What’s the top PS3 5.1/7.1 surround sound headphones?

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When I got my first album player, there was nothing I liked better than to take the dual sound system, place them on either side of a cushion and lay in between them, blasting my head with a constant sonic assault of what rock n roll masterpiece I could find in the junk shop that week. Heaven.

 

Designed together with your computer at heart, these spiffy new earphones can re-create my experiences (albeit not quite as perfectly) for this digital era. Secure, highly effective and profiting from a sleek and sexy design job that’s curvier than Catwoman eating a curly wurly, these headphone have got it all. Continue reading What’s the top PS3 5.1/7.1 surround sound headphones?

The Most Discussed Gadgets of 2012 (According to Google)

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Editors Note – Google have recently confirmed their important searches of 2012, our associates at Techland from time magazine have compiled the list gadgets by the trending searches in 2012. These Gadgets are compiled by the most traffic compared to 2011. Meaning these are the gadgets that people most wanted to learn about.  
Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone handset was shown off in early January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a comeback for the Finnish phone maker, which used the handset to announce its re-entrance into the U.S. market alongside carrier partner AT&T.

Our own Jared Newman referred to the Lumia 900 as “what is supposed to be the first Windows Phone in the United States worth caring about.”

You may wonder why Apple’s flagship smartphone for 2012 isn’t higher on the list, but seeing that this is a list of trending searches “that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011,” the placement makes more sense.

In 2011, expectations for something called the iPhone 5 were rampant. Instead, we got the iPhone 4S. And Apple launched the new handset in October, bucking previous June launches for iPhone handsets and almost certainly prolonging iPhone 5-related searches throughout the year. So there were a lot of “iPhone 5″ searches last year — enough to dilute this year’s searches down to the number nine slot.

Plenty of people have already moved on to Samsung’s Galaxy S III this year, but the Samsung Galaxy S II, released stateside late last year, showed some nice staying power.

With its big screen and powerful innards, the Android smartphone won enough awards and critical praise to make itself a viable alternative to the iPhone.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone line literally went big this year. The first Galaxy Note sported a 5.3-inch screen and was unveiled in Germany in late 2011 but wasn’t available for purchase stateside until early 2012. The Galaxy Note II — with its even bigger 5.55-inch screen — wasn’t unveiled until late 2012. Splitting the difference between phone and tablet form factors is no easy task, but Samsung is apparently making it work.

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Microsoft is making its own hardware, that’s why the hoopla. In an attempt to show its hardware partners how it’s done, Microsoft took the bull by the horns and designed its own tablet to showcase the company’s overhauled, bold and touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system. As searches for “Microsoft Surface” in 2012 relate to searches for “Microsoft Surface” in 2011, the term’s high placement this year shouldn’t be too terribly shocking. Before this year, Microsoft Surface referred to giant touchscreen tables; that project has since been renamed to Microsoft PixelSense.

In late 2011, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire, a $200 tablet with access to Amazon’s cache of digital books, videos, music and more. In a time of the $500-and-up iPad and a slew of so-so Android tablets, the Kindle Fire’s low price point and simple interface made it a popular choice for people who wanted a tablet but didn’t want to spend a ton of money to get one. Since then, Amazon’s repeatedly dropped the price of the Kindle Fire and rolled out the 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD line of tablets. It would be interesting to know which of this year’s “Kindle Fire” searches came from people looking for the old version of the tablet or one of the new versions, minus the “HD” at the end.

In late 2011, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire, a $200 tablet with access to Amazon’s cache of digital books, videos, music and more. In a time of the $500-and-up iPad and a slew of so-so Android tablets, the Kindle Fire’s low price point and simple interface made it a popular choice for people who wanted a tablet but didn’t want to spend a ton of money to get one. Since then, Amazon’s repeatedly dropped the price of the Kindle Fire and rolled out the 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD line of tablets. It would be interesting to know which of this year’s “Kindle Fire” searches came from people looking for the old version of the tablet or one of the new versions, minus the “HD” at the end.

Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone can arguably be called the anti-iPhone poster child. Those Samsung ads making fun of Apple fans waiting in line? The current crop of those ads are for the Galaxy S III. Before its release in May, 2012, the phone reportedly became the most preordered gadget in history with 9 million early orders. As of November of this year, Samsung claims to have moved 30 million Galaxy S III handsets.

Some have clamored for a smaller, cheaper, easier to handle iPad since before Steve Jobs voiced his disdain for smaller tablets back in late 2010. It took a couple years, but the world finally got its miniature iPad. There was no shortage of rumors, speculation and crossed fingers leading up to the announcement, which almost certainly accounted for all the Google searches between 2011 and 2012.

Amusingly enough, when the iPad 3 was officially rolled out in March, Apple dropped the “3″ from the name, simply referring to it as “iPad”. The iPad 2 was kept around and discounted, but the year-long wait between the iPad 2 and what many believed would be called the iPad 3 apparently resulted in plenty of “iPad 3″ search terms between 2011 and 2012. Even now that Apple’s released the fourth-generation iPad to replace the third-generation iPad, it’s still tempting to search for “iPad 3″ when trying to differentiate the two.

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What are the rules of using a walkie talkie on the road

The principles on using 2 way radios and mobile phones whilst operating a automobile are sort of different, the ruling has been law since 2003 with the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003, the law was put into place to boost road safety, after the emergence of cellphones becoming affordable and trendy, the need for some sort of legislation cut back the use of mobile phones, two way radios and any type of hand held communication devices used whilst a automobile is being driven. The penalty of the rules are outlined here – Continue reading What are the rules of using a walkie talkie on the road

What is essentially the most resistant earphone product on the market?

