David Yakir and Wayne Dillon Yak About Tech – Best Headphone Recommendations

David Yakir and Wayne Dillon Yak About Tech – Best Headphone Recommendations

Since Wayne and I were going to get together in the studio, I thought we’d do some tech talk. Tried to answer some questions, but with the limits of time I only got as far as recommending Bluetooth headphones. Boy can we chit-chat. Next time we’ll be more focused. So here are the recommended headphones. Put a little focus on Chromebooks. I’m starting to recommend them to my wiser and more mature friends.


Best Sport Headphones for iPhone and Apple Watch

by Mike Tanasychuk, imore.comDecember 5, 2016 10:00 AM

What’re the best sport headphones? Here are our picks!

Music moves you — sometimes literally. But if you don’t have the right pair of headphones, then moving can be a drag.

Don’t suffer in silence — grab a kickass pair of sport headphones and crank your tunes while you tone.

Jaybird X3

Jaybird’s been making excellent earbuds for a while and the X3s are phenomenal. Jaybird’s fantastic at marrying great sound quality with comfort, style, and durability (it’s a polyamorous relationship).

You can get a full week of workouts on a single charge and a quick 15 minutes of charging will get you a full hour at least. If you rely on your tunes to get you through a workout, check out the Jaybird X3 wireless earbuds and enjoy.

These headphones come in Blackout or Sparta (white) colors, and they’re sweat- and rain-proof, so you can pour your heart and soul into every workout without worrying about frying them.

See at Best Buy

JLab Audio Epic2

You don’t name a pair of earbuds “Epic2” and then have it be anything but. JLab’s wireless earbuds combine bombastic sound with sweat-proof durability that’ll last you throughout the toughest workouts. It’s no wonder these earbuds are the Wirecutter’s top pick.

In the box, you get a hard travel case, all the silicone gel tips you could possibly need, in different sizes, and a USB to Micro-USB charging cable.

You can control your music with the in-line switch, and you have your choice of black, blue, or teal.

See at Amazon

Bose SoundSport Wireless

Ask someone the first name that comes to mind when they think of top-notch audio, and they’ll likely say Bose. Bose has built a reputation on superior sound quality, no matter the device, and its foray into the realm of sporty headphones is welcome and wonderful.

The SoundSport Wireless earbuds are sweat- and weather-resistant, and the gel tips are wholly designed with comfort and stability in mind. Though battery life isn’t the greatest in these (about 6 hours on a single charge), they still pack an aural wallop and the mic and music controls are handy.

Comes in Aqua, black, Citron, and Power Red, which has a heart monitor.

See at Amazon

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

If minimalism and comfort are what you’re after in a pair of sport earbuds, then the Plantronics BackBeat Fit is for you. Instead of a flimsy headphone cable, these feature a sturdier rubber connection that keeps them secure on your head.

The play controls are on the earbuds themselves, with a button for play/pause/skip and a button to answer and end calls. You get 8 hours of playtime, as well as your choice of blue, black, green, or red.

See at Amazon


If you’re on a bit of a budget and you also happen to need some headphones that stay more securely in place than most, then check out TaoTronics’ wireless Bluetooth headphone. They feature a piece that wraps around most of your ear, with a snug-fitting earpiece that ensures stability while you run, jump, or whatever it is you do to work out (we won’t judge).

You get up to 8 hours of playtime, great audio, noise cancellation, and a price that’s hard to beat in this class (about $30).

See at Amazon

Yurbuds Inspire 300

It’s yer bud, Yurbuds, with some neat sport earbuds that actually twist into place so that they don’t fall out of your ears once you start to sweat. They may look like the headphones you get on a plane, but they’re sweat- and weather-resistant, feature a button for playback control, a mic for calls, and they let in ambient noise so that you can remain aware at all times.

They come in aqua, black, pink, purple, and red/black. These are a great option if you prefer a wired pair of earbuds.

