smartphones

Motorola Moto E: Australian Review

Motorola’s new Moto E has been a long time coming — it’s a super-cheap smartphone from a historied and respected manufacturer that isn’t terrible and doesn’t try to offer the world. And, if you look at it in the context of its bargain-basement price tag, you’ll be impressed.


Facebook Makes All Users Switch To The Standalone Messaging App

Over the next few days, if you go to send a message through Facebook’s smartphone app, you’ll see the alert shown above. Starting this week, Facebook is fully unbundling its messaging service, as part of its move to become a network of related apps.


Report: Microsoft Has A Selfie Phone (Bad!) And A Premium Lumia (Good!)

The Verge reports that Microsoft has two new phones set to launch imminently. The first is a so-called “selfie phone”, the second is a premium Lumia. The first makes us want to give up all hope, the second has definite potential.


Hilton's Going To Make Hotel Room Keys Obsolete

Smartphones have been killing off fogey tech since the first iPhone. Goodbye MP3 player. So long stopwatch. Good riddance physical maps. Now, with some help from Hilton hotels, room keys are next to face extinction.


Report: The Next Nexus Phone Might Be A Gigantic Motorola

Google and Motorola may have parted ways in January, but it if this latest Android Police rumour holds up, it appears to have been on good terms. The Nexus 6 may be a hefty Moto device, and while details are scant, it does have a delightful nickname: Shamu.


This Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Concept Looks Beautiful

Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has evolved significantly over the last three iterations, but like the Galaxy S it hasn’t yet broken out of Samsung’s trend of relatively cheap plastic and faux-chrome construction. This concept video showing off a radically redesigned Galaxy Note 4 looks great, and although it won’t actually happen, we can still dream.


The Pirate Bay Is Now Mobile-Optimised, If That's Something You Want

The Pirate Bay, the infamous peer-to-peer file sharing website, has provided only the finest in illegal torrents for more than a decade, but it’s never been known for handsome mobile design. The torrent team has finally come up with a “mobile-friendly” version of its notorious website, in case you’ve ever wanted to torrent on the go.


Our Favourite Android, iOS And Windows Phone Apps Of The Week

It’s finally the weekend, and your smartphone has been faithfully by your side all week. Time to reward its tireless service with a gift — in the form of some shiny new apps!


Using goTenna's Pocket Antenna To Send Texts Without Mobile Service

Inspired by the downed mobile towers and utility outages of Hurricane Sandy, the folks at goTenna wanted a way to keep smartphones connected even when the grid fails. What they came up with is a pocket-sized handheld antenna that lets users send texts and location info without mobile service. And we got to see a prototype in action.


Telstra Will Switch Off Its 2G Network By 2017

“It’s time to say goodbye, old friend.” Telstra has made clear its intention to phase out its 2G network by the end of 2016, freeing up that portion of spectrum for extra 4G bandwidth.