Cool off this summer with the perfect drinking water made only from sunlight and air

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What if you could drink perfect mineral water every day of your life without the cost, inconvenience and environmental impact of buying bottled water from the shops? What if we could source our own water without extracting water from aquifers or adding chemicals to it? What if the world’s purest water isn’t found on earth, it’s found in the atmosphere above it?

What was once seen as drinking water of the future, SOURCE Hydropanel Technology is producing high-quality, renewable, off-grid drinking water for families and businesses across Australia, all from the comfort of people’s homes and office spaces.

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SOURCE Hydropanels combine material science, thermodynamics and a minimalist sleek design to produce a secure, continuous supply of clean drinking water. It does so by harnessing energy of the sun to power the entirely renewable process of tapping into the infinite supply of water vapour in the atmosphere. So, how does it work?

Ambient air is drawn in via fans and a hygroscopic material allows water molecules to be adsorbed into an air-tight chamber. The water then flows through a system where it is mineralised with magnesium and calcium for optimal taste and health.

The result? Fresh, great tasting, chemical free SOURCE water is then delivered straight to your kitchen fridge or tap!

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This means no more trips to the shop to buy those nasty single use plastic bottles. No more microplastics in your drinking water and it means having freedom and independence when it comes to your drinking water, so you and your family or colleagues have peace of mind.

A typical Hydropanel array can produce up to 600 standard water bottles per month, whilst offsetting over 100,000 plastic water bottles in its lifetime. With 60 litres of in-built storage, SOURCE Hydropanels can continually provide high-quality, great tasting drinking water for up to 15 years.

This is a fantastic solution for people who drink plastic bottled water, anyone who’s dependent on a tank rain water system or wants a high quality, local supply of drinking water to complement their mains drinking water supply. And with a payback of 3 – 4 years when compared to bottled water, SOURCE is a smart economic choice.

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Oh, and did we mention there’s an App? Not only can you as a SOURCE customer own and produce your own drinking water, you can also view water production and consumption from your smart devices, in real time. SOURCE Hydropanels come with in-built machine learning and are connected via a mesh network to the Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Scottsdale, Arizona. This connectivity allows SOURCE to be monitored for any updates required and optimised in-field. You can even switch your SOURCE array to sleep mode when you go away on holidays.

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All of this sounds like it’s from the future but it’s not. SOURCE Hydropanels are producing drinking water for people all across Australia, in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

You can now buy and own your SOURCE Hydropanel array from Bing Lee. To try SOURCE water visit participating stores, Old Guildford, Taree and Belconnen or visit our online store to purchase your high quality, independent water supply!

THE ULTIMATE MULTI-TASKER IN OUR HOME – THE TV

If you aren’t already taking full advantage of what your modern big screen TV  can do, we’ll show you exactly what is now possible.

Long gone are the days when TVs took up valuable real estate in our living rooms for the pure task of passive entertainment viewing. There was a time when TV cabinets were designed with doors to hide them away when not in use, whilst some home designers suggested keeping them out of lounge rooms entirely.

TVs are more than just a device to watch the midday movie or the nightly news on. Just like many things in our life these days, it has learnt to multi-task.

Here are some of the ways you can take advantage of the technology built-in to new big screen TVs.

VIEW MORE THAN JUST FREE-TO-AIR BROADCASTING

With free-to-air viewership slowly in decline we’re seeing the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Stan, and FreeView Catch Up platforms as the more popular way to consume TV shows and movies. Fortunately, every modern television out on the market today will have the ability to deliver these streaming services via in-built software that seamlessly connects to the internet and can tap into your streaming accounts.SONY X85F - KD85X8500FSony’s 85″ 4K UHD Smart Led Android TV ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to versatility and built-in technology. It has Chromecast incorporated into its smart design so you can easily cast your favourite entertainment like YouTube or Netflix. The Android TV offers content search abilities that work as fast as you can talk. With advanced voice control and connectivity with Google Play, this 4K TV allows access to movies, TV shows, apps, or broadcasts in an instant.

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Panasonic’s 75″ PREMIUM 4K UHD SMART LED TV comes with the My Home Screen 3.0 platform. This user friendly and customisable interface makes it easy to cast shows and clips from streaming and catch-up services, as well as online sites like YouTube.

LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND RADIO STATIONS

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Listening to the radio in your home through a stand-alone device is a thing of the past as apps and digital devices become more accessible and intuitive. Just like the TV and movie streaming services, you can now listen to your favourite radio station and music on yourTV.

