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Smartphone
Hands-on review: The Oppo R11s takes on other flagship phones
Oppo along with Xiaomi and Huawei have been some of the brands seen as new class leaders.
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OPPO
Hands-on review: Oppo R11, the perfect iPhone for Android lovers
It’s a great phone, and the strength of the Oppo brand can no longer be denied...
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Wireless headphones
Hands-on review: DearEar wireless headphones
With the DearEars, you’ll be getting value for money as wireless earbuds take the world by storm.
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Headphones
Hands-on review: Sennheiser MB 660 wireless headphones
I'd say yes, they're better than Bose - and they're likely the best headset I've ever had. 
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Bluetooth
Hands-on review: MYNT smart tracker - never lose anything again
The MYNT is on my Christmas list, and with all its amazing specs, you’d be well placed to have it on yours.
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Blockchain
Bitcoin & Blockchain: A better understanding
Undoubtedly you’ve been exposed to Bitcoin or Blockchain. It’s apparently the future. But apart from the buzzword, what actually is it?
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Microsoft
MS Ignite NZ - The currency of connections
We all have things that ignite us, whether it be money, power, or the feeling you get when you see a child’s face light up when they ‘get it’.
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Women in Technology
Women in technology: No longer stifled by sales roles
Sitting today in a hall surrounded by geeks, it was the first session where the women outnumbered the men. But after all, this was Women in Tech.
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Cloud
Microsoft Ignite NZ -Taking IoT from PoC to reality
Microsoft Ignite is bringing the IoT revolution to New Zealand, its IoT sessions capturing the interests of geeks and leaders alike.
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Apple
Xiaomi's new Mi Note 2 release will prick Apple's ears
From a packed Beijing event reminiscent of an Apple release, Xiaomi today released their new phone, and showed off their concept.
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Wearables
Hands-on review: Xiaomi Mi Band 2 - advanced tech for peanuts
With the million and one wearables out there, why does the Mi Band 2 make so much sense, one that I’m happy to say is my smartwatch of choice?
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Smartphone
Hands-on review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
With dodgy software and designs created by 3 year olds, Chinese Smartphones have consistently been cheap toys. Xiaomi are changing that.
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Virtualisation
Hands-on review: Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac
Applications such as Parallels Desktop 12 aim to make your life a whole lot easier by running Virtual Machines (VMs) within your Mac environment.
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Cybersecurity
Hands-on review: Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac
Finally. I can raise a glass to Leo, and also to Trend Micro. They've got a great product, that any developer would appreciate on their Mac.
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Smartphone
The NZ unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7
On Monday in Auckland’s Mantells on the Water, members of Auckland’s press gathered for a Samsung popup #GalaxyS7 session.
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Dell
Hands-on review: The Dell Optiplex 9020
Hot off the press is the new enterprise stalwart, the Dell Optiplex 9020. Built like a brick outhouse, designed to stand up to your everyday user.
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Projector
How good is the new ViewSonic LightStream projector?
I watched Spectre on the big screen recently, and I couldn't help but think the ViewSonic projector could have done a much better job.
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iPad
Hands-on review: Brydge iPad keyboard
As a Kickstarter fan, I do like to see products make it. The Brydge iPad keyboard has definitely made it, even onto my Christmas must-have list.
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Smartphone
Hands-on review: Samsung Galaxy Note 5
If you’re an Android fan, there is no better yardstick to compare to than the Note 5. It really is that good.
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Smartphone
Hands-on review: Epson Moverio BT-200 AR Glasses
Epson (yes that Printer manufacturer) have taken a leap in creating their own version with full Augmented Reality (AR) coverage.
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ASUS
Hands-on review: ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO
For Gamers and Overclockers, it’s not about the pretty lights, it’s all about the ability to scale and produce outstanding performance on demand.
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Printers
Hands-on review: HP Officejet Pro X576dw
At $1,149 RRP this is a damn good printer that will do everything a SME could want, and a bit more on top of this.
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Linksys
Hands-on review: Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
The EA8500 is a router designed for today’s crowded skies, delivering top notch performance especially across the 5GHz band.
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Smartphone
Hands-on review: Samsung 34" Curved Monitor SE790C
This monitor slays all other rivals - I can’t throw enough superlatives at it. Work wise, I use two 24″ monitors, and this monitor is on my wish list.