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It Looks Like Google Is Doing A Phone Soon

Good news Andriodistas! Google is doing a phone, and it’s coming soon. Google will livestream the announcement on its YouTube channel at 2:00AM AEST on October 5 — meaning the phone will be a libra, and therefore very balanced.


Australians Are Really, Really Bad At Not Destroying Phones

Over one in five Australians (21 per cent) will damage our own phones within the first six months of owning it. Out of the accident-prone among us, 40 per cent are dropping them in water or spilling our drinks on them, and 35 per cent are watching in horror as they slip through our hands and onto the floor.

We’re not very good at this.


LG's X Power Might Have The Best Battery Life Of Any Smartphone You Can Buy In Australia

LG’s new $349 X Power has a surprising feature for a smartphone in its price range — what could possibly be the best smartphone battery on the Australian market.


How Smartphones Are Helping Australia's Deafblind Community Reconnect

Instead of collecting dust in a drawer, your old smartphone could be used to assist on of the 288,000 Australians living with no hearing or sight use technology to reconnect with family, friends and the wider community.

Not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program MobileMuster is collecting unwanted smartphones during the month of September to be donated to Able Australia, where they will be used to educate people with deafblindness on how to use speech recognition and Braille readers.


Texting Produces An Entirely New Kind Of Brain Wave Pattern

A research team from the Mayo Clinic has shown that text messaging changes the rhythm of brain wave patterns in a way that’s never seen before. The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work.


Seven Million Australians Say They Can't Live Without A Mobile Phone

Remember when we could function perfectly well without a smartphone? As smartphone ownership has rapidly increased, so too has the number of us who feel dependent on a mobile phone. Today there are almost seven million Australians carrying around a smartphone they say they couldn’t live without.

Somehow we managed to travel, stay safe, leave work, make social plans and generally stop our lives from spiralling out of control without one. But for more and more Australians, smartphones aren’t just a handy tool, they’re now necessary for everyday living.


Queen's Guitarist Wants You To Use His Plastic Smartphone VR System

Brian May is many things: Lead guitarist of Queen, lover of badgers and astrophysicist. Now, add VR guru to the list — because he’s just announced his very own version of Google Cardboard.


In Australia There Are More Old Mobile Phones Than People

The number of old mobile phones cluttering up Australian homes has reached a whopping 25.5 million handsets, of which four million are broken and no longer even working.

Consumer smartphone saturation and hoarding behaviour in Aussies has created what e-waste experts are calling a ‘critical mass’ of mobile phone clutter, as they call for more education around recycling.


7 Apps, eBooks, Podcasts And Courses For Autism Education On Your Smartphone

There are one in 100 Australians living on the spectrum, and with World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow, 2 April, we’ve put together a collection of educational resources for your smartphone or tablet.

These ebooks, audiobooks, apps, courses and podcasts explore different facets of the autism spectrum for parents, kids and students.


Australian Smartphone Sales Dropped By 1 Million In 2015, But Are Forecast To Rise

1 million less smartphones were sold in 2015, with the market “maturing” and the higher cost of premium models pinpointed as the reason. The Telsyte Australian Smartphone and Wearable Devices Market Study 2016 found 7.9 million smartphones were sold in 2015 compared with 8.9 million in 2014 — that’s an 11 per cent decline.

The future is looking up though, with a forecast 8.4 million units to be sold due to an anticipated major iPhone refresh, a stronger line up of Android-based handsets and new smart accessories that complement latest smartphones such as Virtual Reality headsets.


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