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The Bluetooth speaker market is pretty saturated at the moment; there's plenty of choices at a whole range of price points. Beat's Pill XL isnty the newest speaker on the market, but it's undeniably one of the most popular. I'll be taking a look at how Dr. Dre's supersized portable speaker holds up and whether it's worth the hype, and more importantly, the premium asking price.

As of today, all Australian telcos will be required to alert users within 48 when they've used 50%, 85% or 100% of their phone, text or data allowances. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone already send users such alerts, but many small operates do not.

Apple has reached agreements with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for an iPhone-based mobile payment system according a report published by Bloomberg. Bloomberg's report suggests that the payment system will make use of the iPhone's fingerprint reader, along with a NFC chip said to be featured in the upcoming iPhone 6.

During a Japanese-exclusive Nintendo Direct briefing over the weekend, Nintendo announced two new, updated models of its 3DS handhelds. Known as the New 3DS and New 3DS XL, these new devices feature a second analogue stick, two additional shoulder buttons, an improved processor, better stereoscopic 3D and a removable back.

After 15 long years, Microsoft have announced that it is shutting down MSN Messenger, now known as Windows Live Messenger, on October 31st. While the organisation announced plans to shift users over to Skype in April last year, they kept the service running to support Chinese users.

Alienware has announced the latest iteration of its flagship gaming PC, the Area 51. The new Area 51 eschews the traditional rectangular desktop form factor for a hexagonal design that looks like it came straight from the set of X-Files.

Storage manufacturer Seagate has announced it has begun shipping the world's first 8 terabyte hard drive. These initial shipments have been made to the manufacturer's enterprise customers; the drives are not available to average consumers at present. 

Three years ago, Scottish distiller Ardbeg announced that it would be providing whisky samples for a research project aboard the International Space Station, designed to investigate effects of gravity on the whisky maturation process. The distillery today announced that its space-whisky will be returning to Earth on September 12.

Following LG's G Watch R announcement, Samsung has revealed the Gear S, the newest addition its own smartwatch family. The Gear S continues Samsung's trend of putting bigger screens in gadgets, and boasts a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display. 

The rumour mill's been telling us that September 9 is the day for about a month now, but Apple's made it official. Apple today sent out invitations to an event held at 10am on September 9, where they are expected to announce the iPhone 6 and iWatch. 

Father's Day is just around the corner! Instead of getting your dad a pair of socks (admittedly, we did find some pretty cool smart socks, but they're not available in Australia yet) or a another tie, why not got him one of the latest and greatest gadgets available? To give you a helping hand, we've put together a list that will hopefully have something in it for every dad.

The Rolling Spider is the second of Parrot's two new recently released MiniDrones. While it's companion, the Jumping Sumo, is a whole new style of drone, the Rolling Spider is a smaller, more affordable take of the flying drones that Parrot has come to be known for.

Local demand for the Surface Pro 3 has been unprecedented according to Glen Gregory, Harvey Norman's National Business Manager for Technology & Entertainment. Gregory described the Surface Pro 3 as the game changer that's been needed since launch the launch of Windows 8.

LG have provided an initial announcement of LG G Watch R prior to showcasing it at IFA next week. The G Watch R will feature a more upmarket design, ditching the plastic build and rubber strap adorning the G Watch.

Mozilla has launched its second Firefox OS smartphone in India, the AUD$35 Cloud FX. Billed as India's cheapest smartphone, the Cloud FX is the result of a partnership between Mozilla and handset manufacturer Intex Technologies.

Apple is expected to reveal its upcoming wearable device, currently referred to as the iWatch, on September 9 alongside the iPhone 6, according to Re/code. The site previously reported that Apple were to debut the iWatch at a separate event in October, but now say that Apple's plans have changed.

Nine Entertainment has announced that it will partner with Fairfax for StreamCo, an upcoming subscription-based video-on-demand service. StreamCo will offer access to "a substantial catalogue spanning TV series, movies kids and family programming, documentaries from a wide range of leading Australian and international studios along with market-leading content from Nine".

LG has officially announced the LG G3 Stylus, a pen-enabled phablet based on the LG G3. Despite sharing DNA with the G3, the G3 Stylus is a much more modest device. 4G connectivity has been scratched, the processor has been downgraded to a 1.3 Ghz quad-core and the RAM count is just one lonely gigabyte.

Microsoft have slashed the price of the Surface 2 ahead of the Surface Pro 3's launch tomorrow. The 32 gigabyte Windows RT model is now priced at AUD$399 and the 64 gigabyte Windows RT model is now AUD$509. 

Welcome to this week's Weekly App Roundup! Each week we'll be shining a light on the latest and greatest apps available for your phones and tablets. This week we're taking a look at Instagram's new app, the new game from Flappy Bird's creator and a new take on Pac-Man!

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