• The renaissance of Canadian whisky, and five drams you should try

    Canadian whisky has long been in the shadows of American bourbon, but there are welcome signs of a renaissance. A landmark moment came three years ago when influential whisky critic Jim Murray named Canada's Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye his World Whisky of The Year, with a record-qualifying ...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2019 5 Comments

  • Telstra now offers 4G eSIM plans for selected Windows laptops

    WiFi dongles and portable hotspots, begone – at least, if you own the right Windows 10 notebook and sign up with Telstra. The former includes 4G LTE models of recent-release 'Windows 10 Modern' machines such as Microsoft's Surface Pro, HP's Spectre Folio and Spectre x360, which come with e...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2019 4 Comments

  • The human factor: why autonomous cars must keep drivers in the loop

    Technology from NASA's Mars rovers is helping to drive the world towards autonomous motoring, but one of the world's leading authorities in the self-driving field– himself a former NASA scientist – says that humans shouldn't be removed from the equation. In fact, the ideal solution c...

    POSTED 11 Mar, 2019 1 Comment

  • Road test: Mercedes-AMG G63 is 'fun' squared, or maybe even cubed

    What we’re driving: Mercedes-AMG G63 What it costs: $247,700 Why we’re driving it: In a world filled and over-filled with suburban SUVs, none of those soft-roaders is anything remotely like the Mercedes-AMG G63. It’s an old-school thunderbox, a total anachronism in 201...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Glenmorangie 2019 Private Edition Allta

    I've always respected Glenmorangie's Private Editions as genuine departures from the core Glenmorangie range. They often involve significant foresight and planning far beyond simply giving the whisky a 'finish' for a few months. Last year's Spios, for example, was wholly aged in ex-Rye casks for...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Geneva Motor Show proves electric cars can be sexy

    The world’s automakers are out to prove that electric cars can be sexy as they celebrate the start of the European spring season at the Geneva Motor Show. Supercars flooded stands at the Swiss car party and even the SUVs had extra style for their coming-out parties. Alfa Romeo set the sce...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Cab franc is the 'other' Cabernet, and one you really should try

    Quick: when you hear a wine is cabernet, do you automatically think cabernet sauvignon? Of course you do. It’s the world’s most widely planted red grape, noted for big, rich, power-packed wines you can swoon over and even invest in. But I’m here to convince you to remember cabe...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Ferrari F8 Tributo is the prancing horse's most impressive V8 yet

    A Ferrari feeding frenzy has erupted in Australia as fans of of the brand rush to get the first of the gorgeous all-new F8 Tributo. The Tributo is the replacement for the 488 and has been announced with less weight, more power and high-tech bodywork to make it the Italian company’s most ...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2019 2 Comments

  • Road test: 2019 Porsche Macan S remains the sportiest SUV

    What we’re driving: Porsche Macan S 2019 What it costs: From $97,500 Why we’re driving it: Despite the growth of electric cars, including city-smart SUVs, Porsche is not backing away from petrol power with its latest Macan. The mid-life update for Australia’s favourite...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • First look: Volvo's Polestar 2 is a luxury all-electric fastback

    Volvo's first all-electric car, the Polestar 2, broke cover overnight and shows how the Swedes will seek to juice up the electric mainstream market. Starting at US$63,000 – priced to take on the Tesla Model 3 – the five-seat fastback comes with all-wheel drive and will hit 100km/h ...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

  • Small size, big sound: Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless earbuds

    Wireless earbuds are finding their way into more and more cabin bags as business travellers embrace cable-free convenience - not to mention the small form factor that makes them perfect for slipping into your pocket or briefcase when you’re on the go. Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wirel...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Apple Watch to get sleep tracking but co-founder wants folding iPhone

    Apple is said to be testing a sleep monitor for the 2020 edition of its smartwatch, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he'd rather have a folding iPhone – and doesn't want to wait too long for it. First up, sleep tracking on a future Apple Watch (but probably not the fifth-gen model e...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • High-performance Jaguar XE 2019 is ready to pounce...

