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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:27:32 +0000
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There’s been ongoing controversy regarding MacBook keyboards that use a ‘butterfly’ switch, and in a fresh move to appease those affected, Apple has reportedly stepped up the speed of repairs on these faulty models.

Now, rather than an off-site repair and a potential three to five working day wait (or maybe even longer), Apple is aiming for a next-day turnaround by completing repairs in stores.

This is according to a company memo on the topic of providing support for keyboard-related repairs as highlighted by MacRumors.

Genius Bar technicians are advised as follows: “Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume. These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time.”

Clearly, Apple is concerned about the negative publicity it's getting from the repeated problems with the butterfly switch mechanisms on both MacBook and MacBook Pro models, so wants to make things easier for those who are forced to have their keyboard repaired.

Of course, the real source of frustration is that these gremlins are still persisting today, and Apple hasn’t managed to stamp out these flaws.

Key calamities

MacBooks from as far back as 2015 use these switches, which are designed to help keep the laptops nice and slim, but can develop issues with keys getting stuck, or key presses not registering (or indeed the opposite problem – keys repeatedly registering with just one tap).

After legal action was initiated over the matter, in the form of a class action lawsuit, Apple took action in June 2018 and instigated a repair program for the “small percentage” of affected users.

At the time, the company announced that it would offer free repairs for three MacBook models and six MacBook Pro models (which went on sale from 2015 to 2017), with this program set to run until 2022. So if a problem does crop up, you can now not just expect a fix, but a quick repair (hopefully), at least for the foreseeable future.

That's assuming Apple’s support technicians can keep up with the pace for this next-day turnaround, but even a two-day repair would be a far preferable experience to potentially waiting a week for the laptop to be sent away and returned.

It’s interesting to note that Apple hasn’t extended its repair program to cover MacBook machines launched in 2018, despite the latest third-generation butterfly keyboards still having issues even after adopting a protective membrane to prevent dust or debris from accumulating in the switch mechanism.

Although naturally, any of those machines will still be under warranty – at this point in time. Whether Apple will offer extended keyboard repair coverage to 2018 models remains to be seen.

Even with an extended repair scheme, however, some owners will still doubtless be concerned that their keyboard may still go wrong further down the line, after the program expires – potentially curtailing the laptop’s usable lifespan, unless they then fork out for a repair.

Given all this, perhaps it isn’t surprising that Apple is considering using a virtual keyboard for the MacBook rather than a physical one, at least according to a number of patents which have been spotted in recent times.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:03:20 +0000
MacBook keyboard repairs to be prioritized with a 24-hour turnaround

As much as Apple has tried to position its iPad Pro range as a laptop alternative, there are some areas where it really can’t compete, and one is the absence of mouse support – but that could soon change.

According to developer and leaker Steve Troughton-Smith, mouse support is in the works for the iPad as an accessibility feature. The claim came in response to a similar claim from MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci, who on his Connected podcast recently claimed that mouse support was coming.

Viticci talks specifically about using a USB mouse connected to the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, but it’s not clear whether the feature would be limited to iPads with said port (which would be quite restrictive, as only the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) have such a port).

And if the feature is made available for other iPads, it’s also not clear whether it will be just the iPad Pro range that gets it, or whether the likes of the iPad Air (2019) will as well.

Troughton-Smith, for his part, has tweeted that he doesn’t think Apple would limit support to USB mice, which may suggest the feature also won’t be limited to the latest iPad Pro models.

Of course, the feature itself is just a rumor for now, but with two sources claiming it’s in the works there’s a fair chance it'll happen.

The biggest question in that case is when. It’s likely to arrive with a major iOS update, so we may see it land with iOS 13, which is expected to be announced at WWDC 2019 on June 3 – though the final public launch probably won’t be until September.

However, neither of these sources have given a time frame for the arrival of mouse support, so we might be waiting longer.

Via: BGR

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:03:10 +0000
The iPad could finally get mouse support with iOS 13

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Love it or loathe it, events and conferences are often where wheelers and dealers in the world of technology meet to decide on the future of the industry.

