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Mad for Matildas Kerr and Fowler – Google’s Top Search Trends for 2023

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The mass appeal of the Matildas in 2023 has been backed up by the release of Google’s top search trends in Australia this year. World Cup stars Sam Kerr and Mary Fowler were the top Aussies names searched for in 2023.

I think we contributed to many of those search numbers as we tried to buy a Mary Fowler jersey. Always sold out by the way!

Considering the sheer amount of people being searched for on Google, it’s a massive effort to have Sam Kerr number one and Mary Fowler number two on the list.

The Matildas were also Google’s top-trending question:

“How to watch the Women’s World Cup?”

Exploring the most searched trends of all time: Google Celebrates 25 Years of Search

SEARCH THEME: AUSSIES

  1. Sam Kerr
  2. Mary Fowler
  3. Michael Clarke
  4. Reece Walsh
  5. Dan Andrews
  6. Bianca Censori
  7. Tim Tszyu
  8. Kathleen Folbigg
  9. Ellie Carpenter
  10. Lidia Thorpe

SEARCH THEME: NEWS EVENTS

  1. Optus outage
  2. War in Israel and Gaza
  3. Referendum results
  4. Andrew Tate
  5. Earthquake Melbourne
  6. Submarine
  7. Turkey earthquake
  8. Chandrayaan-3
  9. Russell Brand
  10. NSW Election results

SEARCH THEME: SPORT

  1. Cricket World Cup
  2. Ashes
  3. Women’s World Cup
  4. Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury
  5. BBL
  6. Champions League
  7. UFC 294
  8. FA Cup
  9. LIV Golf
  10. United Cup

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  7. Pornstar Martini recipes
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SEARCH THEME: ENTERTAINMENT

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  2. Barbie movie
  3. Taylor Swift tickets
  4. Connections
  5. Hogwarts Legacy
  6. The Last of Us
  7. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  8. Quordle
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  10. Avatar

SEARCH THEME: LOSS

  1. Matthew Perry
  2. Jock Zonfrillo
  3. Sinead O’Connor
  4. Tina Turner
  5. Cal Wilson
  6. Ken Block
  7. Lisa Marie
  8. Barry Humphries
  9. Johnny Ruffo
  10. Angus Cloud

SEARCH THEME: HOW TO …?

  1. How to watch Women’s World Cup
  2. How to lock Facebook profile
  3. How to vote referendum
  4. How to solve a Rubik’s Cube
  5. How to get rid of my AI on Snapchat
  6. How to get Snapchat AI
  7. How to vote early
  8. How to watch Rugby World Cup
  9. How to get Taylor Swift tickets
  10. How to watch The Ashes in Australia

SEARCH THEME: DIY/HOW TO MAKE?

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  1. Why is Israel and Hamas at war
  2. Why is Optus down
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  5. Why is Gwyneth Paltrow in court
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  7. Why is the Gaza Strip important
  8. Why is Camilla being crowned Queen
  9. Why is Sam Kerr not playing today
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Motorola Razr 50 Ultra: What’s new? 

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Motorola has announced the motorola razr 50 ultra so what’s new? AI of course. The latest razr models are running Google’s Gemini AI which you can operate from the massive external screen while the phone is closed.

DJURO SEN SHOWS OFF THE NEW MOTOROLA RAZR 50 ULTRA ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION WITH JAYNIE SEAL

The new 4-inch external display is biggest in this category with a crisp resolution of 1272×1080 and a refresh rate of 165Hz. The screen is capable of HDR peak brightness of 2400 nits, has 10-bit colour with a 25% wider colour range thanks to HDR10+ certification and DCI-P3 support. It’s also usable in bright sunlight, with the external display reaching a maximum brightness levels of 1500 nits.

You could spend the whole day using the front screen alone. It’s pretty easy to navigate with one hand with unlock access via the side mounted fingerprint button. The speaker when closed is very loud but a bit lacking in bass.

Of course the best part of a foldable phone is actually opening it up to use the larger display. The flip open can be done with one hand if you have the skill. It reveals a 6.9″ pOLED main display with HDR10+ and HDR peak brightness of 3000 nits. Like the external screen you get a high brightness mode that automatically adjusts the display outdoors, reaching a maximum brightness of of 1500 nits. 

The inside display is good for gaming with a 165Hz refresh rate and when reading e-books it saves power by running at just 1Hz. 

The other advantage to foldable phones is better selfies. The best cameras and external screen combine to give you a better result. On standard phones the best cameras are on the back and that means using an inferior for selfies, mostly. I often turn my phone around and take a punt, with varied results. The camera embedded in the internal screen (selfie camera) is not that bad, it’s still 32MP and absolutely fine for most meeting applications like Zoom.

Motorola have updated main cameras to 50MP from the razr 40 ultra but have changed the ultrawide camera to a 2x optical zoom.

