• Is the Apple Watch the next must-have travel gadget?

    TALKING POINT | The new Apple Watch will arrive in stores and on wrists in March 2015, and among its high-tech tricks will be serving as an airline boarding pass and unlocking your room at Starwood hotels. Apple's smartwatch joins the cavalcade of 'wristwear' from Sony, Samsung, Motoro...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2014 14 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades iPhone app, now 'full service travel companion'

    Qantas is beefing up its Apple iPhone app, with an improved version packing more features and optimised for iOS 7 now available for download from the iTunes Australia Store. The new app boasts "a smarter and more personalised interface to help streamline the day of travel experience for cus...

    POSTED 26 May, 2014 16 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic tests Apple iBeacon for flight alerts, discounts

    Your iPhone could become an even more essential travel tool during Virgin Atlantic's trial of Apple's iBeacon technology. As part of a pilot program which also involves Google Glass and Sony SmartWatches, Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic has installed the Bluetooth-powered i...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2014 11 Comments

  • iPhone, Android devices are your room key in new Starwood hotels

    Your iPhone or Android smartphone will soon double as your room key at selected Starwood hotels in Silicon Valley and New York. The trial, which uses Starwood's smartphone app and the low-power Bluetooth 4 wireless standard, will begin at Starwood's chic urban Aloft hotels in Cupertino...

    POSTED 28 Jan, 2014 7 Comments

  • Google offers free Quickoffice app for iPhone, iPad and Android

    If you're often hit by the headache of working with Microsoft Office documents on your iPhone, iPad or Android-powered device, Google is about to get you smiling again. The online supremo is now offering its Quickoffice mobile app, which let users create, view and edit Microsoft O...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2013 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia starts inflight wifi movies, music this week

    Virgin Australia will this week begin trials of an inflight wireless system which can broadcast movies, TV shows and music straight to a traveller's own tablet, laptop or smartphone. A Boeing 737-800 – which Virgin Australia confirms as bearing the registration number VH-YID &nda...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2012 11 Comments

  • New iPhone, iPad app helps plan meetings in different timezones

    Trying to schedule a conference call, meeting or other event which spans more than one timezone can be a pain – especially when you're dealing with several different countries, when various holidays and religious observances come into play. CWT 78 BizDays, a new iPhone and iPad app from&nb...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2012 0 Comments

  • The best SIM cards for voice and mobile Internet data in France

    As a regular traveller to France and a fluent French speaker, I'm often asked for my advice on which French SIM or microSIM card is the best for an iPhone, iPad, Android device, Internet USB stick or pocket 3G-wifi router: Orange? SFR? Bouyges Telecom? My first piece of advice is this: don't eve...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2012 37 Comments

  • How to get Google Maps back onto iOS 6 as a 'web app'

    There’s a lot to like about Apple’s shiny new iOS 6 software, released overnight as a free update for iPhones and iPads (and also baked into the all-new iPhone 5, of course). But it’s not without wrinkles, and one of the biggest changes – the shift away from Google Maps i...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Six reasons travellers should be wary of Apple Maps in iOS 6

    Business travellers who rely heavily on the Maps app of their iPhone or iPad will find Apple's new iOS 6 Maps is more like a dead end. Our hands-on testing indicates the new Maps app is inaccurate and inconsistent for search, location information and public transport -- and falls short even for ...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2012 28 Comments

  • Qantas mulls Apple Passbook support for mobile boarding passes

    Qantas is looking to follow Virgin Australia in making its mobile boarding passes work with the new Passbook app in Apple's iOS 6 software and the iPhone 5. "Qantas is currently exploring the opportunity of mobile boarding passes supporting the Passbook application on the iPhone 5 and iOS softwa...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2012 2 Comments

  • New iOS 6 iPhone/iPad Maps app: a good reason to delay upgrading?

    If you're a business traveller who relies on the iPhone's Google Maps app on the road, you might want to hold off upgrading your iPhone or iPad to Apple's new iOS 6 software, which was released overnight. Since the Maps app is one of the big changes business travellers will notice in iOS 6 -- an...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2012 14 Comments

  • Virgin Australia debuts iPhone 5 Passbook mobile boarding pass

    Virgin Australia's mobile boarding passes will work with the iPhone 5's new Passbook app when Apple's next-gen smartphone goes on sale this Friday. Passbook – a 'digital wallet' capable of storing boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards – will also be available to ea...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2012 8 Comments

  • Apple

    Apple’s new iPhone 5 will be released in Australia on September 21st, starting at $799 outright for the 16GB version, $899 for 32GB and $999 for 64GB, as well as a range of monthly plan-based prices through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Here’s the official Australian Busines...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2012 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, Delta, American Airlines, United support Apple's Passbook app

    Update | Virgin Australia's Passbook mobile boarding passes will go live this week with the debut of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5. Previous | Virgin Australia, American Airlines, United and Delta are first off the mark to confirm their mobile boarding passes will work with Apple's Passbook a...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2012 8 Comments

  • Apple iOS 6: top six features for business travellers

    Apple's new iOS 6 software for iPhones and iPads contains some welcome wins for business travellers and frequent flyers. The software makes its debut on the new iPhone 5 and will also be available for free download onto other iDevices from September 20th (Australian time). Here's what's in store...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2012 2 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

  • Qantas mulls Android app plus improved app for iPhone

    Qantas is looking to upgrade its iPhone app and also considering launching an app for Android smartphones. Following the release of its slick Windows Phone app (check out our walkthrough here), a Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the airline is "definitely looki...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • How to get a US iTunes account in Australia

    Any seasoned traveller knows that you can't rely on any airline's inflight entertainment system to actually be working on the day you fly, or to be stocked up with things you haven't seen.  And forget about watching hotel TV, at $20 per movie. A much better option is to bring your own ente...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2012 20 Comments

  • Perfect for inflight reading: TED's new iPad/iPhone book app

    Business travellers looking for a concise yet interesting read on their next trip now have a fantastic electronic option for their iPads and iPhones: new set of books from the TED series of conferences, delivered via an iOS app. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design -- and its well...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • Apple Passbook: the first step towards the iTravel era

    The new Passbook app in Apple's iOS 6 software for the iPhone and iPad, which provides digital versions of boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards, could prove to be the first step towards Apple's all-encompassing iTravel ecosystem. Airlines around the world have been fast on the upt...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2012 3 Comments

  • New Wotif hotel search iPhone app: a mobile must-have

    Hotel search engine Wotif has released its much-anticipated iPhone app (that'll also work on your iPad) for its popular hotel-finding website, and it's so handy that we're sure it'll find its way onto the phones of business travellers across Australia. If you're familiar with Wotif, you know how...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia introduces the smartphone mobile boarding pass

    Virgin Australia's smartphone boarding pass system has been quietly rolling out this week, allowing passengers to check in, select seats and head to the gate using nothing more than their phone for flights between the "triangle" of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. However, as with Qantas' Next-Ge...

    POSTED 4 May, 2012 1 Comment

  • Singapore Airlines launches new iPhone, Android apps

    IN BRIEF | Singapore Airlines has released apps for both the iPhone and Android smartphones, along with a new mobile-friendly website (at mobile.singaporeair.com). Admittedly, these debutante apps are somewhat limited in their capabilities. All you can do in these first versions is ...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2012 2 Comments

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