“Good music” said conductor Thomas Beecham in 1950 “is that which penetrates the ear with facility and quits the memory with difficulty.” It is the part about the ear that today’s audiophiles will most voluntarily gravitate to. We’re taking Mr. Beecham out of context somewhat, but the truth remains that we must properly hear music to be able to really love it.

 

earphone technology has come some distance since the days of the Walkman (remember those?) and also further since the appearance of 8-track. Whilst it could be argued that music itself has tumbled right into a downward spiral of mindless repetition and dim exercises in empty ‘cool’, it can’t be unnoticed that the facilities for being attentive to music on the go have improved a good deal. Continue reading What is essentially the most resistant earphone product on the market?

SleepPhones – Headphones You Can Sleep With

Editors Note -Research has shown that listening to melody for 45 minutes ahead of sleeping can help you have a suitable nights forty winks, but waking up in the am having a pair of headphones in isn’t the nicest feeling on the earth, so a pair of sleepPhones has been inverted….

 

Have you tried to sleep with headphones to drown out noise? Maybe a snoring husband or roommate, a noisy dorm, or are you just a light sleeper? It is very uncomfortable, if not impossible to sleep with traditional headphones, or even ear buds. However, the days of sleepless nights due to noise are now over. SleepPhones, pajamas for your ears, are soft comfortable headphones that you can comfortably sleep with. Continue reading SleepPhones – Headphones You Can Sleep With

Two Way Radio Earpieces (…And Why Scottie is Unlikely to Beam you up, Ever)

For those of you mad enough to actually read my numerous articles, think pieces and terrible jokes (usually held together by only the thinnest of links to the product in question), you’ll be aware that I spend most of my time wishing that life was more like ‘Star Trek’.

Here, then, with the advent of these new two-way radio earpieces, is a product that can help us get a little closer to that wish. We may still be light years away from warp drive and many decades away from even a rudimentary holodeck, but the classic TOS communicators and TNG ‘com badges’ aren’t all that far fetched.

(Look, I know I’m reaching with this one, just stay with me OK?)

Of course, these two way radio earpieces don’t take the form of a cool ‘flip open’ mobile phone gizmo, or a badge that gives you an excuse to touch yourself on the tit, so, in truth, you’ll probably look more like Madonna (or else the girl who takes your order at the McDonald’s drive through) when using it.

Still, the prospect is an appealing one. Although the practical application for an earpiece like this one is still closer to watching the doors of busy nightclubs than exploring the galaxy under a banner of peace, love (and uncomplicated sex with numerous green Women). In fact, this is a pretty important piece of security equipment.

The two-way functionality allows the user to both send and receive signals, meaning that you can quickly and efficiently contact the people you need to without worrying about fannying around with mobile phones. I’m pretty sure that the bouncers who swiftly ejected a drunken mate of mine from a student club for waving his tackle at a table full of girls a couple years back, were using them. They shut his ass down pretty quickly (although, to be fair, it wasn’t his ass they should have worried about!)

Motorola do a good line in affordable two-way earpiece models, but for my money, their Kenwood equivalents are a little bit better quality and actually cost a little less. At around the same price, Icom also offer a competitive product that will work like an absolute charm. To be perfectly honest, there’s not actually much to choose from between competing brands, all the makes mentioned will do a good job, all are about the same size and weight and all cost pretty much the same amount.

Now, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that this two way earpiece thingy is absolutely not going to replace your mobile. I also don’t need to explain that, without other users in your immediate area to contact, it isn’t much more use than a leftover beans tin and some string. I also feel that I should make the disclaimer now that, even if you buy a two-way radio headset, Scottie is unlikely to beam you up, ever. Sorry about that. Apparently it constitutes a violation of the prime directive, either that, or he’s just too busy being a fictional character.

So, as it’s the season of giving, let’s evaluate this device as a Christmas present. Frankly, any of the models mentioned would make a spectacular gift for somebody in your life that might require one for work. However, outside of that use, you can comfortably file under: ‘amusing Christmas Day fun-fest that’ll be forgotten about not long after’. These are cheap products that do a good job, which are the kind of things I love to review. So, to sum up: they won’t cost the earth, they’ll do a fine job and they’ll make you look a bit like Madonna. OK, two out of three ain’t bad!

Well, as John Lennon once sang (and continues to sing, every Christmas, every year, and on every compilation whether you want him to or not) “another year over, a new one just begun”.. 

 

 

Best eBook readers for Christmas 2012

Editors Note – With christmas heavily upon us and you are already fed with all the cakes, mince pies and sherry, we give you the best eBook readers, to get away from it all.

 

The book has been Christmas stocking staple throughout all our lives, predating the electronic gadgets and toys that now dominate most of our seasonal wish lists. Continue reading Best eBook readers for Christmas 2012

Mac mini review (2012)

Editors Note – Smaller, lighter media player computers always get our attention, and the new mac mini is an invention that will satisfy the MAC faithful and entice the window lot. With an i7 inside and 4gb of RAM you can really get the company’s jack-of-all-trades computer for your living room.

October 23rd was mostly the iPad mini’s coming out party; an event with one major headliner. But that newborn product didn’t enterApple’s ecosystem alone. Amidst the flurry of announcements, there was one other wee hardware relative on hand ready to join in on the launch festivities: a refreshed 2012 Mac mini. Addressing criticisms oflast year’s model, Apple added USB 3.0 ports, upgraded to third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processors and boosted the standard RAM allotment to 4GB (you can configure it with up to 16 gigs). Perhaps most interestingly, it’s now offering a hybrid storage option, the so-called FusionDrive, which combines flash memory with a SATA HDD. Continue reading Mac mini review (2012)

Nothing like Bluetooth Earphones for your Music