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The Reality Of The iPhone Line Is A Black Market Nightmare

This week, people camped outside Apple stores for days anticipating the iPhone 6. But those line-waiters weren’t all frenzied Apple fans high on the joy of a new smartphone: As filmmaker Casey Neistat portrays it, many of the line-sitters were buying the new iPhone to immediately resell it on the black market.


Moto X (2014) Review: Still The Android Phone For Everyone

The original Moto X, which debuted last year, was a different breed of smartphone. Rather than trying to build a beast with the best screen and the most horsepower, Motorola focused on the user experience above all else. The result was a phone that was so intelligent and comfortable to use that it almost didn’t matter that it was out-gunned in a lot of ways. Well, the 2014 model is here. Not only does it retain that same sublime user experience, it comes out guns blazing.


You're The Voice: The Science Behind Speaker Recognition Tech

You may have read reports that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has introduced voiceprint technology which aims to do away with cumbersome identity verification processes on the telephone.

When you phone the ATO call centre, instead of supplying your date of birth, address or a password, you’re prompted to say: “In Australia my voice identifies me.” By comparing this to a previously recorded voiceprint, the technology will deduce if the tax file number you gave actually belonged to you.


Australian Man Jailed For Unsolicited Sexting

A New South Wales man has been thrown in the slammer this week for sending unsolicited “sexts” to nine women.


Optus Will Now Subsidise The Cost Of Switching Your Mobile From Another Telco

Telcos want your mobile phone business. No surprise there. What is interesting are the various deals, offers and promotions they come up with to tempt you away from your current provider. Contracts usually dictate one’s willingness to switch camps — in particular exit fees and paying out the cost of your device. Optus, as a Father’s Day gift of sorts, has announced it’s happy to pay some of the costs associated with jumping ship, as long as that ship is its, of course.


Moto G2 Is Now Available From Two Retailers

The leaks were not far off the mark when they said the second-gen Moto G would be hitting Australia in August. It took until September for the product to start appearing online, though you’ll still have to wait a couple of weeks to get one as stock filters in.


An Inside Peek At How Apple Will Scramble To Fix Early iPhone 6 Bugs

Every new piece of technology has a few bugs. The iPhone 6, when it comes out, will be no different. Apple has a stake in every step of its distribution chain, right up to the retail store. So when customers start returning faulty iPhone 6s, they will set off a complex chain of forensic troubleshooters.


Moto 360 Hands-On: The One We've Been Waiting For (Probably)

When Motorola first teased the Moto 360 back in June, it made us swoon. It was so damn pretty, even stalwart smartwatch refuseniks couldn’t help but want one. That was just a demo mode though. Today, I’ve finally set one up and spent some real time with it. Good news: We’re still just as excited about it.


There's $US2.5 Billion Worth Of Silver And Gold In Phones Sold This Year

Your gadgets contain tiny specks of precious and rare earth metals — we rely on these dust-sized particles, which are so small they’re often not recycled because the cost of recycling outweighs the value of the metals. But according to the American Chemical Society, the overall value of these minute materials is massive.


Simon, The Original Smartphone, Turns 20 Today

Most of us can trace back the recent history of smartphones through a plethora of Androids, iPhones, and Blackberrys. Maybe you recall a nascent phone-PDA hybrid from Palm or Kyocera. But I bet you don’t remember the IBM Simon, the world’s first smartphone, which hit the streets 20 years ago today.


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