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Review: Apple AirPods

Apple has a grand history of making great-bad products. From the iconically troublesome G4 Cube to the more recent dead-in-the-water Mac Pro trashcan, they have an uncanny ability to create bad products that people must have.

Well, fear not Apple fans, they’ve managed to do it again! Amongst all their success from the iMac, iPhone and iPods, Apple have managed to engineer what may be their very best great-bad product to date; the Apple AirPods. Continue reading

When to watch the E3 2017 press conferences In Australia

Next week, we’ll be treated to the barrage of E3 press conferences, beginning with EA on Sunday and ending with Nintendo on Wednesday morning. Overall, the times this year actually work well for Australians with Microsoft moving away from their inconvenient 2-3am slot from previous years.

HUGE thanks to the Press Start peeps for putting this one together! Sadly I wont be in LA this year for the first time in a while so having this little cheat sheet makes my life so much easier.

Bring it on E3!

Source: When To Watch The E3 2017 Press Conferences In Australia

NBN Co to reassign even more FTTN homes onto FTTC

NBN Co is set to announce a second expansion of its fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) rollout within weeks, marking its rapid propulsion as a replacement for fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) in the network.

“We’re going to be making some announcements about FTTC soon … [in which] we’re going to move a number of FTTN homes onto FTTC,” Morrow said.

Translation: We know just how fucking stupid it is to continue a rolling out FTTN with it’s encumbered technology, power requirements and ridiculous implementation costs so we’re now finally going to provide those poor souls that aren’t already connected to it some shred of hope.

Sucks to be already on FTTN. Poor folk are stuck with it.

Source: NBN Co promises more FTTC – Telco/ISP – iTnews

We now have guidelines for testing driverless cars in Australia

Car makers, technology companies and governments now have a set of official guidelines to instruct trials of driverless vehicles in Australia.

Published by the National Transport Commission and AustRoads, the guidelines set out how autonomous vehicles can be tested on public roads in the country, and how triallists can seek exemption from permits and requirements such as Australian design rules (ADR) ahead of testing.

Meep, meep!

No one is going to but hey its cute they’ve finally got their act together to allow it.

Source: Guidelines for Australian driverless vehicle trials released – Strategy – iTnews

The new WeMo Bridge brings HomeKit integration to your existing Belkin devices

Belkin just announced the WeMo Bridge for HomeKit that it says will bring HomeKit compatibility to over 2 million WeMo solutions on the market. Owners of the Bridge will be able to interact with WeMo devices using Siri and interact with them in scenes and rooms that include other HomeKit-compatible devices.

Belkin’s WeMo smarthome devices are by far the most reliable and consistent ones I have in my elaborate spiderweb of a setup. I’d buy a WeMo device over any other at this point and while many have screamed blue murder that they offer no HomeKit integration, that’s all about to change.

I really like this approach too. Yes you’re adding another device to enable a feature, but you’re also brining full HomeKit integration to a huge back catalogue of well functioning and reliable products.

Source: HomeKit and WeMo, together at last – The Verge

Xbox Game Pass goes live June 1

Enjoy unlimited access to over 100 great Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for only $10.95 per month, including fan-favourites like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and LEGO Batman. With so many games to discover and download, your Xbox experience will never be the same.

Poor old Xbox hasn’t had a lot of love in the past 12 months but that might all change with introduction of the Xbox Game Pass.

Game Pass is a A$10.95 per month subscription service that allows you to download and play any game on the XGP service. Stop the subscription, stop being able to play.

The full list of launch games is pretty decent too. It looks like the service could be a great way of playing some titles you’ve always wanted to but not had the chance.

No word on how often the games will be updated or when but I’d expect there to be a fairly regular addition of new titles to the list.

Xbox Live Gold members have access to the service immediately, for everyone else (ie. Silver) the service launches June 1st.

Source: Xbox Game Pass | Xbox

DJI’s new A$859 Spark drone is the smallest and best yet

Meet Spark, a mini drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries.

This thing is teeny mother-effin-tiny. Sacrifices a 4K camera to only offer 1080p and you lose 1 axis of camera movement but hey it’s a drone that can rotate and fill in that gap anyway. The drone also comes controller free, relying on the DJI app and virtual on-screen sticks to control it over Wi-Fi however a remote can be purchased separately to extend range and provide tactile input.

The new Spark also has the ability to be controlled via gestures for take off, landing, pre-programmed routes (circular, rocket, follow, etc) and is the new standard amongst the drone-consumer selfie market.

Pre-order now, with shipments beginning June 15th. Full disclosure, I bought one! Squeeeeeeeeeeeal!

Source: Spark – Seize the Moment