• Vodafone extends $5/day roaming to South Korea, Russia

    IN BRIEF | Vodafone has added 11 countries to its already-extensive $5/day global roaming deal, which lets travellers tap into the data allowance of their domestic mobile phone plan when overseas. The most significant destinations for Australian business travellers are South Korea and Russia; th...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Test drive: BMW M2 and M5 Competition

    Paul Gover grabs his race helmet and heads to the track to test drive the latest BMW M2 Competition and M5 Competition. The only way to really get a handle on a BMW M-car is to make a sharp turn off the public highway and head for somewhere private. A racetrack is the best destination, bec...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Here is Porsche's all-new 992, the marque's next-gen 911 for 2019

    Porsche's 992 has broken cover ahead of its official launch at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, with the eight-generation model in the 911 series keeping its unmistakably iconic look. The two-door rear-engine speedsters still relish in their pumped-up rear haunches and comparatively wi...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • These five technologies are making business travel laptops even better

    Over the past decades, laptops have progressed from expensive inch-thick slabs to standard and increasingly stylish kit for almost every business traveller. It’s easy to take them for granted – after all, notebooks have become almost a commodity – and to assume there’s re...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • Get over your fear of chilling red wine

    Last weekend the temperature on my back deck was 35 degrees, steaks were on the grill, and I craved a thirst-quenching drink that wasn’t that summer cliché, rosé. With charred meat, beer is not the answer, nor is a frozen margarita or tart white. Sticky summer weather is what...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • BMW reveals new 8-Series Convertible

    BMW has just revealed its newest entry in the luxury car beauty pageant, the 8 Series Convertible. The top-end droptop is set for Australia next year as part of a coupe-and-convertible pairing that return the 8 Series name and badge to local showrooms. Pricing has not been revealed, but both ...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Loving the land: discovering six great minimalist golf courses

    Itching to leave behind those oh-so-the-same suburban greens and get back to nature? You'll love spending some time on these rustic North American golf courses. Sand Hills Golf Club (Mullen, Nebraska; opened in 1995) This is the course that started the renaissance in minimalist design. I...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • Apple wants its new iPad Pro to replace your laptop

    Minutes after revealing a modern make-over for the once-revolutionary MacBook Air at Apple's New York launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook trotted out new iPad Pro tablets which the company says can replace your laptop. It's the Apple version of betting a dollar each way, and there's no doubt that for som...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2018 7 Comments

  • First look: Apple MacBook Air gets a new lease of life

    With a sharper screen, faster processors, a thinner profile and lighter weight, Apple has given its MacBook Air a new lease of life – and nudges it back into the heartland of the business travellers who made the original model such a staggering success. Over a decade since Steve Jobs famou...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2018 5 Comments

  • McLaren Speedtail pushes the hyper-car into hyper-luxe territory

    No-one really needs a car that can top 400 kilometres-an-hour on a public road, but that has not stopped McLaren from building one and at least one Australian from claiming one. The McLaren Speedtail is described as a ‘hyper car’ by the British marque and follows two earlier king-of-...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Maserati's Levante GTS paints a target on the Porsche Cayenne

    Maserati's midsize Levante GTS is the Italian automaker’s latest and best effort to take on Porsche for a bigger piece of the luxury SUV pie. To help win more buyers in the segment, Maserati this year has put its powerful twin-turbo V-8 engine into two new versions of the Levante SUV it la...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince edition

    The Le Petit Prince edition of IWC's popular Mark XVIII is a whimsical take on the historic aviation tale of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Whether you're an aviation aficionado, a devoted reader of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's poetic novella, or just on the market for an attractive ...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • The 'Sideways' curse has lifted, and merlot is enjoying a comeback

    Sales of luxury merlots are increasing again, and restaurants are pouring more of it. Why? Because despite pop culture prejudice, it tastes good. Merlot was once the fan-favorite red grape and wine. Then came 2004 hit movie Sideways, in which Miles, the pinot-noir-loving main character, trashes ...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Review: Lenovo Yoga 730 combines show & go for business traveller

    There was a time when a Lenovo laptop meant a utilitarian matte black ThinkPad. And while the ThinkPad thankfully remains – and arguably still rules the roost for the 'road warrior' – the Yoga range of 'convertible' laptops has gone from strength to strength. Take Lenovo's new Yoga...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Apple to unveil new iPad Pro, MacBook Air this week

    Apple will take the first step in ditching its long-established Lightning connector for the increasingly-popular USB-C standard this week when it pulls back the covers on a new iPad Pro. The large-screen iPad will be the first of the company's 'iDevice' family to adopt USB-C, which is now also t...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Hot irons: up close with Mizuno's new JPX919 range

    Mizuno's newly-released JPX919 irons have a tough act to follow – the previous-generation JPX900 series were hugely successful, with the Tour model finding its way into the bags of some top players who were not contractually obliged to use them. Many of these players swung the JPX900 Tour&...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • From Canada to Switzerland, these are the best new ski hotels of 2018

    The towns nestled in the nooks and crannies of Europe’s legendary mountain range may be age-old, but this year the hotels will be totally fresh. So, too, in the high-altitude villages of the American and Canadian West, where five-star hotels are upping the ante in some very popular destinat...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Bremont's Supersonic watch contains an actual piece of a BA Concorde

    Watches may ostensibly serve to tell the time, but their ticking heart is really more about telling a story – and this new collaboration between Bremont and British Airways has quite the story. The limited-edition Supersonic watch contains part of a Concorde. Yes, an actual slice of a fu...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Aesop and Rimowa join forces to create the ultimate luxe travel kit

    Two of the world's leading luxury brands have come together to produce a must-have masterpiece for the discerning traveller. This is the Köln Travel Kit – a full set of miniature Aesop products, cradled within an aluminium Rimowa case – and it's a safe bet this will find it...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • The Aston Martin 2019 Vantage is as close as you can get to a Bond car

    The spirit of James Bond is still alive at Aston Martin in the sleek gunmetal silver form of the marque's 2019 Martin Vantage. The DB10 created for Spectre, Daniel Craig's most recent 007 outing, was based on the Vantage, in which the rougish personality and devastating charm of Mr Bond remain. ...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • 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 2 Comments

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