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Ausdroid Podcast 120 – the Motocast

Ausdroid Podcast 120 – the Motocast

Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid podcast! We’ve all been randomly unavailable for the last few weeks, but the podcast is finally back this week – and what a week to come back! With so much news coming out of Motorola, we decided this is really the Motocast episode. There isn’t a single thing Motorola’s doing that we’re not interested in at the moment, and the Moto 360 is topping that list! There’s also a bit of local carrier news, along with the now-regular OnePlus discussion and a quick recap of Kogan’s new 4G smartphone. With Jason Murray, Dan[Read More...]

by 9:05 AM on August 21, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast
Humble Sega Mobile Bundle launches with 6 Sega games for Android

Humble Sega Mobile Bundle launches with 6 Sega games for Android

The Humble Mobile Bundle is back – sort of. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle has now taken its place offering six games from the former console gaming powerhouse. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle works as previous Humble Bundles – pay what you want for three titles, which this time around include Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket! and Virtua Tennis Challenge, or pay more than the average price, which at this stage stands at US$3.73 and you also get Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Crazy Taxi. There’s also the promise of[Read More...]

by 7:35 AM on August 21, 2014 0 comments Apps, Sale
Ausdroid Podcast 120 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 120 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/f7qB76ZUxBI Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Moto 360 Moto X+1 Moto G2 … and more!

by 9:04 PM on August 20, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Good Deal: Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for $245 delivered from Expansys

Good Deal: Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for $245 delivered from Expansys

Expansys Australia has a free shipping promotion on the Google Play Edition of LG‘s G Pad 8.3 at the moment. You can pick one up for a total cost $244.99, providing you use DHL as the courier. The Australian G Pad 8.3 (with LG’s customised Android UI) got a lukewarm response from Jason earlier this year, but we’ve seen a few people take them up as their tablet of choice in the last few months. The Google Play Edition version of the tablet should address our software concerns, and Expansys is offering the tablet at a good price. If you’ve[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on August 20, 2014 12 comments Deal, Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Vodafone announces new network upgrades with Ericsson – announces Voice over LTE to arrive next year

Vodafone announces new network upgrades with Ericsson – announces Voice over LTE to arrive next year

After the debacle that was their 3G network over the last few years, Vodafone are going all out in their quest to provide a top-class 4G network. The Vodafone 4G network is already ranked as one of the fastest in Australia, but the network is about to get a new trick with Vodafone announcing they will be updating their network using equipment from Ericsson that will allow them to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as well as ‘greater network agility and flexibility’. The network will launch trials of the VoLTE service later this year, with an intention to launch in[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on August 20, 2014 2 comments Carriers
Noticed YouTube clips auto-playing in Chrome? The Chromecast extension is to blame

Noticed YouTube clips auto-playing in Chrome? The Chromecast extension is to blame

Chromecasting from your laptop or desktop is great, install a Chrome Extension and you’re good to go. What isn’t great is auto-playing embedded YouTube videos, which what has been happening for Chrome users who have the Chrome Extension installed. According to a Google Engineer, who commented on the Chromium Bug Tracker the issue is apparently due to a ‘bad push’ yesterday. It’s being looked at, with a fix being qualified and scheduled for release ‘today’. In the meantime, you can uninstall the extension, restart Chrome (some people have had to reset their Chrome settings), and you should be good to[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on August 20, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension, Chromecast
iFixt tears down the Project Tango tablet – it’s like a mobile Kinect

iFixt tears down the Project Tango tablet – it’s like a mobile Kinect

As a development platform with a price tag of over $1000, Project Tango from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects(ATAP) group isn’t exactly your consumer level device. But even devlopers need to get their dev devices repaired, so the team at iFixit has gotten hold of one and torn it apart to see what makes it tick. The tablet includes an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and an Integrated Depth Sensor and cameras on both front and back including a 120° Front facing camera and 4MP 2.0µm Pixel Camera and Motion Tracking Camera on the[Read More...]

by 6:24 AM on August 20, 2014 0 comments News
Vodafone customers can now receive 4G data in New Zealand using $5 Roaming

