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Well, that escalated quickly – Samsung trolls Apple (again) with new Galaxy Note 4 ads

Well, that escalated quickly – Samsung trolls Apple (again) with new Galaxy Note 4 ads

Samsung has of late been quite proactive at poking the lawyers bear with advertising that’s clearly aimed at Apple, the iPhone and users of ageing Apple devices. Their latest batch of adverts take a direct swipe at the new iPhone 6 before it’s even released to the public, taking aim at the apparent oversights and slow development of the iPhone rather than the stronger features of Samsung’s own devices. Much like the amusing comparisons between the iPhone 6 and 2-generation old Nexus phones, the adverts seek to convince the viewer that Samsung – the main name associated with “Android” by[Read More...]

by 3:13 PM on September 12, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Android Apps begin arriving in Chrome Web Store

Android Apps begin arriving in Chrome Web Store

During the Google I/O keynote this year, one of the larger announcements for ChromeOS was the upcoming ability to install Android apps on Google’s desktop OS. Exactly when Android apps for ChromeOS would arrive wasn’t announced, but according to the Verge, that day has come. Four apps are scheduled to arrive in the Chrome Web Store today. One of the first apps will of course be Vine, which Google showed off during the demo at the keynote. Other apps that will arrive will be Evernote, as well as language training app Duolingo, as well as a children’s sight card app[Read More...]

by 3:31 AM on September 12, 2014 0 comments News
HTC adds Lockscreen to Google Play as latest app to separate from Sense

HTC adds Lockscreen to Google Play as latest app to separate from Sense

HTC has been slowly adding their Sense apps to Google Play over the last six months, starting with Blinkfeed just prior to the launch of the HTC One M8 back in March. Now HTC has spun off their lockscreen to Google Play launching it as an update to existing Sense 6 devices. There’s not much to see here in the way of description, HTC simply says of their app: Swipe right to BlinkFeed, swipe left to Widget Home and swipe up to previously used app. Frequently-used information such as notifications, clock and weather are also available on lock screen. No[Read More...]

by 2:54 AM on September 12, 2014 1 comment Apps
HTC Smartwatch will be launched next year according to a report

HTC Smartwatch will be launched next year according to a report

Will they? Won’t they? After a report last week citing ‘sources familiar with the matter’, who claimed that HTC’s plans for a smartwatch had been dropped, a new report which claims new information from ‘people familiar with the matter’ says the watch is in development and will be launched next year. The report from CNet, claims that the HTC built smartwatch will feature design stylings which HTC is famous for, as well as ‘features that consumers will more immediately gravitate toward’. This despite previous claims that HTC was hesitant to enter a packed market which saw three new smartwatches launched[Read More...]

by 2:33 AM on September 12, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
OnePlus unofficially feeling the heat On Touchscreen Issues

OnePlus unofficially feeling the heat On Touchscreen Issues

With the touchscreen bug originally reported by Ausdroid out of control over at the Cyanogenmod Jira bug reporting site it seems that OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc are starting to feel the pressure. The bug report has over 340 comments and 370 votes showing that this is affecting a lot of people. A couple of days a member of the Cyanogen Inc-OnePlus team replied to a Reddit thread showing that the team is very concerned about the issue. There have been very little heard from OnePlus officially regarding the touchscreen ghost touch issues since the kernel patch arrived to hopefully fix[Read More...]

by 10:23 PM on September 11, 2014 5 comments News
HP announces Australian pricing for their upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14 refresh

HP announces Australian pricing for their upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14 refresh

We know they’re coming, HP advised we should be seeing the updated HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 in the early days of October. Today, HP advised the pricing for the Chromebooks as well as the colour options we’ll be seeing. The Chromebook 11 will becoming in Snow White (unfortunately no Ocean Turquoise for us), while the Chromebook 14 will be available in Smoke Silver or Sorbet Orange. Both devices will come with 100GB of Google Drive storage valid for two years and carry a $399 price tag, but curiously HP has advised that the price will be from $399[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on September 11, 2014 7 comments News
Gameloft releases Spider-Man Unlimited into Google Play

