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Motorola’s Moto X and Moto 360 to hit Australian retailers in October / November

Motorola’s Moto X and Moto 360 to hit Australian retailers in October / November

Motorola is hosting media briefings today in Sydney to show off its latest products – the Moto X and Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. The products need no introduction, but the interesting items to come from today’s event is the launch window. Motorola told us earlier this year that they learned their lesson from the US-only launch of the Moto X in 2013, and that seems to be the case. The company wouldn’t put an exact time frame on the launch — nor, disappointingly, a price — but it’s good to see the company turn its eye to the Australian[Read More...]

by 10:57 AM on September 23, 2014 16 comments Manufacturer, Phones
tinyCam Monitor Pro for IP Cam updates with Android Wear support

tinyCam Monitor Pro for IP Cam updates with Android Wear support

Owners of IP Cameras using tinyCam Monitor Pro have begun receiving a decent update to their app. Developer Tiny Solutions LLC have begun rolling out version 5.6 of the app, which adds support for streaming their IP camera feed to their Android Wear watches. To launch the app from your wrist, you can say ‘OK Google. Start tinyCam Monitor’ or simply select it from your list of apps installed. Once loaded you can all the IP Cams you have setup in your app, it allows you to tap to zoom from your wrist, as well as swipe to the right[Read More...]

by 10:05 AM on September 23, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Google will require a developers physical address and a list of prices for apps with IAP

Google will require a developers physical address and a list of prices for apps with IAP

Google has been cracking down on in-app purchases (IAP). Recent sanctions in the European Union, as well as by the FTC in the US has seen Google (and others) taken to task over the ease with which children can access IAP and how hard it is to then refund those purchases. Google is about to get a little more serious about IAP in a big way at the end of this month. The Android Developer Console has some announcements for developers, which will go into effect as of the 30th of September. The first announcement is that going forward, any[Read More...]

by 9:46 AM on September 23, 2014 4 comments Android Development
Unsurprisingly, Google developers are working on Android “M”

Unsurprisingly, Google developers are working on Android “M”

Android L is coming, we haven’t seen the final features, or look of the next version, but it’s coming and unsurprisingly it’s a little too late to add new features. With that in mind it’s logical that Google developers have begun talking about the next version of Android and website MyCE has seen a couple of references. There’s a couple of features which make reference to Android M, notably change 107689 ‘Update protobuf library from 2.3 to 2.6′ a change which looks at the proto-buffers, a way that Google interchanges data between Android and their servers, and change 107482 ‘liblog:[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on September 23, 2014 11 comments Android Development, News
6-inch behemoth, Galaxy Mega 2 now showing on Samsung’s Thai website

6-inch behemoth, Galaxy Mega 2 now showing on Samsung’s Thai website

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has begun showing on Samsung’s Thai website. The presence on the website could possibly indicate a launch in Australia before the end of the year. The original Samsung Galaxy Mega came in two sizes, 5.8 and 6.3-inch, and were originally available as import only, before JB Hi-Fi started selling the 6.3″ variety in August last year for around $600. Jason reviewed the 6.3 version and had mixed feelings about the device due to the 720p screen, size and performance. The Galaxy Mega 2 on the other hand is slightly smaller with a 6-inch 720p display[Read More...]

by 8:43 AM on September 23, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
HTC is confirmed as the maker of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet

HTC is confirmed as the maker of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet

HTC have been out of the Nexus game for a while, last offering us the Nexus One a few years ago, as shown above. However, we’ve had rumours for a while now suggesting HTC is about to re-enter the Nexus race with the rights to produce the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet. The Wall Street Journal has today confirmed that HTC is definitely working on the next tablet, and it’s coming. Soon. WSJ is reporting that HTC’s engineers have been flying back and forth between California and Taiwan to collaborate on the development of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet. WSJ really[Read More...]

by 5:19 PM on September 22, 2014 20 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 owners rejoice, your KitKat update is on its way. According to a tip from reader, SN Harden the update hit his Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 this weekend past, updating his Jelly Bean build to KitKat in one fell swoop. The P5210XXUBNH1 firmware update brings many of the KitKat features we’ve loved on other Android devices who’ve seen the update, including the transparent status bar and of course the Launcher chooser in settings. Samsung updates include the ability to add the camera shortcut to the lockscreen, as well as some performance improvements. The update should be available[Read More...]

