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Huawei’s Mate 8 is coming to Australia in early 2016

Huawei’s Mate 8 is coming to Australia in early 2016

7:44 am on January 6, 2016 in Phones
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Huawei’s Mate 8 phone – already available in some markets – is going global in 2016, and Australia is on the launch list. The Mate 8 is the followup to 2014’s Mate 7 and flies the Premium flag for the Chinese manufacturer in a number of pretty stunning ways. The phone’s 6 inch screen is housed in a body with[Read More…]

HTC announces updated Vive development kit called the Vive Pre with front-facing camera and improved controllers

HTC announces updated Vive development kit called the Vive Pre with front-facing camera and improved controllers

5:24 am on January 6, 2016 in Accessories
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HTC is making their way into the VR world with great noise, with almost universal praise for the unit from anyone who has tried it. With comsumer sales set to begin in April this year, HTC has announced a new developer model of the Vive they’ve named the Vive Pre. We’re a admittedly a little of track here with the[Read More…]

HTC announces new connected health devices in partnership with Under Armour

HTC announces new connected health devices in partnership with Under Armour

5:12 am on January 6, 2016 in Accessories

At CES, HTC has announced a new range of connected health devices with partner Under Armour as a package they’re calling ‘UA HealthBox’. The UA HealthBox contains three products, the UA Band, UA Heart Rate Monitor and UA Scale, all of which will are designed and built by HTC, but use the Under Armour Record software available for Android and[Read More…]

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Snakable wants to help you stop destroying your USB cables

Snakable wants to help you stop destroying your USB cables

4:45 am on January 6, 2016 in Accessories

As I was wandering around CES Unveiled, I noticed a little company called Snakable was demonstrating a product that spoke particularly loudly to me as someone who’s well known for destroying USB cables. Snakable’s cable has extra support at the point where the cable joins the USB plug, in the form of three interlocking segments to allow you to bend[Read More…]

Alcatel OneTouch announces details of their new Pixi 4 range

Alcatel OneTouch announces details of their new Pixi 4 range

2:58 am on January 6, 2016 in Phones, Tablets

At CES today, Alcatel OneTouch has released details of the new Pixi 4 phones, phablet and tablet which they teased the other day. The Pixi 4 range come in a range of sizes ranging from the 3.5″ though to 4″, 6″ and finally 7″ with the Pixi 4 (7) device which is effectively a tablet with GSM connectivity. Alcatel OneTouch[Read More…]

Stabilo Digipen brings plain pen and paper handwriting recognition

Stabilo Digipen brings plain pen and paper handwriting recognition

7:34 pm on January 5, 2016 in Other News
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German penmaker Stabilo had a stand at CES Unveiled today showing off its forthcoming Digipen product, offering digital handwriting recognition with a simple Bluetooth-connected ballpoint pen. The Digipen includes sensors for measuring acceleration and rotation, position and movement along with a 2048-level pressure sensor. The result is a Bluetooth-connected pen that can transmit your written notes in plain text, allowing[Read More…]

Wistiki’s stylish “connected jewels” attach to your keyring, wallet … and pets

Wistiki’s stylish “connected jewels” attach to your keyring, wallet … and pets

7:15 pm on January 5, 2016 in Accessories
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Wistiki, a French company offering a number of item tracking products, showed off its new Bluetooth item trackers at CES Unveiled today. The company’s new “connected jewels”, crafted by famed designer Philipe Starck, are so named because of the attractive designs in a market where most item trackers carry a basic utilitarian design. There’s three products – “aha” for attaching[Read More…]

ReSound’s Smart Hearing aids connect to your smartphone

ReSound’s Smart Hearing aids connect to your smartphone

7:06 pm on January 5, 2016 in Accessories
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During today’s CES Unveiled event, I met with ReSound, a company making smart – they say the world’s smartest – hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone app control. ReSound’s Linx 2 hearing aids connect with each other and feature onboard signal processing to cancel out background environment noise appropriate to the environment – for example, they can sense when[Read More…]

AccuWeather updated with a new look and better performance

AccuWeather updated with a new look and better performance

4:07 pm on January 5, 2016 in Apps and Games, News
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Whether you know it or not, like 1.5 billion other users worldwide, you’re likely to have used and possibly relied on AccuWeather at some stage in your digital life. AccuWeather has been found on its own website, as a widget on other websites, and as a weather data source for countless other applications including some OEM Android skins as well.[Read More…]

Samsung releases December 2015 security update for Galaxy Note 5

Samsung releases December 2015 security update for Galaxy Note 5

4:02 pm on January 5, 2016 in OS Updates, Phones
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Samsung have really learned a few lessons in the last twelve months, and it seems the moaning from customers about lack of updates (especially for security and bug issues) has hit home. Samsung’s (just about) monthly security updates are a really welcome thing, especially for users of 2015’s flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 range. While the Galaxy S6[Read More…]

Retailer Dick Smith collapses into voluntary administration, receivership

Retailer Dick Smith collapses into voluntary administration, receivership

9:32 am on January 5, 2016 in News
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The Australian icon electronics retailer, Dick Smith, has lapsed into voluntary administration this morning, with its creditors appointing receivers to the business as well. The company announced that it had explored alternative funding but the directors believed that this could not, even if successful, have been enough to meet the company’s short-term funding requirements to order inventory over the next[Read More…]

Leaked images from Samsung reveal Galaxy S7 with 12.2MP camera, and more

Leaked images from Samsung reveal Galaxy S7 with 12.2MP camera, and more

7:48 am on January 5, 2016 in Phones, Rumours
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It’s no stretch to imagine that Samsung will unveil an updated Samsung Galaxy Sx flagship this year, and the Galaxy S7 is where we’re up to. The leaks have already started to flow here, including multiple sizes, differing features, and even an iris scanner as possibilities. An image published on the web over the weekend has revealed some new information[Read More…]

CES 2016: LG weighs in with two new K Series smartphones

CES 2016: LG weighs in with two new K Series smartphones

6:38 am on January 5, 2016 in Phones

LG is following up its successful L-series smartphones with a new K-Series of affordable smartphones launching this week at CES. There’s two smartphones – the 4G K10, featuring a 5.3-inch display, and the K7, a 5.0-inch display with 3G and 4G models – in the new series, with a new “glossy pebble” design language that LG says features design cues[Read More…]

January security updates issued by Google – Updated Nexus Factory images now available

January security updates issued by Google – Updated Nexus Factory images now available

6:13 am on January 5, 2016 in Android Development
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Google has today announced the latest security updates via their Nexus Security Bulletin site, as is the case once the vulnerabilities and patches have been announced, Google has also released updated factory images for supported Nexus devices. The updates, in the form of flashable factory images are now available for the Nexus 5(MMB29S) and 5X(MMB29P), Nexus 6(MMB29S) and 6P(MMB29P) as[Read More…]

Acer announces new Chromebook and Chromebase for CES

Acer announces new Chromebook and Chromebase for CES

12:47 am on January 5, 2016 in Chrome OS and Devices

As well as their Iconia One 8 Android tablet, Acer has today announced a couple of new Chrome OS devices with the Chromebase 24 and the Chromebook 11 (CB3-131). The Acer Chromebase 24 is an Intel powered all-in-one style Chrome OS device, with all the internals packed into a monstrous 23.8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display. The Chromebase 24[Read More…]