There are various ways to boost or amplify the music sound of portable music players including iPod, iPhone, or anything else. The most popular way is using Bluetooth or cable, but do you know that there is more simple or traditional way to make the sound louder? Take a mic and put it next to the external speaker of the devices, and done, no cable or Bluetooth required. Let’s see how the new ZAGG iFrogz Boost Speaker amplifies the sound of portable music players.
Compatible with any portable devices that have external speaker, the ZAGG iFrogz Boost speaker works by syncing the external audio signal and then amplify the sound through two high-quality 2W x 2RMS speakers. Just pick your favourite player and lay it on top of the Boost, then you can start enjoying your favourite music in a new way.
The Flux Headset is another headset from SteelSeries that was introduced by the company during CES 2012 in Las Vegas last month, along with the illuminated Siberia v2 Frost Blue. The Flux is unique with its ability to “daisy chain”, what does it mean? The headset can share the stream with other Flux headset by plugging-in it into the available input jacks. The Flux has 2 jacks: one on the left side, and another on the right side. So users have an extra input jack while they’re plugging the microphone into the left or right side jack. The multi-used headset also packed with cable connections for an in-line, uni-directional microphone with mute controls that connect to PC as well as a connector with a single 3.5mm jack for Mac and mobile devices.
Designed with comfortably in mind, the travel-friendly Flux headset features new, on-ear mesh cloth cushions that pump out impressive sound levels via its 40mm driver units. Suitable for gaming, listening music, or making calls, the headset earcups to fold inward when wearing it around the neck, and collapse at the earcup hangers for quick and compact storage.
Many gamers like to play not only on their PCs or other gaming platforms, but on their phones, too. For a long time I thought that there are no “serious” games for phones other than puzzles and those annoying Angry Birds, but a couple of days ago I found out that there are games in one of my most favorite genres, MMO RPG, too!
Of course, not all phones are powerful enough to run some of the games we’re going to discuss below, but a simple phone comparison can help you find out if your phone is good enough or if it’s the right time to buy a new one.
Anyway, here are the best 3 MMO RPGs I managed to find during these days. The first two will run on almost any phone while for the third you’ll need a more powerful device.
Where we should start? Let start from the designer, Marc Newson, who is known as one of the most acclaimed and influential contemporary designers. His works are ranging across multi-disciplines, from furniture to aricraft, from bicycles to yachts. Continuing his artworks, now he designed the camera body of PENTAX K-01 mirrorless intechangeable lens camera. Bringing contemporary style, the camera is available in black, white and Newson’s signature yellow colors with autograph logo stamp on the bottom of the camera body. In addtion the camera, the new sms PETAX-D4 40mm F2.8 XS lens is also touched by Newson to deliver a great combination with high design standard.
Beside the unique design, the 16 megapixel PENTAX K-01 camera also attracts consumers with its advanced features including high resolution 3″ LCD; Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system; 6 FPS burst mode; Focus peaking mode; and ISO range of 100-25600. Mentioned as the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, the K-01 is scheduled to be available in March for $749.95USD (body only) and $899.95 (lens kit including new DA 40mm XS) in Marc Newson designed packaging and with the Marc Newson designed strap.
Regarding videography, the PENTAX K-01 features a dedicated video recording button that enable users to easily capture full HD 1080p video at 30FPS with h.264 compression or 60 FPS at 720p. It’s also comes equipped with a stereo microphone in addtion to the external microphone input terminal. HDMI terminal is also available that allows users to play the recording on their HDTV. If you prefer play the movies on your computer, you can download VLC Media Player.
1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
It might not be quite the same without Chris Tarrant and his tension-building advert breaks but the iPhone app for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire can be even more fun than the TV program. Even without a real million pound target, trying to go all the way with just your three lifelines – 50:50, phone a friend or ask the audience – and your general knowledge is as exciting as the real thing. The app costs 69p but with hundreds of different questions, you can test your knowledge over and over again. [iTunues link]
Ho do you play your favorite games on your PC, using keyboard and mouse? That’s fine if you’re not a real gamer like me. You don’t need an extra controller to play simple game like Zuma’s, but for more serious games, I think a dedicated controller is a must. Playing game on a tablet or smartphone is the same, a simple game like Angry Bird is very convenient without an extra controller, your finger is more than enough to make the bird angry. But if you want to play other kind of games such as first-person shooter and RTS games, an extra controller can offer more optimal experience. That’s why the SteelSeries Ion Wireless Controller comes to us.
The SteelSeries Ion Wireless Controller is fully compatible with PC, tablet and smartphone. Measuring only 108mm x 55.5mm x 18mm, this controller connects via Bluetooth to PC and/or mobile device and features a white LED light as a connection indicator. It’s also equipped with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge. Similar to the common game controllers, the SteelSeries Ion comes with a classic design which includes 2 mini-joysticks, a left side Dpad button, 2 trigger buttons one at each shoulder, and a four button layout on the right.
Scheduled to be available in spring 2012, the WikiPad is a glasses-free 3D Android 4.0 tablet that will make gaming enthusiasts deadly happy, thanks to the attachable video game controller. The device was debuted at CES in Las Vegas last month and mentioned as the world’s first in the catagory. The well-designed game controller attaches easily to the tablet and instantly allows gamers to play their favorite games with better gaming experience. And switching the productivity mode is easy, just remove the controller and happy tableting!
The 8-inch WikiPad tablet runs Android 4.O (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system and features: 1080p High definition 2D and 3D playback of all formats including H.264, VC1, VOB, ISO, M2TS, and FLV; a mini HDMI and USB 2.0 that allows connectivity and compatibility; 8GB of flash storage with expandable micro SD storage to 64GB; and integrated front and rear cameras for photos, video recording, and video chat.
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So you’re having a home security system fitted and you want to make sure that you get the right one. Here’s a quick checklist before I start the main body of this post, to help you get started in the right direction:
- 1: Ask your insurer. If your chosen alarm system is not on their list then go back to the drawing board. Unless of course you want to end up voiding your home and contents insurance.
- 2: Choose a brand with a good reputation. To do this research your prospective house alarm system on social media streams. That’s what they’re there for ; )
- 3: Set your budget. You can get a perfectly adequate system for your needs in line with your budget, as long as you know what the budget is in advance. Pick a sensible figure and stick with it.
OK so now we’re onto the main event. Given that you have kept the above three points in mind, we are choosing the best system for your home. First question: wireless or hardwired?