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Movies: List of independent cinemas in regional South Australia

by on Aug.14, 2012, under Great Finds, Our Projects, Tips & Advice

As a producer and director of independent films, I know full-well that finding an audience for your work is just as important as making a film in the first place. Whilst working on the feature length documentary film Cuttlefish Country, I began to compile a list of independent cinemas around regional South Australia for the purposes of touring the film to relevant local audiences. I was pleasantly surprised to find the full gamut of cinemas peppered around my state, ranging from grand old art-deco cinemas built in the 1930’s (like the Victa Cinemas) to the outback drive-in at Coober Pedy and pop-up cinemas like Cinemallunga (with special event screenings only) and the Moonta Cinema (which operates during school-holidays). This is not yet an exhaustive list of cinemas in regional SA, though we hope to make it so with your help. If you can provide us with additional venue information, please leave a comment below, or send me an email. These cinemas all play mainstream movie releases and can host special events and screenings by arrangement.

Blyth Cinema, Clare Valley

Blyth Cinema, Clare Valley

Independent Cinemas in regional South Australia

Clare Valley Blyth Cinema 112 seats (08) 8844 5175
Coober Pedy Coober Pedy Drive-In walk-up seating also 1800 637 076
Gawler Gawler Cinema ? (08) 8523 1633
Moonta Statewide Cinema 88 seats 0458 106 646
Mount Gambier Oatmill Cinema ? (08) 8724 9150
Murray Bridge Cameo Cinema 252 seats (08) 8531 0222
Port Augusta Cinema Augusta ? (08) 8648 9999
Port Lincoln Youthoria Cinema ? (08) 8683 1199
Robe South Coast Cinemas 94 & 49 seats (08) 8735 8455
Roxby Downs Outback Cinema 60 seats (08) 8671 0500
Victor Harbor Victa Cinemas 286 seats & 297 seats (08) 8552 1325
Whyalla Whyalla Cinema 2 cinemas (08) 8644 7300
Willunga Cinemallunga 120 seats ?
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Smartphones: Where to buy high capacity, heavy duty replacement batteries for Android handsets

by on May.30, 2011, under Great Finds, Tips & Advice

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Android smartphone device explosion is the lingering impotency of battery performance. Sure, users of Android devices can all extend battery life by running power management applications like JuiceDefender and by cultivating conservative usage habits, but what we really need here is a rapid improvement in the performance of batteries. Battery R&D was clearly left behind while the manufacturers were all trying to out-do each other over screen, processor and camera performance.

Fortunately, while the pleas from the early adopters to the device manufacturers to address this debilitating problem appear to have fallen on deaf ears, other smaller manufacturers have taken notice. In fact, a surprising number of 3rd party battery manufacturers have now stepped up to bat, offering replacement batteries offering everything from slight to massive performance improvements. For current owners of Android smartphones the challenge now lies in answering the questions “What are my options for replacement batteries and where can I buy them?”

Having dedicated some time to this matter myself and successfully upgraded batteries on three different Android smartphones (a Samsung Galaxy S, an HTC Desire HD and a Motorola Milestone XT720) I decided to compile a list of popular devices, sorted alphabetically, with links to sellers of the highest capacity replacement batteries available. Many of these are super heavy-duty upgrades, leading to up to three times the runtime between charges (when compared to original stock batteries). These batteries tend to be over-sized, and ship with replacement back-plates for the phone. You can see what I mean with the Samsung Galaxy S example in the video below.


 

As for the table, while it is not a comprehensive list, I would love some encouragement and assistance to help it grow. If you have any requests for information on alternative batteries for specific devices or you’d like to share your experiences or add information to this chart, please leave a detailed comment at the end of this article.

