Matthew Ebden vows to move on after first-round Canberra loss

Matthew Ebden failed to get past Daniel Gimeno-Traver at the $75,000 Canberra ATP Challenger. Photo: Jay CronanMatthew Ebden’s Australian Open preparation got off to a less than ideal start on Tuesday, when he suffered a 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 loss to Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round of the Canberra ATP Challenger.

This was Ebden’s first tournament in 2016, which has started slowly after the death of his coach Darren Tandy. Aside from missing last week’s Brisbane International to attend Tandy’s funeral, Ebden said his Open preparation wouldn’t change.

“Um, no, not really,” he said. “Not other than I probably would have played that tournament last week. But you know, that’s life.

“Plenty of guys played last week but not this week, so this way I still get some matches in before the Aussie [Open].”

Although Ebden said a few more matches in the Canberra Challenger would have been preferred, he said Gimeno-Traver had been too good on Tuesday.

“Daniel’s a great player, he’s been in the top 80, the top 90 most of his career.”

Gimeno-Traver got off to a quick start against Ebden, racing to a 5-1 lead before eventually taking the first set 6-2. Ebden regrouped to take the second in a tie-break, but his poor serving and Gimeno-Traver’s power and topspin quickly tipped the third set in the Spaniard’s favour.

Ebden noted the conditions played a part in his poor form – the blustery wind affecting his serve and groundstrokes.

“Yeah it was really breezy, there was kind of a hot wind, then more wind, then no wind. It was a bit strange.”

Gimeno-Traver will meet fifth seed Ivan Dodig in the second round, after the Croatian’s 7-6, 6-4 victory over Australian Dayne Kelly. The winner of their meeting will likely take on second-seeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the third round, who triumphed over unseeded Dudi Sela.

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Emails reveal secret property resumption report set to be released two years ago

A senior barrister’s landmark report into the NSW compulsory acquisition system being kept secret by the Baird government was set to be publicly released two years ago, emails reveal.

But the report by David Russell, SC, is still under wraps amid the forced sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of properties for infrastructure projects such as the WestConnex motorway project and the Sydney Light Rail.

Many landholders are complaining about the process, including that they are being offered compensation well below market value, with limited recourse.

In November 2013, then Nationals MLC Jenny Gardiner told a businessman, Owen Coleman, that she had been advised the report “is due to be received later this month and that the government’s response to it will be made available in December”.

Mr Coleman was eager to learn the recommendations of the report as he had been through three compulsory acquisitions of parts of his property at Bulahdelah on the mid-north coast, where he owns a caravan park.

The latest had been by the Roads and Traffic Authority – now Roads and Maritime Services – for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway.

Mr Coleman says the initial valuation was $300,000, which the agency finally agreed to increase to $920,000 after he repeatedly challenged it.

However, in December 2013, Ms Gardiner emailed Mr Coleman saying that the office of then finance minister Andrew Constance “has advised that the report … is now expected to be released in January.”

The report, commissioned in May 2012, was initially due to be handed to the government by the end of that year but was eventually handed over in February 2014.

It is understood the broad range of issues raised by stakeholders contributed to the delay.

Mr Coleman said some months later he received a phone call from Mr Constance’s office saying its public release had also been delayed.

The government says that a number of Mr Russell’s recommendations, including a plain English explanation of the process and an improved meeting process between land owners and acquiring parties, have been adopted.

It notes RMS carries out about 80 per cent of compulsory acquisitions, of which 90 per cent proceed with agreement with the landowners.

But Labor’s roads spokeswoman Jodi McKay said the delay in releasing the report is “inexcusable”.

“Clearly there’s something the government wants to hide,” she said.

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Willesley, Laurel Hills for sale

MOREthan 32,000 hectares of premium agricultural land in the heart of Queensland’s Clermont regionis on the market.

AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITY: Willesley and Laurel Hills in the Clermont district cover 32,000ha including 1400ha of irrigation.

