Why Do You Need and Want a Dashcam

Dashcam

The Unexpected

One of the biggest reasons dashcams are being used today is to capture the unexpected.  Too many times the unexpected happens leaving you unprepared, without validation, and stuck.  With a dashcam you can easily catch perpetrators, illegal activity, someone backing into you, or maybe even the unexpected that has nothing to do with your safety and protection.  What if you catch something that nature has to offer such as shooting stars, animals playing in a pasture, or some other beautiful landscape event that may leave you surprised and amazed!  Dashcams do not always have to be negative unexpected surprises.

The Memories

Memories from road trips, vacations, and even school drop offs with the children can be captured by your dashcam.  Dashcams allow you to capture some of the most amazing, natural unforgettable moments in your life.  Can you imagine capturing and putting together a video of your children’s rides to school?  What a video to show them as they grow up.  Capture a few days here and there and then show the progression as they grow through the school year.  What a neat idea?  What about funny stories and games played during road trips?  All of this can be filmed in the vehicle.  Even the landscape and nature of your cross country road trip.  These are some of the memories you cannot get back, but you can take them with you through your life time now.  Not only in your mind, but on video.  There is nothing more special than that.

The Fraud

The ability to protect yourself is probably the biggest reason people invest in dashcams.  If you get into an accident that is not your fault, you hit some one that is not your fault, or some other tragic event happens that is not your fault you will have the video evidence to prove it.  Sometimes it is very difficult to prove whose fault it is in an accident, especially if pedestrians are involved.  You can be the best driver with a clean record and still have an accident at some point in your life.  Accidents do happen and can happen at any time.  Insurance fraud is very real and it happens every single day.  People will drive right out in front of you and walk right out in front of you if they think they can get some money out of you.  However, with dashcams it is getting much harder.  You have the ability to prove otherwise.  Keep this in mind as you consider what type of camera you might want.

The Showoff

The last reason people want dashcams is for fun.  There are many race car drivers or stock car drivers that use dashcams to show off their races.  This video can be some fairly incredibly footage as these racer car drivers are incredible.  They show fast, near collision races.  Some show skills that some of us on dream of having.  At times we see collisions on the course, but more often than not we get to see races from the driver’s point of view which can be incredibly exhilarating.  Driver’s race differently so it can be fun to see how each one reacts to movements and other drivers.

Sometimes we get to see stunts, not just races.  Maybe some 360s, jumps over other cars, big trucks crushing cars, etc.  Truck and car enthusiast use their dashcams to show what their vehicles can do.  For example, some 4dw owners use their dashcams to show what rocks and hills they can climb.  This can be fun for 4wd owners to see what their vehicles can do next. Please click here to view our range of dashcams

 

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Limited Edition Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Batman

The Dark Knight In Your Finger Tips

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice EditionBruce Wayne would surely go nuts just to grab one of the new limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice.  The company also responsible for the release of a similar super hero themed Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man edition last year, just released the above mentioned gadget that is not only designed to take over Gotham but also the rest of the world by storm.  This project was made possible by Samsung’s collaboration with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment as well as DC Entertainment.

The said edition was released a few weeks after the Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice movie which gives it more traction to the market especially to the die-hard fans of the Dark Knight.  This edition was set to promote and commemorate the 3rd year of the popular DC superhero themed Android game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, which by itself is awesomely amazing.

Features

Black and Gold Color Scheme

The limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice mobile is made up of jet black unit that clearly showcases the bat symbol embossed in gold at the back which further enhances the effect of the black and gold color scheme.  Together with that the home screen is also lined with a golden ring as well as the Samsung logo on top and the camera on the back.

Bat Armor-like Phone Case

The unit comes with a bat armor-like phone case which further adds to the flavor of the set especially for Batman fans. It gives you a feel of what it is like to be in the Bat suit and the protection that it gives to the wearer, only this time, it’s the phone. Check this link for more Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone cases.

Golden Batarang

A golden throwing batarang is also included in the pack similar to the ones used by the Batman when he patrols the streets of Gotham as a weapon.  This is an added plus especially for avid fans of Batman as this will further add more batman experience for them.

