Katie Cincotta

Katie Cincotta

Katie Cincotta is a technology writer and regular contributor to the Livewire section on The Age

Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is a winner with rich Retina HD display, fast speed and long battery life

Katie Cincotta Apple finds that bigger is better for screen size and for processing, photography and battery power.

Melbourne's KISA phone keeps it simple always

Katie Cincotta Melbourne company KISA has developed a phone that makes and takes calls – how retro. No touchscreen, no texting, no camera, no social media and no complicated set-up.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus matches Android phones' wow factor

Katie Cincotta Impressive enhancements mean the new iPhone has caught up with the best of the Android brigade.


Oppo a power to be reckoned with among mobile phones

Innovative: The Oppo N1 Mini.

Katie Cincotta With two phones available here on its website, the Chinese company may have arrived without fanfare but its products don't lack features.


Carl Pei explains reason for OnePlus mobile strategy

Carl Pei, director of OnePlus Global.

Katie Cincotta Early adopters are waiting by their phones for invitations to get one of the new OnePlus mobiles.


Garmin takes on Fitbit, Jawbone with Vivofit fitness tracker

Garmin Vivofit

Katie Cincotta Lightweight rubber band comes in a range of colours, with one button to let you cycle through steps, time, date, calories, and heart rate if you've connected the optional wireless heart-rate monitor...

GoPro cameras help solve some of life's little mysteries

Tandem ride: Melbourne-born BMX rider Steve McCann straps a GoPro to his shin when he’s riding to get a view of the front wheel, handlebars and pedal action.

Katie Cincotta Since the first GoPro model arrived in 2005, the company’s market value has hit $6 billion, and more than 500 million GoPro videos have been lodged on YouTube alone.


Online scammers just a click away

Clickjacked: Social media sites are favourite targets of scammers.

Katie Cincotta A web scam called clickjacking that preys on social media users is on the rise and the attacks are increasingly sophisticated.

Home tech

Bose SoundTrue headphones in colour

Stylish: White, mint and two-tone fracture pattern designs mark new territory for Bose around-ear headphones.

Katie Cincotta Respectable audio quality combines with comfort to make the headphones happy travellers. By Katie Cincotta.

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Yucky Mummy Terri Cowley and her iPhone showcase 50,000km of family holiday photography

Small screen stars: Terri Cowley chose 25 iPhone photographs for her exhibition.

Katie Cincotta Documenting her year-long tour around Australia on social media made Yucky Mummy Terri Cowley feel connected to a community even in the most remote places.

Road test

Bluetooth Braven brings boom to great outdoors

Ready for duty: The Braven BRV-X.

Katie Cincotta The BRV-X has a rugged look that goes well with its function as an outdoor speaker unit.


Parrot mini drones put personality into play

Katie Cincotta The ready-to-play Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo toy drones have real character.


Assistive technology puts creativity within reach

Christopher Hills.

Katie Cincotta Teenager Christopher Hills has found IT solutions to some profound physical barriers.


Menulog fashions faithful clientele of housebound foodies

Topping the list: Manoosh Lebanese Pizzeria in Enmore, NSW, was voted the favourite restaurant of Menulog customers.

Katie Cincotta The online takeaway app that brings us food without having to even talk to the restaurant is getting bigger each year.

Social media campaigns for Calombaris restaurant create food for thought

Digital media agency The Royals developed an Instagram profile for hip souvlaki bar Jimmy Grants.

Katie Cincotta Instagram was used to create a "cheeky" campaign for George Calombaris' restaurants.


Lance Weiler's Lyka is a toy with a message

Interactive reading toy Lyka.

Katie Cincotta The plush Lyka toy is really an interactive tool that encourages children to read and serves as a clever bridge between technology and education.


Apple and Facebook scramble for Snapchat's success

Flash point: There’s something appealing about a message that self-destructs.

Katie Cincotta Self-deleting selfies are helpful but experts warn young people can still be victims of unwise postings.


Sony's Xperia Z2 sets the benchmark for Androids

Snappy: Sony Xperia Z2 is a phone but the real fun is in the camera.

Katie Cincotta The Xperia Z2 trumps other Android models with its lightning pace and an extraordinary camera that makes others look mediocre by comparison.

Samsung outspends Apple, Microsoft in new product blitz

Katie Cincotta In the first half of 2014, Samsung has launched 26 new ‘‘flagship’’ consumer electronic products across the mobile, tablet, camera and sound and vision categories.

Multi-tool provides sharp functionality outdoors

Katie Cincotta Is one of the tech titans trying to convince us that phones now require supplementary weaponry? Not quite.