Category Archives: Technology

Sonos reveal first voice-enabled speaker: Sonos One

Although numerous rumours these past few months haven’t exactly allowed Sonos the element of surprise here, the famed electronics company best known for their high quality speakers have now officially announced that their newest product will be a smart speaker with support for multiple voice-activated services. Dubbed Sonos One the device, which launches around the world later this month, will be completely voice-controlled and capable of supporting multiple voice assistant services to perform audio functions like playing music, listening to podcasts and audio books, and others. Yep, that means competing services like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri (through support for Apple’s Airplay 2), and Amazon’s Alexa will work on this thing – although the latter, Alexa, comes built-in with the speaker and will be the only voice service supported by the device until the others come on board in 2018.... Continue Reading

Turtle Beach’s new Stealth series headsets actually pretty easy to find in the wild

Gaming peripheral manufacturer Turtle Beach launched a new series of wireless headsets this week. The Stealth 600 and Stealth 700 are bit of a funny combo, aiming to please those who value style and cord cutting ease of use and the high-end customer looking for excellent positional sound. Continue reading Turtle Beach’s new Stealth series headsets actually pretty easy to find in the wild

Ten things discovered while playing the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X has been met with a bit of bemusement by Australian gaming hobbyists so far. First we couldn’t pre-order the machine but could instead go on a waitlist. Then it was announced that the unit was cost Aussie punters a whopping $649.95 AUD. Then pre-orders for the machine finally opened but the amount of available units was extremely limited and they sold out quickly. The question, however, remains: what the hell is the Xbox One X and what will it do for me that my launch model won’t?
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Tech Review: Edifier R1010BT Bookshelf Speakers won’t break the bank, won’t blow your mind either

We’ve come to expect a certain standard from Edifier’s many different speakers. When we took at a look at the older R2000DB speakers  about this time last year, we found them to be an extremely solid option in the 2.1 home speaker category. The R1010BT, a much cheaper alternative by comparison, feels like the jaded kid that refuses to try because they think no-one expects anything of them.

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Tech Review: Lenovo Yoga 910 Hybrid Laptop: A powerhouse with a few odd design quirks

I’m a writer so there’s a few things I consider must-haves in a laptop. It should be lightweight, it should have a comfortable keyboard layout, it should feel good to type on and it should be quite nimble. In this regard, the Lenovo Yoga 910 Hybrid Laptop ticks the vast majority of my own personal boxes, but will it do the same for you? Continue reading Tech Review: Lenovo Yoga 910 Hybrid Laptop: A powerhouse with a few odd design quirks

Tech Review: JBL Xtreme is detailed and nimble for such a super-sized bluetooth speaker

JBL sure do like to cover all bases. While those who prefer what is now the standard size of portable speakers have been well satisfied with the likes of the Flip 3, anyone who wants a bit more muscle and meat while still retaining at least some semblance of portability should lean towards the super-sized JBL Xtreme. It’s big, noticeable, even a bit obnoxious, but it sure does the trick as it offers a significantly more powerful profile than other in the JBL range, which means tighter bass response and a boost in overall power compared to the standard Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading Tech Review: JBL Xtreme is detailed and nimble for such a super-sized bluetooth speaker

Tech Review: Lumix DMC-GX850 Camera: Tiny, Helpful and Tough

What better time to test out a travel camera than while travelling? I took Panasonic’s tiny mirrorless Lumix DMC-GX850 on a cruise to put it to the test in all the difficult lighting conditions that travelling brings, and it held its own – for the most part. I’ve included several images I took on the holiday here, plus a video shot almost completely on the GX850 (except for the slow motion and party footage). My selfie game is not strong. Apologies in advance.... Continue Reading

Nintendo confirms the SNES Classic Edition, launches in September with unreleased game

Following the wild success of their NES Classic Mini console last Christmas, rumours have swirled ever since that Nintendo planned to launch a mini version of (arguably) their most popular console, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Today, the Big N have made the console’s existence official. Continue reading Nintendo confirms the SNES Classic Edition, launches in September with unreleased game