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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...

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...

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...

D-link CES 2021 affordable Wi-Fi 6 COVR AX mesh systems fast tracked to Australia

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D-Link Australia/New Zealand has launched several of it's new COVR AX next-generation mesh Wi-Fi 6 systems in Australia straight away after announcing them at CES. It's nice that Australia gets to be at the front...

Woolworths is offering 10% off Google Play Gift Cards

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Do you know what we love, spending less money, and one of our simple life hacks has been to buy Google Play Gift cards when they are on sale effectively giving you a discount...

Google Messages may soon be blocked on uncertified devices

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The first and most important part of this story is it's very likely it doesn't affect you. If you have a device from a major OEM who legitimately ships Google Play Services enabled devices...

Samsung gives everyone Google Messages on Galaxy S21 range .. except US buyers

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For as long as I can recall, Samsung has had its own messaging app for Android phones, and for just about as long, it hasn't been especially good. One of the beautiful things about...

An Android fan spends a month with an iPhone: Week 2 – Some highlights...

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Week two of my iPhone adventure is underway and it’s interesting to find that once I got my regular use apps installed, it’s not a chore to use. In fact, stuff just works! The...

Google says they’ve completed Fitbit purchase. US and AUS regulators still haven’t said Yes

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In a synchronised announcement Google and Fitbit have both blogged that the acquisition of Fitbit by Google is complete. Fitbit President and co-founder James Park said in his announcement: I’m writing today to let you know...

New Seamless set-up IoT devices launched at CES allowing instant set-up via the Google...

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With project Connected Home over IP talking a painstakingly long time to come to fruition our dream future of a fully interoperable IoT ecosystem with simple set up and less 3rd party apps still...

Google shoots a massive own-goal, hiding Australian news from search in ‘experiment’

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In a time when Google would want to be painting itself as the innocent party, targeted unnecessarily by government intervention, the company has shot a massive own-goal in Australia this week. Unsurprisingly, big media aren't...

LG CES Roundup: Intriguing rollable phone, Google Stadia on webOS 5 & 6, new...

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LG made a lot of announcements at CES 2021, here's a roundup of some news that's of interest to Ausdroid readers: Two project explorer concept devices make it to production and sale LG's Project Explorer continues...

Hisense Flagship 8K TV runs Android TV and all 2021 models have Google Assistant...

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8KA and 8K Ultra HD Certified, the first Hisense ULED 8K TV model is 75 inches, will run Android TV and is on sale in Australia from February with a RRP of $6,999.00. Hisense...

Four new financial institutions get Google Pay integrations

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It seems that despite the ubiquity of mobile payments not all banks have come one board. This week we see a few new entrants into the Google Pay club. Joining the fold of Google Pay...

An Android fan spends a month with an iPhone: Week 1 – Foreign territory

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One of the criticisms I regularly hear from my iFan friends is that I don’t know what it’s like in “their world”. I think some of them work under the pretence that, because I...

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