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Time with Google’s Inbox: email evolved

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Believe the hype folks, ‘Inbox by Gmail’ — by Google — is the much needed evolution of email we’ve been without for too long. After having spent some time with Google’s re-imagined email app, we’re convinced we’re never going to view email in the same light as before.

The inbox we’ve long been accustomed to is usually considered our wasteland of letters and conversations. It’s hard for some of us to even so much as glimpse at our unread email counter let alone attempt to sort through the mess. Well, Google’s Inbox tackles this burden head on, but goes one step further, transforming it into an application with uses beyond what you’d typically expect from a classic inbox setup, but …


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[Update: Just Nexus 5?] Open Google Play Movies, you might have a free copy of Gravity waiting for you

Update: Some readers have also had free Play Music and Play Books listings pop up too. Not everyone seems to be getting the Gravity freebie, but we’re not quite sure why.

Update 2: From numerous reports around the web it looks as though only Nexus 5 owners are seeing the update pop up. We’ve been checking our own devices and can support this theory that the Gravity freebie is only showing up on Google’s 2013 flagship phone.

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Upon my regular Google Play Movies check-up I discovered that I had been gifted a free copy of Gravity – the popular space movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The copy has been added to my library now and appears to …


[Tips] ‘But first, let me fix this laggggg…’

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We live in an world where we’re becoming increasingly impatient and where Project butter isn’t at it’s best. Sorry Google. I’ve been using the HTC One SV for a year now. Previously, I used a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and sometimes a Nexus 10. All these devices are powerful — for their age. I am sure everyone here has experienced lag of some sort, no matter how new or expensive your devices are — #Nexus6 #ExpensiveMuch — so let’s get into some potential fixes that should hopefully minimise this issue.

Disabling Auto-sync, more specifically Google Currents sync — if you have it — is a good start for any standard user who isn’t confident or interested in gaining root access …


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Moto 360 launching in Australia on October 31st

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Motorola has this afternoon sent out a very welcome press release. Ever since Android Wear was announced us Android fan(atic)s have been foaming from the mouth to get our hands on the circular glory that is the 360.

We’ve seen the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch launch locally, but have been left waiting for the Moto 360. At it’s physical press event, Motorola promised we’d see the 360 in late October and it appears they’ve stayed true to their word.

The Moto 360 is launching on October 31st and will retail for AU $359. It will also be launching in New Zealand on the same day for NZ $395. Moto is launching two variants, the …


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There is a Samsung GALAXY S5 Plus!

Originally on SamMobile

 

The good folks at SamMobile have been keeping a close eye on Samsung’s website which just listed a GALAXY S5 Plus! This is exciting news for anyone holding out to buy a new smart phone and terrible news for anyone who recently bought a GALAXY S5.

The GALAXY S5 Plus boasts a Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz unlike the Note 4 which contains the same processor clocked at 2.7 GHz which means it should also support LTE speeds of up to 225 Mbps. Details on the phone are sparse on Samsung’s site, however the phone seems identical to the GALAXY S5 in every other respect. This is disappointing considering that earlier this year, there was a 2K variation of the Galaxy S5 spotted on Samsung’s Korean site and the Note 4 does sport a 2K screen.

We asked Samsung Australia on Facebook when we could expect to receive the phone in Australia and they responded with the following statement:

… we don’t have any information on its release at the moment, but should any news arise regarding it, we’ll share it on our FB page …

In case you need a refresher, the GALAXY S5 specs are:

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920
  • 145 grams
  • 142 mm high x 72.5 mm wide
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • microSD cards up to 128 GB
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • 2 MP front, 16 MP back camera
  • 4K video recording

 Source: SamMobile


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Samsung talks up the GALAXY Note 4 camera on social media

Originally on Google+

 

Samsung took to social media today with a long post about why the camera on the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 is superior to previous Samsung devices. This news will not be received well by anyone who may have recently purchased a Galaxy S5, though the news of a new Galaxy S5 Plus coming soon is probably far worse.

The post goes into details about the image stabilizing sensor in the rear camera of the Note 4 and the aperture of the front camera to allow more light in and let more people enter the selfie.

