Dec 27, 2016
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As we move further into the age of wireless audio with the iPhone 7 abandoning the ever-so-present headphone jack, a new category of "truly wireless" earbuds has been popping up. So you may be asking, what does "truly wireless" even mean? Well, as you may have seen, many earbuds that have claimed to be "wireless" actually have a wire in between the buds that generally goes around your neck. So, a few companies, such as Bragi, decided to do away with any and all wires, leaving us with Bragi's first product, the Dash. The Dash started as a Kickstarter project back in February of 2014, with an enormous amount of support, raising just under $3.4 million with the promise of earbuds completely free of wires and with loads of other features. These features included activity tracking, touch controls, on-board storage, water-resistance, and more. The campaign had initially intended to ship out the Dash units in October of 2014, but due to many setbacks, they started shipping out units in early- to mid-2016. With initial reports of problems with the microphone and Bluetooth connectivity, it seemed, at first, like the Dash could be just another Kickstarter flop. Instead, however, the company dedicated a lot of time into creating new updates to the firmware that drastically improved, if not completely solved these issues. The Sound DSC01138An earbud can't be good without sounding good, of course. So, how does the Dash stack up to the competition? After all, the price for these is not cheap, coming in at around $300. Well, they're actually pretty good! I wasn't expecting amazing sound from a device so small, yet packed full of components. What I found was that the Dash produces a good, clear sound, though certainly preferring the mids over the lows and highs. That said, I am quite a bass-lover myself and I'm coming from using a V-Moda Crossfade M-100, so I've been spoiled, and for earbuds, the Dash does a good job producing the bass it does. If I had to compare it to some other earbuds, I'd compare the sound to something like the "wireless" (but not completely wireless) Jaybird Bluebuds, which are quite good themselves. Bluetooth Connectivity Now, a common issue with truly wireless earbuds is their often lacking performance in their ability to hold a strong Bluetooth connection. In the beginning, there were lots of complaints from users experiencing poor connection even if the phone was placed only as far as the user's pockets. Obviously, that's a huge issue, but also one Bragi appears to have fixed through their updates. I can confidently say that I have had virtually no issues whatsoever with the connectivity of these earbuds, other than maybe one or two micro drops in connection. I tested the Dash by walking around a room and was able to go as far as 10 to 15 feet away from the source without experiencing any connectivity issues. Additionally, just the process of using and connecting the earbuds is really simple. All you do is take them out of the case and put them in your ears. The buds sense when they're in and automatically turn on, connect to each other, and connect to your phone or other device. Comfort and Design DSC01125Another historically common problem with this category of audio products is the ridiculous look of the product or their inability to stay in ears due to the sheer weight they carry. Luckily, this is not an issue with the Dash. While you may get some head turns while using this product, people often just don't care, and the Dash really doesn't look bad at all. Additionally, these earbuds were surprisingly comfortable to wear. They come with multiple sleeves to fit your ears (XS, S, M, and L), and once you find the right fit, the earbuds fit snuggly and quite comfortably. I haven't had too many issues with the buds falling out, which has always been a problem for me, whether or not the earbuds I was using were wireless. Yet another check mark for the Dash. Gestures/Controls A neat feature of the Dash is the way you control them. There are multiple ways that you control the Dash, including through the app, touch sensors on the outside of each bud, and head gestures. For instance, if you receive a call while using the earbuds, just nod or shake your head to answer or deny the call. Playing and pausing is easy, with just a tap on the right earbud, or start tracking activities with a tap on the left. One of the issues I noticed is that the touch sensors aren't only sensitive to your fingers, so putting on a winter hat caused the earbuds to do some unwanted actions. After looking around a bit, though, it looks like Bragi addressed this issue by including a touch lock that can be implemented by holding down on both the right and left touch sensors, which worked well and solved my problem. Other Features DSC01143The other features included with the Dash are a microphone, onboard storage, a heart-rate sensor, and a case that charges the buds 5 times on-the-go. To start off, the microphone had quite a few complaints in the early days, with users claiming it was unusable and that the person speaking sounded robotic over the phone. This is yet another area where Bragi has used its firmware updates to address an issue. When I was using the microphone for phone calls, some people said there were no problems at all, while others said it sounded a bit muddled, but they could still hear me and know what I was saying. As for the onboard storage, there's not much to be said about it. Songs can be added through a computer and using it works as described. Next up is the heart-rate sensor, which seemed to be relatively accurate, though I didn't have another device to compare it to at the time. This is a really nice feature for athletes looking to listen to music without an annoying wire and no need for a smartwatch. And lastly, the charging case. The case is built quite well, with an aluminum sleeve and a strong metal or plastic where the earbuds actually rest. The earbuds flash when they've been connected properly, and a magnet holds them in place. My only complaint is that I feel like I will drop the earbuds when trying to get them out of the case because you have to take the sleeve off, hold that, hold the battery part, and then fiddle with getting the buds out. That said, overall, the battery case is a nice feature, as the battery life on the buds isn't spectacular at about 3 hours. Conclusion So, what are my overall thoughts of the Dash? Well, I like them. I don't know if I, personally, would quite want to spend the $300 for them, but I could understand why some would. The features work well and the sound quality is pretty good, considering everything that's built into them. I think Bragi's next product, the Headphone, could also allow a lot more people to purchase their products, with reportedly better sound quality and a much lower price of $149. However, that new product does strip the Dash of many of its capabilities, including the water-resistance, touch controls, onboard storage, and heart rate sensor. So it really comes down to what you want. If you want the smart capabilities, there really is no other product out there that offers all of the Dash's capabilities, but if that does interest you, the Headphone is probably the way to go.

iOS 7 Might Not be Flat After All, ‘All The Leaks Are Wrong’

In the 43rd episode of The Talk Show John Gruber revealed that iOS will not be flat but instead ‘polarizing’.

