The Dayton Audio DTA-120 stereo integrated amp isn't very big, but for anyone searching for a decent amp that won't break the bank it's a real contender. First, let's look at the numbers: It's rated at 50 watts per channel for 8 ohm speakers; 60 watts per channel for 4 ohm speakers; the rear panel has stereo RCA inputs and speaker cable binding posts. The front panel has a 3.5 mm stereo minijack input, a 6.3 mm headphone jack, and a volume control. The DTA-120's extruded metal chassis feels solid, it's … Read more
Troubleshooting service Fixya has released a new report on the issues affecting today's latest game consoles, and the results aren't pretty.
Fixya combed through 40,000 troubleshooting requests shared on its Web site and found that 35 percent of Wii U owners complain of freezing problems, while others are looking for fixes to the GamePad. Another 15 percent of Wii U owners report issues with the console's Internet connection.
Like the Wii U, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also suffer from a wide range of troubles. The Xbox One's chief troubleshooting culprit is the Kinect, … Read more
After reporting no sales figures in January, Microsoft is trumpeting its February numbers after a market researcher showed it gaining on Sony's PlayStation 4 in the U.S.
Though the PlayStation 4 (PS4) led hardware sales in February, it was only "by a narrow margin," according to the NPD Group, as reported by Bloomberg.
The Xbox One sold "over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales," according to NPD analyst Liam Callahan. But because of Xbox One's higher price, "it led hardware sales on a dollar basis," … Read more
T-Mobile isn't slowing down when it comes to its network upgrade.
The upstart wireless carrier said on Thursday that it plans to add 4G LTE to its slower 2G network, adding coverage and speed to additional customers. The company also reiterated its intent to use the wireless spectrum it is acquiring from Verizon to further expand its coverage later this year.
Oddly enough, T-Mobile also said it was taking legal action against Verizon in an effort to get it to stop using its network coverage map in its advertising, which T-Mobile argues is "cherry-picking" a single technology (… Read more
Good news for iPhone 4 owners: Apple's iOS 7.1 update, released earlier this week, should make your handset feel a little snappier.
The bad news: It still won't run as fast as it did on iOS 6.
So writes Ars Technica, which conducted basic iPhone 4 performance tests with iOS 6.1.3, iOS 7, and 7.1. Specifically, the blog clocked load times for various stock apps like Camera, Messages, and Mail, and also the time to complete a cold boot.
The results: iOS 7.1 boots a bit more quickly than iOS 7 (43.1 … Read more
Mozilla says that thanks to the upcoming Unreal Engine 4 from Epic, the Web is significantly closer to the goal of Web-based games that rock at the speed of native code.
Just in time for the annual Game Developers Conference to be held in San Francisco next week, the joint Mozilla and Epic project demonstrates Unreal Engine 4 running on the Web in Firefox without plugins. Unveiled Wednesday, the demos of Epic's Soul and Ninja Swing games running plugin-free in the browser at near-native code speeds reveal remarkable growth in 12 months.
Originally announced last year, the faster browser … Read more
Game Booster gives your apps a subtle boost in performance, which could make a big difference for slower phones. It earns bonus points for working with more than just games, as well. While this app may not be very impressive if you have a recent Android, older phones and tablets may need this app for more high-demand games.
This app is made to release RAM, so your phone can focus on operating the apps at which you aim it. You just assign a particular app to this one and then load it from inside of Game Booster for better performance. … Read more
Awesome Calendar Lite is an attractive calendar app for iOS devices. The calendar app market is crowded with many quality options, and while Awesome Calendar Lite didn't totally knock our socks off, it is worth a look if you haven't settled on a calendar yet.
Awesome Calendar Lite has an interface that's fairly easy to navigate, though we found that on our iPhone 5 many things were smaller than we'd have liked; if you have thick fingers, you might find yourself touching the wrong thing quite often. Awesome Calendar Lite is no slouch when it comes … Read more
The KitKat chocolate bar as we know it was invented in Britain in 1935, and now British owners of unlocked S4 and Note 3 devices can enjoy the chocolatey, wafer-y goodness of Google's very latest software, Android 4.4.2.
Apple may be making Mavericks a bit more 4K friendly.
In Apple's OS X Mavericks beta 10.9.3, users are given the option to run the operating system in native 4K resolution on 4K/Ultra HD monitors attached to their Macs, 9to5Mac discovered on Friday. Apple is calling the 4K support "Retina" in Mavericks, the site claimed.
Although Macs currently support 4K monitors, they simply use the extra lines of resolution to display larger windows and interface elements. According to 9to5Mac, the new Retina feature correctly scales the operating system to the Ultra HD display, making … Read more