Category: TECH & GADGETS

Heineken will help you actually leave work this National Go Home on Time Day

Photo of a Heineken bottle with a laptop computer

Last week we polled our Instagram audience on how happy they were with their work life balance and only 20% of you thought you had it figured out. New research from beer icons Heineken says this may just make you a Gen Z worker as they appear to have it figured it! This November 23, National Go Home on Time Day, Heineken are encouraging you to ditch the after-hours hamster wheel by adopting Gen Z’s ways. The research from Heineken found over a third (36%) of Aussies always find it hard to log off at the end of a standard workday. In addition, a whopping 86% of workers have had to cancel or delay personal plans due to working late, with almost a third (30%) saying they do this often. Findings indicate ‘hustle culture’ has become rife, with almost two thirds (63%) of Millennial workers believing their generation subscribes to this approach. Despite its prevalence, most Aussies workers (65%) think ‘hustle culture’ is toxic, but luckily it appears Gen Z has taken notice and wants to change. Gen Z workers do less overtime than their Millennial and Gen X counterparts (2.1 hours compared to 3.2 hours and 3.7 hours per week, respectively). When it comes to setting boundaries, the research found Gen Z workers are comfortable doing so, with most (96%) having set clear working guidelines, such as declining when asked to do additional work that falls outside of their job description or contracted hours, with their managers at least once. While the benefits of… Read More

This is the fitness tracker for people serious about fitness

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There are a lot of fitness trackers on the market and finding the right one to suit your needs isn’t always so simple. We’re here to help with a review of one very slick fitness tracker that does it all. Meet the Huawei GT 3 Pro, the ultimate fitness tracker for people serious about fitness.  With a redefined smartwatch look, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is a premium and stylish tracker with enough innovative features to make any tech-nerd drool. It blends classic craftsmanship with timeless, customisable style, making it a fashion piece you’ll want to wear. With long lasting battery life (14-days of battery life for the GT 3 Pro Titanium. 7 days for the Ceramic), over 100 completely personalised workouts, remote shutter feature, answering of calls, ability to listen to tunes, its water resistance and other health-focused features, this watch builds on from its predecessor, the Huawei Watch GT 3, this smartwatch takes things even further, literally, and now boasts a diving depth of up to 30 metres! The Huawei GT 3 Pro is definitely the right fitness tracker for water babies. The Free Diving Mode is equipped with IP68 and 5 ATM water resistance ratings, allows wearers to venture 30 metres underwater, all while the watch tracks your depth and timing. While all-day heart rate tracking is part and parcel in high end smartwatches, the Sp02 monitoring to check the oxygen in your blood that the GT 3 Pro provides is very handy for divers. Now that we know the specs,… Read More

Big up your digital self – ever thought about a ring light?

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It’s one thing to have to sit on Zoom calls all day every day, bu it’s another to do it with your best foot – or face! – forward. Give a nice, warm-lit welcome to the Spectrum ring light, every professional home-workers’ or social media influencers’ secret weapon when it comes to serving your best self on screen. From makeup application, Youtube videos, nailing the perfect selfie or wowing your colleagues or next boss, the Opaluxe USB Ring Light has a whole round of options for your best self. Incredibly light-weight for its size, the 10″ Opaluxe can be adjusted 180° front and back for that ultimate best-you angle. And offering up-to 10 levels of brightness for those midday to midnight calls or content production sessions, it’s ideal for all manner of uses. Equipped with a flexible smartphone holder that can be rotated and manoeuvred so you can get the perfect light and angle every time. It also features colour temperature adjustability from 3200K-5600K with three light modes. So, it looks like there’s genuinely no excuse for poorly-lit or drab-looking selfies and videos anymore. No excuses! For more and to get on for yourself for only $49.99, head to the Spectrum website.

Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 are bang on

HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2

Looking for decent noise-cancelling wireless earbuds? Then look no further than the recently released HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2.  With 55 per cent of people preferring wireless earbuds for outdoor usage, HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 make the perfect companion whether exercising, on the daily commute or taking calls on the go when you do not want to be bothered by pesky cables. Available in three aesthetic colours to suit any style – cool ‘Silver Blue’, edgy ‘Silver Frost’, and elegant ‘Ceramic White’ – HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 are exquisitely designed to ensure the earbuds fit firmly in the ears. The three different silicone ear tip sizes, coupled with Tip fit test, also allows you to customise for optimal comfort. HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 have been co-engineered with Devialet for listeners to experience high-fidelity sound like never before. Enabling you to hear all the timbres, bass, and crystal sound quality, HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 boast a unique ‘Ultra-hearing True Sound Dual Driver’ sound system, intelligently coordinating two drivers, making them work in perfect cohesion for outstanding audio performance. Equipped with ‘Triple Adaptive EQ’ technology, HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 can automatically tune audio according to the ear canal structure, wearing posture and volume level for personalised sound in real-time. HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 are equipped with advanced active noise cancellation, enabled by advanced innovations. Additionally, there is the new Pure Voice call noise cancellation technology that brings clear, quiet calls, is based on a 4-Mic Call Noise Cancellation system, combined with a Huawei-exclusive deep neural network (DNN) noise… Read More

Accessorise with Stranger Things x CASETiFY’s latest drop

Stranger things Casetify accessories

Stranger Things fans get excited!  Why? CASETiFY has released a second collection of Netflix’s Stranger Things lifestyle and tech accessories including iPhone, AirPods and AirPods Pro cases, AirTag holders, MagSafe wallets, Apple watch bands, grip stands, and a Nintendo Switch carrying case. Accessories start from $38 AUD.  After a limited-edition release in 2020, CASETiFY is debuting a second collection with Netflix’s Stranger Things 4 which is currently streaming globally on Netflix.  The limited-edition products are inspired by journeys back to Hawkins, Indiana and embrace new locations circa 1986 – about the time when Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ could be heard on high rotation over the radio. Fans are invited to join Eleven and the rest of the gang as they navigate the complexities of high school with designs spotlighting the Hellfire Club, the Hawkins High Tigers, the gang’s favourite pizza joint Surfer Boy Pizza, and the all-new Demobat on CASETiFY’s best-selling Impact and Ultra Impact cases.  The new release will also pay homage to the hit series with cases featuring the Upside Down and both classic and flaming iterations of the iconic Stranger Things logo, retailing for $62 AUD and up.   The Stranger Things x CASETiFY collection is available online and in CASETiFY Studio locations, with products shipping to more than 100+ countries. To score the limited edition designs before they’re gone, visit casetify.com and download the CASETiFY Co-Lab app (available now in the App Store).

Going away in summer? 7 tips to be cyber-safe on travels

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As the summer season is underway, people are increasingly taking holidays. Whether holidaymakers have chosen the beach, the countryside, the mountains, or an urban setting, one thing is certain: no one is immune to having their devices stolen or even hacked while they are away from home. Cybersecurity experts at NordVPN provide travelers with seven tips for a cybersecure holiday. Back up your data “My whole life is on my phone” — if this phrase sounds like something you would say, remember to make sure you have your phone’s contents backed up before you leave. After all, no one is safe from losing their phone or having it stolen. This also applies to the SD cards of your cameras. 2. Safe payment methods Instead of your main bank card, use a separate prepaid debit card abroad. This card can be topped up with any amount you want. That way, if your card details are stolen, you won’t lose all the money you store there. 3. Take a portable charger with you Don’t go out without your portable charger or a charging cable. Why not? Simply because charging stations can be a playground for cybercriminals. A USB/lightning cable can be modified by a malicious person, like in this demo made by a hacker in 2019. 4. Avoid public Wi-Fi It is always a good idea to use mobile data while traveling because it is encrypted. However, if you have no choice and need to use public Wi-Fi, don’t forget to use a VPN. This tool will… Read More

The best ideas on how contingent workforce can improve business agility

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Business agility is extremely important in today’s day and age. This principle helps businesses stay afloat, as they successfully adapt to the market changes and fluctuations. One of the easiest ways to make sure that your business is agile is using a contingent workforce, especially for work that doesn’t require strict commitment. However, finding the best people might be tricky, especially if the talent pool and/or the industry itself are already too saturated. So for that reason, here are some tips and ideas that will improve your business agility through proper contingent workforce application and management.  It’s all about the job ad Employing remote workers means that seeing them face-to-face is quite unlikely. Therefore, you should make sure to post a job ad that will be clear, concise, and easy to understand. In return, that will ensure the best candidates. Also, if the business is hiring remotely, that means that the number of applications will be higher, and in that case, a well-written job ad will help you find the right people. If that’s not enough to sell the concept of agility and how to write it up, then check out this post. The selection process plays an enormous role  The selection process exists to ensure that only the best candidates get the job. This process is also demanding, which is why it’s essential to have an effective, yet easy selection process. An extensive and prolonged way that includes multiple rounds and interviews might seem practical, but in reality, it’s too time-consuming. Therefore, a simple task… Read More

