Review: ASUS MeMO Pad 7

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In the thriving budget tablet sector you can really drive your dollar if you’re looking for an affordable tablet capable of lasting far longer than what it’s worth. ASUS and Google made this point evident with their release of the Nexus 7 in 2012 and again in 2013, but beyond this ASUS have their own budget line of MeMO Pad tablets which seek to undercut Google’s flag bearing Android tablet.

ASUS has recently released their MeMO Pad 7 in Australia and we had the opportunity to give it a run over the course of a week. At around $229 locally, the Pad 7  (which is what we’ll be referring to the tablet in our review)  is still a fair amount …


Google loosens grip on Google+ names

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When I first got into Google+ after a long struggle with Facebook, I originally planned on using an alias, but this didn’t sit well with Google. Today that changes.

The Google+ team has took to their platform to announce they’re giving users the freedom to settle on any Google+ username for their personal profile — and I can already hear a wave of Ingress players rejoicing.

The move comes as the team has gradually shown more leniency to YouTube users in allowing them to bring their usernames into Google+ and the general shadiness surrounding the name policy on the social media platform.

So what say you, are you changing your username?

 

Source: Google+


Google adds screen mirroring for Chromecast

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A few months ago, Google unleashed its wallet-friendly yet powerful media streaming device, the Chromecast, to the Australian market. It was a delayed launch as the American market go their hands on the Chromecast a year earlier. But the launch was great as sales across Australia was booming. Nothing beats Android devices for less than 50$ #cheap

Google has recently released an update on the Play Store for the Chromecast that allows users to mirror or duplicate their mobile/tablet screen on to their TVs.  The ability to mirror your device is limited to a few devices at the moment. Here is the list of devices that are supported -

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy

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Review: Sony Xperia Z2

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The market for flagship handsets has over recent years become a fierce and competitive space, with OEMs doing their bit to outdo and make jabs at their competitors’ offerings.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 mightn’t undergo as much of the rampant marketing and digs at its competition as others out there, but Sony continues to insist they have the “world’s best” camera in a smartphone. That’s a pretty out there statement, but as we found in our review, the Sony Xperia Z2 has a lot to offer beyond its primary marketing focus.


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Google I/O 2014: Android TV announced

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As a follow-up to the now dead Google TV, Android engineering director, Dave Burke announced an experience for the living room with Android TV. While it’s not a new platform as Burke points out, “we’re simply giving TV the same amount of attention as phones and tablets have traditionally enjoyed”. Android TV draws on existing the experience and level of investment users have in Android and brings it to a familiar form factor and across a single Android SDK for all form factors.


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Google I/O 2014: Android Wear further demoed, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live to launch

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Most of us already know the basics of Android Wear but today, Director of engineering at Android, David Singleton took to the stage at the Moscone Centre to present us with an in-depth look at the OS designed for wearables and to announce the availability of Android Wear SDK for developers, starting today.

The gesture-based, “glanceable” OS was demoed extensively during the keynote and it aims to be — like Google’s Android OS and Chrome — contextually aware, voice enabled, seamless and mobile first, making sure these connected experiences — Android Wear, Android TV, Android Auto, Chromecast — are based ultimately around the smartphone.


Google I/O 2014: Complete madness and a new, unnamed version of Android

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Google’s opening keynote for its 2014 developer conference I/O was held early this morning and boy, it was a doozy! If you could sum it up into a few words — though this in itself is a task — “integration”, “ecosystem” and “design” would be roughly how you’d describe the plethora of announcements from the presentation.

Google have certainly been busy bees this past year and out of their hard work and toil we have: a new, yet-to-be-named version of Android — currently dubbed “Android L Developer Preview” — available early tomorrow morning locally; Android Wear and soon-to-be-released smartwatches running the OS; Android TV as Google’s next foray into the home entertainment space; Android Auto which brings Android to the …


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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A (Prime) is official in South Korea

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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A (Prime)

On Wednesday Samsung unveiled a version of the Galaxy S5 with a 2K screen. The phone referred to in rumors as the Galaxy S5 Prime is everything that it was rumored to be and finally brings some excitement to the Galaxy S line which you may say has been missing since the SIII was launched. The phone is called the Galaxy S5 LTE-A instead of the Galaxy S5 Prime apparently because Samsung wants to focus on the lightning fast downloads that the phone provides over other features.

The S5 LTE-A is only meant for release in South Korea with SKT which has a LTE-A network capable of supporting 225 Mbps. So far there are no plans for an international release. This will hopefully change. In the mean time head over to Droid Life which has a translation of Samsung’s press release announcing the phone (original was in Korean) or Google translate Samsung SKT page.

The specs for the Samsung Galaxy S LTE-A (Prime) are:

  • Screen: 5.1” Super AMOLED WQHD 2560×1440
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP rear, 2 MP front
  • Network: LTE-A
  • Internal Memory: 32 GB
  • Battery: 2,800 mAh
  • OS: KitKat 4.4
  • Dimensions:  142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm; 145g

Source: SlashGear, Droid Life,  Samsung



Amazon Fire Phone manages to be exciting and disappointing

Amazon has a new phone and it’s most exciting feature is called Dynamic Perspective!

Dynamic Perspective changes the UI of the phone as you change the angle at which you are looking at the screen. This makes the UI look three dimensional and is indeed a unique feature. It’s been 5 years since a company known as The Astonishing Tribe first gave us a glimpse into what they called a 3D eyetracking UI.

The Astonishing Tribe was acquired by Blackberry and it’s safe to say that their talents were wasted at Blackberry. However it’s been 5 years since the 3D eyetracking ui concept was uploaded on YouTube and it’s exciting to finally see this UI in a commercial device.

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Australian LG G3 availability details surfacing, Telstra to offer handset

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The LG G3 is still fresh from its announcement this morning and we’re now starting to see details emerge for availability of the device here on Aussie shores, with Telstra the first of the big networks to announce they’ll be offering the device.


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LG officially launches G3, local availability info coming “shortly”

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In what’s hardly been kept a secret in recent weeks, LG took the stage in London early this morning to announce their latest flag bearing device for their mobile division — the G3.

So what makes the G3 different? It’s the first to attempt to bring a QHD display — that’s Quad HD 2560×1440, not qHD of years past – to the mainstream market and beating – depending on how you see it — its major competitors to the punch, if rumours of a Galaxy S5 Prime and HTC One M8 Prime see eventual releases.


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Chromecast available in Australia starting today for $49

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We’ve just received some very exciting news. Although the cat was already let out of the bag, we couldn’t be more excited for this one. For all of the Google and Android fans out there waiting – it is finally here. The Google Chromecast has finally launched in Australia and starting today it will be available at local retailers JB Hi Fi, Dicksmith and the Google Play Store. Each store will be selling it for $49.

For those of you who don’t know, the Chromecast is Google’s wireless streaming solution. It allows you to push content from your mobile device (iOS & Android), Chrome browser for Windows or Mac or from a Chromebook directly to your TV. Supported apps …


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