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Kickstarter: Check your Blood Alcohol Content with DrinkMate

Kickstarter: Check your Blood Alcohol Content with DrinkMate

Australian’s love a drink – but we DON’T love people who drink and drive. As the saying goes ‘Stay under .05 or get off the road’, so making it easy to check your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is a good way to avoid incidents – or just don’t drink at all – so the team at Edge Tech Labs has started a Kickstarter project for a portable smartphone powered Blood Alcohol Content meter called DrinkMate. DrinkMate is a microUSB powered attachment for your smartphone which you can blow into and see your Blood Alcohol Content displayed almost immediately on the[Read More...]

by 9:29 AM on September 1, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Want a fancy charging dock for your LG G Watch? Aerios Moduul could be it.

Want a fancy charging dock for your LG G Watch? Aerios Moduul could be it.

There’s no doubt that the first generation LG G Watch is a functional device first, and aesthetically pleasing maybe fifth or sixth; it isn’t the most glamorous watch. The same can be said of the charging dock; it’s a black little plastic brick, and it’s rather unappealing. It doesn’t look great on the nightstand, and on the desk, it just looks a bit out of place. Enter Sydney design firm Aerios. Launched by the guys behind Gadgets 4 Geeks, Aerios has announced the Moduul range, with its first piece an upgrade to the dock for your LG G Watch. As[Read More...]

by 5:45 PM on August 27, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Android Wear, News
PlusUs launch premium LifeStar cables in 7 different styles

PlusUs launch premium LifeStar cables in 7 different styles

PlusUs, the Australian company behind LifeLink, the world’s thinnest, most compact smartphone cable, has announced they are now taking pre-orders for a more premium USB charge cable called the LifeStar. The tangle-free cables are covered by a lifetime warranty and are available in braided and stitched look in denim and PU leather (a man-made leather), with double stitching holding the material in place around the cable. The cables are finished with matching coloured PVC into an aluminum connectors. There’s two sizes available – 1 metre or 25 centimetre – which support up to 2.4amp charging with microUSB or Apple MFi[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on August 27, 2014 10 comments Accessories
PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

PayPal Here – now available from Officeworks

After announcing they were entering Australia back in April, PayPal Here, has finally landed at retailers in Australia. Officeworks has announced that they will be selling the chip and Pin Bluetooth card reader in stores. Priced at $139, the chip and PIN card reader is a first for Australian small businesses, who can now buy a mobile payment terminal capable of completing Visa and Mastercard credit card transactions, in a retail store. With Credit Card signatures out, and mandatory PIN for all credit cards transactions in, as of the beginning of August, PayPal Here offers small business owners a fairly[Read More...]

by 8:36 PM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Apps
Plantronics Backbeat Fit — Review

Plantronics Backbeat Fit — Review

The old 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t as widely used as it once was, at least for plugging in headphones, thanks to ever improving technology in the Bluetooth headphone market. The latest bluetooth headphones to be released in the Australian market are the Plantronics Backbeat Fit – a pair of over-ear earphones aimed at the sports and fitness user. Priced at $159, and available from a variety of retailers – Dick Smith, Officeworks and Allphones to name a few – in Blue or Green colour options, the Backbeat Fit earphones aren’t the cheapest option around, but they are pretty to look[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on August 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Google Fit Preview SDK now available for developers

Google Fit Preview SDK now available for developers

Back at Google I/O, Google announced a lot of things and one of the more welcome additions was the Google Fit platform; an open platform for developers to more easily build fitness apps that integrate with hardware and software, as well as making the data easier to share between other apps. Google Fit provides a single API for apps and device manufacturers alike to store and access activity data from phones, sensors in devices and other devices like wearables, connected scales, and more. Instead of having fitness data stored in silos, apps will (with your permission, of course) be able[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on August 8, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Google Play, Google Services, News
iDevices announce Android connectivity now available for iGrill and more.

iDevices announce Android connectivity now available for iGrill and more.

