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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal) we discussed how TikTok continues its dominance in smartphone app stores.

The rapid-fire scrolling video app is number one on both Google and Apple platforms and that means a slide for Facebook according to App Figures.

We take a look at the brilliantly executed ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip.

We all know selfie cameras are generally rubbish but this phone avoids that problem by flipping the high quality back cameras to the front.

And we check out the Amazon eero 6 Wi-FI mesh system.

I’ve used the previous version for some time now and it is solid as a rock.

The new system uses the faster Wi-Fi 6 spec and is more than enough to cover most homes in speedy, reliable Wi-Fi.

It’s also great value especially the previous version which is still good enough for most people and has one key advantage.

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First Impressions: The Return of Beats Pill

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The first new Beats Pill in around a decade looks to be a hit. The lightweight portable bluetooth speaker has been completely overhauled for the better. Here are my initial impressions – which I also shared on Sky News Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert.

DJURO SEN WITH THE 2024 BEATS PILL ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION

First. It’s good to see the Pill return.

The original device first appeared back in 2012 with the upgraded Beats Pill+ released under Apple’s ownership in 2015.

Now we have the 2024 version simply called – Beats Pills.

It’s a streamlined device that features a 20-degree upward tilt for better sound projection. It also has re-engineered racetrack woofer with stronger magnets helps drive 28% more motor force and displaces 90% more air volume.

The redesigned tweeter really does deliver crisp highs and satisfying mid-range tones. Although a mono speaker, if you get a second model you can combine them as a stereo pair.

The new Beats Pill is IP67 dust and water resistant so you can take a quick plunge without worry.

You’ll get up to 24 hours of battery life per charge and two hours of music playback from a 10-minute charge. The USB-C port at the back is for charging and quality audio.

It works with iOS and Android phones but the experiences are slightly different. You can take calls and activate your voice assistant plus add it to Find My apps.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Available now for A$249.95 in Red, Black and Gold.

In-depth review soon.

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Scammers Prefer Friday and Saturday Says Telstra

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Scammers are getting to know their targets very well. After analysing data from 2022 and 2023, Telstra says Australians are more likely to receive a dodgy text message on a Friday or a Saturday.

Telstra says it blocks on average 11% more scams on Friday and Saturday than any other day of the week. The big telco’s security operations also noted that scammers like to hassle Australians between 1am and 4am.

DJURO SEN APPEARS ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION TO DISCUSS TELSTA SMS SCAM DATA

By targeting Thursday and Friday scammers are clearly trying to take advantage of Australians when they are out partying or distracted by other weekend duties, like sleep. SMS is a preferred method because it usually involves a quick response and during these hours it’s a strategy that appears to be working.

The good news is we get a bit of a reprieve on Sundays with Telstra reporting it blocks almost 20% fewer scam messages compared to the weekly average.

But the overall numbers show that we are just keeping ahead of the bad guys. It’s important to remain vigilant as Telstra blocks an average of 11 million scam SMS messages every month – an increase of 69% year on year.

You can find more information on scams from Telstra here.

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Sony’s 2024 TV Lineup: How to Pick the Right Model

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If you’re in the market for a 2024 Sony television, we’ve got all the models, prices and expert buying advice right here at Image Matrix Tech.

Sony simplified its naming convention this year under the BRAVIA brand. This makes it far easier to search for a TV that’s right for you. And to be frank, it also means I have to remember fewer letters and numbers when doing live television.

In the video above Sony’s Dan Kennedy explains the deferences between the models.

This is the 2024 Sony TV lineup from the top down with availability status.

BRAVIA 9 Mini LED: Available July

85″ BRAVIA 9 A$7,812

75″ BRAVIA 9 A$6,852

BRAVIA 8 OLED: Available July

77″ BRAVIA 8 A$6,995

65″ BRAVIA 8 A$3,954

55″ BRAVIA 8 A$2,963

DJURO SEN SHOWS THE AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH OF SONY’S 2024 LINEUP ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION

BRAVIA 7 Mini LED: Available Now

85″ BRAVIA 7 A$4,294

75″ BRAVIA 7 A$3,635

65″ BRAVIA 7 $2,875

55″ BRAVIA 7 A$2,394

BRAVIA 3 LED: Available Now

85″ BRAVIA 3 A$2,847

75″ BRAVIA 3 A$1,935

65″ BRAVIA 3 A$1,464 (deal)

50″ BRAVIA 3 A$934

43″ BRAVIA 3 $864

So if you’re looking for a new Sony TV before the end of financial year, the BRAVIA 3 and BRAVIA 7 models are your options.

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