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Google Pixel

After Google Nexus  now you have from Google the new Pixel phone wholly designed by Google as you can see the small ‘G’ on the lower rear of the Pixel’s metal case. There are two great pixel phones one a 5 inch pixel and the other 5.5 inch Pixel XL. The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL are well-built, with fast performance, excellent cameras and great screens. Though these phones are less water resistant here are the specifications of this phone

Specifications of Google Pixel Phones

The phone is designed in well balanced nice size.  The screen on the five-inch Pixel offers a 1080 x 1920 resolution display, to the XL’s 1440 x 2560 quad-HD pan. With a dual-LED flash alongside, the Pixel’s camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 lens, With two 2.15GHz and two 1.6GHz cores and 4GB of RAM in a big. Little setup that distributes tasks to efficiency and power cores to maximise battery life, the Pixel is also capable of achieving up to 200MBps download speeds over 4G, one third faster than any other smartphone currently on sale in Australia.

Though better LTE reception but you need the HSPA for voice calls and switching between LTE and HSPA sometimes causes the Pixel to play out a bit, as if there is no data connectivity, and even flipping in and out of airplane mode doesn’t always fix it, so a reboot is needed.

You can buy the Pixel in both 32 GB and 128 GB storage capacities in both the 5-inch and 5.5-inch screen size, but there’s no microSD card slot or larger storage option, although you can plug in expandable storage over the phone’s USB Type-C connector. The available colors of the phone are Silver or the Black to choose from.

The Pixel Launcher and Google Assistant that are the main software in Google’s Pixel phone  and on Android this type of a voice recognition virtual assistant hears you and responds well. The Pixel Launcher is simple as it gets rid of the screen-spanning search bar, like to replace it with a tap able icon, it hides all your apps under the dock rather than behind a dedicated page. The stock Android notification and quick settings menu all have much of the settings screen in much more improved format.

The Google Assistant is going to be a huge part of the Pixel’s success as it is built into every inch of the Pixel Launcher from the home button to Google’s Allo group chat, has every bit of the power of Google’s search along with natural language processing that works. You can ask it to set a timer and or launch an app or play music, or you can ask it what’s on at the movies it just works wonderful

The 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080pixel) and 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440pixel) AMOLED displays on the Pixel and Pixel XL are very vibrant, and have excellent contrast and maximum brightness levels.

Battery life, too, is a standout success considering the Pixel’s hardcore processing power with extremely bright and vibrant OLED display. The Pixel’s 2770mAh and the XL’s 3450mAh cells give good performance.

Though in US the base Pixel starts at just $US649 but in Australia the Google pixel costs $AU1079 for the entry-level 32GB 5-inch Pixel. More storage (128GB) will set you back another $150. The Pixel XL is $AU1269 for the 32GB and a whopping $AU1419 for the 128GB

With best search, excellent language processor, huge suite of online services and all of that wrapped up in persistent online cloud storage, without unnecessary software the Pixel phone is the best phone from Google.

Christmas is approaching fast, so it’s time to get in the spirit with some apps. Unsurprisingly, on top of snow & capitalism the holidays bring a slew of apps. Even though you may dread the holidays, there are a few programs that can instill joy in anyone. From Santa Trackers to Holiday Recipes, there’s something for everyone. These new releases are the perfect way to distract your children & help the festivities go off without a hitch.

We know that preparing for the holidays can be a stressful task. That’s why we have compiled this epic list of Christmas apps for iPhone users. Let these programs help you kick off the holidays, you’ll be amazed at how much they help!

5 Must Have iOS Christmas Apps

Christmas Apps

This app lets you unleash your inner photographer!

Christmas App #1: Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition – Everyone loves taking selfies, so why not add a festive twist. This app contains 20 different “Grinchmas” cards that can be customized with your photos. There are a myriad of options at your disposal, so making the perfect Christmas card is a breeze. When you are done the cards can easily be emailed to friends & family. Spread the holiday spirit with this delightfully festive app!

Christmas Apps

Get you Christmas shopping in order!

Christmas App #2: The Christmas List – Take the guess work out of shopping with this game changing app. Organizing your Christmas shopping has never been easier. In this program, every aspect of Christmas shopping is covered. It comes complete with address book integration, email support & spending tracking. The last option is a godsend, since it keeps you from going over your annual gift budget. It’s also password protected, so your list stays secret. If you are easily overwhelmed, this will make the holidays a lot easier to handle.

