Telstra has to day allowed two-year warranties for all mobile phones on a 24 month contract, except Apple's iPhone after lengthly discussions with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel said in a statement today "Telstra has decided to do what's right and fair for consumers, and has been negotiating with manufacturers to bring in warranty periods that last for the length of a consumer's contract," he also added "It is important for consumers and suppliers to realise that the Trade Practices Act implies certain statutory rights into consumer contracts. Just because the manufacturer's warranty period is up, it does not mean that consumers can be hung out to dry if they are left with a faulty product and ongoing service contract."
Amazon doesn't seem to be happy with only having the Kindle Store available on Android anymore. Reports from the Wall Street Journal are confirming rumors that surfaced a few weeks ago that Amazon is releasing an app store for the Android platform.
It takes some stones to battle Android's own store on their home turf, but Amazon seems to think there will be a way. Details are sketchy at this point, but some app developer submission rules have leaked. It seems that an app cannot be sold for less by any other app store, as well as the app cannot have been on sale for greater than two weeks anywhere else. These are some strange requirements considering that Amazon may want to pick up apps that may be popular elsewhere, but as this is all preliminary info this could all be subject to change.
The latest addition to Valve's smash hit zombie apocalypse FPS, Left 4 Dead 2 has had some DLC released in the form of "The Sacrifice", which is free for PC users (yay!) but for Xbox 360 users, they'll need to pay 560 "Microsoft points" or $7.
Valve didn't think making it free on PC was enough pain to cause toward Microsoft, so they lowered the price of the full Left 4 Dead 2 purchase price on Steam to $6.79 which is 20 cents cheaper than the DLC content on the Xbox 360 as a standalone purchase! So PC users can now enjoy Left 4 Dead 2 for half the price it used to be, with all the DLC content, still, free.
For Xbox 360's to get the same deal, it requires a ~$30 purchase of the game, then $14 for the 2 DLC packs, with $44 total.
Google has launched Instant in Australia.
Google Instant is a new way of using Google's search engine, by displaying results as a user types in their search term.
The feature was announced back in September, it uses the existing search suggestion feature, while providing an auto-corrected suggestion in grey within the search bar - without hitting enter, users are provided with an instant search result based on what they have typed in.
Google Instant was available in the US at the time of launch - but Google waited a few weeks before rolling the feature in localised domains such as google.com.au and google.com.nz. Google confirmed today that Australians should be able to use the feature in the next few days.
Of course, with things like this - users can find a way around it, before today you could just use google.com instead of google.com.au to be able to use Google Instant.
Right now there's no confirmation, but the one thing that should interest you is the news caused Adobe Systems stock to rise 17% before falling slightly down to 11.5% higher than before the rumour. Microsoft shares rose by 0.4%.
News broke from The New York Times as they reported Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a secret meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen at Adobe's San Fransisco offices "recently".
The two had supposedly talked about Apple's dominance in mobile phones and discussed various options to attack that, with the inclusion of Microsoft purchasing Adobe.
Both Microsoft and Adobe have declined comment.
After quite a bit of waiting, promises, and leaks, Firefox Mobile seems to be officially ready to be cut loose on the Android and Maemo platforms. The official Firefox Beta is now available for Android and Maemo, and is packing quite a few cool features.
Firefox desktop users will be happy to know that you can sync your bookmarks, history, tabs, passwords, and form-fill data with your mobile device. Pinch to zoom is fully supported and a custom start screen is available that gives access to past browsing sessions and opened tabs from other computers. Firefox Mobile's Beta is also reportedly a ton faster than the Alpha versions which made people cringe with its unresponsiveness and snail-like pace of browsing. If you want to give it a try, grab the download here or scan the QR code after the jump.
Ever wonder about the extreme shortage of slide on cases available for the iPhone 4? Most of us had never heard of "bumper cases" until the Antennagate incident. Well, it seems that the antenna may not be the only flaw in the iPhone 4's design; the reason for no slider cases is that when you pull the slider back off, your iPhone 4 could end up looking like this:
According to Ryan Block of gdgt.com, the Apple engineers found out that slider cases can cause serious scratches if particles get between the glass and the case, leading eventually to cracks in the glass that you never know happened. This is why Apple had, until this week, blocked any third party cases from the Apple Store. Manufacturers who have signed on to give Apple a 10-15 percent cut of their profits for the highly desired and official "Made for iPhone" badge that allows cases to be sold in the Apple Store will most likely be out of luck. Keep this in mind when considering a case for your iPhone 4.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Netflix for iPhone 4.
Netflix is one of the biggest names out there when it comes to video and movie streaming. They have recently released an update to their popular app that allows the iPhone4 and newest iPod Touch to directly stream content to your TV or monitor.
There are other minor fixes included as with most updates, but the video out function is a real step forward for those with an iPhone 4 or new iPod Touch that do not have another way to stream to their television. Before, this functionality was only available on the iPad. If you're looking to expand your Netflix experience to your iPhone 4 or iPod touch, update your app or grab the fresh new version here. Make sure you hve your Apple cable and unlimited data plan handy.
The announcement of Skype's official Android app was a long time coming for Android fans, but folks in the U.S. were quite disappointed when it was found that 3G calls were a no-go. Well, the rooting community has worked their magic again and come up with a 3G solution for Android's Skype app.
Xeudoxus over at Droid Forums is the guy that sprinkled his magic over the Skype app to make it 3G capable in the U.S., and now you don't have to be tied to a WiFi point to enjoy some Skype calling. Ready to give it a try? According to the posts, no rooting is necessary so check out the download links and instructions here.
With all respect to Sony's recently announced Shooting Accessory, some Playstation Move fans will want something a little more macho when blasting their foes to oblivion. CTA Digital has your hookup with their Submachine Gun peripheral.
Boasting "the size and weight that serious military gamers have long been clamoring for," the SMG attachment works by connecting the Move's glowing baton into the "barrel" and connecting the nunchuck controller into the grip. The stock and scope are both detachable if you prefer a more compact version to destroy your enemies. The Submachine Gun is planned to be available in late November for $29.99 USD.