GROWTH POTENTIAL: Clermont district properties Willesley and Laurel Hills are being offered with a 5000 head feedlot.

Located within the Belyando/Mistake Creek region,Willesley and Laurel Hills comprise 15,000ha(37,066 acres) and 17,500ha(43,243 acres) respectively.

The expansive aggregation includes 30,000haof grazing land, 1400haof irrigationfor row cropping with potential for expansion to in excess of 3000ha,and a 5000 head feedlot, also with capacity to more than double in size.

CBRE’s Geoff Warriner and Chris Holgar in conjunction with Queensland Rural’s Peter MacPherson have been appointed to sell the aggregation on behalf of the Hall family, who initially drew Laurel Hills in the 1960s.

Mr Warriner said the grazing operation thathas historicallymaintained a carrying capacity of about12,000 head of feeder type cattle.

“We expect there to be significant buyer interest from a range of parties,” Mr Warriner said.“One of the amazing attributes of this property is water security.”

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Price emerges well ahead of Dakar pack

DARK TERRITORY: Toby Price left his Dakar Rally rivals in his wake heading into stage 10. Picture: Getty ImagesTOBY Price thrived in the heat on the Fiambala sand dunesto extend his lead in the Dakar Rally to almost half an hour afterstage nineas main bikes rival Paulo Goncalves dropped off the pace.

The Hunter rider was seven minutes and 10 seconds faster than the next-best, Honda’s Kevin Benavides, on provisional times at check point twointhe loop circuit at Belen in Argentina when thestage was called off early because of extreme heat. Price won his fifth stage of the rally andhad an overall lead of 24:47.

However, Price’s lead later extended to 28:59from second-placedKTM teammate Stefan Svitko on adjusted timesand his stage advantage pushed to 12:29. American Ricky Brabec was moved up to second on the stage standings.

Pricestarted the day 2:05 ahead of Goncalvesand had extended that lead by three minutes at check point one. His Portuguese rival’s hopeswerethen crippled when abranch put a hole in his radiator. He slowed down before stopping at check point twoto attempt stop-gap repairs.

Price finished the stage andincreasedhis lead before the race was halted.Goncalves’ position was uncertain until later given a group time and13th place on the stage,31:56behind Price, to be third overall and34:01off the pace. Although still in the race, Goncalves will have to fix his bike without assistance from mechanics because stage nine is the first in a two-day marathon section where competitors receive no outside support in between races.

Price, 28,was initially disappointed not to extend his lead further after powering through the tough section.

“I get to the finishing line and then they cancel the rest of it,that’s a bit of a shame, but that’s the way it is,” Price said.“We’ll just have to wait and see and see what call they come up with. It’s a bit of a bummer for me.I have to get to the finishing line and I’ve done that, but they’ve called it. I guess that’s just the way it is.

“It’s job done today, but everyone’s got lucky since we’ve stopped at CP1 and CP2. We’ll see if it will be all good.”

Price, though, was more than pleased with his own performance.

“We’ve got through pretty good,” he said.

“We made a couple of little mistakes around the 100km mark. We got a little bit lost but luckily we found the way point and got ourselves back on track and going again. Other than that, we’ve had a fairly decent day, a fairly solid day. It was just good that we didn’t get lost. It was definitely tricky navigation today.

“I still feel solid, I still feel really good. It’s definitely hot right now, but we’ll suit up again, get going, get some air flowing and it shouldn’t be too bad.

“The bike seems really good, really strong and still going really well. The mechanics have done a really good job over the lead-up to the race and during the event. I think we’re cruising along all right.”

Stage 10 is a278km special with a total distance of561km fromBelen to La Rioja. Ithas the longest dune section in Dakar history.

Starting fresh

A career as a professional musician is the life Lanie Lane once craved.

But after signing with Ivy League Music,releasing two acclaimed albums andtouring with thelikes of Jack White, Lane discovered that it was not the life for her.

