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Oppo N3 appears officially to show off rotating camera module in faux leather

Oppo N3 appears officially to show off rotating camera module in faux leather

Oppo is gearing up to launch the latest in their N-Series phones, with the N3 set to make its first public appearance in Singapore on the 29th of October. But the phone doesn’t want to stay hidden for that long, with Oppo themselves showing the rear of the phone off on their social media channels. The Oppo Google+, Twitter and Facebook accounts have all shown off the same image, showing the rear of the upcoming phone. Just like its predecessor, the N3 will have a rotating camera allowing the use of a high-resolution camera module to take front and rear[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 14, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Low-end Dual-SIM 3G LG L20 arrives on LG website – in-stores for $99

Low-end Dual-SIM 3G LG L20 arrives on LG website – in-stores for $99

LG is set to announce a new handset in their low-cost L-series range of 3G phones shortly, with the LG L20 appearing on their website. The phone is set to launch at $99 from retailers AllPhones and Harvey Norman. For those not familiar with the LG range, the LG L-Series offer competitively priced 3G handsets with some of their latest software enhancements included. The enhancements include options like Knock-Code which allows users to set a knock pattern to unlock their phone as opposed to the swipe code or pin-code options normally available on Android. The specs are pretty far from[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 14, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Maker of Android lawn sculptures for Google is trolling people talking about his love of licorice

Maker of Android lawn sculptures for Google is trolling people talking about his love of licorice

A new version of Android is normally heralded by the arrival of a new statue outside of building 44, and we do expect a new version of Android soon. Currently known as Android L, the new version will receive a dessert themed code-name upon official announcement, but which dessert beginning with L will it be? Lollipop? Lamington? Lemon Drop? Well, Giovanni Calabrese from the Themendous who makes the statues, has been throwing out hints that the next statue will be of Licorice. Calabrese started out the week stating in a Google+ post : He’s followed up with a series of[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 14, 2014 6 comments Other
4G compatible LG Optimus F3 on-sale at Coles for $119 from Wednesday 15th October

4G compatible LG Optimus F3 on-sale at Coles for $119 from Wednesday 15th October

4G phones are getting cheaper by the day. The budget 4G F-Series of Optimus phones from LG are among the first to drop below the $120 mark this Wednesday, when Coles begins selling the handset for just $119. Launched in Australia last November, the Optimus F3 is a fairly low-end handset when it comes to specs. Though it does only come with Android 4.1.2, it still features great LG software features like QuickMemo and QSlide as well as Camera software enhancements such as Time Catch Shot and Beauty Shot. Hardware wise, the LG Optimus F3 includes : 4.0″ 480×800 resolution[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google Play offering up free tracks and albums

Google Play offering up free tracks and albums

Google Play has been selling music in Australia since it launched in April last year, we’ve seen a bit in the way of ‘Free’ music, but you can now grab some free tracks and albums for a limited time. The music is a mix of Australian and international tracks, which can be found on the Google Play Music page. Tracks include: Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell You’re the Voice – John Farnham Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks All My Life – Foo Fighters Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra It’s Tricky – Run DMC[Read More...]

by 6:52 AM on October 14, 2014 3 comments Google Play, Google Services
OnePlus and JBL Team Up Again

OnePlus and JBL Team Up Again

When OnePlus designed and built the OnePlus One they teamed up with well renowned audio company JBL to fine tune the speakers in the phone. Today OnePlus have announced another partnership between the two companies, teaming up to produce a set of stylish earphones, the JBL E1+ Earphones. Following their ‘Never Settle’ mantra OnePlus have endeavoured to have JBL produce, exclusively for the OnePlus One, earphones that will better the listening experience with the One. The JBL E1+ earphones are equipped with premium 9mm JBL drivers with PureBass technology along with dynamic, high frequency response. For those who know about[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on October 13, 2014 5 comments News
Google begins a push on Google Search as a service with real world advertising

