One of the most important factors in selecting the right hi-fi components is room size. If you're lucky enough to have a big living space (over 500 square feet), I'd recommend floor-standing speakers. Big rooms also soak up amplifier power; smaller rooms need a lot less. Here in NYC, most folks live in small apartments, and they'll get terrific sound with midsize bookshelf speakers and small amps.
Google has long provided the URL shortening service goo.gl. Users are able to log in to the site, paste a long URL and have it shortened by Google. On top of the URL being share friendly, Google would also provide analytics detailing who is actually clicking on the link.
Early this week Google released an Android app for the service, taking link shrinking and tracking mobile.
The app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play store here.
There are plenty of options for link shortening, with most social networks doing this on your behalf, but by … Read more
The Genius Bar is typically the best place to visit when having issues with an Apple device, but don't forget to make an appointment first. Each time I make a visit to the store, I stand and watch as customer after customer comes in, thinking Apple takes walk-in Genius Bar appointments quickly. More often then not, the customer has to book an appointment and come back at a later time.
Save yourself some time the next time you need some troubleshooting advice, and book the appointment directly from your iOS device while you're out and about.
In order … Read more
Sony will close some stores in the US as part of its restructuring efforts, the company said Wednesday.
To "maintain its competitiveness in an evolving consumer electronics market" Sony announced the closure of 20 US stores.
That includes stores in California, New York, and Florida, as well as other locations.
Sony also made a statement about staff cuts.In line with Sony Corporation's Feb. 6 earnings announcement outlining an estimated headcount reduction of roughly 5,000 employees globally, Sony Electronics confirmed a total staff reduction of one-third by the end of the calendar year, affecting approximately 1,… Read more
It's true, Nokia's getting in on the Android game, and it's bringing the best keyboard on the Android platform along for the ride.
SwiftKey, hot on the heels of releasing SwiftKey Note for iOS users, has announced that its predictive keyboard is available for the Nokia X -- and whatever other Android-powered phones may use the Nokia Store in the future. The app will be free (the current Android version costs $3.99 in the US), and will include support for SwiftKey Cloud, which backs up your typing history while also looking for popular phrases on social … Read more
After Google opened up the Chromecast to all developers who were interested, it was only a matter of time until we started seeing apps hit Android and iOS markets alike.
One such app that's especially useful for iOS users, will send photos to a Chromecast. The app is called Photo Cast and is available for free.
After installing the app the only setup required is to grant the app permission to access your photos, and tapping on the Chromecast icon to select the device you'd like to send the photos to.
Then, any photos you select will show … Read more
What are the two most popular things in the world? You have 5 seconds to answer.
No, it's not Candy Crush and Kim Kardashian. But you're close. It's Flappy Bird and Miley Cyrus.
So some very enterprising people thought to themselves: "What if we put the two together?"
Please welcome, then, the joy that is Flying Cyrus - Wrecking Ball. This is something of an homage to Flappy Bird, the game many are finding they just can't live without.
It is also a large homage to the Cyrus tongue, which has served as a … Read more
Apple and Google reportedly have cracked down on apps that appear to be trying to capitalize on the "Flappy Bird" phenomenon, the addictive game that was removed from app stores earlier this month.
Clones of the popular game began appearing in the app stores not long after Dong Nguyen, the app's creator, removed the popular game from app stores on February 9, saying that he was overwhelmed by the game's popularity. But now those app stores have started rejecting games with "flappy" in the title that appear to be clones of the original game, … Read more
A new round of leaked images suggest an easier process ahead for developers who create software for both Windows and Windows Phone.
Served up on Twitter by tech news leaker @AngelWZR, one of the slideshow images, allegedly snagged from Microsoft, details an upcoming initiative dubbed "Windows Store" apps. As described in the slide, developers will be able to create a single app to target both Windows Phone and Windows.
A single Visual Studio "Shared Solution" template can serve both versions of Windows, triggering two Visual Studio projects for each version and two installation packages for submission … Read more
Apple has pushed back the delivery of its high-end Mac Pro computer to April.
The listing for the sleek, black, cylindrical computer on the company's US online store shows that both the Quad-Core and 6-Core versions of the Mac Pro won't be available to ship until April. Previously, ship dates were posted for February but then were pushed back to March.
The device, which is 9.9 inches tall and weighs 11 pounds, went on sale in December. The computer comes with a hefty price tag, starting at $2,999 and customization add-ons that can push the cost … Read more