The latest tech gear from the wonderful to the weird and wacky – here's what created the most buzz at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
12 Jan 2015 |
What new technologies will you be using later this year? The four-day tech free-for-all trade show in Las Vegas is where tech companies come from across the globe to showcase their latest tech, much of it for the first time.
Found a new phone or laptop under the Christmas tree? We show you how to safely recycle the old one.
25 Dec 2014 |
Many people receive brand new electronic gifts for Christmas, which often replace their old or outdated models. Free e-cycling services will take your old tech off your hands and safely recycle the parts, keeping dangerous chemicals out of landfill.
We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.
17 Dec 2014 |
CHOICE finds the best Next G phone for every user and budget.
Smartphones ranging in price from $99 to $1129 are put through their paces.
28 Nov 2014 |
We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the latest models from Sony, Nokia and Motorola.
Samsung and Telstra announce plans within a week of each other to pull the plug on Music Hub and BigPond Music by end of year.
27 Nov 2014 |
Samsung has announced plans to shut down its Music Hub streaming service, and Telstra will close its downloadable music store, BigPond Music, at the end of 2014.
App Store campaign enlists developers to create enhanced apps, and donates portion of worldwide sales
26 Nov 2014 |
Proceeds from the promotion will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
The brands you can trust for tablets, desktops, laptops and more.
18 Nov 2014 |
The CHOICE reliability survey asks thousands of members to rate their desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, tablets and external hard drives for reliability, repairs and service.
Find the tablet computer that's right for you.
13 Nov 2014 |
Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 40 models you can buy in Australia.
The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite
17 Oct 2014 |
Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.
We test 14 low-cost laptops to see how much bang you get for very few bucks.
16 Oct 2014 |
You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 14 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.
Tech giant reveals 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, along with new Apple Watch, and takes on credit cards with a cashless mobile payment system
10 Sep 2014 |
Apple has finally revealed its new, larger, iPhone models along with an Apple Watch and a new cashless mobile payments system. The announcements, revealed overnight at a special event in Apple’s home town of Cupertino, end months of speculation.
Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.
4 Aug 2014 |
Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.
Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs
30 Jul 2014 |
One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.
Tech giant offers up to $250 trade-in for old iPhones and iPads in all Apple retail stores across Australia.
18 Jul 2014 |
Apple has launched its “Reuse and Recycle” trade in program in Australia, giving customers the opportunity to grab up to $250 of store credit for their old iPhones and iPads.
We test and compare 10 widescreen computer monitors and two ultrawide displays.
18 Jul 2014 |
If you own a computer you probably spend a good portion of the day staring at the screen but is bigger really better?
Of all the pieces in your PC (or Mac), the monitor is the part you spend the longest time looking at. Our guide helps you select the best model to suit your needs.
18 Jul 2014 |
There’s more to monitor shopping than selecting a screen size.
Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.
26 Jun 2014 |
Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.
Online backup can offer crisis-proof peace of mind, but there are pitfalls. We show you how to select the right service for your needs.
19 Jun 2014 |
We test and compare 11 cloud-based backup services.
New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon
19 Jun 2014 |
US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.
Twitter images show front and back of two alleged iPhone 6 models believed to be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models due for release in September.
18 Jun 2014 |
A highly-credible Australian blogger has leaked pics of the eagerly awaited Apple iPhone 6, clearly showing two new models in different sizes side by side.
The tech giant has reached an out-of-court settlement with consumers and states that claimed Apple caused them to pay more for ebooks.
18 Jun 2014 |
Apple has settled a class action lawsuit in the US after a court found that it engaged in collusion in an attempt to increase the price of ebooks.
Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models
3 Jun 2014 |
Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.
Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.
28 May 2014 |
iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.
'Friendly hacker' tells how we're all vulnerable to criminal net attacks.
22 May 2014 |
Professional hacker Jonathan Brossard outlines the latest targets for cyber criminals, upcoming threats and how you can reduce your risk of attack.
The iPhone 6 will not only be bigger but also higher resolution, with a 4.7-inch version in August and a 5.5-inch model in September, according to reports.
16 May 2014 |
The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in higher resolution in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.
After ceasing support for Windows XP, Microsoft issues one last security fix for Internet Explorer, leaving users of the popular operating system to "upgrade or else".
13 May 2014 |
Microsoft has issued a final post-support security patch to address a flaw in Internet Explorer, despite officially ending support for Windows XP several weeks ago.
Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.
5 May 2014 |
Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.
Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.
5 May 2014 |
Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.
Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.
30 Apr 2014 |
Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.
Software bug affects camera in early production models.
30 Apr 2014 |
Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.
Apple is offering a no-charge repair for iPhone 5 power button problem.
28 Apr 2014 |
Apple has admitted that a batch of iPhone 5 models has a faulty power button and will fix the affected phones for free.
