Update: We've added the stellar LG V30 Plus to our list of the best phones in Australia for 2018.2017 proved to be a stellar year for smartphones, and now, 2018 is looking to be even better.So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool manufacturers, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 156 x 77 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 5.46-inch | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3230mAh | Rear camera: 19MP | Front camera: 13MPLike the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium before it, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium boasts an incredible 4K display, only this time it's even better than before thanks to the inclusion of HDR support.This gives the display a much wider colour gamut, allowing for greater colour detail and more vibrant and lifelike visuals overall.
After what can only be described as a beige couple of years, Brit Awards bosses hired Jack Whitehall to inject some much-needed snark into proceedings this year.And deliver he did, with no-one seemingly off limits as he made jibes at Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and even S Club 7′s Paul Cattermole as he took to the helm of the awards show.Here’s just a few of our favourite one-liners from the funnyman...That car was just one of those left here by ‘Top Gear’ Live.Tragically, it still had Richard Hammond in it.”On the Best British Video award:
As a Lego fan, it’s always fascinating to think about how much work goes into creating just one set.Take the Taj Mahal for instance — 6,000 bricks that perfectly interlock to create a scale-model of one of the wonders of the world.Surely they’re just a case of tossing a nice selection of different-shaped bricks together and designing a label for it, right?It turns out, even for the smaller Classic sets — the boxes of seemingly random bricks — a hell of a lot of thought goes into putting them together.I spoke to Jonathan Robson, a designer working on Lego’s Classic and Creator range, to find out exactly what goes into it.Some prefer to draw more rough designs on pen and paper, and of course, getting hands-on with actual bricks is always important.
The app responsible for popularizing swipeable virtual keyboards has been discontinued.Nuance ended development this month of Swype for both iOS and Android, six years after it bought the company behind the influential keyboard app for around $100 million.In a statement emailed to The Verge, Nuance said it would discontinue support of the Swype keyboard app and instead focus on other products.“The core technology behind Swype will continue to be utilized and improved upon across other Nuance offerings – and integrated into our broader AI-powered solutions – most notably in Android-based keyboard solutions for our automotive customers,” the company said.Swype is no longer available on the iOS App Store or Google Play, though customers can still use the app as normal and will continue to have access to tech support for the next few months.The company announced the end of Swype for iOS at the beginning of the month, though the news appeared to go unnoticed — which probably speaks to why it was discontinued.
When open-world games were becoming all the rage in the 2000s, Burnout Paradise stitched the concept beautifully into a city-wide racing title that featured a wide range of tracks, game modes, and vehicles, and delivered more fun per mile than competing arcade driving games at the time.10 years on, it’s making a comeback in the form of a 4K 60fps remaster for PS 4 Pro and Xbox One X – along with 1080p revamps for older versions.The multiplayer action, original soundtrack, eight DLC packs, and all 150 vehicles are along for the ride.From the comparison images showing the refreshed textures, it seems like Burnout Paradise Remastered will be worth a go for fans of the original, as well as newcomers alike.Its pedal-to-the-metal gameplay, damage system and sprawling environment made for a ton of fun in its heyday, and a new coat of paint should help bring back the magic.Burnout Paradise Remastered arrives on March 16 for $40; you can pre-order it right now, or start playing on March 9 with an EA Access membership.
Charging our smartphones is something we can’t run away, unfortunately, so why don’t we make it as easy and effortless as possible?Wireless charging does just that and it won’t break the bank as they are super affordable.Dodocool is then able to bring high quality products while letting you save some extra bucks.Keep reading to learn more!The dodocool DA128 is a fast wireless charger, but what does that mean?Well, the DA128 can charge your device 1.5 times faster than conventional wireless chargers, which is a big difference if you consider how long and how often you charge your smartphone.
PlayStation VR headset and bundle deals are on the way, folks.Who says you can't save after the holiday sales are over?Sony announced today that it's bringing back its apparently successful holiday PlayStation VR promotion in just a matter of days for a limited time.Here's the score: You can nab a PSVR headset for $199.99 beginning February 18 through March 3.This is $100 off the regular PlayStation VR price.While you're not getting any games or extra goodies with this PlayStation VR deal, you are saving a fair amount of cash, and that's a bonus, right?
