• The slim Vaio SX12 notebook comes packed with ports

    Most slim and lightweight laptops sacrifice connectivity for portability? Most of the big brands would say yes, as they drop every port but for USB-C and the trusty headphone jack. But Vaio's newly-released SX12 insists that travellers – and travel-friendly notebooks – shouldn't...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2019 5 Comments

  • Google Translate is a must-have travel app, and now it just got better

    Business travellers will know first-hand the struggles of deciphering a foreign language when overseas. Many apps aim to make this easier, including Google Translate, which is rolling out some improvements to its 'instant camera translation' feature. If you haven't already discovered Google Tran...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2019 13 Comments

  • Apple axes 12-inch MacBook as it preps 16-inch MacBook Pro

    Apple has dropped its most compact laptop in an overnight reshuffle of the MacBook family, and is also said to be planning a large-screen notebook with a 16-inch display. First up, the 12-inch MacBook – which has long been the thinnest and lightest in the company's laptop line-up – h...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2019 4 Comments

  • Apple pumps up entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro in mid-2019 refresh

    Apple is beefing up its entry-level MacBook Pro in a mid-year update which has also seen the slim and light 12-inch MacBook axed alongside reports that a 16.5-inch laptop is waiting in the wings. The 13-inch MacBook Pro now gains the same Touch Bar control strip and Touch ID fingerprin...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • Review: Sonos speakers with Google Assistant voice control

    Sonos has long been promising to add Google Assistant's voice control to its speakers, and legions of loyal Sonos owners have been waiting. That wait ends tonight, as Sonos begins to push out a free software update to activate Google's chatty assistant for its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart spea...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2019 1 Comment

  • Can this app help you learn a new language during your next flight?

    By next year, the language-learning app Drops will be loaded into seat-back entertainment systems around the world. But will its Travel Talk feature actually have you speaking like a local? “Buenas noches; ¿cómo estás?; ¿eres de aquí?” Three phrases...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • With new iPad OS, Apple wants its tablets to replace your laptop

    Your iPad or iPad Pro is about to get more powerful, more capable and, Apple hopes, more likely than ever to make you think twice about leaving your laptop behind. Towards the tail end of this year Apple will release a new edition of its iOS software that's been tailor made for your tablet. Dub...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • Bose reveals new flagship 700-series noise cancelling headphones

    Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II noise-cancelling headphones have long been a must-pack in the serious business traveller’s carry-on kit, remaining a firm favourite of road warriors since 2017. But recently, we’ve seen the status quo challenged with serious competition from other bran...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2019 19 Comments

  • How Apple plans to rev up its OS software at next week's WWDC 2019

    Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 3, with the tech giant planning to unveil new software features across the board. No Apple operating system will emerge untouched from the keynote speech. Here's what to expect for your iDevice of choice. What’s coming f...

    POSTED 28 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Optus expands pre-paid international data roaming from $4/day

    Optus customers travelling to New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom with a pre-paid mobile device can now slash their international roaming costs by activating a new $20 data roaming bundle on their account. Valid for five days from the time of activation &n...

    POSTED 19 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Huawei MateBook 13 notebook a top choice for business travellers

    Executive summary: Huawei’s MateBook 13 is an impressive and near-perfect notebook for business travellers  seeking a lightweight yet premium productivity workhorse for the office and the road. It’s easy to think of Huawei’s MateBook 13 as a competitor to Apple’s Mac...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 6 Comments

  • Apple's $10/month News+ unlimited magazine service set for Australia

    Stuck for something to read during your next flight? Not likely, if you've got Apple's News+ sitting on your iPad. News+ is Apple's freshly-minted newspaper and magazine service which offers a riot of unlimited reading across 300 titles for a flat rate of US$10 per month. The mix leans strongly...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2019 6 Comments

  • Apple TV+ video streaming channel is eager to take on Netflix

    Apple is embarking on a three-pronged revamp of its Apple TV platform as the deep-pocketed technology giant looks to challenge Netflix in the competitive video streaming market. At a star-studded event in its head office in Cupertino overnight, Apple unveiled an original content service called A...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2019 1 Comment

