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Xperia Z3 manufacturing is ramping up, indicates impending announcement

Xperia Z3 manufacturing is ramping up, indicates impending announcement

The Sony Xperia Z3 has been just about leaked everywhere, but we like the looks of the upcoming Sony device, so why not check out the manufacturing process? That’s what’s happening in this latest round of photos showing the phone in different stages of assembly, with a factory worker showing off the innards and outers of the handset. The leak shows off the phone in a gloss white, although we have also seen the phone in black in previous leaks. The question now, is whether the phone will be joined by the Purple or by the mint colour that Sony[Read More...]

by 9:35 AM on July 29, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
LG announces an 11.6″ Android powered TabBook 11 for the Korean market

LG announces an 11.6″ Android powered TabBook 11 for the Korean market

LG isn’t one to shy away from a form-factor, they have the scale and facilities to really try out anything to see what happens and that seems to be what they’re doing with the TabBook 11, an 11.6″ Android Powered tablet witha sliding keyboard. The TabBook is destined for the Korean market only at this stage, with the announcement made on the LG Korean site. It’s a fairly large device with an 11.6″ slider keyboard arrangement which appears to detach when not required so you can carry around a decidedly over-sized tablet. Specs wise, the tablet is a monster. The[Read More...]

by 9:19 AM on July 29, 2014 0 comments Tablets
Google serves up a new Chromecast ad featuring Foxtels Presto

Google serves up a new Chromecast ad featuring Foxtels Presto

As one of the Launch partners for Chromecast, Foxtel’s Presto service took a full month to launch, but it did include Chromecast support when it did. Now Google and Foxtel have released a new commercial featuring the Chromecast and Presto. It’s a short commercial which is titled ‘For Bigger Parties’ which features well known party animal Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie filmed in, starring (Isla Fisher) and directed by (Baz Luhrman) Australians – The Great Gatsby. The movie is available on Foxtels Presto platform, which currently features a One Month free trial for Australian Chromecast owners,[Read More...]

by 9:03 AM on July 29, 2014 1 comment Chromecast
Huawei Y530 now available on Telstra Pre-Paid for $129

Huawei Y530 now available on Telstra Pre-Paid for $129

Telstra has added a new smartphone to its pre-paid line of devices, with the Huawei Y530 now showing up on the Telstra Pre-Paid website for $129. The Huawei Y530 isn’t going to wow with top line specs, but for an entry level phone, well, it’s not terrible The full list of specs include: 4.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen display (480×854) 1.2 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 with Adreno 320 GPU 512MB RAM 4 GB storage, expandable to 32 GB via MicroSD Card 5 MP rear camera, VGA front facing Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) Connectivity: 2G network[Read More...]

by 8:54 AM on July 29, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Like to take a selfie? Then this new Selfies app is made for you

Like to take a selfie? Then this new Selfies app is made for you

The team responsible for bringing us WordPress, Automattic, has quietly launched a new social photo-sharing network just for the duck-face fans among you, that’s right, Selfies is un-surprisingly just for Selfies. The app and network, which have seen little to no promotion was actually intentionally released that way. A representative from the company behind Selfies app, told TechCrunch that the app was simply just put out there to see what happened. The answer is, not much. When Tech Crucnch looked into it, the app had accumulated only 100-500 downloads – it’s now 10x that with 1000-5000 downloads. Selfies was in[Read More...]

by 8:48 AM on July 29, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Good Deal – Nexus 5 16GB for $369 with FREE Shipping

Good Deal – Nexus 5 16GB for $369 with FREE Shipping

On-line retailer Kogan has a Free Shipping Promotion on at the moment where you can pick up a Nexus 5 16GB for $369 including delivery. That’s a saving of around $50 if you were to buy one from the Google Play store but there is a limit of 2 per customer. You can choose from either black or white but will have to wait between 1-2 weeks for it to leave the warehouse. You better get in quick on this one though, it ends at 2am tomorrow morning, Tuesday 29 July 2014. Click on the following link to take you to[Read More...]

by 8:19 PM on July 28, 2014 8 comments Deal, Phones
TWRP Recoveries Available For LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

TWRP Recoveries Available For LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