    A new performance push has begun at Jaguar as an updated XE sedan roars into Australia. Anything bland or boring from the original XE series has been culled in a clean-up that cuts the local roster down from a dizzying 11 cars to just two, while diesel engines have been completely eliminate...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Bremont's 'flight club' adds the Martin-Baker MBIII edition

    'Exclusive' wristwatches are not always so. Every luxury brand worth its weight in Swiss silver has them. Some are deemed exclusive because of their price tag (think six figures and above), or made in extremely limited editions, or perhaps because of the provenance of a previous owner (the famou...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 2 Comments

  • Porsche will follow the Taycan with an all-electric Macan 'E-SUV'

    The next generation of the Porsche Macan will be electric, as the German automaker enters the booming 'E-SUV' market in the wake of Tesla, Audi and Jaguar. The compact crossover is currently Porsche’s most popular vehicle, and will follow the groundbreaking electric Taycan which is du...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Huawei's folding 5G Mate X smartphone wants to be your tablet, too

    Huawei has entered the 'folding phone fray' in an attempt to show that Samsung hasn't cornered the market on innovation, at least when it comes to the gadget de jour. At first glance the 5G Mate X smartphone is a super-sized Android smartphone with a 6.6-inch display, which is just slight...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Road test: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti

    What we’re driving: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti What it costs: $78,900 (as tested $89,225) Why we’re driving it: In a nutshell, it’s Italian, it’s beautiful and we just may be in love. The Stelvio is based on Alfa Romeo’s comeback sedan, the Giulia, which launched her...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Aston Martin's DBS Superleggera is a V12 brute in a tailored suit

    Aston Martin's DBS Superleggera has legged it to Australia, with the first owners of the head-turning V12 ready to pick up their keys and plan some epic weekend drives. “We’ve only had the first handful (arrive) so far,' the head of Aston Martin in Australia, Kevin Wall, tells Aust...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • The enduring allure of Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso

    In an increasingly crowded world of watches – brash new brands, bold new skews, reinterpretations of classic models – Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso is the quintessential quality timepiece. The Reverso began life in the early 1930s, created initially to meet the ch...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • Samsung launches new Galaxy Fold, S10 smartphones, Galaxy wearables

    Samsung's latest line-up of mobile gadgets will hit the shelves in March, ranging from the high-end Galaxy Fold phone – a mobile and a tablet in one – through to the new Galaxy S10 and S10+ lines, brand new S10e and S10 5G models, and fresh wearables in the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2019 5 Comments

  • New Renault Clio brings poise to the posh compact

    The race to inject more prestige appeal into compact city cars is about to pick up pace with an all-new Renault Clio. Volkswagen has been making the running with its Golf and Polo in Australia’s smarter suburbs, but now Renault is intent on pushing its position with a new contender.&n...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Six wine trends to watch for in 2019

    The wine business is also a fashion business. Styles are in favour, then out again. After all, it seemed like just a few years ago that we were drinking chardonnay-semillon blends and fortifeds were all the rage.  Here’s a quick look at what's tipped to be popular over the coming 12 mo...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Apple to launch digital magazine store, streaming TV channel in March

    Apple is planning to unveil its streaming video service and magazine subscription platform at an international launch on March 25, marking the first major digital plays from the company since 2015. Apple's paid streaming video service, expected to launch mid-year, will go head to head with the l...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Jaguar's 'connected car' could mean you'll never see a red light again

    Silent, electric, self-driving cars are creating a new set of challenges for the world’s carmakers. But connected cars also promise to make life easier on the road. Vehicles that talk to each other, and to roadside infrastructure, have been under development for more than 20 years and...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

  • Tesla Model X still turns heads but faces new EV challengers

    What we’re driving: Tesla Model X P100D What it costs: From $200,000 Why we’re driving it: These days the entire world appears to be sprinting towards electric cars – but only one manufacturer, Tesla, can be credited with firing the starter's gun. The punchy US startup...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

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