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Nexus 4 gets a design upgrade?

Nexus 4 gets a design upgrade?

It seems that the hackers favourite friend, the Nexus 4, has recently ducked out for a bit of a nip and tuck.  German site Mobiflip noticed a couple of changes to the Nexus 4 they received that while seemingly minor may make a significant difference.  I say “may make a significant difference” as there has not been any announcements from either LG or Google as to the reasons for the changes.  Speculation of the reason for them is rife on the Internet, as is often the case. The first change — a phone with nipples? The new version of the Nexus[Read More...]

by 7:25 AM on March 30, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Give your Android device a new look with Roboto Condensed

Give your Android device a new look with Roboto Condensed

One of the aesthetic differences HTC have made to Android in their fifth iteration of Sense is the replacement of the regular weight Roboto with Roboto Condensed. I happen to really like the look of the condensed font and so I set out to make the same change on my HTC One X with CM10.1. I came across an update.zip over at XDA-Developers that replaces the default system font with Roboto Condensed. Your phone must have a custom recovery installed, and although the thread is for the Galaxy Nexus, it does work fine on other devices. But things can always[Read More...]

by 7:59 PM on March 29, 2013 1 comment Modding
Motorola RAZR M — Jelly Bean Update — OS Review

Motorola RAZR M — Jelly Bean Update — OS Review

From the moment I finished watching the Livestream of the RAZR M launch I knew I wanted to get my hands on this phone. I loved the idea of a smaller, more manageable size phone with a display that was still big enough for my man-sized fingertips. The 3.5in display on my 4th Gen iPod is genuinely difficult for me to manage. My Nexus S at 4.0in was even a bit small, especially with typing. Having owned a Galaxy S II, I knew that a 4.3in display would be my ideal minimum. After only a few days it became obvious[Read More...]

by 4:09 PM on March 29, 2013 5 comments Design, OS Update, Phones, Reviews
Galaxy S4 in the news…. again

Galaxy S4 in the news…. again

The Samsung machine is at it again.  Creating more news for all of us to inhale, digest, or ignore depending on your preference.  Overnight several little snippets were released, however none by by Samsung themselves. Qualcomm on the Galaxy S4 camera First cab of the rank is a retraction by Qualcomm that the S4‘s rear camera does not in fact capture 1080p video at 60fps.  In a blog post by Qualcomm about the Galaxy S4 carrying onboard the Snapdragon 600 processors in some countries they stated as such as seen below in a screen capture of the blog post.  While most people were[Read More...]

by 3:48 PM on March 29, 2013 9 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Gameloft to release Iron Man 3 on the 25th of April

Gameloft to release Iron Man 3 on the 25th of April

With Iron Man 3 due to hit cinemas in Australia on the 24th of April, Gameloft has announced overnight that they will be offering the official movie tie-in game on the very next day. The game appears to be an endless running style game, similar to Temple Run. Players will take on the role of Tony Stark, complete with his upgraded Iron Man armour from the new movie and proceed to fly their way through the different levels, using repulsor rays to clear your path of obstacles along the way. Although Gameloft has advised that the game will be released[Read More...]

by 1:13 PM on March 28, 2013 3 comments Apps
Google Glass will be manufactured in the USA

Google Glass will be manufactured in the USA

With excitement mounting over the seemingly imminent release of the Google Glass Explorer editions to pre-registered parties from last years Google IO and the winners of the #IfIHadGlass competition that was recently run. Details are now beginning to emerge on the manufacturing side of things for Google Glass. According to a report in the Financial times Google Glass will be manufactured in Santa Clara by Hon Hai Precision, more popularly known as Foxconn. According to sources the devices will be assembled in the US from parts manufactured overseas – most likely in Asia – so that final quality control and[Read More...]

by 12:49 PM on March 28, 2013 5 comments Accessories, Glass
Google Translate goes offline

Google Translate goes offline

Google has announced that their popular Google Translate Android app has gone offline. In the past, the Google Translate app has required an internet connection to translate what you wanted, but now you can set the app to download offline languages with a choice of 50 languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh. To download the offline language packs simply go into your Google Translate Android App and go to the menu and select ‘Offline Languages’, you can then indicate which languages you wish to have installed on your device. It works pretty well and the offline mode is a very welcome[Read More...]

