Catch of the Day Technothon offering Sony, Samsung and HTC deals

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having another “Technothon” sale. The sale began today and ends tomorrow morning (Saturday 19th April) at 11am AEST which includes a number of Android devices. Sony Catch of the Day is offering two phones for sale as well as a tablet, first up is Sony’s 2013 flagship, the Xperia Z, which is available in purple and white for $419.95 + shipping – a decent discount given the age of the device (it’s a little over a year old and it’s due for an update to KitKat). » Xperia Z review » Buy: Continue reading

HTC One (M8) — Review

Is the HTC One (M8) your new Mate? HTC has a long and proud history in the mobile industry. From their early years as an ODM (original design manufacturer) making phones and mobile devices to be branded as HP and Palm, HTC have grown through leaps and bounds to their current standing as one of the leaders in design and mobile innovation. There’s been some trying financial times of late, and last years HTC One was described as their last ditch effort to save the company. But that wasn’t the case. The One wasn't as successful as... Continue reading

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Gameloft swings into Google Play

With the Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting cinemas in Australia yesterday, the movie tie-in game from Gameloft has also made an appearance. Swinging into Google Play at $5.49, Gameloft has also included a few In-App Purchases as well - Spidey needs new outfits. When not fighting henchmen or major villains such as Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro, and more in the game, you'll be swinging through a digitally rendered New York City, interacting with other Marvel characters like Black Cat and Screwball. While not all the villains and characters listed make an appearance in the movie, Gameloft are quick to... Continue reading

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use points to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is now here in stores, and even subsidised on a plan it costs a pretty penny. But Qantas has now added the Galaxy S5 to their Qantas store to let you swap those accrued Qantas Frequent Flyer(QFF) Points for Samsung's latest flagship. The phone can be exchanged for 173,500 QFF points with no money changing hands, or on a sliding scale in a mix of cash and QFF points down to a minimum of 104,100 QFF points + $534.38 in cash. There's a 21 day wait for orders to be despatched, so this isn't an order that... Continue reading

Flickr wants to become your new Instagram app

Yahoo has been busy updating the Android app for its Flickr service. The new app is now offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+ (something which has been seriously lagging with Instagram) but in addition to this, the update now brings Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. There is also a new feature which enables users to view each photo's metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more. However there is a small downside to the new update. Where previously you could sign into the app through Facebook or Google, this update eliminates those... Continue reading

OnePlus Does A Willy Wonka

I know that I have already written one piece today on the OnePlus One but I thought I would further disappoint everyone just a little bit more. First it was the lack of availability to Australia but for those who really want this phone that was a mere speed bump in the road to geek heaven (a new tech toy). All we would do is logon to the OnePlus website and buy it, ship it to the US mail forwarder and all is good right? Unfortunately not. OnePlus early on said that they will have a... Continue reading

Samsung Gear 2 — Smartwatch Review

Samsung's Gear 2 is the anticipated successor to the original Galaxy Gear concept launched by Samsung last year. Where the original Galaxy Gear had a few issues -- which you can discover in detail in our review -- the Gear 2 makes some leaps and bounds forward to become quite an acceptable smartwatch. Having recently savaged the Pebble Steel as being a fairly mediocre and problematic upgrade to the original Pebble, I was keen to see what else was happening in the realm of the smartwatch. I'm very much looking forward to the... Continue reading

Olé, Olé, Olé – Vodafone adds Brazil to their list of countries eligible for $5 International roaming

Brazil will be the focus of the world in mid-June, when the 20th FIFA World Cup kicks off in São Paulo when Brazil plays Croatia. If you're lucky enough to be there in person to see it, you'll want to phone, text, tweet or tell someone who isn't there about it. Luckily, Vodafone has today announced they've added Brazil to their list of countries covered under the Roam for $5 plan. The addition of Brazil, brings the total list of countries supported to 47. The premise of the Roam for $5 is simple, pay $5 per day and use... Continue reading

OnePlus One Countdown Starts

OnePlus have been slowly teasing us with leaks and hints of the upcoming release of their first phone, the OnePlus One. Finally it seems that they have told us all they are going to before release and have started the countdown to the release date. Just hours after announcing Canada and the USA as the final two release countries OnePlus changed the landing page of OnePlus website to show a countdown which demonstrates that the OnePlus will be announced on Wednesday 23rd April at 4pm AEST. They then proceeded to post on their forums (how they do... Continue reading

LG G3 coming in Gold with high res screen

Handsets from LG in their high end G line of phones specifically have become highly desirable over the last two years, and the LG G3 is looking set to follow this trend, not only from a design standpoint but from rumours surrounding the hardware that LG will be including, namely a high resolution 2560 x 1440 screen. The rumours of the high resolution screen have been around for a while, and were seemingly confirmed earlier this week in a UserAgent Profile for a Sprint handset with the model# LS990. With LG currently manufacturing a 5.5" 2560 x 1440... Continue reading

Google by the numbers – Q1 2014 earnings report

Google has just released their Q1 2014 earnings report, the good news is that they made money. They've also addressed the sale of Motorola to Lenovo, there's no effective dates as yet but they have listed financial results from Motorola Mobile as "Net loss from discontinued operations". Larry Page, as CEO noted in the opening of the report 'We completed another great quarter. Google's revenue was $15.4 billion, up 19% year on year. We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm also excited with progress on our emerging businesses. The full statement is available to read online,... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podast 109 – The fifth galaxy

Welcome to episode 109 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we talked with Geoff about his shiny (shimmery) new Galaxy S5, and his first impressions of his new phone. Scott also talked about his recent car mount charger review, and Jason talked about recent developments with Sonos. We ended with a bit of a discussion about use of password managers in the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Geoff Fieldew and Scott Plowman. Topics: Galaxy S5 First Impressions Not just another car dock charger Sonos Continue reading

Google releases ‘Google Camera’ to Play Store for devices running Android 4.4

After much speculation, Google has this morning released their stock camera to Google Play as a standalone App. It's available to all devices running Android 4.4+ and it brings with it a brand new interface. The Google Camera App offers the PhotoSphere experience which Nexus owners have enjoyed for years, but on any branded phone running a version of Android 4.4 and upwards. There's a host of new features as well including the Lens Blur mode : Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views. Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field. Panorama mode with high resolution. 100%... Continue reading