Pocketnow Daily: The Huawei Mate 30 Pro looks DIFFERENT! (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possible leaked design of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, how Huawei’s ban is affecting Samsung and more

Telstra makes 5G boasts with HTC, Ericsson, ZTE, Netgear and Qualcomm

Ericsson helped with a 5G video call, HTC has a hub, Netgear has another hub and ZTE has a test phone. All of it’s powered by Qualcomm.
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Australian intel: Huawei gave network keys to the Chinese government

The intelligence claims that Chinese government spies pressured Huawei into giving access codes for a network within the past two years.
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Australia locks Huawei out of 5G network contracts, Beijing angered

The Australian government has more generally banned any Chinese vendors from bidding for any network equipment contracts with the nation’s carriers.

The OPPO Find X is a step toward Bezel Zero | #PNWeekly 310

Instagram is basically letting users do hour-long videos while Apple seems to be taking its time fixing problems on futurist products. All on our show!

More than a million students may go without smartphones in Australian schools

In New South Wales, the government has commissioned a study to look into the digital behaviors of students from kindergarten to Year 12.

Australia’s Telstra stops sales of ZTE phones

One of the biggest impacts outside of China from ZTE’s stoppage of most of its operations has touched the Australian market.

NPR and other public media companies acquire Pocket Casts app

No major changes are coming to the Pocket Casts app immediately and all five members of its developing company, Shifty Jelly, will join the joint venture.

6th-gen iPad 9.7 is actually more affordable in Canada, Europe

In many cases, these discounts are roughly in the range of US$20 to US$50, which makes Apple’s claim about this iPad being “the most affordable” one pretty true. Just don’t worry about the Apple Pencil.

Facebook Lite debuts in major markets from US to New Zealand

Lightweight apps are great for entry-level phones that can bare only the basics. Facebook Lite has been in more than 100 emerging countries, but it’s come to 8 developed ones.

Google Pay working on Wear OS in three more countries

Google has recently started enforcing region-locking for use of Google Pay in the UK and the US. Now, it’s available in three more countries.

Google Pixel Buds now in Australia, Germany, UK

Previously only just available in the US and Canada, at least three more markets are now getting Google’s callback to the AirPods.

HomePod does not sell out, still available on February 9

How are pre-sales pacing when compared to purported supply numbers we’ve seen? We don’t exactly know, but they’re not spectacular.

Razer Phone sold out at Microsoft Store, may hit Asia-Pacific soon

The Microsoft Store is selling a gaming phone and people can’t get enough of it. Razer is also tapped to hit Singapore with an announcement.

Google Home Mini is donut-sized harbinger for Google Assistant upgrades

The $49 donut-sized smart speaker will be available from October 19 in the US and in six other regions as well. All for more AI in the house.

It’s official iPhone 8 launch day, and demand still seems impaired by iPhone X shadow

While it’s nearly impossible to estimate the early iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales numbers, all signs point to lower enthusiasm than previous releases.

US iPhone market share grew in the spring, Huawei shrank in Europe

Kantar Worldpanel measured iPhone market share gains on Android in five of its nine tracked individual markets in the second quarter.

Apple Store in Australia sees first queue for iPhone X

It was set up on September 10 and, as of press time, the one man in a folding lounge chair should still be there in front of the store on George Street.

OnePlus 5 finally gets around to Australia from August 29

The Chinese manufacturer has been busting other brands for a while in the US, China and Latin America. Not Australia, though. That’s about to change.

McDonald’s Australia uses iPhone 8 render in promotional email

25 percent your next mobile order at the Macca’s ’round the Darling Downs? For sure. But what’s that phone it’s using to promo this deal?

Soft OnePlus 5 launch in Australia set for ‘later this month’, gold variant teased internationally

The OnePlus 5 will finally land in Australia by the end of the month in limited numbers, while the rest of the world is gearing up for a gold model intro.

Facebook Messenger home screen ads are going global (no, not THAT home screen)

Advertising that was only shown to Australian and Thai Facebook Messenger users is now spreading around the world. No, not to your lock screen.

This is a HomePod, the Siri speaker

WWDC 2017 was the time for Apple to finally pull out its Google Home and Amazon Echo competitor, but using only Apple services.

AAA batteries in Apple headphones explode, company says it’s a “third-party” issue

Apple doesn’t make AAA batteries, did not include any with the headphones and did not specify any that should be used in the headphones, the victim claims.

Original Huawei Watch with Android Pay? [UPDATE]

Huawei Australia told a domestic outlet that the Android Wear 2.0 update would bring Android Pay to the original Huawei Watch. Huawei US? Not so.