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Good Deal: Grab a Chromecast for $39 with Click & Collect from Dick Smith for the next hour

Good Deal: Grab a Chromecast for $39 with Click & Collect from Dick Smith for the next hour

If you’re on the lookout for a good deal on a Chromecast, Dick Smith is running one for the next hour. From now until 4pm you can grab a Chromecast for just $39, using the Promotion Code ‘TENOFF‘ at checkout. Unlike previous sales on the Chromecast through Dick Smith, you can also forget about getting it delivered. Dick Smith have bowed to pressure of customers wanting instant gratification so you can hit the Click and Collect button, select your local store and head on over to pick it up. The deal is live right now, so if you’ve been holding[Read More...]

by 3:10 PM on October 24, 2014 3 comments News
LG unveils their new Processor – Nuclun – an Octa-Core processor with Cat 6 LTE support

LG unveils their new Processor – Nuclun – an Octa-Core processor with Cat 6 LTE support

LG has had a pretty close relationship with Qualcomm recently, their last three high-end G Series phones were all powered by Snapdragon processors. But that could soon be a thing of the past, with LG today announcing their first first mobile application processor (AP) – NUCLUN. Pronounced NOO-klun, the processor is a big.LITTLE ARM based Octa-Core processor with four Cortex-A15 1.5GHz cores and four Cortex-A7 1.2GHz cores. The processor will also be fully functional on CAT 6 LTE networks, offering maximum download speeds of 225Mbps, as well as being backwards compatible with older LTE networks. While we won’t be seeing[Read More...]

by 1:48 PM on October 24, 2014 0 comments News
Review: Bose SoundTrue and SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

Review: Bose SoundTrue and SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

I’ve never tried Bose before. I knew they were a big name in sound but never actually tried their products. I’ve tried all the other big names and still own a few of them. When the opportunity came up to test out the Bose SoundTrue and SoundSport in-ear headphones I jumped at the chance to see if Bose can live up to the reputation they have garnered since their inception in 1964. With both the SoundTrue and SoundSport in-ear headphones to review they are both included in the same review as the difference between the two is very minimal. The[Read More...]

by 1:22 PM on October 24, 2014 1 comment News
Confirmed: The Nexus 6 will have double-tap to wake

Confirmed: The Nexus 6 will have double-tap to wake

There’s been a little confusion surrounding a feature that Google announced would be included in Lollipop, as to whether or not it would work on the Nexus 6 – Double-Tap to Wake. But according to Wired’s Mat Honan, the phone does indeed come with the feature. The Double-Tap to wake is listed on the spec list for the Nexus 9 under the Technical Specifications on the Google Play entry, but so far the Nexus 6 Technical specifications on Google Play don’t make any mention of the feature. So there has been some back and forth between Nexus fans on whether[Read More...]

by 11:18 AM on October 24, 2014 4 comments Google Services, Phones
Google just sent out a load of invites for Inbox – did you get one?

Google just sent out a load of invites for Inbox – did you get one?

Google loves to launch product by invite – Gmail, Wave(ok, that didn’t go so well), Google+ and now their latest venture Inbox. When announcing the new product yesterday, Google advised people to email inbox@google.com to request an invite to the system, and it looks like a wave of invites has just gone out. Google is running a twitter account – @inboxbygmail which has just announced that a second wave of invites has now gone out. The second round of invites have left the building: check your Gmail. Didn't get one? Hang tight, more on the way. pic.twitter.com/LJ1p3cgBVw — Inbox by[Read More...]

by 11:07 AM on October 24, 2014 13 comments Google Services
Chainfire releases  Sideload Launcher for Android TV to make accessing apps easier

Chainfire releases Sideload Launcher for Android TV to make accessing apps easier

Chainfire, who we all know and love as the might behind the SuperSU app for root access on Android phones and tablets, as well as a variety of hacks and tricks all over the shop has turned his attention to Android TV. Frustrated with a lack of an easy way to access games, apps etc. that he’d installed on the ADT-1 dev version of Android TV, he created his own mini-launcher: Sideload Launcher. While you can’t really install apps to the ADT-1 from Google Play, Google still requires apps for Android TV to be ‘whitelisted’ for the platform, but you[Read More...]

by 10:56 AM on October 24, 2014 0 comments Android TV, Apps
Swiftkey adds new Material Design option to their theme store