Game VR

In their commitment to provide high level entertainment to their customers, Samsung includes in the pack a Game VR that goes hand in hand with the mobile set to enhance user experience of the Injustice

Android App.

Occulus VR and Injustice Game Credits

Immersive virtual reality gameplay would require credits for Occulus VR.  This presents an added boon for those playing the Injustice game.  Together with that, added bonuses are included for the Injustice game which will surely kick start one’s playing experience

Batman Galaxy S7 Edge

Specifications

The device’s specifications are somewhat similar to the standard issue Galaxy S7 only with improved speed and graphics especially when it is supposed to commemorate the 3rd year of the Android application, Injustice: Gods Among Us. The specs are really maximized to improve the gameplay experience of the game.  It comes with the following specifications:

Screen Size: 5.5 inches

Camera: 12 MP rear camera; 5MP front camera

Memory: Expandable up to 200MB

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (US); Exynos 8890 (International)

RAM: 4GB

Water Resistance: up to 5 ft. for 30 minutes

Battery: 3600 mAh with wireless charging support capabilities

Distribution

Initially, Samsung announced that they will be circulating the limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice in selected territories such as China, Singapore, Korea, Latin America and Russia to maximize the said markets starting June 13, 2016.  However, they also hinted that unlike the Ironman themed Galaxy S6 last year which was limited only to Hong Kong, China and Korea, they will also be looking on to other major markets very soon such as the United States or Australia for example but this still remains tentative until further notice. Prices were not yet announced but by estimates, with regards to the items included in the box, it will be a little bit higher than the price of the regular Galaxy S7 Edge units circulating in the market.

Summary

All in all, the lure of the DC lore of Batman and the virtual reality gameplay experience of the game is one of the selling features of the edition.  Add to that the Batman theme and items that come into play, this will surely add value to the already lucrative Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge series.  The bat armor mobile phone case and batarang are the ones that nailed it all for me, not to mention the Game VR that comes with it.  For more details, please check this sites: http://www.pcmag.com/news/344810/fight-crime-with-the-batman-themed-galaxy-s7-edge and http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/05/27/galaxy-s7-edge-injustice-edition-video/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Like the look of this phone? Leave some comments below and let us know your thoughts on the new Batphone.

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iPhone Charger AC Wall Plug Adaptor Recall

Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program

iPhone ChargerApple are usually kings when it comes to product safety and performance, but in an event out of left field, they have issued a recall on Apple chargers produced over the past 13 years due to safety concerns about the product. With possibly millions of units affected around the globe, this represents a significant exchange program for Apple to undertake.

The potentially faulty products have since been replaced by a newer model, however most people will likely have older model chargers around their homes and offices.

Affected chargers are widespread in Australia as well as other parts of the world, so we strongly encourage people to read about this issue and disseminate the information contained within to both friends, family, and coworkers.

What is wrong with the chargers?

Apple have discovered that this certain model of chargers has been identified as potentially hazardous. The defective devices have caused 12 confirmed incidents that have been identified directly by Apple. The company has not released whether these incidents are cases of electric shocks or fires, but with electricity at play, the possibilities are potentially very dangerous.

Unconfirmed reports by Apple users for many years have highlighted cases involving spontaneous combustion and explosions of charging devices.

Although these occurrences seem to be rare, the potential for damage is evident, and hence Apple have issued a recall.

The problem appears to lie in the power connector part of the charger, and not in the cord that links the pack to the device. These power connectors are the ones where you can slide out the part which has the cord attached to it – and it’s also known as a duckhead.

What chargers are affected?

There are numerous different chargers that have been shipped with various Mac and iOS (that’s iPhone, iPod and iPad to you) devices, along with the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.

The chargers are models for Australia, New Zealand, Continental Europe, Korea, Argentina and Brazil, and they were shipped from 2003 to 2015 with various Mac products. All chargers identified are of the two prong variety.

For most of us with an Apple device, this means that we will have one or usually more of these potentially dangerous chargers in our home or office, and we may even still be using it.