When it comes to toughness, there’s Gorilla Glass Victus and IPX8-rated underwater protection. That means it will survive a being dunked for 30 minutes at one metre.

There’s a 4000mAh battery on board with 45W charging possible via USB-C or 15W wireless.

MOTOROLA RAZR 50 ULTRA KEY FEATURES

1. The largest, most intelligent external display. Do it all without flipping open the phone, including using moto ai powered ways to interact, capture, and create. 

2. Iconic flip design, refined. Choose from on-trend colours in soft vegan leather in a durable, compact, and comfortable design. 

3. Endless ways to capture. Explore your creativity with Flex View, using the phone like a camcorder, stepping into a personal photo booth, and snapping hands-free selfies. 

4. New moto ai powered camera system. Effortlessly capture photos and videos with the 50MP camera system featuring a 2x telephoto lens, powered by moto ai. 

5. Snapdragon® 8s Gen 3 performance. Boost your capabilities with powerful AI engine processing, giving you speeds up to 3GHz for improved efficiency. 

6. All-day battery life2. Go a full day and night with a 4000mAh battery, and get power for the day in about 12 minutes using 45W TurboPowerTM charging. 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The motorola razr 50 ultra is available in Midnight Blue, Spring Green and Peach Fuzz. Pre-order from 2-16 July, on sale 17 July for RRP A$1,699.

Customers who pre-order or purchase a motorola razr 50 ultra from any retailer in Australia between 2 July and 16 July 2024 can redeem a bonus pair of moto buds+ featuring Sound by Bose, RRP A$249, in the Forest Grey colour. 

Customers can redeem their gift on or before 13 August 2024 with their handset IMEI number and proof of preorder.

