• 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 0 Comments

  • 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

  • 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 64 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

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