• These four top-shelf soundbars will bring your home theatre to life

    A great soundbar brings your movies to life, filling your living area with sound without the need to cram in lots of speakers. If your super-thin television doesn't leave room for decent built-in speakers – and that's usually the case – a soundbar is the best way to beef up your audi...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • How to use global roaming on the dual SIM iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR

    With the launch of its latest iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR models, Apple has finally delivered dual SIM card capability to make overseas roaming easier for travellers. Well, sort of. Here's what you need to know about the new dual SIM iPhones and how to use them for global roaming. Which new iPhones...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 9 Comments

  • Apple goes big screen, dual SIM with new iPhone Xs Max, Xs and XR

    iPhone Xs Max: 6.5-inch screen, dual SIM, on sale Sept 21 from $1,799 iPhone Xs: 5.8-inch screen, dual SIM, on sale Sept 21 from $1,629 iPhone XR: 6.1-inch screen, dual SIM, on sale Oct 26 from $1,229 Apple pulled back the curtains on a trio of new iPhones overnight, although the...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • With eSIMs new iPhones make life better for you, harder for telcos

    Each new iPhone is usually good news for mobile network operators. The latest Apple device always comes with upgrades that make it easier to play games, watch films and download reams of data. More data means bigger phone bills. There’s a chance, though, that this week's arrival of the nex...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker won't launch in Australia until 2019

    If you're starting to cast your eye over the smart speaker market, you can rule Samsung's Galaxy Home out of contention until next year – it certainly won't be snaring a spot under the Christmas tree. Local Samsung executives have confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the company...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week

    Apple will kick off a blitz of new products this week, headlined by three new models in the iPhone X along with new Apple Watches. The product launches will begin on Wednesday (US time) in the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. The focus w...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Microsoft Surface revamp in October, but still no Surface Phone

    Microsoft will unveil new hardware and software for the company’s Surface family on October 2. The launch event, being held in New York, will focus on updated models across existing Surface product lines – which currently include tablets and laptops – rather than a Surface phon...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • The big picture: choosing a 65-inch Ultra HD television

    As Australia prepares for its first summer of Ultra HD cricket, it’s time to upgrade your lounge room so you can catch all the action in 4K. Foxtel begins broadcasting the cricket in Ultra HD in November – looking four-times sharper than today's HD cricket broadcasts – and simi...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Bose steps into smart speaker market with three Alexa-powered boxes

    Bose is spreading its premium sound wings into the burgeoning 'smart speaker' market, going up against the likes of Sonos, Apple and Google in offering high-quality multi-room audio with an inbuilt voice assistant. The trio will all launch in Australia on October 11, which means they could well ...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Apple's new iPhone Xs, Watch 4 revealed ahead of launch

    Apple has set September 12 as its most important day of the year when the world’s most valuable public company will unveil its next-generation iPhones and Apple Watches, but images of the new devices have already been leaked online. The company will unveil its renewed iPhone strategy at a ...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2018 11 Comments

  • Vodafone pledges $5/day roaming to remain after $11 billion TPG merger

    Vodafone has promised that its popular $5/day global roaming deal will remain after the proposed merger with broadband telco TPG. That merger would create a company worth as much as A$10.9 billion with the "scale and financial strength to compete more effectively" with Telstra and Optus, Vodafon...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • Nikon Z6, Z7 mirrorless cameras have Sony in their sights

    Nikon's new Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras seek to make up lost ground against Sony in the professional photography market. The Z6 and Z7 represent Nikon's first full-frame play and feature new lenses and lens mount, as well as being lighter than the current pro-grade cameras...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • Flight test: Delta's complimentary inflight WiFi messaging service

    While paid inflight Internet is practically ubiquitous in the USA, Delta Air Lines has gone one better by providing its passengers with complimentary access to inflight messaging services – allowing travellers to keep in touch with loved ones on the ground, or of course, the office back hom...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • Apple to launch new MacBook Air with Retina screen

    Apple is set to release a new MacBook Air laptop alongside a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac Mini desktop, ending a drought of Mac computers that has limited sales of the company’s longest-running line of devices, according to people familiar with the plans. The new laptop will loo...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • Sony's new super-fast cameras win over the pros against Canon, Nikon

    Eight seconds. That's how long a cowboy needs to stay on a bucking bronco to qualify for a rodeo score. For photographers, that's barely enough time to take just a few blurry, often unusable pictures. "In the past, these images would have been made by pre-focusing and praying for the best," said...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • Lenovo ThinkPad P1, P72 mobile workstations pack plenty of power to go

    Stack Lenovo's newest ThinkPad P1 and P72 mobile workstations up against any other notebook and there's a Crocodile Dundee joke lurking just around the corner. Something along the lines of "That's not a laptop... this is a laptop!” These new additions to the ThinkPad portfolio aren&rsquo...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be dual-SIM, Galaxy Watch gets roaming eSIM

    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone will be sold in Australia as a dual-SIM card model while the Galaxy Watch's embedded eSIM will allow international roaming under new plans from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. The twin travel-friendly moves show the South Korean tech colossus plans to not only...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • Review: Apple 2018 MacBook Pro (15-inch)

    With its flagship laptop and top-of-the-line desktop replacement, Apple has predictably gone all out – to the point where this muscle-bound MacBook Pro could be too much laptop for many people. But if you demand maximum performance as well as portability, Apple's newest 15-inch MacBook Pro...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • Airline WiFi could see slower uptake, more expensive plans

    Some airlines could slow their rollout of WiFi and increase passenger charges as inflight Internet provider Gogo revamps its business model to remove subsidies for installing and maintaining the technology. Gogo CEO Oakleigh Thorne says the company will "eliminate or materially reduce subsidies ...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • Survey: 50% of passengers would swap their inflight drink for WiFi

    Just how badly do you want to stay connected above the clouds? Enough to swap your free inflight glass of wine, whisky, gin or even Champagne for a gratis serve of WiFi? One in two passengers would make that trade, according to a survey conducted by satellite Internet provider Inmarsat – w...

    POSTED 7 Aug, 2018 38 Comments

  • First look: HP Envy x360 13 boasts a superfast-charging battery

    With its latest Envy x360 13 laptop, HP takes a travel-friendly cue from smartphones and electric cars by introducing a fast-charge battery which goes from zero to 50% capacity in 45 minutes. After all, enjoying all-day battery life is one thing: and as the new Envy x360 13 chalks up 11 hours on...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • Sweating or shivering on the plane? Now there's an app for that

    Tired of shivering or sweltering through your flights?  A new phone app from the Association of Flight Attendants will allow you to report uncomfortably high or low temperatures to the trade group directly from your seat on the plane – no awkward in-flight conversation necessary. Ava...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Here are the five best translation apps for the business traveller

    Whether you need help reading Asian characters, conducting international business meetings or getting your wine refilled, these five language translation apps have you covered. To a certain extent, native English speakers have it easy. The language is spoken by one in five people globally, makin...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2018 1 Comment

  • Slack buys HipChat to square up against Microsoft in chat battle

    Atlassian is selling its corporate chat software HipChat to rival Slack Technologies and taking a small stake in the startup, as they face greater competition from Microsoft. Slack will pay an undisclosed amount over the next three years to acquire Atlassian’s HipChat and Stride assets, ch...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Flight test: wireless noise-cancelling headphones to suit your music

    There is arguably no better piece of travel technology for the frequent flyer than a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The drone of engines, the chit-chat of passengers and even the squeals of crying children: you can shut them all out and focus on your music, movies or TV shows, reading ...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2018 20 Comments

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