While many Australian radio stations are already broadcasting in digital via apps, making it easier to be found on a smart TV, there is also access to thousands of international radio stations and podcast providers available through your TV. Lucky for us modern TV now have some pretty outstanding built-in sound systems to enhance your listening experience.TCL - 55C6US - 55” QUHD ANDROID TV

TCL’s 55” QUHD ANDROID TV offers itself up as an ultimate entertainment hub, boasting some impressive sound delivery. TCL has partnered with one of the audio industry leaders, Harman Kardon, to produce exceptional sound with a premium built-in design, raising the bar in home entertainment experience.

IT SHOULD BE SEEN WHEN NOT HEARD

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TVs are getting thinner and more streamlined every year. When wall mounted, a big screen TV complements your home in the same way a piece of art does.

But what about the unpleasant blank-screen issue that makes a TV stand-out for all the wrong reasons in your living space when not in use? TVs now offer the ability to do away with the blank-screen issue by offering the capability to display stunning photographs, content or digital works of art on the screen when not being used.

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Samsung’s Q7 QLED 4K UHD TV has an ‘Ambient Mode’ that not only allows you to play photos when not in use, but can seamlessly blend into the background by matching the colour or pattern of the wall it is mounted to.

The Q7 offers slim fit wall mounts and one thin cable that attaches everything cleanly to the TV. Ultimately letting you store your devices out of sight by connecting them to the One Connect Box.

VOICE RECOGNITION AND INTUITIVE REMOTE CONTROLS

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The remote control has seen its own evolution over the years. Starting with the humble days of actually getting up off the couch to change the channel, to a wired remote, wireless remote, and now voice recognition.

Whilst voice recognition can be utilised by external devices like the Google Home to navigate TV, film and music streaming services through your TV, it is much easier when the software is built-in.

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The LG OLED 65″ TV C8 AI ThinQ offers an enhanced interactive experience by employing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to deliver intelligent voice activated control. Meaning you can control the TV with just your voice, and you can ask it certain questions while watching a movie. Such as ‘what is the name of the song being played?’, or ‘what is the name of the actor?’ etc. Pretty impressive stuff!Hisense Series5_75_2018_1400x830-1Whereas, Hisense’s 75″ Series 5 UHD SMART LED TV has given you the option of controlling your TV straight from your smartphone. The VIDAA U 2.5 Smart TV platform and RemoteNOW is an exclusive Hisense app that allows you to control your ULED TV and customise your favourite apps, channels and inputs straight from your smartphone.

6 game-changing things you need to know about LG’s CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners

No, not all vacuums are the same! Here are six things that make LG’s CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners the latest must-have home appliance.

How great can a vacuum really be? Most of us detest plugging one in and relentlessly rolling a vacuum head over and over and over a stubborn cluster of crumbs.

It can be one of the most time-consuming chores because there’s the transition from rugs to tiles, and carpet to floorboards. Then there’s the hard to reach places like the corners of the staircase or the inside of the car. Ugh. The struggle is all too real.

That’s if you have the wrong vacuum.

LG has now released an incredible gamer changer on the home appliance scene with their range of CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners. As the name suggests, these vacuums are completely cordless – meaning you have complete freedom from tangled cords and can clean up mess in any space conveniently!

 

Pretty impressive at first glance, right? The CordZero range has so much more to offer than the obvious cordless freedom, so we’ve gathered six of our favourite features about the CordZero collection that will change the way you look at cleaning.

Busts the dust with 5 Step Filtration

Let’s start off with the technical features that CordZero has to offer. Don’t be overwhelmed because we’ll take you through step by step – to a total of five steps to be exact. This dreamy cleaning machine uses 5 Step Filtration immediately from the second you turn it on to moment a particle of dust lands in its bin.

This deconstructed image shows exactly what’s going on in this lightweight vacuum (i.e.… a lot!). For a simplified explanation, dust and larger dirt particles are separated in steps 1–3 and deposited in the dustbin, while smaller particles including fine dust are filtered in steps 4–5.

 

These super vacuums have something called an Axial Turbo Cyclone™ design, which generates powerful mini whirlwinds of air that suck in and separate dust particles and dirt.

The built-in superfine spiral blades direct the airflow to help enhance dust separation. It’s ultra-powerful on large and small dirt particles. Check out how thoroughly it picks up sprinkles from a shaggy rug!

Improved performance with the lightweight Smart Inverter Motor® P9

The motor of any machine is arguably the most important part. LG uses a brushless Smart Inverter Motor™ in CordZero that spins at a rapid speed. It drives the fan to generate internal cyclonic airflows inside the vacuum to help separate and filter dust particles, as we mentioned in point 1.

