12-year-old stopped by police while trying to drive across Australia


Of all places, driving across Australia isn’t something you’d do on a whim.

Yet it was the plan for one kid, who was stopped by police after driving 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) from the country’s east coast. 

“Checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy travelling from Kendall, NSW, on his way to Perth,” New South Wales Police said in a statement, via ABC News. But it seemingly wasn’t bad driving that caught the eye of authorities.

The boy was only pulled over after they noticed the car’s bumper was dragging along the road on the Barrier Highway, located in the far-west of the state of New South Wales. He was arrested and taken to Broken Hill Police Station, where inquiries are continuing. Read more…

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LG G6 with Quad DAC no longer Korea exclusive, will come to Australia later this week

Good news for fans of high quality audio: the Quad DAC LG G6 edition will no longer be limited to Korea only. Well, good news for fans of high quality audio in Australia, at least, as this appears to be the only confirmed non-Korea region to receive this version of the device so far.

The news comes from Ausdroid, who reports that the Hi-Fi edition of the G6 will be sold in a couple of Australian retailers: JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman. The device will be sold for AU$1,199, which is $900 in US currency. That is AU$191 more than the regular device’s price, …

Sign of the times: McDonald's Australia now hiring through Snapchat

Living in Straya, the Land Down Under? Is working at McDonald’s a life goal of yours? Do you wake up and go to bed with Snapchat in mind?

If the answers to all the above questions are positive, then there’s literally nothing from stopping you from applying for a job in the international fast-food empire. McDonald’s Australia has recently introduced the so-called “Snaplications”, which require applicants to share a 10-second video of themselves in a McDonald’s uniform over Snapchat. If the fast-food HR department really digs your snap, you’ll be further contacted to continue …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Specifications ,Release Date ,Price in UK

Samsung is expected to introduced new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones at a separate event on March 28th 2017 and expected to launch at an event in New York approx cost €899 (US $956) for 6.2-inch Quad HD display and 5.8-inch display pricing €799 (US $850).


Samsung Galaxy S8+ rumored specification leak with the model number SM-G955FD it has 6.2-inch Quad HD curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display with 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 processor and runs on latest Android 7.0 (Nougat).

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus rumored specifications

  • 6.2-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display,Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa Samsung Exynos 8895 processor Adreno 540
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM, 32/64GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD up to 256GB
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture 4K Video recording
  • 8MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Barometer
  • IP68 ratings water and dust resistance
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS with GLONASS, USB 2.0, NFC
  • 3500mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 with 5.8-inch display is said to  retail for Price in €799 (US $850 /Rs.56830 approx.) UK for (£679) and the 6.2-inch S8+ is said to cost €899 (US $956 /Rs.63,947 approx) and price in UK at (£749). specs and best buy price in Sprint ,Tmobile  ,Verizon Wireless,At&t USA ,UK and for India available soon.

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2017 Holden Australia will be discontinued

The move will result in nearly 2,900 people losing their jobs.

The firm said a strong Australian currency, high manufacturing costs and a small domestic market were among the reasons behind its decision Wholesale Mobile phone spare parts repairing tools accessories.

Holden, which has made cars in Australia for nearly 65 years, will retain its sales unit and a parts distribution centre in Australia.

“The decision to end manufacturing in Australia reflects the perfect storm of negative influences the automotive industry faces in the country,” GM chief executive Dan Akerson said in a statement.

“This includes the sustained strength of the Australian dollar, high cost of production, small domestic market and arguably the most competitive and fragmented auto market in the world.”

Carmakers in Australia have been struggling for some time, despite the government extending support to the industry via subsidies over the past few years.

However, there has been a debate over whether the government should continue to provide support to the sector.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared last week that there would be no more taxpayer assistance Wholesale Charging Port and Headphone Jack Flex Cable For iPhone 5.

The government had also increased pressure on Holden in recent days to clarify its future plans for Australia.

Dave Smith, national secretary of the vehicle division at Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, said the government’s push had influenced Holden’s move.

“I believe the decision’s been prompted by the behaviour of the government yesterday,” he told the ABC.

“Unfortunately, they’ve been let down by a government that wouldn’t back them in.”

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge heads to Canada

After Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was launched in the US. Samsung had said from the get go that this device would only be released in a handful of markets and it looks like Canada is going to be the next one. So far the price and availability information hasn’t been made public but Best Buy has made the device available for pre-order, and the listing hints that Roger and Bell will carry the Galaxy Note Edge as well.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge stands out from the crowd because of how its display curves over the right edge. The curved display is then used for various purposes like controlling media playback and displaying notifications.

Under the hood this smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM and Android 4.4.4. It has a 5.6-inch 1600×2560 Super AMOLED display, 16 megapixel rear and 3.7 megapixel front camera as well as 32/64 onboard storage options.

Apple iPhone of China Xiaomi

A Chinese smartphone company you probably haven’t heard of is knocking on Apple’s door.
Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone maker (behind Samsung and Apple), announced in a Weibo post on Sunday that it sold 61 million smartphones in 2014, raking in more than 74 billion yuan ($12 billion) in sales.