To determine whether your chargers are of the recalled variety, you need to slide out the two parts of the wall plug. If yours isn’t a slide out model, then it is not affected.

Once you’ve slid out the two pieces, you need to check the part that plugs into the wall. For Australian, New Zealand, and Argentinian plugs, the two prongs will be flat and angled. If your plug has three prongs, then it isn’t affected. If you have two thin round pins which have a slight inward slant for Continental Europe, two think round pins for Korea, or two thin round pins for Brazil, these may also be affected too. Remember to check your travel kits.

Turn over the plug piece in your hand so that you can see the back. In the spot in to middle where the other piece slides in you may see a series of characters. You might also see nothing at all. The affected adapters either has four or five characters written there, or nothing at all. If your adapter is like this then you need to return it to Apple for the recall. Adapters with regional codes AUS, EUR, KOR, ARG, and BRA are not affected.

What do I do with an affected charger?

Affected chargers should be discontinued of use immediately. Although the changes of an incident occurring are very, very small, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry. We suggest that you go around your home and office and check each charger that you find carefully to see if it is an affected model.

All affected chargers will be replaced by Apple at absolutely no cost to the customer.

Customers may take in any affected chargers into an Apple store for exchange for new models. They are also able to be exchanged at Apple Authorized Service providers. Customers will need to bring in their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPad serial numbers to verify during the exchange process, although you may be able to receive them if you cannot find your serial numbers, too.

Customers are also able to contact Apple customer support to have new chargers sent out to their homes or offices directly via Australia Post, should visiting an Apple store not be a viable option.

Anyone that believes they have been the victim of a faulty charger should contact Apple immediately to discuss the incident and potentially send their unit in for testing.

Should you need a new charger check out our MFI Apple approved chargers here.

Find out more information about the recall via the Apple website page dedicated to this issue.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6

Samsung and Android fans: wait no longer. The details of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have leaked, with the smartphones due to be launched in just a few short weeks, packed with exciting features. Samsung appear to be moving in a different direction to their Apple counterparts – opting for battery power, extendable memory, and water resistance as opposed to power upgrades and software extensions.

So what’s new in the rumours about latest flagship phones from Samsung?

According to Mashable, Samsung are headed back the way of the S5. Here are the main differences between the S7 and S7 Edge and their most recent predecessors, the S6 and S6 Edge.

Memory

Samsung must have had a lot of hate thrown at them for doing away with the MicroSD slot on the Samsung Galaxy S6. The S6 was the first Galaxy model to do away with the MicroSD slot, leaving consumers only on-device and cloud memory for storing all their apps, files and content. On-device memory is expensive. The S6 had 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, but this meant significant jumps in handset cost for each memory band. MicroSD cards are often a lot less expensive to purchase.

The S7 and S7 Edge appear to have reintroduced the MicroSD slot – so that people won’t have to worry about running out of memory any time soon, or having to buy a more expensive device at the outset. The MicroSD slot will support cards up to 200GB.

Battery

The main problem with all powerful smartphones is that they chew through a lot of battery – meaning that most users will need to recharge at least once a day. Samsung is tackling the battery problem head-on. The batteries are looking to be bumped up from 2550mAh to 3000mAh for the S6 and 2600mAh to 3600mAh for the S6 Edge. It looks to be that the batteries won’t be removable though, unlike previous models.

Water resistance

If you have managed to get through your life without having one of your phones go for a swim with you, then you’re doing better than most people. Ever since the Sony Xperia Z introduced superior water resistance in phones, consumers have been waiting for both Samsung and Apple to introduce the technology for their flagship models.

The Galaxy S5 had the IP67 rating, against both dust and water, that was conspicuously absent from the Galaxy S6. This rating means that the device may be submerged in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes at a time, and is protected against dust getting in the phone.

The S7 is set to bring this feature back, a welcome re-addition for those of us that like to take our phones anywhere and everywhere.

Camera

It looks like Samsung are taking a step back with their camera on the S6 – reducing the rear facing camera from 16MP down to 12MP. It is fair to note, though, that the camera will feature advanced low light mode capabilities and an f/1.7 lens. The camera is set to sit flush with the back panel of the phone, unlike previous versions, where the camera jutted out from the backing.

