• 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 7 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

  • 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

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