Christmas Apps

It’s time to prepare the perfect holiday treat.

Christmas App #3: Good Food Festive Recipes – Hands down one of the best parts of the holidays is the food. There are many variations, but Christmas cuisine is always unforgettable. Even though its hard to go wrong with these dishes, sometimes a little inspiration is necessary. If you are sick of the usual holiday entrees, it’s your lucky day. Now you can finally taste something new with BBC’s new app! They are giving you over 100 recipes to try out during the holidays.

Each recipe has step by step instructions that are accompanied with photos. Even if you gave up eating meat, there are plenty of vegetarian options. They also have basic cooking tips for beginners. So even if you are lost in the kitchen you can get in the game.

Christmas Apps

It’s time to keep the kids entertained…

Christmas App #4: Santa’s Christmas Village – When preparing for the holidays, parents need a helping hand. This action packed app is filled with games, so your children will be entertained while you work. These Christmas themed games feature classics such as solitaire, hangman, minesweeper, checkers & more. Buy yourself some much needed breathing room with this vibrant series of games!

Christmas Apps

Make the time fly by with this epic game.

Christmas App #5: Christmas Sudoku – Obviously the kids will have their fun, but sometimes adults need a break too. This game provides you with festively decorated Sudoku levels. You can even challenge your friends over Bluetooth. There are over 90 levels to beat, so you can kill plenty of time. Give yourself a mental workout with this surprisingly educational game!

Huawei aims to take the US smartphone market by storm with the release of the Mate 9. This smartphone comes with a hefty price tag, but has the power to make it worthwhile. While it may look eerily similar to other Android phones, it boasts some innovative features. On top of having spectacular battery life, it also ages with the user. This means that the more you use it, the more the phone adapts to your needs. Huawei claims that their Emotion UI’s machine learning algorithms are a game changer.

Since it features such tantalizing possibilities, the Huawei Mate 9 is impossible to ignore. We decided to see if this bold debut lived up to the hype. Here’s what we discovered after using this phablet for a week. Prepare to rethink the way you look at Android smartphones!

Exploring the Mate 9’s Capabilities

Mate 9

Huawei is ready to take the market by storm.

The first thing you notice after picking up the Huawei Mate 9 is its formidable size. It clocks in at 6.17 inches by 3.1 inches, which makes it extremely attractive to anyone who loves phablets. This larger than life design provides a 5.9 inch 1080, 373 PPI display. The Mate 9’s aluminum backing is slightly slippery, so purchasing a phone cover is indispensable. Another reason to invest in a protector is the price. Huawei held nothing back on this phone, so it retails at €699 (~$740). This price tag may be shocking to some, but once you get to know the Mate 9 it lives up to the cost.

Surprisingly, the back of the phone is where a lot of the action is. The back top half is home to the fingerprint sensor & cameras. The fingerprint sensor works flawlessly, despite the fact that it doesn’t boast the “Smart Key” functionality of the Honor 8. The 20 megapixel monochrome & 12 MP RGB Leica back cameras offer the best of both worlds. If you crave pictures that are absolutely packed with fine detail, the monochrome lens will blow you away. There are also a wide variety of modes that allow you to take advantage of both cameras’ strongpoints. There’s also a powerful 8 MP front camera to take selfies.

Unfortunately, these cameras have their weaknesses. In low light they take noticeably longer to focus than their peers. There’s also no auto HDR, which is odd since all the competition features this.

Mate 9

The potential of this release is nothing short of groundbreaking!

The Mate 9 really goes the extra mile when it comes to the battery. Huawi claims the 4000 mAh battery can keep the phone running for two days on a single charge. We found that the phone lasted 16 hours on a video loop, which is still beats the competition by a long shot.

The inner workings are where the Mate 9 truly shines. It’s powered by Huawei’s Kirin 960 SoC, & sports four ARM Cortex A73 CPU cores. There are also four Cortex A54 cores, Mali-G71 GPU & 64 GB of storage. If that wasn’t enough storage, you can expand it with a 256GB microSD card. All this runs on Android 7.0 with Huawie’s Emotion UI skin. This new feature allows the phone to adapt to you. It runs on algorithyms that tweak the usage of apps as it gets to know you. Unfortunately, a week of using it wasn’t enough time to see a difference. For now we are going to have to take Huawei’s word for it.

