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Are Bluetooth Headphones Right for You?

 

Headphones, one of the devices that music lovers never leave home without. Whether it’s to listen to some soothing music on the couch ormotivational tunes during

a workout, many of us prefer to listen using a headset. Which brings us to Bluetooth headphones. In this article, we’re going to discuss some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to buy a set of Bluetooth headphones.

PROS 

Convenience

The most convincing pitch for Bluetooth headsets is that they are wireless. There’s no nuisance of having to untangle wires and everything can be adjusted from the headset (power, volume, changing songs). This is especially useful when you’re working out in the gym or doing morning walks.

 

Versatility

Another notable benefit is that Bluetooth headsets are non-exclusive so they can connect to any device as long as it has Bluetooth. With a wired headset, if the headset jack doesn’t match the port of the device, you’re out of luck. Furthermore, with phone and computer companies beginning to manufacture devices without the traditional 3.5mm headset ports, it’s only a matter of time before your regular wired headset becomes obsolete.

 

CONS

Extra Cost

With convenience comes extra expense but the question is, how much more are you willing to pay? Bluetooth headsets generally cost anywhere between EC$50 – $120 more than their wired counterparts. Yet, despite the significantly higher cost, many still deem the audio output of wired headphones as on par or superior to that of their Bluetooth counterparts. So, is solely the convenience of Bluetooth headphones really worth the added cost?

 

Battery Life

It’s ironic how Bluetooth headphones are all about convenience yet it has one notably inconvenient feature…batteries. Despite the improving battery life of newer models of Bluetooth headphones (e.g. the Sony WH-1000XM2 and Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2), you still have to charge them eventually. Plus there are many situations where you won’t be able to charge it if it dies e.g. on an airplane, in the car or on the beach. I don’t know about you, but if I’m listening to my favourite playlist, the last thing I’d want is to have to pause it and put my headset to charge for an hour or two.

 

In the end, whether wired or wireless, you should choose a headset that suits your lifestyle. If you’re tired of untangling wires and convenience is your motto, a Bluetooth headset is the right way to go.

Choosing the Smart Speaker that’s Right For You

By now it’s no secret that most of us who carry around smartphones in our pockets are aware that these tiny computers are smart. Some of us who own iPhones or certain devices running Android can call upon our phones to provide information, set reminders for us, make calls, send texts and do a whole lot more. While this is not exactly groundbreaking news, a handful of companies are taking voice assistants to new levels each year in the form of smart speakers.

Google Assistant

While the Google Assistant is on the latest Android smartphones, it is also a physical piece you can add to your home, and it is fittingly called, ‘Google Home.’ It comes in three sizes; the standard, mini and max, all of which feature the same functionalities but with different sized speakers and prices. Chromecast users may also find the Google Assistant especially useful as it enables more voice functions with your TV. Example: You can ask the assistant to play specific videos on Netflix, YouTube…even stream music from Spotify among others.

By far the biggest selling point that Google has over its competitors is the fact that your Google Assistant is aware of context. Asking it “Who is Cristiano Ronaldo?” will give expected results, but if you follow up right away with “Who is he married to?” it will understand and give the correct response. Asking what her height is will also produce results.

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Choosing the Drone That’s Right For You


You’ve, no doubt, heard about them and probably considered buying one yourself. With a plethora of attractive brands and models, it may become a chore to find one that’s right for you.

Whether you’re seeking a fresh perspective on the world or trying to up your game with professional aerial photography, here are a few things you should consider for your new drone.

Maximising Flight Time

Whether you’re soaring thousands of feet into the air or hovering just high enough to get a group selfie, drones usually hold a flight time between five and 20 minutes on a single battery. It’s pretty likely that no one wants to sit and wait for their only battery to charge when they could be getting some cool shots. When looking up a potential drone, don’t forget to consider extra batteries. Also keep in mind that more expensive drones would carry more expensive batteries. Continue reading

A Fashionable and Versatile Gift for the Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again! There’s something about the Christmas Holiday Season that’s indescribable to many of those who not so patiently wait for its arrival each and every year. Some have vacations planned, while others can’t wait to enjoy the well-cooked food of the season, but that’s only part of what makes the season special.

The one thing you probably haven’t checked off your list is a gift for that special loved one. Luckily for you, we’ve picked out one cool tech gadget to suit both the sporty and classy family member who’s either always on the go or enjoys standing out with stylish accessories. Here are a few reasons you should consider the Apple Watch as a holiday gift. Continue reading

GoPRo Hero – Revolutionary Camera That Changes How You Experience the World

GoPro Cameras have become the number one pick for creating memories without limits, then reliving them in stunning HD quality.