Google begins a push on Google Search as a service with real world advertising

Google has been the undisputed king of search for a while, Microsoft has been trying to catch-up with Bing since it launched in June of 2009. Google contains the lions share of the market at around 68% with Bing coming in 4th according to Wikipedia. Google is keen to retain the lead and has taken to the real world to market Google search, offering some new ads in Sydney, as well as in New York where the push seems particularly hard. AdWeek has run a nice piece which shows off the new ads embedded in locations around the city, like[Read More...]

by 4:58 PM on October 13, 2014 1 comment Google Services
Google trialling video chats to connect you to a Dr based on search results

Google trialling video chats to connect you to a Dr based on search results

Google is always trying new things, mostly involving parsing your search results and offering you contextually correct offers for help, such as knowledge cards (or advertising) based on the search. One of their new trials is an offer to connect you with a physician if your search results appear to be a medical question. The offer to connect to a free video chat with a Dr, was first reported by reddit user Jasonahoule. He showed off a screenshot of a search for Knee Pain, and the offer was made. The popup actually states quite clearly that the offer is a[Read More...]

by 4:05 PM on October 13, 2014 0 comments Google Services
Full Google Play Music App is apparently on the way

Full Google Play Music App is apparently on the way

Google Play Music, though accessible anywhere through the browser, or on mobile devices, the service is somewhat quite difficult to use on desktops and laptops. There’s various Chrome Extensions or apps available, but by and large they either point to the Google Play Music website or are a basic control function. All this may be about to change though, with a comment in the Chromium Issue Tracker pointing to a standalone Google Play Music app coming, and it may not just be for Chrome. The comment is on thread 421687 in the Chromium Issue Tracker, which is titled ‘UX for[Read More...]

by 3:40 PM on October 13, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension
Exchange Email Security Can Be Bypassed, Easily

Exchange Email Security Can Be Bypassed, Easily

For several years we as Android enthusiasts have been pushing for Android to be accepted by the enterprise community. When we get a work phone, or use our own phone for work, it would be nice to have a choice of the phone we could use. It would be nice if we could use our favourite mobile OS, Android. Finally Android is starting to make some inroads into business, mostly with BYOD (bring your own device), with the advent of extra security not only within the Android base but also those introduced by manufacturers (eg. Samsung with Knox). Recently I’ve[Read More...]

by 3:14 PM on October 13, 2014 8 comments News
Motorola Moto G on sale at Dick Smith for $236 delivered

Motorola Moto G on sale at Dick Smith for $236 delivered

For today only, Dick Smith has a special offer available for the unlocked second generation Motorola Moto G. You can pick one up from the Dick Smith website right now for only $230.98, the only catch being that it’s only available for home delivery at an additional cost of around $5 (no store pickup). There is some good new, you can apply the code ‘CLICK45′ at checkout to get an additional $11.55 off, bringing the total to a mere $224.38, but I wouldn’t count on this code to keep working for too long. Unfortunately there’s no actual specs or details[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 13, 2014 1 comment News, Phones, Sale
OnePlus teaming up with JBL for an announcement tomorrow

OnePlus teaming up with JBL for an announcement tomorrow

OnePlus is slowly building out their range of accessories, recently launching a new set of earphones, but that may not be the end of it. The company who also recently abandoned plans to release a range of interchangeable battery covers due to concerns over the quality and the changing mechanism, is counting down on their Chinese website to a launch tomorrow where they’ll apparently launch something in partnership with speaker experts JBL. Given the involvement of JBL, as well as the animated speaker cone on the website is that some sort of speaker will be announced. The natural assumption is[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on October 12, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Plusus comments on production delays for Lifelink and LifeStar cables

Plusus comments on production delays for Lifelink and LifeStar cables

We’re pretty big fans of the concept of the Plusus minimal USB-Charging cable Lifelink announced last year, as well as the ultra-stylish Lifestar cables announced in August. The cables are pretty grand in concept, and once delivered promise to be pretty great, the problem is, most customers are still waiting for the Lifelink and customers who pre-ordered the Lifestar cables were almost immediately advised of production delays. We approached PlusUs for a run-down on what’s causing the issues and what’s being done to ameliorate the effects. Plusus have advised that the issues with the Lifelink was an engineering issue with[Read More...]

by 8:33 AM on October 12, 2014 1 comment Accessories