In a blog on her website in February last year, Lane, 28, announced her sudden departure from the music industry.

Overwhelmed by thepressureof touringand recording, Lane feltanxious and depressed.

The desire to write and create still remained butthe ambition to chasefame had left her as had the desire to live the “rock’n’roll lifestyle”on the road.

“I felt really supported,” Lane says of her step away from the limelight.

“I felt everyone was cool with it and a lot of people in the industry and other musicians realised how full-on it is as a job and how much it really takes out of you if you’re not totally made for that kind of lifestyle.

“There is a lot of pressure to keep success running but it’s not realistic because that’s not how life works.

“We all go through our peaks and troughs and that’snatural.

“It’s like expecting to havesummertime all of the time – you can’t have summertime all of the time. You have to go into your winter sometimes.”

After living in country Victoria for three years,Lane packed herself up in a van with her beloved dog to explore the Northern Territory.

Six months ago, she moved to the central Queensland coast outside of Rockhampton to live on a property in the bush after finding love with her partner, Tom.

She has written a handful of new songs but hasfocused much of the creative energy on visual art, learning to screen print and creating works that she will sell at shows on her Summer Gatherings tour.

Yes, she’s back on the road again but this time it is on herown terms.

She returned to the stage after an offer came through to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival.

Lanethenadded a handful of shows, playing small towns such as Bellingen, Milton and Barham.

“That [Woodford]sparked this whole thing, so it has beenreally nice to just go with the flow,” Lane says.

“I’m learning a lot about myself through this because I didn’t really expect to be doing it and it feels almost like going back and rewriting how I used to do it, how I dealt with everythingand it’s nice because it’s a low pressure environment.

“I am keeping it really real – which is hard to do when you’re trying to support a band and trying to sell records and do heaps of interviews and going all over the place.

“It’s just nice and grounded which is what I really wanted. It has given me a chance to refresh how I do stuff but, at the same time, it’s also reminding me that long-term touring all the time isn’t sustainable for me because I can burn out quite quickly being away from home.

“I’ve realised how important routine is and having that sense of belonging to a place.”

She has a new trackto unveil which is “three songs in one” (“It’s under 10 minutes long, I promise,” she laughs) but will focus onperforming music from her 2011rockabilly and blues themed album,To The Horses, and the moodier pop follow up, 2014’s Night Shade.

“That song is anew thing that I’m happy to share but I’ll be mostly playing the other albums,” Lane says.

“I’m not planning on making another record any time soon.”

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Regan up for lead role again

LEADING AGAIN: Dudley-Redhead product Taylor Regan during his 68-game A-League career for the Newcastle Jets. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.FORMER Jets skipper Taylor Regan is glad to be be back in football andexcited about the challenge in Malaysia after being named captain ofNegeri Sembilan FA.

The 27-year-old and fellow former A-League players Alex Smith, Andrew Nabbout and Joel Chianese are spearheading the Malaysian second-tier club’s push for promotion under ex-Jets W-League coach Gary Phillips.

Reganispreparing for his return to competitive football on February 12after last playing for Newcastle in the A-League in April 2015 before not being offered a new deal at his hometown club.

“We’ve played some trials as well asfour pre-season games and we’re undefeated, so we’re going well,” Regan said.

“It’s good to be back doing what I love doing.Obviously I wanted to keep living and playing at home in Newcastle, but unfortunately that didn’t work out, and I’m excited for this next challenge.”

He said part of the challenge was leading a mostly inexperienced squad.

“It’s a young squad and the local players are not very vocal out on the pitch, which is something I alwaysdo,” he said.“Some will need some mentoring as well,it’s virtually a new team, so it’s exciting times.”

As for the Jets, Regan hoped they could “freshen up their squad” in the transfer window and turnaround their fortunes after a 10-game winless streak.

