• Review: Living with the Sonos One smart speaker

    "Alexa, what's the weather in London this week?" A few months ago I was packing for a flight to London, wondering whether to toss an overcoat into my carry-on bag or if the space could be better used by my trainers and activewear. But instead of reaching for my smartphone, I asked the compact S...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Apple's mid-year MacBook Pro 2018 update makes now the time to buy

    It's sometimes tricky working out when to buy your new laptop, unless of course your current one is obviously ready to be retired or has just this morning bit the bullet. But in the case of Apple's flagship MacBook Pro notebook, that time could be now. Upgrades to the 13-inch and 15-inch ma...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2018 11 Comments

  • These are the five best (non-Apple) laptops for business travellers

    Is the world’s best travel laptop dead? Ten years after Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air to the world, the laptop is on Apple’s back burner – and some fear that it’s being phased out entirely. Rather than redesigning and upgrading the hardware like all of the tech gi...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2018 9 Comments

  • Microsoft Surface Go is a compact 2-in-1 version of the Surface Pro

    With its new Surface Go 2-in-1, Microsoft wants business travellers to think big but work small. 'Thinking big' means packing a Windows 10 experience with nine hours of battery life plus an optional alcantara keyboard, digital stylus and 4G – pretty much the baseline of the Surface Pro con...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 2 Comments

  • Apple to release noise-cancelling AirPods, over-ear headphones

    Apple is about to pump up the volume on its audio-device strategy with noise-cancelling AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones due as early as next year. The new AirPods will combine noise-cancellation and water resistance, according to people familiar with the matter, alt...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2018 0 Comments

  • Samsung plans camera revamp for Galaxy Note 9

    Samsung plans to highlight an upgraded camera when it unveils its next Galaxy Note smartphone on August 9, according to people familiar with the matter. The new model, likely to be called the Note 9, will look similar to last year’s model, but will also include an upgraded processor from Q...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2018 0 Comments

  • Up next for Apple: two new Apple Watches, but no MacBooks or iPads

    Apple is expected to unveil a redesigned Apple Watch at next week's annual WWDC conference, but don't look for new MacBooks or iPads – in fact, the emphasis at this hardware-fest will ironically be on using gadgets less rather than more. In recent months, Apple has been criticized for the ...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • With new 10in Surface tablet, Microsoft hopes it has an 'iPad killer'

    Microsoft is planning to release a new mainstream line of Surface tablets as soon as the second half of 2018, seeking a hit in a market dominated by Apple's iPad, according to people familiar with the matter. The new tablets will feature 10-inch screens – around the same size as a standard...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 3 Comments

  • Apple axes AirPort WiFi travel routers, Time Capsule backup drives

    Apple is discontinuing its line of AirPort WiFi routers, which includes the travel-friendly AirPort Express and the built-for-backups AirPort Time Capsule hard drive. Also for the chop is the longer-range AirPort Extreme 'hero product'. Apple introduced the then-revolutionary AirPort ...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 2 Comments

  • Apple plans to create a 'Netflix of news and magazines'

    Apple plans to integrate recently-acquired magazine app Texture into an upgraded Apple News service and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. Think of it as the Netflix of news, or maybe the iTunes of magazines. The move is part of a broader ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 5 Comments

  • China Airlines offers free inflight WiFi on Australia, UK flights

    Passengers travelling in business class and premium economy with China Airlines can now enjoy complimentary inflight Internet aboard the airline’s flights from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to Taipei: the airline’s home in Taiwan. Coinciding with China Airlines’...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 5 Comments

  • Google ready to step into the inflight broadband arena

    Google is set to become a major player in the world of inflight WiFi with rumours of talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband arm. Nokia's technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing WiFi on airplanes, said people with knowledge of the discussions, who asked not to be iden...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia unveils all-new iPhone, Android app

    Virgin Australia's new smartphone app is rolling out to the Apple iPhone and – for the first time – Google Android app stores tonight, with the airline promising to build on the revamped app with "a rapid roll out of new functionality." Virgin plans to combine the current Inflight En...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • Apple's next iPhone breakthrough: a 'touchless' curved screen

    Apple is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones, projects that may help the company differentiate its most-important product in an increasingly crowded market, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The control feature would let iPhone users perform...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Intel revs up 'mobile workstation' laptops with Core i9 superchip

    It's the world's most powerful laptop processor, and it's coming to a notebook near you. With six computing cores, a base rate of 2.9GHz and a top speed of 4.8GHz, Intel's new Core i9 mobile powerplant is set to light the touchpaper on a blistering new series of high-performance laptops. A go-a...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple plans to ditch Intel, use its own chips from 2020

    Apple is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel, according to people familiar with the plans. The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple to take on Bose with high-end noise-cancelling headphones

    Apple's AirPods earphones have been a surprise hit. Now, the company is planning a push into the high end of the market with noise-cancelling headphones which aim to mute Bose' market dominance. The technology giant is working on noise-canceling, over-ear headphones, according to people familiar...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 4 Comments

  • Google Hangouts Chat wants to be slicker than Slack

    Google released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts on Wednesday, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces so the search giantcan compete with business software makers including Microsoft and Slack. Hangouts Chat supports instant messaging across devices between workers, including group...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • At long last, Apple is planning a dual-SIM iPhone

    Apple could release its first-ever dual SIM iPhone this year, in a move which would be a boon for business travellers. A report from Bloomberg places a twin-SIM iPhone X or iPhone 9 on the company's launch list for 2018, which is said to include an upsized iPhone X – codenamed D33 – ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 14 Comments

  • Apple's three new iPhones for 2018 to include supersized iPhone X

    Apple is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features. With the new lineup, Apple wants to appeal to the growing n...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Tesla & Uber debate flying cars, hyperloops – but it's still all hype

    Late last week, two Silicon Valley powers got into an online scrum over a technology that is neither developing nor likely to take off anytime soon. On his grand tour of Asia, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi won headlines by predicting that private air taxis – flying cars &n...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 pins hopes on 4K video to revive smartphone sales

    Sony is turning its focus to 4K high-definition video recording in its new Xperia XZ2 smartphone to differentiate itself from rivals that have caught up in camera technology. Unwrapped at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress on Monday, the XZ2 features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Airbus, Delta, Gogo form alliance for 5G inflight WiFi

    Airbus and U.S.-based Delta Air Lines have formed an alliance with GoGo, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp and satellite startup OneWeb to develop inflight 5G services. The alliance, referred to as "Seamless Air Alliance," aims to let mobile operators provide services to airline customers throug...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Huawei's MateBook X Pro takes on MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13

    China's telecommunications giant Huawei on Sunday launched its new MateBook X Pro laptop, the world's first edge-to-edge touch-screen laptop, on the eve of the opening of the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MateBook X Pro has a touchscreen display measuring 13.9 inches, with a 3000 ...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Smartphone smackdown: Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

    Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S9 follows in the wake of Apple's iPhone X, but which is better? When Microsoft revealed a replacement to Windows 8, it skipped the number 9 and went straight to Windows 10. Apple’s iPhone 8 was followed by the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”). Bu...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

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