Category: TECH & GADGETS

A chat with Fitbit ambassador Drew Harrisberg on getting ready for summer

Drew Harrisberg Fitbit beach

Spring is here and summer isn’t far behind and if you’re living in Australia, you know the pressure is on to put down the burgers, pick-up the carrot sticks and start heading outside to exercise more often. You don’t have to, of course, but new tech by the likes of fitness masters, Fitbit and their latest fitness tracker, the Fitbit Versa make it a hell of a lot easier and just more fun. It’s kind of the daywear version of the elite Fitbit Ionic, but using it the right way to help you on your way can always use a tip or two. So, we spoke to Fitbit ambassador Drew Harrisberg who’s all about fitness, the beach and doing the whole ‘keeping fit’ thing and here’s what he had to say. View this post on Instagram Self-inflicted agony aka stair sprints! Sprinting is one of the best ways to break through fat-loss plateaus. It increases the number and function of mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) which is the site where fuel is burned. It also increases rates of fat metabolism for 24-48 hours after the workout is over. It’s called Excess Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) or ‘The Afterburn’. Basically, the anaerobic metabolites that accumulate during HIIT get metabolized aerobically in the hours and days following the workout. So, if you’re trying to improve your body composition i.e reduce body fat and increase muscle mass, you should really incorporate sprints into your training program. Be prepared for a crazy burn in your legs and lungs…. Read More

Easy ways to boost your customer service

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Excellent customer service is, as you know, about more than simply smiling and being polite. That’s the bare minimum of what we expect of any decent person – and if you’d like to stand out in the crowd, it’s time to step up your customer service game once and for all. No matter how great your product or service is, the customers are more likely to remember you if they felt welcome and that they’re in good hands. Here are a few brilliants ways of doing exactly this, so that you can leave those competitors far behind. #1 Strengthen their skills You probably already have or are looking to get a customer service team. Strengthening their skills is about more than you might think, though, as a competent customer service employee will need to both do and handle a lot during their days at work. First of all, they need to automate the basics; empathy, patience, and consistency. It’s the key to surviving in customer service as some of the people they engage with will be more difficult than others. Some may be friendly and polite but others will be far from it – and how well they handle these people will have a lot to say, at the end of the day. They should be able to provide the same level of service regardless of how difficult the customer is which leads us to the next point on the list. #2 They need to have thick skin When you have to engage with someone… Read More

Dr boom Bondi: Dr. Boom Communications has your tech sorted

Dr Boom Communications

For the times you drop your phone, scratch your screen, crack the cover, or just need something new to listen to your beats with, Dr. Boom Communications is there. After a long 20-year run, they’re the retail one-stop-shop for all things relating to the most sought-after brands, pieces of tech and tech protection devices to essentially save you from yourself. And not to mention, they’re the quintessential lifestyle brand for basically all of us, working with all kinds of odds and ends that make your life that little bit better; or more functional; or easier; or whatever. Feeling a little blue? @jabra #JabraMoveWireless has you covered || available now at #drboomcommunications • • • • • #drboomcommunications #mobile #cellphone #smartphone #phonecase #iphone #ipad #photography #samsung #android #camera #repairs #electronics #communication #tech #gadget #instatech A post shared by Dr Boom Communications (@drboomcommunications) on Jul 5, 2018 at 1:15am PDT With 15 Dr Boom shops across NSW and Queensland, they’re doing something right and it’s easy to see why. They offer the most credible and highly regarded brands in mobile phone accessories such as  Bodyguardz, Otterbox, Life proof, Tech 21, Diesel, Kate Spade and House of Harlow as well as their own Dr Boom range of premium products, Dr Boom is now also being recognised as the go-to destination for premium portable audio solutions with brands such as Beats By Dr Dre, Jabra and JBL joining our range. The proof is in the pudding. Walk past any of their outlets, like at Bondi Junction in Sydney for example, and they’re inundated with customers,… Read More

Dyson supersonic black: All about the Dyson new black Supersonic hair dryer

Dyson black supersonic hair dryer attachments

With Dyson’s expected level of engineering and design, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer sports not only a unique and stylish look but also a number of great features with a powerful digital motor.     Renowned for its unique ability to speedily dry your hair fast, without relying on heat and potentially damaging your hair, to several attachments to smooth, style and shape, it’s a brand and make that has fast-become synonymous with quality technology in grooming.   Couple that with the latest black instalment of the piece and you have happy coupling of just that.   There is a lot of debate over the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and if it’s worth the $500 price tag or if you should stick to a more affordable brand.     If you are struggling with the decision a way to look at it is comparing the purchase of a Mercedes or a Toyota. Both are cars that can get you from A to B and you can purchase models from either brand to suit your needs. However, there is a huge price difference between the two so why pay more if you don’t need to? One is a luxury item and the other a practical model.   If you love your hair and its care and maintenance is your absolute obsession and priority, then the newest black Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer can be seen as worth the investment.   It uses the patented and unique technology innovations behind the greater Dyson brand, known for their bladeless fans and even… Read More

Great news for lovers of the Wolfenstein franchise and Nintendo Switch players

Bethesda Wolfenstein Colossus game

For those gamers out there, gird your loins – Bethesda’s favourite Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is now available worldwide on Nintendo Switch. Spearheaded by veteran studio Panic Button with guidance from MachineGames, you can now experience the complete, uncensored, award-winning story and signature gameplay whenever and wherever they want. In the game, you take on the role of BJ Blazkowicz to experience an action-packed story, brought to life by extraordinary characters. As you go through the semi-open world, you’ll reunite with friends and fellow freedom fighters as they take on the evil Frau Engel and her Nazi army. The game has been lauded for its awesomeness in general, being named winner of multiple awards, including Video Game Awards’ ‘Best Action Game of 2017’ and more. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is rated M for mature by the ESRB and is priced at $59.99 for Nintendo Switch.

FujiFilm has a new Instax Square SQ6 to make your photos come to life

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Yeah baby, it’s hip to be square! The new FujiFilm Instax Square SQ6 has arrived and like the Instax Square SQ10, your precious moments are captured in square format, the difference being this camera is analogue unlike the SQ10, which is digital. But this is what gives the SQ6 its retro charm and lower price point compared to its digital sister. Point, snap and seconds later, out spits a neat little 62mm x 62mm print that develops within 90 seconds. The camera produces those sweet, old-school style prints that fills you with nostalgia. This charming instant camera comes in three shades to match your personality. Blush gold, graphite gray and pearl white. You can also attach strobe colour filters to the flash, which includes orange, purple and green to change the mood of your pics. Selfie lovers will appreciate the Selfie Mode & Selfie Mirror, which allows you to check the capture area of your selfie in a little mirror next to the lens. The ten-second timer is also a very useful feature for selfies. Other handy functions include Automatic Exposure Control, Macro Mode (for those cute doggo shots), Landscape Mode,  and Double Exposure Mode (for when you’re feeling creative). You can also control the level of brightness of your pics using Light/Dark mode. And for something a little different, the instant film is available with not only a white frame, but black as well! Fun, right?! So get snapping! Get yours here.

Print your fave Insta pics with the new Instax

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Okay, so there are some things on Instagram you’d rather forget. Last night’s drunken, ten-part story of you screaming Mr. Brightside in to a karaoke mic at 3am. MORE: See when The Killers held an intimate party in Sydney The old selfies of you and your ex. And the late-night DM slide by your friend’s cousin’s random workmate who you’ve only met once, like five years ago. But there are other memories you want to hang on to: birthdays, engagements, particularly cute cat photos. That’s where the new Fuji Instax comes in! It’s a cute little photo printer that you don’t even need to plug in to your phone to use: Simply connect over wifi, download the printer app, and start choosing which of your Instagram images you want to have in hard-copy form to keep forever. Whether it’s sharing these printed memories with your friends, family, or your loyal ig followers, the Instax-compatible film comes in packets of ten, so depending on how many photos you’d like to print out, you may want to grab a couple of handfuls. Once you’ve charged the printer and inserted the film, the app makes it super simple to select images, resize them, and even edit the shape of the image. Once the photo is printed, leave it on a flat surface for a few minutes and watch as your image develops! Then you can use the photos however you’d like: decorate your walls, give them to someone as a gift, or even send them to that ex of… Read More