Ironically, technology itself has accelerate the demise of some massive tech events (like CeBit) but the result is that the remaining ones are more focused, alive and bustling than ever before.

TechRadar Pro and ITProPortal have joined forces with the tech B2B PR industry to curate a list of national and international technology events, conferences and happenings.

IoT Tech Expo Global 2019

April 25th-26th, London

The World’s Largest Internet of Things Conference Series; the IoT Tech Expo Global event in London will bring together key industries from across the globe for two days of top level content and discussion. 

Why attend? Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive.

Blockchain Expo Global

April 25th-26th, London

The world’s largest blockchain conference and exhibition focuses on the future of enterprise technology. The event showcases two days of top-level content from leading brands, embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies.

Why attend? The agenda will present a series of expert keynotes, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies, all exploring the key industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology.


May 1st-2nd, London

Now in its eighth year, over two days visitors to Accountex will have the opportunity to gain insights from over 250 top exhibitors and immerse themselves in accounting expertise with a programme of over 250 keynotes and seminars delivered by leading industry experts. 

Why attend? Following a record-breaking attendance of almost 8,000 visitors at last year’s show, Accountex will be taking it up a level for 2019 with 10% more floor space, giving exhibiting companies even more room to showcase their latest accounting innovations.  

Open Source Data Conference

May 14th-15th, Berlin

Innovative strategies, forward-looking developments and new perspectives in dealing with complex data centers are the topics of OSDC.

Why attend? The international conference is especially adapted to experienced administrators and architects. Get in touch with international OS-experts. Benefit from their comprehensive experience, learn about the current developments and gain the latest know-how for your daily practice. 

Digital Transformation London

May 15th-16th, London

The 2019 Digital Transformation Conference will be tackling the challenges of successful transformation head on and will feature a diverse set of tracks and streams to cover the entire digital ecosystem including People & Culture, Digital Workplace, Customer Experience, Emerging Technology & Trends, Digital Product Innovation & Digital Delivery.

Why attend? The Digital Transformation Conference brings together leaders spearheading digital initiatives in their organisations to offer insights, education and case studies on what can be a confusing environment. 

Viva Technology

May 16th - 18th, Paris

VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation. It’s a gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products.

Why attend? From top speakers and exhibitions to open innovation and live experiences, VivaTech is a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society.

London Tech Week

June 10th - 14th, London

London Tech Week connects international communities from across the spectrum to address how access to tech for all can have a profoundly positive impact in society and business. 

Why attend? The week-long festival of tech will see a wealth of talent flood the capital, with multiple events across the city.

The AI Summit London 2019

June 12th-13th, London

The AI Summit, the flagship event for London Tech Week 2019, offers all the answers and more, giving you the knowledge, tools and experience you need to change the face of your business for the good.

Why attend? Engage with world leading organisations, hear from the brightest minds and gleam exclusive insights into pioneering AI projects from all corners of industry, like never before.

The Conference

August 27th-28th, Malmo

The Conference is a two-day conference where curious minds from all over the world meet to delve further into the promises and pitfalls of the digital development.

Why attend? Through the main themes – human behavior, new technology and “how to make things happen” – the conference looks to discuss, dissect and explore ways forward. 

Gitex 2019

October 6th-10th, 2019

Join attendees from 120+ countries and global media outlets in unpacking the big conversations and latest solutions around AI, blockchain, robotics, cloud and other mega trends.

Why attend? GITEX takes you on a multi-sensory experience of Future Urbanism across 21 halls with 4,000 exhibitors across 24 sectors.  

Big Data LDN 2019

November 13th-14th, London

Big Data LDN is a free to attend conference and exhibition where delegates discuss the big questions and share ideas with forward-thinking peers and leading members of the Data community. Hear from 130 expert speakers in 8 technical and business-led conference tracks, including real world use-cases and discuss your business requirements with 100 leading technology vendors and consultants.

