A smart aircon which you can command from afar, Kogan's portable AC units let you heat or cool your home with a word. In terms of energy bills, portable AC units aren't necessarily the most cost-effective way to heat or cool your abode. Even so, they can make a lot of sense if you're renting, or if you're a homeowner whose budget doesn't stretch to a central air system.
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Microsoft has announced a number of new products, including the Surface Laptop 2, Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2 and the all new Surface Headphones. This means that, barring the Surface Book, Microsoft’s entire line of Surface devices has been refreshed. In the case of the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Laptop 2, a slick new colour option has also been added to the mix in the form of matte black.
Nintendo Switch Online went live last week, marking the first time the Japanese gaming giant has asked its customers to pay a subscription fee to play with and against others over the internet. Like similar services from PlayStation and Xbox, there are a number of benefits to signing up, but is it worth the price of admission?
5G offers much faster download speeds by using higher frequencies. However, the trade-off is signals can't reach as far. Previous mobile standards were designed for more densely populated regions like Europe and the US, but when applied to Australia they can mean sparse coverage for our far-flung population. In short, long-range 5G standards need to be adopted to ensure we get decent coverage across the country.
Do you ever feel that the web is breaking? When shopping online for a toaster, you can expect an ad for that thing to stalk you from site to site. If you have just a few web browser tabs open, your laptop battery drains rapidly. And don't get me started on those videos that automatically play when you're scrolling through a webpage.
How much daily phone use is too much? It's a difficult question to answer, made even more difficult by the fact that there are so many different uses for that magic black rectangle in our pockets, and the fact that it's often tough to be aware of the passage of time when you're eyeballs deep in conspiracy theory rabbit holes, strangers' braggy holiday photos, ads for cheap mattresses and other digital jetsam.
The OLED TVs on display in JB Hi-Fi and other electronic stores are usually turned to maximum brightness. While this is great for grabbing your attention, it's not an accurate representation of picture quality in the real world.
So what can you do about it? Here are some tricks of the trade for picking an OLED TV that will actually look great in your lounge room.
With great versatile hardware, powerful sound and the full resources of Google's AI and Assistant software, the Google Home Max is more than just a better version of the original Google Home. This is an excellent quality, relatively compact speaker system that will likely be able to handle all your music, and can also act as a voice-activated hub for all your smart home needs.
The European Union has slapped Google with a $6.8 billion fine, alleging that the tech giant has acted in an uncompetitive manner by pre-loading apps and its services, such as Google search and the Chrome browser, onto Android phones. But as the specifics of the complaint are being pored over, it’s not clear how this will affect the more than 2 billion people across the globe who use Google’s Android operating system every month.
Broadcast television isn't dead, at least not yet, but the way we watch it is certainly changing. These days Australia's free-to-air broadcasters all offer online simulcasts, but they're not available on every device.
Worse yet, you'll often find that live sport like footy and cricket — perhaps the only things you want to watch on free-to-air — is blocked due to streaming rights deals. As we've seen with Optus' World Cup streaming disaster, sometimes free-to-air broadcasts can save the day.