Vodafone customers can now receive 4G data in New Zealand using $5 Roaming

Vodafone has been aggressively chasing the huge market of Australian’s who love to travel internationally, but don’t love the traditionally expensive mobile roaming fees normally associated with using their phones overseas. With their $5 per day international roaming plan, Vodafone has hit on a great idea, and today, for customers travelling to New Zealand it gets better – you can now get 4G data, while travelling in the land of the long white cloud. Vodafone customers who qualify for the $5 a day international roaming will automatically roam onto the Vodafone New Zealand 4G network – which according to Ookla,[Read More...]

by 6:05 AM on August 20, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Asus teases their Android Wear Smartwatch to be announced at IFA

Asus teases their Android Wear Smartwatch to be announced at IFA

Asus CEO, Jerry Shen announced to a group of investors last week that Asus would be announcing their Android Wear smartwatch at IFA. True to form Asus are now teasing the release via their social media channels. Posts have appeared on the Asus Twitter and Facebook pages showing a quote from Lebanese artist, poet, and writer, Khalil Gibran. The quote is quite obviously a thinly veiled reference to a watch, as is the image, clearly a silhouette of a watch. Something #Incredible is going to happen at #IFA2014, see you there! pic.twitter.com/1Dr2zAo06I — ASUS (@ASUS) August 19, 2014 The Asus[Read More...]

by 8:35 PM on August 19, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Manufacturer
Use Android Wear and your phone camera as a remote viewer with LookBehind

Use Android Wear and your phone camera as a remote viewer with LookBehind

We’re seeing more and more uses for Android Wear every day. Having a secondary screen on your wrist, connected to your phone is quite handy for notifications and getting information, but it is afterall a full colour LCD or AMOLED screen, so why not activate your camera and stream video to it? LookBehind turns your Android Wear watch into the viewfinder for your camera. You load the app – and turn the camera on your phone on – from your watch. The screen on your phone remains off to conserve power, but your camera is active, you can Zoom in[Read More...]

by 5:47 PM on August 19, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
HP Chromebook 11 (11-2001TU) — Review

HP Chromebook 11 (11-2001TU) — Review

HP has jumped into Chromebook’s with a vengeance. As one of the largest PC makers in the world, they have the scale and facilities to churn out models quite quickly and they’re doing so with their Chromebooks. It’s a good sign that Chromebooks have enough traction to warrant so many iterations of ChromeOS based notebooks and we’re always happy to see more. The HP Chromebook 11 got a sneaky launch, it showed up in a JB HiFi store back in mid-May, when they sold one to a customer looking at the previous model. It took a while for HP to[Read More...]

by 12:12 PM on August 19, 2014 2 comments Design
LG announces the G3 UX to become standard on low-mid range smartphones and tablets

LG announces the G3 UX to become standard on low-mid range smartphones and tablets

LG is quite proud of their latest iteration of the UX for their G3, it’s a matured skin which has really come a long way from their quite outlandish initial offerings. LG has today announced that they will begin standardising some of the proprietary features from the G3 into their low-mid range smartphones and tablets which will launch later this year. There’s a lot to like about the UX on the G3, and LG has been moving features from their high-end G series phones to lower end models since the Optimus G. Features like Knock Code have made their way[Read More...]

by 11:54 AM on August 19, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones, Tablets
Flappy Bird creator shows off his next game ‘Swing Copters’

Flappy Bird creator shows off his next game ‘Swing Copters’

Flappy Bird is undoubtedly one of the biggest viral game successes this year, it was a little too successful for creator Dong Nguyen who removed it from Google Play and the App Store. But Dong has brought it back in the form of a slightly upgraded game: Flappy Birds ‘Family’ — albeit as an Amazon App Store exclusive — but it’s not the only thing Dong has been working on, with the developer showing off his new game Swing Copters to gaming site Touch Arcade. The game is essentially Flappy Bird gone vertical, with the addition of swinging pendulums. The[Read More...]

by 11:03 AM on August 19, 2014 2 comments Apps