Canberra prepares Australia for 4G spectrum auction

Canberra prepares Australia for 4G spectrum auction
The Australian government has set a preliminary date for the 'digital dividend'  or 4G mobile phone spectrum auction.The sale has been pencilled in for April 2013 and would kick-start the next revolution in the country's mobile industry.Ministers set the date after being advised by experts from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.Much of the new spectrum, which was freed up following the move from analogue…

Australian mobile game downloaded 300m times

Australian mobile game downloaded 300m times
An Australian mobile phone game called Fruit Ninja has been downloaded 300 million times since it was launched back in 2010.The app's developer Halfbrick has released other interesting facts about its flagship game - including the fact that there are more players using Fruit Ninja than there are people in New York, London, Beijing, Paris and Tokyo combined.Even more startling is that players have sliced…

Nokia to make ‘cheaper Windows Phones’

Nokia to make ‘cheaper Windows Phones’
Nokia has announced it will be looking to make cheaper Windows Phones handsets in the coming months in order to compete "aggressively" with Android. The Finnish giant has been left behind in the mobile phone and smartphone market in recent times as it has struggled with its Windows Phone operating system (OS) after shunning its own Symbian OS last year. However, in a conference call…

Mobile phone recycling: Bendigo council snubs mobile phone tower plans

Mobile phone recycling: Bendigo council snubs mobile phone tower plans
The problem of getting mobile phone signal in some parts of Australia is not a new phenomenon, so it came as a shock when the Bendigo, Victoria, council rejected plans for a new mast in the city. It has long been claimed that mobile phone coverage in certain areas is unacceptable but on this occasion the council sided with 58 objectors to the tower. The…

Nokia troubles deepen as it looks to cut 10,000 further jobs

Nokia troubles deepen as it looks to cut 10,000 further jobs
Nokia has confirmed it will be cutting another 10,000 jobs globally in the coming months after warning that second-quarter losses from its mobile phone sector could be much worse than expected. The cuts bring the total planned job losses at the Finnish group since Stephen Elop was named as chief executive in September 2010 to more than 40,000. Nokia will also book additional restructuring charges…

Apple fails in bid to get Samsung Galaxy S3 banned

Apple fails in bid to get Samsung Galaxy S3 banned
Samsung has been left celebrating after Apple failed in its bid to get sales of the Galaxy S3 banned in the US. Apple had claimed that the Korean firm had infringed on its interface patents to design the latest flagship mobile phone that is expected to be hugely popular on its release later this month. Samsung countered this by suing the Australian patent office earlier…

Mobile phone recycling: Samsung releases NFC stickers

Mobile phone recycling: Samsung releases NFC stickers
Samsung is rapidly becoming the world leader in the mobile phone and smartphone market as its technology consistently beats its rivals. The latest mobile to have been released by the firm - the Galaxy S3 - is expected to be hugely successful if sales of its predecessor are anything to go by. Now it has released its new Tec Tiles, which are NFC (Near Field…

Mobile phone recycling: Most Aussies don’t wipe stolen mobile phones

Mobile phone recycling: Most Aussies don’t wipe stolen mobile phones
Only around 30 per cent of Australians who lose their mobile phones take precautions to protect their data by getting them wiped. That is according to results from a survey commissioned by PayPal. Of the 1,000 Australian smartphone users asked, one in six revealed they had lost, misplaced or had their phones stolen in the last year. However, upon losing the device, only 30 per…