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Apple's AirPods are pretty cool. They're miniscule and work very well, even if they do look like the head of an electric toothbrush. But if you don't like Apple gear, there are alternatives out there that do the same thing. Sometimes these tiny wireless in-ears are referred to as 'hearables', but whatever you want to call them we've got a list of three of our favourites — all completely wireless, and all with their own tiny charging cases.

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Have you ever thought "my wireless earphones are just too big?" Have you ever thought "man, I wish my headphones told me their battery life whenever I switched them on?" Have you ever thought "I wish I could listen to all my music through one earphone, so I don't need to wear both?" Apple's new AirPods solve a lot of these problems. Problems I'm not entirely sure needed to be solved, but problems nonetheless.

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Apple is preparing to film its own original scripted TV shows and potentially movies, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Apple executives are reportedly already in discussion with industry veterans about how to create shows comparable to Netflix's Stranger Things or HBO's Westworld. If all goes according to plan, the company will begin offering its original TV shows on its $11.99-per-month streaming service Apple Music by the end of 2017. Sadly, it looks like Apple is going to half-arse the enterprise.

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If you're buying a phone in Australia, there's a pretty damn good chance that it's running Android or iOS. Apple is far and away the most popular brand, but it's not the most popular platform. 50.1 per cent of all phones sold in Australia in the middle three months of 2016 ran the Android operating system, just beating out Apple's iOS. But Blackberry or Windows Phone? Hardly worth writing home about.

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Apple's new MacBook Pro is the first significant upgrade to the creative professional's go-to laptop in years. It adds the first touchscreen that any Mac has had, updates to new(er) Intel processors and AMD graphics, and makes a swathe of behind-the-scenes usability changes. It's the sum total of those small changes, though — not the new processing power or the not-exactly-amazing battery life — that make the new MacBook Pro a worthwhile purchase if you're considering one.

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Apple announced its AirPods in September just as the company officially made clear its plans to kill the headphone jack on the iPhone. The only real concern about the goofy-looking wireless earbuds was whether they'd be too easy to lose. iOS development team Deucks decided to fight this probability with an app that helps sad people who've lost an airpod and don't want to pay the $99 service fee for a replacement.

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Sonny Dickson has images and video of what he claims is the iPod-based interface — including a gnarly-looking, on-screen click wheel — that almost beat out iOS for the iPhone. Whether it's legitimate or not, let me just say this: Thank Christ it didn't see the light of day.

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One of the beauties of iOS versus other phone operating systems is its relative security and stability versus other phone operating systems. There just aren't a lot of hacks that can harm an iPhone unless it has been jailbroken or hacked by Israeli cyber weapons dealers. But a new exploit will permanently disable the Messages app. So prepare to be wary of any text your arsehole friends and colleagues send your way.

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Over the past 52 weeks, a lot of gadgets great and small have crossed my desk here at Gizmodo. Here are 10 of my favourites — pieces of technology, hardware and software, that have changed my life for the better.

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When they were first announced in September, it was obvious that AirPods were Apple's attempt to distract everyone from the iPhone's lack of a headphone jack. At $229 in Australia, AirPods are Apple's version of truly wireless earphones, a gadget lots of companies have been trying to perfect with varying degrees of success. No one disagrees that wireless is the future, the big question is what company will finally manage to make a truly wireless earbud that is comfortable, affordable, and worth using over more traditional wireless headphones. After two months of delays, AirPods are finally shipping.

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The MacBook Air was Apple's everyman computer, but as it slowly sunsets that notebook, we're looking to Apple for a new vision of the do-everything laptop. The MacBook Air was the computer that businesses issued to their employees, the notebook college students bought, and the laptop you saw littered across coffee shops throughout America. The MacBook, because of its price-to-performance ratio, hasn't quite hit that sweet spot. But the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar could. This is your MacBook Air replacement, and it's going to cost you.