• Summer drive: these four convertibles let you drop the top in style

    Driving with the top down is the best way to salute the start of spring and drive deeply into summer. After all, few things compare with the freedom and enjoyment of open-air motoring, and in Australia there's plenty of great weather to 'go topless' for much of the year – and then pop the ...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • These six lesser-known wine varieties are worth a spot on your shelf

    It used to be a simple process when you popped into a liquor store to buy a bottle of wine or peeked at a restaurant wine list. If you wanted white you’d probably opt for chardonnay, semillon or New Zealand sauvignon blanc. If red was your preference then shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or mayb...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple to unveil new iPads, MacBooks on October 30

    Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro, MacBook and Mac Mini desktop at a product launch October 30 in New York. While the invitation to media reads "There’s more in the making" without specifying what would be introduced, the California-based technology giant is said to be planning th...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • BMW's new i8 Roadster is a practical high-end hybrid sports car

    The 2019 i8 roadster is the first open-top version of BMW’s excellent i8 hybrid coupe. It's a well-built, thoughtfully designed, fairly priced, and even practical high-end hybrid sports car, with a US$163,000 sticker and gorgeous looks. Its arched sides are sculpted to reveal air vents swo...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Apple iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    Huawei Technologies overtook Apple in August to become the second-biggest seller of smartphones globally, with just Samsung Electronics left to beat. And earlier this week it revealed the Mate 20 Pro – a flagship device to rival the iPhone Xs Max and Galaxy Note 9. All three devices share...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Renault Alpine A110 is a Porsche-baiting blast from the past

    Another 'back for the future' brand has just landed in Australia, this one promising the potential to punish Porsche. It’s a relatively obscure French sports company called Alpine, which was a giant killer in the 1970s but faded rapidly after that. Now it’s been saved by its French ...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • For golfers, Queenstown is a slice of heaven amidst rolling greens

    Whether you are after a pristine resort style course, a rugged yet elegant layout or immaculate amenities and surroundings, Queenstown New Zealand has golfing options for everyone. Queenstown is rapidly becoming a year-round international golf destination where it’s easy to find the perfec...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Review: Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

    The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the marque's first four-wheel drive – and despite being every inch the best that Rolls can build, it's also surefooted as a mule and as capable as a Mack truck. This is a $325,000 ultra-luxurious tank which really does want to taken off-r...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • BMW X7 to see Australian debut early 2019

    The incredible hulk will take over the top end of the SUV action at BMW next year with the seven-seater X7 primed for flagship action and family travel in Australia. Pictures from Europe point to a big-and-brash addition to the BMW line-up, sitting above the existing five-seater X5 family wagon ...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Bronze reborn: the world's oldest alloy in five modern-day watches

    Nothing quite plays up the vintage appeal of a watch like a bronze case. The alloy develops a patina over time that darkens and mottles the surface, granting each case a unique and antiquated look. Bronze is extensively used in the maritime industry for ship fittings and anchors due to its salt ...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Mustang Bullitt is ready to roar on Aussie roads

    It’s been almost exactly 50 years since Steve McQueen manhandled a Ford Mustang into the history books in the tough-guy cop movie Bullitt. The car chase in Bullitt has become iconic and even inspired 21st century drift ace, Ken Block, to re-enact much of the action in a high-powered, fou...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • The case for blended Scotch whisky: why it's no sin to mix those malts

    It’s been a long time since blended Scotch was cool. In 2008, Scotland exported roughly 840 million bottles of it; in 2017 the number was basically the same, even as single malt exports exploded over the same period, from 71.8 million ­bottles to 122 million bottles, according to the Sc...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • These five watchmakers show a non-Swiss approach to timepieces

    When you start talking about high-end watches, the word "Swiss" often ends up getting substituted in for phrases like "high-quality" and "reliable." But it doesn't have to be that way. Sure, Switzerland is the modern home of fine watchmaking, but there are plenty of fantastic watchmakers creatin...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • For the ski set, Hokkaido is powder paradise

