• Five great travel tricks using Google search

    On the go and need information fast? Google has some great travel-friendly tricks tucked away under its search sleeve. Here are five of the best. 1. Flight status Enter the flight number for any flight in the world and Google will fling back a report on its current status. Want a little more...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • Uber, American Express offer free USA airport transfers

    American Express cardholders can enjoy two free Uber rides – each valued at up to US$65 (A$88) – from many major airports in the United States until the end of December. Included on that list is New York (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark), Chicago (O’Hare and Midway), Seattle (Sea-Tac...

    POSTED 18 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Photo tour: behind the scenes at the Airbus A350 factory

    Welcome to Toulouse, France: home to aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the 'Final Assembly Line' of its Airbus A350s where these jets quite literally get their wings, plus other important features like landing gear... and business class seats too, of course. Join Australian Business Traveller as ...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • What to do when your laptop won't charge inflight

    There’s nothing worse for productive business travellers than boarding a 13-hour flight, only to discover that the inflight power supply refuses to charge your laptop or tablet. Sure, you might have charged your gadget before leaving home, but there’s a good chance your battery bank ...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • How to download Google Maps to use offline, without WiFi or data

    Fact: travellers love Google Maps. The smartphone and tablet app comes to the rescue time and time again when you're in a city other than your home turf. You want proof? Just look at how few people you see standing on the street studying those ungainly bedsheet-sized folding maps (and for good m...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2016 8 Comments

  • First Look: Samsung's new Gear 3 Frontier and Classic smartwatches

    Update: Samsung has revealed that the Samsung Gear S3 is now available for pre-order in Australia from selected retailers, with wider on-sale availability from 18 November, 2016. The Gear S3 carres a recommended retail price of $599. Previously: Longer battery life, an 'always-on' screen, s...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2016 3 Comments

  • Vodafone extends $5/day roaming to Canada, Vanuatu and more

    Vodafone customers can now use international roaming in Canada for just $5/day – perfect for the upcoming skiing season in Whistler – with each traveller’s usual data, voice and SMS allowances following them abroad. If your plan normally includes unlimited calls to Australian n...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 12 Comments

  • Your Uber app no longer works in China: here's why

    Uber in China is now closed to foreign visitors, with business travellers and tourists alike unable to order rides in any Chinese city, including major destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. When selecting a Chinese pick-up address in the normal Uber app, foreigners are simply logged off &nd...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • First look: Apple's new 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    Apple’s newest MacBook Pro represents a significant overhaul for the flagship notebook family in just about every measure. Launched overnight and on sale in Australia by late November, the high-powered 13 inch and 15 models will start at $2,699 and $3,599 respectively. Short on time? He...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2016 3 Comments

  • Is Apple getting ready to axe the MacBook Air?

    Apple's MacBook Air could be on its last legs following this morning's launch of its 2016 MacBook Pro range. The company has already axed the 11 inch MacBook Air, which disappeared from the line-up overnight, and the 13 inch model may also be put out to pasture before too long. It's not as much...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2016 2 Comments

  • First look: Sony's flagship Xperia XZ smartphone

    Sony's new Xperia XZ – on sale this month at $999 – sees the previous X and Z models merged into a new flagship for the Xperia line of Android-powered smartphones. As such, the spec sheet reads like a track listing from the Sony's Greatest Xperia Hits double CD – albeit with a ...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2016 1 Comment

  • Google's new goodies: Pixel, Wifi and Home

    Google pulled back the curtains on a bevy of new kit overnight, ranging from its new Pixel Android smartphones to a clever home Wi-Fi system. It's all a play for driving Google deeper into the 'connected home' market and, consequently, deeper into your everyday life – even when you're not ...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • Google's new Pixel, Pixel XL Android smartphones touch down

    Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will launch in Australia later this month through the Google Store and exclusive mobile partner Telstra. The Pixel family – details of which were revealed earlier this week, and are now posted at the MadeByGoogle website – are Google's new ...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 4 Comments

  • Why you shouldn't buy a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro this week...

