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Report claims mobile broadband is more affordable than ever

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 31 mins ago

Now is a great time to own a mobile broadband plan, says the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in its latest report, paying homage to the new found affordability of this service. While mobile is on the mend pricing wise, the report also made mention that fixed-line broadband is becoming an issue, citing a global pricing issue that ensures poorer populations can't afford this service.




With the 'affordability' improving by 20 to 30 percent in the past year alone, the ITU reported that the disparity between mobile broadband pricing and wages is lessening by the day.


The ITU unearthed a major issue with fixed line broadband in the Lease Developed countries, developing a list of 48 concerning areas that included Afghanistan, Rwanda and Haiti. While mobile broadband may be a possibility for people living in these places, the report shows that wired internet cost 70 percent of the gross national product per capita in 2014, with this rising to an alarming 98 percent in 2015. This figure states that it is simply not affordable for the general population.

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OnePlus clarifies charging cable claims, not blaming suppliers

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 16 hours, 33 mins ago

Reaching out to us via email, OnePlus representative Eric Zarshenas aimed to clarify some points in a recent article published by TweakTown. The piece in question showcased a possible blame shift towards OnePlus Suppliers, seemingly blaming them for the faulty charger situation.




"Readers may think we are blaming our suppliers, when we are not," explained Zarshenas, "The line you reference is part of a general note in our blog for people's own knowledge about power safety and even provide useful information about certifications. We are not blaming our suppliers or anybody."


This correspondence comes after a Google engineer issued a warning to the public, claiming that the OnePlus 2 bundled USB Type-C cable and adapter may be harmful to some devices.

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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: 1 day, 21 hours 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.


UPDATE: OnePlus reaches out to clarify these points, stating that this section of the blog was merely a warning to consumers, not designed to blame suppliers.

Aussie telecom Optus offers free Xbox One with Microsoft Lumia order

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours 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: 3 days 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: 4 days, 13 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: 4 days, 14 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: 4 days, 20 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: 5 days, 4 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.

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Reports claim Apple looks to OLED screens for 2018 phone release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 11 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.

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