There's no denying the Beats by Dre Studio's success, and how it so radically changed the headphone landscape. No other headphone manufacturer could have imagined that it could sell millions of $300 headphones to non-audiophiles. Before Beats those buyers were content with cheap and utterly disposable headphones, headphones that all too often would stop working in a few months, get thrown away, and get replaced with another set of cheap headphones. Of course, those cheap headphones sounded pretty bad, so moving up to the Studio meant the sound was a revelation! Bass, dynamics, and treble detailing were so … Read more
Buyers of the next iPad Mini may be able to choose gold or space gray and tap into a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. At least, that's the scoop based on the latest alleged images leaked online.
A photo claiming to be that of a gold iPad Mini with the Touch ID has surfaced on Chinese tech site DoNews. The photo shows the back of an iPad tinged gold.
While some users ran into difficulties trying to download iOS 7 just after it came out last week, a new problem has emerged for those who don't want the software.
Some users who are sticking with iOS 6 for the time being are discovering that their iOS devices have already downloaded the iOS 7 update, and that it cannot be removed from the device.
wow my phone downloaded iOS 7 without my permission— Jade Swart (@JadeSwart) September 20, 2013 September 25, 2013
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Apple is getting pounded. Apparently, investors aren't charmed by the company's new iPhones, with the stock down since the September 10 announcement.
Apple's estimated 2013 price/earnings ratio is a lowly 12, compared with Google's 25, Amazon's 346, and Facebook's 87. At this juncture, Apple is more like the unloved Microsoft, which has about the same price/earnings ratio. Neither company is catching fire with investors, although activist shareholder Carl Icahn is finding Apple's stock price attractive.
While Microsoft's problem is that Windows, especially for mobile devices, isn't taking share from … Read more
Regular readers of this blog may have noticed I'm not a big fan of any type of wireless speaker, and more specifically I have no love for Bluetooth or AirPlay speakers. For me the sound compromises that come with compact size and wireless technology are hard to swallow. I have less of a grudge against the smaller, under-$200 models; they produce "good enough" sound, but the more expensive models' sound pales next to a pair of wired Adam Audio, Audioengine, or Emotiva self-powered speakers.
Apple introduced a new "Space Gray" color with the iPhone 5S on Tuesday, but the new color is not exclusive to the new high-end smartphone.
After Apple introduced the color at the rollout for a pair of new iPhones today, the company quietly added the new color option to its iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. The only iPod models on which the new color is not offered as an option is the iPod Classic and the 16GB iPod Touch, which is available only in a black front and silver back combination.
iPods sporting the new color … Read more
Apple is expected to announce iPhones this week, and some people are already lining up to get them.
The mania surrounding the anticipated iPhone 5S and 5C will prompt many to upgrade their phones, but what if yours is in less than pristine condition? As in, smashed in a thousand pieces?
I'm the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa," Nirvana's "In Utero," and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me" I noticed that all of these great sounding recordings were engineered by Steve Albini. The man is extraordinarily prolific, and to date has worked on 2,000 albums! I reached out to him a few weeks ago to talk about his work.
I've used an iPod Classic as my on-the-go music player for years, while I was waiting for something better. Sure, Astell & Kern has two perfectly fine players, the $699 AK100 and the $1,299 AK120, but FiiO smashed the high-resolution music player price barrier with the X3, which lists for $299, but which sells for $200 on Amazon and most other online retail sites.
It's a moment made for Dr. Frank-N-Furter from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Apple fans everywhere are shivering with antici...pation ahead of the company's new product announcement on September 10.
If the overactive rumor machine is to be believed, we'll be getting a refreshed iPhone called the iPhone 5S and a "cheaper" version in the form of the plastic-cased iPhone 5C. Both of those are pretty good bets, though there are no guarantees for either.… Read more