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You can put this soundbar to the Mad Max test

Home theatre speakers were once just a luxury for audiophiles and film geeks, but as televisions become thinner, forcing TV speakers to become shallow and tinny, the need for separate audio hardware has increased. Modern soundbars are now good enough to replicate the room filling sound of older home theatre systems in a much more convenient package, and a decent soundbar should be factored into the price of any television upgrade. (read more)

It takes a village, and an assortment of podcasts, to raise a child

Parenting is a tough gig. Keeping a little person alive can be challenging and without support you’re left second guessing every decision or wondering which interaction will be shared with a therapist decades from now. And let’s face it, babies are cute, but by God they can be boring; as are so many baby-related tasks, from breastfeeding and pumping, to the endless cycle of laundry and long late night sessions bouncing a baby back to sleep. Thankfully there are some excellent podcasts providing tips, alleviating guilt, and keeping parents company during those 3am feeds. (read more)

Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas step outside the Canberra bubble

ABC’s The Party Room is a biting and brilliant podcast on Australian politics from Radio National’s Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas. Depending on your level of engagement, the show will provide a top-level overview of the week that was, or for the political animal, a kind of director’s commentary from inside the Canberra bubble. (read more)

Logitech’s stylish stylus is the Apple Pencil for most of us

Logitech’s Crayon was introduced last year as a cheap alternative to the Apple Pencil alongside the sixth generation iPad. At its debut, the Crayon was sold exclusively to the education sector and only in the US. Earlier this year, Logitech quietly released the Crayon in Australia, and it is now available wherever you can purchase an iPad. (read more)

Get yourself an e-bike

The Velectrix Urban 2.0. shaved 30 minutes of my commute, and made that commute a much more pleasant experience.

A few things I couldn’t fit into the word count for print:

The experience riding in Melbourne is so much nicer than in Sydney. Not only is the city much flatter, but there are bike paths everywhere! And in Melbourne, motorists seem to acknowledge your existence, and do not wish to see you dead.

Since looking into affordable e-bikes, I’ve found two other options for Victorians. The RACV has an e-bike purchasing program from $70 a month (until the bike is paid off, around three years) that includes road side assistance and insurance. There’s also a Melbourne start up called e-stralian, with a much larger selection of bikes, that offers novated leasing, and if your employer agrees, you can even get the bikes on a salary sacrifice program.

Source: Affordable electric bikes are now a reality