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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 owners rejoice, your KitKat update is on its way. According to a tip from reader, SN Harden the update hit his Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 this weekend past, updating his Jelly Bean build to KitKat in one fell swoop. The P5210XXUBNH1 firmware update brings many of the KitKat features we’ve loved on other Android devices who’ve seen the update, including the transparent status bar and of course the Launcher chooser in settings. Samsung updates include the ability to add the camera shortcut to the lockscreen, as well as some performance improvements. The update should be available[Read More...]

by 1:55 PM on September 22, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Optus launches LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation around Australia

Optus launches LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation around Australia

Optus is moving forward with their 4G Plus network, today announcing that they’ve enabled LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation on their 2300MHz TDD LTE-A network around Australia, with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide users connected to the network the first to see the bump, and Canberra users to follow in the coming weeks. Carrier Aggregation allows Optus to combine the two 20MHz channels they operate in the 2300Mhz spectrum to offer speeds of up to 220Mbps. While the top speed is nice, you probably won’t quite get that with other users on the network, but Optus has seen speeds of up to[Read More...]

by 1:36 PM on September 22, 2014 4 comments Carriers
Pocket Casts takes to the web – no app required, register now

Pocket Casts takes to the web – no app required, register now

If you’re a Podcast fan and you’re using Pocket Casts (and why wouldn’t you?) then you’ll be just as excited as we are about the potential for this latest announcement. Shifty Jelly has begun taking sign-ups for something that looks absolutely awesome. In a tweet this morning Shifty Jelly has launched a sign-up site for something which looks to us to be suspiciously like Pocket Casts on the web. : Yes. It's happening. Really. https://t.co/TcGbp2LhKJ We hope you're as excited as we are. OMG OMG OMG — Pocket Casts (@pocketcasts) September 22, 2014 Whether this is for a Chrome Extension, web app or[Read More...]

by 1:18 PM on September 22, 2014 1 comment Apps
Vodafone revamps its prepaid plans with more data, PayPal recharges and a simplified user experience

Vodafone revamps its prepaid plans with more data, PayPal recharges and a simplified user experience

Vodafone hosted a media briefing at their North Sydney HQ this morning to reveal updated prepaid Cap pricing plans and a revamped activation and recharging experience for customers. Mehul Dave, Vodafone’s General Manager of Prepay & SIM Only, revealed that Vodafone’s new Cap plans offer two-to-three-times the data inclusion, with bonus data allowances on offer for those who recharge online, or through the MyVodafone app.   $30 Cap $40 Cap $50 Cap Cap credit $450 $750 – Calls (AU) From cap credit From cap credit Infinite TXT/PXT Infinite Infinite Infinite Data 1GB 2GB 3GB Bonus recharge data 250MB 500MB 500MB[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on September 22, 2014 9 comments Carriers
Good Deal: Samsung Gear Live $198 at The Good Guys

Good Deal: Samsung Gear Live $198 at The Good Guys

Now that you’ve finished reading up on the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, you may be in the market to puchase one of them, but where from? Well, you can get a pretty good deal from The Good Guys at the moment, they’re selling the watch for just $198. The Gear Live is Samsung’s Android Wear watch, and if you haven’t read up on the Gear Live, you can check out Geoff‘s thoughts on the watch in his feature packed review. If you’ve now decided that the Gear Live is for you, it’s available for delivery from[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on September 22, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
LG G Watch — Review

LG G Watch — Review

LG is no stranger to smartwatches, having made an early attempt at the market with the LG-GD910. It wasn’t terribly successful, but neither were most smartwatches in those days. When Pebble launched on Kickstarter, the enthusiasm with which the public embraced the project sent a clear signal to OEMs and software makers that smartwatches were finally an idea whose time had come. Earlier this year, Google birthed Android Wear – a wearable-specific version of Android – and LG’s G Watch is one of the first devices to run the new operating system. LG has been a player in Android Wear[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on September 22, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Design, Reviews
Samsung Gear Live — Review

