• Apple plans to create a 'Netflix of news and magazines'

    Apple plans to integrate recently-acquired magazine app Texture into an upgraded Apple News service and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. Think of it as the Netflix of news, or maybe the iTunes of magazines. The move is part of a broader ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 5 Comments

  • China Airlines offers free inflight WiFi on Australia, UK flights

    Passengers travelling in business class and premium economy with China Airlines can now enjoy complimentary inflight Internet aboard the airline’s flights from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to Taipei: the airline’s home in Taiwan. Coinciding with China Airlines’...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 5 Comments

  • Google ready to step into the inflight broadband arena

    Google is set to become a major player in the world of inflight WiFi with rumours of talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband arm. Nokia's technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing WiFi on airplanes, said people with knowledge of the discussions, who asked not to be iden...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia unveils all-new iPhone, Android app

    Virgin Australia's new smartphone app is rolling out to the Apple iPhone and – for the first time – Google Android app stores tonight, with the airline promising to build on the revamped app with "a rapid roll out of new functionality." Virgin plans to combine the current Inflight En...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • Apple's next iPhone breakthrough: a 'touchless' curved screen

    Apple is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones, projects that may help the company differentiate its most-important product in an increasingly crowded market, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The control feature would let iPhone users perform...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Intel revs up 'mobile workstation' laptops with Core i9 superchip

    It's the world's most powerful laptop processor, and it's coming to a notebook near you. With six computing cores, a base rate of 2.9GHz and a top speed of 4.8GHz, Intel's new Core i9 mobile powerplant is set to light the touchpaper on a blistering new series of high-performance laptops. A go-a...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple plans to ditch Intel, use its own chips from 2020

    Apple is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel, according to people familiar with the plans. The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple to take on Bose with high-end noise-cancelling headphones

    Apple's AirPods earphones have been a surprise hit. Now, the company is planning a push into the high end of the market with noise-cancelling headphones which aim to mute Bose' market dominance. The technology giant is working on noise-canceling, over-ear headphones, according to people familiar...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 4 Comments

  • Google Hangouts Chat wants to be slicker than Slack

    Google released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts on Wednesday, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces so the search giantcan compete with business software makers including Microsoft and Slack. Hangouts Chat supports instant messaging across devices between workers, including group...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • At long last, Apple is planning a dual-SIM iPhone

    Apple could release its first-ever dual SIM iPhone this year, in a move which would be a boon for business travellers. A report from Bloomberg places a twin-SIM iPhone X or iPhone 9 on the company's launch list for 2018, which is said to include an upsized iPhone X – codenamed D33 – ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 14 Comments

  • Apple's three new iPhones for 2018 to include supersized iPhone X

    Apple is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features. With the new lineup, Apple wants to appeal to the growing n...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Tesla & Uber debate flying cars, hyperloops – but it's still all hype

    Late last week, two Silicon Valley powers got into an online scrum over a technology that is neither developing nor likely to take off anytime soon. On his grand tour of Asia, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi won headlines by predicting that private air taxis – flying cars &n...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 pins hopes on 4K video to revive smartphone sales

    Sony is turning its focus to 4K high-definition video recording in its new Xperia XZ2 smartphone to differentiate itself from rivals that have caught up in camera technology. Unwrapped at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress on Monday, the XZ2 features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Airbus, Delta, Gogo form alliance for 5G inflight WiFi

    Airbus and U.S.-based Delta Air Lines have formed an alliance with GoGo, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp and satellite startup OneWeb to develop inflight 5G services. The alliance, referred to as "Seamless Air Alliance," aims to let mobile operators provide services to airline customers throug...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Huawei's MateBook X Pro takes on MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13

    China's telecommunications giant Huawei on Sunday launched its new MateBook X Pro laptop, the world's first edge-to-edge touch-screen laptop, on the eve of the opening of the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MateBook X Pro has a touchscreen display measuring 13.9 inches, with a 3000 ...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Smartphone smackdown: Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

    Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S9 follows in the wake of Apple's iPhone X, but which is better? When Microsoft revealed a replacement to Windows 8, it skipped the number 9 and went straight to Windows 10. Apple’s iPhone 8 was followed by the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”). Bu...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Nokia reveals 8 Sirroco, reboots classic 8110 slider

    Seeking to capitalise on their comeback over the past year, the makers of Nokia phones are expanding to include its first premium Android smartphone – the Nokia 8 Sirroco – and a remake of one of its biggest hits of the 1990s, the 8110 "slider" phone. Set up by ex-Nokia executives wh...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

    Samsung Electronics unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown. With the global smartphone market set to stay flat or even shrink after meagre growth of o...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple plans upgrades to popular AirPods headphones

    Apple, seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with the matter. Like with its mobile devices – the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch – Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardwa...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2018 5 Comments

  • The tech and trends to watch for at the world's biggest mobile show

    Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry’s biggest conference, begins next week in Barcelona, where more than 100,000 people are set to see the latest smartphones, artificial intelligence devices and autonomous drones exhibited by roughly 2,300 companies. The event is also the industry...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • New European airline WiFi network set for June launch

    A new European Wi-Fi network for airline passengers will be launched by the end of June, the companies behind the project said on Monday. German telecoms company Deutsche Telekom and communications firm Inmarsat have teamed up to develop the European Aviation Network (EAN). Combining around 300...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • First Apple HomePod reviews praised for sound, but not for Siri

    Apple's new HomePod speaker is being praised by early reviewers for its audio quality but panned for its integration with the company’s Siri digital assistant. The company’s latest hardware product arrives for pre-order customers and in stores on Friday, a late entrant in the smart s...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • More airlines add inflight WiFi as the tech gets faster, cheaper

    With in-flight WiFi finally emerging from its role as a punch line, there’s good news for sky warriors who routinely curse their connection, or lack thereof. The cost of buying and installing better hardware has fallen far enough that many airlines have begun upgrading to faster speeds, an...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2018 1 Comment

  • Uber-competitor Taxify launches in Sydney, Melbourne

    European ride-sharing service Taxify is now up and running in Sydney and Melbourne, with Brisbane soon to follow. While Taxify’s name makes you think it’s an app for hailing a cab, it’s based on the same ride-sharing concept as Uber X – and Taxify is well aware that it&rs...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 17 Comments

  • Better WiFi coverage coming for flights to Europe, Gulf states

    Passengers jetting through Indian airspace – including Australian flights to Europe and the Gulf states – may soon enjoy consistent Internet coverage under new regulations proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). India currently bans all inflight WiFi – inc...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

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