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Off Topic: COVID-19 vaccine approved for Australia, most to be vaccinated by October

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We don't usually stray too far from the tech at Ausdroid, but this news deserves a mention. News today from the government is that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration. This means that the...

Google’s threat to pull search from Australia could devastate small businesses

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Just last week we wrote about the escalating situation between Google (and Facebook) and the Australian government, labelling the government's moves as a clear threat to the way Australians use the internet every day. Far from presenting a risk to...

OT: SecretLab Titan — More than just an office chair, it’s a hugely comfortable...

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I never expected, when I started writing for Ausdroid nearly 10 years ago that I’d sit down one day and even think about reviewing a chair, but here I am. It’s a Sunday morning here in Adelaide, already 33c...

YouTube is now available as an installed Progressive Web App

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We've already seen the transition with YouTube Music -- as well as YouTube TV in the states -- to a Progressive Web App (PWA). Now the next major Google service has made the leap with YouTube now available...

Sick of your phone? Here’s the trade-in process for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

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It always used to be that if you wanted a new phone, you either went and bought one at retail, or you might be able to negotiate an upgrade with your carrier. However, there was always the question of...

PSA: You can quickly and easily block your number when making calls

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There's a lot of little tips and tricks many mobile users aren't aware of. Often users will want to block their outbound number, for one or two calls without that being permanent. It is common for these...
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Opinion: 5 reasons why I bought Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite rather than Apple...

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Full screen Bluey is just one reason why Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is better than Apple iPad 8th gen. Why I bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite instead of iPad 8 I strongly considered the 8th generation iPad but...

Alphabet is closing its balloon internet service, Loon

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Alphabet has overnight advised that it will be shutting down its division that provides internet from floating balloon called Loon, due to “commercial availability constraints.” In a blog post on the company’s X Moonshot division blog, the company representative, Astro...

An Android fan spends a month with an iPhone: Week 3 – Diving deeper...

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So we’re in week three of my experiment in how the other half live and this is starting to feel like a new normal for me. It’s been really interesting (depending on which camp you sit in) some of...

5G Data Deal: $65 Optus One 500GB month to month mobile plan for 12...

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If you signup before 1st March 2021 Optus is offering a huge $54 discount on their $119 Optus One 500GB month to month mobile plan for 12 months. So for the first 12 months of your month to month agreement...

Google threatens to pull out of Australia entirely in response to digital media code

Let us be very clear: Scott Morrison and his conservative government present a clear and present danger to the internet that we use in Australia, and his proposed media code will irreparably harm the internet experience of a generation. What...

Weekend Warrior: 19 reasons to buy Razer at CES2021

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We've covered some of the peripherals that Razer offer recently and following a successful -- albeit virtual -- CES, Razer has started 2021 strong. In fact, they started the year very strong taking out the "People's Choice Award"...

Amaysim shareholders agree to sell the company to Optus

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In early November last year 2020, Optus announced it had reached a deal to buyout the biggest MVNO in the country, Amaysim, which did surprise many given Optus was launching its own budget brand, Gomo, but it seems that...

A new messaging contender is emerging called simply: Beeper

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This is interesting: a new app called Beeper is emerging as a potential single platform for all of your messaging needs. By all, we mean all, as they even claim to be able to also support Apple's iMessage as...

National Broadband Network round-up: NBN tower runs on generator for two years, Sydney residents’...

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Another week goes by, and more tales of the National Broadband Network emerge, and they're usually not positives. The decision made years ago to abandon the ideal plan of fibre to (almost) every premise and switch to a lesser multi-technology...

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