Is A Sapphire Glass Apple Watch Even Worth It?

The world’s best — and most expensive — watches all have a sapphire crystal, because sapphire is incredibly hard, making them extremely scratch resistant and almost scratch-proof under normal use. But sapphire is expensive, so most watches instead have a glass crystal, which isn’t as hard or scratch resistant as sapphire, but still holds up.


Google Updates Hangouts On iOS But Not Android (Yet)

If you’re using Google’s suite of online services and the apps that accompany them, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d get the best experience on a new, high-end Android phone like the LG G4 or Samsung Galaxy S6. That’s often true, but not always — and sometimes, like right now, you’d be better off with an iPhone.


App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include Alarm Clock Pro on Android, Air Video HD on iOS and Micromix on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


What Classic Gadget Would You Turn Into A Phone?

Smartphone concepts come and go like Ron Swanson memes. But amidst a deluge of half-baked renderings, a few ideas are so well executed we can forgive the fact that they will never see the light of day and simply admire the genius.


Force Touch Is Reportedly Coming To iPhone

Ahoy, an Apple rumour! Unnamed sources tell Bloomberg Business Apple has begun production on an iPhone model equipped with Force Touch, the same haptic feedback feature that made its debut this year in the Apple Watch and the company’s new MacBook.


Free Games Friday: Endless Skater, Kapsula, Equilibrium

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.


Telstra's Nationwide Wi-Fi Network Is Now Called Air

Telstra has retrofitted its old payphones with Wi-Fi hotspots, and hooked up new hotspots in shopping centres, cafes, sporting stadiums and train stations, to build the largest Wi-Fi network in the country. It’s being built for Telstra’s home broadband customers to use when they’re out and about, it’s called Air, and it’ll switch on next Tuesday.


App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include on Patterns on Android, Icewind Dale on iOS and ReOrd on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Mobile Black Spots Get A $385m Fix From Government, Telstra And Vodafone

Federal, state and local governments are spending up along with Telstra and Vodafone to boost those carriers’ coverage in mobile phone blackspots around Australia. $385 million has been pledged over the next three years to fix poor mobile network reception in outer metro, regional and remote areas of the country, with the first improvements made before the end of this year.


Your Phone's NFC Chip Isn't Secretly Tracking You

Inside your smartphone, hidden underneath the sticky plastic wrapping of the battery, or glued to the removable rear cover, there’s a secret, ominous-looking wireless chip. It’s not controlled by the FBI or the government or the Illuminati, though, and it’s not tracking every search you make online — it’s just NFC.


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