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Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

Solar storage batteries set to surge after Sonnen decides to build Australian manufacturing plant


Solar storage batteries are expected to enjoy a projected growth of up to 300 per cent following the news a battery manufacturing plant will be built in South Australia and a residential battery power rebate will also kick off in  that state. German battery maker Sonnen will make South Australia the location for its new manufacturing plant which is expected to create hundreds of jobs …

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LG releases new CordZero Handstick vacuum range to get your cleaning done faster


LG has released a range of powerful cordless hand sticks vacuums which boast powerful suction and longer run times so you can get the cleaning done even faster at home. The CordZero Handstick vacuums have the latest motor technology onboard to create cyclonic suction while still offering the cordless freedom to move from room to room without getting tangled or dragging along a heavy machine. …

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Amazon Echo speakers review – the power of Alexa to control your life, your music and your home


When you invest in an Amazon Echo speaker, you’re not just getting the hardware in the deal but the entire Amazon ecosystem which allows you to take control of your life, your music and the devices in your home. There are three products in the range –  the Echo Dot ($79), the Echo ($149) and the Echo Plus ($229) which all have varying degrees of …

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Wireless Powerbank review – one of the most versatile portable batteries you can own


We’ve seen lots of portable batteries but none have been as versatile as this new portable light weight Qi wireless charger that works with the latest iPhones and Samsung devices. The Wireless Powerbank has a 10,000mAh battery on board so it can recharge an average smartphone two or three times on the move. It’s about the same size as the iPhone X and is available …

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Samsung Pay is now available for Commonwealth Bank customers


Samsung has scored a major coup after partnering with the Commonwealth Bank which will offer its contactless payment platform Samsung Pay to its MasterCard credit and debit card holders. CBA MasterCard holders will be able to use their credit and debit cards to make payments with Samsung Pay via compatible Samsung smartphones and wearables. Samsung Pay will be available to Commonwealth Bank customers with a …

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Lend me your ears for Episode 287 of the top-rating Tech Guide podcast


Stay updated and educated about the latest consumer tech news and reviews with Episode 287 of the top-rating Tech Guide podcast, hosted by editor Stephen Fenech. On this week’s show, why texting drivers need more severe penalties, drone pilots must pass a quiz before flying their DJI drone and Samsung teases even more features of the Galaxy S9 with some new videos. In the Tech …

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


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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Texting drivers should have their licences suspended on the spot so they get the message


The subject of driver distraction has come up once again after two policemen were seriously injured when a driver ploughed into them roadside while he was texting behind the wheel. One of the officers lost part of his leg in the accident in the Sydney suburb of Leumeah. The 22-year-old had already had his licence suspended four times and was also banned from driving in …

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


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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Samsung releases teaser videos ahead of its Galaxy S9 smartphone launch


The anticipation ahead of the release of Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 smartphone is building and the company has added fuel to the fire with some teaser videos hinting at some of the device’s new features. Samsung will officially introduce the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26. There has been no shortage of rumours and even leaked product images about the …

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Netgear X4S Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender review – extend your network at the press of a button


One of the most popular questions we are asked here at Tech Guide is how to improve wi-fi networks in certain parts of the home. The new Netgear Nighthawk X4S tri-band wi-fi range extender is an impressive solution. It is the world’s first tri-band wall plug wi-fi range extender which can boost your existing network using mesh technology like that found in Netgear’s Orbi routers. …

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New payment system will allow customers to make instant bank transfers


At a time when the latest technology and connectivity has made instant gratification a part of our lifestyles, now banking is about to join that list with the introduction of instant bank transfers. Three of the big four banks – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank are introducing the New Payments Platform (NPP) which will allow customers to transfer money that will be available …

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All roads lead to Rome for Episode 286 of the top-rating Tech Guide podcast


Episode 286 of the top-rating Tech Guide podcast, hosted by editor Stephen Fenech, is coming you from Rome where we attended the Samsung Southeast Asia and Oceania Forum. On this week’s show we take you through Samsung’s multi-device connected strategy as well as the new products that were unveiled including the latest Family Hub refrigerator, 43-inch The Frame TV, two new soundbars, QuickDrive washing machine …

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Forgetful guys can stay out of the doghouse on Valentine’s Day thanks to Zoom2U


Guys, there’s good news even if you forget to buy your lover Valentine’s Day gifts and flowers thanks to Zoom2U, the instant courier company, who will deliver flowers and chocolates on the big day. For $58, forgetful blokes can stay out of the doghouse by ordering a unique bouquet of two dozen chocolate hearts which can be delivered within three hours of purchase. Order cut-off …

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NBN half-yearly results reveal massive revenue increase and on-track installations


NBN Co has released positive half-yearly results which are showing increased revenue and a steady deployment which has now passed 7.1 million premises which are now ready for service. It has doubled its first half revenue to $891 million thanks to good results after meeting construction and financial targets. At the end of 2017, NBN Co declared there were 6.1 million premises declared ready to …

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Bose releases its first truly wirefree SoundSport Free earphones


Bose has launched its first truly wirefree earphones – the SoundSport Free – which have no cables whatsoever and gives listeners an even easier way to enjoy their music on the move from two small earbuds. The SoundSport Free have been engineered to provide not only wireless freedom but also uncompromised performance and comfort and all housed in two rugged earbuds. Each earbud weighs less …

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