Those aren’t yet Apple numbers. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) sold 118 million iPhones in the first nine months of 2014 alone — it will provide details on the last quarter of 2014 later this month. But Xiaomi’s come-out-of-nowhere feat was accomplished almost exclusively in China, without the benefit of selling its “Mi” phones to the rest of the world.
Late last year, Xiaomi expanded to India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Turkey, and it will be in additional countries later this year. The world’s fastest-growing smartphone maker forecast that it will sell 100 million devices in 2015.
Last week, Xiaomi announced that it had raised $1.1 billion in funding from some of tech industry’s most powerful players. That values the company at $45 billion — bigger than LG, Motorola and Sony (SNE) put together.
Xiaomi is currently the world’s most valuable startup — worth more than than Uber, Airbnb or Pinterest.
Xiaomi’s growth and popularity have sparked comparisons to Apple. The company has also been accused of copying Apple’s style — an allegation Xiaomi has brushed aside by saying it strives for its products to be as high-quality as Apple’s, but its Mi phones function very differently from the iPhone.


Xiaomi: Why we’re not Apple
Xiaomi is undeniably a stunning growth story. It opened its doors in April 2010, and a year ago the company commanded just 2% of the smartphone market. That has given the company a ton of confidence.
“We are a company that the technology industry has never seen before,” said Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun in his Weibo post. “From now onwards, every step we take is writing a new chapter in the history of the industry.”
But Xiaomi acknowledged that the company faces some big challenges in 2015. Growth in the Chinese smartphone market is slowing, and Chinese rivals like Huawei and Lenovo are catching up. Expansion into western markets will bring an uncertain fate.
To overcome those obstacles, Xiaomi said it will continue to innovate. The company on Sunday unveiled a new Redmi phone, which sells for about $130. The new new flagship Mi phone will be unveiled on Jan 15, Xiaomi said. The high-end Mi lineup typically sells for around $300 and competes directly with the iPhone — even though it sells for less than half the price.
Xiaomi’s smartphone design has been praised by reviewers and customers alike.
The company has partnered with and invested in 20 hardware companies in an attempt to bring cheaper phones to market faster than its competitors.
Xiaomi isn’t Apple yet — but it could be soon.

Everything Australians Need to Know About Getting the iPhone 6

SYDNEY — Apple announced the much-anticipated new iPhones on Tuesday, as bleary-eyed Australians tried to fight through their sleepy haze to catch a glimpse.

If for some reason you’ve been stuck under a rock (or a dooner) or just need to know the finer details of getting your goodies Down Under, here is a quick rundown.

When does it get here?

The iPhone 6 is coming to Australia on Sept. 19. If you had a dream of being first in Australia, and pretty much the world, while finally scoring your 15 minutes of fame, think again. There are already savvy teens lining at the flagship store in Sydney, 10 days out.

You can pre-order the phone from Friday, 12 September.


What is it?

The iPhones are coming to Australia in three colours — gold, silver, grey — and you can snap the 16GB version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 up outright for $A869 including GST. For the 64GB model, you’ll need $A1,000 lying around and to get your grubby hands on the brand new 128GB model, you’ll need to take out a mortgage — with the cost clicking in at $A1,129.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will hit Australia at $A999 for the 16GB model, $A1,129 for the 64GB model and $A1,249 to get the excessive space of the 128GB model. It appears size does matter.

Lifehacker did some fancy calculations for Australians and worked out the sneaky ol’ Australia Tax — where we get charged more for being in the ‘Lucky Country’ — is about $A100 per device. Just low enough that it doesn’t make sense to ship it over from the States, just high enough for us to remember we live on an island.

Where do I get it?

You can buy one outright, with no lock-in contract, for those eye-watering prices online or at Apple retail stores across the country.

If you aren’t scared of commitment, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will have a plan to lock you in for life. The plans are usually announced a few days after Apple’s big reveal. Stay tuned.

At the moment, you can put in an expression of interest with Telstra and Vodafone. While by the look of the Optus website, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d forgot about the launch. Your best bet is to check back later.

What if I already have a contract?

Fear not, this will be less painful than divorce.

Optus started the cash war, by offering new customers $A200 credit if they pay out their contract with their current provider and an extra $A250 to trade in an old device. You can claim your early exit fee credit from Optus within 21 days of signing up. The telco even signed up ’80s action hero, Dolph Lundgren, to show how serious they are about you breaking rules.

With all this show-ponying around, Telstra wasn’t going to just sit back and watch. And although they don’t have He-Man on their side, the telco matched the deal, giving $A200 credit to new customers and $A250 for trading in a device. Make sure you are ready to commit again, once you sign you’ll be stuck with Telstra for 24 months.

“Customers will be offered a $A200 credit on their Telstra mobile bill when they stay connected for 24 months, and if their device is eligible, up to $A250 credit to trade in their old mobile, depending on the model and condition,” Telstra said in a statement.

If you are in your last three months of a contract with Optus or Telstra, you can upgrade to a new smartphone without paying termination fees. Things just got interesting. Watch this space for the next installment in The Battle of the Telcos.

