Tag - Sound
It's that time again, when we take a look at a crowdfunding project and assess how cool or useful it is. Fortunately, today, we've got something that is both cool and useful, a speaker designed to immerse you -- and only you -- in a cloud of sound. Today, we're checking out some seriously cool future-tech known as the Soundlazer VR.
There's probably a graph somewhere showing appreciation of sound quality against age-related hearing loss. For our hearing will degrade over time, yet it seems equally certain that we can only get good headphones by listening to progressively better ones so that we can tell the difference, that we can learn what's possible. Consequently, we can say that the Meizu HD50 headphones sound much better than ones we've tried before, but recommending them is tricky.
You know the drill by this point: the one where we start out talking about what makes a game a game. We're not going to bore you by discussing magic circles, objectives, or any sort of theory about what a game has to contain to be considered a game. No, today we're just here to tell you about a gorgeous, exploratory game called Adventures of Poco Eco -- Lost Sounds.
From the makers of Audio Hijack comes another tool that is for audio users -- and the more professional your needs, the more Loopback 1.0.1 is a solution for you. It's a tool for taking the sound from one app and passing it through to another. That's all -- but it's a lot.
If you know someone who is already podcasting, then there's a pretty good chance they've told you about it, and casually mentioned when each episode is available, and how you could subscribe, ad infinitum. When these podcasting loved ones of yours are deep into the subject, gently mention words like "dynamic microphone," and write down what they say. Hint: it will be a name that sounds like random letters and numbers. So long as you're very careful to get it right, you've just sorted Christmas.
We think that one of the most soothing activities you can do in your daily life is take time to play with sound. Whether it's passing time during your morning commute, or at your desk when you've got some downtime, there's something undeniably awesome about playing with sound generators. If you're a big fan of music and sound generators, we've got a real treat for you: Polyphonic, a fun music generator that anyone can use.
Before you get excited: Kitsound is a UK company, and though many of its products quickly become available in the US, this one hasn't got there yet. That doesn't usually stop you getting their devices direct from the UK, but it's different with radios -- as digital standards are different around the world. So, on the one hand, you need to drool now over this Kitsound Air DAB/FM Radio with Bluetooth and on the other, if you're outside the UK you can pity us for our low quality DAB (digital audio broadcasting).
Remember those scenes in the 1992 comedy Cousin Vinny, where Joe Pesci's character couldn't sleep in the rural quiet of the small country town he was visiting. He didn't get a good night's rest until somebody sent him a recording of his New York neighborhood at night. Noise can either keep you awake, or lull you to sleep. White Noise by TMsoft is an app that provides ambient soundscapes, paired with an alarm clock and the ability to record and loop our own "perfectly quiet" environment sounds. We tried out White Noise for iOS on our iPhone 5, and we were often surprised and delighted by the experience.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this evening's performance of the MacNN Variety Circus Spectacular on Ice is about to begin. Please switch off your iPhones. Also your iPads. Your iPad minis. Your iPod touches -- anyone still got those? -- plus the new MacBook and MacBook Airs in your bags. And your Apple Watches."
The Kitsound Pocket Hive Bluetooth Speaker has a hive-like hexagonal design -- the UK makers of the device cannot seem to resist making every bee pun you can think of in their documentation, and on their website. Yet they seem to have missed one very apposite British phrase: this Pocket Hive speaker is the bee's knees.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE