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HTC announces the One M8 in Pink and Red for the UK – most likely not coming to Australia

HTC announces the One M8 in Pink and Red for the UK – most likely not coming to Australia

HTC are well known for releasing various colour variants of their flagships through the year, mainly as a way to keep interest in the devices while only making a very cosmetic change. Overnight they’ve announced that the previously announced for Verizon in the US Red HTC One M8 variant, as well as a new Pink version will be heading to the UK. Both the Red and Pink versions of the HTC One M8 will go on-sale in the UK on August 7th. The Red M8 will be exclusive to UK based carrier O2, with pre-orders starting on August 5th. The[Read More...]

by 10:09 AM on July 25, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Google apparently owns Twitch now

Google apparently owns Twitch now

A rumour began circulating in May, that Google was looking to purchase game video streaming service Twitch for 1 Billion dollars, that deal has apparently now gone through according to Venture Beat who have spoken with sources who are ‘familiar with the matter’. At roughly the cost of one 2012 style Instagram, Google has seemingly purchased themselves a bargain. Google obviously owns the premiere online video site in YouTube and has now acquired the upcoming Twitch service for seemingly a song, paying less than the US$1.65 billion they paid for YouTube back in 2006. Twitch has a massive subscriber base,[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on July 25, 2014 4 comments News
Happy 1st Birthday, Chromecast! – Google celebrates the first birthday of their HDMI dongle…in the US

Happy 1st Birthday, Chromecast! – Google celebrates the first birthday of their HDMI dongle…in the US

It may have only gone on-sale in Australia at the end of May, but it’s now been a year since the infamous Breakfast with Sundar event where the Chromecast was announced in the US. This morning Google has celebrated the 1st birthday of the Chromecast, by announcing some statistics for the dongle. Google has tracked 400 Million casts on the dongle Chromecast is now on-sale in 30,000 stores Chromecast is on-sale in 20 Countries And while Google never announces numbers, we can extrapolate that the Chromecast is popular. Since release the Chromecast has been a much sought after item, for[Read More...]

by 9:13 AM on July 25, 2014 4 comments Chromecast
Sony Xperia Z3 shows off for the cameras again

Sony Xperia Z3 shows off for the cameras again

The upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 appears to be wanting to compete with the big boys when it comes to leaks, showing up multiple times in leaked photos, and it’s done it again. Excellent source of leaks, Evan Blass has sourced some pictures of the phone, this time without the blurry-cam that seems to have affected previous shots. There’s two pictures, the one below which shows the rear of the phone, which seems to be going with Glass as the material on the rear again as well as the 20.7MP camera lens up the top right. The picture also shows the[Read More...]

by 8:49 AM on July 25, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
LG’s improving sales turn around three quarters of losses

LG’s improving sales turn around three quarters of losses

LG‘s just released their financial results for Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2014, and if you’re a fan of the company then things are looking pretty good. The company’s turned a profit of AU $625m (US$588.5m), an increase of 26.5% year-over-year. A decent chunk of this – and the part we care most about – is coming from the modestly-named LG Mobile Communications Company division, which shipped 14.5 million smartphones in Q2 (a 16% increase in sales), ending three consecutive quarters of losses. People want LG phones, and we can’t fault them for that. Much of this success is attributed to initial enthusiasm[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on July 25, 2014 0 comments News
Official 4.4.4 Stock Android for the OnePlus One

Official 4.4.4 Stock Android for the OnePlus One

Most tinkerers, hackers, Android enthusiasts and people who like to live on the edge of stability fell to their knees and thanked their relevant deity when they heard that there would be a phone released with a custom rom onboard. The OnePlus one was a dream for us. CyanogenMod booting up, straight out of the box was something we had hoped for for a long time. So now it seems strange that OnePlus are also releasing an official stock Android 4.4.4 for their “flagship killer”. OnePlus have released via their forums (and the custom rom download site Android File Host[Read More...]

by 10:11 PM on July 24, 2014 1 comment News
Modern Combat 5: Blackout now available in Google Play