    With some of the world's best powder, Hokkaido – in the far north of Japan – is taking over as the ultimate ski destination. Poor local snowfall is becoming increasingly common among Americans and ski enthusiasts around the globe. While the world’s best resorts have s...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 9 Comments

  • Luxury hotels swap the minibar for a cocktail-friendly 'maxi-bar'

    Hotels are turning to new bar experiences as a means to keep luxury customers on their toes – and increase favorable food and beverage margins, while they’re at it. Out goes the mini-bar, and in its place: a 'maxi-bar' designed for in-room cocktail service. While in-room dining has ...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Montblanc's Summit 2 Smartwatch: more tech doesn't mean less luxe

    As the smartwatch marketplace matures, Montblanc's Summit 2 packs even more functionality into the body of the already-fine timepiece. The Summit 2 features a 42mm case with a 1.2 inch display and is the first luxury smartwatch to include Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset designe...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Seven pinot grigios which deserve a closer look

    Here’s a sad truth. Most pinot grigio is so watery, bland, and just plain dull that wine snobs scorn it and sommeliers at top restaurants won’t list it. Asking for “just a glass of pinot grigio” has almost become an admission that you don’t pay attention to what you...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Here are the best cars of the 2018 Paris Motor Show

    This week in the Porte de Versailles in Paris, the world’s automakers unveiled their best new cars at the Paris Motor Show. And there was plenty to see, especially for those dismayed by the ongoing diesel scandals and excited by the prospect of electrification. Jaguar showed the electric I...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Microsoft upgrades Surface range, adds iPhone and Android support

    Microsoft's modest upgrade of its Surface computers sees a predictable speed bump for the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 portables and the Surface Studio 2 touchscreen desktop, the debut of Surface noise-cancelling headphones and new software to better integrate its devices with iPhones and A...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • First look: Microsoft's new Surface noise-cancelling headphones

    The latest member of Microsoft's steadily-growing Surface family is a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, predictably christened Surface Headphones and rolling together everything the Windows colossus can squeeze over your ears in these admittedly chunky muff-like cans. This starts with Bluet...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 8 Comments

  • BMW's new 2019 3-series sedan comes packed with high-tech tricks

    BMW has packed its revamped 3-Series sedan with tech gadgetry like smartphone entry, auto-reverse and an in-car assistant that learns drivers’ routines, aimed at delivering a crucial sales bump after growth slowed. While a one-time bedrock of the German carmaker, the BMW 3-Series has been ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Infiniti's Project Black S Hybrid is inspired by Formula One racers

    At a private party on the sidelines of this week's Paris Motor Show, Infiniti unveiled the Project Black S prototype – a 420kW sports car with a hybrid electric powertrain developed by the Renault Sport Formula One Team. The coupe represents Infiniti’s biggest step toward its goa...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Review: new 2018 Tile Mate, Tile Pro Bluetooth trackers

    With a greater range, louder alarm and longer lifespan, the latest Tile Mate and Tile Pro Bluetooth tracker devices are designed to come to the rescue when you lose something precious. Small enough to live on your car keys, these 2018 models regularly check in with your Apple or Android smartpho...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Meet Lesley Gracie, the unsung inventor of Hendrick's Gin

    The door is stout, with curly wrought iron hinges, the only entrance in an imposing, 13-foot-high brick wall. It could be the exterior of an old castle here in Scotland, a bell hanging nearby to summon attention. When the huge clapper dings, a small hatch rattles open to reveal a pair of eyes, l...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Preview: 2018 Paris Motor Show

    This week the 2018 Paris Motor Show will begin at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Along with the auto shows in Geneva and Frankfurt, it’s among the largest car events in Europe. And yet, the splashiest thing about it may be that there won’t be much automotive energy behind it. &l...

    POSTED 1 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

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