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Going offline using Chromium just got a little more fun

Going offline using Chromium just got a little more fun

Losing your connection to the internet isn’t very fun, but it could be according to Chromium developers who’ve added a game into the latest Chromium Build. Everyone who uses Chrome is by now, familiar with the T-Rex graphic who appears when you can’t reach the internet (get it? T-Rex has short arms, can’t reach much – can’t reach the internet!). But, there’s a new error in town for those running the Chromium build of the popular browser: Well, the little T-Rex has now become the star of his very own game, which may make those times when you’re offline just[Read More...]

by 8:13 AM on September 26, 2014 0 comments Chrome
Motorola Shamu breaches from hiding to show off for the camera

Motorola Shamu breaches from hiding to show off for the camera

It’s seems that the 5.9″ phone from Motorola codenamed ‘Shamu’, which according to rumour is supposedly the next Nexus phone is getting leaky. Yesterday we saw a glimpse of reported specs for the phone and today we get to see a picture of the behemoth as it poses next to an equally large LG G3. As you can see it’s a fairly large device, especially compared to the G3, which is a fairly wide device, add to that an extra half inch or so and it’s going to be a prize catch for fans of the phablet. The phone shows[Read More...]

by 7:33 AM on September 26, 2014 14 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 122 – LIVE CHAT (again)

Ausdroid Podcast 122 – LIVE CHAT (again)

http://youtube.com/embed/-HQdJC9X0yg Welcome to episode 122 of the Ausdroid Podcast! (Yes, we know we did this last week) 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. Samsung Motorola Nexus

by 9:00 PM on September 25, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Wild Grinders Downhill Grind

Wild Grinders Downhill Grind

Aussie Developer Bubblegum interactive have come out with a “freemium” (free to install, but with the peril of in app purchases if you become too addicted) skateboard game that is painfully addictive and stupidly fun. For a game of this genre it’s got a good list of features that you’d expect Action packed adrenaline fun with awesome fast swipe controls Loads of tricks and combos with up-gradable characters and skills progression Awesome un-lockable levels, skateboards and playable characters Challenge friends for high score glory and weekly prizes. Send Taunts and Gifts! Colorful, vivid cartoon graphics and pumping soundtrack Universal App,[Read More...]

by 5:47 PM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Apps, Games, News
Eyes-on with Samsung’s Gear VR

Eyes-on with Samsung’s Gear VR

Samsung held their “Notable Innovation” launch event on Tuesday night, revealing launch details for the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Gear VR. It’s the latter unit that we’re focusing on here, and I’m pretty excited about it. It seems a bit unfair to the hype storm created every time Samsung releases new Note products, but it feels like the Gear VR stole the show on Tuesday night, with the main stage dominated by two demo units running an Australian-shot Great Barrier Reef 3D demo video. The main stage was flanked by a couple of additional units on either[Read More...]

by 2:15 PM on September 25, 2014 4 comments News
Plantronics launches the BackBeat Pro at AU $349, in stores soon

Plantronics launches the BackBeat Pro at AU $349, in stores soon

Plantronics held a media launch in Sydney last night for the newest member of their popular BackBeat family of headphones. The premium quality wireless, noise-cancelling BackBeat Pro (as modelled by that chap, above) will be coming to Australia next month, priced at $349. Described by Plantronics’ Australian National Sales Manager Peter Petrides as a “marriage between a DSLR camera and a set of headphones”, the imposing-looking BackBeat Pro headphones feature dial controls, play/pause buttons, physical switches for power and active noise cancelling and NFC tap-to-pair functionality. You can connect the headphones to your device with Bluetooth or a 3.5mm headphone[Read More...]

by 1:16 PM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories
$165.00 Worth of apps for free?  Yes please Amazon

$165.00 Worth of apps for free? Yes please Amazon

What do Sonic the Hedgehog, mSecure, Office Suite Professional and Paper Camera have in common? They’re all being offered for free on the Amazon app store. The offer is currently available over on the Amazon Australia website where a total of twenty six apps and games, totalling $165 are yours for the price of signing up to Amazon. You can grab one, or you can grab them all, there’s no limit. You’ll need the Amazon App installed on your phone which you can download by heading here and installing the APK. Of course doing this will involve side loading so[Read More...]

by 1:13 PM on September 25, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
Freelancer launches version 2.0 of their Android app

Freelancer launches version 2.0 of their Android app

Australian outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has announced the release of version 2.0 of their Android app. The app allows both freelancers looking for work and employers looking for people to perform any tasks they need to without visiting the site. Freelancers can find and accept jobs and submit bids within the app, while hirers can manage projects (including posting new ones) and review bids and award jobs to successful bidders. The company added Android Wear compatibility to their app a little while ago, detailed in this blog post. If you’ve got an Android Wear device, you can receive and respond to[Read More...]

by 12:25 PM on September 25, 2014 0 comments Apps
Is this HTC’s Action camera?

Is this HTC’s Action camera?

HTC began teasing what is thought to be their upcoming GoPro competitor this morning. The device is supposed to be announced at their October 8th ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York, but an association with a twitter account @re_camera may have given the game away early. The link to @re_camera was made through a reddit thread, which said a HTC employee had sent it to them. The only tweet originating from the account, which co-incidentally has the tag line ‘Something Remarkable is Coming’ in their header image, was released around the same time that HTC launched their teaser video this[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
Rumour: New Nexus phone with 5.92″ display from Motorola to be announced next month

Rumour: New Nexus phone with 5.92″ display from Motorola to be announced next month

Nexus season is upon us, we’re getting closer to the usual October/November release cycle that normally sees a new Nexus phone on the market and today 9to5Google are fuelling the fire with word they’ve confirmed with sources that the so called ‘Shamu’ Nexus from Motorola is going to be coming soon. Their sources indicate that the design of the phone will be more a modified Motorola Moto X gen 2 chasis, though with a much larger 5.92″ display. It won’t just be a standard FHD display either, with the rumour pointing to a QHD (2560×1440) resolution display with a pixel[Read More...]

by 10:16 AM on September 25, 2014 56 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Clockwork Mod Recovery and Root available for all Android One handsets

Clockwork Mod Recovery and Root available for all Android One handsets

Android One handsets are only just arriving into the market place in India (and onto the Ausdroid review bench), but with kernel source available for the platform, it was only a matter of time before someone managed to unlock, install a custom recovery and get root access to the phones. All that is now possible, thanks to the devs at XDA-Developers for anyone wanting to have a play with their Android One handset. XDA-Developer varun.chitre15 has managed to port ClockworkMod recovery to the Karbonn, Spice and Micromax, Android One handsets, and you can find them all in the XDA thread[Read More...]

by 9:53 AM on September 25, 2014 0 comments Android One, Modding
Motorola Moto 360 is receiving an OTA update

Motorola Moto 360 is receiving an OTA update

We won’t see the Moto 360 officially in Australia till at least next month, but we’re aware of a number of ways to get your hands on it already, so for those of you lucky enough to have one on hand (or wrist as it were) you can expect to see an OTA update hitting your watch in the near future. The update bumps the build number from KGW42N to KGW42R and is nothing too earth shattering according to Motorola, who have listed the changelog for the update on their forums : Bluetooth connectivity – Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the[Read More...]

by 9:16 AM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Android Wear
HTC has begun teasing their Action Cam competitor

HTC has begun teasing their Action Cam competitor

HTC has been rumoured to be entering into the action camera market, which has so far been dominated by GoPro, for a while. Their upcoming ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October is said to be the place where we’ll see this camera (as well as a so-called ‘Selfie’ phone), so now’s as good a time as any to begin teasing and that’s what HTC appears to be doing in a new video released this morning titled ‘Something Remarkable is Coming’. The video is a teaser, so nothing implicit regarding a product or specs is stated.[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on September 25, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer