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 10 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

iOS 10 will be launching in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 10 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it on your device but keep in mind that beta software is buggy and could cause issues with apps and battery life. If you want your device to remain fully functional I would suggest staying away from the first couple of beta releases. You can sign up and wait to get into the public beta like Apple did last year. The good thing about the public beta is that Apple doesn’t release a version until it’s more stable to avoid any major problems. The public beta program also doesn’t require you to register your UDID or do anything manually as it gets pushed directly to your device; you can sign up for the public beta here once iOS 10 is announced on the 13th of this month.

Backup Your Device

Before doing all of this make sure to completely back up your device just to be safe. I’ve never had any issues when updating to a beta but it’s best to take as many precautions beforehand to avoid any problems if something goes wrong. You also want to make sure your device’s UDID is registered in Apple Servers as a developer device. There are many places that can register your UDID, we do it for $4. Do not install the beta before registering your device somewhere as it could cause your device to brick and Apple will not help you as that is not covered with warranty.

Finding Your UDID

You Can Find Your UDID by:
-Launching iTunes and connecting your iPhone.
-In the top pane, click on the little icon of your device. Locate where it shows name, phone number, & serial number.
-Reveal the UDID by clicking on the Serial Number. You should now see a long string of characters.

To get the iOS 10 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes, MacOS, Xcode & Make Sure your UDID is Registered
  2. Download/install the iOS 10 Configurator Profile (LINK) Just send it to your phone via email and click on it. If that doesn’t work then send it via Airdrop.
  3. Download iOS 10 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 10 Download Links
  4. Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via a USB cable
  5. Select your device from the top 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 10 IPSW file.
  8. The iOS 10 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 10 has been installed on the device!

Here is Our Installation Video from Last Year but It’s the Same Process with iOS 10:

iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display [Gallery]

Check out the galleries for the iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air below.

iPad Mini with Retina Display

iPad Air

IMG Source: Apple

Apple Announces New iPad Mini with Retina Display and Faster Processor

Apple has introduced a new version of the iPad mini which comes with the highly anticipated retina display (2048×1536). The new iPad Mini will retail for $399 with Wi-Fi or $529 with mobile data. New colorful Smart Covers and full body cases made of leather were announced that will be available alongside the iPad Mini Retina in November.

Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43 percent narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner. iPad Air’s Retina display makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, and the new power-efficient A7 chip allows the battery to be even smaller, helping reduce the overall volume by 24 percent from the previous generation while doubling its performance and maintaining its up to 10-hour battery life.¹

The new iPad mini with Retina display packs all the 3.1 million pixels (2048-by-1536 resolution) of iPad Air into its 7.9-inch Multi-Touch™ display, for a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The 7.9-inch Retina display of iPad mini is 35 percent larger than screens on 7-inch tablets, and is the only small tablet to deliver the full iPad experience, now with razor sharp Retina quality. Images are crisp, text is crystal clear, movies play at full 1080p HD-resolution and the 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad work automatically.

More Info: Apple Store 

 

 

iPad Mini Review – Is it worth it? [Video]

Apple has now entered an awkward market with the iPad Mini where most consumers it will see the Mini as an overpriced tablet compared to most 7-inch tablets out there and others will see it as a cheaper alternative to an iPad. The iPad Mini is a great device, it’s solid, well built, and it is the perfect size for a small tablet. The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch display which might not sound all that different from a 7-inch display, but it makes a huge difference when playing games, browsing the web, and it improves the overall experience of using the tablet. While the iPad Mini might sound perfect, its not and it actually has its drawbacks. For $329 plus tax, today, you can get one for yourself, but is it worth the price tag? Check out the video below for a full review of the iPad Mini.

If you have any questions about the iPad Mini, feel free to contact us here.

iPad Mini and iPad 4 Display’s Compared Under A Microscope

The folks over at RepairLabs have taken a microscope and compared the iPad 4’s retina display against the iPad Mini’s display. While some people might not care or even notice how different the two screens look in real life, I can personally tell you that there is a significant difference between the two. The screen on the iPad Mini makes it feel cheap a behind most tablets in the market today. The screen on the Nexus 7 is far better and you can get one for over $120 less than the iPad Mini. If you are planning on getting an iPad Mini and have used a device with a retina display then I highly recommend you use one before purchasing it. Check out the comparison pictures below

Source: RepairLabs

iPad Mini Wallpapers Pack (HD)

The iPad Mini comes out this Friday and if you are getting one then i’m pretty sure you want some nice wallpapers to go with it. Once in a while we will bundle up wallpapers that we find on the internet. Below is the second pack of wallpapers but, these are 1024 by 1024 and take advantage of the 8.9 display on the iPad Mini. The Mini has the same resolution as the iPad and iPad 2 but since it has a smaller screen the wallpapers will look a lot more crisp on the iPad Mini.

 

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS

Mobile: (Make sure you are using the desktop version) Tap on and hold on any of the thumbnails and click on “Open In New Page”. When the image loads, tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. When you click “Save Image” the wallpaper will appear in your Camera Roll. To stay updated with our latest posts, you can add us to your home screen.

Desktop: scroll down and download the whole pack and then you can sync the photos to your device or email them to yourself. The download includes a two more wallpapers.

 

iPad Mini Wallpaper Pack: Here

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