Gruber: I know absolutely, almost absolutely, nothing. I don’t think I’ve been this ignorant of what’s coming software-wise for a keynote since the iPhone one back in 2007. Which is great. I’m super excited about it.


Gruber: The one thing I keep hearing over and over again from friends who would know. The one word I keep hearing is that some of the stuff they’re gonna show is “polarizing”.

Moltz: ‘Flat’

Gruber: No polarizing.

Gruber: I also heard from somebody that just “all the leaks are wrong”. Which is interesting. I have no idea what to make of it.

Check out the whole podcast here, skip to the nineteen minute mark for the iOS talk.

Source: The Talk Show

 

iOS 7 Concept Features Enhanced Lockscreen, Widgets, Mission Control [Video]

By now most of us know that iOS 7 will introduce a lot of features that users have been wanting and a slightly tweaked design. Designer F. Bianco has created an iOS 7 concept featuring Widgets, Mission Control, Quick Settings, Quick Reply, and more.

The designer has a gallery on Flickr of the concept and a video which shows the features in action. Check out the video above and the full gallery at the source link below.

Source: Flickr, YouTube

Apple Low-Cost iPhone Concept Features A Translucent Back Cover

For a long time there have been rumors that Apple might make a low-cost iPhone in order to compete with low-cost smartphones. A new concept by Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni shows what Apple’s cheaper iPhone would look like if it had a translucent plastic chassis. The device takes design cues from the iMac G3 and closely resembles Apple’s latest iPod Touch.


“The reason the iMac was made transparent was to make it seem less alien to consumers. Before the iMac, computers were all in a box shape and in gray color. The ability to see inside the computer made the device seem less mysterious and much more personal.”

Check out the images

Source: MVC

iPhone 5S Being Announced On June 20th?

It has been speculated recently that Apple might begin launching iPhones in the summer like the old days. The MacFan magazine, Macotakara, is said to have revealed that the launch date for the iPhone 5S will be held on June 20th.

The date does match up with past iPhone launches and most likely this new iPhone will have a feature that will have everybody talking. iOS 7 will also be announced and is said to have a more flat design style which I am looking forward to. We should find out in the coming months whether or not the event will take place in June.

Source: Macotakara

New iWatch Concept With A Sleek Design & Interface [Images]

Below are some images of an Apple iWatch concept posted by Edgar Rios. The concept features and iOS-like interface with a music player and Notification Center, equally impressive is the sleek design in both black and white. There’s no doubt that Apple is working on some type of wearable device and until they announce something, people will keep on sketching up ideas of what it could look like.

 

Edgar Rios iWatch Concept

Edgar Rios iWatch Concept

Edgar Rios iWatch Concept

Edgar Rios iWatch Concept

Source: 9to5mac

You Can Download Apple’s Official Technician Guide for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S

Apple’s official Technician Guide for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S has been leaked online by Sonny Dickson. This document can come in handy if you can’t go to the Apple Store to have a Genius fix it, your if your phone is out of warranty, or you prefer to fix things yourself. You might need it someday and this might not be available for too long so why not download it before it’s gone?

To download the iPhone 4/4S, go here or right click and save as.

 

The Technician Guides for the MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013), and a couple of other Apple products can be downloaded here.

 

Source: sonnydickson

Pokemon TV app released for iOS And Android, Lets you watch Pokemon on the go

Today, Nintendo quietly released a new Pokemon TV app for iOS and Android. The app streams episodes at no cost and features episodes from the Kanto Region all the way up to the Unova Region. Wether you’re young or old you might find some episodes that catch your interest. There is one drawback to the app right now, you can only watch select episodes from select seasons but it is better than nothing for now.

Take Pokémon TV on the go with the Pokémon TV app! Watch amazing Pokémon animated adventures starring Ash, Pikachu, and all their friends. Plus, don’t miss exciting special features and trailers for upcoming Pokémon movie events. It’s the perfect app for Pokémon fans to keep up with Pokémon TV episodes.

The Pokemon TV app is free to download and is available for iOS here and Android here.

Source: App Store, Google Play

Should you Jailbreak your iPhone 5, iPod Touch, or iPad with Evasi0n? Apple Says No.

Apple has posted a document warning users of problems that could arise if they decide to “Jailbreak” their device. This seems to be like more of a scare tactic from Apple to those who haven’t jailbroken their devices in the past. From hands-on experience, I can tell you that problems do arise from time to time especially if you don’t know the difference from what you can install and shouldn’t install. If you would like to jailbreak your device running iOS 6-iOS 6.1 and not listen to Apple then head over to the Evasi0n website, download the program, follow the instructions, and in very little time your device will be jailbroken.

As designed by Apple, iOS and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are designed to work together reliably. Unauthorized modifications to iOS (“jailbreaking”) can cause numerous issues to the hacked iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Examples of issues caused by these unauthorized modifications to iOS have included the following:

Instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.
Security vulnerabilities: Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information, damage the device, attack the wireless network, or introduce malware or viruses.
Shortened battery life: The hacked software has caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a single battery charge.
Unreliable voice and data: Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.
Disruption of services: Services such as Visual Voicemail, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as iCloud and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.
Inability to apply future software updates: Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to iOS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iOS update is installed.
Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.
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Source: Apple

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