Life & Technology - 2GB 19th July, 2015
Last week we talked about LG’s line of 4K OLED TVs, and this week we actually got to spend some time with one and were pretty impressed. In fact, we were lucky enough to nab one of Australia’s first reviews. Let me just say, 4K OLED lives up to the hype. It might not be everyone, but if you want a TV with amazing picture quality as the main criteria, LG’s two new 4K OLED displays are easily the best TVs you can get. Click here for the full review!
It feels like Garmin has a fitness tracker for everyone, whether you're into swimming, golf, or even just walking. I got in touch with Matt DeMoss, Garmin Australasia's general manager, to have a chat about the range. For the full interview, check out the podcast. Click here for Garmin's range.
Microsoft made a shocking announcement last week, confirming that it will make 7,800 staff redundant in the coming months. Many of these cuts will cut from its phone division, which led many to proclaim Windows Phone dead. Windows Phone isn’t dead though, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft will keep building first party smartphone, but under Nadella's restructuring, Microsoft will be left with just three smartphone lines: budget, business and flagship.
In other Microsoft news, Windows 10 is only days away. In the lead up to the launch, I had a chat to Andy Malakooti, the Windows Consumer Product Lead at Microsoft Australia. The big take away is that not everyone will get Windows 10 on day one, but if you want to get it sooner than later - and are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 - you can reserve the upgrade using a new widget in the bottom right hand corner of your computer. It's a free upgrade, I think you'll love it, but if you don't, you'll have 30 days in which you can go back to whatever operating system you were using.
I also had a chat to Chris Kinman this week, GoPro's Media Relations Manager. GoPro has just brought out a new action cam - the HERO4 Session - it's smallest and simplest yet. I'm not too extreme myself, so I asked Chris about the "non-extreme" uses for GoPros. He suggested family BBQs as one possible option, but the for the full interview, check the podcast.
If you’ve got children between 5 and 12, they could win a share of $6000! Trend Micro is running it’s “What’s your story” contest again, a campaign designed to teach young Australians about cyber-safety. To enter, kids have to draw a poster around the theme of privacy – “your business is your business”.
They’ve got until September 20 to win, and the grandprize winner will receive a massive $3000. Two runners will receive $1,500 each. Trend Micro has asked me to come on board as a judge again, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what kids come up with – there were some great entries last year!
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
Life & Technology is on the air Sunday mornings at 10am on 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.