How to unlock the unseen extras in computer programs and games.
17 Apr 2014 |
Think you know all the tricks your software has to offer? Think again. We go hunting for hidden features called Easter eggs, and show you how to see what you were never meant to find.
Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.
9 Apr 2014 |
A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.
Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.
7 Apr 2014 |
You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.
Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.
7 Apr 2014 |
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.
Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.
31 Mar 2014 |
Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.
We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.
25 Mar 2014 |
Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.
20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.
20 Mar 2014 |
Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.
Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.
5 Mar 2014 |
Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?
Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.
5 Mar 2014 |
We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.
CHOICE busts the myths and reveals the facts behind the cost of IT and technology goods in Australia.
4 Mar 2014 |
CHOICE tells you eight things you need to know about IT pricing.
Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?
5 Feb 2014 |
Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.
How to exit from the internet, including social media.
5 Feb 2014 |
It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.
Is there a problem with ebook pricing?
6 Dec 2013 |
Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.
We take a look at Parallels Access, which lets you run Windows software on your iPad.
26 Nov 2013 |
Find out how you can run Office and any other Windows program on your iPad almost anywhere you go.
Is a fair-use system the way to go?
19 Nov 2013 |
With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.
We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which give the best mobile computing experience.
6 Nov 2013 |
We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which offer the best combination of speed, portability and battery life.
When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools
16 Oct 2013 |
Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.
The latest iPhones have not escaped the ‘Australia Tax’
11 Sep 2013 |
The new products from Apple are up to 14% more expensive in Australia.
Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?
12 Jul 2013 |
The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?
When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.
9 Jul 2013 |
Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.
Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?
22 May 2013 |
Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.
Missing some files? These hard drive hunters could find what you're looking for.
22 Apr 2013 |
Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.
How soon will e-wallets make your own wallet redundant?
12 Feb 2013 |
Google Wallet, Apple Passbook and Windows Phone 8 Wallet e-wallet apps on your smartphone can be used to make payments and store your details for loyalty cards, movie tickets and even some travel documents.
Just how reliable are your tech devices?
13 Nov 2012 |
The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.
A hands-on look at Apple's new iPad mini 7.9 inch tablet.
2 Nov 2012 |
Apple's iPad mini throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.
This smaller tablet plugs the gap between the iPod Touch and the iPad.
25 Oct 2012 |
Apple's iPad mini announcement ends months of speculation and throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.
We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.
24 Sep 2012 |
We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The NSW government takes Apple to task over sneaky in-app purchases.
21 Sep 2012 |
The NSW Minister for Fair Trading says consumer regulators are looking at ways to put a stop to parental bill shock resulting from in-app purchases.
We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.
18 Sep 2012 |
The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.
Apple has copped a $2.25 million fine for misleading consumers about its iPad's 4G capabilities.
22 Jun 2012 |
The Federal Court has found that the technology giant contravened the Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers.
Products shipped in from abroad without the permission of the local trademark or intellectual property owner.
19 Jun 2012 |
How can some products look, taste and function the same, yet vary so markedly in price from their mainstream, retail counterparts?
Parliamentary inquiry to demand answers for price discrimination.
30 Apr 2012 |
Federal Labor politicians are seeking answers as to why Australians pay more than shoppers overseas for products that are exactly the same.
The ACCC seeks orders against Apple for claiming the new iPad has 4G capabilities.
28 Mar 2012 |
The ACCC says Apple's promotion is misleading because Australia’s 4G network runs on a different frequency to the one the iPad is capable of using.
A quick review of Apple's updated set-top box
20 Mar 2012 |
We get hands on with the new 1080p Apple TV, and check out some of its new features.
Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.
16 Mar 2012 |
We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.
We head to the world's largest digital and IT trade fair in Hannover.
12 Mar 2012 |
We check out a couple of high-tech cars, another waterproof smartphone, and robots that perform some pretty unusual tasks.
We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.
2 Mar 2012 |
On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.
Move over beer and wine, it's the summer of cider.
31 Jan 2012 |
Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.
We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.
16 Dec 2011 |
We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.
Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.
23 Nov 2011 |
We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.
We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.
16 Nov 2011 |
From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.
Some of these general purpose family laptops offer unprecedented performance and value.
11 Nov 2011 |
We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.
CHOICE tries out the Apple iPhone 4S to see if it's a worthy upgrade.
17 Oct 2011 |
We take a hands-on look at the iPhone 4S and find out how it compares to its predecessors.
Smartphones are now mini-computers, so you need to consider what operating system (OS) your next mobile will use.
30 Aug 2011 |
The mobile phone OS has transformed the phone into to a web-surfing, social networking tool however while Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate the landscape, there are other options emerging.
We test 12 programs that store and share your digital pictures.
30 May 2011 |
Photo management software can bring order to digital-picture chaos.