It looks like the phones will be the same size as the S6 and the S6 Edge respectively, and there is some speculation that they will include technology that mimics Apple’s 3D touch capabilities. 3D touch allows users to complete different actions on the phone depending on the amount of pressure applied to the screen with each touch.

The phones may even include the relatively new USB Type-C technology, which makes for faster data transfer speeds and much quicker charging times.

It appears that Samsung have listened to their customers – bringing back features available in the S5 but suspiciously missing in the S6. It bodes well for fans of Samsung, knowing that the company are prepared to listen to what their customers are asking for. Although the S7 doesn’t appear to be a ground-breaker, from the looks of things it is a very solid smartphone, with all the features that users demand in 2016.

It’s likely that the S7 and S7 Edge will be launched at the Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, Spain, if we’re to follow Samsung’s previous track record of releases. Price points are likely to be very similar to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

In the mean time check out our Samsung Galaxy Accessories

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Alternative Mobile Service Providers: A Better Solution?

Mobile ReceptionWe all know the big names in the game when it comes to mobile phone service providers in Australia: Telstra, Optus, Vodafone

But what about the smaller names? Who are they and what do they provide? Why should you consider switching from a trusted name to one of the up and comers?

If you’d like to know a little more about how you could be getting a better deal with your mobile phone service provider, then read on.

  1. First you need to know about what the smaller phone service providers actually do. These companies use the existing networks of either Telstra, Optus or Vodafone to piggyback their services on to. They’re called service resellers, because they on-sell their services using the other companies existing network infrastructure.
  2. They usually don’t sell mobile phones. This means you can buy a phone outright or just use an existing one. Just because you’ve got an iPhone 5S on a $79/month plan with Telstra that just finished its term doesn’t mean you need to stay on and upgrade to the iPhone 6S. Your phone still works perfectly, right? Using a reseller can save a lot of money.
  3. You can take your number with you. Or don’t, it’s up to you.
  4. Most providers have contract-free phone top ups. Recharge as much as you like at any time. No longer be locked in for 24 months on a plan where you’re hardly using any of the benefits. Other companies do have plans if you’d like to try and save money in the long run.
  5. Mobile service resellers can often give you a cheaper deal than the companies that they are on-selling from. Don’t ask me how this is possible, it just is!

The best mobile phone service providers mobile phone plans for 2015 according to Canstar are iinet (Optus network), amaysim (Optus), Optus, Telstra, TPG (Optus), Virgin (Optus), Vodafone and Vaya (Optus)

The best mobile providers in the pre-paid sphere were ALDImobile (Telstra), amaysim (Optus), Optus, Telstra, Virgin (Optus) and Vodafone.

Canstar rates all services on the following areas: overall satisfaction, network coverage, value for money, accessibility, billing and customer service.

As you can see, the resellers are often outshining the companies themselves. In terms of value for money, the top two companies outstrip their backbone competitors with four and five ratings as opposed to three stars.

Check out some of the other competitors deals here:

ALDIMobile

  • Prepaid data pack $16.50 for 1GB

Boost

  • Prepaid $20/month for up to 3GB, 100mins and unlimited text

Lebara

  • Plan $29.90/month for 2.5GB data, unlimited calls and text, low cost international phone calls starting at 0c a minute

Yatango

  • Prepaid $29.90/month for 1.5GB data and unlimited calls and text

C Mobile

  • Prepaid $39.90/month for 2G data plus unlimited calling and texting

Woolworths Connect

  • Prepaid $27/month for 2.5G data and $650 calls with unlimited SMS

Telechoice

  • Prepaid $19/month for 300MB data with unlimited calls and SMS

Think Mobile

  • Prepaid $12/month for 200MB data with $200 credit towards calls and text

If your current mobile phone plan has run out and hasn’t yet been renewed, or you’re simply looking for a better prepaid service, then don’t just sit around with the same provider and do nothing.

There are a wealth of alternative mobile phone service companies to help you get the right plan or prepaid solution for your needs, and possibly at a better deal than you’re currently getting. Shop around and don’t give up until you find the right one for you.