The Note 4 has been on pre-sale since Oct 15th, and should be delivered to the first Aussie users early November. No word on how many units of the Note 4 have been pre-ordered. The pre-sale of the limited edition Note 4, the GALAXY Note Edge is starting on Oct 29th, no word on whether all these innovations in the camera also apply to the Note Edge.

The full post can be found on Samsung Mobile’s Google+ page.

 

Source: Google+


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Google launches a ‘How To’ guide for moving from iOS to Android

Originally on android.com

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Google has published a page describing to users how they can switch from iOS to Android. The page titled “Get going on Android” draws parallels between iOS services and Android services and explains in fairly easy steps how to transfers your photos, contacts, iTunes library and, setup your email and messaging apps.

This is the first formal document from Google on how to migrate from iOS to Android. Perhaps with the release of Android Lollipop Google feels confident taking on iOS. The other theory is that this is in response to Apple publishing guidelines on how to migrate from Android to iOS last month.

Source: Android.com

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Android Wear and Moto 360 updates begin rolling out

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The Android Wear 2.0 update was expected on Oct 15th. That date came and went like the Mayan 2012 prophecy and delivered about as much as the said Prophecy without all the looting, hoarding, press coverage and excitement. That all changed this morning when several Android Wear users (more specifically users of the LG G watch) reported that their smart watch had received 4.4W2 update. In order to install the update, your watch must have at least a 80% charge. The LG G watch is the first to receive the update, perhaps because the Nexus 5 is manufactured by LG and the Nexus 6 which is manufactured by Motorola has not been released yet (pre-orders starting soon).

Google has …


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OnePlus One to open pre-orders on Oct 27th for 1 hour!

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OnePlus One has been the elusive Yeti of the Android world. Billed as the “flagship killer” the phone has promised top end features for a US$300 price. Since it’s release in June 2014, much like the Yeti, none have been spied on Australian shores. In a market where you’re outdated in a year, this “flagship killer” has been “arriving” for 4 months now, while the smartphone market already has players such as the Nexus 5 and Moto X (2nd Generation) which can compare to this device both feature and price wise.

Presumably, someone at OnePlus realised that in order to be a “flagship killer,” you would have to reach market before the phone gets outdated. This morning, Australian customers …


Vodafone Australia celebrates 21 years with free international calls this weekend

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Vodafone are celebrating their 21 years in Australia with a neat little offer if you happen to be one of their customers and have friends or loved ones overseas.

Starting today and ending tomorrow (Oct 19 at 11:59pm) you’re able to make free standard international phone calls to 10 of Vodafone’s most popular overseas call locations.

Calls may be made only to any landline or mobile in China, India, USA, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and South Korea. Vodafone have made it known there’s no limit to the number of calls and duration of each call that customers are able to make but note these calls should be for personal use only.

If you’re worried about being …


Nexus 9 available for pre-order in Australia

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We’ve all been digesting the recent Lollipop and Nexus news, debating whether we’ll be picking up either or both of the new Nexus devices given the new sizes and probable Australian pricing.

In the meantime, true to the announcement (at least in USA timing) Google has placed the Nexus 9 up for pre-order in the Play Store.

The Nexus 9 is now available for pre-order in Australia in both the 16 and 32 GB versions, and in both Indigo Black and Lunar White colours. Pricing starts at $479 for the 16GB version, and $589 for the 32GB plus shipping of $19.95.  Shipping is currently listed as “leaves warehouse” in 2-3 weeks.

The LTE version is listed as coming soon, whilst …


Google releases multiple Nexus devices to showcase Android Lollipop 5.0

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Along with the announcement on Android Lollipop 5.0, Google have also released a string of Nexus devices to showcase their new sweet update. So let’s take a look at the new Nexii, shall we?

 

Motorola Nexus 6

Wow, look at the size of it! This is a behemoth, with a 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 (493ppi) QHD screen, everything is going to look amazing on it. Plenty of power under the hood too, with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 quad core CPU and 3GM RAM it is going to fly. Storage options are available at 32GB and 64GB sizes which is good to see, as I personally feel that 16GB just isn’t enough these days.  The rear camera is a 13MP …


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