Why attend? Big Data LDN (London) will host leading, global data and analytics experts, ready to arm you with the tools to deliver your most effective data-driven strategy.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:02:26 +0000
Top Tech Conferences: The ultimate B2B tech events and show guide for 2019

New versions of the Tesla Model S and X are entering production, with upgrades including improved range and faster charging.

The updated Model S Long Range can travel 370 miles on a single charge, while the new Model X Long Range can keep going for 325 miles using the same 100kWh battery pack.

As the company explained in a blog post, this performance boost is the result of new drivetrains that were initially designed for the Tesla Model 3.

"All Model S and X vehicles now benefit from Tesla’s latest generation of drive unit technology, which combines an optimized permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor, silicon carbide power electronics, and improved lubrication, cooling, bearings, and gear designs to achieve greater than 93% efficiency," it said.

The updated cars will charge faster too, achieving 145kw on V2 Superchargers, and 200kW on the new V3 Superchargers. Tesla claims this will let drivers juice up 50% faster.

Feeling tempted?

Tesla will also be introducing Standard Range versions of the S and X, which won't produce quite the same mileage after a charge, but will carry more manageable price tags.

If you've already bought a Model X or Model Y, you might feel a little frustrated to be missing out. To reward your loyalty, the company is offering an incentive to upgrade to the new Performance version of either car by throwing in the Ludicrous Mode upgrade for free. This option usually costs an extra $20,000 (about £15,000, AU$28,000), and enables the Model S to go from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, and the Model X in just 2.4 seconds.

It's another example of what Tesla CEO Elon Musk meant when he described the company's cars as "an investment", though you'll only benefit if you have rather a lot of spare change burning a hole in your pocket.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:00:59 +0000
Tesla boosts Model X and Model Y with improved range and faster charging

With just weeks until the 2019 Mobile Industry Awards, we are delighted to announce the shortlists for all this year’s awards.

From Phone of the Year and Hottest New Phone for 2019 to Best High Street Retailer and Best MVNO, the Mobile Industry Awards look to recognise the top performers across the whole UK space.

Now celebrating its 17th year, the Mobile Industry Awards (#MIA2019) represents the highest standard of excellence in the UK mobile industry - from the boardroom to the grassroots.

This year’s winners will be collecting their trophy on the 6th June 2019 at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel - so who is up for this year's awards?

Channel & B2B

Innovation Award

Airtime Rewards


Invisible Shield



Sky Mobile

Tech as a Service

We Fix

Managed Service Provider of the Year




Best Unified Comms Dealer

Aerial Direct



Business Growth Award

Aerial Direct




IP Exchange


CSR Initiative of the Year

Genuine Solutions 


The One Point


Best Enterprise Service & Solution

Tech Data




Statto Opencell

Recycling and recommerce award           



Genuine Solutions


Technology incubator of the year           



Tech Data

Mobile distributor of the year   


Daisy Distribution


Genuine Solutions

Tech Data



Best High Street Retailer

Carphone Warehouse



Tesco Mobile



Best Online Retailer

Amazon UK

Sky Mobile

Best Sim Free Retailer

Amazon UK



Best Repair Service




Best Recycling Service

GSUK Recovery & Reuse Experts


O2 Recycle



Sky Mobile


Superdrug Mobile

Tesco Mobile

Virgin Mobile

Best MVNO Partner

BT Wholesale

Lifecycle Software Ltd

Three Wholesale

Best Business Network




Best Consumer Network



Tesco Mobile


5G network pioneer      





Best Manufacturer Field Marketing Team




Best Value Phone (< £200)

Honor 10 Lite

Honor 8X

Huawei P Smart 2018

Moto G6

Samsung Galaxy J6

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Best Mid Range Phone (< £450)

Honor View 20

Huawei P20

iPhone 7

Nokia 8.1

Oneplus 6T

Samsung Galaxy S9

Best Ruggedised Phone 


Blackview BV9500 Pro

Cat S61

Doogee S90

Land Rover Explore 

Zebra TC75x

Best Mobile Accessory

Apple Airpods

Belkin Qi Wireless Charger

InvisibleShield Glass+ Visionguard

Mophie Powerstation

Samsung Buds

Tech21 impact shield

Hottest New Phone for 2019

Apple iPhone Max S

Honor View20

Huawei Mate X

Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Accessory Manufacturer of the Year







Smartphone Manufacturer of the Year







One To Watch

Doro AB

HMD Global





Phone of the Year

Apple XS Max

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung S9 Plus

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

For all awards updates, visit the Mobile Industry Awards 2019 site - we look forward to seeing you on the June 6th 2019! 