Device Specifications

Device Specifications

Category Details
Performance
Operating System Android™ 14
Storage 512 GB built-in, UFS 4.0
Sensors Fingerprint reader, Proximity + light sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, eCompass, Hall sensor
Processor Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 Mobile Platform
Memory (RAM) 12 GB, LPDDR5X
Security Side fingerprint reader, Face unlock
Battery
Battery Size 4000 mAh non-removable
Charging 45W TurboPower™ charging support (68W In-box charger), 15W wireless charging support (charger sold separately), 5W reverse charging
Charger Type AU
Display
Display Size Main display: 6.9″ FHD+ pOLED display, External display: 4.0″ pOLED display
Resolution Main display: FHD+ (2640 x 1080) | 413 ppi, External display: 1272 x 1080 | 417 ppi
Screen to Body Ratio Active Area-Body: 85.33%
Display Technology Main display: LTPO, Foldable AMOLED, HDR10+, 10-bit, 120% DCI-P3 colour gamut, Up to 165 Hz refresh rate, Touch rate: 240 Hz/360 Hz (game mode only), Peak Brightness: 3000nit
External display: LTPO, Flexible AMOLED, HDR10+, 10-bit, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, Up to 165 Hz refresh rate, Touch rate: 120 Hz/165 Hz (game mode only), Peak Brightness: 2400nit
Aspect Ratio Main display: 22:9
Design
Dimensions Open: 73.99 x 171.42 x 7.09 mm, Closed: 73.99 x 88.09 x 15.32 mm
Body Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus on front, Vegan leather on rear, 6000 series high strength aluminium (frame)
Weight 189 g
Water Protection IPX8 Water-resistant design
Colours
Available Colours Midnight Blue, Spring Green, Peach Fuzz
Camera
Rear Camera Video Software Shooting modes: Night Vision, Timelapse (w/ Hyperlapse), Super Slow motion, Portrait, Dual Capture, Spot Colour, Auto Camcorder Mode, Adaptive Stabilisation
Other features: Auto Focus Tracking, Video Snapshot, Selfie Video Mirror, HDR, Audio Zoom, Selfie Stick Support
Front Camera Video Capture 32 MP selfie camera, 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps)
External display Main: 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps), Tele: Not supported
Rear Camera Software Rear main camera Shooting modes: Portrait (24 mm/35 mm/50 mm/85 mm), Long Exposure, Dual Capture, Ultra-Res, Night Vision, Tilt-Shift, Pro, Scan (powered by Adobe Scan), 360° Panorama, Spot Colour, 50 MP Ultra Resolution, Photo Booth
Artificial intelligence: Photo Enhancement Engine, Action Shot, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Capture, Google Lens™ integration, Colour Optimisation, Style Sync
Other features: Google Photos Auto Enhance, Ultra HDR (10-bit format), Burst Shot, Timer, Assistive Grid, Leveller, Metering Mode, Watermark, Live Filters, Selfie Photo Mirror, Selfie Stick Support, RAW Photo Output, QR/Barcode Scanner, Quick Capture
Rear Camera Video Capture Rear Main Camera: 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps)
4K UHD HDR10+ (30fps w/ EIS), FHD HDR10+ (30fps w/ EIS)
Slow motion: FHD (960/240/120 fps)
Rear Telephoto Camera: 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps)
Front Camera Software Front 32 MP camera Shooting modes: Portrait, Photo Booth, Pro, Dual Capture, Spot Colour, Face Beauty, Live Filters
Artificial intelligence: Photo Enhancement Engine, Auto Night Vision, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Capture, Google Photos Auto Enhance
Other features: Burst Shot, Timer, Assistive Grid, Leveller, Google Lens, Selfie Photo Mirror, Selfie Stick Support, RAW Photo Output, Quick Capture (twist-twist), Tap anywhere to capture
Rear cameras on external display Rear main camera Shooting modes: Portrait, Photo Booth, Mirror Mode, Face Beauty, Live Filters
Artificial intelligence: Photo Enhancement Engine, Auto Night Vision, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Capture, Google Photos Auto Enhance
Other features: Instant Review, Camera Cartoon, External Display Preview, Timer, Selfie Mirror, RAW Photo Output, Ultra HDR (10-bit format), Quick Capture (twist-twist), Tap anywhere to capture, Telephoto Mirror Mode
Front Camera Video Software 32 MP selfie camera Shooting modes: Portrait, Dual Capture, Timelapse (w/ Hyperlapse), Spot Colour, Adaptive Stabilisation, Face Beauty
Other features: Adaptive Stabilisation, Video Snapshot, Selfie Video Mirror
Rear cameras on external display Rear main camera Torch, Adaptive Stabilisation, Face Beauty, Tele Not supported
Camera 2 50 MP telephoto lens (f/2.0, 0.64 µm) or 12.6 MP (1.28 µm Quad Pixel) | 2x optical zoom
Flash Single LED flash
Main rear Camera 50 MP (f/1.7, 0.8 µm) or 12.6 MP (1.6 µm Quad Pixel) | OIS | Instant-all Pixel Focus
Front camera Main display: 32 MP (f/2.4, 0.7 µm) | 8 MP (f/2.4, 1.4 µm) Quad Pixel
External display Main: 12.6 MP (1.6 µm Quad Pixel) | OIS Tele: supports mirror mode only
Audio
Speakers Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos® featuring Spatial Sound, Qualcomm® Snapdragon Sound™
Headphone Jack No
Microphones 3 microphones
FM Radio No
Experiences
Voice Control Gemini, moto ai agent
Connectivity
Networks + Bands 5G | 4G: LTE | 3G: UMTS / HSPA+ | 2G: GSM / EDGE
3G: GSM850/900/1800/1900; BC0; W1/2/4/5/8
4G: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/32/34/38/39/40/41/42/43/48/66/71
5G sub-6: N1/2/3/5/7/8/20/26/28/38/40/41/66/71/75/77/78
Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth® 5.4
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi WiFi 5G, WiFi 6/6E, WiFi 7, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz & 6 GHz (specific regions only), Wi-Fi hotspot
Location Services GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPL, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou
SIM Card eSIM + physical SIM
In the Box
Device motorola razr 50 ultra
Components 68W TurboPower™ charger, USB Type-C cable, Guides, SIM tool, ESG protective case
Experience
Personalise Themes, Fonts, Colours, Icon shape, Lock screen, External Display, Display size and text, Layout, Sounds, Dark mode
Gestures Quick launch, Sidebar, Quick capture, Fast torch, Three-finger screenshot, Lift to unlock, Flip for DND, Pick up to silence, Swipe to split
Moto Secure Secure folder, Network protection, Phishing detection, Auto lock, Lock network and security, PIN pad scramble, Security & Privacy
Display Lock screen, Attentive display
Play Games, Dolby Atmos®, Media controls, Creator toolkit
Tips Razr basics, Personalize, Media, Call & replies, Camera, Unique features, Settings

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Next Big Thing! Circle to Search Now on Pixel 8 After S24 Debut

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One of the coolest user experiences I’ve ever had on a smartphone is Circle to Search. I first tried it on the S24 Ultra and now you can use it on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.

I have no doubt as Samsung’s S24 series rolls out around the world, Circle to Search, will catch on big time.

As you can see in the Sky News Weekend Edition video above – it really is as simple as circle to search. In fact, it’s even easier than that. You can just draw a line through the picture or text and Google’s AI will do the rest.

Sometimes searching is problem when you can’t adequately describe the object or scenario you see on the screen. It may be a specialty tool or product you’ve never seen before. So just drawing circle or line over it saves you a lot of trial and error. It probably ends up being a better search too.

To activate circle to search, just long press the home button and the Circle to Search will launch.