“I spoke with a few of the boys and they said their focus in preseason was about being hard to breakdown, and for the most part they’ve done quite well there,” he said.“But I think that focus has affected their attacking formation and play.”

Australian Open 2016: Nick Kyrgios hurts ankle at Kooyong

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios retired hurt from the Kooyong Classic, just days out from the start of the Australian Open.

But he said he would be fit to play the grand slam.

The big-hitting 20-year-old won the first set in a tie-breaker against Belgian David Goffin, before retiring during the second while trailing 3-2.

Conditions could have hardly been worse at the historic tennis club – as the temperature crept towards 39 degrees celsius, the wind picked up.

Ballkids struggled to hold onto their umbrellas, which were meant to shade the players while they took their drinks breaks.

Both players wore ice vests and before starting the match Kyrgios joked with the crowd that they could play instead if they liked.

The exact nature of Kyrgios’ injury is unclear.

During a medical time out early in the match, staff appeared to be examining one of his feet,

Tournament head Brian Cooney said Kyrgios had received medical advice not to play on after injuring his ankle, possibly his achilles tendon, in the first set.

“It’s disappointing that he’s not going to be able to play on Friday, but that’s tennis, that’s sport,” Cooney said.

Kyrgios also took to Twitter to apologise for leaving the event.

Hate withdrawing, so sorry to everyone @KooyongClassic I just have to make sure I’m right for next week & I will be. #DontWorry#SeeYouIn17— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 13, 2016Also @David__Goffin sorry bro, good luck in the next one. Thanks to Brian & the team @KooyongClassic such a great event. #NextYear— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 13, 2016This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

ACT cricket twins set to tear up under-18 girls carnival in Canberra

Twins Grace and Naomi McDonald are playing for the ACT under-18 girls team national cricket championships in Canberra. Photo: Jay Cronan Grace and Naomi McDonald have been playing cricket together since they were 10 years old. Photo: Jay Cronan

Their coaches and teammates struggle to tell them apart and identical twins Naomi and Grace McDonald have a joint goal to make their way through cricket’s junior ranks into the WNCL and hopefully Australian colours.

But just don’t ask Grace about the time her sister caused a runout that evoked memories of Steve and Mark Waugh’s woes when they were batting together.

“I swear I was going to get a 50 that day, I know it. Instead she was the one that made 50,” Grace grins.

Then Naomi chimes in: “Yeah, I ran Grace out during the selection process a few months ago in the final, she hasn’t forgiven me for that yet.

“[It wasn’t payback] for anything, she was just too slow.”

The McDonald sisters will lead the ACT-Country NSW charge at the under-18s girls national championships in Canberra this week.

The pair, who are based in Grafton, have been playing for ACT junior sides since they were 15 as part of an agreement with Cricket NSW.

They will continue their push for future careers in the senior national women’s league with a dream of one day playing for Australia.

And they are emerging on the selection stage at the perfect timing as the women’s Big Bash League booms, shocking officials with its television ratings and popularity.

“We got into cricket because our neighbour across the road played cricket and then our brothers, one older and one younger, got involved after us,” Naomi said.

“They were always fierce battles in the backyard … let’s just say we always won those.

“This is our third time playing in the under-18s national titles and we’ve played in the under-15s as well. I guess we’d like to [play for Australia] if it works out. I don’t know how realistic it is, but it’s a goal. But we’d love to play WNCL as well.”

The under-18s titles helped launched the careers of dual international Ellyse Perry and Australian captain Meg Lanning.

Grace will open the batting for ACT-Country NSW throughout the tournament while Naomi is an all-rounder.

They were split up in the competition last year, with Naomi playing for NSW Metro and Grace lining up for the ACT-Country NSW side.

“It didn’t worry me, but it was very different. I kind of enjoyed being separated in that I was focused on my game,” Grace said.

“I find when we play together I focus on my game and Naomi’s and I want her to do well. I did want to get the win over her though, that was a big factor.”

