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A collection of technology articles from my weekly technology column

Aftershokz Aeropex Review

Turning them on and hearing audio, purely based on the vibrations against your bones, is a bizarre experience. At fifty per cent volume, I felt no noticeable vibrations against my skin and audio sounded clean, if a little flat.

Turning the volume up to 80 really helped improve the quality of audio for podcasts and music like pop and rock. Switching to bass heavy hip hop I could feel tiny little taps behind my ear, as the bands vibrated to create the effect. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it was still an odd sensation. Either way, bass heavy music sounded flat and hollow, but I really didn’t expect deep bass from these buds.

Read More at SMH: Bone conduction headphones make podcasts while biking a breeze

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Google’s Nest Wifi is the simplest mesh network system I’ve used

After a few weeks using Google’s latest Nest hardware, I’m happy to count myself as a novice. The Nest Wifi is just too easy to set up; after plugging the base station into an Ethernet port of the NBN supplied modem, and choosing a wireless name and password, it did the rest.

Read the full review at SMH.

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A love letter to the iPhone 11 camera

With the iPhone 11, these problems have been solved. I can take landscapes with HDR that include joggers or fast moving traffic in the foreground, and the image is captured perfectly. I’ve found myself only taking Portrait Mode images of our children — a four year old and a nine month old — and the camera always keeps up with their movements.

Source: Non-Pro iPhone 11 enough to provide a transformative camera experience

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Finally, an Apple Laptop with a great keyboard

The much maligned butterfly keyboard has finally been replaced with a new and improved scissor mechanism. The keyboard is so much more comfortable to type on than the butterfly keyboards it replaces; keys have a satisfying bounce and 1mm of travel, and are far quieter.

Reliability and repairability have also been addressed; now if a crumb falls under a key, you can pop that single key off, instead of replacing the entire top cover of the keyboard; just like most other laptop keyboards on the market.

Read more at SMH: MacBook Pro 16″ fixes the keyboard and increases the screen size

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Backbeat Fit 6100 – Over Ear headphones for the gym or office

So what exactly makes these headphones suitable for the gym? Well, after adjusting them to fit as you normally would you have one extra adjustment you can make before a workout; a clever little clip on the headband with two locked positions. The first position is for everyday wear, the second tightens the fit drastically, so the headphones lock in place during even the most strenuous workouts.

Read more at SMH: Backbeat Fit 6100 review: over ear headphones fit for a workout

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B&O’s Beosound Stage looks gorgeous, but under-performs

The Beosound Stage is a modern work of art. It would not look out of place in MoMA, the Rose Seidler House, or even the home of the Brady Bunch. The design feels completely modern but so wonderfully retro at the same time. The smoked oak finish is incredibly smooth, and contrasts with the stressed grey pattern of the speaker grille.

Read more at SMH: B&O’s debut soundbar looks the part but lacks immersion

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AirPods Pro review: better than the original buds in every way

For the last year, when I’ve been asked for recommendations about truly wireless earbuds, my answer has been “if you’re an iPhone user, and you want convenience, battery life and just a great user experience, go AirPods, but if you value noise cancelling and don’t mind in-ear, the Jabra Elite 65t are better for you.” Now, the answer is simpler; buy whatever AirPods your budget can afford.

Source: AirPods Pro review: the best wireless buds for iPhone users

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UE Boom 3, Wonderboom 2: Great updates to the best bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers generally fall on two sides of a spectrum; they’re either cheap junk that sounds awful, or they sound great but are too expensive. Since the original UE Boom, Ultimate Ears has made durable, great sounding speakers at a reasonable price.

Read More at SMH: UE Boom 3, Wonderboom 2: indestructible speakers get even better

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