All in all this is a solid release from Huawei. They have successfully created a larger than life phone with a battery that can back it up. The camera is great, as long as you stay in the light. It also boasts the innovative learning features of Emotion UI. The only downside is the cost, which may keep people from switching over to Huawei. This phone may be a game changer, but only time will tell if it can convince people to ditch their iPhones.

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Secure Tablet

Samsung Electronics, the brand mobile phone developer is all set to incorporate BlackBerry’s encryption technology into a Samsung tablet used by German government agencies that have access to and use classified information. The modified Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 dubbed SecuTABLET, has Blackberry’s Secusmart encryption and certification technology built in. The technology locks down the data stored on and transferred from the tablet.

The SecuTablet

According to Blackberry, SecuTABLET is the latest BlackBerry product that meets the security guidelines set by German government agencies. SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 had also received approval and is being used by the German government to secure its mobile voice and data communication.

Samsung and Blackberry already worked together and were joined by IBM in building high-security tablets to launch a custom-made version of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The device was known as the Secu Tablet. It was specifically made to provide security for its users. However, it was quite expensive as it was sold for $2,380 each. The tablet was approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security. It was also tagged with a security level “for public authorities” for its amazing safety features.

The companies claim that the new tablet will be embedded with an encryption technology. This new aspect of encoding should improve the security of an already-secure Samsung tablet. The device will be literally spy-proof thus allowing government agencies to use it without worrying about any national security issues.

BlackBerry recently launched a software licensing program that enables the BlackBerry Hub and other applications to be available on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This means the BlackBerry Hub is now the SecuTABLET’s centralized and secure messaging inbox, collecting all messages, such as emails, calendar entries and any application notifications in one organized location.

Galaxy Tab S2, some unnamed agencies in Germany are using some undisclosed number of SecuTABLETs, the SecuTABLET has achieved Germany’s VS-NfD security rating, and you can use the Hub application on the SecuTABLET.

Blackberry DTEK50

DTEK50 Blackberry

Blackberry is Germany’s most renowned smartphone manufacturer. Despite being a pioneer in the industry, the company has been struggling for the past couple of years with the rise of other smartphone giants. They even had to replace their own operating system to use the more popular Android OS. Blackberry has also tried to catch up with trendier and more stylish handsets. In fact, they released a second Android-based smartphone model in July called DTEK50. The first Android phone Blackberry released was the Priv. The device, which BlackBerry claims is the world’s most secure Android based phone, goes for $300 and is missing a BlackBerry signature: that is its keyboard. The DTEK50 encrypts the data saved in the smartphone’s memory. That means if you lose the phone or it’s stolen, hackers won’t be able to get access to your data. The chip-level security built in also runs a safe version of the Android operating system. The phone even acts as a police officer, automatically monitoring the Android OS and apps to alert you when your privacy could be at risk. But these were not successful in the market because of their pricing.

Future of Blackberry

Many experts believe that future of Blackberry is bleak and will be no more heard. But the diverson strategy of Blackberry is about to make another revolution in the telecom technology. Blackberry is focusing on building a name as the top provider of security and productivity software. Samsung will strengthen the wall with their own security software called Knox. These features should make the tablet the safest way to send messages between users. The primary commodity that Blackberry can offer their customers right now is privacy. No other competitor can match their ability to do so.

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Pokies is a game that celebrates diversity, but only a few manufacturers keep the show on the road. When it comes to gambling, few games have captivated our imaginations like pokies. There are countless pokies themes that flicker on the screens of millions of machines around the world. These games are so popular that they literally fuel the Australian economy. Since these machines generate billions of dollars in revenue, the amount of new games is staggering. Surprisingly, despite all these options there are only a few major companies that bring this game to life.

After diving deep into the industry, it’s easy to see there’s a certain level of monopoly. For the average punter, only 3 main companies will come to mind. Aristocrat, Ainsworth & IGT have all become household names. These companies have pioneered pokies with their tantalizing machines. Even though pokies is rapidly expanding online, their presences is still strong in land based casinos. In these fast paced times, it’s nothing short of impressive that these companies been able to adapt.

