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The OnePlus One: A Comprehensive Review

The OnePlus One: A Comprehensive Review

Late last year a new company emerged from China headed by Pete Lau, a former VP of Oppo – a pretty well-established Chinese phone manufacturer. The name of the new company was OnePlus and they quickly introduced their idea of a phone, which was a no compromise device with the motto – Never Settle. From inception to announcement, OnePlus built hype, almost to hysterical proportions. They built it by teasing the spec list from their phone and talking themselves up at every opportunity, using that now famous tagline – Never Settle. President Pete Lau said throughout the journey that he[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on July 11, 2014 10 comments Design, News
Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered from Dick Smith today for $39

Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered from Dick Smith today for $39

The retailer who originally leaked the impending launch of the Chromecast in Australia is offering the cheapest price we’ve seen it selling for in Australia yet – just $39. Normally priced at $49, the Chromecast is available for just $39 using the code SUPER10. As a bonus Dick Smith is offering free delivery on Google’s popular HDMI dongle. This only works on one Chromecast, so no ordering 2 and expecting to pay $78 etc., but even still, this is an excellent deal. Whether it be for using Plex, Quickflix or just watching YouTube, Chromecast is a great way to watch[Read More...]

by 8:14 AM on July 11, 2014 20 comments Chromecast, Sale
Samsung announces new Quad-Core Exynos processor the ModAP with built-in LTE modem and ISP

Samsung announces new Quad-Core Exynos processor the ModAP with built-in LTE modem and ISP

Samsung has today moved into exciting new territory with their Exynos line of processors, introducing the Exynos ModAP processor with a built-in LTE-A modem. The announcement is a step forward for Samsung, who has been unable to deliver a complete solution for LTE devices with their Exynos line, until now. The Exynos ModAP includes a quad-core Application Processor built on the 28nm HKMG process, which Samsung believes will bring about power savings. The built-in LTE-A modem supports ‘Release 9 of 3GPP and Cat 4, at both duplex mode, FDD and TDD, in addition to legacy 2G and 3G’, so there[Read More...]

by 5:47 AM on July 11, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer
Google Play Games 2.0 hitting devices bringing new gamer profle and more – also, new developers tools

Google Play Games 2.0 hitting devices bringing new gamer profle and more – also, new developers tools

Google Play Games has been the focus of intense scrutiny of late, at the Game Developers Conference in March, Google announced cross platform gaming and gifts, and then at Google I/O last month, Google announced Saved Games, Game Profiles and Quests. We’ve seen some of these rollout but we’re seeing more today. The newest rollout which brings Google Play Games to version 2.0.1.1 brings a few new features which includes Experience Points(XP), Level and Gamer Title in a new Game profile. You also can now tap on your friends face to view their achievements and view all those newly introduced[Read More...]

by 5:10 AM on July 11, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services
Google updates Keyboard – moving Voice Input icon to the top out of the way

Google updates Keyboard – moving Voice Input icon to the top out of the way

Google has been steadily tweaking and refining their keyboard over the last few years, adding major functions like Gesture Typing some times, while other changes are relatively minor, such as todays update, which sees the Voice Input icon moved to the top of the keyboard out of the way. Version 3.1.19 of the Google Keyboard is rolling out to users now, but it may take a little while for the update to hit.

by 4:27 AM on July 11, 2014 1 comment Apps
Team 17′s classic Amiga platformer Superfrog comes to Android

Team 17′s classic Amiga platformer Superfrog comes to Android

British developer Team 17 has brought its high-definition remake of it 1993 platformer hit Superfrog HD to Google Play for Android, in what’s probably my news highlight of the day (and perhaps week). If you grew up with an Amiga computer in the 90′s (like me), you’re probably familiar with Team 17 and their stable of hits (like Alien Breed and Worms) and have already jumped to the bottom of the post and clicked through to the Play store. The company is responsible for some of the most beloved games of some people’s childhood (and maybe not just their childhood).[Read More...]

by 12:39 PM on July 10, 2014 4 comments Apps
Show Widgets On Your Android Wear Watch

