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Galaxy Nexus JellyBean Downloads

The stock Google Galaxy Nexus JellyBean images are now available for download. This is for both the Takju & Yakju builds. They can be found here (this includes the Nexus S as well)

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Powerless yet holds the Power?

TASMANIANS had been denied the chance to benefit from the Big Electricity Switch campaign because there was no retail contestability, One Big Switch director Christopher Zinn said yesterday.

Nearly 200,000 consumers in NSW, SA, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland had received discounts in their electricity bill up to 16.5 per cent in NSW and up to 18.5 per cent in Victoria and SA.

However, despite a recommendation from the Electricity Supply Industry Panel for retail competition, the Government has stopped short.

“We had 950 people sign up from Tasmania, even though there is no residential contestability, just so they can send a signal,” Mr Zinn said.

Mr Zinn said that Tasmanian consumers who signed up to One Big Switch had annual bills of $2676 partly because of the colder climate, but also because of high prices.

The Big Electricity Switch campaign began in June when One Big Switch launched the campaign in partnership with News Ltd papers interstate.

After signing up the 200,000 consumers One Big Switch went to companies and sought a better deal for consumers prepared to switch retailers.

“Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of Australians, discounted offers are a reality,” Mr Zinn said.

“Now people can decide what is best for them. They can switch, use the offer to shop around for a better deal, or even call your current electricity supplier and ask them to match the offer.”

In Tasmania, consumers can deal only with Aurora Energy for electricity and cannot negotiate better deals.

Prices rose by 10.56 per cent on July 1 after Aurora received approval for the rise from the Tasmanian Energy Regulator.

About 5.6 per cent of the $240 a year rise on the average bill of $2200 a year was attributed to the carbon tax.

Tasmania’s power prices have increased by 100 per cent since 2000. In the 2012 Budget, the State Government spent $37 million to trim by about $200 per household previously anticipated rises. The Government is also spending $37.3 million on concessions.

Energy Minister Bryan Green said yesterday the Government intended to introduce choice of electricity retailer for customers from 2014

Sourced from The Mercury

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AirDroid for your Android

AirDroid is an excellent application for utilising the functions of your Android phone via a web browser. This doesn’t require root access to your phone, and should work with pretty much all current phones on the market.

One of the most annoying things for Linux users (myself) is the total lack of software available for doing tasks with your phone. Most manufacturers that supply software usually only support MacOS & MS Windows so if you have a need for syncing your calendar (example exchange calendar) with your phone then you are stuck with nothing that can do it. OK now my example of exchange calendar might be a bad example as I don’t have/use exchange so don’t take it as gospel, OK so what does AirDroid do? It starts a Web Service that you can connect to over your LAN. You then have access to read/write/delete SMS/MMS messages, read/write/delete calendar items, read/delete your call log and the item that is possibly the most useful is transferring of files to/from the phone as well as upload/download music




AirDroid is set up into 4 screens (virtual desktops) that you can customise to your liking, the pictures above show the default layout. Then here is how the connected session appears on your phone (In my case the Galaxy Nexus).

Android Random Ramblings

Galaxy Nexus Sales Prohibited?

With Apple’s monolithic mindset of litigate don’t innovate recently got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s development phone) added to the never ending list of common features that make up a phone (my way of putting it) all sales were halted in the USA. But did this action extend to Australia? (I don’t know the answer to this) I noticed that currently there’s no option to purchase a Galaxy Nexus from the Telstra Shop Online, so does this meanthat the injunction applied here?


If so then how long has it been since the US law or the US patent office dictated Australian law?

Well I’m confused 😐

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Screen Captures for Galaxy Nexus

Since getting my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I had noticed that on a few forums there are images of screen captures that included the phone as part of the image. Well today I discovered the site that people are using to create such images!


Here’s an example of the type of screen capture I’m talking about. The site is called android-ui-utils and is hosted on Google Code.

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