The idea behind Song Studio HD is very good. It comes with nine beats installed and you can record yourself singing, beat boxing or rapping over those beats. When you start the app, press the "setup" button and then choose which beat to use. The app will then play the beat and you can record your voice. Once done, all completed songs are saved to the "My Songs" menu, though there is no way to change the names of these songs, so if you use the app extensively, it will get confusing as to which songs … Read more
The first benchmarks of Intel's upcoming "Haswell" Fourth-Generation Core processors have leaked. But asking how fast future Windows 8 PCs will be is probably the wrong question.
This would seem to indicate the future of Windows PCs -- which in this case means newfangled devices like Microsoft Surface and HP's Envy x2 -- isn't about the desktop anymore.
"The mobile space is where Intel's efforts should … Read more
Tablets and smartphones can make great digital photo frames on the fly. Social Frame Free HD Slideshow will craft a nifty slideshow of all the photos of you and your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Social Frame works well enough, but doesn't give you enough control of your slideshow. You can't do much with it once it's created.
The slideshow has to physically sync each of the pictures you want it to display individually. If you choose more than a dozen or so photos this takes a very long time and does a number on your phone … Read more
In the U.S., the Wi-Fi version now starts at $269 and the 4G device starts at $399. Customers in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan can purchase the 8.9-inch screen Kindle tablet for the original cost: $299 for the Wi-Fi version and $499 for the 4G version.
Amazon Kindle Vice President Dave Limp said in a press release that the company "is thrilled with customer … Read more
Cricket is a complex game, so it's no surprise that one of the newest Cricket games in the App Store for the iPad is a flick game -- one that makes the game more accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience of both diehard and casual cricket fans. Even still, the app has its fair share of menus and options that will take some time to get used to as you start playing. Fortunately, the developer has included a very concise tutorial that walks you through the basics of the matching system, how to set up new matches, and … Read more
Candy Dash HD Lite is a simple take on a classic formula. Match three or more of the same color of candy on the screen to remove them. Instead of moving the candy, you simply tap it whenever it aligns into three or more on the screen. It's very simple, but there is of course a twist. If you can tap out five or more matches in a row successively, you'll get a combo score, and the more combo points you get, the faster your score increases. The game gives you only 60 seconds to amass as many … Read more
The Fosgate Signature Headphone Amplifier is one of the very best-sounding amps I've ever used. It was designed by one of the greats, Jim Fosgate, a man who earned 18 audio related patents, founded a number of successful electronics companies -- oh, and he pioneered high-power car audio systems. He was also a big supporter of the very first home surround format -- quadraphonic -- in the early 1970s, and so committed to the format that even as quad was winding down, he designed the Fosgate Tate 101, arguably the finest quad processor of the era. Fosgate also created … Read more
Unless you haven't owned a phone for the last few years, you are likely familiar with Zynga's "with Friends" line of games. The classic Words with Friends is a global phenomenon and subsequent follow-up games have been released every few months since. Hanging with Friends HD is one of the more popular variants, putting a twist on the classic schoolyard game of Hangman, while matching friends wirelessly using their Zynga ID or Facebook log-in. The game's interface will be familiar to anyone who has played Words with Friends, allowing you to see all of your … Read more
One thing is very apparent after a few years of iPads being on the market -- kids love them. From playing games to watching cartoons, and even learning, Apple's signature tablet is as much for children as for anyone else. So it is no surprise to see a surge of learning apps appearing in the App Store such as Kidz Flashcards HD. Designed and delivered as a basic flash-card system for letters, antonyms, and plurals/singulars, this flash-card app will be engaging for many young children, even if the delivery and overall approach to some topics is limiting.
The … Read more
Most of the headphones I've tested over the years weren't designed to have a neutral balance of bass, midrange, and treble frequencies. Manufacturers are well aware that most people like bass, and that buyers tend to favor one headphone over another based on how much bass it produces. I think that's obvious, but a recent study cited in Brent Butterworth's blog countered that assumption. "The Relationship between Perception and Measurement of Headphone Sound Quality," a paper by Sean Olive and Todd Welti presented at last October's Audio Engineering Society convention found that a … Read more