Amazon Echo Spot comes to Australia, Telstra boosts HFC cable speeds: Vertical Hold – Episode 175

Amazon’s latest smart speaker, the Echo Spot is here, but how does it compare to the rest of the smart speaker field? Telstra’s upping HFC Cable speeds, but why now? All this and more in the latest episode! Continue reading “Amazon Echo Spot comes to Australia, Telstra boosts HFC cable speeds: Vertical Hold – Episode 175”

Amazon's Australian launch and Telstra phone scams: Vertical Hold Episode 154

Amazon had a launch party, but who got invited? Why is Telstra imitating the tactics used by identity scammers, and what impact will the US Net Neutrality debate have in Australia? All this and more in the latest episode! Continue reading “Amazon's Australian launch and Telstra phone scams: Vertical Hold Episode 154”

Streaming box smackdown – Foxtel Now, Telstra TV 2, Apple TV 4K, Fetch TV, Amazon Fire: Vertical Hold Episode 152

It’s our all-streaming special as we pit Foxtel’s new Now Box against the best Apple, Amazon, Telstra and Fetch can muster! Continue reading “Streaming box smackdown – Foxtel Now, Telstra TV 2, Apple TV 4K, Fetch TV, Amazon Fire: Vertical Hold Episode 152”

Has the NBN run aground, do Aussies want Amazon Key or Telstra TV? Vertical Hold Episode 150

The NBN hits the headlines and we dive deeper into the history and reality of the contentious project. Meanwhile, Amazon wants to be your Key, and Telstra once again wants to be your TV, but who’s signing up? All this and more in the latest episode of Vertical Hold! Continue reading “Has the NBN run aground, do Aussies want Amazon Key or Telstra TV? Vertical Hold Episode 150”

Telstra's Gigabit LTE and Amazon Prime's Aussie delays : Vertical Hold Episode 112

Telstra’s network goes gigabit, which is a fine achievement, but what does a gigabit network do for ordinary consumers? Meanwhile, Amazon is holding out on us with its Prime Video service, but why? All this, plus special guest, finder.com.au Editor in Chief Angus Kidman! Continue reading “Telstra's Gigabit LTE and Amazon Prime's Aussie delays : Vertical Hold Episode 112”

Pebble Dies while Amazon Goes To The Supermarket: Vertical Hold Episode 105


Pebble’s death casts doubt on the future of smartwatches, while Amazon looks to the future of supermarket shopping. Meanwhile, we’re getting screwed on LEGO Batman airing dates, but will Apple’s bold cinema plan save us? All this plus Galaxy S8, Surface Phone and more in the latest episode of Vertical Hold! Continue reading “Pebble Dies while Amazon Goes To The Supermarket: Vertical Hold Episode 105”

Nintendo Classic Mini NES, Fake Facebook News and Amazon's Australian plans: Vertical Hold – Episode 102

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Can you trust anything you read on Facebook? What are Amazon’s plans for Australia (and why is Australian online shopping so rubbish?). Meanwhile, we dissect the Nintendo Classic Mini NES with special guest, CNET.com’s Seamus Byrne! Continue reading “Nintendo Classic Mini NES, Fake Facebook News and Amazon's Australian plans: Vertical Hold – Episode 102”

Amazon Kindle Unlimited, Freeview FV and Facebook Wi Fi: Vertical Hold Episode 101

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Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited has its limitations, as do the rumours about the retailing giant’s planned push into Australia. All this and more in the latest episode! Continue reading “Amazon Kindle Unlimited, Freeview FV and Facebook Wi Fi: Vertical Hold Episode 101”

Random Thoughts: Google Home, Glass and the public privacy mystery

Google announced its home assistant, Google Home at Google I/O today, and the world went nuts. I very much get the allure of the technology — but I don’t quite get the public reaction. Continue reading “Random Thoughts: Google Home, Glass and the public privacy mystery”