ZTE sharpening its portfolio with the Blade Vec in Australia

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After years of OEM products for Telstra and Optus, ZTE initially tried to crack the Aussie market with its own device, the ZTE V969, back in May. That lineup is getting expanded in the lead up to Christmas, with the company announcing it will be launching the ZTE Blade Vec in JB Hi-Fi stores from early November. With an asking price of $249 outright, the handset is destined to go head to head with the likes of the Moto G and Lumia 630. Dual wielding SIMs From a specs perspective, the Blade Vec is packed with dual Micro-SIM card slots,.... Read full article

The iPod is dead, long live the iPod

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With the Classic receiving the marching orders last month, we already knew that the iPod’s days were numbered. But Apple made that more official in its latest earnings call, confirming that as of Q1 2015 the iPod will appear in future sales reports under “Other products”. An insignificant bit of spring cleaning for Apple perhaps, but for the rest of us it shows that Cupertino just isn’t focused on the iPod anymore, as it throws its music player in the drawer with headphones and accessories. That’s not hugely surprising, given the lack of a sixth-gen iPod Touch at this month’s.... Read full article

Android Lollipop will let you wake your phone just by picking it up

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In these busy modern times, who can be bothered to manually wake up their phone? Not us (even though we do) and luckily Google feels our pain because with Android 5.0 Lollipop it’s adding a new feature called ‘Ambient display’. Although the feature hasn’t made it in to the developer preview it has been spied in an image taken from the full Android 5.0 ROM and leaked by developer Prashant Gahlot. The image not only shows the setting toggle, but also an explanation that it will “wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This follows a similar but.... Read full article

In Depth: Sony Xperia Z4: what we want to see

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has just arrived on shop shelves but with Sony now in a pattern of releasing two flagships a year we’re surely only a matter of months away from the Sony Xperia Z4, so it’s not too early to make a wish list of what we want to see. There’s not a huge amount of rumors surrounding Sony’s next flagship just yet, but one report reckons the Japanese firm will return to an annual launch of its top device, ditching the recent trend of every six months. Cut to the chase What is it? Sony’s next flagship.... Read full article

Apple's making 64-bit support mandatory, and it should make for faster apps

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Apple started making 64-bit smartphones last year with the iPhone 5S, but to date we’ve seen few tangible improvements as a result, with many developers still building 32-bit apps. That’s all about to change though, as Apple has mandated that from February all new iOS apps must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. That includes any updates to existing apps, though apps that are currently available won’t be removed. We imagine that not all developers will be happy about this change but it should be beneficial to users. Power up Using 64-bit architecture can lead.... Read full article

Industry voice: Apple Pay: what does the future hold for businesses?

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The virtual wallet is far from a new concept – but Apple’s new mobile payment service, Apple Pay, is a step in the direction of making this technology mainstream. Apple Pay will let customers complete transactions without delving into their pocket for cash or a credit card, allowing for contactless payment with the swipe of a phone (or smartwatch). The system works because the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch include near-field communication (NFC) chips, which allow you to hold your device up to contactless point-of-sale hardware at a retailer for payment. Big opportunity The scope of.... Read full article