Google offer refuge to XP users

Samsung Chromebook 2 - 13.3" Luminous Titan Gray They're small, they're light, they've got great battery life and now (when people realise that their PC/Laptop is no longer supported by any security updates) they've got nearly 30% of the desktop PC market open to conquer. April 8th marked the final day of commercial support for Windows XP; no more security updates, no more support from Microsoft for odd things that happen with your PC and generally no more peace of mind that you, your data or your kids are safe online. In an Enterprise Blog Post,... Continue reading

The Walking Dead, now on Play Store

The Walking Dead is one of the more popular shows on television at the moment. The post apocalyptic series follows the lives of a small number of survivors in a world where most of the population have become "walkers". Zombies! Like many popular shows that have come before it, The Walking Dead has made its way to game media and now it's available on mobile platform. Beware this is no lightweight download, you're looking at about 1.1GB download for the initial install and additional files for the game. The other catch is... Continue reading

Samsung Gear Fit could introduce vertical display

The Samsung Gear Fit was arguably the most interesting wearable device that Samsung recently announced at Mobile World Congress but there was one thing that bugged a few people about the display. Everything was displayed across your wrist which made reading the display just that little bit more difficult. It looks like Samsung have figured this out and fill have a software update ready in time for the launch of the device. While the original orientation does look nice of the Gear Fit, the new vertical display will make things easier to read – possibly with the exception... Continue reading

CommBank Tap & Pay not working for many users updating their Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4

Many Samsung Galaxy S4 users of the Commonwealth's CommBank app are facing a problem of the app's Tap & Pay feature, which utilises NFC for touch payments, no longer working after updating their devices to Android 4.4.x. Having personally come in contact (haha, puns) with the issue, I can confirm that regardless of the firmware's region, if you update to Android 4.4.x and have to re-install the app, you are likely to face errors each and every time you try to set up Tap & Pay once again. There are many posts on the Commonwealth Bank's community support... Continue reading

Dick Smith ready themselves for the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2/Gear Fit launch

The Galaxy S5 goes on-sale on Friday at retailers and carriers Australia wide, Dick Smith has released their latest catalogue which lists their pricing for the phone at $896. There's a range of accessories for the phone available, DSE is offering covers, as well as the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. To protect your new phone, there's three covers on offer with all three listed as 'Water & Dust Resistant'. You can choose from either the Galaxy S5 Wallet Flip cover for $49.98, the Galaxy S5 S-View Cover for $59.98 or the GS5 S-View Charge Cover for $89.98 which... Continue reading

Telstra invites Sydneysiders to try out the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit on Friday morning

With Friday's launch of the Galaxy S5 almost upon us, we're starting to see a few launch day activities crop up. Telstra has announced that it'll be demoing the phone along with Samsung's newest wearables - the Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo in Sydney on Friday morning at Hickson Road Reserve in The Rocks between 6am and 10am. Attendees will be able to put the new devices to the test, and see how they stack up alongside some real athletes. Wendell Sailor (ex-NRL champion), Alex "Chumpy" Pullin (Winter Olympian) and Liz Cambage (Australian Women's... Continue reading

Google looks to add “topics” to your Chromecast home screen; could include personal background images

Google may be planning to make the Chromecast's home screen a little more useful. Reddit user asjmcguire overnight uncovered mentions of weather forecast capabilities in the HTML source of the Chromecast's home screen, suggesting that it could soon show your current local weather forecast and more. It seems that Google's looking to add "topics" to the Chromecast's home screen, one of which is your local weather forecast. The source code below clearly shows reference to a topic named "isRaining": The icons below are directly referenced by the source code above, and are assumed to display according to various... Continue reading

Kogan prices imported 4G LTE Galaxy S5 models from $769 + delivery

We saw Kogan announce its Galaxy S5 prices a few days ago, with the caveat that they were selling Octa-core 3G models for $799. Today, Kogan's listing 16GB 4G LTE models of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900) in black and white for $769, with blue and gold units priced a little higher at $849. When you factor in the $22.99 delivery fee, this brings the black and white price to $791.99 - a little cheaper than Millennius' $798 delivered price. The blue and gold models save you slightly less, coming in at $871.99.... Continue reading

Australian puzzle game puts #cityrail10 on your phone

If you're constantly seeing patterns in numbers around you, then Australian developer Andrew Sario (the maker of IN 5 Browser) has a new puzzle game you might like to try. 10Up has hit the Play store this week, offering you some maths-based distraction on your way to work - and elsewhere. 10Up is based on an informal game often played by public transport users in Sydney (and maybe elsewhere) that asks you to take four digits and find a way to add, subtract, multiply and divide them to end up with a result of 10. Exactly how... Continue reading

Three more games added to the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9

The Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 has expanded overnight, adding three more games to their offer - Shivah, Savant, Syder. The games are only available if you pay above the average, which at the moment sits at US$3.86. This brings the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 up to a total of 9 games. You can pay what you want to receive: Broken Sword 2:The Smoking Mirror, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider and Ravensword:Shadowlands but if you pay above the average, as well as the three games added this morning, you'll receive: Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen & Paper +1... Continue reading

Blinky Bill joins Sony PR to help sell their QX Lens-Style cameras

Sony has partnered up with Wild Life Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour for a bit of a promotion on their QX Lens-Style cameras, enlisting the help of Bruce, Aaron, and Bill - three koalas in residence to help show off the selfie. Sony, with help from the keepers at the zoo, showed off how easy to use the lens-style cameras are, with the Koalas taking their own 'selfies'. Tory Cefai, Product Manager, Sony Australia said of the exercise We wanted to know if the koala could take their own selfie. With the versatility of the cybershot QX and a lot of... Continue reading

YouTube Live Streaming now available to Chromecast

Google is adding more features to YouTube streaming through the Chromecast, with the added ability to stream private videos and also live streams appearing in a newly released update. However it would seem that the users wishing to watch live streaming videos on their Chromecast are only able to initiate the live streaming videos through Chromecast via Chrome for desktop browser, as the YouTube for Android app is still reporting at this stage an incompatibility with live streams. Google have yet to update its support page, which will remove this limitation like it did for private videos and there is... Continue reading

Unlock your HTC One (M8) in moments with S Off from Firewater

This will come as a surprise to no one... HTC lock their devices to prevent users who don't know what they're doing from messing with the system and doing silly things that could lead to bricked devices. On an HTC device, there's two kinds of lock these days. First is the locked bootloader. In a nutshell, this ensures that the phone only boots a signed version of the operating system. Unlocking the bootloader is widely considered necessary to obtain root access, and is definitely required to load up a custom recovery. For many, an unlocked bootloader is all that's... Continue reading