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Feb
23
by tinyman392 at 8:59 PM
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808 Audio | BT Headphones | $ 99.99

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When I saw the 808 Audio Performer series, I though it would be another overly-designed, poor-sounding headphone (akin to something like the Beats). After putting them on, I was impressed with the sound quality. Then I saw Voxx owned it… The company that also owns a number of other audio manufactures, like Klipsch.

Design

When I received the 808, I was interested in the unique design that looked great. The bungee cord wrapped around the housings and the machine-cut aluminum gave it a very distinct look. I have to say that it is on the flashy side of things, though the brushed texturing and matted color choices do keep it toned down overall. They are definitely a looker though.

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Design: ★★★★

Audio

As I stated, the sound of the 808 Performer BT actually sounds great. It is a bass-focused signature, but it’s not...
Feb
23
by tinyman392 at 7:28 PM
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Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have made splashes in and out of the news with automakers. They certainly seem like a great thing to have, but is it really a step in the right direction?

Let's start off with the basic idea of a connected car that integrates nicely with an OS. This is definitely not a new idea and something that is very much needed. I won't debate that. However, many of our decisions have been fragmented across OSes. When it comes to buying something small like a watch, having an OS-specific accessory doesn't seem far fetched or crazy. They are relatively cheap (and I say relatively for a reason). When it comes to a 20000 car... Manufacturers may want to wait back.

Let's say that you've settled on a car, it has all the features you need in terms of size, engine, safety, comfort, etc. Except for one problem, it's on Apple's CarPlay and you're an Android man. Or the opposite way around, it runs Android Auto and you've got your iOS devices at...
Feb
22
by tinyman392 at 9:56 AM
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Update!

Patriot has a magnetically charging case that hooks into the Dock connector of your phone. The magnetic charging is similar to a MagSafe-like design, but is on the back of the case. It works well, though does come with its own set of issues. See more information below in the Battery Cases section!

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This is the iFans.com iPhone 6 case roundup. Here, we will feature up to 3 new cases each week (until I run out of cases), except for the first week when an initial batch will be featured. All featured cases will be shown in the second post of this thread.

Quick link to: New in the Roundup

How the round up will work

Each case will get a single picture (multiple upon request) along with a short summary of how I feel about the case. This will include a quick design overview, protection it provides, size, and at the end, a...
Feb
22
by tinyman392 at 1:36 PM
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Android Wear has been out for quite a while now. Google has made big pushes in the platform ahead of the Apple Watch release. Recently, a developer has found a way to make it (somewhat) compatible with iOS by allowing it to get notifications. If you dig deeper, you may be able to enable media controls among other things down the line. For now though, this is a step forward... Or is it?

If you were Google, do you think it would be a good move to make the Android Wear universal among OSes (well Android and iOS, Windows too when we can get something working)? I feel that is one of the things that sets Pebble apart. What are your thoughts?

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/22/iphone-notifications-on-android-wear/
Feb
15
by tinyman392 at 5:50 PM
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A lot of sources have been talking about an Apple-designed core from the inside out. What are you thoughts on this? What do you think they are actually planning? An expansion to CarPlay, or a full-out car? What features would you be looking for with an Apple Car? Discuss away!
Feb
15
by tinyman392 at 6:25 PM
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Dunu | Ear Bud | $ 170

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Dunu has always been an iFans favorite. They are able to produce great sounding products at reasonable prices. More recently, however, they have been delving into the midrange category. The Alpha1 is their first attempt at an earbud; it's a highly ambitious one. The Dunu Alpha1 takes a hybrid design and implements it into an earbud.

Specifications
  • Drivers: 16 mm Dynamic + Single BA
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 125 dB
In the Box
  • Dunu Alpha1
  • Carrying Case
  • Earbud covers (Full-Ear, Rings: S/L, Foam)
  • ¼ Inch Adapter
  • Cable Clip
Design

The Dunu Alpha1 offers a design that differs from the rest of the Dunu line. It still utilizes a simplistic metal finish, however, it also utilizes plastic to give it a nice contrast. A single, metal ring sits on the housing while the inside has a small tube sticking out....
Jan
28
by tinyman392 at 6:34 PM
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If you weren't around yesterday, iOS 8.1.3 has been released. The following is in the change log:
  • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime.
  • Addresses and issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results.
  • Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad.
  • Adds new configuration for education standardized testing.
There may also be some security updates in here as well. Really happy to hear about the multitasking gestures fixed on iPad... Was kind of annoying on my Mini.
Jan
23
by tinyman392 at 7:20 PM
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Encore Design | DAC | $ 129.00

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Encore Design is not a company that has an established brand name, however, their founders are not new to the world of audio. NuForce original CEO left the company while it was sold to Optoma to start a new venture creating several brands each focusing on specific market segment. Encore Design's mission is to develop high performance entry level audio products. Today, Encore Design has but one product out, the mDAC. The mDAC is a mobile DAC that is designed to improve the sound of your mobile devices. From Android to iOS, even laptops and desktops, the mDAC looks to improve the sound quality of whatever you need it to.

In the Box

Encore Design mDAC
USB Cable

Design

Forged around a housing of aluminum, the mDAC is a beautiful little box of metal. The combination of sandblasted and brushed aluminum creates an effective and attractive design that works quite well. With that said, the mDAC is a...
Jan
22
by Shedoara at 12:55 AM
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I have had problems with the keyboard never coming up to type and other problems. This seems to have fixed most of it. This does require you to be jailbroken.

Basically, we edit the jetsam plist (which manages killing stuff when it goes above the ram limit) to increase the ram from what Apple gave 3rd party keyboards, so it doesn't kill the keyboard as often, AKA makes the keyboard more reliable.

1. Use iFile or Filza File manager from Cydia. I personally recommend Filza because you can use search in the free version unlike iFile, which makes this much easier, and will be what I'm using.

2. Go to /system/library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.jetsamproperties.{Model of device}.plist and scoll down until you see it OR search for com.apple.jetsamproperties it should be the top or the only one in the list.

3. Open the plist and then scroll down to or search for com.apple.keyboard-service and edit the number below it from 48 to 100 (You can change this to whatever you like, but really...
Jan
14
by Zyiros at 12:12 PM
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It may have come to your attention that I decided to move away from the 15 inch 2012 Retina Macbook Pro to a 13 inch 2013 Macbook Air. In a battle between portability, battery life, and hardware specifications, I decided to sell my 15 inch rMBP.

It took me a while to find what I wanted, but I knew I would need excellent battery life. I've always been a great fan of the 13 inch form factor, and was shocked at how big the 15 inch rMBP was when I got it, and even more so now that I've gone back to a 13 inch Macbook Air.

But was the downgrade of screen resolution and raw power worth it?

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Drawbacks
The first obvious drawback in my transition to a Macbook Air was the screen. It was terrible. It still is terrible. Apple's pursuit of thinness and product release times definitely stinks when considering that the 13" and 15" Retina Macbook Pros were both released by 2013. The Macbook Air could have certainly received the same...