No Apple Pay for you

“Apple Pay will be made available in the U.S. We have no further details relating to availability outside the U.S. at this time,” the company said, as Australians sobbed into their iPhones.

That’s right, Aussies are getting the short end of the deal once again. Not only are you coughing up more dough for your shiny new toy, you also don’t get to run around town buying everything in sight by tapping your phone.

In good news, we are well ahead of the Americans in every other payment form so feel free to use PayWave with a smug smile. Oh, and there’s always the Samsung Wallet, that has been letting Aussies pay with their phones since March.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display 4.7

Sapphire is the birthstone of September, the traditional gift on your 45th wedding anniversary and a material associated with both luxury and ruggedness. It can be found in opulent products like jewelry, camera lenses and fancy watches. Given that, it’s also one of the toughest materials in the world, which makes it ideal for military-grade items like aviation displays and even missiles. So when rumors emerged that a sapphire display may be featured on the next iPhone, a chorus of excitement followed. However, many phone manufacturers don’t share the same sense of optimism that Apple might hold toward this different kind of next-gen display.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display

Earlier this week, YouTube vlogger Marques Brownlee showed what appears to be a sapphire display for the next iPhone. While the use of sapphire won’t be confirmed (or denied) by Apple until the product is released, the idea that it would want to use the material in its next flagship smartphone isn’t too hard to believe: The company announced late last year that it partnered with leading sapphire producer GT Advanced Technologies to build a manufacturing facility in Arizona. And according to a report from 9to5mac, the deal included enough new equipment to make around 100 million to 200 million iPhone-sized displays per year.

There’s one major reason why manufacturers are looking into using sapphire displays: The material is strong. Very strong. Sapphire is about four times as tough as glass. Gorilla Glass, regularly found protecting current smartphone screens, fares pretty well against hard objects too, but in order to scratch sapphire, you’d need to find something higher than nine on the Mohs scale — a system of measurement used to rate mineral hardness from one to 10, with 10 being the highest. (For comparison, Gorilla Glass rates a seven; sandpaper is a nine; and diamond is a 10)


Using sapphire instead of glass for a smartphone display isn’t a groundbreaking concept. The material is already used in the (admittedly far smaller) protective glass covering the iPhone camera, as well as the 5s home button (for Touch ID); and luxury brands like Vertu, Savelli and TAG Heuer use sapphire displays in their existing phones. However, it’s no coincidence that existing sapphire display phones are incredibly expensive — manufacturing sapphire is time-intensive, limited by available quantity and very costly. The price of sapphire camera lens covers is 2.6 times higher than glass. On a large phone display, the difference in cost is even higher; last year, GT Advanced reps estimated the cost for a pane of Gorilla Glass at $3, while sapphire was around $30.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display 2014

I reached out to multiple representatives from major smartphone players and while most companies I talked to had already researched and analyzed the possibility of using sapphire, their impressions were much more lukewarm than I expected. “The cost and supply aren’t where we’d like them to be for sapphire to be practical just yet,” said Ken Hong, Global Communications Director for LG. “Sapphire’s durability and scratch-resistance are certainly attractive, but Gorilla Glass isn’t going to be displaced anytime soon.”

There are plenty of other issues associated with sapphire. It’s heavier than Gorilla Glass and the material remains less transparent than glass, meaning it would be more difficult to see the screen unless manufacturers add a special coating to increase transparency. (Even then, it still wouldn’t be as good as glass.) Additionally, each representative I talked to confirmed that while sapphire is durable, it certainly isn’t unbreakable. In fact, the larger the display is, the more brittle it becomes; “The sapphire is too hard to withstand bending,” said a representative of a top-tier phone maker who also asked to remain anonymous. “It’s easier to break during drop tests when the size of sapphire increases.”

Another representative replied, “In a cost-benefit analysis, I doubt [using sapphire] makes sense, unless there is some perceived marketing advantage.” Despite the potential downfalls of using such a material, that’s exactly what Apple would be gunning for by using the display in the iPhone: marketing power. Sapphire’s got a solid reputation; if the new iPhone features the same material used in premium watches, necklaces and earrings, and the company can throw it in without raising the price to consumers, Apple has a great new way to distinguish itself from the competition.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display 2014-Elastic

Even if other phone makers wanted to use sapphire displays, it would be difficult for them to secure enough inventory due to a very limited supply — a problem that the iPhone maker has avoided. “Apple uses its massive cash hoard to fund big upfront commitments for key components,” said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research. “[It’s] something that almost every other OEM but Samsung will struggle to do.” In other words, only large companies with enough resources and bargaining power will be able to secure enough sapphire for mass production.

This doesn’t mean that sapphire displays won’t be embraced in the future; they might just come in a different form. We wouldn’t be too surprised if multiple hardware manufacturers decided to use the material on smartwatches for now, since the screens — and the number of devices to build — would be much smaller and thus more affordable than smartphones. (The Moto 360, for example, is rumored to have a sapphire screen.) Then, as supply goes up and production becomes more cost-efficient, more doors may open for phone makers who want to give sapphire a shot.