Smartphones

Smartphone upstart Oppo launches two phones, including world's thinnest

Hannah Francis   Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo may still be an unfamiliar name for most Australians, but that could be set to change soon.

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Mobiles

Meet the geeks who refuse to have a smartphone

Small is all: Chris Woolmer has owned only one phone, a Nokia 2100 purchased in 2003.

Sylvia Pennington   While the rest of the world organise their lives on smartphones, a dwindling band of Aussies power on with outmoded dumb phones.

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No likes for selfies while driving

Selfish: Young drivers are being warned not to put themselves in danger by taking selfies at the wheel.

Rachel Olding   Young Australian drivers are taking part in a dangerous craze of taking "selfies" while behind the wheel, prompting harsh warnings from the police and government.

Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Fire phone fail

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Even dropping the price to 99 cents couldn't save Amazon's Fire smartphone from becoming a dud.

Phones

Microsoft officially ditches Nokia brand for upcoming devices

End of an era: The Lumia 730 will be one of the last phones to carry the Nokia brand.

Pete Pachal   Microsoft Mobile's website is filled with words — but one that you won't find is 'Nokia.'

Payments

Apple Pay works in Australia, if you have the right card

Apple Pay will work in countries outside the US, as long as you have a credit card issued by a US bank.

Pete Pachal   Although Apple Pay has only launched in the United States, it appears that you can also use it in other countries under the right conditions.

Plus, and a few minuses, but new iPhone is a winner

Family reunion: the iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini.

Katie Cincotta   Apple finds that bigger is better for screen size and for processing, photography and battery power.

Analysis

OS X Yosemite ties your Macs, iPads and iPhones together

OS X Yosemite is available as a free upgrade for Mac users, and ties the whole Apple ecosystem together.

Garry Barker   Operating system upgrade forms an environment in which phone calls can be made from an iMac, and a document started on a Mac can be picked up and continued on an iPad.

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Android

Google announces Android Lollipop, Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player

Version 5 of Android officially gets a name as Google announces devices to go up against Apple's line-up.

Pete Pachal   Version 5 of Android gets an official title as Google announces devices to go up against iPhone 6 and the iPad Air, as well as an Android streaming media and gaming device.

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Retro phone keeps it simple

Simple: KISA developers say even the most basic smartphones are still too complicated.

Katie Cincotta   Melbourne company KISA has developed a phone that makes and takes calls – how retro. No touchscreen, no texting, no camera, no social media and no complicated set-up.

Apple adds wow factor to iPhone 6 Plus

Voluptuous: The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Katie Cincotta   Impressive enhancements mean the new iPhone has caught up with the best of the Android brigade.

Mobiles

'Hairgate': iPhone users in new squabble

Fresh from 'bend gate', Apple has now been hit by complaints its handset traps users' hair.

Eric Auchard   First there was bendgate... now brace yourself for hairgate.

Think you're a smartphone addict? You probably are

Research has confirmed what many already suspected: We are using our phones before first light and well into the early hours of the morning.

Deborah Gough   New research shows that mobile phone users regularly cram more than 220 tasks a day into their smartphones.

Coverage

Australia's mobile networks not bad by European standards: report

Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. <i>Illustration: Simon Bosch</i>

David Braue   Telstra wins the day, with Optus and Vodafone coming next.

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Coverage

6000 mobile black spots tallied, waiting for fix

Calls for help: Australians have reported more than 6000 mobile black spots.

Paddy Wood   Australians have nominated some 6000 mobile phone black spots for fixing under a federal government initiative.

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Apple

iPhone 6 'prototype' for sale on eBay, bids reach $100,000

This purported iPhone 6 prototype is gaining bids of $US100,000 ($114,155) on eBay.

Ben Grubb   eBay claims the unit is an iPhone 6 prototype received in error from their phone company.

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Counterfeiting

Smartphones the new fake bags of counterfeiting

The real thing: an iPhone 5.

Matthew Hall   The author of a new book on the smartphone industry claims Chinese factories two-time their clients, producing fake iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones for the black market in extra production shifts.

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Keyboards

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard review

The keyboard can move between your Windows, Android and iOS devices with the flick of a switch.

Lance Ulanoff   This bluetooth keyboard is a smart, well-designed mobile productivity solution that works across all your devices, regardless of OS.

Mobiles

iOS 8 secrets: 14 hidden tricks and tools

Some of iOS 8's best new touches are hidden deep in the operating system.

Samantha Murphy Kelly   Some of the best new features in iOS 8 are the ones you probably haven't used yet. That's because Apple has hidden a collection of new tricks and tools deep into its new mobile operating system, and many aren't easy to find.