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These days, Optus seems to spend most of its money on content deals — but it's also investing in network infrastructure for the people that need it the most. Optus will build 500 new mobile sites out across rural regional parts of Australia, will upgrade 1800 sites from 3G to 4G, and will boost existing sites with better 4G and small cell satellite coverage at a cost of $1 billion — the largest regional investment in its 25 year history as a company.

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Do not try this at home. Concerned OnePlus 5 users have been reporting online that they're having difficulties making 911 calls. It's unclear if all OnePlus 5 models suffer from the same troubling glitch, but at least three users have claimed to have the bug on their device.

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Google is stepping up its effort to block phishing attempts that use app permissions to gain access to users' Gmail accounts. These phishing attacks invite users to grant an app permission to manage their Google account — which a lot of safe apps do, too — and then exploit those permissions to take over an account or send spam.

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If there's one thing smartphone cameras have going for them, it's that they're not cameras — and that means they're not big, obtrusive, uncomfortable objects thrust into the face of unwilling subjetcs. Huawei's 100 Portraits project brought together some of the region's most talented photographers, including New Zealand's Stu Robertson, to capture compelling stories in portrait form with the Huawei P10's dual-lens cameras.

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Remember when encrypting stuff was really hard? It kinda drives me crazy to think about how much time I wasted trying to set up encrypted OTR chat on Adium a few years ago, and now we can just download Signal or WhatsApp or Messenger and bam! Our chats are encrypted, just like that. We can even have an encrypted group chat. We're so cyber-spoiled these days.

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Amaysim just launched four new SIM-only plans - $25 for 2GB, $30 for 5GB, $40 for 10GB and $50 for 14GB of data. Running on Optus' 4G network, the deals also include unlimited talk and text to standard Australian numbers as well as 10 other countries around the world.