Briefly: LG Optimus G Lands In Australia, ACCC Orders Telstra To Cut Broadband Access Prices, How Are Vinyl Records Made?

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including LG Optimus G smartphone launch, a free identity-theft book from Amazon and the skinny on vinyl records.

  • LG's new flagship smartphone, the Optimus G is finally available to buy in Australia. Originally slated for release back in October, the phone was held back for testing on Australian network frequencies. The Android 4.1 phone comes with a 4.7-inch WXGA HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of DDR RAM, an 8-megapxel camera and a black glass 'unibody' finish. It's available from Telstra and Optus on a variety of mobile phone plans.
  • The ACCC has indicated to Telstra that it has to cut its wholesale broadband prices — although consumers are unlikely to see any changes to their broadband bills as a result. The ACCC yesterday released a draft report on making a final access determination (FAD) for declared wholesale ADSL services, which sets out the price terms for wholesale ADSL services. You can read the ACCC report here.
  • Amazon is currently offering the eBook 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age free of charge. The 301 page book, which normally retails for $25.99, provides information about the most common financial threats along with tips on how to avoid them. You can download the book here. [Via OzBaragain].
  • Our collegues over at Gizmodo have an interesting feature on how vinyl records are made including an explanation of how they get their unique sound. Sample quote: "The grooves are routinely checked during the cutting process to ensure a proper depth of cut and to adjust volume and pitch on the playback. Once the audio has been transcribed and the playback quality verified, the cut laquer is sent to a production company." Head over to Gizmodo to read the full article.


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