Technology update #1 2014

Technology moves so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up. Here are the top five tech trends you need to know so that you’re not left behind.

Affordable Android tablet
The Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci, commonly known as the world’s cheapest tablet, is now available in Australia. For just $85 including delivery, the tablet boasts a 1Ghz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, which can be expanded if needed. These components are generally superior to the first generation of the iPad, which launched in 2010 at the price of $629, so it really is good value for money. Find out more here, or order the tablet on

Retuning your television
The big analogue to digital switchover is complete, but you may need to retune your television as some of the channels will be moving to new frequencies. Learn more about the retune, and how you can update your television here.

Safety of mobile phone use
A recent study funded by the UK Government has compiled over 30 different studies conducted over the last 10 years to try to determine whether or not mobile phones will cause you harm. The study declared that short-term use, (that is, up to 10 years) is not dangerous, but as mobile phones haven’t been in heavy use for more than 10 years, the long-term dangers, or lack of, remain to be seen. Click here to find out more.

Google Streetview captures Australia’s walkways
Google’s newest mapping contraption, the Trekker, has made its first visit to Australia. The Trekker is a large backpack with a camera mounted above the head of the wearer which captures images for Google Streetview. The advantage of this new device is that it can travel where the Streetview cars cannot. Google Australia spokesman Shane Treeves has said, “We hope that it encourages people to travel to Australia and see some of the best sights that we have on offer.” In America, the Trekker is available for hire by tourism companies to create virtual tours; a service which Google plans to bring to Australia. Click here to see some of the Great Barrier Reef images which Google has gathered in the past.

Officeworks starts selling 3D printers
Offceworks is the first major retailer in Australia to start selling 3D printers to the public. The printers cost $1499 and can create objects up to 14cm in size. 3D printing is a new industry and it is expected to expand rapidly over the next few years, although it is already revolutionising many fields. Medical applications for 3D printing are extensive, prosthetic limbs are already being 3D printed.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).