Smartphones are making a difference to Australia’s deafblind community

Smartphones are making a difference to Australia’s deafblind community
People all over Australia are being asked to donate old smartphones to support the country's deafblind community. Able Australia - a national not-for-profit organisation that works with people with sight and hearing impairments - highlights figures that show 288,000 Australians live with such afflictions. Research shows that more than one million Australians could have no hearing and sight by 2050 - and this prompted Able Australia to…

Apple founder Wozniak urges Apple not to ditch one iPhone feature

Apple founder Wozniak urges Apple not to ditch one iPhone feature
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned his former company against making one particular drastic change to the next iteration of its perennially popular iPhone. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, he said that the heavily-rumoured removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack would be highly frustrating for many smartphone users - and this means the firm could run the risk of alienating some of its fans. There has…

Android Pay now accepted by Service NSW

Android Pay now accepted by Service NSW
Google's Android Pay only arrived in Australia last month, but it is already being picked up by many retailers. The latest organisation to accept the new form of payment method that uses smartphones is the New South Wales (NSW) government. NSW minister for finance, services and property Dominic Perrottet said the move makes sense, as 90 per cent of Australians have a mobile phone. Although those running on…

Apple and Samsung ‘neck-and-neck’ in Australia

Apple and Samsung ‘neck-and-neck’ in Australia
The world's top two smartphone manufacturers are neck-and neck in Australia - and are likely to adopt new tactics to try and gain a competitive edge. Foad Fadaghi, managing director of Telsyte, told News Australia that over the coming months, the fierce competitors are likely to try and convince customers to trade in their old devices in exchange for the latest upgrade. Samsung announced its flagship Galaxy…

New Xperia camera functions showcased at conservation parks

New Xperia camera functions showcased at conservation parks
It's a well known fact that the quality of phone cameras has been incrementally increasing for a long time now. Some users would even say the chance to get an improved camera is the main reason they hold out for an upgrade - and the rise and rise of image-oriented social media such as Instagram has only compounded that trend. To highlight the standard of its latest…

New emojis incoming for WhatsApp users

New emojis incoming for WhatsApp users
A major new WhatsApp update has been released and it is fair to say it is absolutely packed with new features for users to get to grips with. People using the handset on the iPhone can send larger emojis through the app as part of version 2.16.7. Simply sending a single emoji will see it increased in size when forwarded to a contact. It is also possible…

Camera performance helps Xperia X top mobile ranking

Camera performance helps Xperia X top mobile ranking
When shopping for a new smartphone, the camera is among the first things many buyers look towards - and there can be no doubt that it has long since become one of the most important features of a handset. With the emphasis on recording your life through images that has been given such importance by social media such as Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram, this is…

New app brings Facebook, Hangouts, WhatsApp and more together in one place

New app brings Facebook, Hangouts, WhatsApp and more together in one place
Connectivity makes it possible to keep in touch with friends, family members, loved ones and other smartphone users more easily than ever before. Indeed, it can be difficult to imagine contact with people being easier - and even five years ago the levels of virtual interactivity we enjoy today would not have been possible. However, this does not come without slight inconveniences. For example, some friends may…