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Motorola 360 pricing for Australia leaked; for sale at $329 AUD

Motorola 360 pricing for Australia leaked; for sale at $329 AUD

While Motorola hasn’t officially made too much noise about the Moto 360 in Australia yet, it seems that the cat might have escaped the bag. Harvey Norman has the Moto 360 listed in its inventory system as ‘Moto 360 Light’ and ‘Moto 360 Dark’, both for the price of $329 AUD. This pricing fits with what we’ve heard elsewhere and it also compares reasonably with the price overseas (adding in that dreaded Australia Tax). The US Dollar price of $249 works out to about $285 AUD, and once you add on GST, that comes to about $312. Not too bad if you[Read More...]

by 9:22 AM on October 21, 2014 24 comments Android Wear, News, Rumours
Android 5.0 Tour: Google Search

Android 5.0 Tour: Google Search

Google Search is a key component of Google’s Android strategy, it’s part of how they monetise Android and in Android 5.0, Google has given the app a makeover to include Material Design stylings as well as adding multi-account support. In Google Search, the cards now come up with most cards receiving bright colourful headers to differentiate them from the others around them. Weather and Parking reminders still seem to be quite clean, but sans colourful header. The new headers are nice, but it’s the slide-out menu that’s caught our eye. On the search bar in Google Now, you’ll see a[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 21, 2014 0 comments News
Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

For someone who really enjoys music and a good quality set of headphones, I’ve been like a kid in a candy store of late with the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on ear headphone being the second set of Bose headphones I’ve reviewed in a very short time. The first was the Quiet Comfort 25 – a high end set of Noise cancelling headphones – and I was a little worried that this pair wouldn’t live up to that high standard. The pairing process is as easy as you’d expect, turn the headset on; go to your phone, find the headphones and[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 21, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

The OnePlus is still quite hard to get a hold of for those Android fans wanting to get a high-end phone at a low-end price. Last month OnePlus announced they would open up pre-orders at the end of this month, and today we’ve gotten more details on when and for how long. Pre-orders will open on Monday, the 27th of October and you’ll be able to pre-order your phone during a one-hour window. Then it’s back to the invite system. Starting today, OnePlus will let you add the One to a shopping cart which you can save and arrange the[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 21, 2014 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Asus C200 and C300 Chromebooks officially arrive in Australia

Asus C200 and C300 Chromebooks officially arrive in Australia

Asus has been producing ChromeOS devices for a little while now, offering their Chromebox first, but they’ve now followed up by launching their C200 and C300 Chromebooks in Australia. The 11.6″ C200 and 13.3″ C300 Chromebooks from Asus are a pretty nicely specced pair of Chromebooks. The C200 began selling on Kogan last month, but now Asus has updated their website to show the devices are now available, including giving a list of specs for both devices. Specs for the Chromebooks are still a little shaky, as we’re waiting on more information from Asus on the launch. C200 C300 Screen:[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 21, 2014 3 comments Chromebook
Google adds ‘4-star’ search filter to Google Play on the web

Google adds ‘4-star’ search filter to Google Play on the web

Google is the undisputed king of search on the web, but the search function in Google Play has been woeful, often returning some pretty terrible results. Google is working on ensuring you find some quality downloads in Google Play though, and is now offering an option to limit your search results to apps with a minimum 4-star rating. The option to filter search results is only available on the web at this stage, with the new search filter now showing up as a drop-down menu option underneath the search box. As Android Police point out, there’s not many times when[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 21, 2014 1 comment Google Play
Google adds support for Yahoo and Outlook.com email addresses in leaked updated Gmail app for Android

Google adds support for Yahoo and Outlook.com email addresses in leaked updated Gmail app for Android

Google’s Gmail app is pretty awesome, but their support for other email accounts hasn’t been great. But according to a new leak, the upcoming Gmail 5.0 for the Android Lollipop release appears to be about to resolve all that. The app which Android Police have managed to get a hold of appears to have solved that, as well as dressing up for the occasion with a brand new Material Design makeover. The now familiar circular ‘new post’ button is now present to create a new email, as well as the new round avatars, and conveniently located ‘attachment’ button. But that’s[Read More...]

by 8:53 PM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Apps
Acer’s new Chromebooks and Chromebox are now available in Australia, starting at $329

Acer’s new Chromebooks and Chromebox are now available in Australia, starting at $329

Acer today announced some new arrivals in its Chromebook range and a new Chromebox at Australian retailers. Chromebook 13 The jewel in the new range’s crown though is the Chromebook 13, pictured above. It’s the first Chromebook to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 – soon to be seen in the Nexus 9 – and runs fanless. You can choose between a 1080p screen or a more standard 1366×768 display as the device’s 13.3 inch screen. There’s a full size HDMI port alongside USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi ac is supported for super fast network connections. The Chromebook 13 is about[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Chromebook, ChromeBox, Manufacturer
Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

We’ve written a lot about what’s new in Android L from an end-user’s perspective, and there’s an awful lot. However, there’s a lot of changes behind the scenes as well, and while a lot of them aren’t really very interesting, this one certainly is a breath of fresh air. Google has unhooked quite a bit from the actual operating system itself, and one of the best examples of this over time has been the Play Services being removed from the core OS, and being moved into an updatable application, meaning faster updates to core Google services without needing an OS[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update
Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

If you’re playing with the latest builds of Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, there’s a fair chance that you’re interested in rooting your device to unlock further potential. The updated preview builds of Android L break the existing root tools, but don’t despair; there’s new versions available as of yesterday. Chainfire, the developer of popular root tool SuperSU, has released updated tools to allow you to root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the latest developer preview of Android, however it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. It requires first flashing a modified Android[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Modding, News, Phones, Tablets
Quick – a simple app that adds text to your photos

Quick – a simple app that adds text to your photos

Whether its for labelling things, giving directions or creating a meme, quickly adding annotations to your maps, screenshots or pictures in general is something that many people do on a regular basis. There’s a number of apps which allow you to do this, but a new app called Quick has caught our attention. Quick is the latest release by a company called Over, and the reason the release has caught our attention is that Over released their self-titled app Over back in August, with almost exactly the same functionality. But that isn’t stopping Over, who are marketing this new app[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 20, 2014 0 comments Apps
Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 promises to add a few extra pieces of security to the Android and indeed Google eco-system as a whole. From encryption to trusted Bluetooth devices, your Android device will be even more secure than it has been previously as well as being easier to access. Further down the track you will even be using your Android device as a trusted device for your Chromebook, if you use one. Unlock In Android 5.0, the usual unlocking options: Swipe, Pattern, Pin or Password are present, although people used to the Face Unlock will have to check in the ‘Smart Lock’[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 20, 2014 12 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android Notifications have always been the best; they’ve been copied or at least mimicked by almost every mobileOS currently in use. In Android 5.0, they’ve been refined thanks to the introduction of Material Design, so they look different, but offer mostly the same functions. In Lollipop, the notifications now appear to ‘float’. But overall, they look pretty much like they have previously, a rectangular notification which appears in your notification panel. There are exceptions to the ‘Normal’ notifications. Some notifications, like those from Google+ will actually arrive as a floating notification, called a heads-up notification and sit atop whatever you’re[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 20, 2014 6 comments OS Update