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.

Fake iPhone 6s Unboxed and Compared to Real iPhone 6s [Video]

We got our hands on China’s latest iPhone 6s clone/counterfeit. The latest clone is a full on smartphone that is running a heavily skinned version of Android. While both devices have some very different physical and software features, anyone who hasn’t seen one in real life could be easily fooled on sites like eBay and Rakuten so be careful when purchasing on online marketplaces!

Here is a quick comparison video showing some of the aspects that make the Fake iPhone 6s so different from Apple’s iPhone 6s. The fake in the video is the Space Gray while the real is the Rose Gold.

 

Here is a longer video which includes unboxing the fake iPhone 6s and showing some of the apps the fake iPhone 6s comes with:

 

Here are some of the Specs of the Fake iPhone 6s as detailed by the manufacturer:

* Display Size: 5.5
* ROM: 32GB
* Model: No model
* RAM: 1GB
* Display Resolution: 960×540
* CPU: Quad Core
* Features: 
with MP3 with Touch Screen Gravity Response Video Player with WiFi Color Screen Back Camera Google Play Store Fingerprint with TV Back Touch Smart Wake with FM Radio With Ebook with GPS Front Camera MMS
* Camera Pixels: 8.0MP
* Operation System: Android
* Sim Card: Nano Card
* Battery(mAH): 1500mAh
* Chinese Brand: No Brand
* Network: GSM900 GSM1800 WCDMA GSM1900 GSM850
* Language: 
Portugal Vietnamese Danish Greece French Indonesia Finnish Chinese Hungarian India Russian Czech Malay Filipino Italian Slovak Spanish Persian Dutch English Norwegian Turkish Arabic Polish Thai Romanian German Swedish Hebrew Bulgarian

Watch Elon Musk launch the Tesla Model X [Video]

Tesla just revealed the final production model of the Model X. The Model X has “falcon-wing” doors and is capable of going 0 to 60 miles per hour as fast as a Porsche 911 Turbo. You can currently reserve a Model X for $5,000, new reservations are expected to ship in the latter half of 2016.

Mobile Users: Head to the Source link below if the video does not load. Or watch it on YouTube or Vimeo.

Source: Tesla Motors

Google Announces Android M is ‘Android Marshmallow’

Google has announced that Android M is officially called Android Marshmallow. The final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download and developers are being encouraged to get their apps ready. The consumer version of Marshmallow is set to launch later this fall and will directly compete with Apple’s iOS 9.

Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them! Since the launch of the M Developer Preview at Google I/O in May, we’ve enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we’re introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.

Check out the video below which shows how Android lawn sculptures get made and why Android names their releases after sweet foods!

 

Source: Android Developers

Official Trailer for the Upcoming Steve Jobs Movie Released [Video]

The first offficial trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie written by Aaron Sorkin has been released. If you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s book then you’ll definitely notice that the movie is keeping to actual events in Steve Jobs life.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Source: YouTube

Google Launches Project Fi, Its Own Mobile Network [Video]

Google has finally announced it’s own mobile network (Project Fi) that will use Sprint and T-Mobile to provide a constant connection to your mobile device. The service is currently available through invite only and Google’s Nexus 6 is the first phone that is supported by network.

 

Network

Networks change in quality as you move around. To help you get the highest-quality connection at your location, Project Fi uses new technology to intelligently connect you to the fastest network whether it’s Wi-Fi or one of our partner LTE networks.

If you’re on one network and we detect our other 4G LTE network partner has a stronger signal, you’re moved over to the other network to get the fastest available speed.

The Nexus 6 is the first smartphone to support Project Fi’s network of networks. The Nexus 6 works with our unique SIM that lets you access multiple networks and has a state-of-the-art cellular radio tuned to work with different network types. You can use a Nexus 6 you already own, or buy a new one when you sign up.

Plan

Our plan starts with the Fi Basics for $20 per month. This includes:

Unlimited domestic talk and text
Unlimited international texts
Low-cost international calls
Wi-Fi tethering
Coverage in 120+ countries

Then it’s $10 per GB for data. $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and so on. That’s it. With no annual contract required.

It’s hard to predict your data usage when it changes month to month. One month you’re streaming live sports, the next you’re mostly just checking email. At the end of each month, you’ll get your unused data credited in dollars and cents, so you only pay for what you use.

 

If you have a Nexus 6 then you can head over to this link to request an invite.

Source: Project Fi

Gold MacBook Unboxing & Overview [Video]

Apple’s new MacBooks are now available at retail stores nationwide and with that come videos from me showing you Apple’s latest so you can decide if you want spend your money on it. Here is my unboxing of the Gold MacBook:

 

The new MacBook feels premium yet it is light and portable. For ~$1,400 you can go to an Apple Store and get yourself one. Don’t expect this laptop to be super speedy and handle all of your productivity done but it is able to handle quite a bit! I’ve been able to run Final Cut Pro and Pixelmator with little-to-no problems.

The Gold MacBook is stunning in its own way. This color basically says “I have the new MacBook and it’s Gold”. You’ll probably get a lot of people looking at your new MacBook if you opt for gold but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Amazon: Gold MacBook

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