Life & Technology - 2GB 12th July, 2015

This week's big news is that LG has finally made its 4K OLED TVs available in Australia. I've seen these a couple of times before while at tradeshows overseas, but this is the first time Australians can buy one. Without any exaggeration, I can safely say that OLED is the future of TV. Of course, it does come with a price - a 55 inch 4K OLED TV will set you back AUD$5999, while a 65 inch will set you back $AUD$9,999. Click here for more information about what makes OLED so special.

 

In other LG news, the company’s latest smartphone, the LG G4 is now available for pre-order ahead of a July 14 release date. You’ll be able to get it on contract from Telstra and Optus, but if you pre-order it outright from our sponsor Harvey Norman, you’ll get a bonus 64 GB microSD card. The model with a leather back is available for AUD$928, while the plastic back unit will cost you AUD$877.

 

We’ve really enjoyed using the G4 – we’ve had it for a few weeks now and the camera is amazing. We’ve got some sample photos in our review which you can read here!

 

Optus has cut the price of its Unlimited broadband bundles, which now start at AUD$95 per month. Click here for more information about that gets you!

 

If you were really good at Pac-Man back in the day, you might have gotten to the 256th level. The 256th level was unbeatable, and actually more of a glitch than an actual level, because the old arcade machines couldn't handle numbers bigger than 255. Now for Pac-Man's 35th anniversary, Hipster Whale, the Australian developers before Crossy Road, are building a new version of Pac-Man based on this glitch for iOS and Android devices. I had a chat with Hipster Whale co-founder Matt Hall this week, which you can listen to as part of our podcast!

 

The company formerly known as NBN Co has announced that work will commence on connecting an additional 200,000 premises to the National Broadband Network (NBN) before the end of December next year.

 

The communities added to rollout - including North Sydney, Ryde, Beaconsfield, the Sunshine Coast, and parts of the Margaret River - will be among the first to be connected to the NBN via the new multi-technology mix. Many of these premises will be connected using the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) approach. Click here for the entire list of areas.