• Power up: keeping your tech juiced up when you travel

    Today’s high flyers rely more than ever on their travel tech, from laptops to iPads to smartphones along with must-have accessories such as noise-cancelling headphones. And as a rule, that tech is getting better when it comes to battery life. Most modern notebooks deliver close to ten hou...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2017 10 Comments

  • New Windows laptops will run for several days without recharging

    Microsoft is gearing up to launch a new generation of Windows laptops which will run for days on a single battery charge. HP, Lenovo and Asus will be first off the starter's blocks with the thin, light and long-legged Windows 10 systems, which will be built around a beefed-up ARM smartphone chip...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Why your new Apple Watch 3 LTE cellular model won't roam overseas

    Your shiny new Apple Watch Series 3 may make and take phone calls via its own inbuilt 4G cellular smarts, but don't get too used to leaving your iPhone behind when you head overseas. The unique nature of the Apple Watch LTE model means that it runs independent of your iPhone only within Australi...

    POSTED 6 Oct, 2017 6 Comments

  • Sonos One speaker works with Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant

    Sonos has entered the growing 'smart speaker' market with the Sonos One, which will work with Amazon's Alexa voice control software when it launches at the end of October and get a software upgrade for Apple Siri and Google Assistant in 2018. Those voice assistants will let users control music p...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2017 6 Comments

  • Get unlimited inflight Internet with 28 airlines for $15/month

    Inflight Internet access can be horridly expensive, but you can escape those sky-high costs by taking out a global WiFi subscription which unlocks unlimited Internet aboard 28 airlines from just $15 per month. That's right: your connection is unlimited, when it comes to both how long you spend o...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2017 23 Comments

  • Apple's latest products get mixed reviews

    Despite the strength of its brand, Apple occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews – remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays. Each product was docked...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Uber banned in London

    Uber’s license to operate in London was revoked overnight, a surprise decision that will affect the 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers who use the app in the city. The city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London, said the license will expire on September 30. Regulators ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 11 Comments

  • Google powers up Pixel smartphone with billion-dollar HTC buy-out

    Google agreed to buy part of HTC’s engineering and design teams for US$1.1 billion, taking on a cadre of veterans that worked on the Pixel phone and could bolster its nascent hardware business. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking on some 2,000 employees with experience working on its si...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Bose launches Google-friendly QC35 II headphones

    Bose is upgrading its popular QuietComfort QC-35 headphones to a second-gen model with Google Assistant built-in. The new noise-cancelling cans sprout a dedicated Google Assistant 'action button' on the left earcup so you can ask questions or issue commands to the voice-assisted app without need...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Fast-charging on Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X

    Low smartphone battery levels are a serious pain point for business travellers, so it's no surprise that Apple's promise of fast-charge technology in the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X models will be a drawcard for many buyers of the shiny kit. Already an established feature of the best Andro...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2017 25 Comments

  • Bose shrinks the SoundLink with Micro Bluetooth speaker

    Bose will add a third member to its SoundLink Bluetooth speaker range this month with the debut of the SoundLink Micro. Available from September 22 for $170, the SoundLink Micro takes the core technology of the popular travel-friendly speakers and shrinks it down to a puck-sized package. ...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • Apple's new flagship Phone will be iPhone X, also iPhone 8 and 8+

    Apple’s most important new phone for years will be called the iPhone X, according to a leak of the company’s latest mobile operating system on Saturday. Strings of software code inside of the leaked operating system, first detailed by Apple news website 9to5Mac, show the expected thr...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2017 1 Comment

  • Apple iPhone 8 to launch on Sept 12, and a lot is changing...

    Apple plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s becoming almost all screen, according to images of the new device viewed by Bloomberg News and people familiar with the g...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 lands in Australia on Sept 22

    The stakes are high for Samsung's rollout of the Note 8, after the previous model’s exploding battery fiasco last year. “None of us will ever forget what happened last year,” Samsung Mobile chief executive DJ Koh told a New York audience today at the phone’s unveiling. L...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: Nokia 8 flagship smartphone

    Finnish company HMD Global has unveiled its latest Nokia-branded smartphone in a first bid to win over Samsung and Apple customers. The Android-powered Nokia 8 will be available in September and will retail for a global average price of €599 (US$703), HMD said Wednesday. The company, whi...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • Review: Samsung T5 SSD drive

    Same size, same price, more phwoar: that’s the recipe for Samsung’s latest T5 solid state drive. On the outside, the pocket-sized T5 is almost indistinguishable from last year’s T3 model (for some reason Samsung skips even numbers in this product line, so there was no T4 or e...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • Samsung debuts rugged Galaxy S8 Active with larger battery

    Samsung is introducing a new model for its Galaxy S8 smartphone line featuring a metal frame, larger battery and shatter-resistant screen. The Galaxy S8 Active, which the South Korean company says has passed military specification testing, is geared toward users in environments such as extreme o...

    POSTED 9 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • Apple Watch series 3 to include 4G wireless

    Apple is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device’s reliance on the iPhone, people familiar with the matter said. Currently, Apple requires its smartwatch to be connected wirelessly ...

    POSTED 7 Aug, 2017 0 Comments

  • Russia to join China in banning VPNs, also new regs for chat apps

    IN BRIEF | Russia will ban VPN apps from November 1st, joining China in a crackdown of software and cloud-based systems used to access websites with meet with the state's disapproval. Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor is said to have a blacklist of thousands of web sites. A second bill si...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2017 12 Comments

  • Huawei designing new Mate 10 to take on Apple's iPhone 8

    Huawei is gearing up to go head-to-head with the hotly anticipated 10th-anniversary edition of Apple’s iPhone by putting the finishing touches on its most powerful device yet, the Mate 10. The Mate 10 will debut right around the time Apple is expected to take the lid off its own flagship d...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • 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

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