Motorola advises Moto X should be hitting shelves today

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It’s been a long time coming for all of us but today Motorola has advised the 2014 Motorola Moto X should be hitting the shelves at selected retailers from today (15 December).

A December release, some month and a half after Motorola Australia anticipated the Moto X to actually land isn’t ideal for buyers and Moto Australia either, as we found out in our chat with them back in September, Moto’s ANZ Accounts Director, John Demezieres was upfront when he stated to press he didn’t want to be in the same position as he was earlier this year with the several month delayed launch of the 2013 Moto X locally.

It’s seemed as though factors beyond their immediate control have …


Google dumps white and red Nexus 5, black still available

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Google has continued to offer last year’s more affordable Nexus 5 in the Play Store for those after a still brilliant smartphone on a budget but we find now that if you’re after anything other than its standard matte soft touch black, it seems you’re out of luck.

Figuring Google are out to limit the production of the Nexus 5 by its manufacturer LG, it seems logical for there to be some kind of trade off when it comes to purchasing the handset.

This of course isn’t the last opportunity you’ll have to purchase the Nexus 5 in white or red, as there are other retailers and online stores of course which for now will continue to offer said options, …


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Nexus 6 somewhat available in Play Store, to be offered through JB Hi-Fi

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UPDATE: Yep and just as expected the 32GB Midnight Black Nexus 6 is already out of stock. Better luck next time — and time(s) after that — ?

If you’ve been waiting as impatiently as us for the Nexus 6 to show its availability in the Play Store, well today you may just have received your break, but there’s a catch at least for the time being.


OPPO Mobile makes local range available through Allphones

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As OPPO Mobile continues to establish itself in the Australian market, today it announces its range of smartphones will be available through retailer Allphones.

It’s been a good three months since OPPO Mobile held their first event here in Sydney, with promises of big things within their first twelve months. While their initial launch was “soft” according to them, whereby OPPO’s range was made only for sale officially through their Australian online store — up until this point we’ve been strapped for other avenues of purchase.

That changes today and in a move OPPO believe will work well just as we head into the Christmas period, OPPO will give their Find 7, N1 Mini and Neo 5 the retail …


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

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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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