When I first set eyes on the Koss KTX Pro 1 headphones I wasn't expecting much. The silver plastic on-ear has an all-too-generic look, but as soon as I started listening the sound had my full attention; they were very decent! Most cheap on-ears sound claustrophobic and pinched, but the KTX Pro 1's sound was big and spacious. The 60-ohm design is exceptionally comfortable, and the foam ear pads exert minimal pressure, so you can wear these things for hours without fatigue setting in. Like all budget headphones the KTX Pro 1's cable lacks an inline mic … Read more
Intel has got the scoop on some tablet deals for Black Friday, including an Android tablet that's very light on the wallet.
That 7-inch HP tablet, branded the Mesquite, packs an Intel processor and will sell for $89 at Walmart. Don't expect any barn-burning specs, though. You'll likely get what you pay for.
And Intel has the skinny on a few more deals too.
For instance, if you buy a PC at Costco for $600 or more, you can get a $180 (regular price) Dell Venue 8 tablet (also Android) for $99.
Dell's Venue 8 is … Read more
Photo Editor Pro+ is yet another free photo editor that uses Aviary tools, but it has a clean interface, smooth transitions, and limited interruptions, making it a good choice if you don't currently have an editing tool and your needs are fairly basic. Overall, this is a decent free one that uses one of the best third-party tool sets on the App Store to good effect.
What sets Photo Editor Pro+ apart from other Aviary-based tools is not that it has new or better features. It works the same as the rest. Take or load a photo, edit it … Read more
GO SMS Pro iPhone Theme restores the original default theme to the Android messaging app's lineup. The GO Wallpaper Development Team has been busy adding all kinds of themes to the popular messaging tool, and the original look probably got lost in the shuffle. It's back and still free for Android 2.3.3 and above, though of course you'll need GO SMS Pro to use it.
To install GO SMS Pro iPhone Theme, download and open it like a standalone app. Open GO SMS Pro's Menu and tap "Theme." Under Installed themes, select &… Read more
Intel is trying to give a much-needed boost to Windows 8.1 tablets with a new holiday "Buying Guide."
Front and center are tablets (PDF) like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, HP Omni 10, and Lenovo Miix 2.
All of the tablets in the guide use new Intel Atom Z3000 quad-core "Bay Trail" processors.
The 8-inch Dell Venue (see CNET's hands-on here) is one of the highest profile Windows 8.1 tablets to date because it boasts decent specs with a small price tag of $299 -- at least for a full-blown Windows 8.1 … Read more
Much like Dyson brand vacuums, I had heard my fair share of iRobot hype before I began testing the Roomba 880. I even had visions of following in Tom Haverford's footsteps and building a "DJ Roomba" of my very own. Sadly, my dreams of channeling "Parks and Recreation" were dashed when I unboxed it and began testing instead. Fortunately, though, what I discovered was a clever little robot vacuum that came in first or second place in every single performance category.
The Roomba 880 is a new model for iRobot and the very first 800-series … Read more
PDFpenPro resolves one of the biggest issues users have with PDF documents -- their intractability when edits are needed. Rather than requiring expensive first-party software for edits or a source file, PDFpenPro allows you to quickly and easily edit the documents, changing text, highlighting segments, and adjusting on-page elements. It's not as powerful as the full Acrobat suite, but it's close and it's a lot more accessible.
When you open PDFpenPro, you're asked to register for ease of updates and file saving, but it's not required. You can then immediately start opening and editing files. … Read more
Amadeus Pro is an audio editing tool for the Mac that works quickly and easily to record, split, edit, and export audio tracks. While not as feature rich as a tool like GarageBand, it runs a lot smoother and faster and has a few tools that make it a bit easier to use, at least up front, than other comparably priced tools.
When you install Amadeus Pro, you can start using it immediately in a trial mode that lasts for 30 days. Therefore all of the tools are unlocked and you can start recording, creating new tracks, editing, and exporting … Read more
For years now I've been on the torture-test beat for Crave -- covering everything from an iPad dipped in hot lava to a smoothie made of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3. The day has finally come that such demonstrations are being inflicted upon the human users of devices, all in the name of a little viral PR.
So it is with some hesitation that I share the below video of professional stunt guy Jon Watson (do not try this at home, or even in Georgia where the event is held, if you're smart) paying his bills via Capital One's smartphone app while being chased by huge, upset and behorned bulls. … Read more
Owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablet should get more pep out of the battery courtesy of a recent update.
On October 25, Microsoft released a firmware and driver pack for the Surface Pro 2. One of the goals of the update was to reduce the battery juice required by the Wi-Fi hardware. And Microsoft seems to have succeeded in that area.
Running a series of battery tests, tech review site Anandtech found that the tablet now lasts for more than 8 hours while browsing the Web via a Wi-Fi connection. That number represents an almost 25 percent jump … Read more