Apparently, something is special about pokies. For this reason, it’s important to understand the stories behind the companies who paved the way. In this article we will examine some of the biggest players in the industry. Get ready to get down & dirty with these larger than life companies!

Exploring the World’s Biggest Pokies Companies

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This company has made pokies what it is today.

Company #1: Aristocrat Gaming Technology – When it comes to pokies, Aristocrat reigns supreme. Ever since the 50’s they have pioneered nearly every aspect of the game. Till this day they still have the industry in a chokehold with their award winning machines.

The company was founded in 1953 by none other than the gambling tycoon Len Ainsworth. The timing couldn’t have been better, since New South Whales legalized pokies 3 months later. Aristocrat soon made a name for themselves with their first pokies machine, the Clubman. They followed up this historic debut with the Clubmaster.

These impressive releases helped cement Aristocrat as a leader in the pokies industry. In 1984, they revolutionized the game with the first modern day pokie machine. From there they continued to dominate the market with a never ending series of epic releases. Queen of the Nile, 5 Dragons & More Chilli are all part of their arsenal. It will be interesting to see where they take the game next!

pokies producers

This is yet another industry giant.

Company #2: IGT – Many people may only recognize this titan from the 80’s. However this company has been operating under the radar as a private company since the 1950’s. In 1981 International Game Technology went public & claimed their piece of the pokie bonanza. From the start this company has won over fans by allowing them to play their favorite games across all channels. Gaming machines, lotteries & social gaming are all accessible by IGT. Their cornucopia of premium content has made them the number one game maker in the U.S. Even though they dominate America, they also have substantial influence in Australia.

pokies producers

This company is named after the king of pokies.

Company #3: Ainsworth Game Technology – When Len Ainsworth left Aristocrat in 1995, he had big plans. He used his expertise & cunning business prowess to found his own company. Before long this enterprise became an empire. Their multi-level progressive jackpots made games that were unforgettable. Double Shot, Triple Shot & Quad Shot games became their calling card. This visionary company continues to set the standard for pokies machines. It’s one of the top 3 game makers in Australia, & their influence can be seen around the globe.

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It is not just that Android mobile is for calling, texting or for taking selfies and chatting on social media but it works wonders if you have some of the best apps. If you run a small business like  a coffee café, beauty salon, running websites or have a food truck there are remarkable apps for Android users for running such businesses smoothly and will surely make things faster for you. Here are the 5 must apps for Android to download that will help you run your small business.

1. Deputy App

Deputy App

With Deputy app you can manage your small business and your employees. You can schedule the time for staff workers, manage their payroll and send them task to complete. This app acts as an internal communication and employee performance tool. You can have this app free to download on your Android phone at Google Play Store.

2. Invoice2go App

Invoice2go

As the name of the app suggests it creates invoices on the go. This is the perfect app for small business men.  There are a lot of templates to choose from for estimates and purchase orders as well. Best of all it syncs across your devices, creating charts and reports automatically to show you how your business is performing, who owes you money. It saves your time for getting invoices out, and get paid faster too. You can have this app free at Google Play Store.

3. Evernote App

Evernote app

This is must app for taking notes. With a clean interface, tagging tools and searchable text you save directly to a cloud you can access from any device. It saves websites, typed notes, PDF’s, images, handwriting, itineraries, schedules, lists, contacts which helps you in business to store the important details and information. You can have this app free and download from Google play store.

4. Square App

Square app

With Square app you can have payments for your business with credit cards.One of the biggest benefits is that you will not have to pay any monthly fees or a fee to sign up for the application. Instead, they will take 2.75% of the transaction.  It accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, your customers pay, tip, and sign right on your device. You can keep a record of your cash and track your invoice. You can download this app free from Google Play store for your Android.

5. Asana

Asana App

With this app you can manage your work more efficiently. The interface is simple to use, and it can help to keep your work organized. From tasks and projects to conversations and notifications, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish. You can have this app free to download from Google Play Store.

Also there are few more apps that help you in business like Vend app; Dropbox; Fuze and few more. These apps really make a difference and it is better to work organized, professionally and increase the productivity which is what any businessmen will look upon.