  • First look: Apple AirPods 2 bring more talk time, wireless charging

    The features you wish your AirPods had will determine how happy you are with Apple’s AirPods 2, announced overnight and on sale by the end of this month. Tired of a too-short talk time, or having the battery-powered buds run out of puff in the middle of your music playlist? Then the extra ...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2019 5 Comments

  • Telstra now offers 4G eSIM plans for selected Windows laptops

    WiFi dongles and portable hotspots, begone – at least, if you own the right Windows 10 notebook and sign up with Telstra. The former includes 4G LTE models of recent-release 'Windows 10 Modern' machines such as Microsoft's Surface Pro, HP's Spectre Folio and Spectre x360, which come with e...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2019 4 Comments

  • Small size, big sound: Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless earbuds

    Wireless earbuds are finding their way into more and more cabin bags as business travellers embrace cable-free convenience - not to mention the small form factor that makes them perfect for slipping into your pocket or briefcase when you’re on the go. Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wirel...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Apple Watch to get sleep tracking but co-founder wants folding iPhone

    Apple is said to be testing a sleep monitor for the 2020 edition of its smartwatch, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he'd rather have a folding iPhone – and doesn't want to wait too long for it. First up, sleep tracking on a future Apple Watch (but probably not the fifth-gen model e...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Huawei's folding 5G Mate X smartphone wants to be your tablet, too

    Huawei has entered the 'folding phone fray' in an attempt to show that Samsung hasn't cornered the market on innovation, at least when it comes to the gadget de jour. At first glance the 5G Mate X smartphone is a super-sized Android smartphone with a 6.6-inch display, which is just slight...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Samsung launches new Galaxy Fold, S10 smartphones, Galaxy wearables

    Samsung's latest line-up of mobile gadgets will hit the shelves in March, ranging from the high-end Galaxy Fold phone – a mobile and a tablet in one – through to the new Galaxy S10 and S10+ lines, brand new S10e and S10 5G models, and fresh wearables in the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2019 5 Comments

  • Apple to launch digital magazine store, streaming TV channel in March

    Apple is planning to unveil its streaming video service and magazine subscription platform at an international launch on March 25, marking the first major digital plays from the company since 2015. Apple's paid streaming video service, expected to launch mid-year, will go head to head with the l...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Sonos eyes wireless headphones as the next addition to its line-up

    Sonos has pretty much become the brand to beat in wireless home sound systems – now the company wants to expand its reach beyond the home with high-end headphones. The wireless, over-the-ear headphones are still in the early development stages and could be launched by next year, according ...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2019 1 Comment

  • Sonos, Ikea partner on new wireless smart speakers

    Ikea is pushing into the wireless smart speaker space, and is partnering with Sonos on a new multi-room audio line dubbed Symfonisk. But no, they won't come flat-packed and require assembly. What Ikea's Symfonisk smart speakers will do is play nicely with Sonos kit, so that existing Sonos c...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Apple TV is coming to Samsung televisions

    Apple and Samsung Electronics have announced a deal that only recently would have seemed unthinkable: the iPhone maker will begin offering iTunes movies and TV shows on its arch rival’s TV sets. The move comes ahead of a likely 2019 introduction of Apple’s own streaming video service...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • New UberX Plus service is like premium economy for your UberX ride

    Uber Australia is now offering a 'premium economy' version of its UberX ride-sharing scheme under the banner of UberX Plus. Promising 'an enhanced service at an affordable price', UberX Plus draws from a pool of 'experienced, highly-rated driver-partners with newer, spacious cars'. Uber has pre...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Review: the new Asus ZenBook 14 ultrabook is an Excel-jockey's delight

    Asus’ latest ZenBook 14 UX433 aims to offer just about everything the discerning, high-flying executive could want in a laptop. It’s stylish, compact, fast and robust enough to withstand our accidental drop-test, while the 14 hour battery life covers a solid working day. This 2019 re...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

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