Samsung Gear Live — Review

Android Wear is here and the talk around the watercooler amongst techy types is about smart watches. And other things of course, but people are wondering if they should invest in a smartwatch. I know because I’ve been surprised by the number of people who have asked me about the one on my wrist. Samsung has had an early go at it with their own Tizen OS on the Galaxy Gear range. The Galaxy Gear watches are now in their second generation with the Galaxy Gear 2 and Neo, their latest offerings, replacing the original Galaxy Gear. So, the Gear[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on September 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Design, Reviews
Get the new Moto G for around $255 at Officeworks with price match plus 5% discount

Get the new Moto G for around $255 at Officeworks with price match plus 5% discount

I dropped into my local Officeworks this morning on the way to work to see if they had any stock of the new Moto G or “Moto G2” as they are calling it. I found a dummy version on display with a price tag of $299 which is well above The Good Guys price of $268 plus delivery. I asked a store assistant if they had any in stock and whether they price match with The Good Guys. He checked The Good Guys website and came back and he said they could price match plus 5% discount as per their[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on September 22, 2014 3 comments News, Phones, Sale
Google Chromecast streams into even more retailers

Google Chromecast streams into even more retailers

The Chromecast is getting easier to find, with more retailers recently adding the HDMI dongle to their range and now you can add a few more to the list, with The Good Guys and Bing Lee now beginning to sell the device through their website and in stores. Reader, Anthrox was in his local Good Guys and noticed the stand full of the dongles sitting next to the TV’s. The Chromecast is also available to purchase on their website for $49 – limited to 3 per customer – with options to pick it up in-store or have it delivered for[Read More...]

by 3:04 PM on September 21, 2014 3 comments Chromecast
Moto 360 display may suffer from an image persistence problem while charging

Moto 360 display may suffer from an image persistence problem while charging

While the display on the Moto 360 isn’t an AMOLED, and thus isn’t susceptible to the most egregious of screen issues — image burn-in, the LCD display does appear to be susceptible to an image persistence issue which typically arises after the watch has been on charge for a while. As you can see in the image shown above, while the settings screen is being displayed, there’s still a residual, ghosting image of the charging display. Unlike an AMOLED, which can burn an image into the display if a static image is displayed for too long, the persistence issue on an[Read More...]

by 1:18 PM on September 21, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, News, Smartwatch
All Nexus 7 variants on Google Play showing as out of stock

All Nexus 7 variants on Google Play showing as out of stock

With rumours circulating of a Nexus 9 launch mid-next month, there’s possibly something in the fact that customers checking stock levels on all variants of the Nexus 7 (2013) on the Australian Google Play store are being told ‘We are out of stock. Please check back soon’. It could also be nothing, with the tablet having previously gone out of stock, with stock being replenished after a brief time. Though it could be nothing, there’s also signs that stock of the Nexus 7 (2013) is beginning to dwindle at retailers with a number of stores – Dick Smith, OfficeWorks only[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on September 21, 2014 6 comments Google Play, Manufacturer, Tablets
Android Wear Specs comparison

Android Wear Specs comparison

Android Wear is a new device category, there’s three watches now on the market, with another three about to hit. There’s common hardware to each of the Android Wear watches on the market, but there’s also some differences and we wanted to check out what differences there are and which will suit you spec wise, so we’ve laid them all out in a single table so you can check each of them out and see for yourself. Screen: 1.65” IPS LCD 1.3-inch P-OLED Display 1.63” SuperAMOLED (278 ppi) 1.56″ Backlit LCD AMOLED1.63″ 278ppi touch display 1.6” Transflective Display Resolution: 280[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on September 21, 2014 7 comments News
Aldi bringing back the 3G enabled Onix tablet Wednesday the 24th September

Aldi bringing back the 3G enabled Onix tablet Wednesday the 24th September

After launching the Onix branded 3G enabled 9″ tablet for Fathers Day, Aldi must still have some stock left over, with the supermarket chain re-advertising the tablet as going on-sale this Wednesday. The tablet isn’t going to win prizes for high-end specs, but it’s 3G enabled and will satisfy media junkies with a decent enough processor to watch some videos and microSD Card support to really boost the storage and store more videos on. Onix Tablet (AT9-014) 9″ 1024 x 600 TFT 5 point capacitive screen Dual core 1.2GHz CPU 1GB DDR RAM 8GB internal memory 2MP Rear Camera with[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on September 21, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Tablets