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Back to work – sigh – but it looks like 2014 will be a great year for Android. It seems likely that Android apps will outnumber Apple’s count by June this year with over a million apps in the Play Store!  Thousands are however, complete rubbish – and that’s why we are doing this –

Globalgig Wireless Broadband Review

Mobile internet plans are notoriously expensive in Australia, especially from the major Telcos like Telstra. In the US for instance, unlimited data plans (or as near to as makes no difference) are available for a fraction of what it costs us poor Aussies, so any way to reduce costs is worth looking into. How does

Free phone calls from your mobile?

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for some time, but first a small warning – this does contain some ‘geek speak’. I’ll try my best to keep it to a minimum – if you want to save yourself some money, read on it though as it might be very worth your while.

Co-Pilot (Live) GPS

I mentioned recently a free navigation app which I had installed on the Huawei which I had planned to review – the app was a free one called MapFactor. However, after using it for a time I found that the OpenSource maps weren’t as recent or as accurate as I had hoped, so I started

ASUS Nexus 7 Review

After my review of the Huawei Y300 phone I was kindly offered the use of a Nexus 7 for a couple of weeks so jumped at the chance of reviewing this excellent 7″ tablet. Please note that this review is of the original Nexus 7 released early 2012 (late 2012 in Australia) not the new

Chinese Tablets – Worth Buying?

My review of the Huawei phone was well received, so here’s my report on Chinese Android tablets from experience gained with three different brands over the past couple of years. Note that I’m talking about Chinese made but not well known tablets rather than more the well known brands that happen to be manufactured in

Phone review : Huawei Ascend Y300

I have been holding off reviewing phones or tablets, mainly because I don’t have any arrangements with retailers to get hold of ‘loaner’ devices and I don’t think a review of a device I have only used for 1/2 hour would really carry much weight with readers. Recently, I decided to replace the ‘free’ Samsung

wikiCAMPS Australia

I was put onto this app by a mention in a recent newsletter from The Grey Nomad Times (by the way, check them out and sign up for the free newsletters if you are a ‘grey nomad’ or planning to be one). We often take the caravan away and use the ‘campers bible’ to find

Express Plus

The Aussie government has embraced mobile app technology and this latest app will be a very handy addition to senior’s Android devices. It enables Centrelink customers to access some of their account services using their mobile device. If you receive anAge Pension you may be able to use Express Plus Seniors. You do have  to

ACCC Recalls & ACCC Shopper

A double (and possibly timely as there’s not many shopping days until Xmas) review this one about two apps providing up to date information from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to assist consumers before and after making purchases from Aussie retailers. Let’s look at the ACCC Recalls app first. Ideal for checking a

Live Traffic NSW

Many people ‘in the know’ have used the handy RTA NSW Live Traffic website that overlays info about traffic problems like accidents and road works throughout the state. This app which has been available for Apple users since July and is now available on Google Play. It provides you with the same live updates about traffic incidents

Just in Time App

Here’s the scenario. You pull into an Australian country town while on holiday and you really need to ‘go’. Not just needing to go – really needing to go… This app can help you. From the app description : Just in Time uses your current location to find the nearest publicly accessible bathrooms anywhere in
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