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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.


'Text Neck' Is The Latest Health Craze That's Going To Injure You

At this point, it seems like our electronics are out to kill us because a doctor is warning rabid texters of a new condition called “text neck”. Dr Dean Fishman, who not only is a chiropractic physician, but a crafty wordsmith since he trademarked that phrase, claims that the craning of our neck is damaging your posture and contorting that way your body grows.


Now Your Lost Android Device Can Phone Home

Google added a sneaky little update to Android Device Manager this week: A new lock screen button implores whoever found your phone to call a number that you specify. Now just hope that they’re not calling to ask for ransom.


The Moto G2 Could Arrive In Australia This Month: Report

The Moto G (pictured) is a good phone for the price, though the difference between the high and low-end for Android devices is slowly beginning to shrink, as Google’s Nexus 5 and the more recent OnePlus One have shown. Even so, Motorola is keen to keep plugging away with its G series of smartphones, with the Moto G2 possibly hitting Australia later this month.


One Dumb Trick To Take Pro-Looking Product Photos With Your Phone

Video: If you’re selling stuff online, a few high-quality photos can really set you apart from the hordes of shady-seeming eBayers. But what if you haven’t got a DSLR camera and a bunch of spendy lenses? HouseholdHacker has a trick that’s so stupid simple, you’ll slap yourself for not having thought of it.


iPhone 6 Screen May Not Be Sapphire, Probably Isn't Arrow-Proof: Report

It’s winter, which means Apple is probably updating the iPhone soon, which means the iPhone 6 rumour merry-go-round is spinning up. We’ve heard that Apple might use sapphire for a tougher iPhone screen, but experiments with alleged Apple materials say that might not exactly be the case.


Samsung Gear Live Review: That's A Pretty Big Baby Step

Whether you believe that smartwatches are the inevitable future or that they’re the Devil’s own handcuffs, almost everyone can agree that they have been pretty weak so far. Android Wear is here to fix that. And it just might! Eventually. Samsung’s Gear Live is the first attempt, and while it’s got some issues, it’s a great first shot.


Another Australian USB Charger Self-Destructs, This One From Paddy's Market

On the tail of news last week that a NSW woman was killed by what is believed to be a knock-off phone charger, a 14-year-old has narrowly avoided injury after a similar device, purchased from Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets “exploded within centimetres” of his head.


OnePlus One Available For Preorder From MobiCity With Free Shipping (For Now)

Going from the spec sheet and promo shots, the OnePlus One is a compelling option for your next smartphone — 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera, a massive 3100mAh battery and, of course, 64GB of storage for all of the things. If you’re looking to pick one up in the near future, MobiCity is now offering the device for pre-order on its site.


It's iPhone 6 Rumour Season: Here's An Alleged Shot Of A 5.5-Inch Screen

iPhone rumour time comes as predictably as moose mating season, and like pheromone-crazy moose, leak-hungry tech bloggers will mount just about anything that looks like it could possibly be iPhone related. Here’s the latest: a purported 5.5-inch (14cm) display, published by 9to5Mac earlier today.


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