The ACT-Country NSW side will play seven round games before the finals on January 19.

Three players with WBBL experience will line up and ACT-Country NSW coach Andrew Dawson says that will reinforce a pathway for junior girls.

“It’s only starting to dawn on them now that they are involved in a very, very strong pathway, and that’s credit to Cricket Australia,” Dawson said.

“You’ve got to tell them to be bold and have a go – don’t have a fear of failure. We’re stressing to the girls to enjoy this week and we have high expectations this week.”

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Chauffeur Nader Rida in court accused of dealing cocaine from his Mercedes

Police arrest Nader Rida in Haymarket after a two-month investigation. Photo: NSW PoliceChauffeur Nader Rida​ allegedly drove around in his shiny black Mercedes hire car selling cocaine on the streets of Haymarket.

Police arrested Mr Rida on December 15, when he was allegedly caught selling two grams of the drug in a car park in Sydney’s CBD, and charged him with several drug supply offences.

The 41-year-old on Wednesday faced Downing Centre Local Court, where police documents described him as a family man, with a full-time job and “minimal” criminal history.

Mr Rida, from Turrella, in Sydney’s south, was this week charged with three new supply offences, as well as a stolen property charge relating to $340 cash found in his car, the court heard.

Police bail documents before the court showed that, although Mr Rida is married, employed and from a good background, investigators are concerned about his links to sophisticated drug rings.

“The offences are serious in nature and involved premeditated and organised criminal activity,” the documents said.

“The accused has some criminal associations and the nature of these offences suggest he has links to organised drug supply syndicates.

“The prosecution case is extremely strong with drugs seized [and] corroboration from police witnesses.”

Mr Rida now faces a total of nine charges, including possessing the steroid testosterone enanthate.

Police said Strike Force Dogal had been investigating Mr Rida’s activities for two months before the arrest.

Mr Rida remains on bail on the condition that he reports to police every day.

He will appear in court again on March 10.

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Facebook, Twitter drive record number of calls to Lifeline crisis support

Rate of female suicide on the riseThose who feel alone at Christmas don’t miss much

Feelings of isolation enhanced by our increasingly technology-obsessed lives have contributed to a record-breaking year for crisis support service Lifeline, which received more than one million requests for help from troubled Australians in 2015.

It is the first time in the charity’s 52-year history that the number of crisis and suicide prevention calls passed the one million mark in a year, while September to December was the busiest four-month period ever for the service’s 24-hour crisis phone line.

Lifeline Australia chief executive officer Pete Shmigel said it was no coincidence that more Australians were seeking help at a time when they were also spending more time online, particularly on social media.

“We’ve seen the restructuring of the conventional way of our society. We don’t know the neighbours on our own streets … and at the same time you’re getting this amazing phenomenon called social media, which I believe has the capacity to accelerate those senses of loneliness and isolation,” Mr Shmigel said.

“The more connected we are online, physically we don’t have time to be connected in real life, and that goes against the grain of hundreds of thousands of years of human experience.

“We’ve been in families and we’ve been in communities because we need direct, real, human, sticky, gooey, social contact. It’s what keeps us well.”

Mr Shmigel said many people also cultivated idyllic versions of themselves and their lives on social media, a process that has been named “digital amnesia”.

“We filter out all of the things that are unattractive about our lives and our personas for the purposes of social media, and only put our best foot forward,” he said.

As a result, many people were left wondering whether, for example, they were the only unhappy person on Facebook, while there was also an intense pressure to have the “best car, the best holiday or the right dress”, Mr Shmigel said.

The demand for help from Lifeline was both heart-wrenching, but also heart-warming, because more people felt they could reach out and discuss their mental health issues with others, Mr Shmigel said.

“Mental health has become a mainstream discussion, whether it’s in the media, whether in a pub or in the workplace,” he said.

“We’ve made it socially acceptable to increasingly reach out and share about the things that concern us, and that is wonderful. People now have the green light to say ‘I’m in trouble here, and I need somebody else to help me get out of trouble’.”

