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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.

Samsung launches FlexWash and Family Hub 2.0 smart refrigerator

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Samsung has launched the FlexWash – a smart all-on-one washing machine that makes it easier for busy households to save time with their laundry – and its latest edition of the Family Hub smart refrigerators. SAMSUNG FLEXWASH The wi-fi enabled FlexWash has both a top and front load washing machine – so families can do two separate loads at once. And the front loader includes …

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Why Aussie cricket fans will want to get their hands on The Goldie

Former Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist (middle) hangs with cricket fans Nick Loutkovsky, Gareth Smith, Peter Reylolds and Luke Murnane as they try out the new XXXX "Goldie" hat, available this summer. Pic Jono Searle for "The Photo Pitch"

You’ve heard of the famous baggy green cap? Now with the cricket season fast approaching you can get your hands on The Goldie – a tech-enabled cap designed to bring people together and give them the chance to win great prizes. Created by XXXX Gold, The Goldie has a small iBeacon module inside the cap’s lining that can detect other Goldies that are in range …

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NBN tops customer complaints list to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman


Australian consumers and businesses have hammered the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman with a staggering 158,016 complaints in the last financial year about their mobile, landline and internet services. That’s an increase of 41.1 per cent over the previous year, according to the TIO’s annual report which was released today. It’s the highest level of complaints since 2012/2013. And for the first time it was complaints about …

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ANZ Bank customers can now use eftpos instead of credit with Apple Pay


Up until now using Apple Pay meant the customer was making a credit transaction but today eftpos announced a collaboration with Apple and the ANZ Bank to access their own money in real time. Now ANZ Bank customers can make mobile payments with Apple Pay using eftpos (electronic fund transfer at point of sale) and with all the same security measures and convenience. ANZ is …

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Get updated and educated with Episode 270 of the excellent Tech Guide podcast

Tech Guide editor Stephen Fenech at Samsung headquarters in Seoul

Tune in to Episode 270 of the top-rating Tech Guide podcast, hosted by editor Stephen Fenech, so you can stay updated and educated about the latest consumer tech news and reviews. On this week’s bumper show, has wi-fi security been cracked wide open, we go behind the scenes at Samsung headquarters in South Korea and how fake Apple ID pop-ups could steal your passwords and …

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Inside look at how Samsung handled the Note7 crisis and regained customer trust


Samsung’s recall and eventual cancellation of the Galaxy Note7 was well documented but for the first time the company has revealed what happened inside its headquarters as they dealt with the crisis. Tech Guide was at the Samsung HQ in Seoul recently to take a look inside the walls of the electronics giant’s Suwon campus – home to more than 30,000 employees. While we were …

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Take a look at Huawei’s new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones


Huawei has unveiled the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro which boast new designs, improved displays and cameras along with the world’s first artificial intelligence smartphone processor. The Huawei Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch 16:9 display and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a 6-inch 18:9 OLED screen which goes edge to edge with HDR10 to enjoy the latest high quality content. The device has …

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Security crack makes every wi-fi device vulnerable – everything you need to know


The security to protect the connection between a wireless network and computers, smartphones and tablets has been breached and could leave every wi-fi device wide open to hackers. The WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) protocol, used to protect basically every secure wi-fi network in the world, has been cracked according to security expert Mathy Vanhoef who found a vulnerability. This bug is known as KRACK – …

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D-Link partners with Kwilt so you can access all of your photos anywhere


D-Link has partnered with Kwilt –  a company that created a dynamic platform that allows users to access all their photos no matter where they are located – in a single stream. D-Link routers DIR-885L and DIR-895L are already Kwilt-enabled and can gather your images from social media, cloud storage and mobile devices like phone and tablets into one photo stream. Owners of these routers …

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Floodlight Cam review – security and convenience


The Ring doorbell has made it possible to answer your front door from anywhere and now, it is even better, with the release of Ring Video Doorbell 2 and the Ring Floodlight Camera. Ring offers convenience and security so you can literally keep an eye on whoever is at your door and on your property. The original Ring was excellent but the Ring Doorbell 2 is …

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Tune in to Two Blokes Talking Tech Episode 318 – the international edition


It’s an international edition of Two Blokes Talking Tech for Episode 318 with Tech Guide editor Stephen Fenech chatting to EFTM’s Trevor Long from Samsung headquarters in South Korea. On this week’s show, Stephen talks about what he saw after spending two days at the Samsung plus fake Apple ID pop ups could steal your passwords and Foxtel updates its broadband plans. The blokes also …

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Samsung’s new Star Wars POWERbots are strong with the Force – of suction


The Force – of suction – is strong with the new Samsung Star Wars limited edition robotic vacuum cleaners in the shape of Darth Vader and a First Order Stormtrooper to help you clean up your empire. These POWERbots have been released ahead of the release of the latest Star Wars film – Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and they’re smart enough to navigate …

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Meet evaSMART – your very own personal air conditioner


Just in time for summer, Evapolar has launched the evaSMART EV3000 personal air conditioner which can be integrated and controlled with Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung Smarter Things and Amazon Alexa. The device allows users to create their own comfort zone as it cools, humidifies and purifies the air in a personal space of up to four square metres. evaSMART’s cooling effect is the result …

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Fake Apple ID pop ups could steal your password and credit card details


iPhone and iPad users could have their Apple account passwords and credit card details stolen with a fake login pop up that can easily be generated by a malicious iOS app. Developers have the ability to create this pop up that looks just like the official Apple sign-in method. This “phishing” attack – a method to lure users into volunteering their passwords by thinking it’s …

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Most Australians not concerned about Government’s mass facial recognition plan


There’s been furore in some quarters about the government’s proposed plan to use driver’s licence photos for mass facial recognition technology. But a survey has shown most Australians are not concerned. A special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey has found the majority of Australians (67.5 per cent) don’t have an issue with this facial-recognition plan. Here’s the question posed to 1,486 respondents aged 18 and …

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Cygnett launches power bank that can charge your laptop on the move


Power. It’s one of the most important things we need in this digital age of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices and Cygnett has just released a power bank that can charge all of them on the go. Cygnett’s ChargeUp Pro power bank is the first product of its kind in Australia than can offer 45W USB-C output – that’s enough power to charge …

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