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When Charlie told me to do a comprehensive review of the Kogan Agora 4G, I told him I'd rather put a rusty nail through my foot. As a tech writer, I'm very spoilt when it comes to my choice in phones, I've been lucky enough to spend time with all of the major flagships. As such, giving up my LG G3 and downgrading to a barebones budget smartphone seemed like a nightmare. Begrudgingly, I slotted in my SIM card and took the device for a spin. But after a couple of days with the Agora 4G, I was pleasantly surprised.

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 an app that's like Snapchat for documents, a long-awaited Windows Phone app and a BAFTA-winning game that's made the journey to mobile. 

EA today revealed EA Access, an Xbox One exclusive subscription service that gives players access to EA's "Vault" for USD$5 a month or USD$30 a year. Subscriptions will initially have access to four games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. EA claim that additional titles will be added in time.

Apple quietly begun selling updated versions of its MacBook Pro range as of this morning. The upgrades themselves are purely incremental hardware boosts, no changes have been made to the laptops' design. In addition to newer components, the price of some machines has been reduced.

Ahead of plans to remove messaging from the Facebook mobile app, the social media giant has been urging users to download their standalone Messenger app. Users who haven't yet installed the Messenger app will be prompted to do so when they visit the messages tab in the core mobile app.

Following recent privacy concerns in regards to Opal cards, Transport NSW have opened 28 pop-up kiosks at major train stations where unregistered cards may be purchased.

Microsoft's latest commercial puts Cortana and Siri head-to-head in a digital assistant smack down. Well, smack down might be overselling it, but you can watch the video below. Intrigued? Have a look at our hands-on with Cortana here.

Vodafone today announced plans to repurpose part of their existing 3G network to improve 4G performance for Australia's metropolitan population by the end of 2014. To achieve this, the telco will be reallocate its low-band 850Mhz spectrum holding.

Slowly but surely, Windows Phone is closing the app-gap between itself and iOS and Android. Following the release of Uber last week, another high profile app is joining the Windows Phone ecosystem: Fitbit. As on iOS and Android, the app lets users sync their trackers with phones to view real time and historical data, set goals, and log meals.

Half of teens and tweens have engaged in risky online behaviour according to a survey undertaken by cyber security firm McAfee. 50% of those surveyed had shared content they deemed risky and 48% have chatted or live tweeted with someone they don't know, a 19% jump from 2013. Almost one in five have met someone in person that they've only known online first.

Bose has filed a lawsuit against soon-to-be-Apple-owned headphone manufacturer, Beats Electronics. The lawsuit accuses Beats Electronics of infringing patents related to Bose noise cancellation technology, citing the Beats Studio and Studio Wireless as offending devices. Bose alleges that Beats has infringed on 50 years of research, development and engineering of noise cancellation techniques.

While the Kogan Agora 4G doesn't quite hold up in terms of value against the flagship phones it is being pitted against, it's a different story when it comes to its budget 4G competitors. Enter the Nokia Lumia 635 and the Moto G 4G. These two devices are among the cheapest 4G smartphones on the market, priced at $279 and $299 respectively.

This morning on the Today Show, the latest jewel in Ruslan Kogan's discount crown was unveiled: the cheapest 4G smartphone available in Australia. Known as the Agora 4G, the phone will retail for $229 and has gone on presale today (it will ship beginning August 5), taking on the price of Kogan's previous Android phone, the Agora HD+.

It's not easy being a parent in the 21st century; as fantastic as technology is, it can also make parenting harder. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't think an eight year old should have a smartphone, at least, unbridled access to a smartphone. Well, an eight year old really shouldn’t have unrestricted access to anything; we enforce their curfews, we limit the number of sweets they had a day, and how much TV they watch, so why not their phones? The same principles should apply to any connected devices that they may have, I should add, as a privilege.

The Commonwealth Games are now in full swing, and they're pretty good motivation for getting fit. Fitness trackers are some of the hottest devices on the market right now, so unsurprisingly, there's plenty to choose from. To make things easier, we've put together a list of a few our favourite fitness tracking devices!

Apple this week announced its quarterly earnings, reporting revenue of USD$37.4 billion and net profit of USD$7.7 billion. The iPhone is still Apple's strongest product, selling 35.2 million units, and responsible for over half of the giant's revenue for the quarter.

Instagram appear to have accidentally posted a link to its new "one tap photo messaging" app, Bolt, inside Instagram for Android. Tapping the "free" button led to an error page in the Google Play Store store.

Microsoft today released the first trailer for its live action Halo series produced by Ridley Scott and penned by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring. Known as Halo: Nightfall, the series takes place between Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5 and appears to revolve around a new character known as Jameson Locke.

When you're watching the Commonwealth games this year and you fire off a tweet or status update, it's all being aggregated and managed by an Australian company. While you might not have heard of them, Stackla have everyone from Qantas to SBS to Department of Immigration to the NRL to Coldplay using their services to manage their fans' social engagement!

Marvel is offering customers a month of access to its Marvel Unlimited service for just 99 cents. A monthly subscription's regular cost is USD$9.99 per month, which includes unlimited access to over 15,000 digital comics spanning Marvel's 75 year history. Featured heroes include Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Spiderman and Thor.

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