The key feature to note is that the LG CordZero vacuum is designed with a brushless motor, which means it works with minimal mechanical friction during operation. Motors with carbon brushes may create carbon dust which wears over time when the motor is operating. Since the Smart Inverter Motor™ doesn’t use any carbon brushes, it generates minimal carbon dust.

By magnetic separation of the components (yes, we’re putting science caps on), the motor is more durable and will have a longer life. Such a long life, in fact, that LG offers a 10-year parts warranty on the motor!

The physical design of the motor itself is powerful yet small and lightweight, which allows the new and improved design compared to LG’s previous handstick vacuum cleaner.

Strong and thorough cleaning with the Power Drive Nozzle

The cleaning head also has a secret gem hidden within: the Power Drive Nozzle.

This special motor on the inside of the head rotates the roller so it can effectively clean from any floor surface. It lifts dust, dirt and even pet hair from carpets and off hard floors. Watch the short clip below to see it in action!

More battery time with the Dual Power Pack

With 2X models (A9 MASTER 2X, A9 MULTI 2X and A9 PETNBED 2X), interchangeable and rechargeable batteries are easy to swap over for continuous cleaning.

The two lithium-ion batteries in the LG CordZero handstick provide a possible total of a huge 80 minutes’ worth of vacuum time! (When operating in ‘normal’ start mode and without a Power Drive Nozzle™.)

By simply pushing the buttons on both sides of the battery, you can slip the battery in or out. What better way to speed up time spent on chores!

Comfortable operation with Thumb Touch Control®

Now that you know how it works on the inside, you’re probably wondering if all that technology makes the vacuum heavy or difficult to use. The short answer is: no.

CordZero is as cleverly designed on the outside as it is on the inside. These vacuums have an ergonomic Opti-balanced Handle™. This special handle reduces strain on your arm and wrist for relaxed and comfortable use – even when vacuuming the whole house!

The cleaner body of the CordZero is also specifically designed to face the floor at a 45 degree angle. Why? So that the centre of gravity of the motor and the battery are optimised to reduce muscle strain. Unlike other vacuums, it provides for an effortless position when cleaning the floor.

Perhaps the most noticeable comfort feature is Thumb Touch Control®. All the functions (on, off and power levels including turbo mode) are easy to control and are enabled with a touch of a thumb. LG has put all the control in the palm of your hand – literally!

Did we mention it’s also adjustable? There’s so much to love!

Easy, versatile storage

So you know what’s going on inside the CordZero, you’ve cleaned up the mess on the floor, and now you’re ready to kick your feet up. Packing away is just as easy with three storage options: Floor-standing mode, Wall-mount mode, or Compact mode.

The versatility in storage lets the CordZero fit into any space of your home, just the way you want.

Cleaning bots of the future: How iRobot is changing the way we vacuum and mop

Sit down, kick your feet up and relax because iRobot has three new models on the market that will keep your floors effortlessly impeccable. Here’s everything you need to know!

Having a robot to clean the house and do your chores might sound like something from The Jetsons, but the truth is that the spotless way of the future is now – thanks to iRobot!

iRobot might already ring a bell to you because the company has been ‘a global pioneer in the robotics and consumer products industries’* for over 25 years. They’ve produced award-winning robotic vacuums and continue to create innovative devices to help keep homes neat and tidy (without all the manual hard work!).

It’s almost too good to be true, but you can really kick your feet up and spend your free time on the couch while a little robotic vacuum quietly roams your floors and cleans them! If this sounds appealing to you (why wouldn’t it?!) then you’ll be glad to know that iRobot has three new models on the carpet market for you to get your hands on.

 

Speaking of which, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, iRobot and Bing Lee have teamed up to give three lucky people the chance to win one of the three new models! All you need to do is complete the entry form before 18/02/18: http://binglee.shopirobot.com.au/

We’re here to tell you all about the three new game-changing iRobot models: iRobot Roomba 637, iRobot Roomba 890 and iRobot Braava 380t. You can thank us when your chore day turns into catching up on your favourite shows instead! 😉

*Find out more about iRobot here.

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If tech-savviness isn’t your forte then the Roomba 637 is the robotic vacuum for you. It’s the standard-setting bot that is perfect for a thorough, everyday clean. With one press of a button (no programming required!) the Roomba gets to work with its patented 3-stage cleaning process.

Balancing the use of vacuum suction and debris extraction, it removes dirt, hair and dust from your carpets, tile, hardwood, and laminate flooring. Even the smallest dust particles are captured thanks to the AeroVac™ Filter.