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Even though 2016 has brought plenty of drama, it has given us some epic Android apps. Thanks to millions of users demanding improved performance, the amount of quality apps has exploded. They range from playful entertainment to technical lifesavers. Once you start using the best Android apps you will be amazed that you managed to live without them.

The amount of apps available is nothing short of staggering. With countless new additions, the road is constantly being paved for fresh innovation. Every year thousands of new apps make it to the Play Store, but only a few of them are worth your time. We know that sifting through all these new options can be overwhelming. That’s why we did the research & found the best new apps of 2016. Be prepared to be united with your next favorite app!

Best Android Apps of 2016

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Enjoy the internet the way it should be, private & secure.

App #1: ExpressVPN – Using Wi-Fi in public places can bring dire consequences. People can see what pages you access & even steal your personal information. One way to protect your phone is by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This extra layer of protection shields you from government blocks & unwanted surveillance.

ExpressVPN is the perfect app for people who are using different Wi-Fi networks on the go. It’s extremely fast & provides a SSL-secured network that’s sealed with 256-bit encryption. One of its most tantalizing feature is the fact that you get unlimited bandwidth & speed. They also have servers in 78 countries, so you can stay protected while traveling. The only sticking point is the price, it costs $8.32 per month on a yearly plan. But to anyone who is constantly traveling this service is invaluable.

best Android apps

Get in shape with these quick exercises!

App #2: 7 Minute Workout – Hands down this is the best fitness app of 2016. Since most of us are scrambling to accommodate our fast paced schedules, time is scarce. Juggling work, family & fitness can be a daunting task. Fortunatley the 7 Minute Workout App is revolutionizing how people approach fitness.

This innovative app focuses on short bursts of high intensity workout routines. These plans are scientifically proven to improve cardiovascular function & stimulate weight loss. The best part is you don’t have to go to the gym. All the exercises can be done in your home or office. While you won’t get super huge with these workouts, they will put you on the path for a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking for a workout app that celebrates simplicity, look no further than this epic app!

best Android apps

Stay on top of the weather with this app!

App #3: 1Weather – Anyone who loves staying one step ahead of the weather will fall head over heels for this app. 1Weather provides a simple design that hosts a slew of complex features. It shows you the current weather & lets you explore forecasts up to 12 weeks in advance. There’s also a radar, severe weather notifications, fun stats & customizable widgets. You can also tailor the design to appeal to your tastes. The true beauty of this app is the fact that you can make it as complex as you want. It’s also free, but to get rid of the ads you will have to pay $1.99. All in all this weather app is a game changer for anyone who wants to stay ahead of Mother Nature!

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Google has finally made their foray into smartphones, & the Pixel holds its ground against the competition. This new model has all the premium features we would expect from a high end phone. Unfortunately this also includes the same price as a new iPhone or Galaxy S7.

To Google’s credit, the Pixel is well worth the price. It matches or beats the competition in every major field. The Google Pixel is incredibly powerful, has a great camera & a vibrant battery life. Another huge point in its favor is the rugged debut of the Google Assistant. This groundbreaking feature is paving the way for everyone to have their own personal sidekick. Love it or hate it, Google is officially part of the smartphone industry.

The Pros & Cons of the Google Pixel

google pixel

Google is taking the smartphone industry by storm.

Look out Android carriers, Google is ready to show us how a real Android smartphone is made. Even though Android phones dominate the market share, many people are reluctant to give up their iPhones. This is due to the fact that many Android models feel a bit compromised. It’s no secret that Android phones have their flaws. Since so many carriers are making their own tweaks to the same basic software, they lack a since of fluidity. Now the makers of the software are stepping in & taking the industry by storm.

The Google Pixel is everything you would expect from a high end smartphone. Even though this phone was manufactured by HTC, Google designed the entire phone. They went to great lengths to make this phone stand out by making your favorite phone more powerful. Unfortunately, every vision comes with a price.

If you are looking for a bargain phone, the Google Pixel is not for you. Their phones match the prices of the iPhone 7 & Galaxy S7. Currently the Pixel is available in two models, the $649 32GB Pixel & the $869 128GB Pixel XL. These striking prices are no accident, the Google Pixel easily matches the quality of both major competitors.

google pixel

Any Apple users will immediately get deja vu.