Interview with Rebecca Katz, Author of “Cancer Fighting Kitchen” and “Clean Soups” on Yak About Health

Interview with Rebecca Katz, Author of “Cancer Fighting Kitchen” and “Clean Soups”

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Cancer Fighting Kitchen

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Spouse Bill became so nuts about some of the recipes that I went back an found the interview that I did with Rebecca Katz, who is the one that introduced us to the concept of “Food as Medicine” Listen to the interview. I’m hoping to have her back on soon. I believe that today everyone has to have a basic understanding of the importance of food as the logical response to many of the ailments that befall us.







Yak About Health Featuring “How to Talk to your Doctor” and Alexa Becomes a Virtual Doctor

Yak About Health Featuring “How to Talk to your Doctor”

How To Talk To Your Doctor

We thank We thank Amy Paturel, over at aarp.org

If you’ve ever felt like your doctor isn’t listening to you, it may be true. Studies have found that doctors let patients speak for only 23 seconds on average before cutting them off; in one University of South Carolina study, primary care patients were interrupted just 12 seconds after the physician entered the exam room.

When there’s less doctor-patient dialogue, patients are not only more likely to leave the office frustrated, but they’re also at greater risk of being misdiagnosed.

WEVE GOT A FEW STRATEGIES YOU CAN TRY to maximize your office visit and talk so your doctor will listen.

Make a human connection

Neuendorf, M.D., medical director for the Center of Excellence in Health Care Communication at the Cleveland Clinic suggests.

Before you dive into your concerns, break the ice with a greeting or even a joke. “Doctors are people first, and were much more receptive when a patient begins a conversation with a simple, ‘How’s your day going?’

Stay on message

Most doctor visits last 13 to 16 minutes, according to Medscape’s 2016 “Physician Compensation Report,” so after your greeting, get to the point. “Oversharing information unrelated to your medical concerns takes time away from tailoring a treatment plan,” Neuendorf says.

Tell the whole truth

You can’t expect a doctor to listen to your complaints, or adequately resolve them, if you’re not forthright. Tell your doctor about your fear of falling, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction or changes in sleep patterns.

*Rehearse OR WRITE IT DOWN before you go

If you’re uncomfortable discussing embarrassing topics, write a script and rehearse it in front of a mirror. Use words like incontinent, bowel movements and diarrhea so that when you’re talking to the doctor, you’ll be more comfortable saying them aloud.

Don’t accept ‘it’s just aging’

If you have a symptom that has come on suddenly, keeps you up at night or interferes with your daily life, be specific about the changes you’ve noticed. “For example, you could say, ‘I’ve always been on time for appointments, but lately I’m forgetting them entirely. Is there a test you can do to rule out a more serious cognitive issue?’ ” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale Medical School.

Don’t save questions for the end

Minkin suggests. Once your doctor is halfway out the door, he or she is already thinking about the next patient. Instead, come with a list of concerns and address them within the first few minutes of your visit,

Explain what you can afford

Most doctors don’t have a clue about patients’ out-of-pocket costs. Some aren’t even sure which procedures, prescriptions and lab tests are covered by insurance or Medicare. “But that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to work with you to lower costs,” Neuendorf says. If you can’t afford a prescription, ask your doctor for an alternative, or ask him or her to help you prioritize your medications, so you know which ones you can skip and which ones are nonnegotiable.

Have that end-of-life discussion

Talk to your family about what you want done when you are near death, and make sure your doctor is aware of those wishes. “Writing it down as part of an advance directive isn’t enough,” says David Grube, M.D., medical director of the nonprofit Compassion and Choices in Denver. “Make sure there’s a document in your medical chart that spells out exactly what you want. With smartphone technology, you can even take 90 seconds and film an advance directive in your physician’s office.” For help with managing end-of-life care, go to compassionandchoices.org/eolc-tools.

Don’t go it alone

Bringing a loved one or family member to your medical visits can help ensure that the doctor listens to you and answers your questions. Your loved one can take notes, remind you about issues you wanted to discuss and help you remember doctors’ instructions after the visit is over.

Don’t be afraid to make a switch

If your doctor rushes through visits, doesn’t address your questions or fails to listen to you without interrupting, look for a new physician. “There’s no shame in finding someone who’s a better fit,” Grube says.