If you are thinking about switching, before you make the plunge, check in with your current service provider. Tell them about your plans to switch and the new deal the opposition is offering. A lot of the time they will try and at least match the offer or better it, to encourage you to stay on with them. Win-win we say.

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Mobile Payments: Shop n Pay From Your Mobile Phone

Samsung Galaxy S6The latest in technology from big guns Apple, Google and Samsung is the introduction of mobile payments on board their flagship phones. With mobile payments the future is looming – do away with cash and credit cards (possibly your whole wallet) – and just use your mobile phone to buy goods and services.

NFC

If you’ve ever used the PayPass feature on your debit or credit card then you will have already used the same technology. It’s called Near Field Communication, or NFC, and involves having your devices (the credit card and the PayPass terminal in this case) within centimetres of each other to make a purchase.

NFC can be used in either one-way communication (the PayPass terminal reads and writes information to your credit card) or two-way communication (e.g. two phones exchanging contacts). The technology requires that both devices have the NFC chip in them. It’s different from Bluetooth communications in that NFC requires a lot less power to operate.

Availability

NFC comes standard with all the newer versions of iPhone – iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, etc. and Samsung – Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, etc. For other manufacturers check with your supplier to see if your phone is equipped with NFC technology.

Multiple Cards

On your phone you have the option of adding multiple debit and credit cards to your digital wallet meaning that you don’t always have to be using the same source of funds for your purchases. Each company’s phones have different ways of switching the technology on so it’s best to have a quick Google on how to set it all up.

Available Facilities

Most Australian banks with PayPass enabled EFTPOS terminals, or single PayPass terminals are starting to accept payments via a tap from your mobile phone.

Commonwealth Bank have brought out the technology for use earlier this year. For Android phones running Android OS KitKat 4.4 or above and equipped with NFC you can use it straight away on a Commonwealth terminal. For iPhone 6 you’ll need to pick up a PayTag sticker from Commonwealth Bank before you start use. The payments are available for purchases of up to $100. ANZ are poised to launch their new system in the following weeks, with similar operating specs.

Security

The security of NFC in your mobile phone transactions is just as secure, if not more so, than your credit card. If a credit card gets stolen then the thief could rack up a bunch of PayPass payments before you figure out what’s going on. If your phone gets stolen, and you don’t have it locked, potentially the same thing could happen. However if your phone is locked the thief would need to know your password to access the payment channels. Not only that, with most phones these days you can simply delete all the data from your phone remotely, should you realise it’s gone missing.

Mobile Phone Accessories

Considering your phone may now be your entire wallet you’ll want to make sure that you are taking extra care of it. If you are prone to losing or breaking phones, without a wallet to get you a cab fare home you may be in a spot of bother.

Take care of your phone by adding a bright case to make it stand out in the crowd, or a rugged case to keep it from shattering and cracking when you drop it. Take care of your screen by adding a regular screen protector or a tempered glass screen protector. Make sure you don’t run out of battery by picking up various chargers – mains chargers, car chargers and powerbanks.

With all of these phone protecting methods in place you can be sure you’re never stuck without access to your funds again.

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Mobile Security Tips

With a shift towards all of our lives being available online via a huge web – think social media accounts, emails, banking details, work – and this web all being accessible via your phone or tablet, we have to start thinking seriously about the security implications of what that means should someone wish to gain access to it.

If you don’t prepare yourself suitably, you’re at risk not of just losing an expensive piece of security, but of leaving yourself open to loss, fraud and even blackmail. Years of computer use have taught us how to be secure with our desktops, but how do you go about keeping your phone safe?

Lock Code

It may seem obvious, but many people don’t even have a lock code. If you can’t be bothered entering a code every time you just want to open your phone, look to purchase one with a fingerprint recognition to open – this is even more secure. For those that do have a code, make sure it’s not guessable (birthdays, etc), don’t have it the same PIN as elsewhere else, consider changing it to six digits, and even changing the code every once in a while. The majority of us don’t log out from Facebook, Gmail and Netbank when we’ve finished using the apps so really the only thing standing between you and your identity being stolen is just that code!

