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.

Twelve Minimal Wallpapers for iPhone 7 iOS 10, Android Nougat, & macOS Sierra!

With the new Google Pixel announcement today and recent releases of iOS & macOS Sierra, I though it was time for a new batch of wallpapers. All of the wallpaper designs below are designed by puscifer91 on DevianArt so if you are looking for specific sizes then head over to his profile page. The wallpapers below are 3840 × 2160 so they are perfect for QHD, 4k, and 5k monitors as well as smartphones and tablets!

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads click “view full size”. Now 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.

Minimal Wallpapers Best Landscape Night HD Retina for iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Google Pixel, macOS Sun Eclipse Minimal Wallpapers DarGadgetZ

Mountains Ice Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ

Mountains Ice Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ

Purple Dusk Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Nighfall Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Colored Mountains Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Woods Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Dessert Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Sunrise Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Colors Paper Android Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Purple Paper Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Lake Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Sunset Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ

 

Pokémon Go Team Mystic, Valor, and Instinct Wallpapers

Pokémon Go is now available in most places around the world and it has been a huge hit. If you haven’t tried out Pokémon Go, you can download the app from the iOS or Google Play App Store. The app is free to download but has in-app purchases that are optional and not needed to advance in the game. Below are a set of wallpapers for the Mystic, Valor, and Instinct teams in Pokémon Go. If you are unfamiliar with the teams in Pokémon Go you will get an in-game message regarding choosing a team once you reach level 5.

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. 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.

 

Source: Enxee (Imgur)

Download iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

The betas of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra are now in the hands of developers and enthusiasts. While there are lots of new features, you might want to hold off until the official release or the public betas coming in July. My iMac has suffered a pretty significant hit in performance with the first beta of macOS Sierra while my iPhone just fails to open certain apps and perform smoothly. With that said, here are the iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra wallpapers so you can feel like you have the beta until you get your hands on the more stable versions.

 MacOS Sierra WallpapermacOS Sierra Wallpaper for OS X

iPhone 6/6s iOS 10 Wallpaper

iPhone 6/6s iOS 10 Wallpaper

iPad Pro, Mini, & Air iOS 10 Wallpaper

iPad Pro, Air, & Mini iOS 10 Wallpaper

Three Beautiful Landscape Wallpapers from Firewatch

The team behind Firewatch has released three beautiful landscape wallpapers for your phones, tablets, and desktop. Firewatch is a single player game for Windows, Mac, Linux, and PS4. Check out the wallpapers below:

How To: Right click on the size that you want and click “Open Link in New Tab”. Then right click on the image and click “Save Image As”

Sunset Yellow

Early Morning Green

Classic Firewatch Palette

Source: Camposanto

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 15 Quad HD Wallpapers Pack

We are a little less than two months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is one of the most anticipated movies ever so what better to compliment hype than to put a sweet new wallpaper on your computer or phone? Below are 15 awesome Quad HD (2560x1440p) that will look awesome on your devices!

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Mobile: Tap and hold on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. Then click “Open in New Tab”. 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.

Source: imgur

Simple Xbox One Wallpapers Pack

A new update for the Xbox One is now available and it includes the ability to set your own background for the dashboard. Below are some Full HD Wallpapers I whipped up that are simple but look great on the console!

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Installation Instructions

Download the Xbox One ‘Media Player’ app, load the image/images you want onto a thumb drive and connect the USB drive to the console. Open the Media Player app and select your USB drive, select background you want, click menu button and select “Set as background”.

 

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MosaicDGZcolors-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

OrangeGrayMosaic-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Space-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Forest-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

GrayStripe-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

BrownStripe-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Cyan Stripe-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Pink Stripe-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Orange Stripe-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Blue-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Orange-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Green-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Pink-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

Purple-DarGadgetZ-Xbox-One

 

iPhone 6/6 Plus Abstract Wallpapers Pack (HD/Retina)

iOS 8 and the new iPhones are now out today so with that, I put together a nice pack of abstract wallpapers that look great on the new iPhones. The wallpapers are 1080 by 1920 and take advantage of the new 4.7″ and 5.5″ retina HD displays on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Download Instructions

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. 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: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. To stay updated with our latest posts, you can add us to your home screen.

 

 

Landscape Wallpaper Pack: Here

iPhone 6/6 Plus Landscape Wallpapers Pack (HD/Retina)

iOS 8 and the new iPhones are set to be available this week so with that, I put together a nice pack of landscape wallpapers that complement the new iPhones. The wallpapers are 1080 by 1920 and take advantage of the new 4.7″ and 5.5″ retina HD displays on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Download Instructions

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. 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: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. To stay updated with our latest posts, you can add us to your home screen.

 

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