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How was your 2022? Mine was pretty great, at least if we're talking tech. (The less said about viruses, hurricanes and politics, the better.) Before we jump into all the fun new stuff that 2023 will bring, let's pause to look back at some of the best tech products of the year. Out of the many, many I tested, the following 10 stand out as favorites.
The Bip 3 Pro continues a long tradition of amazingly good, amazingly inexpensive Amazfit watches. It's not perfect, but it's easy to recommend for anyone seeking wrist-based time, notifications, fitness tracking, health monitoring and much more. Oh, and its amazing battery life should leave Apple feeling very, very embarrassed.
If you can swing the cost and don't mind committing to a little learning and practice, the DJI Avata is a ridiculously fun way to fly like birds do — and to see what birds see. This combo kit includes not only the drone but also first-person-view goggles and a motion-sensitive handheld controller.
Why buy a laptop if you do all your work at a desk? The Mini IT11 packs a lot of power into its compact case, and you can use it with the keyboard and monitor of your choice. Unless you're a gamer, this should handle every home- and office-computing need you have.
If you're ready for a seriously big TV upgrade, the Hisense U7H brings 85 inches of home-theater goodness into your living room. With dazzling Quantum Dot color and a whopping 120 local dimming zones, this TV comes very close to rivaling OLED models that cost a lot more. You'll need a serious chunk of wall space or an extra-deep TV stand, but if you've got the accommodations, you'll love this supersize screen.
Amazon's newly updated e-reader is anything but entry-level, offering more storage, a better screen and a welcome dark mode. It's a great distraction-free reading tool, but you might want to wait for its inevitable sale pricing.
If money is no object (or your home is just really, really dirty), splurge on Roborock's super-versatile cleaner. It not only vacuums and mops, but it also self-empties its dustbin and water reservoir. I've tried a lot of robot vacuums over the years; I've yet to encounter one that works this well and requires so little human intervention.
I love this soundbar for two key reasons. First, it doubles as a high-end Roku streamer, great for anyone seeking an upgrade to their current streaming situation. Second, it's expandable, with a wireless subwoofer and satellite speakers available to better round out the sound. Even without those extras, though, this will greatly improve your TV audio experience.
The StormBox Blast has everything you would want from an outdoor Bluetooth speaker: easy portability (thanks, ’80s boombox–style handle), incredible battery life (up to 30 hours, which blows away the competition) and sound that, if I'm being honest, handily beats the Sonos Move in outdoor environments. Credit that to the two tweeters and two mid-woofers that combine to crank out a hefty 90 watts of audio goodness. Everything I played on the StormBox Blast just felt BIG.
Compact enough to sit on the arm of your couch, the Xgimi Elfin projects a sharp, bright picture on your wall. It automatically adjusts for keystone, size and focus — and it comes with Android already built in, so you can stream nearly everything (except Netflix, drat) right out of the box. This coupon deal won't last long, though.
New Zealand's defence force has intercepted a year's worth of Australia-bound cocaine bobbing about in the Pacific Ocean.A cross-agency operation involving New Zealand police, customs and defence officials produced the haul, recovering 81 bales of the illicit drug totalling 3.
A worker has died after being struck by a train at a BHP rail yard in the West Australian town of Port Hedland.BHP has suspended its WA iron ore operations for 24 hours following the incident and counselling services are being provided.
Thieves have stolen or destroyed up to 900 of Western Australia's rarest orchids in a devastating blow for botanists who have spent years cultivating them.The orchids, which are teetering on the brink of extinction, were taken from a conservation garden in Perth's Kings Park and Botanic Garden where members of the public can observe rare plant species.
An overhaul of regulations governing financial advice has been proposed after a review found the system was "plainly not working" and presented an obstacle to consumers getting affordable and high quality advice.Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones released the 267-page Quality of Advice Review on Wednesday, which was chaired by lawyer Michelle Levy and made 13 recommendations on accessibility issues for consumers.
