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Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by Developers

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For those like me who hang off every piece of news about Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll be glad to know that a number of developers have leaked upcoming features about the next update to Windows Phone.  Windows Phone 8.1 (codename ‘Blue’) is the upcoming major update to the Windows Phone platform. While it is anticipated that the OS will officially be announced at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in April, Microsoft have [...]

Nokia rumoured to launch an Android phone

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Nokia, who has been a strong supporter of Windows Phone, is about to release an Android smartphone as one of its last acts as an independent mobile phone maker at this year’s Mobile World Congress, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Nokia engineers were developing the phone while Microsoft – who acquired the handset division and patents for around US$7.4 million last year – [...]

Telstra in talks with Google to launch Chromecast in Australia

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Telstra is reportedly in “secret talks” with Google that would see the Chromecast dongles – the search engine’s cheap streaming device that can be plugged into any television set through a HDMI port – officially available in Australia, according to a report. We say officially because there are many ways to get the Chromecast in Australia – though many of the services won’t work without the help of a VPN. Eager customers [...]

Flappy Bird developer pulls app – and some fans react by threatening to kill him

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If you have just woken up today, then you’ll be sad to know that the developer of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, has pulled the app from the iOS and Google Play app stores. He tweeted that he would pull the game after saying he could not handle the internet and media attention that Flappy Birds has received. Nguyen also said that legal issues were not a factor in deciding to [...]

HTC is about to join the wearables game, will launch at the end of the year

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HTC is joining the wearable devices market, joining its smartphone rivals Samsung and Sony (and maybe Apple, because fanboys are still waiting for the much-rumoured iWatch). The company’s chairman, Cher Wang, told Bloomberg that such a device will launch by this year’s holiday shopping season. According to Wang, HTC has been working on a wearable device for years – to some degree of difficulty. “Many years ago we started looking [...]

Microsoft announces Satya Nadella as new CEO, Bill Gates as “Tech Advisor”

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After a long search, Microsoft have confirmed that Satya Nadella – formerly the Executive Vice President of its Cloud and Enterprise division – as its CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer. It also announced that its founder Bill Gates will devote more time to the company, leaving his post as Chairman of the Board to take up the role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. India-born Nadella, 46, joined Microsoft in 1992 after [...]

Samsung announces new UNPACKED event – will it announce the Galaxy S5?

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Samsung has confirmed its first UNPACKED event for the year, and it is no surprise that it is on the same week and same location as Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The event will be held on Monday February 24 at 8pm local time – or Tuesday February 25 at 6pm in Sydney – and will be livestreamed on their YouTube channel. The most important question, however, is: will Samsung announce [...]

Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google for US$2.91 billion

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With Google’s new Motorola division losing millions each quarter, it’s no surprise that the company, and its investors, want change. Today, that change has arrived, with Google selling Motorola Mobility, the mobile device division of Motorola, to Lenovo for US$2.91 billion, giving Lenovo a major US presence for the price of just 2.91 Instagram’s. Their total losses aren’t as damaging as it may look Selling for a fraction of the original [...]

This is Facebook Paper and it’s out now

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No, the company hasn’t bought Fifty-Three, creators of the iPad drawing app Paper. This is something completely different. And it’s out today, if you have a US iTunes account, right here. Facebook has hinted at a less integrated Facebook app for some time now. With so many features, plenty misguided, resulting in a cluttered Facebook app for mobile devices, while the competition brought innovation through single-use apps like Instagram and [...]

ASUS launches 8-inch MeMO Pad tablet in Australia, priced at $329

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ASUS has today launched the MeMO Pad 8 – its first 8-inch tablet – in Australia. The tablet’s hardware specs includes a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB of storage onboard (more can be added with the microSDXC card slot). It also runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and reportedly has up to nine hours of battery life. The tablet [...]

BlackBerry 10 updated with easier Android app installs, improved lockscreen, and FM radio support

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Despite significant changes to the company, BlackBerry haven’t stopped working on updates to their BlackBerry 10 OS, today releasing 10.2.1. While the version-number may say otherwise, the new update, rolling out worldwide from today, has some interesting features for owners of the new BlackBerry 10 lineup. Update on Australian rollout below. The biggest change is the new ability to install Android apps from the device, without messing around with desktop [...]

Microsoft is not the only company using the ‘OneDrive’ name

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If you haven’t heard by now, Microsoft has renamed SkyDrive to OneDrive – after it lost a court battle with British satellite broadcaster BSkyB over the name. And while we assume Microsoft’s lawyers have vetted this name to make sure it doesn’t happen again, it should be noted that Microsoft is not the only company to be using the OneDrive name. For instance, it is the name of a bolt designed by [...]

Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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SkyDrive has a brand new name. After losing a court battle in August with the British satellite broadcaster BSkyB over the name, Microsoft has today revealed that it will now be called OneDrive – with the company releasing a new promotional ad and registering the domain name onedrive.com. “Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your [...]

Yep, Snapchat still sucks at security – new anti-spam measure cracked in less than 30 minutes

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Image: Screenshot from TechCrunch It’s been a bad few weeks for Snapchat after many people called into questioned how secure users were on the service – especially given how dismissive they were to an exploit which lead to 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaked, and a sudden increase in spam. However, the company has said they are now working on fixing its security problems. In the last 24 hours, the company [...]

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: a piece of smartphone camera innovation

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We’re now seeing smartphones with screen sizes of 6 inches or higher, with bigger batteries to satisfy both the large screen and our insatiable appetite with the data. But when it comes to packing a huge number of megapixels, Nokia takes the gold medal with the Lumia 1020 – the smartphone with the 41-megapixel camera. By the time you read this review, the phone would already have been superseded by [...]