If you have any questions or queries about how to attend or enter, get in touch at

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:00:56 +0000
Mobile Industry Awards 2019: Shortlists revealed

The board of directors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which distributes the film industry's coveted Oscar awards, has decided not to extend the minimum period eligible films need to be screened in a theater.

The Academy's board of directors ruled in favor of its existing guidelines, which require a seven-day run in a Los Angeles theatre to qualify for an Oscar nomination.

The issue was put to a vote over concerns that streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime were eating at the viewership numbers of traditional cinemas, with some calling for the minimum run period to be extended. 

Even veteran director Steven Spielberg emerged to criticize Netflix's Oscar ambitions, saying that "TV movies" shouldn't be considered in the same category as traditional cinema experiences.

The Netflix-produced Roma managed to scoop three awards for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography at the Oscars last year, despite being released simultaneously through Netflix's own streaming platform and seen in larger numbers in people's homes.

Business as usual

Nothing seems to have changed for now, but we're only going to see more films from streaming services winning awards down the line, and it makes sense that quality titles are rewarded, even if there's disagreement over who should qualify for what.

The seven-day requirement exists to ensure that any nominated titles have had a theatrical release, but an extension could also limit the exposure received by smaller budget or foreign-language titles, which don't always see a lengthy run in US theaters.

In a statement, Academy president John Bailey stated that “We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions."

Via Reuters

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:59:37 +0000
Oscars won't make it harder for Netflix to win an award

Take a guess what the best selling game of the year so far is? No, it's not the big budget shooters Anthem or The Division 2. It's not even the critically acclaimed revamp hit that is Resident Evil 2.

Nope. It's the charming, colorful Kingdom Hearts 3.

Square Enix's Disney-meets-Final Fantasy role playing sequel is the US's top seller for 2019, not only outselling regular chart fixture Red Dead Redemption 2, but even its much-loved original game in the series. 

While Kingdom Hearts 3's overall tally will be hard to precisely track due to platform holders keeping digital sales a closely guarded secret, it managed to ship five million copies in its first week alone.

A worldwide hit

It's been equally successful around the globe. In Japan it's managed to hit 800,000 units sold, making it the best selling game of the year in the country, with it also topping the European charts.

In our four star Kingdom Hearts 3 review, we called the game "a charming and action-packed adventure, marrying the fantastical nature of Final Fantasy with the magical familiarity of Disney in worlds that are almost indistinguishable from the films they depict."

However, we also felt that "the convoluted story and slow-burning intro could be enough to deter new players from giving the series a chance."

The sales milestone accompanies the news that Kingdom Hearts 3 is also getting a new tough-as-nails Critical Mode DLC update, rolling out now. 

Will the game retain its lofty position? It's set to be a tough year – we're still waiting on the release of a new FIFA 20 game, Pokemon Sword and Shield and a big-budget Star Wars game in the shape of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. But it's off to a flying start.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:46:31 +0000
Kingdom Hearts 3 has been a massive, massive, massive hit

The Google Pixel 3a looks almost certain to launch in May – probably at Google IO 2019 – and yet another leak regarding the affordable Pixel 3 variant has added more fuel to the rumor fire.

The latest Pixel 3a leak comes to us via reliable phone tipster Evan Blass, who posted an official-looking press shot of a handset he says is the Google Pixel 3a.

It matches up with previously leaked images of the handset, which bears a clear resemblance to the standard Pixel 3, launched back in October 2018.

