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Game Review: Solar 2

Game Review: Solar 2

Of all of the games in the Humble Bundle 5, Solar 2 is the one that has really caught my attention, with the exception of Sword and Sworcery EP which was recently added and which I had already purchased through the Play Store. Solar 2 has been developed by “Murudai” aka Jay Watts who is an Australian developer. Solar 2 has been around for quite a while on PC and has recently made it debut on Android. This game has been developed by just one person as seen on the Solar 2 website. Solar 2 was developed by a one[Read More...]

by 9:18 PM on March 19, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
Google to unify communication finally?

Google to unify communication finally?

Google Talk. Google+. Google Voice. Google Hangouts. Google+ Messenger. Gmail Chat. Gmail Calling. What do all these services have in common? Other than the Google name, and the fact that you can chat on them, not a lot! While each communication system bearing Google’s name (with the exception of Google Buzz and Wave – we don’t talk about those…) have been roaring successes and are utilized heavily by users worldwide, there is an underlying problem – they don’t play well with each other. Now, imagine a world where each of these systems exist in one useful, convenient, cross platform application[Read More...]

by 3:22 PM on March 19, 2013 5 comments News
Google’s new Nexus 10 commercial released

Google’s new Nexus 10 commercial released

Google this morning released a new commercial for their Nexus devices, this time showing off the Nexus 10. The commercial shows the timeline of expecting parents and the transitions they go through on the way to the birth of their son. It shows off how Google Services as well as the Nexus 10 can be used to help parents on the journey towards parenthood. The overtone of the commercial is quite sweet and I really liked it, check it out for yourself and see what you think : Nexus 10: New Baby :

by 12:50 PM on March 19, 2013 3 comments News
Gmail app updated with ability to Reply to or Archive email from notifications

Gmail app updated with ability to Reply to or Archive email from notifications

If you updated your Gmail Android app this morning you would have noticed a nice surprise in your notification panel, the ability to Archive or Reply straight from the Notification. The notification is only really useful if you don’t get email by the bucket load, but for individual emails that trickle down it’s quite a nice addition. The newly updated notification now makes your expanded Gmail notification look a little something like this : Unfortunately the notification improvements are only available for devices running Android 4.1 and above. If your device isn’t running Jelly Bean, fear not; Google has included[Read More...]

by 12:41 PM on March 19, 2013 6 comments Apps, News
Samsung’s alleged Android 5.0 upgrade list leaks

Samsung’s alleged Android 5.0 upgrade list leaks

Samsung news site SamMobile has published a “pre-list” obtained from an apparent Samsung insider, detailing the manufacturer’s plans for software updates. While not official, the list makes sense – it specifies a number of devices that will receive no further updates beyond 4.2.2, and those that will get updated to 5.0. The devices that will end updates at 4.2.2 include: Galaxy SII Galaxy SIII Mini Galaxy Note The 5.0 update will be coming to: Galaxy SIII (LTE + GSM) Galaxy S4 (LTE and GSM) Galaxy Note 8 (all variants) Galaxy Note II (LTE and GSM) Galaxy Note 10 (All variants)[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on March 19, 2013 19 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Sony launches two new smartphones – Xperia L and Xperia SP

Sony launches two new smartphones – Xperia L and Xperia SP

Sony Xperia L Sony Mobile, now two years old, is unleashing more and more Xperia devices on the smartphone market, and today sees the launch of the Xperia L (and the Xperia SP, below). The Xperia L is pictured in the header image, above. The Xperia L is a mid-to-low-end device that emphasises the camera experience, and not too much else. However, what we see here is a 4.3″ handset with FWVGA display, a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, a somewhat middling 1,700mAh battery, 8GB of expandable internal storage, NFC circuitry and an 8 megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS.[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on March 19, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones
Google Announces Chromebooks now on sale in Australia

Google Announces Chromebooks now on sale in Australia

After recently advising Ausdroid that they were “looking to bring Chromebooks to more countries very soon”; Google has announced that they will begin selling the Acer C7 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebooks in Australia today, with the HP Pavilion 14 to follow suit soon. In a blog post by Caesar Sengupta, Product Management Director, Chrome OS, Google advises that they will not be selling Chromebooks via Google Play in Australia as they do in the US – they will instead be available at retail through select Harvey Norman and JB Hi Fi, who will be the exclusive Australian launch partners.[Read More...]