You might be wondering how a vacuum can navigate itself around your home. Well, it’s smart. Very smart! The Roomba has an iAdapt Responsive Navigation system which uses a full suite of sensors enable the bot to work its way under furniture and around the tight spaces of your room. It’s even clever enough (thanks to cliff-detection sensors) to avoid stairs or ledges that would cause it to fall off.

When it has finished its round of cleaning, it automatically returns to its Home Base® to recharge. Too easy!

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If you’re up for something even smarter, the Roomba 890 is sure to impress you. It has all the impressive features of the Roomba 637 with even greater performance thanks to its AeroForce® 3-Stage Cleaning System.

It also has Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes with an innovative design that’s durable enough to grab pet hair and large debris from the floor while reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. Tick for even more convenience!

Its Edge-Sweeping Brush collects dust from along wall edges and corners too. In fact, the AeroForce® High-Efficiency Filter captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles and traps particles as small as 10 microns. How’s that for a healthy home environment?

Now, probably one of the most awesome features of the Roomba 890 is that you can control it from the palm of your hands! That’s right, the Roomba 890 is aboard the app train. Simply download the iRobot HOME App and you’ll be able to unlock a whole world full of features such as:

  • Scheduling your cleaning from anywhere at any time.
  • App-based support for easy access to tips and tricks
  • Status monitoring to let you keep track of your Roomba’s cleaning
  • Pre-set cleaning to automatically clean up to seven times a week
  • Getting notified when your Roomba’s bin is full and needs emptying

 

iRobot Braava 380t

Now this one is a little different because this handy robot is not a vacuum. It’s actually a mop! You can finally toss aside your bucket and the impractical handheld mop for a device that will sweep up to 92m2 or mop up to 32m2 in a single cleaning cycle.

Like its Roomba relatives, the Braava won’t fall off stairs or ledges, and its smart iAdapt® 2.0 with Navigation Cube helps it keep track of where it’s been and where it needs to go.

It’s so simple and easy to set up. Just attach a cleaning cloth, press MOP or Sweep, and Braava will do the rest! It’s compatible with a variety of cloths and pads such as reusable microfiber cloths and disposable cleaning cloths.

The mopping robot is versatile and works on all hard surface floors, including laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. It has a triple-pass mopping action to clean up everyday dirt and grime, and sweeps back and forth in straight lines to trap dust, hair and dirt.

So how does it perform? On a single charge it can mop for up to 150 minutes or sweep for up to a whopping 210 minutes!

Highlights of the Bing Lee Marsden Park Grand Opening weekend!

If you missed it on our socials (you can like us on Facebook here), last weekend was the grand opening of the new Bing Lee store located in Marsden Park. To celebrate, we had face painting for the kids, meet and greets with the NSW Swifts and Giants Netball teams, and delicious hors d’oeuvres cooked up in-store by Smeg chef Anne Lemon.

You might’ve seen it on our Instagram story (keep up-to-date by following us on Instagram here), but if you didn’t, here’s a recap of some of our favourite highlights:

 

There were selfies all round, Polaroid pictures and signed netballs. There were cooking demonstrations using Smeg appliances (with dishes to taste-test!).  Best of all, there were our valued customers! We loved having you head down to Marsden Park and enjoy the Grand Opening weekend with us, so thank you!

If you didn’t get the chance to join us then, you’ll still have an amazing visit to Marsden Park on any other day. Our friendly Bing Lee staff always want to give you the best shopping experience whether you’re browsing our wide range of entertainment technology or whether you’re after stunning new kitchen appliances – both of which are Marsden Park’s speciality!

There’s so much in-store at this brand new location, so pop in, say hi and let our Bing Lee experts give you a shopping experience to remember.

Home Consortium – Marsden Park
Shop T3, 17-43 Hollinsworth Road
Marsden Park 2765 NSW

 

5 gadgets you need for the ultimate beach trip

What’s summer without trips to the beach? Slap on your sunscreen and embrace holiday vibes with these five gadgets.

With some of the most iconic beaches in the world, we Aussies are lucky to have such beautiful holiday-type destinations right at our doorstep. The sunshine, water and company of loved ones reminds us of what summer is all about!

We’re here to tell you that the summer experience can be made even better by packing a few extra items in your bag. Five items, to be exact. These gadgets are for the whole family to enjoy and (most importantly) can withstand the sand, water and travel.

So make space beside the board shorts and boat hats for the gizmos that’ll give you the ultimate beach trip!

1.     Waterproof portable speaker

Every year there’s that summer anthem that we all want on repeat. There are the tunes that bring beach volleyball games to life. And let’s not forget the tracks that bring out the dance moves.