Pixel 3a release date reveal?

This latest Google Pixel 3a leak may also give us a hint of the launch date for the handset, with May 7 shown on the phone's screen – that's the first day of Google's IO conference.

Other Pixel 3a rumors suggest the handset will have a 5.56-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a 12MP rear camera.

Whatever the Google Pixel 3a turns out to offer, we're likely less than two weeks away from its official unveiling, so we could know the exact details very soon.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:06:09 +0000
Google Pixel 3a leak shows us the cut-price handset once again

As the number of shows and movies available to stream in Australia continues to grow at an impressive rate, it can be tough to keep up with all the new additions to each streaming service each month.

We've all come to anticipate a new stable of Netflix Originals releases each month, but figuring out which shows they are and when exactly they become available isn't so easy. And what about the large number licensed shows and films that are made available to stream, if only for a limited time?

In an effort to keep you informed of the best shows and movies that are in the process of being added to Netflix, we'll be bringing you an updated list of what you can expect on the service on a monthly basis. 

Not only that, we'll also be singling out the biggest releases, as well as a number of quality TV shows and films which we believe deserve your Netflixing time. 

So get ready to kick off the month with an epic binge – here's what's new on Netflix in May 2019. Check out Netflix's newest offerings in the video below!

TV shows highlights for May 2019

When They See Us (31/05/2019)

From director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) comes this four part limited series that retraces the infamous Central Park Five case that saw 5 young minority teenagers wrongfully accused and convicted of rape. 

The Rain: Season 2 (17/05/2019)

Often compared to Stranger Things, the German series Rain is back for its second season. Trapped in the Zone, Simone and her friends must find a cure for the virus Rasmus is carrying before it kills him -- and the rest of humanity.

Arrested Development: Season 5 (30/05/2019)

After an especially long delay due to a pre-existing rights agreement with Foxtel, the Netflix-produced fifth season of Arrested Development is finally coming to Netflix Australia! As always, the insane Bluth family continues to make Michael (Jason Bateman) miserable, and yet he still can't commit to abandoning them.

Movies highlights for May 2019

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (3/05/2019)

Bound to be controversial, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile chronicles the horrific crimes of grotesque serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and the media circus surrounding his murder trial from the perspective of Liz (Lily Collins), his longtime girlfriend.

Wine Country (10/05/2019)

Directed by Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Wine Country sees a group of long time friends reunite in the famous Napa Valley to revisit past choices and indulge in some hilarious hijinx. 

Atomic Blonde (15/05/2019)

A bad-ass undercover agent (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. From the director of John Wick, expect incredible action, a rocking '80s soundtrack and a neon-drenched atmosphere.

The Meg (28/05/2019)

It's the movie where Jason Statham takes on an enormous prehistoric shark. That's pretty much all you need to know about The Meg.

Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1/05/2019)

One of the greatest cinematic events of all time, Lawrence of Arabia tells the story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. Presented on Netflix in its visually glorious restored version.

...and the rest for May 2019


Undercover (3/05/2019)

Flinch (3/05/2019)

Dead to Me (3/05/2019)

Tuca & Bertie (3/05/2019)

Abyss (6/05/2019)

Lucifer: Season 4 (8/05/2019)

Tiny House Nation (9/05/2019)s.

Easy: Season 3 (10/05/2019)

The Society (10/05/2019).

Jailbirds (10/05/2019)

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 3 (12/05/2019)

Well Intended Love (17/05/2019)

White Gold: Season 2 (17/05/2019)

It's Bruno (17/05/2019)

Nailed It!: Season 3 (17/05/2019)

One Spring Night (22/05/2019)

Slasher: Solstice (23/05/2019)

High Seas (24/05/2019)

She's Gotta Have It: Season 2 (24/05/2019)

WHAT / IF (24/05/2019)

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (31/05/2019)

Bad Blood: Season 2 (31/05/2019)

Playing with Fire (Jugar con fuego) (31/05/2019)

Good Girls: Season 2 (31/05/2019)

Black Spot: Season 2 (31/05/2019)

The Mechanism: Season 2 (Coming in May)


Munafik 2 (1/05/2019)

Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage (3/05/2019)

Alles ist gut (3/05/2019)

Despite Everything (3/05/2019)

The Last Summer (3/05/2019)

Shéhérazade (10/05/2019)

Dry Martina (10/05/2019)

Gente que viene y bah (10/05/2019)

Good Sam (16/05/2019)

Morir para contar (17/05/2019)

Maria (17/05/2019)

See You Yesterday (17/05/2019).