One of two Australians in line to take their place with the Philadelphia Eagles in this year's Super Bowl, former St Kilda AFL player Arryn Siposs, remains a doubt for the big day.The Eagles will walk out onto the NFL's biggest stage on Sunday (Monday 10.
Australia Post says it is at a "crossroads" and it expects to report a full-year loss for the first time since 2015 as letters continue to decline.The government-owned enterprise announced on Wednesday it made a profit before tax of just $23.
Northern Territory senators have shared their own emotional stories of the impact of alcohol abuse on their families, as debate continues on imposing alcohol bans in Indigenous communities.Liberal senator Jacinta Price, who introduced a private bill calling for a blanket ban on alcohol in communities, spoke of her cousin, who died recently in an Alice Springs palliative care unit.
New Brisbane coach Justin Schueller plans to build his squad around Olympic medallists Aron Baynes and Nathan Sobey when he takes over at the NBL club next season.Schueller is the long-time national under-17s coach and won two titles with Melbourne as an assistant during a six-year stint.
The Melbourne Theatre Company's latest play Sunday has broken in-house ticket sales records and been granted an extended run.The show by Anthony Weigh tells the story of John and Sunday Reed and their coterie of artists at Heide, a foundational tale of the Melbourne arts scene.
Two-hundred short-term beds will be available by mid-year as vacant university lodgings are converted for Queenslanders most affected by the state's housing crisisThe repurposing of student beds at a Griffith University's South Brisbane campus is among the measures announced during a state government housing summit in October.Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the facility will provide a buffer for Queenslanders doing it tough while they try to get back into the rental market.
New 'everyday' stamps featuring the image of King Charles have been revealed for the first time, the latest item in Britain to get a makeover following the death of Queen Elizabeth.From coins and banknotes and to the official royal cypher used by the government, Britain has been slowly introducing replacements featuring the new monarch since his mother's death in September.
Melbourne Victory's signing spree has continued with the acquisition of Paraguayan forward Fernando Romero until the end of the A-League Men season.The 22-year-old has signed a short-term deal on loan from Paraguayan Primera Division side Cerro Porteno.
Promoters are hoping to sell out Qudos Bank Arena after announcing Sydney as the venue for Tim Tszyu's maiden world-title fight.Tszyu will fight American Tony Harrison for the interim WBO super welterweight title on Sunday March 12, with close to 20,000 expected to pack the stadium.
Employers will soon need to increase transparency and take action on pay rates as the federal parliament considers a new measure to help close the gender gap.Minister for Women Katy Gallagher will introduce a law to the Senate requiring the publication of pay gaps in workplaces with 100 or more employees.
An additional $16 million will be spent improving care for terminally ill babies in NSW, after Dominic Perrottet said he wants the best palliative care system "in the country, if not the world"."Few of us could ever imagine the extraordinary courage and resilience needed to support a much-loved child as they progress through their illness," the premier said on Tuesday.
Jack Robinson is continuing to lead the Australian charge in the World Surf League's season-opening event in Hawaii, with a number of big names bowing out including defending champion Kelly Slater.Seven Australians were in action on Tuesday with Callum Robson, Ryan Callinan and Liam O'Brien joining Robinson in the round of 16.
Experts are calling for a crackdown on the marketing of baby milk formula to enable mothers to make informed decisions about feeding their babies, free from industry influence.Only about a third of Australian babies are exclusively breastfed for the World Health Organisation's recommended period of six months, while the sale of formula is on the rise.
China has declined a request for a phone call between United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe after Washington brought down a Chinese spy balloon, the Pentagon says.A US Air Force fighter jet shot down the balloon off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, a week after it first entered US airspace and triggered a dramatic - and public - spying saga that worsened Sino-US relations.
Federal politicians have endorsed a new code of conduct for themselves and their staff as the prime minister promises Parliament House will lead workplace behaviour standards across Australia.The landmark Set the Standard report by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins recommended a code of conduct for all staff in parliamentary workplaces be established.