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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 33 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
Humble Bundle launches the Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle for Halloween

Humble Bundle launches the Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle for Halloween

Depending on your background, Halloween has little meaning, especially for Australians, but using it as an excuse to get a good deal on games? Yep, we’ll take that, and that’s exactly what the Humble Bundle folks are doing just that with their aptly named Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle, which went live this morning. The deal is the same, you can pay whatever you want and get three games: Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. But, if you pay above the average price, which currently stands at US $2.84, you also get Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Walking Dead:[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google adding cards for Police Activity and Eclipses to Google Now

Google adding cards for Police Activity and Eclipses to Google Now

Google keeps adding value to Google Now, and with the service powering the current hotness that is Android Wear, they have great incentive to add more information to it. Apparently a new set of cards is rolling out – to users in the US at least – which show some interesting information. The new cards are for Police Activity in the area, as well as a card to advise on an upcoming eclipse. The Police Activity card may be a US only feature, based on the way that the US law enforcement disseminates information but it’s possible it could arrive[Read More...]

by 8:51 AM on October 23, 2014 1 comment Google Services
Google updates Google Earth with enhanced 3D experience, and faster, smoother transitions.

Google updates Google Earth with enhanced 3D experience, and faster, smoother transitions.

Google Earth really is amazing, you can view a 3D experience of the globe, spinning around and zooming in and out at will. Today, Google has announced that version 8.0 which promises to bring a smoother experience all round. To start with Google has enhanced the 3D experience with a faster rendering technology in what they say is the first overhaul to the technology since it launched over 10 years ago. The zooming experience will also get smoother with faster, crisper transitions. Google has also improved the updating technology so maps render faster. And if you’re into importing map data,[Read More...]

by 8:41 AM on October 23, 2014 8 comments Apps
Google launches Inbox by Gmail, a new way to access and organise your email

Google launches Inbox by Gmail, a new way to access and organise your email

In the early hours of this morning, Google launched a new invite-only product that they are calling Inbox by Gmail. Years in the making, Google says that Inbox is “a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.” Inbox offers a variety of features, including: ‘Bundles’ to group similar emails together for easier review and swiping away when you’re done with them. ‘Highlights’ to bring key information from important messages to your immediate attention and incorporating real-time information such as the status of flights and package deliveries. ‘Assists’ to provide other relevant information, such as phone[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on October 23, 2014 3 comments Apps, Google Services
Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

“Update all the apps!” has no doubt been the catch cry at Google in the past week or so. We have seen many updates to the new material design as well as updates that give much more functionality to apps. Google has certainly been busy and seems to have brought it all together at once. Today Google Play Music saw an update to material design and much more. Back at the start of July Google purchased Songza, a streaming music company that provides “expert-curated” playlists to the subscriber based on the context the user is in. The idea is that[Read More...]

by 12:45 AM on October 23, 2014 2 comments News
Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

As we reported last night, Google and LG at least are apparently rolling out Android Wear v4.4W.2 to the LG G Watch, but it’s on its way to other smartwatches, and Motorola has advised that the update will hit the Moto 360. Not only has Motorola confirmed the update, they’ve even gone into further detail on what’s included in the release, at least for the Moto 360. On their blog, Motorola has announced the list of changes, which generally matches what other Android Wear watches will receive – of course with no GPS, that part of the update isn’t mentioned,[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, OS Update
Qantas updates their Android app with travel notifications and in-app check-in and boarding passes

Qantas updates their Android app with travel notifications and in-app check-in and boarding passes

Major Australian airline Qantas updated their Android app, bringing feature parity with the iOS app, starting to offer a range of new features that will help travelers as they navigate airports to get to their Qantas flight. The update, which went live last week adds many new functions to let customers view their whole trip within the app. Travelers will be able to get directions to the airport, as well as gaining the ability to check-in and access their boarding pass from within the app. Qantas travelers will also receive updates on essential information such as gate number, boarding time,[Read More...]

by 6:55 PM on October 22, 2014 3 comments Apps
A second generation Chromecast is coming according to Google Executive

A second generation Chromecast is coming according to Google Executive

After spying updated Chromecast hardware skating through the FCC just last week, the race has been on to find out more information about the new dongle and any updated features it may offer. Google has so far been mum on the device, with the Chromecast team in their recent AMA on reddit reluctant to talk about it. Not so Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz who has mentioned it to GigaOm during their Structure Connect conference this week. According to Queiroz, the device is coming, but he wasn’t willing to be drawn on further details except to say that[Read More...]

by 6:43 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Chromecast
AnimeLab launches Android app with Chromecast support

AnimeLab launches Android app with Chromecast support

Anime streaming service AnimeLab, run by Australian based Madman Entertainment as a successor to their Madman Screening room has launched their Android app and miracle of miracles it comes with Chromecast support. The AnimeLab streaming service currently offers over 60 shows, with more than 1000 episodes available, for free. You can of course stream shows through the AnimeLab which offers a HTML5 player, but there’s now an Android app to let you take the show on the road, and of course it has Chromecast support as well. The Android app offers a heap of features, many of which are outstanding[Read More...]

by 6:28 PM on October 22, 2014 1 comment Apps, Chromecast
Lollipop:  The state of root

Lollipop: The state of root

Back in Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean, SELinux was introduced into Android, albeit in permissive mode which is basically turned off. This was switched to enforcing in KitKat, 4.4. SELinux policy is in effect and things that it doesn’t want to allow won’t be allowed. SELinux was ported to Android by a team who submitted a patch earlier this year that stated “/system is always mounted read-only, and no process should ever need to write there”. This was a bit of a worry for those of us who prefer root access on their Android devices to be able to control[Read More...]

by 4:49 PM on October 22, 2014 20 comments News