Regular readers of this blog may have noticed I'm not a big fan of any type of wireless speaker, and more specifically I have no love for Bluetooth or AirPlay speakers. For me the sound compromises that come with compact size and wireless technology are hard to swallow. I have less of a grudge against the smaller, under-$200 models; they produce "good enough" sound, but the more expensive models' sound pales next to a pair of wired Adam Audio, Audioengine, or Emotiva self-powered speakers.
It's taken a little over a year for us to deliver 50 episodes. Through half a hundred episodes, we've BlackBerry'd the streets of Barcelona, dropped a boulder on a MacBook Pro, and dueled fitness bands in a high-altitude mud run. Not to mention the dozens of other unboxings, future techs, and road tests that have taken us to the techiest corners of the world. This episode continues our tradition and celebrates our golden anniversary with style.
With the Moto X hitting the general public in less than a week now, naturally it's time to recalibrate the rumor mill to grind out speculation about Google's next big smartphone move: the anticipated Nexus 5.
The latest tidbit comes from Vietnam (a hotbed of smartphone manufacturing -- Samsung's plant there is one of the largest in the world) and the bloggers at Tinh te. The Tinh te bloggers, who have been accurate with leaks in the past, claim to have the scoop on a new Nexus design from LG that will be very similar to the … Read more
The TV will be available in September and is an edge-lit LED LCD with a 120Hz CMI (Clear Motion Index) engine. The native 4K screen has an onboard scaler and will accept native 4K input -- such as from a PC or future 4K players, though presumably locked at 30Hz until the arrival of HDMI 2.0.… Read more
I like any deal that goes, "Hey, here's a bargain price on this thing, and while we're at it, take this big fat extra thing, too."
Like this one: Dell is offering the Sharp Aquos LC-50LE442U 50-inch LED HDTV for $598 shipped (plus sales tax in some states). And while the company's at it, Dell will give you a $200 eGift card, too. In other words, a $200 store credit.
Samsung might skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor of the 4.3 release for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, according to a new rumor.
As some readers know first-hand, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are currently awaiting an Android 4.2.2 update. According to a source known to tech site Temefy, Samsung won't issue the next update for the two units until either November or December. Allegedly, this is so that these smartphones can scoop up the 4.3 release.
The anonymous tipster also claims … Read more
iTransfer aims to resolve the issue of moving files between iPhones--and the general complexity that this often involves. The app is designed to do so in as easy a way as possible, offering almost no options, only two screens, and a limited range. This is a good thing for those that want only to transfer files with someone in range of them, but can be severely limiting for other, more robust transfers.
When you open iTransfer, the app will ask you to connect with another user who is also using iTransfer. This can be done over a Wi-Fi network when … Read more
I get to hear a lot of headphones. Don't be jealous, most of them are different shades of awful. Some are so bad I yank them off my head in a few seconds, some are just cheap copies of famous headphones, and some are built like crap. The Griffin Technology WoodTones jumped out from the pack: they're beautiful, they're comfortable, and they sound great.
True to their name they're available in Beech, Sapele, and Walnut. Handling these $99.99 headphones, I found the real wood earcups make for a very different feel than the more typical … Read more
Like many mixing programs, Program4PC's DJ Music Maker duplicates the classic DJ console, only without the turntables. Like pro consoles, DJ Music Maker has dual control suites, one for each deck, with both offering variable pitch, looping, cueing, and multiple crossfade options, plus effects, sampling, and recording. It has some features that many free tools and other competitors lack, such as independent media players for each deck, automatic beats-per-minute calculation, real-time pitch control, and real-time monitoring with external mixers and sound cards. DJ Music Mixer 5.0 works with Windows XP to 8 and requires DirectX 9 or better. … Read more
This week the most streamed song on Spotify in the U.S. is "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the most shared song on social networks is "Lift Me Up" by Five Finger Death Punch.
How did this information become available?
Spotify launched a new feature Tuesday that provides weekly updates of the 50 most streamed and viral songs within its music-streaming platform.