Furie (22/05/2019)

Joy (24/05/2019)

Rim of the World (24/05/2019)

The Perfection (24/05/2019)

Svaha: The Sixth Finger (30/05/2019)

Chopsticks (30/05/2019)

Always Be My Maybe (31/05/2019)


Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate (14/05/2019)

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (21/05/2019)

Historical Roasts (27/05/2019)


Knock Down The House (1/05/2019)

All In My Family (3/05/2019)

ReMastered: The Lion's Share (10/05/2019)

1994: Limited Series (17/05/2019)

A Tale of Two Kitchens (22/05/2019)

After Maria (24/05/2019)

Killer Ratings (31/05/2019)


Cupcake & Dino - General Services: Season 2 (3/05/2019)

True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom Town (3/05/2019)

Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 2 (10/05/2019)

Malibu Rescue (13/05/2019)

Chip & Potato (17/05/2019)

Prince of Peoria: Part 2 (20/05/2019)


revisions (14/05/2019)


The 100: Season 5 (1/05/2019)

Transformers: The Last Knight (4/05/2019)

Schitt's Creek: Season 5 (10/05/2019)

Bridge to Terabithia (1/05/2019)

The Hangover: Part III (1/05/2019)

After Earth (1/05/2019)

Resident Evil: Retribution (1/05/2019)

Gotti (1/05/2019)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Season 1 (1/05/2019)

Pine Gap: Season 1 (1/05/2019)

The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 2 (1/05/2019)

Two Night Stand (1/05/2019)

Begin Again (1/05/2019)

Hairspray (2007) (8/05/2019)

Rogue (8/05/2019)

Yes Man (8/05/2019) 

Girl Trip (13/05/2019)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (13/05/2019)

The Notebook (14/05/2019)

The Circle (15/05/2019)

Await Further Instructions (15/05/2019)

Shetland: Season 3 (15/05/2019)

Step Up (16/05/2019)

The Flintstones (16/05/2019)

Jane Eyre (16/05/2019)

Miami Vice (16/05/2019)

Funny People (16/05/2019)

Land of the Lost (16/05/2019)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (16/05/2019)

Beat Bugs: All Together Now (21/05/2019)

Miss Congeniality (22/05/2019)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (22/05/2019)

Gran Torino (22/05/2019)

American Sniper (22/05/2019)

The Imitation Game (22/05/2019)

Free Birds (22/05/2019)

Gifted (29/05/2019)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (29/05/2019)

What's coming next month and beyond?

Netflix has has big plans for 2018, with a number of high-profile shows and movies confirmed for release on the service. Here's our list of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:37:38 +0000
What's new on Netflix Australia for May 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May has today made the surprise announcement that her government will give Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei the go-ahead to help build 5G infrastructure in the UK.

The decision comes despite warnings from both the American and Australian governments about the potential threat posed by deploying Huawei equipment. Britain's western allies have both voiced fears that the Chinese manufacturer has close ties to the Chinese government, and that its telecommunications  could, therefore, be used as a vehicle for state-sponsored espionage.

With most developed nations currently racing to set up 5G cellular networks, Huawei is one of just a few providers of the technology required for the next generation of mobile connectivity.

The American and Australian governments have both banned Huawei from providing components to build 5G networks in their countries, with a former Australian Prime Minister lamenting that the Five Eyes nations – that is, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada – have not developed the capability to roll out 5G networks 'in house'.