Modern Combat 5: Blackout now available in Google Play

The latest Gameloft first person shooter – Modern Combat 5: Blackout – is now available for purchase in Google Play. Modern Combat 5: Blackout is the latest in Gameloft’s popular series, which has grown in leaps and bounds since the first release. Looking at gameplay footage and trailers, it seems that Gameloft have taken Modern Combat to a whole new level. The game is selling at $7.49, but has the distinction of containing no In-App Purchases (IAP), so you can certainly get some replayability without spending an extra cent. You should also note that you WILL need an internet connection[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on July 24, 2014 2 comments Apps
Hisense announce the Sero 7 and Sero 8 tablets for the Australian market

Hisense announce the Sero 7 and Sero 8 tablets for the Australian market

Hisense has announced the followup to their first Android tablet the Sero 7 Pro, announcing two tablets for the Australian market. Hisense will be bringing a pair of tablets called the Sero 7 and Sero 8, with 7¨ and 8¨ screens to a variety of Australian retailers, and they will be priced to sell. Hisense has advised that the Sero 7 will be priced at $99, while the Sero 8 will be priced slightly higher but still a bargain at $169. Hisense has dived into Android with gusto in Australia, and indeed around the world. While we’re not going to[Read More...]

by 5:24 PM on July 24, 2014 11 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Dendy Direct launches August 6; first partner studios revealed

Dendy Direct launches August 6; first partner studios revealed

Dendy Direct has announced the first slate of film studios and distributors who’ll be bringing their content to its new on-demand movie streaming service, slated to launch August 6. The list includes ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Icon, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission, and Umbrella Entertainment. From those studios, the titles we know will make their way to Dendy’s new service include high profile hits like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Lego Movie along with Red Dog, Tracks, The Railway Man, Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow. There are also some deals yet-to-be-made with independent[Read More...]

by 2:46 PM on July 24, 2014 10 comments Apps, Chromecast, News
Google Drive Update: Sheets now featuring filters

Google Drive Update: Sheets now featuring filters

Google Drive has received yet another really neat upgrade for users who actively use it as a replacement for Microsoft Office. Filters are a great way to ensure that you’re only looking at the data that you want to, however if one user applies a filter to a Sheet it’s implemented for all users. Temporary filtering and displaying by data set or values is a very useful addition to the function of Sheets that doesn’t permanently affect the display of other users who are accessing the spreadsheet. A quick, practical example is showing only incomplete tasks in a multiple task[Read More...]

by 1:35 PM on July 24, 2014 0 comments Google Services, News
Australian Motorola Moto G users seeing Android 4.4.4 rolling out now

Australian Motorola Moto G users seeing Android 4.4.4 rolling out now

After advising that Android 4.4.4 to their handsets was rolling out to handsets in Brazil and India earlier this month, it seems it’s Australias turn with reports appearing that Australian stock of the Moto G is receiving the update as an Over the Air update now. The update is a sizeable 167MB download, but you’re given options for WiFi or Cellular download. The update includes the updated phone dialler, as well as enabling the ability to download the Motorola Alert app that was introduced on the Moto E. You’ll also receive the ability to pause Video Recording. You can attempt[Read More...]

by 1:08 PM on July 24, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha : Return Of The S2

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha : Return Of The S2

We all know that Samsung are big on releasing different versions of the same phone to cater for as many different users as possible. This year, possibly to appease users who preferred the HTC-metal casing to the Samsung plastic, Samsung were rumoured to be producing a premium, metal-clad version of the Galaxy S5 called the Galaxy Alpha. Photos have surfaced today that show the Galaxy Alpha is not such a device. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha appears to be a 4.7in phone designed to compete with the Iphone 6 when it is released. The Alpha to me appears to be a[Read More...]

by 11:33 AM on July 24, 2014 9 comments News
Google Music Desktop Player

Google Music Desktop Player

Google Music for lovers of diverse music such as myself, is probably the best thing to come to the Internet since Spotify. Linked to your phone, tablet or playback via your desktop machine on Mac, Linux or Windows is a pleasure. But the desktop space is not yet well populated with options as far as a stand alone player. We’ve seen Radiant Player for Mac, various options on Linux and recently I’ve found a really nice desktop player for Windows. The beautiful thing about Play Music being a web app is that it’s not particularly difficult to replicate it’s functions[Read More...]

by 11:27 AM on July 24, 2014 5 comments Apps, News