• First look: Samsung Sound+ MS750 soundbar

    Samsung's new $999 Sound+ MS750 soundbar is on a mission to rid your living room of all other speakers. It's a stealth mission, given the MS750's low profile, sleek looks and black-is-the-new-black finish. But when you crank up the volume, all notions of stealthiness are swept away by an...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 8 next month

    Samsung will reveal its all-new Galaxy Note 8 on August 23, with the flagship smartphone expected to go on sale in selected markets – including Australia – in September. It's also the device which Samsung hopes will wash away the woes of the Note7 – which began with spontaneous...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Three airlines get a reality check on inflight Internet

    Recent changes to the inflight Internet plans of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Finnair are reducing the amount of data that many travellers can download and the amount of time they can spend online, unless they’re willing to pay more for the same amount of connectivity. However, a subset of...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • Speidel's iconic Twist-O-Flex band comes to the Apple Watch

    In all of watchmaking, there are few things as iconic as the classic Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelet. Basically anyone who is at all into vintage watches has seen them, probably worn one, and likely lost some arm hair to those stretchy links. The old-school stretch bracelet isn't just for vintage ...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Reviewed: five language-learning apps for your smartphone

    If you’re not careful about your pronunciation, it’s pretty easy to tell someone in France that you’re pregnant instead of saying you’re full. In Israel, you might ask someone to buy their daughter instead of buying a slice of bread. Saying you’re 'cold' in German? I...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • First look: Google Home, Google Wifi launch in Australia

    Google is making an overdue push into Aussie homes this week with the local launch of its Google Home and Google Wifi gadgets. Google Home is a voice-activated 'smart speaker' running Google Assistant software, which is going toe-to-toe with Apple's Siri in the personal assistant space. Sayin...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • China's VPN clamp-down set to hit business travellers

    China to plug major hole in Its 'Great Web Firewall' State-run telcos to block VPNs from Feb 2018 GreenVPN and SuperVPN apps already disabled Getting around the Great Firewall, the system used by China to control internet access, is set to get much harder. China's government has told tele...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2017 8 Comments

  • Louis Vuitton's Android smartwatch targets the travelling elite

    Louis Vuitton plans to sell a smartwatch for travelers starting at US$2,450 as parent company LVMH enlists the 163-year-old French suitcase and fashion brand to broaden its fight against the Apple Watch. A stylish combination of high-touch luxury and high-tech, the Tambour Horizon offers fligh...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Telstra launches $10/day international roaming

    EXCLUSIVE | Telstra will today launch a flat $10/day global roaming deal in 57 counties around the world, with a cut-price $5/day for New Zealand.  The carrier will scrap its complicated Travel Pass packs in favour of the simplified scheme, which covers most countries in Europe, Asia, North...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 63 Comments

  • Review: Leica M10 digital camera

    Leica's new M10 is a $9,950 digital camera which even analog photographers will find hard to resist. Old-fashioned film lover Gillian Laub went to a Sunday family gathering to test out Leica's latest digital delight. I have been using the same film camera for 15 years: a Mamiya RZ67, which I've ...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Apple's iPhone 8 to add 3D facial scanning to fingerprint unlock

    Apple is working on a feature that will let you unlock your iPhone using your face instead of a fingerprint. For its redesigned iPhone 8, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by ...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • Business travellers: what's your 'cloud' of choice?

    TALKING POINT | Cloud computing – or 'online storage', to use a less sexy but more accurate moniker – has fast become part of the business traveller's tech toolkit. Being able to save or copy documents into a secure online location isn't just about keeping your work and other vital d...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2017 5 Comments

  • JAL now offers free inflight Internet on all Japanese flights

    Japan Airlines is now providing free inflight WiFi across all domestic routes. The Oneworld member and Qantas partner previously charged passengers ¥400 (A$4.70) for a quick 30 minutes or between ¥500 (A$5.90) to ¥1200 (A$14.15) to stay connected throughout the entire flight, dependi...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 3 Comments

  • Europe scraps roaming voice, text and data charges

    Life just got much easier and much less expensive for travellers to Europe, with roaming charges within all EU member countries now abolished. Under the ground-breaking 'Connected Continent' agreement, mobile phone users now pay exactly the same for voice calls, text messages and data usage rega...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2017 24 Comments

  • Google Drive is about to get a lot more useful for road warriors

    Google Drive is about to become a far more useful service for business travellers with the launch of a new Backup and Sync app. Due for release on June 28, Google Backup and Sync will let the cloud-based storage service monitor and backup files inside any folder on your PC or Mac, rather than ju...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Apple revs up MacBook line, debuts 10.5 inch iPad Pro

    Apple has trotted out a mid-year upgrade to its hardware line-up alongside the new HomePod Siri-powered 'smart speaker' at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, held overnight in San Jose. With plenty of leaks leading up to the annual techfest, all that's to be done is share some official specs ...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Apple's HomePod Siri speaker takes on Google, Sonos

    Apple HomePod is part Google Home, part Sonos December launch in US, Australia and UK List price US$349, Aussie price TBA Apple's much-anticipated Siri-powered 'smart speaker' broke cover overnight at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. Christened the Apple HomePod,...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 5 Comments

  • Microsoft overhauls Skype to take on Snapchat, iMessage

    Microsoft's Skype helped pioneer modern video conferencing and instant messaging. But its power has taken a backseat in recent years to the convenience of communicating via nearly ubiquitous social networking applications like Snapchat and Apple's iMessage. To stay afloat, Skype announced an end...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2017 4 Comments

  • Dubai plans July launch of passenger drones as airborne taxis

    High flyers may soon have a new way to get around Dubai, swapping taxis for one-person drones buzzing through the sky. They may look like an oversized version of the typical drone, but they're far more sophisticated – and capable of carrying one passenger and a (very) small suitcase. Bu...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • BlackBerry KEYone Android smartphone goes on sale July at $899

    Calling all BlackBerry enthusiasts – your next phone is about to land in Australia. The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from July at JB HiFi stores for $899 on outright purchase. However there's no word as yet on which mobile networks will add the Android-powered KEYone to their line-...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2017 6 Comments

  • Apple is building a Siri 'smart speaker' to outdo Google, Amazon

    Siri 'smart speaker' enters overseas production Device may debut next week but won't ship later in 2017 Company seeks differentiation through surround sound, Apple Music Apple is already in your pocket, on your desk and underneath your television. Soon, a device embossed with “Design...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2017 3 Comments

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

    Got your sights on a new MacBook Pro laptop this week? No. No, no, no. This is not the time to plonk down your cash or points-earning plastic for a new Apple laptop. The reason? Next week sees Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference held in San Jose, with new 2017 models of the MacB...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Flight delayed? This app instantly files your compensation claim

    When it launched in 2013, AirHelp made a simple promise: report your flight disasters to the company’s customer service agents, and they’ll litigate against airlines on your behalf. You don’t have to pay a penny – unless they manage to get you a settlement. And when they ...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Apple's Siri to get smarter

    Apple got an early start in artificial intelligence software with the 2011 introduction of Siri, a tool that lets users operate their smartphones with voice commands. Now the electronics giant is bringing artificial intelligence to chips. Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to ...

    POSTED 28 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • 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

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