    Planning to buy a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro laptop in the next few weeks? Hold your horses, hombre. Apple's set to reveal all-new models of its two flagship notebooks on the morning on October 28th (AU time), and based on information coming through from well-informed industry sources we hear th...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 4 Comments

  • Google is finally rolling out a team-friendly version of Drive

    It's taken long enough, but Google has launched a version of its Drive cloud computing service built for teams rather than individual users. Sure, it's not been a problem to share documents stored in Google Drive – but documents which are really part of the company's library and work proce...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Netgear Orbi is a smart approach to banishing home WiFi deadspots

    If your home wireless network is bedevilled by buffering, dropouts and dead spots, your router might not be to blame. It’s just one little back box, after all… and in sprawling single-level house, split-level apartment or three-story terrace those radio waves can only travel so far....

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Unwired for sound: the Sonos Play 5 wireless 'smart speaker'

    Forget for a moment that the Sonos Play 5 – or PLAY:5, as the company prefers to style it – is a high-tech wireless speaker for playing your own MP3 library alongside streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music. Take five on the fact that it’s driven by a canny app ...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • First Look: Apple iPhone 7 has two cameras but no headphone socket

    Apple’s annual iPhone launch has pullback the curtains on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will hit Aussie streets on September 16 alongside the new Apple Watch 2. As expected, neither of the 7 twins represents a massive leap forward from last year’s 6S series – the genera...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2016 16 Comments

  • First look: Apple Watch 2 gains GPS, swimproofing to 50 metres

    TECHNOLOGY | At first blush Apple’s second-gen smartwatch seems less Watch 2 than Watch 1.5, but the Cupertino tech titan is hoping the Watch 2 will prove to be more than the sum of its incremental upgrades. Revealed overnight alongside the iPhone 7, Apple's 'Watch 2 Series' will land...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Canon's EOS 5D Mark IV 30MP camera lets you focus after shooting

    TECHNOLOGY | Canon's iconic EOS 5D full-frame digital camera has become a reliable go-to for many discerning photographers, but four years after the launch of the Mark III model it's time for a refresh. The EOS 5D Mark IV takes just about every aspect of the III and bumps it up to best-in-class....

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Google releases Android 7.0 Nougat: what's new in your pocket

    Android smartphone and tablet users can begin upgrading to Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat software this week, unleashing many new features to make multitasking, global roaming and conserving your battery life much easier. Top of the list: native Android OS support for running two apps ...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • Mobile phone use may soon be allowed on Chinese flights

    IN BRIEF | Using your mobile phone aboard flights with Chinese airlines is currently banned, but the Chinese government could soon relax those restrictions as inflight Internet grows ever more popular in the region. Passengers could begin using their phone mid-flight by the end of the year or in...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Three UK extends Euro roaming on prepaid SIMs for voice, data

    Three UK will add 24 new countries to its ‘Feel At Home’ roaming pack next month, creating what could be the ideal UK/EU package for Aussie travellers. Covering both pre-paid and post-paid plans, major destinations like Belgium, Germany and Greece join the roster, as does Hungar...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2016 8 Comments

  • First look: Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 big-screen stylus smartphone

    Samsung Galaxy Note7: on sale in Australia on August 19 for $1,349 Pre-sales order August 5 with bonus 256GB MicroSD card (valued at $299) Samsung's new Galaxy Note7 brings the stylus-equipped smartphone in line with its slightly smaller Galaxy S7 Edge sibling in what many consider a pre-em...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2016 4 Comments

  • UAE tightens ban on VPNs with jail time, fines of up to A$725,000

    Travellers caught using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the broader United Arab Emirates could face fines of up to A$725,000 or even jail time under hardened laws introduced this month. Popular with business travellers, VPNs allow secure remote access to corporate network...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 61 Comments

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