by 12:01 AM on March 19, 2013 12 comments Chromebook, ChromeOS, News
Coming soon? Google Keep – A note taking service integrated into Google Drive

Coming soon? Google Keep – A note taking service integrated into Google Drive

Looks like Google could be set to take on Evernote with a cloud based note-taking service called Google Keep. The service which is integrated into Google Drive was apparently live briefly – in the US at least – through the URL https://drive.google.com/keep/. Android Police managed to jump in and nab some screenshots of the service which will apparently allow you to make notes, save pictures and make checklists, you will also be able to colour code them. The ability to Archive notes is also available with Keep sending these notes to a section at the bottom of your list. Notes[Read More...]

by 1:52 PM on March 18, 2013 12 comments Rumours
Optus announces Sony Xperia Z onsale today

Optus announces Sony Xperia Z onsale today

Optus has just advised that the Sony Xperia Z will go on-sale today online, in selected stores and through phone sales. The phone is available on the Optus 4G Network which is now live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle, Adelaide, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane CBD. But fear not if you live outside of those markets as the Xperia Z works just as well on 3G. The Xperia Z is available for existing Optus customers for $0 upfront on the $60 plan on a 24 month contract(min total cost $1440). However, somewhat inexplicably Optus has decided that new customers will be[Read More...]

by 10:37 AM on March 18, 2013 13 comments Carriers, Phones
Android compatible Philips Fidelio speaker docks on-sale at Dick Smith

Android compatible Philips Fidelio speaker docks on-sale at Dick Smith

Looking for a good deal on a speaker dock for your Android device? Dick Smith has a couple of Philips Fidelio speaker docks on-sale at pretty good prices. The AS351 was $149 but is marked down to $59.40, while the AS851 was $249 but is currently marked down to $149.25. Both docks look to be pretty decent and Android compatible docks are pretty few and far between. – Digital Sound Processing for lifelike, distortion-less music Remote control complements speaker design and finishing Optimal acoustic volume to match speakers’ requirements Precisely tuned bass pipes for deep, tight bass reproduction 2x15W RMS[Read More...]

by 3:27 AM on March 17, 2013 12 comments Accessories
Kogan opens waiting list for the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Kogan opens waiting list for the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Kogan has opened up a waiting list for people wanting to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S 4. At this stage you can enter in your name and email address to join the S4 waiting list as well as receive Kogan deals and though no pricing has been announced as yet, they do advise ‘As always, Kogan will bring it to you at the best price in the world.’ Kogan does do pretty good deals on their handset pricing so it will be interesting to find out what they can offer. If you’re looking to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S 4[Read More...]

by 11:35 PM on March 16, 2013 19 comments Phones
Samsung reveals 11 accessories for the Galaxy S 4

Samsung reveals 11 accessories for the Galaxy S 4

Samsung has wasted no time in preparing accessories for their new pride and joy. The Galaxy S 4 microsite reveals a wide range of companions for their new flagship device, from a variety of covers to a gamepad and health-related accessories. The canned response that PC World received upon contacting Samsung for more information was as follows: Following the massive success of the Samsung GALAXY S III in Australia, we are excited to confirm the Samsung GALAXY S4 will be available from Q2. Pricing and availability will be available closer to the launch date. Here are the accessories listed on[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on March 15, 2013 26 comments Accessories, Phones
Harvey Norman on Nexus 4 stock levels, accessories

Harvey Norman on Nexus 4 stock levels, accessories

Harvey Norman launched the Google Nexus 4 as the exclusive retail partner for the Australian market back on the 1st of February and sold out almost immediately in most stores. More units were ordered, but Harvey Norman has since removed the device from their website – a move made to avoid disappointing customers trying to get their hands on Google’s flagship phone. We spoke to Colin Wright from Harvey Norman, who shed some light on the matter for us. There still seems to be a global supply shortage of the Nexus 4, with some countries still unable to get stock[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on March 15, 2013 6 comments News, Phones