• 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 5 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

  • Nokia reveals 8 Sirroco, reboots classic 8110 slider

    Seeking to capitalise on their comeback over the past year, the makers of Nokia phones are expanding to include its first premium Android smartphone – the Nokia 8 Sirroco – and a remake of one of its biggest hits of the 1990s, the 8110 "slider" phone. Set up by ex-Nokia executives wh...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

    Samsung Electronics unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown. With the global smartphone market set to stay flat or even shrink after meagre growth of o...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple plans upgrades to popular AirPods headphones

    Apple, seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with the matter. Like with its mobile devices – the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch – Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardwa...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2018 5 Comments

  • The tech and trends to watch for at the world's biggest mobile show

    Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry’s biggest conference, begins next week in Barcelona, where more than 100,000 people are set to see the latest smartphones, artificial intelligence devices and autonomous drones exhibited by roughly 2,300 companies. The event is also the industry...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • New European airline WiFi network set for June launch

    A new European Wi-Fi network for airline passengers will be launched by the end of June, the companies behind the project said on Monday. German telecoms company Deutsche Telekom and communications firm Inmarsat have teamed up to develop the European Aviation Network (EAN). Combining around 300...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • First Apple HomePod reviews praised for sound, but not for Siri

    Apple's new HomePod speaker is being praised by early reviewers for its audio quality but panned for its integration with the company’s Siri digital assistant. The company’s latest hardware product arrives for pre-order customers and in stores on Friday, a late entrant in the smart s...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • More airlines add inflight WiFi as the tech gets faster, cheaper

    With in-flight WiFi finally emerging from its role as a punch line, there’s good news for sky warriors who routinely curse their connection, or lack thereof. The cost of buying and installing better hardware has fallen far enough that many airlines have begun upgrading to faster speeds, an...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2018 1 Comment

  • Uber-competitor Taxify launches in Sydney, Melbourne

    European ride-sharing service Taxify is now up and running in Sydney and Melbourne, with Brisbane soon to follow. While Taxify’s name makes you think it’s an app for hailing a cab, it’s based on the same ride-sharing concept as Uber X – and Taxify is well aware that it&rs...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 17 Comments

  • Better WiFi coverage coming for flights to Europe, Gulf states

    Passengers jetting through Indian airspace – including Australian flights to Europe and the Gulf states – may soon enjoy consistent Internet coverage under new regulations proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). India currently bans all inflight WiFi – inc...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

  • How 'smart luggage' makers plan to beat airline bans

    Considering that the last major innovation in luggage was a four-wheeled suitcase patented in 1972, it’s understandable that recent shifts have thrown the travel industry for a loop. For the past few years, makers of so-called smart luggage – that’s bags with anything from a US...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2017 7 Comments

  • Vodafone scraps free roaming in New Zealand

    Vodafone Australia will axe free roaming in New Zealand from February 2018, bringing Kiwi country back onto its $5/day scheme. The carrier abolished roaming charges for Australian subscribers travelling to New Zealand in February 2016, allowing trans-Tasman travellers to use data, make...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2017 16 Comments

  • Review: Fitbit Ionic is a smartwatch for the seriously sporty

    Among the high-achieving, mostly urban-dwelling professionals who spend a lot of time, money, and psychic energy on endurance competitions, athletic ambitions are worn on the wrist. That’s why investment bankers and executives helped make the Timex Ironman one of the best-selling watches i...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Smart speaker smackdown: Apple HomePod years behind Amazon Echo

    Apple has pushed back the launch of its HomePod 'smart speaker' to sometime in early 2018, while this week's debut of Amazon Australia could see the Echo family of products become locally available. It's another missed opportunity for Apple, which is arguably three years behind Amazon's Echo. Ap...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 2 Comments

  • Apple delays HomePod smart speaker launch to "early 2018"

    Apple will delay the launch of its HomePod 'smart speaker' until 2018, pushing back the timeline from a promised December delivery. The HomePod – which streams tunes from Apple Music, takes voice commands via Siri, and controls smart home appliances – was originally announced in June...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • 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

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