Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8 software with Live Apps

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8 software with Live Apps
Microsoft has unveiled its new mobile phone operating system Windows Phone 8 (WP8).The technology giant is rivalling market leaders Apple iOS and Google Android smartphone software.Live Apps, which allows users to see the latest sports scores or social media updates without having to go into an application, is one of the main features.The Windows Store – Microsoft's answer to the App Store and Google Play…

Hurricane Sandy motivates Google LG Nexus 4 launch delay

Hurricane Sandy motivates Google LG Nexus 4 launch delay
The threat of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the United States has caused Google to postpone an event which was due to take place in New York City at 10:00 on October 29th (01:00 on October 30th, Sydney).A number of leaks and rumours suggest that the technology giant was due to unveil the LG Nexus 4 device, possibly along with an Android Jelly…

Samsung and Apple lead mobile phone sales boost

Samsung and Apple lead mobile phone sales boost
A 2.4 per cent boost to mobile phone sales in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same time last year has been led by manufacturers Samsung and Apple, according to research from the International Data Corporation (IDC).Samsung sold 56.3 million units in the three-month period, as customers snapped up popular devices like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Nexus.The South…

Exec confirms Android 4.2 for LG Nexus 4

Exec confirms Android 4.2 for LG Nexus 4
LG executive Amit Gujral reportedly confirmed that the Nexus 4 mobile phone will be powered by a new version of the Google operating system, Android Jelly Bean 4.2, in an interview with IBN Live.Many smartphone owners in Australia are still awaiting upgrades to version 4.1 of the software, which should improve device performance.There have been a number of leaks concerning the much-anticipated Nexus handset, including…

Asus Padfone 2 on sale in 2013

Asus Padfone 2 on sale in 2013
Asus has confirmed that the Padfone 2 will not be available in Australia until 2013, since the original went on sale in the country so recently.The device is a smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen, which can be used to power a tablet computer with a 10.1-inch display.Phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which incorporate smartphone features onto a device with a larger screen, are…

New Google Calendar app available for Android mobile phones

New Google Calendar app available for Android mobile phones
Google has released a new calendar app on its Play store which mobile phone owners running Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and above can download and use.The standalone tool is free and has already received over one million installations, with 4,000 ratings putting it at 4.5 stars.Users of the Google platform already benefit from a built-in calendar tool, but the new application has added features…

NFC mobile phone payments ‘will reach $100bn in 2016’

NFC mobile phone payments ‘will reach $100bn in 2016’
Payments made with mobile phone Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will reach US$100 billion (AU$97 billion) in value during 2016, ABI research predicts.The organisation suggests that around US$4 billion has been spent using NFC so far, but forecasts an imminent explosion in its use.NFC capabilities allow smartphone owners to transmit information wirelessly. This can include sending contact information to another user, or making payments in…

Huawei Ascend W1 WP8 photographs leak

Huawei Ascend W1 WP8 photographs leak
Photographs allegedly showing the Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 (WP8) device have been released online by EVLeaks.The smartphone is set for release in November, after Microsoft launches WP8 at an event on October 29th.The images show a blue casing with a camera layout similar to the HTC One X. Three touch-sensitive buttons seem to be present at the bottom of the screen, which indicate…