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OnePlus blames third-parties for faulty USB Type-C cable and adapter

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 53 mins ago

After we reported on OnePlus refusing to replace its USB Type-C cable and adapter for the OnePlus 2, this company has tried to pin some of the fault on supplier issues.




In a blog post, OnePlus stated that "cheaply made" third-party hardware mightn't be the best suit for all users. They continued, "Name-brand products like chargers, cables, power banks and USB hubs that are made by reputable companies are usually pretty trustworthy and safe to use," further labeling its suppliers as of poor quality.


While the OnePlus charger and adapter isn't a surefire way to fry your electronics, there is a possibility that issues may arise, with a Google engineer ringing alarm bells in recent times.

Aussie telecom Optus offers free Xbox One with Microsoft Lumia order

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 8 hours, 58 mins ago

Pre-orders of Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will earn some Australians a 1TB-packed Xbox One, bundled with FIFA 16. Reportedly reserved for online orders only, this console retails normally for $499 AU.




Set as part of its $80 AU 'My Plan' over a 24 month contract, the 950XL will set users back an additional $4 AU per month on this plan. With the Lumia 950 coming in at 5.2-inch and the 950XL at 5.7-inches, bonus data is also an option for pre-order customers, receiving 8GB per month instead of the standard 6GB option.


The orders have already opened, with them set to close very shortly. If you're interested in a phone by itself, expect to see it pop up in stores from around 7 December 2015.

Apple rumored to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

According to the latest rumors, Apple will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhone and replace it with an all-in-one Lightning connector. The company might also released Lightning-based EarPods that will support the new audio output on future iOS-based devices.




The rumor is coming from Mac Otakara, which is pretty reliable, with the site adding that it has a "reliable source" that claims Apple will use a same-sized Lightning connector that will support Lightning-based and Bluetooth headphones. It'll also have a DAC, or digital-to-audio connector, that will offer backwards compatibility with wired headphones that use the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. To use this, a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.


If Apple did remove the 3.5mm jack on the new iPHone, it could be 1mm thinner than the already super-thin iPhone 6S which comes in at 7.1mm. The new iPod touch is something we should look at comparing it to, which is 6.1mm thick - but the iPod touch still rocks a 3.5mm headphone jack. We'll find out early next year if the new iPhone drops the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Microsoft looks to clear its Surface, offers $500AU off for Aussies

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

Looking to bring the Black Friday sales down under, Microsoft has announced some large savings to be had on its Surface, Xbox One, Lumia and select laptop models. The main saving here is the surface range, with the tech giant offering up to $500AU off on its top-tier 512GB and Intel Core i7 model.




Smaller savings of $400AU are on offer for the 256GB and i7 model, with the numbers diminishing from there on down across the Core i5 and i3 products. Now also seems to be the right time to invest in a Dell Inspiron laptop, if you're that way inclined. With Gizmodo reporting of a $400AU saving on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature edition, marking almost 40% off the full pricing.


Black Friday has started to head down under with more companies jumping on this sale opportunity. While it's certainly nothing near the level of what happens in USA, these kind of sales certainly mark a heavily discounted future.

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Microsoft's Nokia 230 is here and it's $55

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 20 hours ago

Released as an ode to keypad phones of old, Microsoft has has announced its new Nokia 230 and 230 Dual Sim mobile phones. Destined for release in December for India, Asia and the Middle East, this phone will cost $55, excluding local taxes.




With the operating system being 'Nokia Series 30+' and the phone brandishing a 2.8-inch QVGA screen running at 240x320 pixels, one of the biggest selling points in this budget mobile is its 2MP selfie camera, matched with a 2MP main camera. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, up to 32GB of Micro SD expansion, a 1200 mAh battery and a weight of under 100g in total.


Obviously this is no powerhouse phone meant to match the iPhone 6s, but it's certainly a contender in the budget market. Measuring in at only 124.6mm x 53.5mm x 10.9mm this phone would also make for a great emergency backup.

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OnePlus won't replace faulty USB Type-C cable on its OnePlus 2 handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

The USB Type-C cable in the box for the OnePlus 2 smartphone has been a disaster so far, with Google engineer Benson Leung testing the cable and saying that it "may cause damage to your charger, hub or PC USB port" if used on a fast-charging device.




OnePlus has said that it doesn't conform to the USB Type-C 1.1 spec, and that it will refund customers - but, and this is a big but, since the cable doesn't have issues with the OnePlus 2 smartphone itself, the company will only refund customers who purchased the cable separately. Now this is a huge downer.


The company says that the USB Type-C cable works for what it was intended to, charging the OnePlus 2 smartphone. Outside of that, most people who aren't aware of the issues with the included cable could use it to charge another USB Type-C device, and possibly damage it. The included USB Type-C cable has the wrong resistor for the USB Type-C 1.1 specifications (10 k-ohms versus 56 k-ohms), so the device could draw more power than it can actually support.


A decent USB charger would stop this from happening so that your device doesn't get damaged, but OnePlus seems to not care about that. As Engadget reports, a "better solution might be to recall and replace all the cables out there", which we are in total agreeance with.

New chip could charge your phone in 10 minutes, Samsung interested

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

Following news out of Oxford that new developments could mean smartphone charging could be cut down to once per week, scientists at

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have created a chip -- pictured here -- they claim will charge phones in just 10 minutes. In addition, it's said to increase battery life and decrease the risk of your battery catching fire.




The chip, which took five years to develop, is promising enough that it's garnered the attention of Sony, Samsung, Tesla Motors, and Sanyo.

Continue reading 'New chip could charge your phone in 10 minutes, Samsung interested' (full post)

Reports claim Apple looks to OLED screens for 2018 phone release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Apple is currently looking into OLED screens for a 2018 iPhone release.




More than just a 'stab in the dark' rumor, Nikkei claims this to be fact, alleging that Apple has begun discussions with factories on screen production, worried about possible supply shortages. OLED screens are a certain improvement over Apple's current technology, allowing for brighter, thinner, efficient and more vibrant screen.


While OLED seems like an obvious choice, this technology hasn't yet been viable for most - with issues being based around supply quantity and cost of production. With Apple looking to make the leap into OLED, it's likely that other manufacturers will follow suit, but we'll have to wait and see to be sure.

Aussie Police crack down on phone use while driving

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

If you're looking to text, Snapchat or Instagram while driving, the New South Wales (NSW) Police will have some hefty penalties lined up for you soon.




As part of a crack down on mobile use while driving, the NSW Police Force may be laying severe demerit point penalties on drivers breaking the law, handing fully-licensed drivers a penalty of almost half their points in one single hit. As a fully licensed driver in Australia you are provided with 13 points, with 'minor' speeding offences and the like often removing 2-3 points each, whereas these new anti-mobile rules could see drivers losing 6 points for a single offence.


Duncan Gay, NSW State Roads Minister, is headlining this anti-mobile pledge. He explained that the six point loss would be reserved for public holidays only, with drivers set to lose four points instantly on normal weekdays.

LG announces 'Ray' smartphone for 3G markets

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

Targeting the CIS region and Latin America with the initial launch, LG has announced the release of its new smartphone, the LG Ray, set to rock the global 3G markets.




The Ray's 5.5-inch HD display and 8MP front camera are the main features that LG is pushing, with a recent press release claiming that these additions are "unavailable in competing devices." Powered by a 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, this smartphone allows for MicroSD storage expansion and comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop.


Further features include a 158g weight, dual SIM capabilities, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3,000mAh capacity battery. There's no saying for sure just yet if this battery is removable or not, we will have to wait and see.

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