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Amazon Coins are now on sale in Australia, everyone gets 500 Coins for free

Amazon Coins are now on sale in Australia, everyone gets 500 Coins for free

Amazon announced today that Amazon Coins are now available for purchase in Australia. Coins can be used on the Amazon AppStore as an alternative purchase method for both apps and in-app purchases, and you can buy them from Amazon directly. In the future you might also be able to redeem coins for other things should the company launch its content stores in Australia. In the US, you can also earn coins on some promotional items in a sort of “cash back” arrangement and Amazon says they’ll continue to add ways to earn and spend coins in Australia too. The going[Read More...]

by 1:10 PM on August 26, 2014 1 comment News, Sale
Samsung, too, considering a circular smartwatch

Samsung, too, considering a circular smartwatch

While the first round of smartwatches were square, and not the most appealing visually, it seems the thirst is now for the round smartwatch. Moto 360 is the first one that we’re likely to see, but others too are jumping on board. LG has a rumoured round watch in the works, and it seems that Samsung is keen on the idea as well. SamMobile has published the news, but there’s (unsurprisingly) very little detail to go with. All we’ve got is that the product is under development, and while it won’t launch alongside the Note 4 and other Gear devices on[Read More...]

by 7:27 AM on August 26, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Rumours, Smartwatch
ADB server coming to ChromeOS thanks to Koush

ADB server coming to ChromeOS thanks to Koush

Update: ADB for Chrome has now been released on the Chrome Web Store. Using ADB to access your Android phone or tablet on a Chromebook, ChromeBox or Chromebase has been a bit of a trial previously, but Koush is looking to make it a little bit easier. Koush has announced he’s releasing a new version of his ADB Server as a Chrome App. He’s announced that he has forked his ChromeADB project, and created a self-contained packaged zip for people running Dev Mode on their ChromeOS device. It’s currently only available for the Nexus 5 – but Koush has advised that[Read More...]

by 7:17 AM on August 26, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension, ChromeOS
Amazon buys out Twitch for $1Billion – Not Google

Amazon buys out Twitch for $1Billion – Not Google

UPDATE: It appears that the purchase has actually gone through, with Engadget reporting that Amazon has purchased Twitch for $970M in cash. After earlier this year reporting in May this year that Google was looking at purchasing the gaming network service Twitch for $1Billion (US), the Wall Street Journal is now stating that it is Amazon that is looking to buy out Twitch for the same amount. The report which surfaced overnight is stating that Amazon will acquire Twitch.tv for over $1billion (US) and has surprised many given that the deal with Google was reported closed back in June. The deal[Read More...]

by 6:26 AM on August 26, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
The Galaxy Note 4 is coming…

The Galaxy Note 4 is coming…

More teasers are appearing from Samsung that continue to ask “Are you ready to Note?” This time the minute long advert looks at the S Pen and it’s function in the Galaxy Note environment; from communication, to games, to creativity and general interaction with your Galaxy Note device. Finally closing off with the notable date of September 3rd and the phrase “ready to note” which is the date Samsung are delivering their annual presentation. We know it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, through various leaks it’s unlikely there will be much by way of surprises but the Galaxy Note range[Read More...]

by 6:22 AM on August 26, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Samsung “wall hugger” adverts hit Australia

Samsung “wall hugger” adverts hit Australia

The none-too subtle advertising; Labelling iPhone users as “wall huggers” that hit some USA airports a couple of weeks ago, has now hit Australian shores in video format. The advert that runs for a full minute has 3 good jabs and a right cross at the users of ageing iPhones, showing scores of users “tethered to walls” and complaining about the battery life of their phones. Until the lightbulb moment for one user who sees a Samsung user changing batteries. The timing is right for Samsung to strike now before the launch of the new iPhone which is expected shortly[Read More...]

by 6:21 AM on August 26, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones
Google expands availability of Chromecast to Big W stores

Google expands availability of Chromecast to Big W stores

Chromecast has been available in Australia since late May, when it launched on Google Play and at retailers JB HiFi and Dick Smith. The availability of Chromecast looks to be expanding however, with discount department store Big W advertising the HDMI dongle in their Fathers Day special catalogue for $48. The catalogue begins on August 28th, and runs through until the 6th of September. At this stage Chromecast does not show up in a search of the Big W website, but that should change shortly. The Google Chromecast ‘Buy It Now’ page also doesn’t recognise Big W as a retailer[Read More...]