When you get to know the Mate 10 Pro, you can understand its true potential and let it help you in ways other smartphones simply can’t - this isn’t just a phone, after all, it’s an intelligent machine.The Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s HDR OLED screen is optimised to save power despite looking glorious and the Kirin 970 chip inside is also very, very smart.From shutting down unused apps that are draining your battery, automatically dimming your screen depending on your environment and even giving you the option to manually adjust the workload placed on the Kirin 970 processor with extreme power saving modes.So thanks to AI and manual overrides, the Mate 10 Pro hasn’t just got a day-long battery, it’s a two-day smartphone through and through.From shutter speed changing to manual focus, a simple swipe of the UI will mean your pictures will look exactly how you want them to.Perfect if you have photography accessories like a mobile tripod, simply increase the time your shutter stays open and drop the ISO for a crystal clear night shot.
Are you a gamer who's frustrated carrying a bulky laptop?The Asus VivoBook S14 is here to help...or maybe not?Don't want a gaming laptop but still need something portable?The Asus VivoBook S14 is the newest addition to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup of the company.With 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and a slim-bezel ‘NanoEdge’ display it certainly looks like a sleek laptop that packed with power.The ROG line up is meant for hardcore gaming enthusiasts and has been advertised as ‘dedicated e-sports gaming notebooks’.
Fresh off a public spat between Uber investor Benchmark Capital and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley took the stage in front of a large room of bankerfolk at the Goldman Sachs Internet and Technology Conference to talk about how startup boardrooms are now filled with a lot of cheerleaders that aren’t holding founders accountable.“There’s a systematic problem in Silicon Valley, the venture capitalist board members are finding harder and harder to speak up and hold entrepreneurs responsible for financial performance,” Gurley said.“Our business has gotten super competitive.What the venture capitals is afraid of is losing the next big one.If they get a reputation — years ago [some of the best venture capitalists] were known for storming into board rooms [to demand fiduciary responsibility] — if you get a reputation like that you won’t win the next deal.”He then went on to say that “Silicon Valley board rooms have mostly become,” and then clapped his hands a few times to imply it was largely people applauding founders and giving them a lot of leeway.
YouTube TV, the company’s internet TV streaming service, is expanding its programming with the addition of several Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies.Those channels are all being added to the core monthly package, giving customers access to hits like Rick and Morty, TNT’s new drama The Alienist, and a nice selection of live sports.On that note, YouTube TV is also bringing NBA TV and MLB Network to the base lineup.NBA All Access and MLB.TV will be offered as optional paid add-ons “in the coming months.”But there’s a significant downside coming along with the good news: these changes are leading to a price hike.Starting March 13th, YouTube TV’s monthly subscription cost will rise from $35 to $40.
You already knew it would be good because Marvel's scientists have perfected the formula by now - but after one viewing, I’m fairly certain Black Panther easily sits towards the top of my ranking of Marvel Cinematic Universe films.Given the early reviews and reaction, this doesn’t appear to be a particularly controversial view.What feels grimly inevitable though is the narrative around how the film will be received: like seemingly every major release there’s going to be a “controversy” surrounding some aspect or other of the film.Maybe if we’re lucky it’ll just mean a bunch of ultra-tedious “cultural appropriation” takes by well-intentioned people stuck in an intellectual dead end, or maybe some leftier-than-thou types will chastise Disney for commoditising African iconography and selling it back to us.But chances are the “controversy” is going to involve a small-ish group of racists getting their stupid opinions amplified by Twitter.I mean, hell, one of the villains, played by Andy Serkis, is literally a white South African trying to steal Wakandan resources.
Now that Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is finally available for purchase, details are coming out on the price of out-of-warranty repairs.If you haven’t heard yet, they’re very expensive: dropping or cosmetic damages not covered by the hardware warranty can cost $279.Fortunately, there’s a separate, specific type of repair that can be done for much less.It turns out that “in some instances” if the HomePod’s non-removable cable gets damaged or becomes disconnected, Apple will repair it at a cost to the customer of just $29.This is much more reassuring to hear for owners of the $349 device.Seeing as how the speaker is designed to sit on a table or shelf, damage from dropping should realistically be rare; but instances where someone maybe trips on the cord, or it gets severed in some way, could be more common.
Smart home manufacturer Nest is being taken under the wing of Google – and not for the first time.Nest was originally taken on by Google four years ago after being purchased for $3.2 billion, but split off from Google and became a property of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.Now it’s back in the fold, and all indications point towards a greater integration of Google’s voice assistant, Google Assistant.It’s always been a little strange that Google and Nest were two Alphabet companies making smart home products independent of each other, and rumors have been circulating for a while now that this move was on the cards.Nest is most famous for its smart thermostats Learning and E, and its top-of-the-range security cameras Cam IQ and Cam Outdoor.It'll be interesting to see if the design language of the Nest range changes to fall more in line with the other hardware from Google.
