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These TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones Are Great For Those With Tiny Baby Ears

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Ever since I got the new True Wireless TT-BH053 earbuds from TaoTronics, my life has changed for the better. I was never going to be one to shell out $200 for AirPods, so the TT-BH053s were my entrée into the earbud modus vivendi that so many of my peers shave embraced. For just $45, I am now always immersed in a world literally inside my own head. It is phenomenal. I can’t believe I used to be subjected to everyday noises I’d rather not bother with.

Since the TT-BH053s were such a game changer for my existence, I decided to give TaoTronics another go with their wireless active noise cancellation headphones, the TT-BH060s. (Why they are called BH060 is a mystery to me; these have been on the market for longer than the BH053s. Maybe TaoTronics is counting backwards?)

Long story short, I like the TT-BH060s. They last a long time, boasting 30 hours of Bluetooth playtime on a full charge. (I found that to be pretty accurate.) Even more impressive is the new hyper speed charge; just 5 minutes of charging will give them another 2 hours of battery life. If anything, this turned out to be an undersell. After 5 minutes of charging, I was able to wirelessly use the headphones for the remainder of the day.

Conveniently, if for some reason you do run out of battery life and do not happen to be proximate to potential charging source, you can still use the TT-BH060 via the 3.5mm audio cable. You won’t be able to use the ANC technology without juice though, so that’s a real bummer.

How is the active noise cancellation technology, you ask? It’s perfectly cromulent. It isn’t going to drown out any nearby conversations, but neither are any but the most expensive noise canceling headphones out there. There is currently construction going on outside my office building, and the TT-BH060s does a fair to good job at removing that noise from my consciousness. For $70, I am impressed. You can definitely tell the difference when you toggle the noise cancellation switch on and off.

So I like the battery life, I like the noise cancellation, I like the price. What don’t I like about the TT-BH060s? Well unfortunately they are not very comfortable. This is surprising coming from TaoTronics, whose TT-BH053s are like pillows for the inside of your ears. Perhaps I am alone in experiencing this issue due to my big ole elephant ears. But it does make things difficult, considering how much time I spend wearing headphones in a given day.

Verdict: I recommend the TT-BH060s to everyone but Alfred E. Newman.


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How To Join The Metaverse With An Oculus Quest 2

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We have written about Oculus products (including the Oculus Quest, the Oculus Quest 2, and the Oculus Go) several times over the years, so it is bittersweet to see the brand be retired. Bitter because I’ll always have found memories of using an Oculus VR headset, sweet because the rebrand to “Meta” means that the company formerly known as Facebook believes in the technology so much that it will continue to launch the products directly under its own name.

No one knows yet exactly what the so-called “metaverse” will work, and if they say they do they are lying. I expect even Mark Zuckerberg himself would admit if pressed that he is currently thinking in the broadest of (Henri Rousseau-esque) strokes. But one thing we do know is that Oculus headsets will be at the center of it—at least at the beginning until everyone is implanted with a VR chip at birth or whatever.

With that in mind, if you want to be an early adopter of the metaverse, you need an Oculus headset. Future iterations are going to be called Meta headsets, and presumably they will offer more of the real-world applications that Zuckerberg promises. Until then, the Oculus Quest 2 will have to suffice.

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Oculus Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 128 GB — $299

To date, the primary function of a VR headset is gaming. The Oculus Quest 2 is the best tech has to offer in this regard. However, it also offers several proto-metaverse applications, such as virtual concerts and even a virtual meeting space called Horizon Workrooms. Its latest feature is called Horizon Homes, which attempts to give you a virtual space where you can socialize with friends and family. Where was this 20 months ago at the start of the pandemic lockdowns?

When it comes to the metaverse, Facebook—excuse me, “Meta”—is just getting started. You can choose to wait and see if this is all a hilarious flop like New Coke, or you can choose to jump on the bandwagon and reap the benefits as soon as possible. Creepy as it may seem, the metaverse has its advantages. For one, there is no doubt that virtual Travis Scott concerts are safer than the real thing.

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Can’t Wait For The Apple Cloth? Try These Alternatives

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As you may have heard, Apple’s most popular product these days is not one of their highly anticipated new releases. Sure, people are buying the iPhone 13 Pro and the newest MacBook Pro and maybe even the new AirPods 2 (if they have the ears for it). Right now the hottest selling item is the brand-new $19 Apple polishing cloth. It is in such high demand that even if you order today, you won’t be able to get yours until after Christmas.

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Polishing Cloth — $19

I am fully keyed into the Apple ecosystem. (Devices I own: iPhone, AirPods Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Watch). So I totally get the desire to let Tim Cook’s company separate you from your money. But waiting 10 weeks to get a cloth just because it has the Apple logo on it seems rather cultish. And it does not help you clean off your screens until 2022. In the meantime, here are some actually available polishing cloths to hold you over until the New Year:

KUZY CLOTH:

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Kuzy Microfiber Keyboard Cover Cloth Ideal Screen Cleaner for MacBook Pro 13 15 16 inch and MacBook Air 13 inch, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for Electronics, Laptop Screen Protector Cloth, 1pc — $7.95

UPPERCASE CLOTH:

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UPPERCASE GhostBlanket Screen Keyboard Imprint Protection Microfiber Liner and Cleaning Cloth 13″ Compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Macbokk Pro 14″ and MacBook Air 13″ — $9.95

XTHEL CLOTH:

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Xthel Microfiber Cleaning Cloths for Electronics (6 Pack) – Cleans Lenses, Glasses, Screens, Cameras, iPad, iPhone, Eyeglasses, Cell Phone, LCD TV Screens and More — $5.99

MAGICFIBER CLOTH

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MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, EXTRA LARGE PACK — $12.99

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Why Are People Buying Tungsten Cubes?

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In a world turned topsy-turvy, the weirdest things are gaining value. Just look at the ongoing craze for NFTs. You will have to go to a different website to get an explainer on exactly what those are, and I guarantee you that you will not find one with a satisfying answer as to why people pay millions of dollars for them. The latest internet trend, however, is tungsten cubes. While practically as useless as the aforementioned digital tokens, at least tungsten cubes are tangible. To figure out if you should buy one, let’s start by answering a few questions.

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The 4″ Tungsten Cube – Biggest Size

What is tungsten?

If you know anything about tungsten, it is that it is the metal used to make lightbulb filaments. Depending on your recollection of high school chemistry, you may also remember that its chemical symbol is “W,” from the German “Wolfram.” During World War II, the Wolfram Crisis involved the Allies’ attempt to keep Spain from exporting tungsten to the Nazis.

What is a cube?

A cube is a 3-dimensional solid with six square sides. But you knew that already.

What is the deal with tungsten cubes?

The qualities that make tungsten ideal for lightbulbs also makes them attractive cubes. Tungsten has the highest melting point and highest tensile strength of all metals. This gives cubes made out of tungsten a unique heft. Watch the videos about tungsten cubes on Twitter or TikTok, and you will notice this is a recurring theme. Tungsten cubes represent a sort of durability not found in other kinds of cubes out there. Also, it should be noted that people like cubes. The tungsten spheres are nowhere near as popular.

Should you buy a tungsten cube?

If you collect cubes, then the answer is yes, absolutely you should buy a tungsten cube. Although more expensive than, say, an aluminum cube or a magnesium cube, it is also more impressive.

If you do not collect cubes and would prefer to spend your hard-earned cash on something other than a minuscule inanimate object made out of a metal you’ve barely heard of, then no, you should not buy a tungsten cube. Just promise me you don’t go buying an NFT instead.

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