A portable speaker is the life of the party. They’re small and light in design so you won’t feel like you’re carrying a boombox on your shoulder (although there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re old school!).

Opting for a Bluetooth speaker means that you can play your beach playlist from your phone and have it in the background without needing to reach for it after every track.

Even better is a waterproof portable speaker, which is quite self-explanatory. They’re durable and not afraid of a little accidental splash.

Ultimate Ears have an extensive range of waterproof speakers that are light, colourful, and produce quality sound to get the party going this summer. Check out the video below to see the UE Roll 2 in action!

2.     Waterproof camera

Summer goes by too fast, but one way to keep the memories alive is by capturing every moment on camera. Investing in a waterproof camera means that you won’t have to rely on your phone or regular camera, nor risk the damage if either gets wet (summer bummer!).

Save your phone battery and opt for a gadget that’s sole purpose is for seizing your summer adventures!  Capture candid moments underwater with the kids or sharp images of colourful fish in motion.

Your waterproof camera will be full of those incredible photos that you’ll hang up around the house!

For a durable camera that’ll give you quality images under the water and above it, you can’t go past a GoPro! Hit play on the video below to see all the incredible features of the GoPro HERO5 Black.

3.     Drone

Now that you’ve got a waterproof camera to take pictures below the water, a drone is what’ll get you amazing images from above it. Way above it.

A drone is a virtual flying camera. And you are the pilot! Drones let you film, photograph and navigate around areas with an incredible range of motion. They are unbelievably innovative and can come with a variety of features.

Ranging from pro drones to mini drones, there’s a design for the beginner and the tech-savvy. You can even create your own little videos (or short films!) with the powerful lenses and propulsion that offer steady flight and recording.

DJI and Parrot are popular for their ranges of drones that are light-weight, smart and eay to control. Get a glimpse of the DJI Spark Mini Drone experience by clicking on the video below!

4.     Portable BBQ

Snags on the barbie? Yes, please! The surfs and swims will undoubtedly get tummies rumbling, and a portable BBQ is the perfect hunger tamer.

Get sausages and chicken skewers cooking, onions caramelising and bread grilling with a lightweight, easy-to-use BBQ. Portable grills are typically a cinch to clean and pack away when lunch is over. And they’re super convenient to start up again when the sun goes down!

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal is a range of revolutionary barbeques with modern aesthetics and clever technology, designed by the 3-Michelin Star chef himself. Among the range is the CUBE – a portable BBQ that’s convenient and simply perfect for those summer picnics! Watch the clip below to get a better look.

5.     Portable charger

Time flies when you’re having fun. So too can the battery in your gadget! Prepare for an entire day and night out by making sure your phone, camera, tablet and every other gizmo has a source of life revival.

Packing a portable charger can prove to be very handy. They’re typically small in size and are a ‘just-in-case’ item that’ll give you peace of mind. Especially if you’re relying on your phone’s navigator to find your way home!

Laser and Cygnett offer plenty of trusty powerbanks to choose from whether you’re after one USB port or more. Opt for one with colour (like the Laser powerbanks featured below) to find it quickly in your beach bag!

Christmas traditions to start with the family this year

Whether your family gathers from near or far every Christmas, there’s nothing like traditions to get everyone in the festive spirit. Here are some of our favourites to get you holiday-ready.

Your family might already have some traditions that are standard every Christmas, like digging into the famous roast or pavlova, but why not make this year one to start something new? Here are some Christmas traditions that the little ones and the older folks will enjoy too.

Decorate cupcakes or cookies

A hands-on, impromptu gift is always fun. Give everyone a plain cookie or cupcake and get them to decorate it personally for one other family member. Make a decorating station out of the dining table or kitchen bench with frosting, food colouring, marshmallows, chocolate chips and sprinkles.

You can even pick names out of a hat for a fun version of Secret Santa – cookie style! It’ll get messy, but it’s worth it 😉

Donate gifts

Take the chance these holidays to give back to the wider community or support a charity. The gift of giving is more rewarding than anything else! Get your little ones involved and see what ideas they can come up with.

It could be wrapping and donating toys, shoes or clothes. Or it could be a nursing home or hospital visit. The sky’s the limit!

Bing Lee proudly supports the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and you can donate to their great cause here.

Spend the day in pyjamas

This one requires very little effort – and that’s the whole point! If you spend Christmas Day indoors with the family, gift each other some pjs and enjoy the day in comfort. Not to mention, personalised pjs are always a much-loved present!

