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With all the glitz of Google's October event last week focusing on the new Pixel 2 phone, it was easy to miss two other announcements: a new miniature Google Home speaker called the Home Mini (and a big one called the Max), and a pair of Bluetooth earphones called the Pixel Buds that pack in some Google Assistant AI smarts. If you're wondering when they're coming to Australia and how much they'll cost, this is where you find out.

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I travel a lot for work so international data is important to me. The price of roaming is ludicrous and Wi-Fi hopping isn't an option. There are travel SIMS, but buying a new one for each country is annoying and I tend to lose them easily between trips.

Because of my diva-level data requirements, I tried a KnowRoaming SIM sticker on a recent trip to India. And I was genuinely surprised by how great it was.

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The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have dropped and, although they look very similar to their immediate predecessors, we’re digging the incremental improvements. If you’re looking to get onboard with Apple’s latest, then you’re going to have to open that wallet up – unless you’re looking at some of the no-contract options.

Here's how much you can save by buying the iPhone 8 outright and choosing the right prepaid plan.

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Last week, initial reports of some users in Asia experiencing screen-popping battery swelling in their iPhone 8 Plus began to trickle out. Since then, other incidents in Greece, Canada and China have surfaced, and it seems the story has reached a tipping point. Apple has confirmed to Gizmodo that it is "looking into" the matter.

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After Google’s Event this morning, we’re now neck-deep in new smartphones so what better thing to do then pit flagship against flagship against flagship in a battle for consumer hearts? How does Apple’s, Samsung’s and Google’s number one smartphones stack up against each other? Let’s take a look at the specs.

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Google has lifted the lid on their newest smartphones - the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - at their event in San Francisco this morning and detailed the changes they've made to their flagship phones. There aren't too many big changes, but under-the-hood, the Pixel 2 is a different beast than its predecessor. If you're planning on grabbing a Pixel 2 or a Pixel 2 XL, here's everything you need to know, including Australian pricing, release date and specifications.

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When it announced the iPhone X, Apple pushed the expectations (and price tags) for flagships phones higher than they have ever been before. Now, Google gets a chance to hit back with its own homegrown handsets that will not only show how Google has matured as a hardware maker, but also what's coming soon on Android Oreo. And with a full year of experience and development (including a bunch of new IP and personnel) under its belt, Google really can't afford to mess up its second-generation of Pixels.

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With Apple's September event over, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were done with big phone launches this year. But it is not so. The last big hurrah for this year is Google's very-not-very-secret announcement of the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, scheduled for early tomorrow morning.

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From the new iPhone to drones and smartwatches, there's a ton of cool tech out there. Unfortunately, these devices rarely share the same charging cable, forcing us to lug around a few sets of cables if we're hoping to keep them all powered up on the move. The 3-in-1 USB-C, Lightning, MicroUSB Cable puts an end to this with all the cables you could ever need — all conveniently located on the same cord!

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Years after it first appeared, wireless charging has finally arrived on the iPhone -- but what is this magical charging method that's been on other big phones for a couple of years now? And is it really all that superior to just plugging your phone into the wall every night? Here's what you need to know about wireless charging, and the kit you need to make it work.

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Even though it feels like we're still processing all of Apple's latest devices and announcements, it's time to switch gears and prepare for what's coming on the other side of of the smartphone divide. That's because Google's big fall event is less than a week a way, and it's going to have important news for anyone who cares about Android, smartphones, Chromebooks and anything else Google can figure out how to puts its digital assistant in.