by 1:55 PM on September 22, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Optus launches LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation around Australia

Optus launches LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation around Australia

Optus is moving forward with their 4G Plus network, today announcing that they’ve enabled LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation on their 2300MHz TDD LTE-A network around Australia, with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide users connected to the network the first to see the bump, and Canberra users to follow in the coming weeks. Carrier Aggregation allows Optus to combine the two 20MHz channels they operate in the 2300Mhz spectrum to offer speeds of up to 220Mbps. While the top speed is nice, you probably won’t quite get that with other users on the network, but Optus has seen speeds of up to[Read More...]

by 1:36 PM on September 22, 2014 4 comments Carriers
Pocket Casts takes to the web – no app required, register now

Pocket Casts takes to the web – no app required, register now

If you’re a Podcast fan and you’re using Pocket Casts (and why wouldn’t you?) then you’ll be just as excited as we are about the potential for this latest announcement. Shifty Jelly has begun taking sign-ups for something that looks absolutely awesome. In a tweet this morning Shifty Jelly has launched a sign-up site for something which looks to us to be suspiciously like Pocket Casts on the web. : Yes. It's happening. Really. https://t.co/TcGbp2LhKJ We hope you're as excited as we are. OMG OMG OMG — Pocket Casts (@pocketcasts) September 22, 2014 Whether this is for a Chrome Extension, web app or[Read More...]

by 1:18 PM on September 22, 2014 1 comment Apps
Vodafone revamps its prepaid plans with more data, PayPal recharges and a simplified user experience

Vodafone revamps its prepaid plans with more data, PayPal recharges and a simplified user experience

Vodafone hosted a media briefing at their North Sydney HQ this morning to reveal updated prepaid Cap pricing plans and a revamped activation and recharging experience for customers. Mehul Dave, Vodafone’s General Manager of Prepay & SIM Only, revealed that Vodafone’s new Cap plans offer two-to-three-times the data inclusion, with bonus data allowances on offer for those who recharge online, or through the MyVodafone app.   $30 Cap $40 Cap $50 Cap Cap credit $450 $750 – Calls (AU) From cap credit From cap credit Infinite TXT/PXT Infinite Infinite Infinite Data 1GB 2GB 3GB Bonus recharge data 250MB 500MB 500MB[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on September 22, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Good Deal: Samsung Gear Live $198 at The Good Guys

Good Deal: Samsung Gear Live $198 at The Good Guys

Now that you’ve finished reading up on the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, you may be in the market to puchase one of them, but where from? Well, you can get a pretty good deal from The Good Guys at the moment, they’re selling the watch for just $198. The Gear Live is Samsung’s Android Wear watch, and if you haven’t read up on the Gear Live, you can check out Geoff‘s thoughts on the watch in his feature packed review. If you’ve now decided that the Gear Live is for you, it’s available for delivery from[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on September 22, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
LG G Watch — Review

LG G Watch — Review

LG is no stranger to smartwatches, having made an early attempt at the market with the LG-GD910. It wasn’t terribly successful, but neither were most smartwatches in those days. When Pebble launched on Kickstarter, the enthusiasm with which the public embraced the project sent a clear signal to OEMs and software makers that smartwatches were finally an idea whose time had come. Earlier this year, Google birthed Android Wear – a wearable-specific version of Android – and LG’s G Watch is one of the first devices to run the new operating system. LG has been a player in Android Wear[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on September 22, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Design, Reviews
Samsung Gear Live — Review

Samsung Gear Live — Review

Android Wear is here and the talk around the watercooler amongst techy types is about smart watches. And other things of course, but people are wondering if they should invest in a smartwatch. I know because I’ve been surprised by the number of people who have asked me about the one on my wrist. Samsung has had an early go at it with their own Tizen OS on the Galaxy Gear range. The Galaxy Gear watches are now in their second generation with the Galaxy Gear 2 and Neo, their latest offerings, replacing the original Galaxy Gear. So, the Gear[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on September 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Design, Reviews