Aussies view emojis as universal messaging language, survey shows

THE country’s obsession with emojis has reached new heights with a majority now believing the expressive pictures are the new universal langue for messages. A survey released today by smartphone maker Oppo Australia shows that 60 per cent of Australians use emojis in messaging. It turns out Julie Bishop is not the only Australian woman who turns to emoji no ... Read More »

How Apple Maps has been a game changer, challenging Google Maps

APPLE Maps quickly became the butt of jokes when it debuted in 2012. It overlooked many towns and businesses and misplaced famous landmarks. It marked New York’s Madison Square Garden arena as park space because of the word “Garden.” The service was a rare blunder for a company known for simple, easy-to-use products. It’s a different story three years later. ... Read More »

Ghost Security uncover hidden smartphone app used by Islamic State to spread propaganda

WITH hacktivism groups successfully disrupting the propaganda channels of Islamic State, the terrorist organisation has been forced to re-evaluate its methods. In an attempt to stifle the efforts of hacking collectives, the terrorist organisation created its own app for Android smartphones. Released by Amaq News Agency — a known IS propaganda outlet — the app has the sole purpose of ... Read More »

Apple’s answer to iPhone battery woes is to add an ugly hump

APPLE has finally heard the complaints that the iPhone battery is just not big enough. But the solution has given Apple fans the hump. Apple has released its first smart battery case, joining a fleet of third-party accessory makers including Mophie who produce iPhone cases with an extra battery built in. The iPhone 6/6S Smart Battery Case, which comes in ... Read More »

Time’s up: Apple Watch 2 `coming in March’

IF you happened to drop a lazy $24,000 on an Apple Watch, you might want to stop reading. The eight-month old Apple Watch seems to be just a few months away from being outdated. Mark Gurman, of 9To5Mac, has reported Apple is planning a March event to launch two new Apple products: a second-generation Apple Watch 2 and a smaller ... Read More »

Dutch product Fairphone is the next phone you need to buy

IT’S sleek, smart, and seriously good for your conscience. Meet the new Fairphone — a smart device that bills itself not just as a phone, but as a “movement” towards a more ethical type of electronics. The Amsterdam-based company has sold more than 80,000 phones so far with the latest generation being sent to customers across Europe in time for ... Read More »

Unhand me app: How to know when someone touches your iPhone

AS anyone with an Apple Watch will tell you, it’s quite liberating not to have to dig your phone out of your pocket or bag every time someone calls or texts. But on the flip side, this means your iPhone spends more time away from you which makes it easier to lose or for someone to steal. So to avoid ... Read More »

Research finds you should never end your texts with a full stop

IN AN age where we abbreviate just about everything, it’s so damn hard to keep track of the most socially acceptable way to communicate. Is ‘lol’ still a thing, or is ‘haha’ now the reigning symbol of fake laughter? How many ‘ha’s is too many? How many emojis are too many? Hey mum, did you know “WTF” does not actually ... Read More »

Telstra opens up Telstra Air wi-fi network to millions of Australians for summer of free data

TELSTRA today launches the summer of wi-fi love, opening up its Telstra Air Network so that millions of Australians will have uncapped and unlimited free wi-fi around the country. Telstra predicts that Australians looking to avoid mobile data costs or not wanting to burden their home data limits will be tapping into the wi-fi network and using the data equivalent ... Read More »

Apple has a secret laboratory where it’s developing thinner and brighter iPhone displays

APPLE has opened up a new and secretive research lab in Taiwan to help with it’s never-ending quest to create even thinner devices. There, a team of about 50 engineers are working tirelessly to develop new display technologies that would ultimately allow Apple to release products which are lighter, thinner, and more energy-efficient. Located in the Longtan District of Taiwan, ... Read More »