Swiftkey adds new Material Design option to their theme store

We’re going to see a lot more of this over the coming weeks, as we run up to the official release of the newly announced Android Lollipop, which is really the first instance of Material Design. Swiftykey has overnight added their take on Material Design, by releasing two new themes to their store offering a Material Dark and Material Light. Both of the themes are available to purchase through In-App Purchase (IAP) from within the Swiftkey app. The themes aren’t terribly expensive and will set you back $0.99 each. Though they look like the stock Google keyboard with Material Light[Read More...]

by 8:20 AM on October 24, 2014 1 comment Apps
LG G Watch R on sale now

LG G Watch R on sale now

This afternoon Motorola announced the Australian pricing for the Moto 360 with it being available for $329 from local stores. The Moto 360’s most direct competition in the round smartwatch space is the LG G Watch R. The price of the LG G Watch R has been unknown, as is the exact release date, but has been speculated to be similar to that of the Moto 360. The LG G Watch R today popped up on the MobileZap website for $349.49AU. Add in $17.95 for standard shipping (4-6 business days) or $24.95 for express (3-4 business days) and you are[Read More...]

by 12:56 AM on October 24, 2014 11 comments News
Google announces AppCompat v21 letting developers give their apps a Material Design look and feel on pre-Lollipop devices

Google announces AppCompat v21 letting developers give their apps a Material Design look and feel on pre-Lollipop devices

Material Design is the new design language for Google it’s going to be put in place across all their properties from mobile to web and beyond. Google is also interested in helping developers update their apps so that devices running pre-Lollipop builds of Android will see Material Design in their apps without having to get Android 5.0. The way they’re helping is by updating the AppCompat libraries, as well as introducing new RecyclerView, CardView and Palette libraries. Lolipop of course brings the Android API level up to level 21, so this congruent with the Android SDK. The AppCompat library is[Read More...]

by 9:42 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Android Development
My Tracks adds Android Wear support – removes sharing options

My Tracks adds Android Wear support – removes sharing options

After Google announced an update for Google Earth this morning, which included an option to now upload KML files directly, it reminded me I hadn’t looked at Google’s Activity tracking app, My Tracks in a while. Loading it up, it appears the app got an update recently which added a great feature but removed one at the same time. Listed under the ‘What’s New’ section of the Google Play description is the good and bad news, as you can see Google has removed sharing to other apps on the phone, but added Android Wear support : support Android Wear remove[Read More...]

by 9:17 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Motorola announces pricing and availability for the Moto 360

Motorola announces pricing and availability for the Moto 360

After being tipped on pricing for the Motorola Moto 360 the other day, Motorola has this afternoon announced official pricing and availability for the Android Wear watch. The watch will be available in two styles: Stainless Steel Black with Black leather band, and Stainless Steel Silver with Stone leather band from October 31st in both Australia and New Zealand, for a RRP of A$329/NZ$359. The Moto 360 will be available with a steel band version early next year for a price of A$359/NZ$395. While Motorola hasn’t announced which retailers will be stocking the watch, we know that Harvey Norman has[Read More...]

by 5:22 PM on October 23, 2014 31 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Oppo teases precision optics for the N3 in lead up to launch

Oppo teases precision optics for the N3 in lead up to launch

Oppo is set to launch their N3 on October 29th, but they seem determined to not leave much to announce, with controlled teasers being released slowly, but steadily on social media. The latest tease is for the ‘Precision Optics’ in the rotating camera, but it’s what’s shown further down the back of the phone that could prove more interesting. The chances of new perspectives. #ItsYourTurn #OPPON3 pic.twitter.com/jslbioCTRd — OPPO (@oppo) October 21, 2014 In the picture shown in the tweet, which shows the exploded camera optics, about halfway up the rear of the phone, you can see what seems to[Read More...]

by 2:13 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
New tablet and phone from Bauhn launching at Aldi on Saturday November 1st

New tablet and phone from Bauhn launching at Aldi on Saturday November 1st

Aldi is at it again, this time launching a new Bauhn branded tablet and phone as one of their Special Buys, and are due to go on-sale on Saturday the 1st of November. Aldi is saying they’re the ‘Best’ tablet and smartphone yet. The new Smartphone has got some fairly decent specs, including a 5″ screen and an un-named ‘Quad-Core’ processor with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot. The key feature for the smartphone is the Back Touch Sensor, which allows you to ‘Take photos, control music, or browse images conveniently with an extra sensor’. At $279[Read More...]

by 12:40 PM on October 23, 2014 14 comments News