Despite recent reports suggesting that the potential security risks posed by Chinese-made equipment can be mitigated, the bans in the US and Australia remain in place  and both countries continue to push allies to likewise ban Huawei from building their own 5G networks. 

You’ve been warned

While today's announcement could potentially strain the UK’s relationship with the US and Australia, Britain’s National Security Council has only agreed to allow Huawei access to ‘non core’ parts of the country's 5G infrastructure, according to The Telegraph. And although it isn’t a blanket ban, the decision is not likely to please either the Chinese government or Huawei.

A recent study claimed that if the UK completely banned Huawei from building the country’s 5G mobile network, it could cost the British economy as much as £6.8 billion. Another report, which was commissioned by industry body Mobile UK, has said the exclusion of Huawei would delay the widespread availability of 5G in the UK by 18-24 months.

However, the ban on Huawei equipment hasn’t stopped telcos from the US and Australia from rolling out 5G networks locally. AT&T has switched on 5G in some US cities, while Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has done the same Down Under.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:29:10 +0000
The UK will let Huawei build selected parts of its 5G infrastructure

Upgrade your living space into a smart home without breaking the bank with our hand-picked smart home devices that include speakers, security cameras, light bulbs and more. Create a smart home hub with these gadgets that work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to simplify your technology and help make your day-to-day life even easier.
Whether you want to personalize and control your lighting, stream music and videos or secure your home, we've found a variety of top-rated smart home gadgets to help you get started building your smart home. Most of your products work with Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control the devices with the command of your voice. We've also included the Aukey Smart Plug-in our list which gives any device you plug into smart capabilities.
Read on for our list of the best smart home gadgets that include the best prices and deals that are currently available. We have a variety of devices that will fit all smart home needs and budgets.

The best smart home device deals

The best-selling Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart speaker that works with Alexa to make calls, answer questions, set alarms, check the weather and so much more. The compact smart speaker can also control your compatible smart home devices with the command of your voice. Just ask Alexa to find TV shows, turn on lights, adjust the temperature and more. You can use your voice to play a song or artist through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and others. Alexa has over 50,000 skills so you can discover new skills that will help you with everyday tasks.

The Amazon Echo smart speaker can play music, answer questions, set alarms and more all with the command of your voice. You can also control your other smart home devices with the Alexa-enabled speaker just ask Alexa to turn off the lights, adjust your thermostat, lock your door and more. The Echo can make calls and send and receive messages through the hands-free speaker. The smart speaker features a better audio experience than the Echo Dot offering a powerful audio with Dolby technology built in to the speaker.

Control your lighting from anywhere with the TP-Link Alexa-enabled light bulb. You can turn your lights on and off and adjust brightness with your tablet or smartphone using the Kasa app. You can connect the smart bulb with Alexa or Google Assistant devices and use your voice to control your lights. The easy-to-install light bulb can transform into any color to set the mood and personalize your lighting by adjusting brightness as well as light appearance from soft white to daylight. The TP-Link bulbs will also help you out with your energy costs by reducing energy use up to 80% without brightness or quality loss. 

Turn your electronics and appliances into voice and app-controlled devices with the Kasa Smart WiFi plug by TP-Link. The smart plug works with Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can turn your devices into a hands-free experience. You can turn on lamps, appliances and more from anywhere on your smartphone using the Kasa app. You can also schedule the smart plug to automatically turn on and off when you're away and reduce your energy by managing devices that use the most power. 

Help secure your home with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro that allows you to answer your door from anywhere. The Ring Pro works with Alexa and will send alerts to Echo devices which allows you to hear and speak to visitors entirely hands-free. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro also sends alerts to your smartphone when motion is detected or when someone presses the doorbell so you can monitor your home from anywhere. The Pro features advanced motion detection with a camera view that generates motion alerts within user-set motion zones. The Ring doorbell connects to your existing doorbell wiring so you don't have to worry about re-charging the battery and features four different faceplate options.