When you pick up the Google Pixel, you will instantly be reminded of the iPhone. The 32GB Google Pixel has a 5 inch screen, while the 128GB Pixel XL has a 5.5 inch screen. While they have different sizes, they both have the same combination of metal & glass. On the front you are greeted with the unmistakable bezel on the bottom. While the back has a glass shade on the top third of the phone. The Pixel also has a subtle wedge shape that helps the camera blend into the frame. The fingerprint sensor is also on the back, which is a blessing & a curse depending on who you ask. All in all this looks like a hijacked iPhone.

Even though the aesthetics are nothing new, the specs are where the Pixel shines. Both models are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, have 4 gigs of RAM & hypnotic OLED screens. The last feature is incredibly important since Daydream VR will get released soon. The pixels are also lightning fast, making the phone noticeably faster than the Galaxy S7. Both batteries are well equipped to handle a full day of heavy use. With the Pixel XL showing a vastly improved battery life to its counter-part.

Another wildly impressive feature is the camera. The rear camera harnesses 12.3 megapixels with an f2.0 lens. This bad boy has two focusing options, phase detect & laser auto focus. Even though Google has proclaimed this to be the “best smartphone camera anyone has ever made”, it’s still a matter of preference. The iPhone 7 & Samsung Galaxy S7 both held their weight against the phone. But this was still an impressive feat since Google got things right on the first try.

Despite all these good features, the show stopper was supposed to be the Google Assistant. This feature allows you to ask any question & have it answered with Google’s plethora of knowledge. While this is a helpful feature, it still needs a little improvement before it can start to steal Apple’s fans. There are still a few integration kinks that need to be sorted out.

At the end of the day, it’s impossible to ignore the quality of the Google Pixel. It’s a mighty Android phone that has all the high end features of its counterparts. Unfortunately it isn’t waterproof, & doesn’t have the same amount of clout in the cellphone industry as Apple or Samsung. But as long as these phones don’t start randomly catching on fire Google has officially transitioned into the industry.

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Smartphones

There are so many smartphones available in the market that offer so many features and outstanding deals. These phones come with all sorts of price range with most of them costing $800 or even a $1000. But there are many  smartphones that are affordable and have the best to offer to its users even in low price.

So if you love saving some money or are conscious about your budget then the following are the best five budget smartphones for you that are under $600

1. Motorola Moto G

Moto G Phone

Price: $284

The Moto G is a budget smartphones with some great features. It’s a sub-$300 phone that boasts an IPX7 waterproof rating, a feature that many phones around the $1000 mark have yet to integrate. Though it is not considered as high-powered smartphone on the market, but its functionality is more than adequate for the price.

The third generation Moto G features a 13MP rear camera with a colour-balancing dual LED flash and 5MP front camera. The Gorilla Glass-protected HD display is a sizeable 12.7cm. Though it comes with 16GB internal memory it can be expanded with an optional microSD card up to 32GB. The Moto G is also 4G compatible, which very few smartphones offer.

2. OnePlus 3

One Plus 3

Price: $550

The OnePlus 3 though with a highly limited availability in Australia  has a great range of budget smartphones, from its OnePlus One, to the OnePlus 2 to the even cheaper OnePlus X. But the OnePlus 3 is the most ‘premium’ of its range, at the best price.

The OnePlus 3 boasts a fully metal construction for a truly premium look and feel, completed by the 15cm 1080p display. It also packs in a whole 6GB of RAM, and running a mod of Android called Oxygen OS, the OnePlus 3 is fully optimised to run nice and smoothly. Its 16MP rear camera can even shoot in RAW, while the front-facing camera boasts an impressive 8MP.

OnePlus 3 comes with 3000mAh battery that can run out in a day when overly used but overall this smartphone is quite a competitor in market when compared to other phones.

3. Xiaomi Mi5

Mi5

Price: $425

The Mi5 from Xiaomi  is a great high-end budget phone though difficult to find in Australia.

It is an impressively powerful phone, built around the same Snapdragon processor as the new LG G5 or Samsung Galaxy 7. The metal and glass body has a premium feel, though the ‘pro’ version has a ‘marble-textured’ ceramic finish. $425 will get you the standard 32GB model, going up to $490 for the 64GB model, or $575 for the 125GB Pro model.

