Let’s face it – the golden age of flight is over. Sure, we can get around the world with relative ease, with all but the most far-flung and remote locations accessible by air. But unless you’ve paid for the first class, premium experience you’re going to be about as comfortable as a cow in an overheating barn. So it’s becoming ever-more important to be able to enjoy air travel with as little extra stress as is possible, able to bring your prized entertainment gadgets along for the ride and keeping them easily at hand and fully charged. The answer to super-smooth travel? Smart luggage. Here’s what you need to know. What is smart luggage? So-called smart luggage includes cases and bags designed to keep your gadgets charged while you travel. At their most basic, they’ll include a rechargeable battery pack that can be used to power your devices on the go, and at their most advanced they may include a GPS luggage tracker, putting your mind at ease as to the … [Read more...] about Best smart bags, suitcases, luggage and rucksacks for the future of travel
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Eftpos has become the first accredited non-government operator of a digital identity exchange under the federal government's Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF). By becoming an accredited operator, Eftpos connectID can now facilitate online transactions requiring a digital identity from Australians. Eftpos sent connectID live in June as a fully-owned subsidiary of the organisation and as a standalone fintech company. It's been set up to act as "broker" between identity service providers and merchants or government agencies that require identity verification, such as proof of age, address details, or bank account information. It has been designed to work within the federal government's Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) and the banking industry's TrustID framework. Although the Australian government has its own digital identity solution with myGovID , Eftpos has previously said its solution could provide a "smoother, faster, and more secure onboarding … [Read more...] about Eftpos granted government accreditation as first private ID exchange operator
It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX from 2013 all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than your laptop, and better for watching videos and reading books than both — and I think that applies to a lot of people — it’s hard to beat the 2013 Fire HDX. My 7-inch model has a great … [Read more...] about How is Amazon’s 2013 tablet still the best one it ever released?
Apple's iCloud is marketed to us end users as a convenient and centralized way to manage data on all of our Macs and iOS devices: sync contacts and bookmarks, re-download music and apps, back up iOS devices, and sync documents and data for third-party apps as MobileMe did. The last item, syncing of documents and data, is one of the least glossy features of iCloud, but it is one of the most important, and it should be among the most straightforward. Right? Perhaps not. Almost a year after Apple shut down MobileMe for good in favor of iCloud , third-party developers have begun to speak out about the difficulty involved in working with Apple's cloud service. A piece published at The Verge this week highlights many of those complaints, with quotes coming from well-known developers and anonymous sources alike about the challenges faced by the developer community. From data loss and corruption to unexpected Apple ID use cases, developers have seen it all—but are stymied by the … [Read more...] about Frustrated with iCloud, Apple’s developer community speaks up en masse
Amazon is holding its annual fall hardware event on Tuesday, September 28th starting at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. It’s invite-only, and while Amazon said it would share news about “devices, features and services,” it’s not elaborating on which product lines might get updates or what new devices could be revealed. If last year was any indication, expect to see a massive amount of hardware. Last year, Amazon unveiled a new spherical Echo with Zigbee support and “premium, adaptive sound” from Dolby, spherical Echo Dots (one which came with a clock), and the Echo Show 10 got a motorized base that turns its screen to face you while you’re interacting with it. It also added Netflix support . Plus, Amazon unveiled its AWS-powered gaming service Luna along with a special Luna Controller. And Amazon’s Ring launched its Always Home Cam , a security drone for your house (which has yet to be released as of this writing). The Fire Stick and its Eero routers both got refreshes as well. … [Read more...] about A new Echo, a drone, and everything else to expect from Amazon’s big hardware event
Video games are designed to be many things – they can evoke fear in horror titles, push your problem-solving abilities with puzzles and create a sense of team spirit between you and your close friends. It's easy to see why gaming has become such a popular hobby, growing every decade since they first appeared back in the 1950's, but something that most games have in common is that they're designed to be fun...so why does logging into a public gaming lobby fill me with such a sense of dread? It wasn't always this way. I'll say off the bat that this article isn't a complaint that video games are too difficult, but rather that I, like many others, have changed as a person since my early years of gaming. There's a sense of nostalgia that I feel I've been trying to capture for the last few years of my life, and I doubt I'm alone. This is essentially a begrudging acceptance that I'm an adult. Multiplayer video games are amongst the most popular genres these days, having come a long way … [Read more...] about Pressure to be good at games is ruining my ability to enjoy them
Rumor mill: We've seen mounting evidence over the last 12 months or so that suggests Samsung has killed off the Galaxy Note for good. That's bad news for lovers of the business-focused phones, but it seems the series' best feature, the included S Pen and slot, could make their way to next year's Galaxy S line. According to the prolific and reliable leaker Ice universe, the Note line is dead. Samsung has already confirmed there wouldn't be a new Note in 2021; company executive Koh Dong-jin back in March told shareholders that it could be a "burden" to release two flagships in a year, and the chip crisis likely played a role in the decision. Ice universe joins several analysts in believing the Note line has had its day, meaning the Note 20 will forever remain the last in the series. The fact Samsung failed to renew the Galaxy Note trademark further hinted at its demise. But Samsung could be integrating its best element into the Galaxy S line. Update: Note is over, but it's not … [Read more...] about New rumors claim the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have an S Pen slot
Apple’s iPhone 13 smartphone range is official, and the iPhone 13 Pro is shaping up to be another classy yet compact flagship handset. But how does it compare to 2020’s iPhone 12 Pro ? We now have all the key specifications, so we can give you an idea of how the two phones stack up ahead of our in-depth hands-on. Should you upgrade to the iPhone 13 Pro in 2021? Let’s take a closer look at what’s being offered. Apple has also announced the Apple Watch 7 And there's the new iPad 10.2 (2021) And the new iPad mini (2021) iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro price and availability The iPhone 13 Pro will be released on September 24, 2021. That’s a little earlier in the year than the iPhone 12 Pro, which landed on October 23, 2020. Apple’s pricing largely matches the iPhone 12 Pro. The entry-level 128GB model of the iPhone 13 Pro will set you back $999 / £949 / AU$1,699, while the 256GB model will cost $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,869, and the 512GB model will … [Read more...] about iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro: has Apple finally created a Pro worthy of the name?