Zara Mirza, Bacardi’s head of creative excellence and “right-hand woman” to former chief executive Mike Dolan, has departed the Bermuda-based brand to take on the challenge of startup marketing with Maven – a digital clinic designed purely for women.Launched in 2014, Maven’s core B2C offer is a pay-as-you-go app, which lets women speak directly to doctors, nurses, mental health providers and other specialists through video call and messaging.It has also launched a business offering that complements or supplements company-provided maternity programmes, guiding female employees from conception to their return to work to encourage higher rates of working mothers.This high level of market growth, coupled with its unique proposition in a burgeoning sector (Deloitte has predicted the global digital health industry will be worth £43bn by the end of 2018), has clearly turned the heads of high-profile investors; Maven counts people ‘that have founded companies including Wordpress’, ‘invested in companies like Spotify’ and ‘run companies like Glossier’ as its financial supporters.Mirza, who has taken on the role of chief brand officer, was also attracted to this growth potential.However after 15 years at network agencies and nearly four with Bacardi, it was the freedom of startup marketing – and the lure of a brand with real purpose – that brought her to Maven’s Manhattan office.
Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, is doing quite well in the manufacturing industry presently and the company is not looking back as it seeks to always bring changes to the appeal of its numerous fans.Remember the Xiaomi Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Weight Scale which was well accepted by the market and it’s still trending until today?Well, the company has just released an upgraded version of this smart fat body scale.Suffice you to say that the upgrades are not very much as it appears that the only major addition is the customized solar eclipse design.It can be seen from the image above that the surface of the customized solar eclipse scale has a pattern of solar terms and the color value is further improved compared with the pure white ordinary version.As for its functions, this new version utilizes the exceptional BIA technology and stainless steel electrode, which can measure your body weight precisely and swiftly.
What happens when you combine DNA origami techniques with conventional lithography?You get a novel lithography technique dubbed DNA-assisted lithography (DALI) that has the resolution of electron beam lithography with the speed of conventional lithography.In research described in the journal Science Advances, an international team of scientists from Finland, Denmark, and the United States have combined the programmable and accurate shapes made possible with DNA origami with conventional lithography to fabricate structures that are accurate below 10 nanometer resolution and are tens of nanometers in size.The resulting method offers a unique example of combining bottom-up based approaches (i.e.the self-assembled DNA structures) with top-down techniques (conventional lithography), according to Jussi Toppari, a senior lecturer at University of Jyväskylä in Finland and co-author of the research.To combine these two technologies, the scientists started with DNA origami structures, which are essentially DNA strands that have been folded into chosen shapes, and deposited them on a substrate that has a sacrificial silicon layer on top of it.
Versions 56 through 58 need patching, prontoMozilla has patched a nasty security bug in Firefox, affecting versions 56, 57 and 58, and their point updates.The CVSS-8.8-rated flaw means that if an attacker can get a user to open a malicious document or link, remote code execution becomes a possibility – allowing spyware, ransomware and other nasties to be installed and run.An advisory from Cisco explains: “The vulnerability is due to insufficient sanitisation of HTML fragments in chrome-privileged documents by the affected software … A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.If the user has elevated privileges, the attacker could compromise the system completely.”Affected versions are: 56 (.0, .0.1, .0.2), 57 (.0, .0.1, .0.2, .0.3, .0.4), and 58 (.0).
Apple is facing a new investigation from both the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission that looks to determine whether or not the company has violated securities laws with its software updates that slowed down users’ iPhones, according to a new report from Bloomberg.The news comes as the latest in a string of inquiries into Apple’s software updates.The company is also facing a criminal probe in France (where planned obsolescence is illegal), an investigation from Italy’s antitrust organization, and multiple class action lawsuits.For now, the US government’s investigation is said to be in the early stages, and it’s still unclear if anything will actually come of it.Late last year, Apple confirmed that iPhones with older batteries were being intentionally slowed down as the devices' batteries aged in order to prevent further performance issues.Since then, the company has received considerable backlash over the lack of transparency in how this information was revealed to customers.
You probably didn't know Terry Wayne Ward, of DeMotte, Indiana.Ward, 71, died of a stroke on Jan. 23, "leaving behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse."The Vietnam combat veteran lived his life on his own terms, "never owned a personal cell phone and had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians."Ward's obituary, which was written by his daughter Jean Lahm, is the latest witty death notice to take on a viral life of its own.Ward's daughter dubbed him a "renowned distributor of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to his grandchildren," and noted that he "despised 'uppity foods' like hummus, which his family lovingly called 'bean dip' for his benefit."He was a lineman for the phone company, but that didn't stop him from letting the woman who became his wife think "lineman" meant "NFL player."