Lifeline Australia said 977,503 telephone calls were made to its crisis line in the past year, while it received 44,470 online chat requests for help. On average, there was one phone call made to the Lifeline crisis line every 32.2 seconds, records show.

Mr Shmigel said the charity was hoping to introduce a new text message-based support service in the near future.

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Man charged over alleged attack on champion jockey Peter Wells

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A man charged in connection with the alleged late-night bashing of jockey Peter Wells is believed to be an employee of a NSW race club.

A 35-year-old man has been charged over the alleged attack, which was triggered after Wells tried to intervene in a dispute between a man and his ex-girlfriend after leaving a pub in Berry in the early hours of January 3.

The champion rider said he was walking a female friend home when the pair noticed a man allegedly becoming aggressive towards the woman’s friend before trying to intervene.

Wells, who tips the scales at 53kg, was allegedly knocked unconscious by a single blow.

Wells suffered serious facial injuries after the alleged attack, including bleeding behind his eye, and has only just started to regain sight in his left eye.

He is also booked in for surgery so two plates can stabilise fractures in his face, including to his nose and eye socket.

His return to the saddle is scheduled for  four and six weeks.

The charged man is due to appear in Nowra Local Court on Friday.

Racing NSW stewards have been working in conjunction with NSW Police on the case because the alleged assailant is an employee of a club under its jurisdiction.

The chief executive officer of the club in question declined to elaborate further to Fairfax Media.

“I can’t comment at this point in time but we are working with Racing NSW to reach a satisfactory outcome,” the CEO said.

It is understood the club’s management is yet to meet with the employee while it is also believed Racing NSW stewards are still waiting to question the man.

Wells, a former champion Sydney apprentice, has enjoyed a renaissance of such in recent months and rode a rare winning double at Rosehill late last year to complement his prolonged success on the provincial circuit.

He won the Kembla Grange jockeys’ title last season despite missing four months of the season with a broken kneecap.

His biggest success in the saddle came when he won The Metropolitan in 2008 on Paul Perry’s Newport, a horse he rode in the Melbourne Cup the following year.

In the days after the alleged attack he said he “was a lot happier the man took his anger out on me than anyone else there” and that he was “very, very lucky” that he walked away with just the injuries he did.

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Jordan Spieth replaces Tiger Woods as golf’s top money earner

Tiger Woods has lost his place as golf’s top earner for the first time in 12 years.

Jordan Spieth leapfrogged the 14-time major champion for the first time since Golf Digest started compiling the list in 2004.

Spieth, who also tops the world rankings, jumped from 16th place in 2014 to first with a total of US$53 million ($75.2 million), with US$23 million ($32.6 million) coming from on-course winnings.

The 22-year-old American enjoyed a bumper 2015 on the course, winning the Masters, the U.S. Open and the FedEx Cup, while supplemented with his off-course earnings with sponsors Under Armour, Rolex, Titleist helping to rake in US$30 million ($42.5 million).

Woods, who dropped to third on the list, made US$48.5 million ($68.8 million), a far cry from the US$115 million ($163.3 million) he reportedly earned in 2007.

Woods made less than US$1 million ($1.4 million) on the course in 2015 and has been in decline since his infidelity scandal in 2009, alongside battling injury troubles in recent days.

Australian golfers Jason Day and Adam Scott also made the list, coming in No.7 and No.18 respectively.

Day made a jump from No.28, helped by his winning of the 2015 PGA Championship that saw his stocks rise on and off the course, rising to No.2 in world golf rankings while taking in US$19.4 million ($27.5 million).

Former world No.1 Scott dropped from ninth place after suffering the longest win drought of his career, failing to produce a win in a calendar year since turning pro in 2000.

Scott took home a total of US$9.4 million ($13.3 million), with a mere US$1.4 million ($1.9 million) of on-course earnings accounting for his total.

