Do-it-yourself home security options seem to be growing more numerous by the day, and we've tested a lot of them. None of them have left us quite as impressed as SimpliSafe. With its wide variety of easy-to-install sensors, SimpliSafe protects your home in a way that's comprehensive and yet also remarkably user-friendly. The system is totally wireless and designed to keep running even if the power gets cut, and unlike most other DIY security kits, SimpliSafe features both live monitoring and a cellular backup. If something's amiss at home, you can count on your system to keep … Read more
When I first spotted the Sony MDR SA5000 headphones at a local Head-Fi meeting in Bayside, Queens, my first impression was that it was eerily similar to Sennheiser's HD 800 headphones. The MDR SA5000 is clearly derived from Sony's old flagship $3,000 Qualia Q10 headphones; both Sonys were first announced in 2004. The HD 800 was introduced in 2009.
The magnesium-framed, open-back MDR-SA5000 is superlight (260 grams) and remarkably comfortable. The real leather earpads' head-clamping pressure is oh-so-gentle, and the sound is remarkably detailed, spacious, and open -- I found the MDR-SA5000 extraordinary in those regards. I … Read more
Owning a classic car is an aspiration of many a petrolhead, but the cost and effort involved can be so substantial that few of us are lucky enough to be able to do so.
For slightly less money, however, and significantly less trouble, there are clubs that can provide the occasional joy of taking a classic ride out for a spin. The Classic Car Club has collections in London and New York, and both garages are brimming with some of the best cars the 20th century had to offer.
I tagged along on one of the London Night Drives and … Read more
I visited Stereo Buyers' Brooklyn headquarters to get a first-hand look at their gear. Located in Red Hook, the facility was flooded by Hurricane Sandy last summer, and most of the inventory was literally underwater. Stereo Buyers' Adam Wexler did his best to prepare before the storm hit, but his best line in recalling the disaster was, "I bet you didn't know that Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy 5 speakers (that weigh over 100 pounds) can float, but they can. It was crazy and depressing; the financial losses were a bummer." He didn't have flood insurance, but … Read more
Simon Says Classic brings to your iOS device the classic game of button tapping and memory testing and it does so mostly without issue. The app is not especially impressive in any way, but it does a good job of replicating the memory game with color tapping action that can carry on for some time, high score tracking, and plenty of achievements to keep you trying for a new level of performance.
There are two options in Simon Says Classic -- a standard game that will last until you miss one (tracking your scores the entire time) and a zen … Read more
Well no, that's not strictly true, but let's be honest: it's far more interesting to reminisce about past motors than to sift through the humdrum of modern motor cars in search of the occasional gem. They're out there, of course, but the fear of depreciation coupled with the fact that we're all skint means that looking back is far more appealing.
So this little corner of XCAR will focus on the obscure, the mundane, and the interesting from days gone by. But not your usual misty-eyed perspective on the '50s and '60s, but a concentration … Read more
My Eyes Only Pro is one of the most robust, feature-rich password management apps on the App Store today. This free app allows you to store passwords in the cloud, access them on any of your iOS devices, and ensure they remain extra secure with various levels of encryption designed to block unauthorized access either through an outside connection or if someone gets hold of your phone. The result is a must-have for business users or anyone who wants to take their passwords on the go with them.
Because My Eyes Only uses cloud backup to ensure your passwords are … Read more
iCopter Classic is one of those games that manages to capture much of what made arcade games so compellingly playable in the 70s and 80s. With a single mechanic and one or two goals, with a quick restart and the thrill of victory (meaning you basically survived for more than 30 seconds), this is a very fun game, even if the app, itself, is relatively stripped-down and lacking most of the day's modern iOS game amenities.
After installing, you can start playing immediately. There are no menus to sort through--just play the game or check your scores. The game, … Read more
VPI has been making turntables in New Jersey since the early 1980s when Ronald Reagan was president, and everyone thought the CD would kill the LP in a few years. Well, VPI is still there and is currently experiencing a sales boom.
Harry Weisfeld has been at the helm since Day One, but he's about to step down and let his son Matt run the company. Harry will continue to design turntables and tonearms. He makes prototypes, listens to his handiwork, and then goes back and tweaks the design. I spotted lots of failed designs all over the factory, … Read more
Editors' note: This story was originally published on August 20, 2012. It has been updated several times since then to include additional programs and other details, most recently with Start Menu Reviver on May 15, 2013.
Still miss the classic Start menu in Windows 8? Never fear, alternatives are here.
Microsoft lopped off the Start menu in Windows 8 to force people to use the Start screen. And I'll admit it, the Start screen does offers several benefits.
Live Tiles can clue you in to the latest e-mails, appointments, news, and other information. You can easily search for any … Read more