Think matching sets with character prints, movie themes or classic Christmas patterns. Or why not a onsie?

Watch a Christmas movie

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After the big feast and playing with all the presents, what better way to unwind than on the couch with a holiday-themed film? Vote on a family favourite like Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Grinch.

You can keep the theme up with special Christmas popcorn and mini gingerbread men to snack on!

Play a classic board game

Many families might already do this, but having a rival game of Charades or hours-long rounds of Monopoly is a great way for true (and competitive) colours to come out.

Give the games a Christmas twist by changing the tokens, or even have a gift from Santa under the tree that the winner of the game can claim!

Read a Christmas story

This might sound a little cliché, but having a heartfelt Christmas story read to the youngest ones by their grandparents is a special way to celebrate the season. It’s a wonderful memory for children to cherish.

Pick a classic book and have the older family members write down a Christmas message inside. The book can then be passed down through each generation!

Take a family photo

Create a family Christmas album and add a new photo to it every year. Take it in front of the Christmas tree, on a staircase or in front of the house.

Be as creative as you like in the photo! Make it goofy, sweet, messy or neat. You can even allocate someone different to dress up as Santa each year. Open up the album every Christmas and see how much everyone’s grown!

Last minute gifts that’ll make anyone happy this Christmas

Ran out of time this Christmas and need a quick, successful shop for presents to please the whole crowd? No matter what their hobbies are, these last-minute gifts are sure to be a hit.

Christmas can be a crazy time of year. There’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to buy someone who is particularly picky or perhaps is the person who already has everything, we’re here to help.

These picks are practical and range from low price points to high end – so there’s something for everyone!

Headphones/Earphones

Headphones and earphones are a great present pick because everyone uses them, and pretty much everyone could use a spare pair! They range from basic functionality to noise-cancelling and premium-sounding.

Convenience is key with wireless headphones being obviously tangle-free but also catering for newer models of smartphones that go without the earphone jack. Apple AirPods are a good choice for iPhone users!

Bluetooth models are a great option for travellers too, as well as foldable headphones and earphones small enough to fit in pockets for the gym junkies.

There are plenty of varieties to pick from for the business-busy, the DJ and the kids.

Powerbank

Something everyone can appreciate is a powerbank – because sooner or later comes the regret of not having one on hand! They’re small enough to slip into a briefcase or handbag and can be a lifesaver in a (tech) crisis.

Opt for a colourful one if you want to make the gift more personal!

If your gift recipient is a driver, a car charger is just as handy. Don’t forget to double check their phone charger port to find the appropriate wire!

Portable speaker

Downunder, Christmas is simultaneous with summer. So what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with some good tunes at the BBQ, beach and… anywhere! A portable speaker can prove to be handy and a whole lot of fun (with minimal effort).

They’re be pumping their favourite tunes in great quality with a Bluetooth speaker. A waterproof or splashproof speaker is a big plus if you’re gifting to a beach-lover!

If they’re a real adventurer and love the outdoors, gift them a portable speaker with a clip so that they can attach it to their bike or backpack when they’re on-the-go – like these ones from JBL.

Coffee machine

If you’re gifting a coffee-lover, this one’s a no-brainer! There’s no need to go down to the café to get a good cuppa joe when you can make one in the comfort of your home – they’ll thank you for that 😉

There’s a great selection of coffee machines from many world-renowned brands in a variety of sizes so you can pick one that won’t leave them strapped for counter space. If they already have a machine, opt for grinders, coffee beans/pods or coffee accessories.

Do they prefer tea over coffee? A KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the perfect gift. They’ll be able to brew tea leaves for flavoured iced tea all summer long!

Fitbit

A Fitbit is so much more than just a wristband. It’s an all-day tracking device that’s innovative and suitable for anyone of any age.

Its features will inspire a healthier lifestyle with heart rate, activity, and sleep tracking, and so much more. It can connect to a smartphone, deliver notifications, and has an incredible battery life.

It’s just as stylish, too, with interchangeable bands and a wide range of colours to choose from. It might be just what they need to pull through with those New Years resolutions!

Small kitchen appliance

They don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy a small blender. These small appliances are super easy to use and will transform the way they have breakfast and enjoy summer drinks. ‘On-the-go’ types of blenders (with a bottle to detach and drink immediately from) will be their diet game-changer.

Gift them some smoothie recipes with the blender if you know they’ll need a head start!

Are they more of an entertainer? Opt for a food processor or mixer – they’re so versatile in the kitchen that they’ll be able to make dips, soups, pastes and more. Just check out these 3 impressive dips that they’ll be able to whip up!

