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  • Break me if you can: 4 rugged tablets put to the test

    By Brian Nadel | 03 March, 2015 22:35

    It's a cruel world out there for tablets: Every day, there's the possibility they will be dropped, knocked, spilled on or just shaken around. And that's just in a normal business day -- if you use your tablet outdoors, while traveling or in a work zone, the odds of a disaster go up precipitously.

  • Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset

    By Elias Plastiras | 16 February, 2015 13:58

    Expectations around our Sydney office weren’t very high when we took possession of Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Even though we had a keen interest to see what Samsung's teaming with Oculus has come up with for this consumer offering of virtual reality, the consensus was that it would be perhaps be lame and not worth the effort. By the end of the second day, however, even the most cynical of our staff members were enthralled by some of the things they saw.

  • Oppo R5 review: Among the most innovative of smartphones

    By Tony Ibrahim | 16 February, 2015 08:30

    Oppo has one-upped the established heavy weights in the smartphone industry with its R5. The 4.85mm smartphone has earned many 'world first' titles, but an important concession has been made along the way.

  • Apple Mac Mini review: A Macintosh that's easy on the wallet

    By Tony Ibrahim | 05 February, 2015 14:55

    Apple's Mac Mini has a low $619 price, is unobtrusively styled and proves versatile in that it can be used as an everyday computer or a sophisticated media player.

  • HTC Re camera review: Seeing the world differently

    By Tony Ibrahim | 19 January, 2015 14:55

    Innovative HTC has made a point of focussing on photography with its range of smartphones. Over the years, the Taiwanese company has introduced smartphone cameras that take 3D photos, work well in low-light situations, and can even change the point of focus after a photo has been taken. Now HTC has taken another bold step with an innovative digital camera called simply ‘Re’.

  • Kogan Agora 4G+ review: Is Kogan's best smartphone good enough?

    By Tony Ibrahim | 16 January, 2015 13:46

    Serial discounter Kogan has released the second generation Agora 4G+, a BenQ manufactured smartphone that aims to deliver top-tier features for a low $239. Several subtle improvements have been added to the second gen smartphone; some for the better, others for the worse.

  • Review: Apple's new 5K iMac -- powerful, pixel-ful and pricey

    By Michael deAgonia | 17 December, 2014 02:37

    There are 14.7 million reasons to want Apple's latest iMac -- the 14.7 million pixels that make up its stunning 27-in. 5K Retina display. At $2,499, the new iMac isn't cheap, but its screen makes this desktop a great value -- if you can afford it.

  • Microsoft Word for iOS review: This classic word processor shines on every device

    By Jeffery Battersby | 09 December, 2014 01:32

    A few months back, when Microsoft first released Word for iPad, there were wildly varying responses, from, "Who cares and who uses Word any more?" to "I've been waiting forever for this!" to "Wait, what? I have to pay to use this app?" But, no matter what camp you were in, there was one reality: Word for iPad was (and is) an excellent iOS word processor--an Office app for your iOS device that offers substantial document creation and editing tools, with an interface that's clutter-free, so creating and editing documents on your iPad is a cinch.

  • Apple 5K iMac review: Leapfrogging the competition

    By Tony Ibrahim | 01 December, 2014 13:26

    Apple has squeezed a 5K display into the same confines of its current iMac and has managed to do so without blowing out the price.

  • Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship

    By Tony Ibrahim | 21 November, 2014 13:06

    Six months on and Sony has updated its flagship smartphone with the Z3. Not enough time has passed for the company to release a brand new device. In fact, it’s best to think of the Z3 as a ‘lite’ version of the widely praised Xperia Z2.

  • Huawei Ascend Mate7 review: Raising the phablet bar

    By Tony Ibrahim | 20 November, 2014 14:07

    Huawei has taken off the gloves with its Mate7 phablet. The 6-inch smartphone wraps a bevy of cutting-edge tech in a coat of metal armour and tops the recipe off with simplistic software inspired by none other than Apple.

  • Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6

    By Tony Ibrahim | 11 November, 2014 09:24

    The DNA for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 nexts in the Galaxy Alpha. It is the first Samsung smartphone to have a metal chassis, and at 4.7-inches, it’s easier to use day in and day out.

  • Google Nexus 9 review: A powerful tablet made for everyone

    By Florence Ion | 04 November, 2014 06:31

    There are many wonderful things about Google's Nexus 9. Its 64-bit Tegra K1 processor is extremely powerful, its big hi-res display and front-facing speakers make it a mini entertainment theater, and its preloaded stock Android 5.0 is the most handsome version of the operating system to ever come out of Mountain View.

  • Nexus Player review: Google's third attempt at TV is a fine first draft

    By Jared Newman | 04 November, 2014 05:29

    It didn't take long for Google's Nexus Player to realize I was hooked on the Food Network.

  • Review: iMac with Retina 5K display is among Apple's brightest lights

    By Christopher Breen | 04 November, 2014 02:00

    Among the many new and improved technologies promoted by Apple, one of the most attractive has been the "Retina display." This is a marketing term rather than a technical one and refers to displays with a pixel density where individual pixels are indiscernible to the human eye. You see it touted for iOS devices as well as Apple's MacBook Pros. Like much of Apple's marketing, it's catchy and appealing to those who'd prefer to not dig deeper. However, there are occasions when the term just won't do--particularly when Apple wants to boast about the specific number of pixels that a display houses. Such is the case with the $2,500 iMac with Retina 5K display. And it wants to boast for good reason. The display is stunning.

  • Hands on with Microsoft Band: It's awkward and inaccurate, but stuffed with features

    By Jon Phillips | 04 November, 2014 01:32

    I've never worn an ankle bracelet like the one Lindsay Lohan had to wear while under house arrest. But after two days testing the Microsoft Band, I think I may have an idea of how constricting and confining those electronic monitors might be.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The busiest, biggest and best Samsung phablet

    By Tony Ibrahim | 03 November, 2014 15:24

    Samsung has added metal, a 1440p screen and a fast charge battery to its fourth generation Note. The subtle changes make a profound difference.

  • Hands on: The new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display shows stunning detail

    By Susie Ochs | 17 October, 2014 09:07

    We live in a high-resolution world--our phones have been shooting HD video for years, and 4K-capable cameras are finally within reach of regular consumers. And now Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display will let you push those pixels with maximum efficiency. With a native resolution of 5120x2880 pixels, this iMac shows a ridiculous amount of detail in everything you look at.

  • Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike

    By Melissa J. Perenson | 15 October, 2014 00:00

    The Nikon D3300 offers a pleasing set of features for newbies as well as power users, especially given its relatively low price and compact size.

  • Sony Alpha a58 review: A feature-packed entry-level DSLR great for beginners

    By Melissa J. Perenson | 14 October, 2014 23:51

    When it first came out last year, the Sony Alpha a58 was aimed at the middle ground between newcomers to DSLRs and more advanced enthusiasts. It replaced two previous models from Sony, and its healthy selection of features reflected the range of its intended audience.

 

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