Close Unused Apps

Following on from the above – close your apps that you’re not using, and preferably, log out. There are data processes sending and receiving data to and from your apps in the background of your phone even when you’re not using them.

Always HTTPS

When using your browser, enable HTTPS (the S stands for secure). Websites that don’t have their security certificates signed are open to attack.

Use an AntiVirus

You do it with your computer as second nature, so why not your phone? Malicious software is only going to propagate more readily on mobile devices following the downturn of computer sales, so you should protect yourself as much as possible.

Enable Remote Erase

On the off chance your phone is stolen, you’ll want to make sure the perps can’t simply go in and access all your data too. To make sure they’re not able to, check that your phone has remote erase enabled – so you can delete all your data before they get to it.

Don’t Keep a List of Passwords on it

It can be tempting to write down a list of your work logins and passwords, your internet dating password, etc, etc somewhere that’s easily accessible. You’re better off keeping them on a piece of paper in a locked drawer at home.

Encrypt Your Phone

Encrypting your phone data means the data on your phone is scrambled – and anyone coming across it needs to know your PIN to unscramble it.

Encrypt Text Messages

If you don’t want other people to read your messages, which you think are only available to sender and receiver but may be on file with your carrier(!), use an encrypted messaging app and encourage your contacts to do so too – it only works if both ends participate in the exchange. Encrypted messaging means your message cannot be intercepted by another party and re-read.

Read Terms & Conditions

All apps that you download will feature a terms and conditions list as well as detail to you what data the app is allowed to retrieve from your device. We have a tendency to just click ‘OK’, but that shouldn’t be the case. Consider that your data may be on-sold to other companies or their servers themselves may be compromised. If any of the information you gave the app access to is sensitive you may find yourself in a spot of bother.

Be Careful What You Download

Just as downloaded files on a computer can be malicious, so too can the apps you download. Sophisticated attacks have been known to occur. To protect yourself stick with the proprietary app stores (Google Play and Apple iTunes), and don’t go through other third party vendors.

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iPhone 6S Plus & iPad Pro

iPhone 6S PlusAnother year, another Apple release cycle. This year’s offerings, announced on September 10 2015, and for worldwide release on 25th September 2015 include the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus and the long awaited iPad Pro, along with the latest version of the Apple TV featuring an innovative Siri remote.

iPhone 6S Plus

The significant hype around the iPhone 6S dwarfs the iPhone 6S Plus for comparison, but as yet we have no reason to see why. Apple have stuck to a smaller phone and screen size to some it’s heavyweight competitors, but really, the phablet makes a lot more sense to use for those who do a lot of browsing or watching movies on the bus – and let’s face it, isn’t that all of us at this point in time.

The 6S Plus sports the same dimensions of the iPhone 6 Plus, with an accelerated interior. The bend-ability of the iPhone 6 has been replaced by a Series 7000 aluminium frame, and a tougher glass, but aside from that it’s basically the same.

The iPhone 6S Plus keeps the same features as the iPhone 6S including the new 3D Touch functionality which aims to make your phone easier to use and to avoid time-intensive multi-tasking. iPhone 6S Plus cases

Specifications

Size: 158.2mm height x 77.9mm wide x 7.3mm thick

Weight: 162g

Screen: 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels with 401 pixels per inch

Inside: A9 chip with Dual Core 2Ghz CPU

Internal Memory: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions available with 2GB RAM

External Memory: iCloud storage from 50GB for $0.99

Camera: 12MP with 4K video function, 5MP forward facing camera

Operating System: iOS 9

Colours: Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Rose Gold

Outright Price: 16GB version AU$1229, 64GB version AU$1379, 128GB version AU$1259

iPad Pro

For many, the highlight of the announcement of the new Apple devices will surely be the inclusion of the oft talked about iPad Pro. The Pro is slated as somewhat of a laptop killer – the specs guarantee it has the grunt available to power all the apps you need without the laptop environment.

