Tech trends 2016: what to crave and what to fear in the new year

Biometrics will be big in 2016, experts predict.

Cynthia Karena   Next year will be a big one for personal tech, but experts warn not all the coming trends will be beneficial.

ARM yourself with sublime sound on the go

The ARM2 is great to listen to but tricky to use.

Rod Easdown   As quality portable players stampede onto the market, upmarket maker Acoustic Research has developed its own - but is it worth the price?

How the internet will transform your home by 2020

"Bring it on": Mary Boulos with her children (from left), Mikhael, Alyssa and Charvel, looks forward to the day when all the devices in her Hawkesbury home are connected.

Esther Han and Patrick Begley   App use is predicted to "explode" as internet connectivity is built into everything from white goods to lighting.


D-Link Taipan review - Wi-Fi with bite

Thr DSL-4320L D-Link router.

Stuart Corner   D-Link's latest Wi-Fi router boasts of a "ridiculously fast home network". It also looks like a giant dead insect.

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Music wherever you go

Philips BT6000 speakers.

Adam Turner   We put two wireless speakers to the test and find one comes up trumps due to longer battery life and louder volume.

Headphones that namecheck Michelangelo

If you cannot afford  Sennheiser HE1060s, your best chance of a listen may be an international show.

Rod Easdown   Who'd spend $76,000 on a set of headphones? It's a question Sennheiser Australia must be wrestling with.

Tamron lets you copter it sweet

Sometimes a whirlybird is the only way to get a great shot.

Terry Lane   Sometimes to get the best shots you have to take to the air. But how do you take good photos from inside a vibrating helicopter?

High-end hifi: audio meets Formula One

The IKARUS amplifier is truly high-end.

Marc Rushton   Kostas Metaxas family's passion for high-fidelity sound reproduction and their range of hifi components are testament to the appreciation of fine art, design and high-end sound.

Sunny future for solar storage

Greater efficiency: 5x4, a solar powered unit in East Melbourne, will soon add Enphase batteries to its array of technologies.

Katie Cincotta   Tony Abbott probably isn't a fan, but the arrival of home storage batteries in Australia is likely to make renewable energy a much more attractive proposition for householders.

Tech know: Mini blenders

The Boss to Go Breville
mini blender.

Jayne D'Arcy   Breville has completely aced it when it comes to the look and feel of this blender.

Harmony elite remote control review

The Harmony Elite, right, and some of the remotes it replaces.

Peter Wells   How good does a $550 universal remote have to be? As good as the Harmony Elite, Logitech hopes.

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Apple beats Windows on video, hands down

Editing smartphone video using Apple is way easier than using Windows.

Terry Lane   As things stand, if video is your enthusiasm, then choosing between Apple and Windows is a no brainer – Apple wins.

Free to air TV heads to internet streaming

Changes to free to air television will see AFL matches broadcast in high definition.

Adam Turner   Australia's free-to-air broadcasters are moving with the times, embracing high-definition broadcasting and expanding live internet streaming.

Seigfried's mechanical mystery tour

The museum houses this Phonoliszt Violina, an astonishing instrument which features six self-playing violins.

Rod Easadown   The little German town of Rudesheim is home to a collection of extraordinary musical instruments.

The retro values that hook today's casual game players

Frogger game arcade screen shot.
Source: Wikipedia.
Pub date: Nov 8, 2015.
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Adam Turner   Chances are your favourite new games of 2016 will look strangely familiar, as Melbourne indie game developers lead the retro gaming revival.

Video boxes vie for TV add-ons market

The Apple TV 4G set-top box is great for streaming from your iPhone and can access your video library.

Adam Turner   Looking for a set-top box to boost your entertainment options? We rate the Telstra TV and Apple TV set-ups.

Apple TV brings casual games to the lounge room

Apple's new streaming media appliance may be called Apple TV but it's much more than an upgrade of its earlier device.

Adam Turner   Next year you might play your favourite game on the television, even if you've never been interested in games consoles before.

A Chord that's anything but diminished

British manufacturer Chord makes amplifiers that cost more than a decent car.

Marc Rushton   High end and the ultra-exotic, $150,000 will buy you this pre and mono amplifier combination. Or perhaps you'd prefer a Maserati.

Plug in and power up

The Allocacoc powercube is compact, with 6.5-centimetre sides.

Jayne D'Arcy   We put powerboards and powercubes to the test.

Headphones best for rap? Don't believe the hype

NightHawk headphones claim to be the first contain 3D-printed components

Rod Easdown   It's easy to get carried away with claims about sound quality.