Huawei phones have a record-breaking 100 million handset year;
Oz Comic-Con now coming to Brisbane and Sydney in September;
Toys “R” Us virtually returns;
Taylor Swift to Headline the Amazon Prime Day Concert;
Amazon Echo Show 5 takes piccies too;
BeerDroid makes beer you can drink – you control it via the app;
Panasonic releases a six-door mirror glass fridge;
Panasonic’s new air conditioner range will take away the winter chills;
ITy Bytes 2 July
Vote for ALF players with Google
Sport holds a special place in Aussies’ hearts. Google is always looking for ways to help you get closer to the action. Last year, it made updates to Search and the Google Assistant to give live scores, match results, upcoming fixtures and ladders for AFL, NRL, Rugby, Cricket and more.
Starting today, you’ll be able to vote for your favourite AFL players right on Google Search. You can vote once per day vias your Google Account. There will be one winner for each category, and the results will be shared on AFL.com.au soon after voting closes. So, you can mark your calendar, here are the categories and timeframes for voting:
Best on Ground: Voting will be open for every
Friday night match from 8:30 pm to 10:45 pm AEST from Round 15 for the rest of
the home and away season and in the Finals.
Player of the Round: You can vote the best
player from the weekend from 3 pm Monday to3 pm AEST Wednesday during the home
and away season, from Round 15 onwards.
Fan Awards: Launching at the end of the home and
away season. Stay tuned for more exciting categories!
Huawei phones have a record-breaking 100 million handset year – despite Trump
Huawei Consumer President of Handsets, Kevin Ho said the P30
Series played a significant role, with the flagship’s volume of sales hitting
10 million just 85 days after its launch, 62 days less than the P20 Series.
been a key market for Huawei. “We are so proud to have such a loyal customer
base. We are committed to Australians and will continue investing in R&D to
ensure we meet their needs by developing innovative yet nimble devices,” said
Larking Huang, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer in Australia.
The P30 Pro (GadgetGuy’s extensive coverage here) holds the highest DxOMark of 112 for photography (tied with Samsung Galaxy S10 5G). Huawei’s Australian smartphone website is here.
And in other news, it appears President Trump’s hard line against Huawei may be softening – at least in the consumer space.
Oz Comic-Con now coming to Brisbane and Sydney in September
Ever fancies being Luke, Darth, Hans, Princess Leis or even Chewie
– no – well don’t bother reading on. But if your inner nerd wants to expose
your true outer sci-fi persona then dress up and come to Oz Comic-Con. It is so
much fun, and if you wear a mask, you can get away with not being yourself.
*From 1 – 8 July, no min spend, max disc $300. 5 txn pp, 10 items per transaction. T&Cs apply
Taylor Swift to Headline the Amazon Prime Day Concert
Ten-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Taylor Swift will headline the Prime Day Concert on 10 July 2019, streaming live on Prime Video at 11 am on 11 July (and on-demand for a limited time) for Prime members in Australia, in a first-of-its-kind event that celebrates the best in Amazon entertainment, exclusively for Prime members.
The Prime Day Concert presented by Amazon Music and hosted
by award-winning actress Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Glee) will
provide an unforgettable experience for members worldwide with an evening of
additional performances from chart-topping artists including two-time GRAMMY
Award-winning artist Dua Lipa, multi-award-winning artist SZA, and global
superstar Becky G.
Amazon Echo Show 5 takes piccies too
Amazon’s new Echo Show 5 is a 5.5”, 960 x 480 touch screen with a 1MP 720p camera and a single 1.65” 4W speaker. At $129 it is cheaper than the round screen Echo Spot ($199) and the 10.1” Echo Show ($349). It has Wi-Fi AC dual band and BT 4.x.
If you are in the Amazon Alexa echo system (bad pun), it is the
best entry-level video/speaker. It will display Amazon Prime video content, Ring
security cameras and has access to more than 20,000 skills.
BeerDroid makes beer you can drink – you control it via the app
BewArt has released BeerDroid– the world’s first fully automated personal brewer, which brings the art, craft and science of brewing together in one elegant unit. Brew 10 litres of any beer style imaginable at pub quality, using BrewPrints and BrewArt Ingredients. The BrewArt App allows you to monitor and control the BeerDroid wherever you are. And it looks great in the kitchen instead of being relegated to the garage.
Cost is $799 with free shipping in Australia – hmmm I
suspect we need to review this!
While in the kitchen – Panasonic releases a six-door mirror glass fridge
The NR-F603GTX is a Japanese made, ultra-premium, stunning mirror finish, six-door, 682l (320 fridge/320 freezer/122 vegetables/ with an icemaker and a fresh freezing chamber. In case you are interested, it is 1828 (h), 685 (w) x 745 (d)mm and costs $5499 (although Retravision has it for a more reasonable $3998).
It has a soft freeze option -3° ‘Prime Fresh Case’ to keep frozen
food for up seven days – handy as you can cook without defrosting.
The four bottom draws roll outwards, and the top two doors
open French style enabling a large capacity in a smaller wall cavity. Of course
its energy efficient and has every conceivable latest fridge technology.
Speaking of Brrr – Panasonic’s new air conditioner range will take away the winter chills
We can’t speak too highly of Panasonic ACs. Quiet, inverter
technology and energy efficient.
The series features app/voice control and Panasonic’s nanoeX
air purifying system, which neutralises harmful indoor pollutants such as
allergens, bacteria and odours, to create a fresher and healthier living
environment for Australian homes.
The new R32 Z series Premium Reverse Cycle Wall Split range is available from leading appliance retailers and Panasonic Air Conditioning specialist dealers in June 2019, with full five-year part and labour warranty.