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ITy Bytes 2 July

  • Vote for ALF players with Google;
  • 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.

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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 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!

Further details here.

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.

Australia has 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.

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Its my way or the Huawei…

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.

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Brisbane: September 21 – 22
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sydney: September 28 – 29
Sydney Showground

Toys “R” Us virtually returns

Toys “R” Us is back in Australia announcing the launch of its official eBay store.

The store has more than 4,000 items from brands including LEGO, Mattel, Hasbro and Spin Master.

There’s no better time to get great deals like the below by applying code PLUTO at the checkout (*Conditions apply).

Product Current eBay Price After discount SAVE!
Brand New Hasbro Jenga Quake $51.99 $41.49 $10.40
Paw Patrol Bubble Blow Machine Bubble Maker $30.50 $24.40 $6.10
Rastar Black Porsche Cayenne Turbo RC Car $25.50 $20.40 $5.10
LEGO 75187 Star Wars BB-8 $133.60 $106.88 $26.72
LEGO 75956 Harry Potter Quidditch Match $55.40 $44.32 $11.08
LEGO 60162 Jungle Air Drop Helicopter $194.40 $155.52 $38.88
LEGO 41325 Heartlake City Playground $74.30 $59.44 $14.86
How To Train Your Dragon 3 Basic Dragon – Toothless $16.00 $12.80 $3.20

*From 1 – 8 July, no min spend, max disc $300. 5 txn pp, 10 items per transaction. T&Cs apply