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[Update: Service now being restored]Breaking: Telstra suffering countrywide outage

[Update: Service now being restored]Breaking: Telstra suffering countrywide outage

1:50 pm on February 9, 2016 in Carriers, News
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The Telstra Mobile network is currently experiencing a nationwide outage for data and voice services. Initially reported through various social media enquiries, the issue was initially investigated before Telstra made the following announcement: We’re aware of an issue affecting mobile voice and data nationally. We’re working to resolve the issue ASAP. Thanks for your patience. — Telstra (@Telstra) February 9,[Read More…]

No, Twitter isn’t switching to a curated timeline, says CEO

No, Twitter isn’t switching to a curated timeline, says CEO

12:02 pm on February 7, 2016 in Apps and Games, News

The internet has been abuzz the last couple of days with rumours that Twitter might be adopting a Facebook-style curated timeline instead of the default, reverse chronological timeline that its users have come to know and love. So concerned were users that the #RIPTwitter hashtag took off, and a widescale revolt just about took place. Look, I don’t know if[Read More…]

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Google’s February 2016 update for Pixel C includes new keyboard firmware

Google’s February 2016 update for Pixel C includes new keyboard firmware

11:12 am on February 5, 2016 in News, OS Updates, Tablets
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Google’s Pixel C is an enigma of a product; it likely started life as a Chrome device, and switched to Android at the last minute, and there’s evidence of this throughout the product (the way the recovery/fastboot options work is telling). Likely as a result of this, there are some teething issues that an Android device just shouldn’t have, and[Read More…]

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have passed through the FCC in the US

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have passed through the FCC in the US

10:35 am on February 5, 2016 in News, Phones
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  Samsung have already confirmed that there’s new Galaxy phones coming in the next few weeks at MWC 2016, with the announcement of the next instalment of the Unpacked event. We can now confirm that the new devices have received their FCC approval in the US, giving us a little bit of further information about what’s coming. What we know[Read More…]

Huawei reaches a milestone with over 16 million shipments of the P8 series phones

Huawei reaches a milestone with over 16 million shipments of the P8 series phones

6:46 pm on February 3, 2016 in Exclusive, News, Phones

Look, we don’t often talk about sales figures here, because quite often they’re just not that interesting; we talk about Android distribution figures, with Google’s monthly updates, and share of various Android versions, but in terms of how many devices particular manufacturers sell … well, we usually don’t really find out. Huawei have hit a bit of a milestone though,[Read More…]

WhatsApp tops 1 billion monthly active users

WhatsApp tops 1 billion monthly active users

10:52 am on February 2, 2016 in Apps and Games, News
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Facebook-owned WhatsApp is a big player in the messaging arena – in fact, one of the biggest, and this morning they’ve announced – moments after Google – that they have topped the 1 billion monthly active users mark. The app’s userbase has continued to grow, accelerating when Facebook purchased the company in early 2014 and shows no immediate signs of[Read More…]

Dick Smith Electronics lists Oppo’s new F1 phone releasing February 8 at $299

Dick Smith Electronics lists Oppo’s new F1 phone releasing February 8 at $299

7:10 pm on February 1, 2016 in News, Phones
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It appears the first new “F series” phone from Oppo – the F1 – is due for release in Australia next Monday, February 8. Oppo sent out a tease for the phone’s imminent release to newsletter subscribers over the weekend, but today’s information comes courtesy of a preorder page for the phone on the Dick Smith Electronics website, which lists[Read More…]

Vaya announces changes to Power and Unlimited plans

Vaya announces changes to Power and Unlimited plans

2:42 pm on February 1, 2016 in Carriers, News
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It looks like today is new plan announcement day, with Vaya announcing changes to many of its Power and Unlimited plans with either price reductions or more inclusions. Power Plans are best for data-heavy users with $650 of talk but more data, while the Unlimited plans feature unlimited standard calls in exchange for a little less data. Both sets of[Read More…]

Vodafone makes Red Roaming to New Zealand free; adds Qantas Points deals

Vodafone makes Red Roaming to New Zealand free; adds Qantas Points deals

10:49 am on February 1, 2016 in Carriers, News

Vodafone announced this morning that it’s removed the $5/day roaming fee for customers travelling to New Zealand on Red and SIM Only plans using their Red Roaming product, and a new relationship with Qantas to offer bonus points on new Qantas Red plans. Since the $5 day Red Roaming service was started by Vodafone in 2013, they’ve racked up some[Read More…]

Lenovo preparing for a “more innovative” Motorola phone for a possible July launch

Lenovo preparing for a “more innovative” Motorola phone for a possible July launch

2:08 pm on January 31, 2016 in News, Phones
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Lenovo is looking looking at launching their next major smartphone in the US around mid-July this year under the Moto brand according to Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang. The information came from an interview between Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang and the Wall Street Journal in which Yang is quoted saying the device is ‘more innovative, more attractive’ than previous devices. Mr.[Read More…]

OnePlus X can now be purchased without an invite

OnePlus X can now be purchased without an invite

9:45 am on January 30, 2016 in News, Phones
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There was a huge amount of hype around the launch of the OnePlus Two and shortly after (but to a lesser extent) OnePlus X. The problems they suffered were fairly well publicised though; the phones were lacking in specs and disappointed many of the faithful. What was more an annoyance than disappointment for most was the invite system which ultimately[Read More…]

Digitally Imported for Android now tablet optimised and it looks good

Digitally Imported for Android now tablet optimised and it looks good

6:20 am on January 29, 2016 in Android TV and Chromecast, Apps and Games, News

I wrote about Digitally Imported a little while back when I discovered that it supported Chromecast, even though the feature had actually been available for a few months. I’d never noticed. Anyhow, Digitally Imported — for those that don’t know — is one of the best Internet radio services around for electronic music, and has been for the better part twenty[Read More…]

Buy a Huawei Y5 through Telstra Pre-paid online & get a Huawei Colorband for $129

Buy a Huawei Y5 through Telstra Pre-paid online & get a Huawei Colorband for $129

10:27 am on January 28, 2016 in Bargains, News, Other News, Phones

Ready to start the new year with getting fit and updating your phone? Telstra are offering a Huawei Colorband fitness tracker with every purchase of a Huawei Y5 through the Telstra Pre-paid website all for $129. The deal, which is a limited time offer, appears to be an online only deal through the Telstra website. The deal means anyone wanting[Read More…]

Rumour: Samsung Marshmallow updates for flagships

Rumour: Samsung Marshmallow updates for flagships

12:24 pm on January 27, 2016 in News, OS Updates, Phones
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We know that Samsung are nearly ready with their updates for some of their flagship phones with a leak in November showing their roadmap for rollout. The phones that are due to get the update and we know are close include the S6 and S6 Edge which some UK users are receiving and the Note 5 which seems to have[Read More…]

Google is simplifying login for Google Play Games

Google is simplifying login for Google Play Games

7:32 am on January 25, 2016 in Apps and Games, News
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Google announced today that they are taking steps to reduce sign-on friction and simplify permissions for Google Play Games-enabled apps. Many of the changes are developer facing, but that’s not to say that users shouldn’t notice some changes in the future. Have you noticed that you have to log into Play Games on each and every supported game you install? If[Read More…]