4. Kogan Agora 6

Kogan Agora

Price: $179

The Kogan Agora 6 is the newest, cheapest phone made by Kogan, that you can buy for $179. According to Kogan Agora boasts “amazing performance and features normally found in a phone many times the price of the Agora 6”.

It does have a large, 5-inch HD display which is uncommon in cheaper phones; 2GB RAM; and a 1.3 GHz OctaCore processor. Although it only has 16GB of internal storage, it has the option of adding a microSD card up to 32GB, something some of the more expensive phones on this list offer.

One step up from the Agora 6 is the Agora 6 Plus, a $349 phone that Kogan says is comparable to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7.

5. iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

Price: $469

You will find that Android users have plenty of options when it comes to budget phones, but iOS don’t have so many options. All of the iPhones available at retail right now will set you back more than $800 when bought outright – but if you wish to have an iPhone then why not a bit older version. Yes three year old iPhone 5s  is the best phone to talk about as budget phone

With a 1.7GHz dual-core A7 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-band 4G/LTE, an 8MP camera with dual flash and a 1570mAh battery, the specs of the 5s are obviously nothing special these days.

Now it is your choice to pick any of the above for your budget

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Pokies isn’t just a game in Australia, it has become a big part of the economy. The country’s infatuation with gambling is showcased by the countless pokies machines scattered across the country. Brightly lit & ready to go, these machines churn out billions of dollars. This provides a steady stream of tax revenue, with huge amounts of cash going to the government. Even though this is great news, every industry has it’s dark side.

Australia Experiences the Good & Bad of Pokies

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Gambling fuels the Australian government.

Like many popular activities, pokies has the potential to be abused. For many problematic players, over indulgence while playing pokies machines can be disastrous. Unlike other forms of gambling, pokies machines allow punters to go through cash at lightning speeds. Problem gamblers generate a whopping 40% of gambling revenue. Australians lose more money to gambling than in any other country, with $23 billion dollars being spent a year.

Even though the amount of punters is dwindling, the amount of money being spent continues to grow. In the September quarter alone Aussies bet a record $6.5 billion. This put the average spending at $1000 a year for each Australian. These shocking figures put gambling at a 6.1% growth to $24.1 billion. Despite record numbers, the amount of punters has fallen sharply in the last 15 years. In 2000, every state reported 80% of their residents participated in gambling. Now the number of punters have declined to an average of 64%.

“We’ve seen a drop in participation in gambling on a per-capita basis, but the expenditure on gambling hasn’t dropped,” Australian Gambling Research Centre manager Anna Thomas said. “What we are seeing is a smaller group of people gambling more heavily.”

Some attribute this trend to the rise in addiction, while others attribute it to inflation. Many people point to the huge amount of money generated by pokies machines. In a majority of venues, pokies machines are more lucrative than nightclubs. The average machine generates $56,000 a year, while high end venues in Victoria reportedly made over $200,000 each. A growing number of groups claim that pokies machines promote addiction with catchy software & quick spending rates. While their may be some truth in that, pokies machine producers claim that this is just a reflection of the economy.

“There’s a very simple answer: over the last 62 years that I’ve been in the business each year, every year the amount of money that goes into gambling is directly related to the state of the economy,” Billionaire pokies machine producer Len Ainsworth told Fairfax Media. “If the economy goes up 5 per cent, you can bet the amount gambled will go up by that or even more. As they get more money or shall we say funds that they can spend, they will spend the same proportion of gambling as they do on everything else,” Mr Ainsworth said. “There’s nothing surprising about those numbers going up 6 per cent because I reckon we’ve had at least that much inflation over the period.”

Even though Len Ainsworth made a solid point, it’s still apparent that something has to change. Over 400 Australians commit suicide from gambling related problems every year. But this doesn’t mean it should be banned. It does generate some much needed tax revenue. Statistically speaking, most people enjoy playing pokies without experiencing negative repercussions. The problem is that around 115,000 punters are problem gamblers. We need to find a way to curb addiction without destroying a pastime that so many people love. Unfortunately when so much money is being made there is little motivation for reform.

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