The screen sits at the same size of the latest range of MacBooks, which works out to twice the size of the iPad Air 2. The device comes with optional extras like a detachable keyboard and a stylus pen. It’s designed to be the new working space for those that don’t own, or just don’t like, a computer and require optimum portability. It weighs slightly more than the iPad Air 2 but it is a darn sight better for getting everything you need done. It boasts 1.8x the speed of any other tablet computer and 360x the graphic processing power – also making it perfect for games and movie watching.

Specifications

Size: 305.7mm height x 220.6mm wide x 6.9mm thick

Weight: 713g (wifi only) 723g (wifi and cellular)

Screen: 12.9 inch Retina Display with 2732 x 2048 pixels with 264 pixels per inch

Inside: 64 bit A9X chip with M9 motion coprocessor

Internal Memory: 32 and 128GB versions available with 4GB RAM

External Memory: iCloud storage from 50GB for $0.99

Camera: 8 with f/2.4 aperture, 1.2MP with f/2.2 aperture forward facing camera

Operating System: iOS 9

Colours: Silver, Gold, Space Grey

Outright Price: 32GB Wifi only US$799, 128GB wifi only US$949, 128GB wifi and cellular $1079

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iPhone 6S

iPhone 6SRelease

On 9th Sept 2015, the world stood with baited breath awaiting the imminent announcement of the new range of Apple products. Speculation has swirled for months around what would be included in the new line up. The much talked about iPad Pro perhaps? A new Rose Gold iPhone 6s? At 6pm in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in San Francisco, a venue with a capacity of 7000 seats, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, held everyone in the room’s attention.

The press conference was designed like a crescendo. After the introduction Tim breezed into talking about the Apple Watch. There were upgrades introduced such as new apps like Facebook Messenger and luxury accessories like the Hermes wristband, but no new model as yet.

After a brief wrap up he headed into announcing the much awaited iPad Pro – the tablet designed to replace a laptop. The iPad Pro was given a full brief which included the large display, coming in at the same size as a MacBook’s, a 1.8x faster CPU and a 360x faster GPU than the previous iPad, 4 speakers and a 10 hour battery, along with a portable keyboard and stylus.

From there came the latest Apple TV. The TV that focuses on apps to do so much more than just watch TV shows. Designed for gaming, shopping and sports, the TV comes with a Siri gyroscopic remote for asking Siri things like “Who is the main actor in this show” to bring out the best of your TV experience.

Then last, the big build up finally revealed the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the mid cycle upgrades to the iPhone 6.

What’s New

When you first take a look at the new iPhone you can see it’s a little different from its predecessor. The aluminium has been upgraded (to prevent the bending that occurred in the iPhone 6) and the screen is stronger. The Rose Gold version of the phone is perfect for those who love pink.

Under the hood there are the usual upgrades to the processors to make them faster and smarter, but that’s not a huge focus here.

The most interesting and touted feature introduced this round is Apple’s 3D Touch technology. The technology uses a three touch system – a short tap, regular tap and a hard tap to introduce different features, along with haptic feedback (a small vibration sent to your finger tip) to let you know when you’re making the correct taps. These can be used to “Peek” and “Pop”. For instance you can peek into your apps to bring up a small menu on each from your homepage. Another way to use it is for emails – peek into the email in your Inbox with a small tap and then hold for longer to pop it and read the full thing.

The new camera features a MP upgrade and 4K video capabilities, with no time limit (unlike other smartphone). The iPhone 6S also has Retina flash, an idea Apple has appropriated from LG. This uses the front display as a flash for taking selfies (it makes the screen very bright). Another camera feature is the “Live Photo”, a feature which captures 1.5 seconds of video either side of a photo. This may or may not be very useful, depending on what various app makers decide it’s suitable for.

The iPhone 6S will also come standard with the new version of iOS, iOS 9. iOS 9 will feature a number of useful upgrades such as ad-blocking extensions and greater security measures, along with a new set of emojis which will include the taco, cheese and burrito emojis.