by 9:25 PM on August 25, 2014 0 comments Chromecast
Good Deal: Get a 12 Month subscription to Last Pass for free

Good Deal: Get a 12 Month subscription to Last Pass for free

When the OpenSSL vulnerability hit earlier this year, many people took the opportunity to begin using a password manager. But, $12 a year put some people off when it came to using LastPass. Now, there’s no excuse with AppSumo offering a 12 month subscription to LastPass for free. So, what is LastPass? It’s a cross-platform password manager which is offers syncing of your credentials to Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Blackberry and even Windows Phone. Essentially anything with an internet connection, and with AES 256-bit encryption it’s secure as well. Still unsure? Check out this video: To get the deal,[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on August 25, 2014 3 comments Apps, Deal
Qantas and Virgin Australia to join the rest of the world and allow mobiles to stay on

Qantas and Virgin Australia to join the rest of the world and allow mobiles to stay on

It seems that Australian airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia will now allow passengers to keep their mobiles turned on during taxiing, take-off and landing under a new ruling from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Heralded as a bit of a revolution, passengers will be allowed to keep their mobiles turned on (albeit, in flight mode), and use tablets and e-readers, as well as portable games and other electronic devices from gate to gate, instead of having to turn them off when the final cabin door was closed. CASA spokesman Peter Gibson has said that both Qantas and Virgin Australia[Read More...]

by 4:57 PM on August 25, 2014 2 comments News
Lemon Meringue Pie apparently being used as internal Codename for Android L

Lemon Meringue Pie apparently being used as internal Codename for Android L

Android L, as it was announced at Google I/O is a fairly bland name when it comes to the lexicon of Android release names. Beginning from the C release of Android, we’ve been treated to a range of updates named after sugary treats, when the Key Lime Pie release of Android was renamed to KitKat in a co-branding exercise last year, the KLP debugging icon was apparently retired, but it could see new life as the icon for Lemon Meringue Pie, if hints from the Android SDK and AOSP are true. Android Police found mentions of LMP within the Android[Read More...]

by 4:24 PM on August 25, 2014 5 comments Android Development
Google leaving out the in-page search bar in search results

Google leaving out the in-page search bar in search results

It looks like the search behaviour from Android’s version of Chrome is coming across to the desktop, with Google dropping off the in-page search bar on search results pages for some users. While this isn’t the most earth-shattering news, it is none the less a bit of a change in behaviour, and it seems that more than a few users don’t really like it. We received the tip from Tarrant Marshall, and he’s definitely not a fan. Other users have chimed in on Google’s Product Forums, questioning the new move. Not sure what we’re talking about? On Chrome for Android,[Read More...]

by 3:19 PM on August 25, 2014 2 comments Google Services
Nexus 5 Black back in stock on Google Play

Nexus 5 Black back in stock on Google Play

Earlier this month, the Black coloured Nexus 5 went out of stock on Google Play in both 16GB and 32GB versions. The good news is, that Google has replenished supplies of the Nexus 5 and you can now purchase the phone again through Google Play, with an estimated shipping date of the 29th of August. The 16GB White Nexus 5 also briefly dropped to ‘Out of Stock’ status soon after the Black versions sold out, but it too is showing stock due to ship on the 29th of August. Pricing for the Nexus 5 remains at $399 for the 16GB[Read More...]

by 12:15 PM on August 25, 2014 6 comments Google Play, Manufacturer, Phones
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and SmartWatch 3 teased by Sony

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and SmartWatch 3 teased by Sony

Sony is one of a number of manufacturers planning announcements for IFA, we were already expecting the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, and had seen inklings of a Z3 tablet compact, but it seems there may be a Sony SmartWatch 3 as well according to the teaser on the Sony Facebook page. The teaser comes as a part of a promo for the ‘SmartBand Summer School’ on the Sony Xperia Hub Facebook page, showing a new watch with slightly different design to the SmartWatch 2. It also shows quite a nice looking compact tablet. We’re almost positive that the[Read More...]

by 10:19 AM on August 25, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Smartwatch, Tablets