If you buy a new Galaxy S24 this week you’re good to go, just make sure your Pixel 8 is up-to-date and it should appear shortly. Since Sunday’s TV segment my Pixel 8 Pro has been updated and it works like a dream.

This is cracking feature from Google and it doesn’t matter whether you’re using an S24 or Pixel 8, once you get used to it, there’s no going back!

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PIXEL FEATURE DROP BREAKDOWN

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Don’t panic if you haven’t seen Google’s December Feature drop for Pixel phones yet, it can take a couple of weeks to rollout worldwide. It’s already started but depending on the carrier and device – you might be waiting a few extra days. But the wait will be worth it, as I explained to Jaynie Seal on Sky News Weekend Edition in the video above.

Although the Pixel 8 Pro is the star of the December rollout, there are plenty of other Pixels that will receive updates – Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6/6 Pro/6a, Pixel 7/7 Pro/7a,  Pixel 8/8 Pro, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet and Pixel Watch.

Djuro Sen explains the key features dropped by Google this week on Sky News Australia

The key is making sure you are up-to-date with Android 14 now. Those with a Pixel 8 Pro will get the best out of this update thanks to Google’s new three-level AI model, Gemini Ultra, Pro and Nano. The Pixel 8 Pro will operate with Gemini Nano. Nano is Google’s most efficient model built for on-device tasks and the Pixel 8 Pro is the first smartphone engineered for Gemini Nano.

December Feature Drop Availability for Pixel Devices

As you can see at the top of the table above, the Pixel 8 Pro has three updates the other devices miss out on. It uses the Google Tensor G3 to deliver two expanded features: Summarise in Recorder and Smart Reply in Gboard. Gemini Nano running on Pixel 8 Pro offers several advantages by design, helping prevent sensitive data from leaving the phone, as well as offering the ability to use features without a network connection. In addition to Gemini Nano now running on-device, the broader family of Gemini models will unlock new capabilities for the Assistant with Bard experience early next year on Pixel.

PIXEL DECEMBER FEATURE DROP

Summarise in Recorder

Gemini Nano now powers Summarise in the Recorder app on Pixel 8 Pro. Get a summary of your recorded conversations, interviews, presentations and more — even without a network connection.

Smart Reply in Gboard

Gemini Nano is starting to power Smart Reply in Gboard as a developer preview. Available now to try with WhatsApp and coming to more apps next year, the on-device AI model saves you time by suggesting high-quality responses with conversational awareness.

Video Boost


Video Boost on Pixel 8 Pro uploads your videos to the cloud where computational photography models adjust color, lighting, stabilisation and graininess. You’ll still have an HD copy on your phone while Google’s servers worth their magic. This could take several days to process.

Video Boost also enables Night Sight video on Pixel 8 Pro, which uses AI to apply noise reduction to videos recorded at night or in low-light conditions.

Night Sight in Time Lapse

You’ll be able to record impressive timelapse videos in low light with Night Sight in Time Lapse on Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Find something to rest the phone against, or use a tripod for best results.

Portrait Light

Portrait light in Google Photos uses a new AI model to easily remove harsh shadows. Unless you’re being creative, shadows are enemy of perfect portraits.

Photo Unblur

Photo Unblur is now better at sharpening images of dogs and cats. It will work on new or old images.

Pixel Webcam

Laptop webcams are simply the worst cameras ever! Now you can use your Pixel to lift your online meeting game. Connect your Pixel 6 and newer phones to a laptop or desktop via USB.

Clean Fearture

Pixel’s new Clean feature can help remove smudges, stains and creases from scanned documents. Simply access it through the Camera app to transform your images with a few swipes. Looks very cool.

Passkeys

Google Password Manager can identify which of your accounts support passkeys and help you add them with just a few taps.

Repair Mode

Repair Mode keeps your data safe and private when repairs are needed. There’s no need to wipe your Pixel before sending it device to a repair shop or taking it in for service.

Unlock with Pixel Watch

Pixel Watch has a new feature that helps you unlock your phone with more ease. You’ll be able to use your Pixel Watch to unlock your Pixel phone when it’s nearby. Very handy when it’s a pain to use face unlock or your fingerprint.

Surround yourself with sound

Pixel Tablet now supports spatial audio . Try it through your speakers first, then pair your Pixel Buds Pro to experience spatial audio with head tracking for truly immersive sound.

More Customisation

Wake up knowing exactly what to expect for your day with the addition of weather conditions and daily forecasts to the World Clock tab in the Clock app and within widgets.

Updates for First-Gen Pixel Watch

Sync your Do Not Disturb and Bedtime Modes from one device to the other, like you can with Pixel Watch 2. Plus, the new watch face designs (like Adventure and Analog Arcs) and updated complication styles (like arcs and redesigned bulbs) are now available for your smartwatch.

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