A juicer is another great idea and will encourage more nutritious drinks if they’re trying to cut out the fizzy sodas – perfect for a family with little ones!

5 pieces of entertainment that are better on a QLED TV

Is your TV providing you with less-than-premium quality? Here’s how Samsung’s QLED TV will drastically transform the way you enjoy these five forms of entertainment.

If you don’t know a whole lot about Samsung’s QLED TVs, you’ll want to read this post on why they’re picture perfect. QLED uses Quantum Dot technology and LED panelling to produce outstanding quality in the colour, clarity and detail of the picture on the screen.

 

We know that you’ll love QLED no matter what – whether you’re binge-watching shows on Netflix, playing the latest HDR video games or streaming from your favourite YouTube subscriptions.

Any content on a QLED is gratifying in its own right, but we’ve narrowed down our five favourite things to watch on Samsung’s best TV yet.

Try them out for yourself and let us know in the comments below what entertainment you love on your QLED!

Horror films

Most TVs don’t provide a cinema-like quality and disappoint people who look forward to a much-anticipated scary movie. Why? Because horror films are generally dark (literally speaking) and their frames can be hard to distinguish.

Because of the deliberate lack of lighting used by directors to create suspense, the details of the scene often get lost and fade into blackness. But that doesn’t mean your TV screen can’t show clear-cut lines or deliver impressive contrast.

With QLED, nothing gets faded into the background.  In fact, you’ll be able to easily decipher between the different shades of black in the scene. Just take a look at the cat in the example below.

The precise colour control of Quantum Dot technology makes it easy for your eyes to catch that shadow in the corner or the masked man approaching…

Cartoons

On the flip side of why you’d want to watch horror films on a QLED, you’ll also want to switch to a QLED to watch cartoons for its incredible display of bright colours.

QLED delivers 100% colour volume. As Samsung explains, “It is how bright each colour can be shown, while maintaining the same rich hue it has at lower brightness (luminance) levels.”

Rather than colours appearing dull or washed out, as on standard conventional TVs, QLED doesn’t shift colours to appear inaccurately. It means that colours reach their richness individually and evenly so that you’re left with overall dazzling colour.

It’s this technology that will give you a much more vibrant and pleasant viewing of anime, animated films or cartoon TV shows. You see animations in the same quality that they were created. To think you haven’t seen the real colours of the balloons in Up!

Wildlife documentaries

Aside from the extreme brightness you can enjoy while watching cartoons, the 100% colour volume re-creates accurate real-world palettes too.

What does this mean? Well, when directors capture beautiful scenes, you get to see it as they saw it. Tone for tone and shade for shade.

That’s why watching wildlife documentaries are even more extraordinary on a QLED. It portrays such a precise picture that you’ll feel like you’re face to face with the world’s most fascinating creatures.

Many nature-themed documentaries these days are filmed up-close and personal. With a QLED, you’ll see such magnificent detail – every slight wrinkle on an elephant, every vibrant feather on an exotic bird and all the magical movements and neon colours under the sea.

Sports

QLED has an extremely thin bezel to eliminate the look of a framed TV. It also has one clear cable that runs almost invisibly from the TV, so whether you’re hanging the TV or putting it on a stand, the screen appears boundless.

What does this have to do with sports? Well, the TV’s seamless design gives a virtually endless picture, so you don’t feel boxed in. Watching the big game? You’ll feel like you’re at the stadium!

No longer will you have to fight for the best seat on game day either. Whether it’s the middle of the couch or the bar stool on the bench, you’ll still get a good view thanks to QLED’s expanded viewing angles.

The TV appears just as bright and accurate from any seat, so you’ll love hosting at your place!

Gaming

The user experience on a QLED is unlike anything gamers have seen before. The latest High Dynamic Range content – especially games – is designed for ultimate enjoyment. But not all TVs can deliver HDR content as intended.

QLED has superb realism so that you can genuinely feel immersed when you play. Whether it’s racing, sci-fi or adventure-packed HDR games, you can bring any world to life.

The TV has an ultra-fast motion rate and delivers silky smooth movement so that you can be in control and hit even the most precise target. You can also expect action in real time thanks to QLED’s exceptionally low input lag.

Check out how cool it really is with the short snippet below.

Turning old air conditioners into smart systems with Sensibo Sky

Wish the house was already cool when you walked in on a hot summer’s day? Thanks to Sensibo, even older air conditioners can set a comfortable temperature for you before you get home!

As the smart technology sector continues to snowball, it’s becoming more and more common for many households to have voice-activated appliances, completely wireless accessories and smartphone-controlled gadgets.