It’s not quite BBQ season, but for the high-tech grillmaster amongst you, some new tools are now available for use, with iDevices advising that their Android app, which controls all their iDevices Products, is now available in Google Play. There’s quite a few devices on offer, iGrill2, iGrill mini, Kitchen Thermometer, & Kitchen Thermometer mini all now compatible, and available for use, from one simple app. The products are generally used to keep a remote eye on the temperature of your food, using a probe which connects to a base unit, but also transmits via Bluetooth to your phone or[Read More...]

by 12:57 PM on August 7, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Apps
Are you getting an LG G3 this week? Try some of these accessories.

Are you getting an LG G3 this week? Try some of these accessories.

If you’re getting one of LG‘s most anticipated phones this week, the LG G3, then you should give some thought to whether your new toy needs some accessories to go with. Over at the Ausdroid Gadget Store, we’ve got some pretty neat things to go with your G3, and at pretty decent prices as well. Some of these have been selling like hotcakes. LG Wireless Charging Pad – $69.95 This is the official wireless charging accessory from LG. It’s not only an elegant desktop dock, but it also wirelessly charges your G3. It’s portable, easy to set up, and provides[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on August 6, 2014 1 comment Accessories
LG G Watch Cradle now available to purchase from Google Play

LG G Watch Cradle now available to purchase from Google Play

Early adopters of the LG G Watch have been limited by the proprietary nature of the G Watch’s charging cradle, if you stuck it to your bedside table, the thought of trying to peel it off to take away with you on a trip has sent shudders down many a spine. The good news is, as of this morning the LG G Watch Charging Cradle is now available to purchase from Google Play. Samsung Gear Live owners will have to wait a little longer for a spare dock for their Android Wear watch, as nothing is showing in Google Play[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on August 6, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Android Wear
HiSense Vision TV — Preview

HiSense Vision TV — Preview

As you can see, we’ve got a new toy in the Ausdroid office this afternoon, and its a doozy. Readers, I’d like to introduce you to HiSense’s latest Vision range of televisions, and this one’s a (meagre?) 50″ large. They come in sizes up to 80″, and they’re razor thin, but that’s not the coolest thing. You see, the HiSense Vision runs Android. We’ve taken a look at the HiSense Vision earlier this year, and now we’ve got one to play with, and first impressions are pretty good. Hardware and Setup The HiSense Vision 50″ (HV50 from now on) was[Read More...]

by 4:37 PM on August 5, 2014 15 comments Accessories, Android TV, Mini Reviews, News
Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom M7 Speaker — Review

Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom M7 Speaker — Review

Samsung’s making a big push this year with their Multiroom Audio products under the Samsung Sound name. We had a brief introduction to the products at their Smart TV launch in April, followed by a full launch event in May and an exclusive concert series over the next couple of months. It’s taken a bit of time for the review units to arrive on the Ausdroid test bench, but arrive they have! We’ve been checking out Samsung’s M7 speaker and a Multiroom Hub (which seems to be named “M2″ this week, and it’s time to share some thoughts. Revisit our[Read More...]

by 9:04 AM on August 4, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Reviews
In Pictures: Samsung Sound Unboxing

In Pictures: Samsung Sound Unboxing

Samsung launched its Samsung Sound wireless home multiroom audio system a couple of months ago, and our review system – consisting of a black M7 Speaker and an M2 Multiroom Hub just arrived! When I went to open the boxes, I realised that they were sealed tight, just out of the factory. While the system is available at retail, I thought that if I was going to be the first to open up the boxes for review, there might be some value in documenting the unboxing process, even if it’s just for a bit of fun. Here we go, then![Read More...]

by 8:19 AM on July 30, 2014 3 comments Accessories
Samsung Gear VR application leaks early and shows off something of Samsung’s upcoming headset

Samsung Gear VR application leaks early and shows off something of Samsung’s upcoming headset

The Samsung Gear VR – their virtual reality headset – is apparently set to launch at IFA in September, which means of course that with just over a month to go till the headset is launched, there’s going to be leaks. Of course the source is SamMobile, who have managed to get their hands on the Gear VR Manager software which will manage your Virtual experience with the headset. The Samsung Gear VR is a headset experience designed to be similar in scope and experience to the Occulus Rift, who are designing the software for the Gear VR. The hardware[Read More...]

by 10:44 AM on July 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories