The new Zoom H6 Handy Recorder jams a lot of technology and features into a surprisingly compact device, and it sounds great. The H6 was designed for musicians, sound professionals, journalists, and videographers, but I'm sure there's a smattering of audiophiles who would really enjoy using this thing. I spent a few days recording street musicians performing in various parks around NYC, and one feature immediately stood out, the interchangeable microphone modules that plug into the top of the recorder. The H6 carries a retail price of $399, and that price includes two mic modules, X-Y, and MS (… Read more
Most of us consume way too much sodium, either sprinkling it on fries or gobbling it unawares via prepared and processed foods.
We'd all like to cut down to avoid high blood pressure and heart disease, but apart from reading nutritional information labels, it's hard to determine how much sodium a dish contains.
Handy Timetable is designed to create a visual display of your weekly class schedule, but with some confusing menus and a few features missing, it doesn't quite hit the mark. Where other apps offer robust additional features that you may not need when creating a timetable, Handy Timetable goes the opposite route, limiting what you can do and keeping the timetable separate from other features like your calendar. The result is easier to use but ultimately quite basic.
When you first open Handy Timetable you can start adding courses, including the name of the course, teacher name, room number, … Read more
iHandy Level is a level app for your iPhone that accurately checks how flat the surfaces are in your home with consistently good results. The app is easy to install, easy to use, and while lacking other features, is a perfect fit for any level-checking needs you might have.
Installation of iHandy Level is near instant and requires no additional setup. Just install, open, and start checking the level of your furniture, picture frames, and shelves. The app is a practice in skeuomorphism, using a digital onscreen level to accurately display the readings being taken from the sensors in your … Read more
A tangram puzzle requires children to move and rotate sharp angled geometric shapes into a specific configuration to match a picture provided. Swipea has created a series of apps that makes these puzzles easier and more accessible for kids, perfect for a young child eager to use your iPad. In the Swipea Tangram Puzzles for Kids: Handy Tools edition (one of more than a dozen variations of the same free app), children will use those shapes to create household tools.
The concept of the game is very simple. Children are given a collection of rectangular and triangular shapes and must … Read more
We love utility apps that turn your iPhone into a Swiss Army knife of sorts (well, without the blade). Handy Tools - Ruler gives users a simple ruler for measuring objects on the fly. While not completely accurate, it's a great app for getting approximate measurements.
Handy Tools - Ruler cuts right to the chase and opens with an attractive ruler interface. The ruler has centimeters down one side and inches on the other; a simple tap of the switch button in the lower right corner flips the screen so you don't have to flip your phone. There … Read more
Start Menu enhancements are numerous, but most complaints about the Windows Start Menu boil down to this: there's too much stuff in it, and you have to click through folders to get to your programs. ChemTable Software's Handy Start Menu addresses these two issues by grouping Start Menu items together by category and by replacing folders with shortcuts that open the application in question with a single click. You can quickly toggle back to the regular Start Menu, too. Better still, it's free.
Clicking Handy Start Menu's desktop icon opens a dialog with an About section … Read more
While most Japanese wafer fabrication plants ("fabs") are located in the southern part of the country, hundreds of miles from the epicenter, at least one manufacturer is still shut down after last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, according to Jim Handy, an analyst with semiconductor market research firm Objective Analysis. Some Japanese technology companies have curtailed operations.
But even plants in other parts of the country can be affected by rattling and, of course power glitches. "These are very sensitive plants because they are using extremely advanced optics to lay down lines as small as 25 … Read more
While flying to Las Vegas for CES 2010, I came across a great article in "The Economist" that described how culture affects cell phone use around the world. Not a groundbreaking concept, I know, but the article gave a fascinating look at just how differently cell phones are used across the planet.
Indeed, as the number of cell phone subscribers worldwide climbs above 4.6 billion, culture plays a role in everything from where callers use the phone to how they use voice mail. Even the very word that cultures use to describe the device says something. For … Read more
Too many address books fall into the trap of giving users a place to keep contact information without any options for using their information outside of that program. Handy Address Book solves that problem in an easy-to-use format. Although the interface is basic, the program includes some surprisingly useful extra features.
The program's interface is nothing fancy, but it's clean and quite intuitive. Buttons across the top give users access to the program's major functions, such as adding and editing contacts. The letters of the alphabet are displayed down the left side of the program, allowing users … Read more