Apple Launch: ‘Biggest iOS release ever’ complements iPhone 7 release

Apple Launch: ‘Biggest iOS release ever’ complements iPhone 7 release
Alongside the eagerly-anticipated launch of its latest marquee devices - the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - Apple unveiled the newest version of its proprietary mobile operating system, iOS 10. Describing this update as the biggest iOS release ever, Apple revealed that iOS 10 includes a huge update to Messages. This is set to deliver more expressive and animated features for those who use the app…

Apple confirms keynote for September 7th – could this be the iPhone launch?

Apple confirms keynote for September 7th – could this be the iPhone launch?
Apple will hold a keynote address at 10:00 PDT (18:00 BST) on September 7th, the company announced on Monday (August 29th). The event will be livestreamed from the company's website - and this is widely expected to be where the next iteration of the firm's perennially popular iPhone is launched. Journalists from all around the world will descend on Apple's San Francisco headquarters to be told about…

Samsung set to offer refurbished phones

Samsung set to offer refurbished phones
Samsung is planning the launch of a new programme that will allow users to buy refurbished second hand versions of its smartphones. The South Korea-based technology giant could unveil the scheme as early as next year, Reuters reports, as the company looks for ways to sustain its earnings momentum. Such a scheme would bring it in line with it major smartphone manufacturing rival Apple, which has started…

Are wireless earbuds and larger storage lined up for the new iPhone?

Are wireless earbuds and larger storage lined up for the new iPhone?
Now that Apple has announced a keynote event for September 7th, the days are trickling away before what is very likely to be the unveiling of the next generation of the iPhone. Rumours and speculation have been coming in thick and fast over the last few weeks and months as anticipation builds for one of the biggest events on the consumer electronics calendar. While the heavily rumoured…

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…