia has some pretty cheap prices on officially refurbished LG Nexus 4 phones at the moment. You can choose from the 8GB or 16 GB models and they also come with a free bumper case. The 8GB version costs $139, while the 16GB version costs $154. Both phones incur shipping costs of $18 with DHL or $22 shipping with Toll. Both phones come with a free bumper case, but you’re after a panda Nexus (the white model), you’re out of luck – it’s all black. Expansys says the phones have been factory refurbished & quality checked, come in a[Read More...]

by 12:43 PM on October 29, 2014 4 comments Deal, Phones
Australian Nexus 6 pre-orders to begin tomorrow on Google Play?

Australian Nexus 6 pre-orders to begin tomorrow on Google Play?

With US pre-orders for the Nexus 6 due to go live in the wee hours of Friday morning, we’ve been wondering whether prospective Australian customers will be included in the fun or not. Google hasn’t actually told us when pre-orders will begin for Australia (but then they seldom do), rumours have put the phone’s release window in December for the UK, while Motorola’s official statement after the launch announcements did say that the phone would be available for pre-orders here before the end of the month. Of course, a pre-order isn’t a promise of delivery by a particular date, either.[Read More...]

by 12:17 PM on October 29, 2014 30 comments Google Play, Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Yatango adds the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 to their range

Yatango adds the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 to their range

Online gadgets and goodies supermarket Yatango Shopping has added the yet-to-be released Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices to their ever-growing range. Before you get too excited, neither device is yet showing any availability, ETA or (possibly most importantly) cost on their pages. While we’re still waiting on information about the availability of the Nexus 6 in Australia, if you’re wanting to get your hands on the Nexus 9 it’s probably going to be quicker to pay up and order via the Play Store. If the Nexus 6 becomes available via Yatango before it’s on the Play Store, will you[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on October 29, 2014 9 comments News, Phones, Tablets
Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

We’ve all been drooling over the release of Lollipop, Material Design and all the latest Nexus devices over the last few weeks, but now it’s time to turn our attention to HTC‘s Sense Android customisations, and how it’ll look with a Material Design-based UI overhaul. Sense 6 saw a “flatter” design over competitors like Samsung and LG‘s UI layers, so the company was already closer – in a ‘sense’, at least – to the flat design that everyone loved and Google wanted. With Sense 7, HTC seems to want to continue this trend, making their UI blend with the OS’[Read More...]

by 10:28 AM on October 29, 2014 4 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Material Design inspired wallpaper to rollout as new default wallpaper for ChromeOS

Material Design inspired wallpaper to rollout as new default wallpaper for ChromeOS

Material Design is Google’s new cross platform design language which will be used across their mobile, desktop and web platforms. The Android Material Design look is about to rollout to Android devices with the release of Android Lollipop, but ChromeOS is about to see just a hint of things to come with a new wallpaper. If you’re familiar with the current Android L(Lollipop) Developer Preview, you’ll be intimately familiar with the above wallpaper, which is the default option when you first login. OMGChrome has downloaded the new wallpaper destined for ChromeOS devices, which is available in two resolutions (1366×800 and[Read More...]

by 3:33 PM on October 28, 2014 0 comments ChromeOS
Cyanogen announces a new device sync service in partnership with Nextbit, called Baton

Cyanogen announces a new device sync service in partnership with Nextbit, called Baton

Moving Android devices can be a long, slow painful process, especially if you’re not using Titanium Backup, Helium or any other backup solutions. CyangogenMod has today announced a new feature, from startup company Nextbit called Baton, that will offer a cloud-sync and backup solution for Android devices, which will seemlessly let you change back and forth between those devices at will. This new software is designed to backup and sync the sum total of a person’s apps and data, not only making it effortless to switch between devices, but insuring against the devastation of lost data from damaged or stolen[Read More...]

by 3:13 PM on October 28, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Modding
Fitbit adds Charge and Surge to their activity tracker range

Fitbit adds Charge and Surge to their activity tracker range

Fitbit has been at the forefront of activity trackers since they were founded in 2007 and today has announced its new activity tracker range, including a watch that is a rival to the fitness-oriented Android Wear smartwatches. Last week we saw a leak of a document showing this new fitband, but Fitbit Australia did not comment – it seems we didn’t have to wait long for an official word from them, though. Fitbit today announced three variations of activity tracker, the Fitbit Charge, the Fitbit Charge HR, and the Fitbit Surge. The Fitbit Charge is a wristband that delivers “all-day[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on October 28, 2014 2 comments News
Samsung has no current plans to release any new Chromebooks in Australia

Samsung has no current plans to release any new Chromebooks in Australia

When Google first introduced Chromebooks, Samsung, with their manufacturing scale were quickly able to release both Chromebooks, and Chromeboxes. When Google launched Chromebooks in Australia, Samsung were part of the inital launch, offering the Samsung Series 3 – but it’s been quiet on the Chromebook front from Samsung since then with other manufacturers such as Acer, Toshiba and HP apparently taking over the Australian Chromebook market. Samsung hasn’t been resting in the Chromebook market announcing the Chromebook 2 earlier this year, and it has been selling in the US for a few months now. Samsung recently announced they had ceased[Read More...]

by 9:42 AM on October 28, 2014 1 comment Chromebook, Manufacturer
Nexus Player international rollout may mirror the Chromecast

Nexus Player international rollout may mirror the Chromecast

The Nexus Player may have finally received FCC certification in the US and finally gone back up for pre-order in the US, but out here in the rest of the world, availability information remains scarce. Rumours are now starting to circulate that Google may be holding the Nexus Player back from international release and will roll it out on a schedule that mirrors the Chromecast launch. According to Dutch site, Techtastic, Google won’t be rolling the Nexus Player out to Europe until the end of Q1 2015. Essentially around the same time that the Chromecast launched in the UK this[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 28, 2014 11 comments Android TV
OnePlus opened up pre-orders for an hour last night – Did you order one?

OnePlus opened up pre-orders for an hour last night – Did you order one?

After nearly 5 full months of selling their phone using a much derided invite-only system, OnePlus accepted pre-orders for their phone last night – for an hour. Beginning at 2am AEDT, customers who have been champing at the bit to get their hands on the phone, were able to – in theory – pre-order the phone. But as with any launch there were problems. Starting with Paypal, the payment provider that OnePlus used to accept payments for the pre-orders, which apparently had issues with the PayPal risk buyer protection. But it didn’t end there, some customers had issues with responsiveness[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 28, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones
LG G3 to get Lollipop update by the end of this year (hopefully)

LG G3 to get Lollipop update by the end of this year (hopefully)

LG Germany’s facebook page has recently announced that the LG G3 will get an Android 5.0 Lollipop update at some point in the fourth quarter of the year which hopefully means we will see it before the end of this year. We would like to inform you herewith that there is a 5.0 upgrade for the LG Lollipop G3 will be released in the fourth quarter of 2014. Android. The upgrade package for the LG G2 will follow. As always these updates will roll out in stages and will usually roll out to unlocked devices first, followed by carrier-specific models[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 28, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones