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Stan Streaming Service: Australian Hands On

When StreamCo burst onto the scene in Australia promising a better way to stream for all, we thought it was a big promise with a stupid name. Now that we’ve heard all about its exclusives, its price and its new name — Stan — we’re excited (and still not convinced that the name is quite right).


Shooting With Leica's Nutty No-Screen Camera Is Half Joy, Half Fantasy

The Leica M Edition 60 is the company’s 60th anniversary limited-edition version of its latest M rangefinder. It costs around $20,000 and has no display and no buttons (aside from the shutter). To some, it’s ridiculous. To most, it’s unaffordable. But after shooting with it for a couple of hours, I can say that if nothing else, it’s incredibly charming.


Parrot Zik 2.0: Australian Hands-On, Pricing And Availability

Parrot’s original Philippe Stark-designed Zik headphones were an impressive exercise in design meeting high technology — powerful noise cancelling and all-out wireless sound quality wrapped in plush full-grain leather. They were a little bulky, though — and that’s just one of the aspects that the new Zik 2.0 wants to improve upon.


PlayStation TV Hands-On

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a tiny set-top box that plays all your Sony PlayStation games? That’s probably what you’d think if you saw the new PlayStation TV on the shelf. For $150, this incredibly tiny box promises the world. Shame it doesn’t really deliver.


Nexus 6 Hands-On: So Big, So Beautiful

Google broke more than a couple of hearts when it announced that its new Android flagship, the Nexus 6, was going to be a whale. Now that I’ve seen it up close, I can tell you that, yes, this sucker is huge. But that’s not a bad thing.


Nexus 9 Hands-On: Android's iPad Air Is A Looker, Not A Stunner

The last time HTC made a tablet, it was basically just an overweight smartphone with subpar specs. The new Nexus 9, however, is actually worthy of your consideration.


The Sony Z3 Compact Is Android's Best-Kept Secret

Small and powerful smartphones are an endangered species, like the California Condor of the mobile world. If you want a top-tier phone that fits in a normal hand, the iPhone 6 is practically your only stateside option. But you know what? An exotic handset designed for Japan and Europe could have everything you’ve ever craved.


iMac With Retina Display Eyes-On: It's Gorgeous, Of Course

The Apple iMac with Retina display looks brilliant. I mean, of course it does: There are just too many freaking pixels here (and too much of Apple’s reputation for excellence) for it to be anything but stellar.


iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 Hands-On: One Of These Tablets Feels Awesome

Say hello to the iPad Air 2, the Apple tablet that’s thinner than a pencil. I just held one at Apple’s event, and I have to say: oh gosh is it thin and light and gorgeous. Enough so, in fact, to completely overshadow the new iPad mini.


Inside The Galaxy Note 4's Virtual Reality Ambitions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now the best big phone you can buy, but it’s also something more. It’s the first smartphone designed with virtual reality in mind — just slot it into the Gear VR headset and a whole new world opens up. I say “the first” because I learnt something intriguing at Oculus Connect last month: Samsung is planning to build more.