5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

RIP Windows Phone.

The weekend is upon us, here’s what you need to know in tech.

1. Your iPhone charger may explode on you. Actually, probably not. But Apple has issued a recall for certain iPhone and Mac chargers in Australia saying there is a “risk of electrical shock”. Check here to see if you’re affected and what you need to do.

2. The first residential Tesla Powerwall in Australia has been installed. It’s at a house in Western Sydney where the owner is a huge Elon Musk fan. Home owner Nick Pfitzner says he expects to see a return on investment in less than eight years. A Powerwall battery will set you back close to $10,000 if you already have solar panels installed on your house. If solar installation is necessary you’ll be looking at paying upwards of $18,000.

3. The LaunchVic board is smashing the gender gap in tech. The independent body launched by the Victorian government to look over its $60 million startup fund has announced it will be the first group in the Australian innovation sector to have women outnumbering men on its board.

Announced this morning at the Above All Human conference in Melbourne, LaunchVic’s board will be chaired by Australia Post managing director Ahmed Fahour and is made up of five men and six women.

4. The tanking Aussie dollar is making Apple products very expensive. Check this chart out of the Aussie dollar:

Now check out the prices between Apple products in 2014 and 2016:

Macbook Air 11-inch: $1099
iPad Air 2: Started at $619 for 16GB Wi-Fi model, up to $1019 for 128GB cellular
iPhone 6: $869 for 16GB, $999 for 6 Plus 16GB
21.5-inch iMac: starting at $1,349
Mac Pro: starting at $3999

MacBook Air 11-inch: $1399
iPad Air 2: $699 for 16GB Wi-Fi model and $1,119 for 128GB cellular
iPhone 6s: 16GB from $1079 and $1229 for 16GB 6s Plus
21.5-inch iMac: starting at $1699
Mac Pro: starting at $4899


5. Twitter’s Australian MD Karen Stocks doesn’t have her email auto-syncing on her phone. She says it lets her keep control and that we shouldn’t be obsessed with it. Perhaps we should listen?

And as a bonus item, Microsoft’s financials have revealed that Windows Phone is essentially dead. Just over 4 million phones were sold last quarter, less than half year-on-year, even with a new flagship device. RIP Windows Phone.

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