And it’s simple to understand why: convenience. (Plus, who doesn’t want to live like The Jetsons?)

What makes a home home is comfort. And what’s more comfortable than turning electronics on and off with the touch of a screen? There is an answer: Controlling your appliances with the touch of a screen while you’re not even home.

We see these game-changing and innovative improvements in the way we can do ordinary, everyday things. Optimising your old air conditioner is now one of them – thanks to Sensibo.

Sensibo Sky

If you know what it’s like wanting to come to sweet, refreshing relief after a sweltering day but need to wait an unprecedented amount of time before your air conditioner kicks in, let us introduce you to Sensibo Sky.

Sensibo Sky is an external device that pairs with the remote control of your air conditioner. After downloading the Sensibo app, you can then control your air conditioner from your smartphone no matter where you are!

“Sensibo turns on the heat before you wake up in the winter. It cools your house down before you arrive in the summer. At home or on the go, it always makes sure the temperature is just right for you,” as put by Sensibo.

You might be thinking that your air conditioner is too old for this kind of technology and that you’re anticipating having to replace the whole thing. Well, great news, you don’t!

If you’ve got a split system, portable or window wall air conditioner that works with a remote control, then you have the opportunity to dwell in a home of the future.

How it works

You can find the Sensibo user manual here, but we’ll give you the rundown because it’s as easy as pie!

Firstly, you can check if your air conditioner is compatible with Sensibo Sky here.

Sensibo works globally with any voltage and any power outlet, so as long as your A/C is remote-controlled (compatible as per the guide above) and you have WiFi access, you’re ready to go.

Next, simply install the free Sensibo app, and it will guide you through the installation process.  Then it will detect your remote control, sync and voilà!

You’ll get to name your air conditioners on the app so that you can control the work A/C or home A/C simultaneously and with different settings if need be. Now that’s cool.

Features

Sensibo’s in-app automations make it easy to navigate through the controls and features available to you.

With a simple tap, you can turn the air-con on or off from anywhere. You can control the temperature (naturally), but you can also control the mode, fan level, swing and set a timer.

You’ll be able to see the live temperature measurement on your smartphone too without having to be in the same room as the air-con.

What’s even more impressive about the device is that you can schedule the settings in advance. So whether you want to wake up in a warm bedroom at 6am or come home to a cool living room at 7pm, Sensibo will have you covered. You can set it to repeat so that your space is regulated every day without you even needing to think about it!

Or if work is a little unpredictable and you get home at different times at the end of each day, Sensibo can trigger the A/C to turn on when you’re close to home – 1km, 2km, 5km or 10km away!

Another option is to grant other people access to the A/C control. You can send a unique link to our family members, flatmates or colleagues so that they can adjust the A/C settings from their smartphones too.

It also sends filter cleaning alerts so that your air is always fresh!

Climate React

One of the most impressive features of Sensibo Sky is what’s called ‘Climate React’. You can set your air-con to automatically turn on when the room reaches a certain temperature.

So if you’re napping on the couch on a warm summer’s day, you don’t need to wake up from the heat and scramble for the A/C remote – Sensibo will take care of it for you and let you rest blissfully.

It’s also a great option for when you’re busy entertaining or if you want to maintain a comfortable room temperature for the elderly.

Sensibo essentially upgrades and adds value to your current air conditioner with features such as Climate React because it enables your air conditioner to do more than it initially could.

Family friendly

If you have a full house, you won’t need to constantly remind the last person to leave to turn the air con off. (Parents who live with teenagers know exactly what we’re talking about!)

If every family member connects their smartphone to Sensibo, their location services will let the air-con know whether it needs to remain on or not.

When the last person leaves the vicinity, Sensibo automatically turns off to save energy – and lets you know with a notification sent to your phone.

With the running costs of electricity these days, accidentally leaving the A/C on can be a costly mistake. So who wouldn’t love the peace of mind?

Integrations

Don’t have your phone on you? No problem! Sensibo Sky integrates with Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon Echo (Alexa).

Once connected in a few short steps, you can ask questions such as:

  • Hey Google, what is the living room set to?
  • Hey Google, what is the temperature in the living room?
  • Ok Google, what is the humidity in the living room?

Or make demands such as:

  • Ok Google, turn on the living room
  • Ok Google, turn on the thermostat
  • Ok Google, turn off the bedroom

And the same with Alexa.

With the option of voice control and smartphone control, Sensibo Sky transforms your existing air conditioner into an almost entirely new appliance!

You can get your hands on one online or in-store now at Bing Lee.