Gadgets

On Bose Soundlink Mini II

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

I recently replaced our old Logitech speaker system in our bedroom with a Bose Soundlink Mini II.

If you aren’t familiar with Bose Soundlink Mini II, it’s a small and light Bluetooth speaker with a beautiful sleek design that you can carry with wherever you go.

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Bose is well known for its professional audio systems and speakers, impressive sound quality, and as for the Soundlink Mini II, despite its small size, you’ll be blown away by how good it sounds.

Design and Specs

If you ask me, I would say the device is Apple-like in many ways. From its look and sound quality. The body of the speaker is made of single piece aluminum that looks both attractive and compact. It weighs only 1.5 pounds and you can hold it in one hand, but being as tiny as it is, you can’t fit it in a pocket because of its brick-like dimension. It is small enough to put into your bag though.

As I mentioned above, despite its tiny size, the Soundlink Mini II sounds great. Bose has this to say about its sound quality:

You might not expect sound this rich from a speaker this small, but the SoundLink® Mini speaker II is something new. You don’t have to sacrifice performance for portability. Proprietary technologies and an innovative driver configuration combine to deliver full-range sound—including deep lows—in an ultra-compact package. It lets you take your music to places it’s never been before.

When it comes to connectivity, the speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, iPad or other bluetooth device. Pairing is fast and easy. By pressing the bluetooth rubber button on top, voice prompts talk you through pairing process. You can pair two devices at once and it can remember the most recent eight devices you’ve used.

The built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 10 hours of playtime. And the unit comes with a charging cradle where you can charge it via metal contacts of both the dock and the speaker, making the charging process hassle-free. Charging using a micro USB cable is an option though.

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You can buy the Bose Soundlink Mini II at Amazon.co.uk for £169. Available in Pearl and Carbon color.

Conclusion

Sure there are plenty of cheaper rivals out there, but if you’re after a beautiful design, easy operation, and a better sound quality — in a tiny box, the Bose Soundlink Mini II is worth its asking price.

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The Switch to Kindle

AUGUST 24, 2016

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Last month, I wrote a news article about Amazon’s new Kindle base model. I preordered one, but surprisingly, my wife Anna bought it for me.

It’s my first time to own a Kindle device. Most of the time I read ebooks via Apple’s iBooks app on my iPad and iPhone. I only use Kindle app when the book isn’t available in the iBooks store (one of the limitations of traditional publishing).

After using the device for a week now, I decided to move my entire book library from iBooks to Kindle. Why? It’s about features. Here are the top three:

Word Wise

Word Wise shows you synonyms and definitions which are displayed inline above unfamiliar words while you read. So if you’re reading a challenging book, Word Wise will help you understand it more quickly. So the inconvenience of having always to look things up in the dictionary is over. But of course you can still do that if you need to.

You can check here to see which compatible Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps has this feature.

Vocabulary Builder

This one is a biggy. While Word Wise makes it easier to understand difficult words more quickly, to master them though is another story. Vocabulary Builder is the place where all the words that you looked up in the dictionary are stored. To review and practice them, just tap Options (the three vertical dots) in the upper right portion of the Home menu and select Vocabulary Builder.

You can sort them by Words or by Books. In Words, you’ll see all the words of each book in your library that you looked up in your dictionary. While in Books, you get to choose a specific book in your library and show all your looked up words in it.

You also have the option to review the words through flashcards. Just tap Flashcards at the bottom of the page to bring them up and select See Definition or See usage — whichever option you need. And if you think you’re already confident and can move on with the word, you can mark it as Mastered. Kindle then will transfer the word from your learning pile to the mastered pile.

Currently, this handy feature is exclusive on Paperwhite (2nd generation) and later.

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New Better Kindle

JUNE 29, 2016

Thinner, faster and more.

New Kindle 2016

Good news ebook readers!

Amazon has announced that another new Kindle is coming this July. This time it’s an upgrade for the base model but with the same $79 price. It’s definitely affordable compared to other models like the Kindle Paperwhite ($119), Kindle Voyage ($199), and the only two months old Kindle Oasis ($289). The prices vary in power features.

Talk about powers — the latest Kindle has also something to boast for: it now has twice as much memory as the last model, meaning it’s two times faster. The new device is also thinner and lighter and it sports the “more rounded design” making it more portable and easier to hold.

For the first time, the new Kindle support bluetooth audio and now you can export notes and highlights from a book to your email (in PDF and spreadsheet form).

If you have the the Paperwhite model, the Voyage or the Oasis, you’re the man! But if you have the old base model, this is an awesome upgrade. And if you’re buying Kindle for the first time, you can’t go wrong with this one.

You can preorder the new Kindle today and the expected shipping date is on July 7. It comes in white too!

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