Author: Peter Wells

If you were able to help find a cure for cancer without lifting a finger, it would be a no-brainer, right?

Well now you can, thanks to a new Android app created by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Vodafone Foundation Australia, which funds health and well-being projects that use mobile technology.

Great idea. I’ve got a few Android phones on my desk I’ll set up for this.

Source: Your smartphone can help cure cancer while you sleep |

When the bar is raised by existing competition, the flaws of a 1.0 product stick out far more than they did when you’re revolutionizing and changing a market that is either dormant or nonexistent. The piss-poor performance of apps on the Watch is hard to ignore. The clusterfuck of an interface that Apple Music has compared to Spotify is hard to justify. The lack of an update to the Remote app or Bluetooth Keyboard support on the Apple TV makes me curious how Apple prioritizes features; that truly seems like a glaring omission.

Justin Williams, diplomatic as always. And spot on.

Source: “Despite Its Flaws . . .” | carpeaqua

Apple today announced an expansion of its mobile payments service Apple Pay in two new countries, Australia and Canada, for owners of American Express cards. CEO Tim Cook broke the news on Apple’s fourth-quarter earnings call today, saying the company wanted to bring Apply Pay to more “key global markets.”

American Express to start.

A quick google shows Amex makes up around 18~20% of the credit card market in Australia. But hey, it’s a start.

Source: Apple Pay is expanding to Australia and Canada with American Express | The Verge

Google Play Music helps connect people with the perfect soundtrack for whatever they’re doing—whether they’re stuck in rush hour traffic, staying up late with friends or lifting weights at the gym. But what if that same technology and curation could help connect people with great podcasts based on their mood or interest—something to make them laugh, get lost in a story or learn something new? We thought that would be awesome, so we plan to start offering podcasts on Google Play Music, giving podcasters access to millions of new listeners on Android phones and tablets.

Woohoo! About bloody time.

Source: Official Android Blog: Podcasters, welcome to Google Play Music

From Huawei’s press release:

Huawei has teamed up with Google to today launch the highly-anticipated Nexus 6P, on sale in Australia from 3 November 2015. Featuring the latest and most powerful processor technology, the new and elegant Nexus 6P is set to raise the benchmark for Nexus phones…

Retailing at $999 outright, the Nexus 6P (64GB) smartphone will be available in aluminum across JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores from 3 November 2015. Vodafone users can pick up the Nexus 6P (64GB) for $5 per month on an $80 Red plan. Optus will offer the Nexus 6P (32GB) for $5 on a $60 plan. The device will also be available from $899 (for the 32GB version) on the Google Store.

And LG:

The Nexus 5 of 2013 was widely acknowledged at the time as a standout product with reviewers praising the beauty and performance of the hardware, including the 2GB of RAM and 1080p screen.

Since that time LG has focused on developing its feature rich flagship smartphones, releasing the LG G3 and LG G4 which have been widely acclaimed for their design and functionality.

The Nexus 5X will be available in Australia both online and in-store from Tuesday 3rd November 2015.

Adding to the great news is that the Nexus 5X is going to be available to the Australian consumer in a variety of options. It will come in three colours – Carbon Black, Ice Blue and Quartz White*

Two memory size options will be available**: 16GB and 32GB.

The AUD RRP for the 32GB is $739 and the 16GB is $659.

The ABC will lose one of its most popular podcasts, Science Vs, after presenter Wendy Zukerman was poached by emerging US podcast service Gimlet.Science Vs has clocked up more than 1.3m downloads for the ABC and has built a large following in the US, allowing creator and owner Zukerman to turn the part-time podcasting role into a full-time gig in New York.

Congrats to Wendy, it’s a fantastic podcast.

Source: ABC to lose popular Science Vs podcast as format and presenter snapped up by US outfit – mUmBRELLA