Briefly: Vodafone 4G Network Goes Live, Massive Volkswagen Recall In Australia, Google Glass Teardown

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Vodafone switches on 4G network, Volkswagen recalls 25,928 cars in Australia due to safety concerns, what does Google Glass comprise of?

  • Vodafone switched on its 4G network in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong today — although the service is currently only available on an invite-only basis. According to the telco, its 4G network has demonstrated trial speeds that are the fastest currently on offer in the Australian market of up to 100Mbps - "speeds not seen in all five mainland capitals on any other network in the country". Vodafone’s 4G network operates on the 1800MHz band. You can find out more information at Vodafone's website.
  • Volkswagen has decided to recall nearly 26,000 cars in Australia due to safety concerns surrounding direct shift gearboxes. The German automobile manufacturer is recalling 25,928 vehicles including the Polo, Golf, Golf Wagon, Golf Cabriolet, Jetta, Passat, and Caddy ranges. You can find out more over at Gizmodo.
  • Google's augmented-reality eye wear, otherwise known as Google Glass, has been painstakingly dissembled by the geeks over at Catwig so we can see the gizmo's components; piece by piece. They also describe the ordering process and what it's like to wear one. Check it out for yourself here.
  • A Queensland man has been fined $154 by police for belting down a residential street on a rocket-powered skateboard that he built himself. According to the ABC report, the 24-year old had strapped legal rockets to his skateboard with the aid of duct tape before blasting off down the street at seeds exceeding 60km/h. Read the full report here.
  • STEAM is currently selling the award winning strategy game Rome: Total War for the absurdly low price of $US1.00 — 92 per cent off the usual RRP. The download also includes the Barbarian Invasion expansion pack. [Via OzBargain]


    I noticed this show up many days ago on my Lumia 920. I was a bit surprised to get it so early, since I live probably 50km from the city centre.. and i'm in Western Australia (not a good place for emerging technologies generally speaking).

    I have to wonder what Optus is doing with vividwireless since they purchased them. I have vivid as my home internet connection and it's absolutely fantastic, even in bad weather most of the time, which surprised me.. But I don't want a separate device, I want a sim card for my phone, and i'll probably just use it as a hotspot.

    One more device I can make redundant in favour of my phone :D That is, if the screen doesn't fall out again.. Cheers nokia.

    Last edited 12/06/13 8:43 pm

    RE: Rome Total War; As of this morning Ozbargain is still listing it at 1usd but when to click through to Steam it is listed at 12.99usd.

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