Show Widgets On Your Android Wear Watch

At this early stage in the lifetime of Android Wear there is only a limited number of watch faces available. It can be a bit boring, you have these lovely Zooper-type widgets on your phone that display a great looking clock but not so much on your new toy, an Android Wear smartwatch. Fear not, until more arrive there is now another way to show a clock on your watch. Udell Enterprises Inc. has released an app called Wearable Widgets that will project any widget (within reason and support within the widget) to the screen of your new smartwatch. To[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on July 10, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, News
Watch Lior Ron the product lead for the Moto 360 describe the inspiration behind the design

Watch Lior Ron the product lead for the Moto 360 describe the inspiration behind the design

With Android Wear watches rolling out, there’s still a fair bit of hype surrounding the upcoming Motorola Android Wear watch – the Moto 360. This morning, Motorola has released a video featuring Lior Ron, the product lead for the Moto 360 talking about the inspiration behind the Moto 360. The video is fairly short – 56 seconds – and to the point, he tells that they were inspired by watches when creating the design. He describes the round shape as ‘Magical’, ‘super comfortable’, and allows them to display a lot of information, finally he sums up with the fact that[Read More...]

by 5:32 AM on July 10, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Google adds ‘Insert from Drive’ to GMail for Android

Google adds ‘Insert from Drive’ to GMail for Android

It seems that we’re getting some updates today, with Google rolling out updates to a number of apps, including GMail, with Google adding ‘Insert from Drive’ to the list of options when attaching files to emails. The option to add a file from your Google Drive to an email is now found in the overflow menu on the right, with a popup window appearing so you can select which file you want to add. At this stage there aren’t any other new features popping up according to Android Police, but it’s a nifty piece of additional functionality. As usual, Android[Read More...]

by 4:52 AM on July 10, 2014 1 comment Apps
Update for Google Camera rolling out now adding remote shutter for Android Wear and more

Update for Google Camera rolling out now adding remote shutter for Android Wear and more

The Google Camera is getting an update at the moment, and with Android Wear the flavour of the month, there’s a new Android Wear component included – Remote Shutter. The update, which is arriving via a gradual rollout to Android devices, brings about the ability to activate the shutter remotely from your wrist. Simply set your phone or tablet with the Google Camera installed up and you can hit the shutter when you’re ready to go. A three second timer is initiated when you tap it, and when the photo is taken a preview is shown on your watch face.[Read More...]

by 4:11 AM on July 10, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Stick Sports updates Stick Soccer with Google Play Games functionality and more

Stick Sports updates Stick Soccer with Google Play Games functionality and more

Stick Soccer is less than a month old, but there’s a fairly substantial update rolling out to the new game, bringing with it some features promised when the game first launched. The biggest change included in the update is the introduction of Google+ login at the start, which also brings with it Google Play Games leaderboards and achievements, so you can interact with all your Google+ friends. The system ‘Back’ button now functions within the game, which was a big sticking point when we first looked at Stick Soccer when it was released, but that now works well. The game[Read More...]

by 2:49 AM on July 10, 2014 0 comments Apps
Screen Mirroring with Chromecast now live for selected devices

Screen Mirroring with Chromecast now live for selected devices

Google announced that Screen Mirroring was coming to Chromecast for Android at Google I/O last month. We’ve been patiently waiting for the Cast Screen function to begin working ever since and today Google has announced that the feature is now ready to go. You can now mirror the contents of your compatible Android device to your Chromecast by selecting ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app, or more quickly through the Quick Settings menu available by a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen. The catch is that the function is only available from a select[Read More...]

by 2:37 AM on July 10, 2014 20 comments Chromecast
Control your phone’s volume from your Android Wear watch

Control your phone’s volume from your Android Wear watch

Wishing you could control your mobiles volume without the need to get it out of your bag or pocket? Well, a developer named Kirill Rakhman has come up with an app that can control your mobile’s volume control simply with an app called ‘Wear Volume’ through your new smartwatch. The App, which is pretty basic in design and set up process, is available for free on Google Play and the apps developer has stated that to use the app on your Android Wear smartwatch, all you need to do is to by tapping the screen or saying “Ok Google”. Swipe[Read More...]

by 7:59 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps