Beau Giles Posts

November 20, 2015

Clipp IMG_0128 Clipp (iPhone/Android) is one of my favourite apps that I love to show off whenever someone asks me what they should try next.

Ever started a tab at a bar, and then left without your credit card? Did a bit of a beer tasting, and forgot the name of the one you really liked? Or just simply want to keep track of your spending on a night out?

Clipp is yet another one of those mobile payment apps, but tailored just for your local pub or hotel. Download the app, create an account, and add your credit card or PayPal account to get started. You’ll see a list of nearby venues, including those who have ‘hot offers’ if you’re in quick enough.

November 15, 2015

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The Telstra TV is Telstra’s attempt at taking up one of those precious HDMI ports at the back of your TV. While Telstra had previously offered the T-Box, the Telstra TV is simpler, and hence cheaper. Gone is the free-to-air tuner, the DVR functionality, and all the parts of Foxtel I loved – (cheap) access to live channels and some on demand/catchup options.

In return, you get a sleek little box that offers access to all the major streaming platforms in Australia, in a simple straightforward way. 

September 3, 2015

FonGramofonOne of the cooler projects I backed on Kickstarter last year (which actually shipped!), was the Gramofon, from Fon.

Touted as the ‘Modern Cloud Jukebox’, Gramofon is first and foremost a super easy way to stream your Spotify tunes to your existing sound system without breaking the bank by investing in brand new speakers – and not having any more cables and cords to worry about!

A small little black box (measuring 80 x 80 x 42 mm), the Gramofon has just a small array of ports – on the back you’ve got a ‘power’ jack (as expected), an ‘internet’ and a ‘router’ ethernet jacks, and a 3.5mm audio jack for your speakers. But then, you’re not getting this for a router or a hub!

September 2, 2015

IMG_8780One of the more unique services that Telstra Mobile customers have access to, is ‘Mobile Foxtel’. For a monthly subscription fee you get access to a selection of channels to stream on your iPhone or Android device.

Available in three different ‘packages’, starting at $8/month for the ‘Value’ pack – including National Geographic, MTV, Sky News and CNN, to $15/month for the ‘Ultimate’ Pack, which adds channels like Lifestyle, FOX8 and Comedy, up through to the ‘Sport’ pack for $20/month which adds another four sport channels. In addition, ABC1 and SBS One are ‘included’ with all of the packs.

Mobile Foxtel is unmetered for Telstra customers, meaning you can stream as often, for as long as you like without having to worry about chewing through the data limit on your phone.

August 20, 2015

IMG_8602Is your train home going to be running to time? Do you have someone that you love to keep up to date with? A friend who always wants to share the latest? A brand or company who always shares awesome tweets?

As a Twitter user, you can opt in to receive every tweet from specific accounts pushed straight to your iOS or Android device.
Even if you don’t have a smartphone, Telstra customers can also opt in to receive tweet notifications via SMS (currently Optus or Vodafone do not support Twitter via SMS)