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Somm Reads: 5 of the Best Wine Books to Train Your Palate

Think for a moment of a glass of Californian wine. For most people, the word <i>big</i> comes to mind, along with <i>ripe</i>, <i>jammy</i>, <i>buttery</i>, <i>Chardonnay</i> and <i>Cabernet</i> <i>Sauvignon</i>, and perhaps <i>expensive</i>, or on the opposite end, <i>cheap</i> — all words that describe a drink that journalist Jon Bonné refers to as “Brand California” …

Anson: Bordeaux négociant system in flux

Several Bordeaux merchants are under increasing pressure to find capital, and some have been brought to the brink of revolt over en primeur price …

Wine & Spirits

How to get the most of out the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode

With the release of iOS 10.1, Apple’s heavily touted iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Photography mode is now available to all Plus owners, following a brief …

13 apps that can make you smarter

In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We've compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your memory, and even improve your emotional intelligence.<p>The science of how exactly our brains work — and how much we can train them — is constantly evolving, but one …

The best whisky cocktail recipes

When one thinks of a whisky cocktail, odds are one thinks of a drink made with rye or bourbon. But the whiskies of the British Isles work just as brilliantly.<p>While I’d usually use a blended spirit, many barsmiths will mix with single malts, and they are very specific about their choices. Most of …

The 10 best iPad apps of 2015

Between iOS 9 and the all-new iPad Pro, Apple's tablets got some major updates this year.<p>If Santa brought you an iPad this holiday — or if you're …

This May Be The Best Carry-On Suitcase Idea We've EVER Seen

You can ride it!<p>When it comes to carry-on bags, expert travelers know the average duffel simply will not do. With airlines periodically cracking down on carry-on requirements and passengers shaming others for exceeding the bag size limit, it's crucial to maximize every inch of suitcase space …

Best iPad and iPhone apps UK 2018: Photography, work, dating and more on iOS

Our list of best iPhone and iPad apps for iPhone and iPad for 2018, so you can make the most of your iOS device<p>The sheer quantity of apps for iOS can …

How to use Notes in iOS 9 like a boss

The busier my life gets, the more disorganized I become. I fumble for a notepad when I’m out and want to get someone’s phone number. I think of get short story ideas when I’m in the shower, and I have tons of books and movies I want to get (usually when I’m broke). Don’t get me started on shopping …

Productivity

Scanner Pro iOS app update turns users’ iPhone or iPad into a portable scanner

Readdle has released an update of its scanning app called Scanner Pro 6 for iOS. Readdle makes apps to deal with PDFs and other documents. Scanner …

Tradr Is Like Tinder–But For Selling Your Old Junk

Technically, Tinder is also for selling your junk. But this app is about getting rid of your stuff.<p>Do you have a house full of “antiques” that you’re feeling overburdened by? Perhaps you can get some sucker–er, some collector–to come and take them off your hands, without even resorting to an …

Astropad Turns Your iPad Into a Pro Graphics Tablet for Mac OS X

A graphic tablet can be a useful but expensive piece tool in a photographer’s setup. That’s why the folks over at Astropad HQ decided to enable …

Batteries

7 battery cases for the iPhone 6 to keep you powered in any situation

The iPhone 6's ultra slim design is also its biggest crutch. If Apple made the iPhone 6 a few millimeters thicker, it could have squeezed in a larger …

Gear & Gadgets

These 9 trends show the future of mobile payments and banking

In June 2015, MEF launched its third annual Global Mobile Money report which studied 15,000 mobile users across 15 countries. Unsurprisingly, the headline statistics are that mobile banking and mobile commerce continue to grow. Sixty-nine percent of mobile media users carried out a banking activity …

You Versus a Tour de France Pro Cyclist

Want to know how you measure up against the world's best riders? This review of Tour de France cyclist stats should give you some idea.<p>Ever wondered how you'd fare against a Tour de France rider? Now's your chance to see for yourself. We've taken a look at some key performance metrics (and some fun …

Here's the 2015 Australian Bar Awards finalists!

So we’re two months out from this year’s Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards — and the industry has never been better.<br>And that’s been reflected …

Garmin's Varia radar warns cyclists about traffic they can't see

Six months. That's apparently how long it takes to buy a company, retool their product, and sell it under a new name. Garmin's new Varia Rearview Bike Radar is a rear light that scans up to 140m behind a bicycle for traffic. It then hands that data on to either a compatible Garmin Edge system or a …

Garmin

Shuffle protects your phone number and email with aliases

Ever wanted to have a temporary number or email address for when you are dating, selling something online, or for any other purpose? Something that would allow you to keep your personal number or email private?<p>With our lives increasingly entrenched in the Web, and a lot of business being conducted …

Selling

Wiith Is Like Tinder For Meeting New Friends, Not Dates

If you’re looking to meet new people but don’t want to explicitly commit to it being a date, as on Tinder, a new app called Wiith wants to help. The social app aims to connect nearby people who share the same interests and have them join up for local activities and events – like a more informal …

Ring, Ring! Dial Up to Get Flipboard Delivered to Your Ear

With Flipboard already on mobile, the Web and (soon) the Watch, what’s next? Today, we’re excited to reveal the final frontier: the FlipPhone. Now you can call 1-248-206-FLIP to get your personal magazine read to you over the phone.<p>Finally, there’s a safe way to use Flipboard while you’re driving …

The 0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests in Australia

A decade ago, as I waited for my order outside a Maroochydore fish and chip shop, a tall, barefoot young man strolled past wearing a T-shirt that …

Popular 'Ulysses' Writing App for Mac Expands to the iPad, Gets Major Update

Soulmen's popular Markdown text editor designed for writers, <i>Ulysses</i>, has long been available on the Mac and is one of the more popular Mac-based writing apps due to its clean, text-focused distraction-free interface and it's organizational system. As of today, <i>Ulysses</i> for Mac is getting a major …

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Impress Your Coffee Nerd Friends With La Marzocco’s Home Espresso Machine

When dealing with the vast majority of home espresso makers, it’s nearly impossible to pull a shot that’s actually good. But top-of-the-line Italian espresso machine makers La Marzocco announced a new line for the home to satisfy those people who are really, <i>really</i> serious about coffee (or want to …

VLC, Vesper and other awesome apps you might have missed

10 Best iOS Apps for Business

Credit: ymgerman/Shutterstock<p>If you're all in on Apple's mobile platform and use an iPad or iPhone, some apps can truly help streamline your …

This Vietnamese Vegetable Peeler Is One Of The Coolest And Cheapest Cooking Gadgets Of All Time

What if you could julienne, grate, shred, peel and make decorative cuts with only one vegetable peeler? What if that peeler was ridiculously cheap, lighter than your phone and small enough to fit in your pocket? It may sound like a fantasy kitchen gadget, but this peeler exists -- and it can be …

Get That Graphics Tablet Functionality With Astropad

Did you ever wish you could sync up your iPad’s drawing or painting app directly with your Mac? Now you can with Astropad, a brand new app that literally mirrors your Mac desktop via Wi-Fi or USB.<p>Created by two ex-Apple engineers — Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli — Astropad works with several …

Batteries