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Glass XE20.1 update better interaction with contacts, more cards and head nudge

Glass XE20.1 update better interaction with contacts, more cards and head nudge

Google Glass is still not in Australia, but development continues and by the time it does reach our shores, it’s going to be quite full featured. Google has announced the updates in the latest Glass update – XE20.1 – advising a number of new updates for contacts, new cards and a new way to turn Glass on/off. The first part of the update is probably the largest, with improvements to the way you access contacts from Glass. Previously only a selected list of contacts were available, but from this update, all your contacts will be available with a simple swipe,[Read More...]

by 11:01 AM on August 21, 2014 0 comments Glass
Facebook rolling out its own in-app browser for links to some users

Facebook rolling out its own in-app browser for links to some users

Facebook is rolling out a new addition to its ever increasing new features and its latest feature is rolling out to some users accounts. The new feature, an in-app browser, is reported to to speed up reading and sharing of links found within the social network. Facebook’s own in-app browser will load the web page of a link you clicked within the Facebook app, rather than requiring you to open your smartphone’s browser such as Chrome or Firefox that you have installed. This in theory means less time having to load an additional app to just share back to Facebook[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on August 21, 2014 8 comments Apps, News
Boost adds a new budget mobile – the Boost Icon Nero for $59

Boost adds a new budget mobile – the Boost Icon Nero for $59

Boost has added a new budget smartphone to their pre-paid line of devices with the new Boost Icon Nero, which is available now for $59. The Boost Icon Nero is made by ZTE, who have made a couple of the previous budget devices like the “Tango” T790 or the Boost “Jump Smart” T760 and the specs are far from fantastic but hey, given the price point Boost are aiming for you still get passable — barely — specs. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT screen display (480 x 320) 1.0GHz dual core MT6572M CPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory[Read More...]

by 10:25 AM on August 21, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Get a OnePlus One 16GB 4G LTE for under $400 without an invite

Get a OnePlus One 16GB 4G LTE for under $400 without an invite

Online store Camera Paradise based in Hong Kong have the OnePlus One 16GB for $398 including shipping. According to their website this is the CyanogenMod 11S version and not the Color OS version that other online stores are selling. You can add shipping insurance for an extra $12.97 or priority handling for $19.97 which still keeps the total cost to under $420. Camera Paradise claims to have a 1-Year Door-to-Door Warranty and the phone is in stock now. You can even choose your colour as long as it is white. There is a 5 star review of the phone from[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on August 21, 2014 4 comments Deal, News, Phones
Toyota’s new infotainment system based around the Nexus 7

Toyota’s new infotainment system based around the Nexus 7

Android integration has already started to make its way into modern-day cars, the next step forward is Android Auto, which should start being introduced into 2015 model vehicles later this year and into next year. Twenty Five car brands have already signed up to Android Auto and have committed to shipping cars in the future, but Toyota has something completely different in mind — at least in Taiwan. Partnering with Asus-owned Unimax, Toyota has announced the “Toyota Intelligent System”, which essentially brings a dockable Nexus 7 to select vehicles. The idea is that ‘smart’ infotainment systems are useful, but also tend[Read More...]

by 10:11 AM on August 21, 2014 2 comments Android Auto, News, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 120 – the Motocast

Ausdroid Podcast 120 – the Motocast

Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid podcast! We’ve all been randomly unavailable for the last few weeks, but the podcast is finally back this week – and what a week to come back! With so much news coming out of Motorola, we decided this is really the Motocast episode. There isn’t a single thing Motorola’s doing that we’re not interested in at the moment, and the Moto 360 is topping that list! There’s also a bit of local carrier news, along with the now-regular OnePlus discussion and a quick recap of Kogan’s new 4G smartphone. With Jason Murray, Dan[Read More...]

by 9:05 AM on August 21, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast
Humble Sega Mobile Bundle launches with 6 Sega games for Android

