Your life in the future, according to CES Asia

Tim Biggs 3:24 PM   Robot chefs, lots of virtual reality and some very weird beauty products are among the kookier innovations at the first CES Asia.

Big sound in your pocket but with a big price too

The Sony ZX2 gives listeners 128GB of storage and 33 hours between charges.

Rod Easdown   Portable music players can sound great if they've got the capacity and enough memory to allow the use of high-definition formats.


Short shelf life in digital age

The iPod has passed its peak, new data shows.

Esther Han   We're prone to thinking old box TVs and film cameras are antiquated technologies. But DVD players, digital cameras and iPods have also passed their zenith.


Three Samsung washing machine fires in NSW this week alone

Consumers are being urged to check the make and model of their washing machines in case it is one of the recalled models.

Hannah Francis   Two more homes caught alight in NSW this week thanks to faulty Samsung washing machines, more than 83,000 of which are potentially still in use across Australia.

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Minister calls for ACCC review of ineffective washing machine recall

The remains of the Samsung washing machine that caught fire on Wednesday in Corlette, NSW.

Hannah Francis   Consumer Affairs Minister asks watchdog to assess handling of recall as consumers try to re-sell faulty machines online.

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Ticking time bombs: 83,000 faulty washing machines

Samsung washining machin fire. Photo Supplied. Story Ben Grubb

Hannah Francis   Distressed consumers say it's only a matter of time before someone gets killed.

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Sound quality wherever you are

Bose earphones

Adam Turner   Two good options for upgrading from cheap earbuds to headphones.


Don't spend $1600 on Sony's new Walkman

Sony's new ZX2 Walkman.

Stephen Pulvirent   Chances are you've owned a Sony Walkman before. It probably played cassette tapes or CDs and had features like Mega Bass and skip protection. This Walkman is nothing like that one.

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Sometimes with headphones it's more important what you don't hear

Definitive Technology Symphony 1

Rod Easdown   Noise-cancelling headphones do their best work where there is constant, predictable noise.

Techknow: Super blenders put to the test

Breville the Boss has an LCD timer and easy-to-read measurements.

Jayne D'Arcy   Can The Boss live up to its name? Or does the good-looking Vitamix take charge in the kitchen?

Home tech

Genie can summon 'any meal' in 30 seconds

The Genie is the size of a coffee-maker and uses specially designed pods filled with ingredients. Its creators are challenging chefs to come up with pod recipes.

Israeli entrepreneurs say any meal, savoury or sweet, can be produced by their device which they liken to the Star Trek replicator.

Microsoft's Surface 3 a close rival to Apple's iPad Air 2

Microsoft Surface 3.

Adam Turner   Microsoft's Surface 3 is a tablet that runs a full version of Windows 8.1.

Mother's Day gift ideas to chew over

The Sony Walkman.

Jayne D'Arcy   Stuck for a Mother's Day gift? How about a compact sandwich maker or a waterproof MP3 player?

Radios a mother could love

Panasonic SCHC49.

Rod Easdown   This Mother's Day, the big retailers are making a push on digital radios, but be sure to try before you buy.


TV review: the HDR future is here, and it's curved

Mind the curve: Samsung's JS9500 makes a convincing argument for why you should have 4K and HDR in your loungeroom today, and it goes at least part of the way to selling the idea of a curved TV as well.

Tim Biggs   Samsung's JS9500 is packed with the technology of the future, but is it worth having in your lounge room today?

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Don't judge a speaker by its size

Clear as a bell: The new Axis Voice Box S speakers are about the size of a stack of books on your bedside table.

Rod Easdown   New small speakers from Axis produce remarkable sound – but there are two points to get past.

Tech know: Toastie time

The Homemaker sandwich maker.

Jayne D'Arcy   It's toastie time with these expert jaffle makers.

New systems fill your home with music

The Heos speaker system from Denon.

Rod Easdown   Think of your music reaching every room in your house so no matter where you are, you’re hearing it in full-bodied richness and detail rather than echoing down the hall.

TV soundbars move into ultra-premium quality bracket

Focal Dimension

Rod Easdown   Most buyers spend $500 or less on TV soundbars, but lately many people have been spending much more.


Samsung releases new 4K TVs in Australia

Samsung's new flagship smart TV, the Series 9 JS9500.

Tim Biggs   To appeal to customers not likely to be impressed by its procession of scientific-sounding buzz-phrases, Samsung will be offering free 4K Netflix with new TVs.

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