While our smartphone cameras or professional DSLRs are more than capable of capturing everyday moments, the GoPro offers a range of unmatched features that make it the perfect action-cam! Here’s our main list of reasons why you should make a GoPro your next gadget.

Compact & Light

Back to our phones and cameras – sure, they’ve gotten marginally thinner over the years but they’re massive compared to the average GoPro camera, which fits in an adult’s palm. In addition to being small, they’re extremely light as well, which means there’s less weight to carry around on that next jetskiing trip. Continue reading

4 Things to Consider When Buying Your Next External Hard Drive

Internal storage is running low”… While this pop-up notification is more common on our smartphones, both laptops and desktops are just as likely to run out of storage space eventually. SD cards and flash drives were created specifically for this reason – the temporary, portable solution to limited local storage.

Unfortunately, SD cards and flash drives aren’t really practical for expanding storage space over a long period of time. Large programmes can’t be installed on them either. External hard drives have become the way forward for most of us who store hours of music and loads of photos from as far back as we can remember. Of course, cards and drives haven’t been replaced; they just simply aren’t enough all the time.

Now you’re contemplating buying your own external hard drive. However, before you checkout the first one in your Amazon cart, here are four things you need to know before purchasing your next external hard drive.

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Does Your Phone Really Need a Tempered Glass Screen Protector?

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You’ve bought a new smartphone. For a moment you marvel at how wonderful your device is, with all the features and apps you could possibly need.  Once you get over just how awesome your new phone is, something else pops into your head; protection. It’s important to make sure it stays in the best possible condition.

You may or may not have heard of ‘tempered glass’ screen protectors but here’s some basic info you need to know about them, what they can do for your phone, and whether or not it’s worth it to buy one. Continue reading

Beats Pill + – the Little Speaker that Packs a Power Punch

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This new speaker, the Beats Pill+, features not only a revamped design but also a revamped audio and feature set. If you’re into having all-Apple  hardware,  the  Pill+  is  a nice companion to your iOS devices.

It sounds superb and is on par with the best of the Bluetooth speakers of this size. Its new design is sharp, coming in white or black. The Pill+ mobile app allows you to control the speaker and it works on iOS and Android.

Pill+ Facts

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Moto 360 – The Perfect Fashion Statement

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It’s Christmas and you’re in the market for a watch with a difference. With its stylish good looks, comfortable feel and overall premium build, the Moto 360 is the Android Wear watch to beat.

The Moto 360 seems to outclass most contenders in the market when it comes to its design and aesthetics, offering the same features as its rivals, including a heart rate sensor, a pedometer, wireless charging and a very cool ambient light sensor.

Reviewers note that when it comes to wearables, fashion trumps function. That’s the mantra Motorola went by when it designed and developed the Moto 360, and judging by the enthusiastic response the watch received when it was unveiled earlier this year, it would seem that plenty of people agree. Continue reading

Moto 360 – the Perfect Fashion Statement

It’s Christmas and you’re in the market for a watch with a difference.  With its stylish good looks, comfortable feel and overall premium build, the Moto 360 is the Android Wear watch to beat.

The Moto 360 seems to outclass most contenders in the market when it comes to its design and aesthetics, offering the same features as its rivals, including a heart rate sensor, a pedometer, wireless charging and a very cool ambient light sensor.

Reviewers note that when it comes to wearables, fashion trumps function. That’s the mantra Motorola went by when it designed and developed the Moto 360, and judging by the enthusiastic response the watch received when it was unveiled earlier this year, it would seem that plenty of people agree.

The Moto 360 is undoubtedly the best-looking of the three between the choices of Android Wear watches (the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are the other two), with its first-class leather strap, chamfered glass and circular design.

All told, the smartwatch landscape is so new that we would recommend waiting to see if something better comes along. However, if you really must have one, the Moto 360 may be the best option right now, but it might not be relevant in just a few months. That said, if you want to jump on the Android Wear wagon now, the Moto 360 is your best bet.
Moto 360 Attributes

Sized for you

Men’s: 42mm case – requires a 20mm band
Men’s: 46mm case – requires a 22mm band
Women’s: 42mm case – requires a 16mm band

Works with Android™ and iPhone

Battery life

Men’s 42mm and Women’s 300mAh battery – Up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off. Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.

Wireless charging

With included charging dock

 

Ambient light sensor

The screen automatically adjusts to the surrounding brightness

Heart rate sensor

Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)

Water resistant

IP67 dust and water resistant§

WiFi connectivity

Stay in touch, even if your phone is beyond Bluetooth® range


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