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Review: Anker PowerCore & Astro Slim 3

IMG_3023Anker is renowned for their battery packs but they’ve historically been tricky to get here. With that changing now that there are authorised resellers in Australia, I thought I’d take a look at two of their current range.

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Review: Bose Soundlink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

If your commute involves public transport, you probably don’t realise how much time you spend moving cords out of the way or having headphones yanked off your head. I certainly didn’t until I tried out Bose’s new Bluetooth headphones, and now I think I’ve been spoiled for wired headphones forever.

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Review: Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch

12S_HiRiseAppleWatch_Family_HiResStands for the Apple Watch are a category that’s gone from 0-100 in a hurry – for a while there, it seemed like there was a new Kickstarter every week for a revolutionary new take. But I was waiting for one thing: to see what Twelve South would do. They didn’t disappoint. 

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Support AppleTalk by purchasing from the Apple Online Store!

With all the new shiny set to be revealed this Thursday morning, now is as good a time as any to mention that you can support AppleTalk by making your Apple Online Store purchases via our affiliate link.

Benny and I launched AppleTalk just over 17 months ago as a site where Australian Apple enthusiasts could come together and talk about our shared love of all things Cupertino.

At the moment, we’re still running AppleTalk out of our own pockets — we’re doing this for love, not profit. That said, making the site self-sustaining has been a goal since day one. We have explored sponsored posts and looked at Patreon sponsorships – while we’re not quite ready to go down those paths just yet, the easiest way you can support AppleTalk right now is to buy stuff from the Apple Online Store using our affiliate link. Like many affiliate links, it doesn’t cost you any extra, and it’d mean the world to us if you did. Plus, you get the warm fuzzy feeling that your rampant consumerism is helping support a website you enjoy reading.

Thanks for taking the ride with us, and here’s to many more keynotes to come.

Mid-Week News

While Benny is on a well-deserved holiday, I’ll be looking after the news – bear with me until normal service resumes.

In an unusual move, Apple has killed Schrödinger’s MVNO by explicitly denying it is working on such a thing. Business Insider had previously reported that Apple were in talks to lease network capacity from an established operator and sell directly to consumers in the US and Europe. The company normally does not comment on rumour, much less issue unambiguous denials like this. One to keep an eye on.

In a world first, Telstra appears to have confirmed carrier billing is available for Apple Music. New and recontracting customers will receive a free 12-month subscription; after this point, Telstra will bill the customer directly for the ongoing subscription by linking their Telstra account to an Apple ID. No word on whether this will be an available option for other telcos, either here or elsewhere in the world.

In other Telstra news, the telco has announced a partnership with Roku for their Telstra TV service launching in September. The Roku 2 will be used to deliver access to streaming platforms and other applications yet to be confirmed. The set-top box in use will be the current version released in April 2015; the internals are identical to the simultaneously-released Roku 3, which differs only in its remote having additional capabilities.

My favourite software house Panic have released a huge update to their Status Board app for iPad. The design has been updated and several new panel types have been added. The app is now free with the new panel types available via in-app purchase; however, these are free for existing users.

Finally, there are new betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan available in both developer and public flavours. Hit up Software Update to get yours.

The featured image above is from Panic and Campo Santo’s upcoming game Firewatch, which I’m really looking forward to.

HomeKit Details Leaked? (Update: No)

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Update: An embargo appears to have been lifted as several other companies have also released HomeKit products. Elgato still appears to be the only one using the “Works with HomeKit” branding.

Accessory manufacturer Elgato may have spilled the beans on HomeKit news ahead of WWDC. Their site for the Eve line of home automation products makes reference to a “Works with Apple HomeKit” program, as well as the requirement for an AppleTV “3rd generation or later” to control HomeKit devices from outside the home.

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Happy birthday to us

Today marks one year since we took the plunge and started AppleTalk. It’s been fun, and there’s a lot more to come – but we wanted to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for taking the ride with us. Here’s to many more.

Review: BookBook for iPhone 6 Plus

When it comes to wallets, I am an avowed back pocket, right side guy. I’ve been trying to keep it pretty minimal though, so the BookBook series has always been on my radar – but the idea of holding my wallet up to my face to take a call has kept me back. Not anymore.

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