• Travel tech: choosing external batteries for smartphones & tablets

    Frustrated by your iPhone, iPad, Android device or other electronic equipment's battery life? If you're looking to pick up an add-on battery, we've demystified the impenetrable gadget lingo to explain what you should look for, what to avoid, how much capacity you'll want and other factors t...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2012 3 Comments

  • Turn your iPhone 5, iPad Mini or iPad 4G into a personal 4G-WiFi hotspot

    Need a quick hit of wireless Internet for your laptop when you're out and about? Here's how to set up a "personal WiFi hotspot" – also known as 'wireless tethering' – on your iPhone 5, 4 or 4S. You can also create a personal hotspot on the 'new iPad' (aka iPad 3) if you're ...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2012 7 Comments

  • Top 5 ways to boost your iPhone's battery life

    Does your iPhone suffer from the low battery blues at the end of a busy day? Here are five fast ways to keep the iPhone's battery alive for a bit longer. They're especially handy when you're travelling overseas and don't have chargers dotted around you in convenient places. 1) Disable Bluet...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2011 3 Comments

  • Apple iPhone 4S: what's new for business travellers?

    Apple's newest iPhone will touch down in Australia on October 14, but it's not the iPhone 5. The fifth-gen iPhone failed to materialise at Apple's overnight launch in Silicon Valley, with the company instead unveilling a pepped-up version of the iPhone 4 dubbed the iPhone 4S. And sure, the iPhon...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2011 4 Comments

  • Photos: Star Alliance's slick new iPhone app

    Travellers with Star Alliance member airlines such as Air China, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Thai and United have scored a dedicated iPhone app this morning. As you would expect, "Star Alliance Navigator" makes it easy to find flights for any route with a Star Alliance airline, but also...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • HTC Sensation: how does it compare to Desire HD and iPhone 4?

    HTC's top-of-the-line Android smartphone, HTC Sensation, is now available in Australia through Telstra -- providing yet another potentially confusing option for business travellers in the market for a new smartphone. So how does the Sensation differ from HTC's popular Desire HD (sold exclusively...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Unlocked iPhone 4 shopper's guide: Apple stores near US airports

    Travelling Australians looking for a deal on an unlocked iPhone 4 should consider picking one up when passing through the US, thanks to the strong Aussie dollar and Apple's AU price markup. If you're just connecting through the US, though, there are some airports where Apple Store...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Travel tip: Apple's unlocked iPhone 4 is good news for Aussie travellers

    Apple has finally started selling unlocked iPhone 4s in its US stores, which means that the popular smartphone is now sold micro-SIM-free and can be used in Australia and abroad. It's a great deal for Australians travelling through the USA with the strong Australian dollar. Although iPhones sol...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2011 2 Comments

  • Travel Tech: the Glif, a stand and tripod mount for iPhone 4s

    The Glif is a small piece of plastic and metal that's one of the most useful bits of travel kit we've found for iPhone 4s. It's a combination of a stand and a tripod mount that's surprisingly useful. We've found it solves three problems: watching movies on your iPhone on a plane (holding the thi...

    POSTED 25 May, 2011 1 Comment

  • Top 5 tips for travelling with an iPhone

    If you're going overseas with an iPhone, here are the top five things you must know before you go. #1 Don't use data roaming The iPhone uses a lot of data, which can result in incredibly expensive global roaming bills. Global roaming rates are $10 - $20 per MB depending on your telco (Optus bei...

    POSTED 10 May, 2011 5 Comments

  • Battle of the MiFi: best value portable 3G Wi-Fi modems

    If you're travelling in Australia and still paying for hotel internet, you're not only wasting your money – you're missing out on the convenience of having the internet on tap, anywhere and anytime. One of the newest developments in this area is 3G Wi-Fi modems which work like a personal w...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2011 4 Comments

  • Top 5 features of today's free iPhone 4 update for business travellers

    Apple released its iOS 4.3 software update for the iPhone 4 today. It offers a surprising number of extra feature for business travellers at no additional cost. Here are the top five: #1 Personal hotspot With the new update, you can turn your iPhone 4's mobile internet connection into a Wi-Fi...

    POSTED 10 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

  • 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

  • Telstra doubles Next G plan data allowance

    If you're a business customer of Telstra's Next G network, a surprise is heading your way — a doubling of your data allowance. Existing Telstra customers have been receiving SMSes similar to: "To thank you for being with Telstra, we have doubled your $19 Mobile Datapack allowance from 1Gb...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Multi-country "Tru" mobile network eliminates global roaming fees

    The days of global roaming could be numbered, with the launch of a new single mobile network that spans multiple countries. The company behind the network, Tru, is operating a mobile network in the US using its own radio spectrum, and then extending that network out to the UK and Australia with ...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2011 2 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

  • Best document scanning apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7

    When you're travelling, keeping track of all the little pieces of paper you accumulate becomes a bit of a pain -- especially expense receipts, receipts for gifts you've bought and so on. Your smartphone can help out with this though -- a new breed of 'scanner' apps let you use your phone's camer...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2010 5 Comments

  • HK

    In a nod to its up-market and tech-savvy clientele, Hong Kong’s Langham Place hotel in Mongkok will provide guests with an iPhone 4 fitted with a Hong Kong SIM card for free citywide calls.The iPhone 4 will be part of the Essential Place Plus room package, available from January 1st 2010 fr...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Google opens ebookstore for Kobo and Sony ereaders, iPad and Samsung tablets

    Google is entering the ebook fray with the overnight debut of its new Google eBooks service giving business travellers and frequent flyers an ever greater choice of reading material for the plane, the lounge or anywhere else.But there’s one catch: Google’s eBooks are on sale only to i...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 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

  • Qantas Clubs move to Apple: Windows PCs ditched for new iMacs

    Qantas is removing all Windows PCs from its Qantas Club lounges and replacing them with an all-Apple fleet. Under a deal struck between Qantas and Apple Australia, the Australia-wide setup will include all-new iMac desktops plus charging dock stations for iPhones and iPods. Qantas spokeswoman S...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2010 0 Comments

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