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The Android-iOS conflict has been raging ever since both mobile operating systems entered the marketplace. For the most part, Apple has been on the winning side of the debate, both in terms of critical acclaim and sales. Then Google released the Pixel XL.

I've been using Google's flagship smartphone for a few weeks now, and it’s been highlighting the iPhone's glaringly lacking key features. Here are eight ways the Pixel XL trumps Apple's competitor.

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The smartphone you use everyday is a complex machine that is made up of a number of different components. But when you break it down, there are around 75 elements - that's two-thirds of the periodic table - that go into the creation of a smartphone. Some of these elements are extremely prevalent while others are exceptionally rare. Why does this all matter? Let's find out.

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Google Pixel owners, this is the mod you've been waiting for. Well, one of them at least. If you've been disappointed by the Pixel's lack of dual speakers, no problem — like the Nexus before it, a rooted Pixel can be tweaked via software to kidnap the earpiece for use as a second speaker.

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Samsung has released a software update for the volatile Galaxy Note7 smartphone that caps the maximum charge level to 60 per cent. This does not mean your Galaxy Note7 is now safe to use — Samsung is still imploring users to return the device for a replacement or refund. But in the meantime, the chances of your Note7 bursting into flames should be a bit lower.

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Mobile payment systems have really taken off in Australia — all of the major banks now have them and Apple has followed suit with Apple Pay. If you've just purchased your first iPhone or are unfamiliar with how this feature works, the following infographic explains everything you need to know; from setting up Apple Pay on different devices to making your first contactless payment.

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The Melbourne Cup yesterday was a bit of a depraved mess — if you were out in the paddock, at least. Inside the Myer Marquee, things were a little more dignified. Sydney street photographer Giuseppe Santamaria travelled down to yesterday's Melbourne Cup to snap some photos using Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, and they're pretty special. Here are Santamaria's top ten tips for portrait photography — whether you're using an iPhone or DLSR.

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It's not just sinister creepers who want to hide their phone number from recipients. Perhaps you're buying something over the phone and don't want the business' marketing department to have your contact details. Or maybe you're arranging a first date and aren't entirely sure about the guy yet. Whatever the reason, here's how to stop your number flashing up on the display of the person you’re calling.

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When you think of 'burner' phone numbers, espionage and spies probably come to mind. But there are plenty of reasons regular folks would want a burner number, and a few apps, let you create as many as you need. Here are a few ways you can use a burner number professionally, to protect your privacy, and even kill text message spam.

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Remember Motorola? The former telecommunications giant is launching two new Android smartphones into the Australian market tomorrow and they actually look pretty interesting. The Moto Z and Moto Z Play come with a range of modular add-ons ranging from a Hasselblad camera lens to a 70-inch movie projector. Here are the specs, pricing and availability details.