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Australian smartphone and smartwatch sales on the rise and so are mobile payments

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Australian smartphone sales grew in 2017 with year-on-year figures showing an 11 per cent increase for a total of 9.2 million units and taking the total number of smartphone users to more than 19.3 million, according to figures from Telsyte.  Smartwatch sales also increased and for the first time have overtaken smart wristband sales. And it’s no surprise to hear mobile payments are also growing …

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Apple HomePod review – stunning speaker combining intelligence of Siri and Apple Music

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Apple has packed a lot of innovative technology into its new HomePod speaker so your music sounds amazing – but it’s also smart speaker and can also control your smart home accessories as well. The timing of Apple’s HomePod release (it was originally due to land in December but was delayed till February) came at an interesting time when we already had Google Home and …

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Apple explains how iPhone performance and battery management will work with iOS 11.3

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Apple has revealed an insight into its upcoming iOS 11.3 update which will give iPhone users the ability to monitor their battery’s health and have a greater understanding about how it will affect the device’s performance. Apple published a support document on its website outlining iPhone battery and performance and an explanation about how batteries chemically age. The company is also pointed out how it’s …

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What you need to do if you lose one of your Apple AirPods

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Apple’s AirPods are great – until you lose one. That’s exactly what happened to us in an elevator of all places. Our left AirPod fell out – bounced once and slipped straight into the crack between the floor and the elevator. If I sat there and had 100 attempts at that shot I would have missed the 3cm gap every time. But not this time, …

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Sneak peek of iOS 11.3 which adds new animojis and checks iPhone battery health

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Apple has provided a sneak peek at its upcoming iOS 11.3 update which will have a number of new features including the ability to check your iPhone’s battery health and choosing whether to accept Apple’s power management system. This update will also include for new animojis – a dragon, bear, skull and a lion. Emilia Clarke, the Game of Thrones star who plays the “mother …

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Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker will be available on February 9

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Apples highly-anticipated HomePod smart speaker goes on sale on Friday, February 9 with pre-orders kicking off for Australian customers this Saturday, January 27. HomePod will be priced at $499 and can be controlled by Siri using your voice to play your music, send a message, set a timer, play a podcast and check the news, sports, weather and traffic. The device can also be used …

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says “we should have been clearer” over iPhone slowdown

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has opened up and apologized to customers in a TV interview about the controversy surrounding the battery issues and iPhone slowdowns saying “we should have been clearer”. “Our actions were always the purest,” Mr Cook said in an exclusive interview on ABC News in the US. The Apple boss also said the company was introducing a system update to monitor the …

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Apple enjoys a record-breaking holiday season in the App Store

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Apple has had a record-breaking holiday season as customers downloaded more apps and games than ever before culminating on New Year’s Day with purchases totalling more than $US300 million. Starting on Christmas Eve, there were a record number of purchases and app downloads from the App Store totalling more than $US890 million in that seven-day period. “We are thrilled with the reaction to the new …

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Analysts predict Apple is likely to acquire Netflix in 2018

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One of the standout predictions by business analysts for 2018 is that tech giant Apple is likely to buy the world’s number one subscription video on demand service Netflix. According to Citi analysts, there is a 40 per cent chance Apple will acquire Netflix. And it could be all thanks to US President Donald Trump and his new tax laws. Under these new tax rules, …

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Apple apologises for letting customers down after slowing down older iPhones

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Apple has apologised for letting down customers after it was revealed the company was throttling the performance of older iPhones to maintain performance with an ageing battery. In response to the feedback, Apple today issued a message to its customers about how it communicated this process and to clarify the misunderstandings about the issue. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you …

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Do you think your old iPhone is getting slower? It’s not your imagination

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If you’ve got an older iPhone and you think it’s slowing down – it’s not your imagination. Apple admitted it had throttled back older iPhones because they put too much strain on their ageing batteries. A Reddit post revealed benchmark tests of iPhones over time revealed processor performance decreased with battery degradation. A popular conspiracy theory is that this is a move by Apple to …

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Apple reveals plans for concept store in Melbourne’s Federation Square

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Apple has unveiled plans for its new flagship store in Melbourne’s Federation Square which will replace the iconic southern building with a two-storey design concept and provide more space to the public. Apple had reportedly been in negotiations with Federation Square and the Victorian government for more than a year. The new Apple Federation Square will be powered entirely by renewable energy and will have …

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Apple reveals 2017’s best apps, music, movies, TV shows and books

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Apple has revealed the top content we have enjoyed in its annual “Off The Charts” Best of 2017 list for Australia across movies, TV shows, music, books and the best apps of the year. In terms of apps, 2017 has been a massive year with four breakout trends emerging. It was the year that saw the introduction of augmented reality apps and games, the rise …

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Vodafone launches NumberSync to link your Apple Watch to the mobile network

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Vodafone has today launched NumberSync which allows customers to connect their Apple Watch Series 3 to the same mobile number used with their iPhone on the Vodafone mobile network. With NumberSync, a user wearing the Apple Watch Series 3 can still make and receive calls and text messages even without their iPhone nearby. They can also use data on the Apple Watch Series 3 to …

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Apple opens the doors to its new Chadstone Store with an updated design

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The Apple Store is like a massive Apple product. And it’s treated just like its other products – it’s popular, updated regularly and at some point – it’s completely redesigned. That’s what we saw today as the company opened the doors to its new Chadstone store in Melbourne. It is the first Australian Apple Store to adopt the new store design. Tech Guide saw Apple’s …

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Apple’s HomePod smart speaker has been delayed until 2018

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Apple’s HomePod connected smart speaker, unveiled at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference and due for a December release, has now been delayed until early 2018. The HomePod, a high-quality speaker that can be controlled using Siri, was one of the stars of the show at WWDC in San Jose in June. At that time Apple made the unusual move of naming a release date six months …

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Australia’s Fitness First the first in the world to connect Apple Watch with GymKit

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Australia’s Fitness First gymnasiums have become the first in the world to roll out Apple’s GymKit which allows customers with an Apple Watch to connect directly to cardio equipment for more accurate exercise information. In an industry first, Fitness First’s members can just tap their Apple Watch to the GymKit-enabled cardio equipment to pair wirelessly and begin tracking and recording their fitness information. The TechnoGym …

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Create the ultimate Selfie Scenes with Apple’s new Clips 2.0 app

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Apple has revealed a major update with its Clips app which makes it possible to create amazing 360-degree selfies against a background and locations including aboard the Millennium Falcon. The Selfie Scenes takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X so it can place you in a bustling city, a beautiful landscape and in the Star Wars universe onboard the Millennium Falcon …

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RMIT partners with Apple to offer app development university course

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When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, little did we know it would spark an incredible boom as developers turned their skills to creating apps. And now you will be able to study it at university following Apple’s global expansion of its Everyone Can Code initiative. RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia’s largest higher education institution, will now add App Development with Swift to its curriculum …

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