Each time a new Android device is released it isn’t long until the good people over at Team Win release their custom recovery for the device. A custom recovery, among other things, allows the user to root their device by flashing a SuperSU zip file (often the included SuperSU is outdated), flash a custom ROM onto their device, backup their current ROM and also factory reset their device. Of course the recovery that is now a favourite of many Android users, TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project), is now available for both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on July 28, 2014 0 comments News
Toolkit Available For Lazy LG G Watch Users

Toolkit Available For Lazy LG G Watch Users

Those who have read my posts in the past know my aversion to using toolkits for root functions such as unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices. Personally I feel that they put people in a bad position where they tend to rely on them too much so that when something goes wrong (and invariably it will) they do not know how to fix it because they have not learnt or maintained the skills involved with fastboot and adb commands. In saying all this toolkits can be a useful introduction to the world of root access, custom roms and general phone hackery.[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on July 28, 2014 0 comments News
Hisense UHD Android Vision TV’s now available in Australia

Hisense UHD Android Vision TV’s now available in Australia

Hisense made quite the splash when they launched their range of Vision TV’s in Australia. They’re the first TV platform running Android that’s been certified by Google to run Android on a TV, this prior to the launch of Android TV as a platform at Google I/O. While their initial offerings have been well specced and priced, they’ve stepped their game up to offer two new models at the higher end of the range, launching their Vision UHD – 4K – models the T910 series in 75″ and 85″. The T910 series is described by Hisense as ‘retro-futuristic’ with the[Read More...]

by 9:12 AM on July 28, 2014 6 comments News
Kogan unveil the Kogan Agora 4G for $229

Kogan unveil the Kogan Agora 4G for $229

Last night, Kogan began sending out emails to their subscriber list, teasing a new announcement set for 7:40am…timed for an announcement on the Today Show on Channel 9. The announcement is a new phone from Kogan, built in partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Benq – The Kogan Agora 4G – the phone is the result of the partnership and is Kogan’s first foray into the 4G handset market with an own branded handset. Right from the get-go, Kogan is pushing their phone against actual name brands. The phone they have taken time to take on specifically is the Motorola Moto G,[Read More...]

by 8:35 AM on July 28, 2014 16 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Rumor: Motorola is working with Google on ‘Shamu’, a 5.9″ Nexus phone

Rumor: Motorola is working with Google on ‘Shamu’, a 5.9″ Nexus phone

Rumours are flying that Motorola, which was once Google’s hardware acquisition, is working on the next Nexus handset, the Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu. Widely anticipated for an October/November release alongside the release of Android L, everyone’s looking forward to a new Nexus device, and there’s now a hint of evidence that it might just come from Motorola. What we know is there’s a device out there called Shamu, and it runs Android’s open source platform. There’s a lot of rumour about what this device might actually be, but there are few concrete facts. Android Police have posted some rumours about a[Read More...]

by 6:05 PM on July 27, 2014 8 comments News
Big list of Android Wear watchfaces – What are you rocking?

Big list of Android Wear watchfaces – What are you rocking?

Google has publicly come out and advised developers that until the official Android Wear watchface API is made available, they shouldn’t be releasing watchfaces. But that hasn’t, and knowing Android developers, will not stop them from doing it. There’s a range of options, which include a couple of standouts which do more than simply supply a watchface. Like WearFaces. Wearfaces gives you three watchfaces, but then allows you to create your own WatchFace by uploading 4 pictures based on a template you find on www.wearfaces.com. Next is what appears to be a Watch Face marketplace. Wear Face Collection offers a[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on July 27, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, Apps
Google continues to improve Docs, now with tracked changes

Google continues to improve Docs, now with tracked changes

Google continues to take on the giant of the productivity world, Microsoft, with further changes being made to their Google Docs web app. Now when you import or work on a .docx file the tracked changes are not only present, but you can make “suggested changes” within the Drive application too. This is a very useful feature that has kept me from transferring to Drive completely for a while now and may be the final piece of the puzzle. Google clearly have Microsoft in their sights as a potential market that they can grab a big portion of and the[Read More...]

by 9:54 AM on July 26, 2014 0 comments Google Services, News