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.

How To: Install iOS 8 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

Today Apple announced that iOS 8 will be coming in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 8 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it but keep in mind that beta software always has bugs and issues. Before doing all of this make sure to back up your device just to be safe.

To get iOS 8 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes
  2. Register Your UDID (We can register it for you for $3, contact us)
  3. Download iOS 8 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 8 Download Links.
  4. Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via USB cable
  5. Select your device from the left navigation pane on iTunes
  6. Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the update or restore (depending on what you prefer) button on iTunes
  7. Browse and select the downloaded iOS 8 IPSW file.
  8. The iOS 8 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 8 has been installed on the device!

After completing all the steps your device should be up and running.

Here is a video of the tutorial:

We can register your UDID for $3 through PayPal. Contact us here and we will get that set up in no time so you can get iOS 8. You can also get your UDID registered at countless other websites and from independent developers.  If you have any questions you can ask us in the comments below or contact us here.

Direct links will be posted on this post.

How To: Install iOS 8 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad [For Developers]

Apple has officially announced iOS 8 and it is now available for download to those that are registered as iOS Developers with Apple. If you don’t have a developers account, go to this guide. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get the iOS 8 onto your iDevice of choice…

  1. First off, make sure you have signed up for a US$99/year iOS Developer account with Apple.
  2. Connect your device of choice, open up iTunes, and select your device from the left pane.
  3. Option click on “Serial Number” and then right click to copy the UDID (a long string of numbers and letters).
  4. Log in to your developer account. Click Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, then click devices, and then the plus sign at the top to add a device. ( Or login and go to https://developer.apple.com/account/ios/device/ and then click the plus sign at the top to add a device.)
  5. Paste your UDID into the “UDID” field and give your device a name in the “Name” field.  Click Continue.
  6. Download the latest version of iTunes and locate the corresponding beta for your device and download the file.
  7. When the download is complete you will have a .dmg file that you need to double click.
  8. You will see a .ipsw file. Copy the .ipsw to your hard drive.
  9. Go back to iTunes and select your device again. Make sure to back up your device at this point!
  10. Hold down the Option key and click the Restore 0r Update (I prefer to do a full restore) button in iTunes.
  11. A window should have popped up. Now locate the .ipsw file and double click it!
  12. The iOS 8 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 8 has been installed on the device!

If you have any questions you can ask me on twitter or contact us here.

 

Use Your Computer Without Ruining Your Vision [Infographic]

People are now spending a good portion of their day looking at digital devices but doing so can lead to numerous eye-related problems. Check out the infographic below for some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy.

How to Keep Eyes Healthy in Digital World?

You can also bring down the brightness on your computer or get a program, such as flux (free), for your computer to make the screen look like the room it is in.

Source: Visual.ly

How To: Download All of Your Vines to Make a Compilation

Vine compilations seem to be catching on but there are many people who don’t know how to download Vines to make Vine compilations themselves. This easy tutorial will work on anyones Vine profile and any number of Vines, it allows you to download all Vines on a page or just one.

How To:

  1. Get Firefox
  2. Get the FlashGot Mass Downloader Extension Here (free)
  3. Go to your profile on vine.co
  4. Scroll through and make sure every video loads (or the specific one you want) so the extension registers it
  5. Initiate the extension (should be on the top right hand side of the browser) which automatically selects all of the videos
  6. Take the downloaded videos to your favorite editing program and compile them in no time!

If you have any specific questions, contact us!

How To: Play the Same Game on 2 Xbox One’s Without Paying Twice

Back when Microsoft announced the Xbox One, digital game sharing sounded promising but, shortly after, Microsoft retracted their plans and switched focus back to physical media. If you happen to have two consoles in your home or know somebody who you want to share your games with, Microsoft made it so you could. Check out the video below and written out instructions below that…

 

How To:

  1. Console 1 has Profile 1 (Profile which you purchased the game with)
  2. Console 2 has Profile 1 & 2
  3. On Console 2 with Profile 1, go to settings -> My home Xbox -> Click on “Make this my home Xbox”
  4. You can now re-download (with Profile 1) the games that had been purchased. Once they download, you can switch to profile two and use the game as if it was yours!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here.

How To: Sign Out of Skype on The Xbox One

One few issues I came across on the Xbox One was that it automatically signed in one of my Skype accounts because it was linked to my gamertag. According to Xbox Support..

There is no option to sign out of Skype, unless you sign out from your Xbox account on the console directly. However, you can turn off Skype notifications and set your status to “Invisible.”  source

They are, of course, correct. There is currently no way to sign out but there is a workaround.

How To:

  1.  Go to “My games & apps”
  2. Hover over to Skype and click the Menu button (what used to be start) and scroll down to uninstall.
  3. Go to the Store and re-download Skype.
  4. Launch Skype
  5. Click on “use a different Skype account”.
  6. It now tells you that your “accounts have already been linked”-click to got to Skype.com and follow the steps to unlink the account.
  7. Go back to the Skype app and sign in with your other Skype account.
  8. It will ask you to link the accounts. You will do so by confirming.
  9. That’s it, Skype away!

 

How To: Install iOS 7 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (W/ Video Tutorial)

Today Apple announced that iOS 7 will be coming in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 7 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it but keep in mind that beta software always has bugs and issues. Before doing all of this make sure to back up your device just to be safe.

To get iOS 7 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes
  2. Register Your UDID (some developers/websites can do this for you)
  3. Download iOS 7 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 7 Download (coming soon).
  4. Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via USB cable
  5. Select your device from the left navigation pane on iTunes
  6. Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the update button on iTunes
  7. Browse and select the downloaded iOS 7 IPSW file. Let the restore process complete.

After completing all the steps your device should be up and running. If you have any questions you can ask us in the comments below or contact us here.

 

Direct links will be posted here as soon as they are available

 

  • iPhone 5 A1428 GSM iOS 7 Beta 1 [Torrent]
  • iPhone 5 A1429 CDMA iOS 7 Beta 1 [Torrent]
  • iPhone 4S iOS 7 Beta 1 [Torrent]
  • iPhone 4 GSM iOS 7 Beta 1 [Torrent]
  • iPhone 4 GSM Rev A iOS7 Beta 1 [Torrent]
  • iPhone 4 CDMA iOS 7 Beta 1 [Torrent]
  • iPod Touch 5th Gen iOS 7 Beta 1 [Torrent]

iOS 7 for iPad will be out at a later date.

*While iOS 7 installs make sure to check out our latest posts here.

Update: Video tutorial has been posted

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

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