Humble Sega Mobile Bundle launches with 6 Sega games for Android

The Humble Mobile Bundle is back – sort of. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle has now taken its place offering six games from the former console gaming powerhouse. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle works as previous Humble Bundles – pay what you want for three titles, which this time around include Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket! and Virtua Tennis Challenge, or pay more than the average price, which at this stage stands at US$3.73 and you also get Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Crazy Taxi. There’s also the promise of[Read More...]

by 7:35 AM on August 21, 2014 0 comments Apps, Sale
Ausdroid Podcast 120 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 120 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/f7qB76ZUxBI Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Moto 360 Moto X+1 Moto G2 … and more!

by 9:04 PM on August 20, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Good Deal: Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for $245 delivered from Expansys

Good Deal: Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for $245 delivered from Expansys

Expansys Australia has a free shipping promotion on the Google Play Edition of LG‘s G Pad 8.3 at the moment. You can pick one up for a total cost $244.99, providing you use DHL as the courier. The Australian G Pad 8.3 (with LG’s customised Android UI) got a lukewarm response from Jason earlier this year, but we’ve seen a few people take them up as their tablet of choice in the last few months. The Google Play Edition version of the tablet should address our software concerns, and Expansys is offering the tablet at a good price. If you’ve[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on August 20, 2014 12 comments Deal, Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Vodafone announces new network upgrades with Ericsson – announces Voice over LTE to arrive next year

Vodafone announces new network upgrades with Ericsson – announces Voice over LTE to arrive next year

After the debacle that was their 3G network over the last few years, Vodafone are going all out in their quest to provide a top-class 4G network. The Vodafone 4G network is already ranked as one of the fastest in Australia, but the network is about to get a new trick with Vodafone announcing they will be updating their network using equipment from Ericsson that will allow them to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as well as ‘greater network agility and flexibility’. The network will launch trials of the VoLTE service later this year, with an intention to launch in[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on August 20, 2014 2 comments Carriers
Noticed YouTube clips auto-playing in Chrome? The Chromecast extension is to blame

Noticed YouTube clips auto-playing in Chrome? The Chromecast extension is to blame

Chromecasting from your laptop or desktop is great, install a Chrome Extension and you’re good to go. What isn’t great is auto-playing embedded YouTube videos, which what has been happening for Chrome users who have the Chrome Extension installed. According to a Google Engineer, who commented on the Chromium Bug Tracker the issue is apparently due to a ‘bad push’ yesterday. It’s being looked at, with a fix being qualified and scheduled for release ‘today’. In the meantime, you can uninstall the extension, restart Chrome (some people have had to reset their Chrome settings), and you should be good to[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on August 20, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension, Chromecast
iFixt tears down the Project Tango tablet – it’s like a mobile Kinect

iFixt tears down the Project Tango tablet – it’s like a mobile Kinect

As a development platform with a price tag of over $1000, Project Tango from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects(ATAP) group isn’t exactly your consumer level device. But even devlopers need to get their dev devices repaired, so the team at iFixit has gotten hold of one and torn it apart to see what makes it tick. The tablet includes an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and an Integrated Depth Sensor and cameras on both front and back including a 120° Front facing camera and 4MP 2.0µm Pixel Camera and Motion Tracking Camera on the[Read More...]

by 6:24 AM on August 20, 2014 0 comments News
Vodafone customers can now receive 4G data in New Zealand using $5 Roaming

Vodafone customers can now receive 4G data in New Zealand using $5 Roaming

Vodafone has been aggressively chasing the huge market of Australian’s who love to travel internationally, but don’t love the traditionally expensive mobile roaming fees normally associated with using their phones overseas. With their $5 per day international roaming plan, Vodafone has hit on a great idea, and today, for customers travelling to New Zealand it gets better – you can now get 4G data, while travelling in the land of the long white cloud. Vodafone customers who qualify for the $5 a day international roaming will automatically roam onto the Vodafone New Zealand 4G network – which according to Ookla,[Read More...]

by 6:05 AM on August 20, 2014 3 comments Carriers