UE Hyperboom review: A jumbo portable Bluetooth speaker that rocks

The UE Hyperboom is one tall pitcher of Bluetooth speaker.

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Ultimate Ears Boom speakers come in a few different sizes, but none as big as the Hyberboom. A supersize wireless speaker that tips the scales at a hefty 13 pounds, the Hyperboom makes the Megaboom 3 look unquestionably puny. Available in black only at launch, the Hyperboom costs $399 (399 euros, AU$599). That’s not cheap, but it sounds better than a lot of the jumbo portable speakers on the market right now. (There’s no word yet on UK pricing or when it will be released in the UK, but it’ll likely match the euro price.)


  • Big sound with strong bass and good detail
  • Up to 24 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels
  • IP4 water-resistance rating (splashproof)
  • Good wireless Bluetooth range (up to 150 feet)
  • Can wirelessly link with other UE Boom and Megaboom speakers
  • Integrated microphone automatically reads the environment and calibrates the sound to fill any space, indoors or outdoors

Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • No Wi-Fi or voice assistant built-in
  • At 13 pounds, it’s not a speaker you want to carry too far

Ultimate Ears reps told me the Hyperboom was created after the

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9 tips and tricks for the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite are both fantastic gaming devices. 

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Gaming is one of many ways you can entertain yourself while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The Nintendo Switch adds versatility to your gaming sessions by allowing you to shift from docked and connected to your TV to a portable handheld mode — you can go from your couch to your bed or patio without skipping a beat. Add in the growing game library, including the just-released Animal CrossingSuper Smash Bros. and the classic Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and you’ll find yourself happily gaming for hours on end. (See our Animal Crossing gaming tips here.)

The Nintendo Switch Lite is less expensive and a touch smaller, but just as capable as the standard model. You won’t be able to connect to your TV, but it does come in some fun colors. The Lite has also earned high praise from CNET’s Scott Stein, who called it his “favorite game console right now, no contest.”

Whether you’re just arriving on the Nintendo Switch train (welcome aboard!), or you’re a seasoned pro, we have some tips and tricks that help

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iOS and iPadOS 13.4: New features Apple users need to know

The new features in iOS/iPadOS 13.4 include iCloud Drive folder sharing, Apple Mail updates, changes to Siri, universal app support, and more.

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The release of iOS 13 has not been without challenges. The fork of iPadOS into its own operating system to be used only on iPads made sense because iPads are capable of extra features given the additional, faster hardware they possess, so it makes sense to keep them separate.

But iOS 13 has also been arguably the buggiest release in Apple’s usually stellar history. It has been a growing concern since the initial release of version 13, and while Apple has done much to stem this in subsequent updates, it is telling that the company has adopted a performance-based approach to these newer updates, choosing to focus primarily on quality instead of pushing out as many new features as possible.

SEE: Apple iPad Pro 2020: Cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 are both prime examples of this mindset. There were six beta testing waves and a final gold master (GM) release before making the update available to everyone on March 24, 2020. This version of 13.4 has been vetted extensively,

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