Sony announces local pricing and availability for SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk

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It may have been two months since we first got our hands-on with Sony’s upcoming range of SmartWear devices but Sony is now being more specific about when and where you’ll be able to get your hands on one of these.

While the headlining SmartWatch 3 running Android Wear was expected some time in October or early November, now as we approach the tail-end  of November, Sony is still eager to get in before the Christmas shopping rush. The SmartBand Talk SWR30 and SWR10 will be a available from today through Telstra and Sony’s online store along with its kiosks and centres.

The move to offer these wearables through Telstra comes as no surprise here as it was well established …


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First Impression of Huawei’s latest flagship phone – Ascend Mate7

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Over the last few years, Huawei has been increasing its market share steadily by increasing it’s smartphone shipment at over 60% annually. Huawei shipped roughly 32 million units in 2012, 52 million unit in 2013 and are on pace to ship an estimate 80 million units in 2014. To put this accomplishment into perspective, the total number of iPhone 5’s sold in it’s 2 year life cycle has been around the 91 million units and iPhone 5s and 5c together sold about 13 million units as of 2nd October 2014.

Huawei has also been a prominent sponsor of major sporting events and teams such as A.C. Milan, Arsenal F.C. and locally the Canberra Raiders. All this has added up …


Review: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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Since we last reviewed Sony’s first entry into the true mini flagship space ‒  the Xperia Z1 Compact, the market has seen a more widespread adoption of smartphones with larger form factors and even Sony’s key competitor has since moved from a manageable footprint to a noticeably larger one in order to reach a more competitive 4.7-inch screen size.

So as just about every other major OEM has caved and moved to larger flagships, is the Xperia Z3 Compact a viable alternative for those not ready or simply wish to retain a true one-handed smartphone experience? Read on to find out what we thought about the Xperia Z3 Compact as users who typically handle much larger handsets.

 

THE PROS

  • Exceptional

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact available locally from today

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It may have taken some time, but today Sony have opened up — rather abruptly — that their flagship Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be  available starting today through select outlets.

Dubbed the “world’s slimmest and lightest compact tablet” at 6.4mm and 270g — not all that much heavier than some phablets — the Z3 Tablet Compact hits Sony Centres, Sony Kiosks and the Sony Store Online from today (10th Nov) in a black 16GB WiFi variant only — at this stage — with a RRP of $499.

Don’t be turned off by the seemingly small amount of internal storage, as the Z3 Tablet Compact does boast microSD expansion up to an additional 128GB and the tablet itself comes packing …


Vodafone begins offering Spotify Premium for Red customers

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As we covered some three weeks ago, today happens to be the day new Vodafone Red customers will see the fruits of their carrier and Spotify’s partnership, as Vodafone offer Spotify’s premium service for customers on select plans.

Launching today (5 Nov) — though the offer will extend to anyone who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Note Edge on a Vodafone Red plan before today — any new or upgrading Vodafone customer to one of their Red plans will qualify for the offer, which varies in duration depending on said plan.

If you sign up for a 12 or 24 month Red plan, you’ll gain free access to Spotify’s premium service which’ll normally set you back AUD$11.99 per …


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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 …


1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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