The world No.11 will return to competitive gold at the Sony Open in Hawaii this week in a bid to end his 600 day winless streak.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro review: a very different Android tablet

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro has a built-in projector. Photo: Lenovo The Yoga Tab 3 Pro features a hinge to allow it to be propped up. Photo: Adam Turner

An idea of the Yoga Tab Pro 3’s picture quality over a short distance. Photo: Adam Turner

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has the potential to be an excellent on-the-go hybrid device. Unfortunately the current state of the software was such that it delivered a buggy and frustrating experience, particularly when trying to use it as a filing device at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas after my laptop gave up the ghost.

Screen sensitivity

First off the touch screen is not nearly responsive enough. I found myself continually mashing the screen with my fingers trying to get apps to open or words to type.

It suffers from fat finger syndrome, where — as I type this — I’m having to fend off unwanted commands like Google Voice, and other apps accidentally opening because apparently if your fingers are not precisely on the letter of choice, the Yoga will take you all of the places you didn’t want to go, like back to the homescreen or to review all of your open apps (both buttons are located directly under a rather skinny space bar). As a result, it takes three times as long to achieve the task at hand.

The volume keys don’t work properly

The volume keys only work to make the audio louder, even when trying to decrease the volume. I had to manually adjust the audio in settings which meant exiting Netflix / Amazon Video / Spotify to make this work.

The buttons are also located directly above the charging port. Even touching that side of the screen while plugged in caused havoc with the volume and charge settings.

Some apps wouldn’t download

This included Spotify and Amazon Video. Amazon Prime Video is not available to Australian customers. However a VPN and adjusting location settings will rectify this. It took me about an hour all up to fix.

I have no explanation for Spotify except to say nothing happened when I clicked the app to download in Google Play.

Multitasking? Forget it

I could only run one app at a time to achieve a fluid experience. This is particularly true for video function. Netflix would shudder and crash whenever I received another notification or message.

The page reloads automatically when navigating between apps which I found especially frustrating and I can’t imagine is particularly healthy on the data consumption front. Google docs takes you back to the beginning of the page, so I find myself continually scrolling down to find where I was up to.

It’s light as hell

At 1.6 kg it’s a perfect device to carry around a tech convention all day without it weighing down your backpack.


While Lenovo claims 18 hours of battery life, my device couldn’t push it that far. Nonetheless it lasted about 12 before I had to recharge. This was with heavy use. Recharging the device took longer than 24 hours however, keep in mind this was probably partially due to having to use an adapter for my Aussie plug and Vegas hotel rooms not having the best voltage in the world.


It has a projector which you can use to throw video against a wall or ceiling of choice, or continue playing with your tablet (though I can’t imagine why anyone would except maybe in a board room type scenario). It works fairly well, and makes for a pleasant in-bed viewing experience. Nothing worse than winding down with Netflix trying to make sure your partner can see the 10 inch screen as well as you can.

However, it only produces 50 lumens of brightness and the resolution of 854×480 has not been upgraded from previous models. The projected video experience pails in comparison to the screen’s 2650×1600 resolution.

Should you get one?

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro is primarily an entertainment device and will make for a nifty secondary device once the bugs are ironed out. Despite all the problems, I like the look and feel of the Yoga. It has potential. The tablet retains the bulged hinge from previous iterations containing a 10,200 Ah battery and a kickstand. Given the Yoga is designed as a hybrid device I would have thought a keyboard that doubles as a kickstand would have been the more logical option, but why make customers’ lives easier when you can make them purchase a keyboard adapter instead?

The settings button is also hidden away in the drop down menu and cannot be navigated to any other way. This isn’t immediately obvious and will be a giant pain in the arse for mum and dad type users.

Claire Connelly attended CES as a guest of Lenovo which also provided her with the Yoga to use during the trip. This review is the result of around 2-3 weeks of daily use.

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