• First look: Microsoft's new Surface Pro 5 for 2017

    Microsoft has pulled back the covers on its fifth-gen Surface tablet, giving the Windows 2-in-1 device a refresh on the inside and dropping the '5' from the Surface Pro series, on sale from June 15 from $1,119. Taking a page from Apple's book, the company's flagship model is now know simply as...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 11 Comments

  • Huawei reveals its first laptop: the MateBook X

    After upending the phone networking gear and Chinese smartphone markets, Huawei has its eyes set on business users with its first laptops. Building on branding used by its smartphone unit, the world’s third-largest, the 13-inch MateBook X is targeting a market dominated by Lenovo, Dell and...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • HP's new Spectre X2 wants to out-Pro the Surface Pro

    In the same week as Microsoft pulls back the covers on its latest Surface Pro, HP is launching its own tempting 2-in-1 at this week's Cannes Film Festival (why the Cannes Film Festival? Because creative). The 2017 edition of the HP Spectre X2 shares the same tablet-becomes-a-laptop design...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • iPhone voice apps compared: Siri vs Google Assistant

    Google Assistant brings Google's AI smarts to the iPhone, but Siri is still better for Apple users. Some people think Google's virtual assistant beats Siri in reliability and capability. That may be true on Google's own devices, like the Pixel smartphone, but the Assistant is hobbled on the iPho...

    POSTED 19 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Google brings Assistant to iPhone; boosts Home, Android features

    During a two hour keynote presentation at its I/O developer conference, Google showed off its prowess in the technology world's hottest field: artificial intelligence. From its voice-based digital Assistant to photo sharing and automatic image recognition, AI is everywhere it can possibly be in ...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Apple to update MacBook laptops next month

    Apple plans to announce an update to its laptop lineup at an annual conference for app developers in early June, a move that could help offset new competition from Microsoft as well as declining iPad sales. Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The M...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Google wants Android (and its Assistant) to power your car, too

    Android already powers most smartphones on earth. Now Google is placing its mobile operating system right inside cars, a bid to cement its core service in the auto industry as more technology sweeps in. On Monday, ahead of its I/O mobile developers conference, Google is showing off its next step...

    POSTED 15 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Amazon's new Echo is a bet on what comes after the smartphone

    Most of us remember the time before smartphones were in the pockets and purses of billions of people. Before those gadgets became the primary computer for millions of people. Before the smartphone boom made fortunes for some companies – Apple and Facebook, for example – and doomed ot...

    POSTED 10 May, 2017 1 Comment

  • First look: Microsoft's new Surface Laptop

    Microsoft overnight added a new member to its Surface family: the Surface Laptop. Unlike the Surface Pro 2-in-1 and Surface Book, the Surface Laptop is a conventional notebook where the keyboard doesn't detach from the screen. Another wrinkle is that the Surface Laptop is built around Micro...

    POSTED 3 May, 2017 5 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: how their inflight Internet compares

    Inflight Internet has become the latest battleground in the dogfight between Qantas and Virgin Australia. Both airlines now offer free sky-high WiFi – admittedly onboard a single aircraft – as part of a three-month trial of their respective technologies, ahead of a rollout to the res...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Review: Sol Republic Amps Air wireless earbuds

    Wireless headphones have become increasingly in vogue, thanks (or not) to Apple’s iPhone 7, which famously ditched the industry-standard headphone jack. However, there’s also something to be said for them as a favoured piece of tech for the fitness set, which is exactly where Sol Rep...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Want a flying car? Electric planes are a better bet...

    The concept is familiar: Replace car journeys with high-speed, electric-powered travel for the masses. China does it with a famous (and famously expensive) high-speed train network. Last week, Boeing and JetBlue invested in another idea: electric planes. If their bet pans out, travelers...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Review: Virgin Australia WiFi inflight Internet

    Virgin Australia's new inflight Internet service is now available on selected domestic flights, with typical download speeds of 15-20Mbps on tap - and during the trial period, it's completely free for all passengers. Those speeds are on-par (if not even a little faster) than your average ADSL2+ ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 11 Comments

  • Apple readies iPhone 8 overhaul for smartphone's 10th anniversary

    Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd, Apple is planning its most extensive iPhone lineup to date. Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Hands-on preview: Samsung's new Galaxy S8, S8+

    A media preview of the new Galaxy S8 was held today in Sydney and Australian Business Traveller was invited for a hands-on preview of the highly anticipated handset. We’ve distilled some of the top features and enhancements you’ll appreciate if you travel with the S8. Screen Easily ...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2017 1 Comment

  • Review: Qantas WiFi inflight Internet

    Qantas inflight Internet is now available on selected domestic flights with average download speeds around 10-15Mbps on offer - and better yet, it’s completely free. That’s fast enough to stream HD video such as Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Fetch TV live to your seat at 35,000 feet, bei...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • First Look: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

    Samsung Galaxy S8 with 5.8" screen: $1,199 Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6.2" screen: $1,349 1Gbps download speeds on Telstra 4GX network Australian release date April 28 Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and S8+ will land in Australia on April 28, and the company's best-ever smartphones will come ...

    POSTED 30 Mar, 2017 10 Comments

  • TAG Heuer's Connected Modular 45 watch is smart and stylish

    Can't choose between a modern connected smartwatch and a packed-with-horological-history mechanical watch? Now you can have both – just not at the same time. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a second swing at a Swiss "luxury connected watch" from the TAG and Intel partnership. You'll...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: Sonos Playbase delivers 'off the wall' sound

    There’s a new Sonos speaker in town, and it wants to sit under your big-screen telly. That’s the main difference between the Playbase and the Playbar: the Playbar is made for wall-mounting below similarly hung screens, while the Playbase is a slab which slides under the TV. It&rsq...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2017 1 Comment

  • Triple treat: Sony unveils Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and XZ Premium

    Sony's 2017 Xperia line-up is an Android triple treat spanning the mid-range XA1 to a large-screen XA1 Ultra version and the top-shelf XZ Premium. Unveilled overnight at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress expo, we're yet to hear when these will land in Australia and what sort of sticker they'll c...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Samsung launches Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book Windows 2-in-1

    Samsung has served up a pair of business travel-friendly tablets at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, ahead of a March 29 launch for its all-new Galaxy S8 series smartphones. We don't have Australian release dates or pricing as yet, but will share them as soon as they land. Samsung Gala...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: BlackBerry KEYone 'Mercury' Android smartphone

    BlackBerry KEYone 'Mercury' aims to reboot the iconic brand Positioned as a secure Android smartphone Australian release May/June with $799 pricetag BlackBerry is back – or at least so it hopes, with the overnight launch of the KEYone ahead of a mid-year Australian release. After ...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2017 4 Comments

  • Huawei Mate 9 smartphone lands February 7 at $999

    Aussies looking for a big screen phone will be able to officially purchase Huawei’s Mate 9 from next month, with the release date pegged for February 7. We stress 'officially' because the flagship phablet has been available through several grey-market importers since late last year. Happil...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 1 Comment

  • Sneak peek: 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

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