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Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

A navigation-optimised version of Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps for Android

Google is rolling out improvements to Google Assistant within Google Maps to make it more tuned to the navigation experience. With a lower visual profile to help users focus on driving, Assistant will be optimised for navigation, and take up less space to minimise distraction for drivers. Simply say “OK …

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Google executive scotches rumours of Hangouts 2020 demise, instead users will move to Hangouts Chat and Meet

After yesterday’s rumours that Google would shutter Hangouts for consumers in 2020, it appears that Google has a product manager for Hangouts, and also, that reports of its demise may be premature. Yesterday we reported that Hangouts would be closed in 2020, as did a number of other tech sites, …

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A month’s rain in a day for Sydney? Use these weather apps to stay safe

Weather forecasts for Sydney suggest today is going to become increasingly wet, with heavy rain and thunderstorms set to swap Australia’s most populous city. Emergency services are encouraging commuters to reconsider the need for travel, and though the weather isn’t too bad at 6:30am, it’s predicted to get much, much …

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Sydney trains commuters can now use MasterCard, VISA and American Express to travel, as well as Opal

Sydney (and NSW) trains commuters can now use their contactless payment options to travel on TfNSW trains around Sydney and across New South Wales. Passengers can use MasterCard, VISA and American Express contactless cards to tap on and tap off instead of the Opal Card. Better still, and relevantly for …

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