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The biggest show in Vegas? CES showcases the latest and greatest in tech

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 10, 2018

2 min read

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has kicked off in Las Vegas for five days of all-you-can-eat tech and gadgetry.

Now in its 51st year, CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors and will include over 4000 exhibitors across its almost 241,000sqm of show floor. CES is the biggest tradeshow of its type in the world – an annual showcase of the next generation of technology and devices.

This year our CEO, myself and a small team of representatives from across the company are attending to meet with strategic vendors, experience new technologies, and engage with developers, suppliers and entrepreneurs on emerging technology trends.

We will also spend time with Australian media attending the show to talk about the key trends and help our customers understand what they can expect to see in the not too distant future, and why the strength of our networks will be pivotal in helping Australian consumers and businesses get the most out of them.

The key themes already emerging are smart home, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, eSports, smart cities, and startups from all areas of technology.

I will be particularly keen to see the tech developments in IoT, artificial intelligence and augmented reality, especially given we are now closer to the launch of 5G.

We will be keeping you updated on what is happening at CES so please take a look at our #CES2018 updates on Instagram and Twitter.

For those who are interested in finding out more about CES, you can visit here.

Top stocking stuffers under $99

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on December 6, 2017

1 min read

Tech is one of the hottest gifting trends for this Christmas.

Almost half of Aussie kids are clamouring for a smartphone for the festive season, more than a quarter are after a tablet and edgy new accessories are set to make an appearance on wish lists around the country.

So, if it’s tech you’re turning to as the solution to your gift-giving dilemmas, here are our top tech stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank.

The best tech gifts for Christmas 2017

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on December 6, 2017

1 min read

Like technology, one of the most magical things about Christmas is its ability to bring us closer to our loved ones – whether we’re together or apart. So, if you’re looking to give a gift that sparks a real emotional connection this festive period, here’s the lowdown on our top tech treats for the home, the next generation of game-changing mobile devices and the latest in state-of-the-art accessories.

Five Pro Photography tips for the Google Pixel 2™


Posted on November 10, 2017

4 min read

Google’s latest iterations of its popular Pixel smartphone, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have class-leading cameras which are backed by some truly intelligent imaging software, resulting in impressive quality photos from a phone.

Tasmanian photographer Paul Fleming shares five pro tips to help you make the most of that powerful camera in the Pixel 2 and give your photos a boost; simply double-press the power button to instantly open the camera app and be ready to shoot!

  1. Composition is king

We see the world through our own filters – our eyes and brain – which includes subconsciously filtering out things we don’t ‘need’ to see when we’re taking a photo. So, try to ‘see’ your shot before you take it and look around what it might include, and what you may want to exclude; how many times have you looked back at a photo you’ve taken and only then noticed the powerlines cutting through your holiday snaps, or a dirty rubbish bin in the foreground of a beautiful sunset with friends? Reviewing photos on the Pixel 2 is fast, so it pays to do a quick check and see if you’ve missed seeing something – and with unlimited online storage for photos taken on your Pixel 2 in Google Photos** you don’t need to worry about taking too many snaps.

Forest at sunset

  1. Light is everything

If composition is king, then the light is surely the queen. Our eyes are drawn to brighter and colourful parts of photos, so make sure what is lit up is where you want us to look. The Pixel 2 loves shooting in low light situations, but are we going to be drawn to the softly lit historical building in front of you or the giant neon ’24hr Parking’ sign flashing next door? The Pixel 2 has built-in optical image stabilisation – so hold it reasonably still and it will work to give you a clean image.

Forest landscape

  1. Learn the rules, so you can break them

An easy, and quick, way to improve the look and appeal of your photos is to experiment with some of the ‘rules’ of photography which are based on what is considered appealing to our senses. Maybe start with the ‘rule of thirds’, where you use your composition to cut the image into three equal sections. For example, turn on the thirds gridlines in the Pixel 2 camera and fill the top two thirds with a brilliant blue sky with the bottom third with people enjoying a beach. Once you can ‘see’ those rules, you’ll be more confident to ‘break’ them – you could show more sky to emphasize the vastness, or show more beach to highlight how un-crowded and serene it is.

wide view of city at sunset

  1. Change your perspective

We’re used to seeing the world from head height, and quick snaps naturally follow that same pattern. Often the photos that stand out to us aren’t because of what’s in the image, but rather the unusual or different perspective it was taken from. Try getting down low to the ground and see how your viewpoint, and the viewers, can be challenged. The Pixel 2 is also water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins), so you can get nice and close to puddles which can radically transform the mood and feel of a scene.

Red flowers

  1. Leading lines draw us in

The simplest of scenes can be the most engaging – especially if there is an element that gives our eyes a subconscious path to follow through your image. Using all your skills from the previous points, look around your view and see if there are any shapes or patches of light that are drawing your eyes along, to, or from them; look for paths, waterways or roads, for example – do they stretch off into the distance, or wind their way amongst some old trees? Focus on what it was that stood out to you and what you wanted to capture; then make sure that it is also what your photo is directing us towards. And if it’s a place worth sharing, just ask the Google Assistant (Requires internet or network connection. Data charges apply*) for your current location when you share it so you can help others experience your new favourite places too.

Observatory/viewing platform


*The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4GX in all capital CBDs and selected suburban and regional areas and is progressively rolling out to more places. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G or 3G. Check coverage at

**Find out more about Google Photos here

Photos taken at Mount Wellington in Tasmania where Telstra has 4GX coverage

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Drone makes X-press iPhone® delivery to Telstra customer

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on November 3, 2017

2 min read

A self-confessed Apple loyalist, Garry Holmes from regional Victoria has bought a brand-new iPhone every two years since the iPhone 3GS landed.

In fact, Garry’s been so keen to get his hands on the latest devices, he’s even made a 16-hour round-trip (complete with a stint of overnight camping) to be first in line at Melbourne’s Bourke Street Telstra store on launch day.

But this year, to say thanks for his 20 years as a Telstra customer, we took the latest smartphone launch to Garry. This morning, Telstra’s first iPhone X was delivered directly to Garry’s home in Harcourt North using DJI’s state-of-the-art Matrice 600 drone. See how we made it happen and follow its epic journey in the video above, or get to know Garry in our Q&A below!

Tell us about yourself

I’m a bit of a tech geek who lives in Harcourt North, Victoria with my wife Michelle and three children.

How many iPhones have you owned?

I’ve had the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus.

Why do you love iPhones?

I love technology and most of my devices are Apple. I use my iPhone for just about everything! Keeping in touch with family, friends and colleagues, searching on the internet, as a camera, music player and to keep active using applications and games such as ingress and Pokemon Go.

Why have you stayed with Telstra for 20 years?

Telstra has great coverage in regional Victoria and getting my iPhones through Telstra has been effortless (sans the sleeping out). Getting them on a plan is a great way to pay off the phones, and then I renew and hand my older phones to the kids!

What features are you most excited about the iPhone X?

I’m probably most excited about the augmented reality and 3D gaming capabilities, and I’m pretty keen to try out the Face ID feature and Animojis!

Apple, Face ID and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries.