Category Archives: Technology

Tech Review: Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate (2017, JBL): Sturdy fitness headphones for those who aren’t particular

The Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate, are aside from having a name that goes on very nearly forever, are a pair of bluetooth sport earphones that can be connected to your smartphone during regular exercise. While they do their best to stand up in terms of sound, software design and practicality, they come with a couple of glaring issues that may give adopters pause. Continue reading Tech Review: Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate (2017, JBL): Sturdy fitness headphones for those who aren’t particular

Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Those Switch owners wanting the ability to move their Switch unit from room-to-room or screen-to-screen with them won’t have much longer to wait. The Nintendo Switch Dock Set arrives next week. Continue reading Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Tech Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard is the no-nonsense gaming keyboard you’ve been looking for

The HyperX Alloy FPS is a mechanical keyboard that (if you believe the marketing) has been built from the ground up to suit those gaming hobbyists who spend most of their time playing first-person shooters. Known mostly for their eSports sponsorships, headsets and high-end RAM for gaming PC’s, HyperX’s first mechanical keyboard is one for the no-frills player. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard is the no-nonsense gaming keyboard you’ve been looking for

Tech Review: Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR (2017) is the best entry-level drone we’ve seen in a while

If you were to put together a list of things that a good, entry-level drone should have, it’s quite likely that the Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR would be able to tick each one of them off with ease. Its features are comprehensive without going overboard. It’s easy to fly, easy to land and the 4K camera makes your footage look great. What’s the catch? Continue reading Tech Review: Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR (2017) is the best entry-level drone we’ve seen in a while

Tech Review: 360Fly Action Camera (2017) is an device in search of a niche

I pulled the 360Fly Action Camera from its curiously pill-shaped packaging, lifting the hefty little camera in my hand. It didn’t look like what I’d expected. I’d expected something boxy like a GoPro. This was like golf ball with a camera eye built into the top. It looked like something I’d use to roll for initiative rather than a camera designed to capture moments from my extreme and active lifestyle. Thus began my short, tumultuous relationship with the 360Fly Action Camera. Continue reading Tech Review: 360Fly Action Camera (2017) is an device in search of a niche

Australian Box Office Report: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 leaves Fate of the Furious behind

It’s no surprise that the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 performed so well.  The first film, which opened in 2014, became the 6th best grossing film of its year.  The sequel took in $8.61m in this week, but advance screenings went way back to the Anzac Day opening last week, so its actual total earnings are $15.68m.  This number, naturally, is expected to climb, and the Marvel film will be a stayer in the top 3 for weeks to come.... Continue Reading

Nintendo is releasing a refreshed 2DS console and we’re into it

The original version of Nintendo’s 2DS console was designed to be a viable and cheaper alternative to their pricier and, at the time, more headache-inducing 3DS console.  Through a combination of unattractive design  and percieved inferiority to the 3DS, it never set the world on fire in the way its cousin and numerous forebears had. It seems Nintendo wants to change that. Continue reading Nintendo is releasing a refreshed 2DS console and we’re into it

What is Australia’s Future in the Games Development Industry?

Earlier this month, I attended Xbox Academy’s games design workshop. The workshop, part of an initiative from the Sydney Microsoft Store to foster up-and-coming Australian games development talent, teaches students the basics of the industry, fundamentals of game dev and tips for getting a foot in the door. The class was led by Jennifer Scheurle, a multi-talented games designer working alongside AIE, one of the best educators for game development in Australia. Throughout the three-hour course, we explored a range of techniques for developing and creating game ideas, ultimately leading to each of us pitching our games to the whole group, of which there were about 15 people. What struck me most was the enthusiasm of the younger kids taking part in the workshop, who had clear passion for the industry and their future in games design. Their excitement had me thinking – what future are we leaving for budding games designs, and are we doing enough for the industry?... Continue Reading

Tech Review: The 2017 Subaru Impreza’s tech options are more than just bells and whistles

There are two kinds of people I know — people who care about cars and people who do not. I fall into the latter category — I have owned three cars in my life, all second-hand and none of them particularly fancy. But when an automaker like Subaru emails you out of the blue one rainy morning in late February to see if you’d like to drive one of their teach-heavy new Imprezas around for a week, you say yes. Longtime readers will know we don’t cover cars very often here at The Iris, but the tech Subaru have implemented into their new vehicles is rather interesting and we felt it warranted a look. Continue reading Tech Review: The 2017 Subaru Impreza’s tech options are more than just bells and whistles