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Square launches new payment reader in Australia – includes support for Apple and Android Pay

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Square, the global payment startup founded by Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has today announced that it will finally bring its new payment reader to Australians – being only the second country the new reader has rolled out to. The new reader supports chip cards and contactless payment methods – such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, or tap-and-pay with your credit or debit card. “We know NFC is important to Australian […]

SONOS to sell its speakers in Apple Stores in October

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SONOS has today announced that it will partner with Apple to bring its speakers to 486 Apple Stores worldwide (including all 22 Apple Stores in Australia) and online. The deal extends its existing relationship with Apple, with SONOS being Apple Music’s exclusive partner for connected home devices. From October 5, you will be able to purchase a SONOS system at 468 Apple Stores around the world. You will also be able to purchase […]

Uber partners with TripGo to seamlessly connect public transport

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Uber has today announced that it will partner with the public transport app TripGo, allowing users to seamlessly travel on public transport with Uber acting as a way to get to or from their local train, buss or tram stop. TripGo will be given access to Uber’s real-time ridesharing data and will let you request a ride without leaving the app. According to Uber, the trip is in recognition that many […]

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Xbox Games With Gold October 2016

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Games With Gold is still going strong, with another batch of free games for Xbox One and Xbox 360 this October, only available to Xbox Live Gold members. (Links are directed to AU Xbox store) On Xbox One, players can download Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings ($26.95) for free during the month of October. The Escapists ($26.95) will be available for free, from October 16th to November 15th. On Xbox 360, MX vs ATV Reflex ($49.95) will […]

Pokemon Sun & Moon: Version-exclusives and Pokemon Refresh

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The Pokemon Company continue to shower us with Pokemon Sun and Moon information, revealing even more new Pokemon and features. This time, we get to see version exclusive Pokemon, an improved grooming feature called ‘Pokemon Refresh’ and a glimpse at character customisation. Passimian is a FIghting-type Pokemon with a new ability called Receiver – this Pokémon can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle. Passimian is exclusive to Pokemon Sun. Oranguru is […]

Review: iPhone 7 – Some very specific field notes

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The iPhone 7 is a clear stepping stone, but it’s one that people have been asking for for years now. And in my view, that’s a good thing. Whenever Apple makes the iPhone thinner and lighter people say that they don’t care about thinness or lightness. They want a thicker phone with a better battery. Critics don’t care about looks or gimmicks, they want functionality. And while the iPhone 7 […]

Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Sydney rolls out online food ordering

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In what is described as a “world first”, Village Roadshow Theme Parks – the owners of Movie World, Sea World and the Wet’n’Wild theme parks – have partnered up with Sydney-based startup AirService to bring online food ordering to its theme park visitors. Rolling out first to the Gotham City restaurant at Movie World, customers will use a Village-branded eServe app to order food and drink without waiting in a […]

You can now schedule your Uber trips in Australia

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Uber is now going to be more useful in Australia, as the company has announced today that it plans to roll out its Scheduled Rides feature to selected areas in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. As the name suggests, Scheduled Rides will let you book an Uber trip 30 minutes to 30 days in advance. This provides some peace of mind if you want to use Uber to take you to […]

Pokemon GO Plus is coming to Australia on September 16

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The long-awaited Pokemon GO Plus is finally coming to Australia and New Zealand on September 16. For the unacquainted, Pokemon GO Plus is a small Bluetooth-powered device that you wear on your wrist and allows you to play the game without the need of constantly looking at your smartphone. According to the press release, the GO Plus will be most useful when trying to find Pokemon. It will blink green whenever there is […]

Apple announces the iPhone 7 – with new camera and better battery

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As expected, Apple announced the brand new iteration of the iPhone at its press conference earlier this morning. While the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature the typical hardware improvements, much of the focus has been to improve the ways the phone is used every day – providing for a much better experience. The phone includes a brand new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion chip, which promises to be one […]

Apple reveals the Watch Series 2, pivots more towards fitness

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The Apple Watch is getting a revamp, with Cupertino announcing the next generation of its smartwatch at its press event earlier this morning. The Apple Watch Series 2 sees modest hardware upgrades – such as a faster processor and brighter screen – but continues the pivot Apple has been making towards fitness. In terms of hardware specs, the Apple Watch Series 2 will have a new dual-core S2 processor, making it […]

Apple forced to pay back AU$19 billion after EU rules Ireland tax deal illegal

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Apple must repay €13 billion (or AU$19.2 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, after the European Commission ruled that agreements made with the Irish authorities were illegal under European Union rules. These agreements, according to the European Commission’s ruling, substantially lowered the amount of tax Apple had to pay in Ireland since 1991. As a result, Apple had an effective tax rate as low as 0.005 percent (in 2014) on profits made by […]

Console cross-play just around the corner?

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In a recent interview with IGN, Jeremy Dunham, VP of game development studio Psyonix, has confirmed that they have completed development on their cross-console multiplayer features for Rocket League. The vehicular soccer video game was launched on the PS4 and PC mid 2015, with the Xbox One version unleashed last month, and has taken the world by storm. The platform has even spawned it’s own eSports leagues in Europe and the Americas early this year. […]

Presto partners with Velocity so you can earn points – with a massive caveat

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If you’re a member of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program, you can now earn points by having a Presto subscription. However, there is a massive caveat: this is only available to its Presto Entertainment package, not its Presto TV or Presto Movies packages. You are also not eligible if you signed up via Telstra or Foxtel (despite Presto being half-owned by Foxtel). Velocity members who sign up to Presto […]

Despite being twelve years old, Sony is blocking people from watching “Numa Numa” on YouTube

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In an odd and perplexing move, Australians can no longer see “Numa Numa” on YouTube. Despite being on the site for nearly ten years, a copyright claim by Sony Music Entertainment has now geoblocked Australians from accessing one of the earliest viral videos on YouTube. https://t.co/fkwO6Rm4El Sorry Australia… but you can still watch the original from 2004 on @Newgrounds! https://t.co/R4J8Jv6UP6 — Gary Brolsma (@Gman250) June 6, 2016 For those who need a refresher, the […]

Plantronics reveals RIG 800 wireless headset, promises 24 hour battery life

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Plantronics’ flagship gaming headset just got bigger, with the company revealing at E3 the RIG 800 – the first wireless headset that, it says, promises 24 hours battery life. The headset has two variants: one for the PlayStation 4, and one for the Xbox One. “At Plantronics, we understand the importance of providing gamers with tangible benefits that make them better players,” Peter Petrides, the Director of Gaming Products at […]