Specs

Size: 138.3mm length, 67.1mm width, 7.1mm depth [same as iPhone 6]

Screen: 4.7 inches at 1334 x 750 resolution which is 326 pixels per inch [same as iPhone 6], strongest glass [upgrade from iPhone 6]

Casing: 7000 series aluminium [upgrade from iPhone 6]

Weight: 143g [slightly heavier than iPhone 6]

Colour: Rose Gold [new colour], Space Grey, Gold, Silver

Processor: A9 64 bit processor with M9 coprocessor [upgrades from iPhone 6]

On-board Storage: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage [same as iPhone 6]

Cloud Storage: 50GB iCloud storage from $0.99

Camera: 12MP f2.2 aperture, 4K video, 5MP self-facing camera [upgrades from iPhone 6]

Networks: 802.11ac Wi-Fi [same as iPhone 6], LTE-A support [upgrade from iPhone 6]

Battery: 50hrs audio, 11hrs video or browsing (Wi-Fi), 10 days standby [slight upgrade from iPhone 6]

Security: 2nd gen Touch ID [upgrade from iPhone 6]

Payments: Apple Pay [same as iPhone 6]

OS: iO9 [upgrade from iPhone 6]

Price (Outright): A$1079 for the 16GB version, A$1229 for the 64GB version, A$1379 for the 128GB version. iPhone 6s accessories

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What Happened to Blackberry?

Blackberry ClassicBlackberry, one time leader in the smartphone market, with a seat front and centre in every business person’s pocket was slayed in the mid to late 2000’s by Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy series. The smartphone company, in 2013, was looking dead in the water.

How did this happen? The company, in 1984, was founded as Research in Motion. Specialising in mobile telecommunications, the company worked to develop systems for other companies, and in the early 90s, at the height of pager saturation, built some niche paging devices to crank up their electronics development projects.

In 1998, the company’s first foray into the advanced mobile market started out with a device boasting a six line display, two way paging system and with limited email capabilities, the very first Blackberry. It was released to strong reviews, starting the company out on their advanced mobile technology journey. Blackberry was the name on everyone’s lips.

The next year, Research in Motion listed on NASDAQ and raised another $250 million to pump into their new computing devices. In return, they released the Blackberry 850, a phone with email capabilities, wireless networks, and, more importantly, a QWERTY keyboard.

The device was a resounding success. It was heralded as the perfect solution for the travelling business person, and those with a long commute. People were now able to access their emails on the go, ready for doing work at any time.

A lawsuit in the mid 2000s brought about by NTP threatened to bring down the Blackberry brand due to issues over their patents, but, after fines were paid, a judge ruled that to not topple Blackberry was in the public interest, due to heavy customer reliance on their systems.

Then, in 2007, came the release of the iPhone and Android systems. At first, it seemed that nothing could topple the juggernaut of Blackberry. However with these new devices came new operating systems and designs. The sleek look of iOS combined with the ease of use of the iPhone seduced many a customer, and the new designs showed that you could have a fully functional mobile device without the necessity of a physical keyboard.

Once Blackberry realised their popularity was waning, they tried a bit of an about turn. In 2008 the Blackberry Storm was released. Without a physical keyboard but including haptic feedback, it was well reviewed, but suffered from poor sales. The operating system seemed sluggish compared to the new competitors.

The late 2000s and early 2010s proved fruitless for Blackberry also. Nokia was tanking, and in the end changed their Symbian operating system to Microsoft to ensure their systems’ longevity. Blackberry continued on, still seemingly stuck in the mud with an outdated operating system.

In 2013, it looked like curtains for the company. Sales were dismal and market confidence in the company was at an all-time low. A company structure revamp, as well as numerous layoffs plagued the company. In attempts to unveil a new outlook, the latest operating system is launched – the Blackberry X10. To match, Research in Motion renames itself to Blackberry, to help solidify the company.

Even though Blackberry look destined to bite the dust, they haven’t given up just yet. Profits these days are promising, due to massive cost cutting measures employed by senior management, and the devices are still the most secure on the market, due to strong encryption, making them instantly appealing to a wide range of businesses.

We’re interested to see just how far they manage to go, and whether we’ve yet to see a new burst of creativity from the company. Blackberry: To be continued… Click here to view our Blackberry accessories

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