Control your thermostat from anywhere with the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat. The smart thermostat uses technology to learn your habits and adjust automatically to help save you energy. On average the Nest thermostat saves 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills so the Nest will pay for itself in no time. You're able to control your thermostat from anywhere with Nest app using your phone, tablet or laptop. The smart thermostat also works with Alexa so you can adjust and control the temperature with the command of your voice. The Nest thermostat features a thinner and sleeker design than previous models and comes in four different colors.

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Clean your floors with the command of your voice and completely hands-free with the Wi-Fi connected iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum. You can use the iRobot home app to clean and schedule your vacuum from anywhere and receive notifications when the job is complete. The Roomba 960 can continuously clean for up to 75 minutes and will automatically recharge. The robot vacuum features a three-stage cleaning system and a high-efficiency filter that captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and dust. The Roomba is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can control the vacuum with your voice. 

The Amazon Cloud Cam is an indoor security camera that monitors your home in 1080p full HD. You'll be able to watch your home from anywhere at any time with the compatible Cloud Cam app. You can view live streams, replay clips and get alerts when the camera detects activity. You can customize your alerts so you'll only get alerts that matter. The Amazon camera features night vision so you'll also be able to monitor your home in the dark. The Cloud Cam also offers two-way audio so you can speak to guests in your home through the app. The security camera works with Alexa so you can use your voice to show your live feed on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot.

Keep your home secure with the Arlo Pro two camera security system. The top rated security system includes two cameras, rechargeable batteries, power adapter and cable, wall mount, and a base station. The Arlo Pro cameras are weatherproof so they can be used indoors or outdoors and can operate in up to 122-degree temperature. The 100% wireless Arlo Pro records video in 1080p HD resolution and offers advanced motion detection to catch every angle so no moment goes unnoticed. The security system also has a smart siren that can be controlled remotely, or when motion or sound is detected. The security camera works with Alexa, and has a compatible app which allows you to monitor your home from anywhere.

The top-selling Anova Sous Vide lets you master the hottest cooking trend, sous vide. Just fill a pot with water, set the desired temperature and time, and cook everything (meat, souffle, carrots) to perfection. The Anova Sous Vide allows you to prepare restaurant quality meals by cooking your food at the precise temperature and not ever having to worrying about over-cooking. You can set the time and temperature manually on the device or through the Anova app. The app allows you to cook remotely, so you don't have to wait around in the kitchen waiting for your food to cook. The app also gives you access to over 1,000+ creative recipes and guides you through each recommended meal.

Build your smart lighting hub for your home with the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit. The Philips starter kit includes three 60W white and color ambiance A19 bulbs, one Hue bridge, ethernet cable, and power adapter. The Hue hub is compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can control your lighting with your voice. The Hue color bulbs allow you to choose from sixteen million colors in the Hue app to set the perfect mood and create a unique and personalized lighting experience. The Hue app also lets you sync your lighting with movies and music and allows you to control everything remotely. The Hue hub will enable you to add on to your smart lighting system with the bridge accommodating up to fifty Hue lights.

Secure your home the smart way with the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. The Schlage connect features a touch screen keypad which allows for keyless entry. This lets every member in your family have their own 4-digit code that will be easy to remember. You can also create temporary codes for visitors and never have to worry about replacing locks or exchanging keys. The Schlage Connect is Z-Wave compatible and connects to your home automation system which allows you to lock or unlock your door remotely. You can also use your voice to control the lock with any Amazon Alexa compatible device. The deadbolt features a built-in alarm that comes in three different modes that will alert you when someone is coming or going and communicate any potential security threats.

The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote is the ultimate universal remote that not only controls your TV but can also control other smart home devices. The Harmony remote works with Alexa so you can use your voice to control your TV and other connected devices. The remote features one-touch automation so you can touch one button to trigger everyday activities like turning on the lights and TV. The Harmony Elite also works with other smart home devices, offering single-touch control with smart lights, locks, thermostats and more. The universal remote lets you combine up to fifteen remotes and several apps into one easy-to-use remote so you can control all of your electronics and gadgets with one device.

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