Brand Model Stock Battery Capacity Maximum Battery Capacity Purchase from
         
Google Google Nexus One 1500mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
         
HTC HTC Bravo 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  HTC Desire A8181 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  HTC Desire 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  HTC Desire HD 1230mAh 1800mAh obostore.com
  HTC Droid Eris 1300mAh 1500mAh DinoDirect.com
  HTC Hero 1350mAh 3200mAh (with cover) Mugen Power
  HTC Incredible 1450mAh 1500mAh DinoDirect.com
  HTC Legend 1300mAh 1800mAh Mugen Power
  HTC Thunderbolt 1400mAh 1500mAh DinoDirect.com
  HTC Wildfire 1300mAh 1800mAh Mugen Power
         
LG LG Optimus 2X 1500mAh 4500mAh (with cover) Mugen Power
         
Motorola Motorola Milestone 1400mAh 2000mAh DinoDirect.com
  Motorola Milestone XT720 1400mAh 2000mAh DinoDirect.com
         
Samsung Samsung Fascinate 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  Samsung Galaxy S 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  Samsung Vibrant 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
         
Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 1500mAh 2600mAh (white cover) Amazon.com
  Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 1500mAh 2600mAh (black cover) Amazon.com

Dan Monceaux

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Smartphones: Finding high capacity replacement batteries for Android devices

by on May.19, 2011, under Great Finds, Tips & Advice

When we switched on our first Android smartphones in 2010, we were thrilled with the possibilities of at last having a powerful pocket computer and cellphone in one convenient package. Since then, we’ve been impressed by Google’s operating system upgrades and the rapid growth of applications on offer in the Android market. One bedbug that just keeps on biting however is the need to keep chargers in the car, home and office. With a stock battery and moderate use, not a day goes by when my smartphone doesn’t cry out for a recharge.

There are two ways to manage this problem. The first involves changing your behaviour, and that of your operating system and applications. The more functions you run on the device (wifi, bluetooth, gps etc) and the more applications you have running simultaneously, the faster your battery will discharge. Keeping a power widget on your desktop is a good start, and making sure you only turn on a phone feature when you need it (and turn it off again afterwards). Similarly, killing background applications is good practice, and there are a number of apps in the Android market which can make this easy.

Another cost-effective strategy to reducing charger-dependency is to seek out a high capacity replacement battery to suit your handset. We have done this recently with two handsets: Samsung’s Galaxy S and Motorola’s Milestone XT720. In most cases, you won’t find high capacity or heavy duty batteries offered by the manufacturers of the devices themselves. Instead, a number of third party manufacturers have identified the opportunity to answer consumers cries, albeit with varying success.

Our grand success story is that of our Samsung Galaxy S replacement battery upgrade. After searching for the battery offering the highest available capacity, we ordered this 3500 mAh battery from DinoDirect.com . The stock Samsung battery (which ships with the handset) holds a meager 1500 mAh, so we were expecting at least twice as much runtime from the changeover. Put to work immediately, the substitute battery now only requires charging every three days on average, when previously charging was a daily imperative. You can see a video of the battery and its installation below.


Purchase this battery now from DinoDirect.com

A less successful upgrade was that of my Motorola Milestone XT720. I swapped out the stock 1390 mAh battery with a 2000 mAh Deji Business Battery. I could not find any information or reviews about the battery and its effectiveness when used in combination with my phone. Evidently, the battery works well with the Motorola Droid A855 for which it was principally designed. Unfortunately, despite providing improved runtime in my XT720, the Froyo 2.2 battery meter was not able to measure the battery’s charge accurately, leading to some very frustrating behaviours. You can find out more in the video below.


Purchase this battery now from DinoDirect.com

It is clear that battery life was low on the priority list for first wave Android cellphone designers and manufacturers. Compared to processor speeds, screen size and quality and overall form factor, battery life didn’t get a look in! Inevitably, as these devices are gradually refined, battery technology, software streamlining and devices’ power economy will all improve. Sadly for now, Android users will have to keep chargers at the ready, fiddle with power management applications and turn to replacement batteries for a stop-gap solution.

Dan Monceaux

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