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Facebook to buy WhatsApp for US$16 billion

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Image: Jan Persiel/Flickr (Creative Commons) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, will become a part of the Facebook in a sale worth US$16 billion in cash and stock. The service, which is used by 450 million people every month, will remain separate from Facebook Messenger, with continued operations of the company to be independent. While this doesn’t rule out future integration with Messenger, [...]

Nokia’s Android phone to be announced at Mobile World Congress, no new Windows Phone announcement?

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Nokia has been giving subtle hints that it is about to release its first Android phone. First it was the colour green all over its social media profiles for Valentine’s Day; and now it’s this teaser image above for its upcoming Mobile World Congress livestream featuring four arrows that form a green X. The teaser image does tie in with a recent leak from @evleaks of Nokia’s marketing material for [...]

Logitech’s UE Mini Boom speakers coming to Australia in late Feb

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Logitech’s Ultimate Ears has announced that its latest Bluetooth speaker, the UE Mini Boom, is coming to Australia. As its name implies, it is essentially a miniature version of the UE Boom and, despite the small pocketable size, promises to give you crystal clear stereo sound wherever you are. The Mini Boom connects to your device through Bluetooth; and if you have an NFC chip, you can pair your mobile [...]

LG unveils the G Pro 2 – featuring a large 5.9-inch screen and 4K camera – before MWC

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LG has been known to announce devices before big events – and Mobile World Congress is no exception. The Korean phone maker has announced the LG G Pro 2 – the followup to last year’s G Pro smartphone. The phone will feature a very large 5.9-inch full HD IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and and come with either 16GB or 32GB of storage (that is [...]

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 [...]