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Craft Beer lovers of Victoria will love Beer Mate – your guide to the best drop down south

Craft Beer lovers of Victoria will love Beer Mate – your guide to the best drop down south

Winery tours have been a big thing in Australian – indeed, world – culture for many years, but wine isn’t to everyone’s taste and the trend towards drinking “Craft Beers” has emerged as a new culture, growing steadily. The Simple Apps Factory has released Beer Mate for Android to guide you through the local Victorian Craft Beer scene. Beer Mate is free on Google Play, but if you’re willing to pay $0.99 for some extra features, there’s a premium version that will get more regular updates, features and of course there’s no ads. The premium version will also get an[Read More...]

by 1:24 PM on July 15, 2014 3 comments Apps
Material Design version of Google Play is in testing now

Material Design version of Google Play is in testing now

Material Design was big news at Google I/O, it represents the new design language for Google across all their platforms – Android, ChromeOS and even web. It’s still in the early stages, but we’ve begun seeing the underpinnings of it in some Android Apps (Google+, Sheets, Docs and Slides), and even in Google Docs on the web, now it’s emerging that a Google Play update is coming which incorporates the new design language. Android Police have done the deep dive into the Material Design update for Google Play, with many examples of how the simple and elegant new look will[Read More...]

by 12:03 PM on July 15, 2014 0 comments Google Play
Google I/O in under 2 minutes

Google I/O in under 2 minutes

We can’t all attend Google I/O, much as we’d all like to. But Google does a pretty good job of getting all the information out to developers and interested Google watchers alike through streams of the Keynote address as well as the individual developer sessions. But what else goes on? Well, check out the video that the Google Developers have posted which shows off all the ins and outs of Google I/O, from glimpses of the Keynote, to dev sessions and the down-time in between.

by 10:04 AM on July 15, 2014 1 comment Other
Xperia Z3 refuses to stay under wraps – seen consorting with a Galaxy Note

Xperia Z3 refuses to stay under wraps – seen consorting with a Galaxy Note

The Sony Xperia Z3 is just refusing to stay under wraps, even though we’re still 2 months away from IFA where the phone is expected to be announced. There’s been two leaks recently, which shows the phone off from multiple angles and even alongside a Samsung Galaxy Note to give you a size comparison. As you can see, the Xperia Z3 appears to be around the same height as the Galaxy Note, although it does appear to not be as wide as the 83mm wide Samsung Phablet. The leak also shown off is the notification light on the Xperia Z3,[Read More...]

by 9:54 AM on July 15, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Only Fools Rush In

Only Fools Rush In

As I sit here waiting for my OnePlus One to hopefully boot up properly for the first time in over 24 hours I thought it would be best to share some new-found wisdom with you, the reader. Guess what I learnt in the last 24 hours? Hacking your phone can be a risky undertaking. Hands up here who has bricked a device? Unrecoverable. Good for nothing but a doorstep. Your warranty is now void. We are not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please do some research if[Read More...]

by 7:58 AM on July 15, 2014 16 comments News
Woolies selling the Huawei Ascend Y600 unlocked for $159 from this Wednesday

Woolies selling the Huawei Ascend Y600 unlocked for $159 from this Wednesday

Looking at this weeks catalogue Woolworths catalogue starting this Wednesday for 1 week only, the national retailer is offering the Huawei Ascend Y600 unlocked for $159. The Huawei Ascend Y600 is aimed at the budget conscious buyer but still contains some pretty descent specs given the user and market that Huawei aiming for. The full list of specs include: 5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen (480×854) 1.3Ghz Mediatek MT6572 Dual Core CPU 512 MB RAM 4GB on-board Storage, expandable to 32GB via MicroSD card 5MP rear camera, VGA front facing Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Network Connectivity: GSM 850 / 900 /[Read More...]

by 7:52 AM on July 15, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Virgin Mobile launches new initative with OzHarvest to feed people who need it