Gameloft releases Spider-Man Unlimited into Google Play

Gameloft has seen some success with the last two movie tie-in games for the Amazing Spiderman, but today’s release won’t cost you a cent to try out. Gameloft has followed their usual freemium model and released Spider-Man Unlimited into Google Play for Free, with the usual ‘Offers in-app purchases’ addendum. The game contains a cell-shaded graphic style, which lets you take on the role of Spiderman in an endless runner style game, that Gameloft are calling an ‘arcade web-runner’. Spider-Man Unlimited contains a narrative to go with the game, with two issues containing different villians – The Green Goblin (Issue[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on September 11, 2014 4 comments Apps
Nearly 5 Million Gmail login credentials were leaked  – less than 2% were valid

Nearly 5 Million Gmail login credentials were leaked – less than 2% were valid

We all like to think our accounts are secure, but every time we hear about a breach we all shudder a little. Well, overnight Time Magazine reported on leak of 4.93 million usernames and passwords, being posted on a Russian Bitcoin security forum late Tuesday. While the forum where the leak occured, assured that at least 60% of the credentials leaked were in fact active and ready to be ‘used’, the reality is, that that was not the case. As usual, Google was onto the leak and advised that they were aware of the leak and reported on the legitimacy[Read More...]

by 3:23 PM on September 11, 2014 6 comments Google Services
Nexus 5 replacement program is US Only

Nexus 5 replacement program is US Only

Last week, a few outlets in the US cottoned onto the story of Joshua D, who posted on Google+ (in a post that is no longer on-line) about having his Nexus 5 replaced by the Google Play support team after smashing it. The Google Play team member he spoke to also advised that Google had implemented a one-time replacement policy for Nexus 5 phones. So is this something we can all take advantage of? In a word No. It seems that even in the US, there are varying reports on how effective this is, with Droid-Life updating their post to[Read More...]

by 2:56 PM on September 11, 2014 11 comments Google Play, Phones
Telstra details plans to expand 4G LTE service into 700 Mhz space

Telstra details plans to expand 4G LTE service into 700 Mhz space

At an event in Sydney this morning, Telstra is announcing enhancements to its 4G LTE service. The carrier expects to expand the footprint of its 4G coverage so that reach 90% of the Australian population by the end of January 2015. Telstra plans to use the 700 MHz spectrum from 1 January to cover a 3km radius of the CBDs of all capital cities and 50 regional locations. In some areas, where it’s used in conjunction with an existing network, it’ll double Telstra’s 4G network capacity. This seems like the logical extension of the expanded 700 Mhz trial that was[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on September 11, 2014 9 comments Carriers
Virgin Mobile begins offering incentives to customers who switch to their network

Virgin Mobile begins offering incentives to customers who switch to their network

After Optus began offering incentives to customers who switch over to their network last Sunday, we’ve seen Telstra join in, and now Virgin Mobile has announced that they too will be offering incentives to customers who switch over to the Virgin Mobile network. Virgin Mobile has announced that from Friday the 12th of September in-store or the 13th on-line, until the 19th of October, all new customers who sign up on a 24 month plan with Virgin Mobile will be allocated an additional 2GB of Data per month to their plan. Not forgetting their existing customer base either, Virgin is[Read More...]

by 9:10 AM on September 11, 2014 5 comments Carriers
HTC to host a ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October

HTC to host a ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October

HTC has sent invites overnight to press, inviting them to an event in New York on the 8th of October. The event has been called ‘Double Exposure’, which from the release of the HTC One M8, seems an obvious reference to their Duo-Camera setup – but what could the event be for? While a HTC Tablet is possible (probably not the HTC Nexus 9), the timing of the event suggests it’s most likely going to be something in the realm of the HTC One M8 Max. The HTC One Max, launched last year in mid-October, so timing wise, this matches[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on September 11, 2014 3 comments Events, Manufacturer
Humble Mobile Bundle 7 launches with six games for a low-low price

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 launches with six games for a low-low price

The good folks over at the Humble Bundle are back again, this time launching the Humble Mobile Bundle 7, offering six games, with the promise of more to come, for one low-low price. If you don’t want to pay much at all, you can grab The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium and Heroes of Loot, or if you pay above the average price, which at this stage stands at US$3.90, you can grab Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn and Sorcery! as well as any more games that will be added to the bundle in the future. As usual you can[Read More...]

by 8:27 AM on September 11, 2014 1 comment Apps