• Apple iPad 2 launches in Australia this Friday, prices from $579 to $949

    Apple's iPad 2 will go on sale this Friday March 25 with prices ranging from $579 for the entry-level Wi-Fi 16GB model to $729 for the cheapest 3G 16GB model, topping out at $949 for the 64GB version with 3G and Wi-Fi. (The prices are up to $100 cheaper with those for the original iPad, whi...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Traveller's temptation: iPad on sale today for $398

    If you've been tossing up whether to buy an iPad to take on your next trip, your decision just got a lot easier. Big W is now selling the first generation iPad starting from $398. That's the amazingly low price for the base model with 16GB and WiFi, and it's $51 below Apple's own discounted pric...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • iPhone 4 to get free Wi-Fi hotspot feature

    Update | We've got step-by-step instructions on how to activate the free personal wifi hotspot on your iPhone or iPad – click here. Previous | Sick of hunting out public Wi-Fi hotspots or paying for expensive hotel internet while you travel? If you have an iPhone 4, you'll soon be abl...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • iPad 2: top 5 benefits for business travellers

    Apple's new second-gen iPad, announced today, isn't a dramatic upgrade to the original tablet, but it has some distinctly useful new features for travellers. #1 Easier presentations on projectors/TVs The first-generation iPad had the ability to connect to a projector or computer monitor via ada...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2011 3 Comments

  • Airline launches inflight iTunes downloads

    Cramming your iPod, iPad and iPhone full of entertainment has become par for the course before a long haul flight, but if airlines have their way, you'll be able to download what you want during the flight. US carrier Southwest Airlines is the first in the world to offer iTunes Store downloads v...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • ROUNDUP: Best iPhone 4 battery cases

    Need more battery life for your iPhone 4? We've reviewed three of the top cases to find which is best. The iPhone 4 is better than its 3G and 3GS siblings in terms of battery life, but it's still nowhere near enough for a traveller. The standard battery lasts about eight hours, which is just en...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • The new "Thunderbolt" MacBook Pro: how does it compare to MacBook Air?

    Apple's new MacBook Pro notebooks are here, and as usual they introduce some solid improvements over the previous models. But what do they have to offer business travellers -- and how does the popular 13 inch MacBook Pro compare to the ultra-thin MacBook Air? "Thunderbolt" — a new, super...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Jetstar to use iPad for in-flight entertainment from early April

    Jetstar hopes to offer passengers the option to rent an iPad for $10 per flight in April, pending finalisation of licensing agreements with Apple. A spokeswoman for Jetstar told Australian Business Traveller that the airline is "working towards any early April release of the in-flight iPad ...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • iPad apps for hotels reviewed

    Did Santa Claus bring you an iPad this Christmas? If so, we're sure that you're getting a fair bit of use out of it. An increasing number of hotels are betting you are too, and it seems like a brand new iPad app was on several hotels' gift lists. Australian Business Traveller has reviewed the t...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Skype for iPhone updated with video chat

    Now there's one less reason to pack your laptop on trips -- Skype 3.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (now available free from the iTunes app store) can now do video chat in addition to voice and text chat. iPad video chat is limited to receiving video of course, as the iPad and previous-generat...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Get 13 Lonely Planet iPhone city guides for free

    This promotion has now expired. Lonely Planet is giving away 13 free iPhone city guides to European cities for 48 hours. The promotion is designed to help travellers stuck due to the severe weather conditions across Europe, according to Lonely Planet. The travel guide company gave away European...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • ABC launches iView app for iPad

    Catching up on your favourite ABC TV shows on the move just got easier for travellers with today’s launch of the ABC iView app for the iPad. The free iView app allows iPad owners to watch all content currently available on the ABC’s iView site, including the popular live News 24 chan...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Flight test: iPad battery pack

    The iPad's 10+ hour battery life is one of its many appealing traits. But when even that's not enough, Kensington's $150 PowerBack adds another five hours between charges. That's enough for non-stop use from Sydney or Melbourne through to LA or San Francisco plus a few hours in the lounge...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Top 5 apps for thin and light notebooks

    There comes a time in every business traveller's life when the realisation hits that carrying a 3KG notebook is generally incompatible with the cabin baggage restrictions applied by airlines. One corporate-issue notebook and a wheely-bag adds up to nearly the 6-7KG cabin baggage limit, leaving li...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2010 1 Comment

  • Qantas Lounge refit: new laptop benches are an Apple MacBook fail

    UPDATE | We're pleased to report that since this article was written, Qantas has rejigged the design of the recessed AC outlets in its laptop-friendly airport lounge benches. Two of the four AC sockets in each panel have now been repositioned to sit horizontally instead of vertically. This allo...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2010 7 Comments

  • Flight test: iPad keyboard cases

    With the increasing number of iPads we’re seeing in lounges and on planes, it’s no surprise that some people are turning to them as an in-flight alternative to a MacBook or even a MacBook Air. Once you’re finished flipping through magazines and ebooks, watching with a video or ...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Telstra boosts iPad data expiry to 365 days

    Telstra has announced a new annual prepaid Next G plan which will keep 3G iPads connected on the excellent Next G network for just $12.50 a month. The new plan which includes a micro-SIM, 12GB of data and a 365-day expiry for $150 is an ideal choice for even reasonably heavy data users, who don'...

    POSTED 18 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Apple's new MacBook Air tested inflight

    In-flight testing of the second-gen MacBook Air shows Apple's new ultralight has what it takes to be a superb business laptop for frequent travellers. Australian Business Traveller took the new MacBook Air 13" on a domestic trip, including lugging through an airport, Qantas Club, inflight and se...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • How to use your Australian iPhone 4 in the US

    So you've got your Telstra/Optus/Vodafone/3/Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 and you want to use it in the US without paying hundreds in global roaming fees? Should be easy, with a prepaid SIM, right? The answer is 'not exactly' -- but there are ways. There are only two major 3G/GSM carriers in the US -- ...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2010 26 Comments

  • How to use your Australian iPad 3G in the USA

    Using your iPad 3G in the US is by far the easiest way to get connected while you're out and about there. Apple designed the iPad to be an unlocked device to be used with any prepaid 3G provider, so you won't run into any of the artificial roadblocks put up by US networks to stop people from usin...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2010 1 Comment


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