Huawei launches new wearables in response to healthier lifestyles

Huawei wearables launch

For many of us, the pandemic has changed the way we think about our health and physical activity, pivoting towards a healthier way of life. Recent findings have revealed Australians have had a rethink about their behaviours towards their health, with four in 10 Aussies claiming they are prioritising their health now more than they did before COVID-19.  In response to this health trend, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) has announced its newest wearables to its globally renowned portfolio offering a seamless combination of sleek designs and health-tracking benefits, which will be available in Australia from June 18.  Recent statistics show nearly three-quarters (72.8%) of people over 15 years of age don’t meet the Australian Government’s physical activity guidelines.  Nearly half of employed people aged 18 to 64 years described their workday as mostly sedentary.  With the launch of Huawei’s new wearables, now is the perfect time to kickstart the health journey with the brand’s newest products that are made with the best in cutting-edge technology boasting a range of features; from blood pressure monitoring to a built-in animated fitness coach.  The four new wearables include: HUAWEI WATCH D is an innovative wrist-type blood pressure monitoring device – a significant breakthrough in technology. It also has an array of other health-tracking features.  RRP: $799. Launch offer: 18 June 2022 – 17 July 2022: $150 retail gift card when purchased from Bing Lee, JB HI-FI, Mobileciti and Huawei Authorised Experience Stores. Customers can choose from $150 retail gift card or gift with the purchase of HUAWEI… Read More

Acer’s helping the planet with digital art by Andy Thomas

7.8MB The Three Sisters Acer x Andy Thomas Aspire Vero 2

Acer has got a new computer: fully post-consumer recyclable plastic (PCR) integration into the laptop device.  It’s purposeful, sustainable design saves around 21% in CO2 emissions and is made to be easily repaired, upgraded and recycled.    It’s all a part of their new effort to be more green, after they released a report, the Acer Plastic Pandemic Report – which reveals over half the adult population (55%) are unaware of the severity of the plastic pandemic that we are facing and nearly 6 in 10 (58%) people do not understand the difference between virgin plastics and recycled plastics. The shocking reality is over 3.4 million tonnes of plastics are used in Australia every year, with less than 10% being recycled or reprocessed for re-use. The impact that plastic waste has on our environment is devastating – most ends up in landfill or our oceans, contributing to climate change, contaminating our soil, and negatively affecting our natural landscapes and wildlife.  We spoke to digital artist Andy Thomas about some work he’s created using the new tech… You recently collaborated with Acer on the release of their new ‘Green PC’ the Aspire Vero, tell usmore about the collaboration? The collaboration between myself and Acer was a really great fit. I have always been interested innature and recreating nature with my computers and 3D software. There was a real serendipity withthis project on multiple levels which was super satisfying and fun. I had a blast creating this workfrom start to finish. What inspired the LIFECYCLES series? The inspiration for the LIFECYCLES series… Read More

Turns out aromatherapy’s still a thing – but you need the right gear

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After the last moment in history we all endured, there’d be no surprises if you’re a bit stressed, tense, anxious, generally in need of a chill. And before turning to the bottle, or staying the tried-and-true path of the yogis, why not try aromatherapy? Renowned around the Western world as being an aid in relaxation and decompression, aromatherapy harnesses the power of the olfactory to alleviate tension and promote feelings of peace, serenity and a worldly disconnection. In Essence knows this and their latest range of 360 Diffusers are all about making those dreams of a life without pressure a reality. Australian owned and designed, the portable and rechargeable diffusers can be placed in any room – ours lives next to the bath – when you’re in need of some full-on, scented zen. As the name would suggest, aromas are dispersed all around the touch-pad, ambient lit piece of tech, offering a complete room takeover of relaxation. And now the only question is, which scents will really do it for you? Find out more about the In Essence 260 Diffuser at the website.