Episode 652- Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Netflix increases Australian price for 4K streaming, other plans untouched

Australian Netflix customers are about to be charged more, with the premium subscription plan increasing $2 from $17.99 to $19.99. Fortunately, though, other plan pricing remains unchanged.

The premium plan offers subscribers 4k streaming on available titles as well as four simultaneous streams, but less than a third of Australian Netflix subscribers are on that top tier. Most opt for the cheaper plans, as most Australian broadband connections would struggle to stream 4K content anyway.

Telstra announces 3G death date – June 2024

The announcement won’t bother the overwhelming majority of smartphone users, as most recent devices use 4G. Throw in the fact that Vodafone and Telstra have already switched off parts of their 3G networks


Business users may suffer a little. Plenty of of point of sale terminals use 3G and banks will mandate updates to those devices, which will mean cost for retailers. Industrial 3G devices may also need to be replaced. Such machines were often put in place because Telstra offered nationwide 3G coverage. 


At least those refreshes will deliver a big performance boost. 3G downloads had a theoretical top speed of around 7mbps. 4G LTE can hit 150Mbps. 5G has hit 417Mbps. Which as we’re told over and over by industry will enable all sorts of data-intensive applications to run just about anywhere.


‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ smashes records with 100 million downloads in first week

dwarfing the debuts of previous smashes including “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG).


PUBG, Fortnite and Electronic Arts’ “Apex Legends” scored 26.3 million, 22.5 million and 25 million respectively in their first week of release.


“Call of Duty: Mobile” was launched by its publisher Activision Blizzard Inc on Oct. 1 and Sensor Tower said the numbers reflected worldwide unique downloads across Apple’s App Store and Google Play in the period since.


Google introduces Stream Transfer to move music, videos and podcasts between casting devices

For years now we have had casting of music, videos and podcasts but there has never been an easy way to transfer the stream from one device to another until now. 


To transfer between two compatible cast devices you just need to tell your Assistant where to cast it to, no matter where it started:

“Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker.”

Google have also made it possible to move video from one compatible device to another — something that will become more valuable as more smart displays and Android TVs end up in houses around the world.

“Hey Google, play it on living room TV.”

The video and music/podcast can also be moved using the cast control button in the entertainment app you are using.

Not only can you move the media you are playing from one cast device to another but you can move it to a group of cast devices. If you create a speaker group (from within the Home app) you can transfer from a single speaker to the speaker group by just saying the name of the speaker group when asking Google Assistant to move it.