Virgin Mobile launches new initative with OzHarvest to feed people who need it

Going hungry is no fun for anyone, OzHarvest has been distributing surplus food to the needy since 2004. Today Virgin Mobile has announced that they’re going to try to help out, announcing a partnership with OzHarvest, which will allow you to help them out just by sharing a picture of your meal on Social Media and adding the hashtag #mealforameal. People are definitely going hungry in Australia. There are approximately 2 million Aussies reliant on food relief every year, and food services like OzHarvest still can’t meet the demand. This is where the #MealforaMeal campaign comes in. Every time you[Read More...]

by 12:16 PM on July 14, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Charity
Sony Smartband (SWR10) — Review

Sony Smartband (SWR10) — Review

Fitness trackers are a-dime-a-dozen these days. There’s a large market out there that’s ripe for the taking and with no clear dominant manufacturer there are some deep pockets out there looking for the right product. The Smartband is Sony’s first fitness tracker, and they’ve delivered just a little bit more than others. The Sony Smartband is what Sony call a ‘Lifelogger’. It’ll count your steps and track your sleep – just like the majority of fitness trackers out there – but Sony has gone a step further and the Smartband records almost everything you do. To do this recording, the[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 14, 2014 4 comments Reviews
Australian & Asia-Pacific first: Cuscal enables NFC-HCE mobile payments for CUA customers

Australian & Asia-Pacific first: Cuscal enables NFC-HCE mobile payments for CUA customers

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to use your Nexus 5 to pay for your shopping, that time has arrived. Cuscal, whose NFC Host Card Emulation mobile payments trial we reported on in March, has published CUA redi2PAY to the Google Play store for CUA customers. In an Australian and Asia-Pacific first, any CUA customer with an Android 4.4 phone and a Visa Debit card can now use their phone’s NFC functions to make payments at Visa PayWave terminals around Australia. Unlike other solutions, Cuscal’s redi2PAY technology isn’t limited to particular handsets by prior arrangement with the manufacturer. Users[Read More...]

by 12:01 AM on July 14, 2014 15 comments Apps, News, NFC
Let it Goat – an addictive new game emerges

Let it Goat – an addictive new game emerges

With the demise of Flappy Bird (although it’s apparently due to return to Google Play and the App store next month), the race is on to find the next addictive game on the market. Today I present: Let it Goat. Let it Goat is a game in the same vein as Flappy Bird, with a similar control mechanic and just like Flappy Bird it’s strikingly simple. Playing as Mount the goat, the game is a side-scrolling, 8-bit, endless runner that has just one control – Jump. As Mounty prances along through the game, the time will change from night to[Read More...]

by 6:15 PM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Apps
Alcatel Pop C1 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $79

Alcatel Pop C1 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $79

Optus have recently added a new smartphone to its pre-paid line of phones, introducing the Alcatel Pop C1. The Alcatel Pop C1 is a very basic, entry level smartphone, so its low-level specs aren’t going to wow anyone, but it will allow first time smartphone owners or beginners get a fairy decent experience. The full list of specs include: 3.5” HVGA Screen Display (320 x 480 pixels) 1GHz Dual-core CPU 1GB RAM 4GB with 2GB end user memory, expandable to 32GB via MicroSD Card 2MP rear camera only Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 3G[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft have launched an app that is mainly about what the weather is like in various places around the earth at various times and seasons. They’ve called the app Climatology. The Microsoft Research-developed app can show you any location’s temperature around the world, so not just your current location but it will also show you the selected location’s humidity and the average amount of rain and sunshine it’ll get during a particular month. Lets say for example, you’re heading to the United Kingdom in September/October, you just look up the place and choose a month[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Play this: Halfbrick’s Fish out of Water

Play this: Halfbrick’s Fish out of Water

Australian developer Halfbrick (the studio behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride) has released an Android version of their 2013 iOS hit Fish out of Water. The game is free to download on Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The game is a slick mobile variant on some of those old Flash games you’d use to while away your lunch break like Pingu Throw, where you pick up and throw a hapless animal (in this case, a school of fish – one at a time, of course) and try to get the best distance to compare with your friends. Fish[Read More...]

by 11:14 AM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps