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Shokz OpenRun Pro: the ideal sports headphone experience

Earbuds are doing transparency modes well these days, but nothing does full awareness of the world around you better than bone conduction.

Cyclist checks a car over his shoulder. You can see he's wearing Shokz headphones.
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Espresso displays: hitting the sweet spot for portable displays

The Australian startup has designed top quality hardware that is perfect for those who really want two screens wherever they may work.

A laptop and Espresso display on a busy wooden table.
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HTC Vive XR Elite: How far have we come?

HTC's latest is another big leap forward for VR fans, but why is it still not enough for everyone else?

The VR headset and pair of controllers floating on a white background.
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6TB portable drives are now a thing: Western Digital just bumped its 2.5-inch drives up to a new record 6TB storage. Just wild how much fits into such a small package now. This is popping up across their portable drive range now, fro My Passport to game drives to G-DRIVE rugged options. A WD My Passport 6TB drive is just $299. They'll also have the WD_BLACK drive for adding 6TB of storage to game consoles. It's TBC on pricing.

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The copper colour option in the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 earbud range is stunning! Sennheiser does these earbuds really well at this point, with full adaptive noise cancelling using a six-microphone array that also delivers excellent voice pick up for calls. The tech is solid, the battery life is great, and I'm just loving that copper colour. Yum. ($499)

Google

Google Pixel 8a review: full featured AI power for everyone

The Pixel 8a can go toe-to-toe with the Pixel Pro as well as the best from Samsung and Apple. Google's AI software might now push its hardware into the lead for most users.

The black handset sits on a grey textured and patterned rug.
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Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro with DockKit is next level hands free video utility

Belkin just dropped the most versatile auto tracking system for iPhones ever to hit the market. Simple, instant, and works the way you want it to.

Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro with DockKit is next level hands free video utility
Apple

The big 2024 iPad line up refresh is here

Apple drops the M4 processor into iPad Pro before anything else, plus an all-new Apple Pencil, new iPad Air, and a price drop on the base iPad. A big day for the tablet.

Promo image of the new iPad Pro on a white background
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Is the 'a' for AI now? Google has revealed the Pixel 8a today and the big push is on the role of AI in our devices. Given the a series for Pixel typically offers a lot of the benefits of the fancier models at a better price, this year there's a firm focus on how big a role Google's Gemini AI will play in your photos, videos, and generally getting things done.

Nice wins include getting the same G3 chip here that you get in the Pixel 8 Pro, and a promise of seven years of feature and security updates. That's 2030! Starts from $849 and pre-orders are now open for May 14 release.

Stylish person holds a black Pixel 8a phone
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You're probably starting to see Qi2 getting a mention out there in wireless charger land. Just remember Apple has shared its MagSafe tech with the Qi standard so that everyone can start to get the integrated magnetic locking system on their devices. It's a win for car mounts and desk chargers of all stripes.

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Paleblue lets you keep traditional batteries charged on the go

Just when you thought traditional batteries were dead, here comes Paleblue with a full range of classic cells that recharge over USB.

Four AA batteries being charged on USB via a laptop USB port.

ROG Phone 8: It often feels like phones have become a two horse race, maybe three. So I love it when things like the Asus ROG brand keeps delivering phones for a precise market. The gamer focused handset has a beefy 2500-nit brightness and a superfast 720Hz touch sampling rate.

Three ROG Phone 8 Series devices standing tall

It's not messing around on specs and not messing around on price either. Starting from $1,799 all the way up to $2,499. Check it out at JB Hi-Fi or the Asus store.

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Jabra gear converges on a hybrid work audio sweet spot

Not every business accessory maker is getting this hybrid work era right, but it's great to see Jabra is adapting its line up very nicely to the new era.

Jabra Speak2 75 Bluetooth speakerphone sitting on a table next to a laptop
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The new Sennheiser ACCENTUM Plus wireless headphones have just landed, with an aim to offer the great sound you expect from the classic audio brand along with great battery life. A combo of 50 hours of battery on a full charge plus 5 hours of playtime from just 10 minutes plugged in is a great 'always ready' feeling, plus the included 3.5mm cable option so you can plug in during flights or anywhere else you suddenly notice you're stuck if you can't do it old school. Also includes a tidy little case to keep them in tip top shape. RRP $399.95.

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Belkin has a great new hybrid charger that needs an easier name

Belkin's new dual USB wall charger has a nifty hidden power bank to keep your devices running before you get to the hotel.

Belkin has a great new hybrid charger that needs an easier name
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I've said it before, I'll say it again. Twelve South does great accessories, and the TimePorter is a winner for Apple Watch users who like to change up their bands. I regularly swap between a sports band for running and a leather strap for work mode. My biggest concern is that my cats could decide it's a cat toy, so I'd definitely want to put this inside the wardrobe door. Get it for $49.95.

CES

Absolutely stunning. The LG Cinebeam Qube is a 4K laser projector. But just look at it! Absolutely gorgeous design. More gadgets, more home devices, take note! LG has been leaving its competitors for dead with its approach to industrial design lately. I adore this one.

Computers

Asus offers the smartest new laptop screens around at CES

Between the ZenScreen Fold portable display and the ZenBook DUO dual-screen laptop, Asus is exploring new possibilities in screen design.

Asus offers the smartest new laptop screens around at CES
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I've been a fan of Twelve South accessories since I first saw their BookBook for the original iPad. Well their first ever product was the BookArc, a lovely way to store a MacBook upright when plugged into a desktop setup.

They've now launched the BookArc Flex, a gorgeous update that makes it easier to use as well. The first version needed you to swap inserts to suit different MacBooks (Air vs Pro), but the new version 'flexes' to suit the size needed. Looks great and it'll hit stores in the next few months.

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Let's start taking even more drones for granted, shall we? DJI just announced the new DJI FlyCart 30, making industrial delivery drone transport feel very ordinary. Targeting scenarios where cargo can be tricky – mountains, offshore, emergency rescue – these long range, high reliability, and large payload capacity drones seem very next generation. Give it a week and we'll think they're old news. Browse the official site to get wowed by how they operate.

Image of a delivery drone over open water near a cargo ship depot.