• Sneak peak: are these Google's new Android smartwatches?

    Google and LG are reportedly set to release two new smartwatches in a partnership which could play same card as Google's Pixel (and before that, Nexus) smartphone brand. These first photos of the devices reveal a simple rounded face with a 'digital crown' on the right side of the bezel, with OLE...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • The five best new Windows laptops from CES 2017

    In the market for a new Windows notebook? Last week's Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas showcased plenty of high-tech tempters, and here are the top five that are headed for Australia. Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 We love that this 14 inch ultrabook gives you more on-screen real estate than t...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017 edition)

    The 2017 edition of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is slimmer, lighter, runs for longer and – here's a twist – it now comes dressed in look-at-me silver as well as traditional no-nonsense black. That shiny cladding will appeal to ThinkPad owners who've never quite been sold on ...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Global roaming: Telstra vs Optus vs Vodafone, which is best?

    We compare the global roaming deals of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – which one is best for the frequent flyer? One of the greatest advances for business travellers over recent years wasn't a new type of business class seat, a new airport lounge or travel app, or even an actual 'enhancement...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2016 26 Comments

  • 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 7 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

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