by 12:25 PM on March 28, 2013 10 comments Apps
Action Launcher Updated

Action Launcher Updated

Aussie developer Chris Lacy, has this morning released another update to his hugely popular launcher alternative – Action Launcher. Just as he re-invented the idea of folders with the ‘Covers’ feature in Action Launcher; this time he’s taking on the idea of widgets, launching a unique and quite brilliant take on Widgets called Shutters. As you can see from this video, if you think about your screen setup and folders you can increase your usable screen real estate multiple times over by using the shutters function. It really only takes a few minutes to get used to swiping to open[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on March 28, 2013 15 comments Apps, News
HP Pavillion 14 Chromebook now on-sale at Harvey Norman

HP Pavillion 14 Chromebook now on-sale at Harvey Norman

The latest Chromebook to hit Australia has arrived in Harvey Norman, retailing for $398 the HP Pavillion 14(C001TU) is starting to reach into the more premium end of the Chromebook spectrum. With a spec list that includes a large 14″ display it’s more suited to those who require the extra screen real estate, although at 1366×768 it retains the same resolution as the Acer C7 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebooks already on-sale. Specs From the HP Website also confirm what is on the Harvey Norman Website that the HP Pavillion 14 is now running a 320GB Hard Drive and 4GB[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on March 28, 2013 0 comments Chromebook, ChromeOS, Manufacturer
HP Pavillion 14 Chromebook now on-sale at Harvey Norman

HP Pavillion 14 Chromebook now on-sale at Harvey Norman

The latest Chromebook to hit Australia has arrived in Harvey Norman, retailing for $398 the HP Pavillion 14(C001TU) is starting to reach into the more premium end of the Chromebook spectrum. With a spec list that includes a large 14″ display it’s more suited to those who require the extra screen real estate, although at 1366×768 it retains the same resolution as the Acer C7 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebooks already on-sale. Specs From the HP Website also confirm what is on the Harvey Norman Website that the HP Pavillion 14 is now running a 320GB Hard Drive and 4GB[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on March 28, 2013 6 comments Chromebook, Manufacturer
Opinion: I’m Sick of Rumours

Opinion: I’m Sick of Rumours

In case you missed it there is a rumour floating around of a new Motorola X phone. Shocking I know. I understand the hype about it. It’s the first phone developed by Motorola that wasn’t already in the pipeline when Google took over the reigns. It is highly anticipated. I am highly anticipating it. Now though, it’s time to take a stand. I’ve had enough. I’m over it. I’m sick of it. It all started back on December 21 last year. That well-known tech blog, the Wall Street Journal, announced that Google was teaming up with Motorola to release an[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on March 27, 2013 19 comments Opinion, Rumours
Rumour: HTC One to go on-sale on the 23rd of April on Telstra

Rumour: HTC One to go on-sale on the 23rd of April on Telstra

We’re still waiting for the official word to come down from HTC on a launch date for the HTC One. But, we’ve just been advised that according to Telstras internal system the HTC One is due to go on-sale in Australia on the 23rd of April. No pricing or plan information has been assigned to the entry, we’re told but hopefully this shouldn’t be too far away. With HTC themselves confirming delays due to a number of issues including problems sourcing the ‘Ultra-Pixel’ camera sensor we have been given no information on an actual release of the highly anticipated phone.[Read More...]

by 12:48 PM on March 27, 2013 12 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
CyanogenMod adds ‘Pie’ controls to nightly builds

CyanogenMod adds ‘Pie’ controls to nightly builds

One of the distinguishing features of ParanoidAndroid’s custom ROM is the Pie controls – basically, Android 4.x’s navigation bar is hidden, and edge swipe gestures are used to bring up the navigation elements. This is done primarily to maximise screen space, but I use it on my Nexus 7 to make sure that I don’t accidentally hit the home button in the middle of games. It’s based on a little-known feature of the AOSP browser, called ‘Quick Controls’ that shun persistent UI controls in favour of edge swipes. ParanoidAndroid have put a lot of work into the Pie controls, and[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on March 27, 2013 8 comments News