Take a good look at the picture of the Equator D5 desktop speaker. Do you see anything unusual about its design? Where's the tweeter? Look closer, there it is -- right in the center of the woofer! The D5's "coaxial" driver combines the tweeter and woofer into a single driver, and that's really cool. Equator didn't invent this type of driver -- I've seen them before on various KEF and Tannoy speakers, but the D5 is, by far, the least expensive desktop speaker I've tested with a coaxial driver. So what's … Read more
A top-secret federal court has renewed the authority of the U.S. government to collect telephone records as part of its surveillance program. In other words: Let the federal spying keep on rolling.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday said that it had decided to declassify more information, including the renewal, of the surveillance program that was revealed last month by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. The renewal of the program occurs regularly but is normally not publicized.
The phrase "world's fastest mobility scooter" will most certainly raise eyebrows and inspire chuckles, but what does it even mean? A stone-cold racing machine that packs more punch than an older Nissan Skyline. Don't believe me? There's a video to prove it.
Built by a team of tinkerers at Garage Insanity on the Isle of Man, the superpowered mobility scooter contains a Suzuki GSX-600F motorcycle engine and can do 0-60 in about three seconds and hit speeds topping about 156 miles per hour. Yes, you read that correctly: a scooter that does 0-60 faster than most cars on the road.… Read more
GarageBand offers a mobile version of Apple's powerful iWork music creation tool, with only a handful of drawbacks to what is otherwise a powerful, intuitive tool. More powerful than many beginner tools but not nearly as powerful as some of the most robust tools on the market, GarageBand is a perfect entry-level tool for someone interested in multi-track recording or digital composition on a mobile device.
GarageBand offers numerous options when first starting. From keyboards to drums, to sampling and a number of presets that make it easy to create fun effects without having to play with the controls … Read more
Easy Voice Recorder isn't easy, as its name implies, but it does give plenty of options and decent audio quality. You'll be impressed at how much it offers in recording widgets alone. Once you get deeper into the features, it will keep wowing you. If you don't mind spending $4, it turns into a standout recording app.
This app's layout leaves a lot of other recording apps in the dust. It offers a lot of modern style in the buttons and menus, definitely more than your average recording app. It includes a bunch of different widget … Read more
Apple iTunes for Mac continues doing its thing, managing and playing your media, constructing playlists, selling music, and renting movies; but the interface is always evolving.
We updated Apple iTunes for Mac via Apple's Software Update, upgrading 10.7 to 11.0.4 without any issues. A dramatically redesigned interface was apparent right off the bat. The sidebar was gone--it can be restored--and all our albums were displayed in a grid of album covers. We scrolled through our 2,231 albums, smoothly and precisely, but iTunes 10 could not handle a library of this size very well, making browsing … Read more
Legal Document Analysis takes almost all of the leg work out of reviewing and combing legal documents for the information you need. While certainly a powerful review program, it isn't very friendly to non-experts.
Since this program comes as an executable file, it will probably make your antivirus suspicious. During testing, it set off Windows' built-in firewall, as well. It doesn't seem like the program needs to access any of the features that would make the firewall go on the defensive. It's just a basic Web applet that lets you upload a file and then set predetermined … Read more
If you'd like to be able to whip up short videos and post them online but don't quite know where to start, Blueberry's BB FlashBack Express might be the tool for you. It records your screen activity, with sound, and posts finished videos to YouTube and other sites. BB FlashBack Express lets you create instructional videos that record every onscreen step, or narrate a slideshow or series of clips to create your own documentaries and short films. It's designed to be as easy to use as possible without sacrificing the capabilities you're looking for. It'… Read more
I love animated GIFs. They're quick, there's an art to them, and as obnoxious as they might be visually -- they're silent.
My big problem with this whole Vine and Instagram video boom is that the end product is often unintentionally noisy -- sometimes even jarring. I used to browse my Instagram feed like I was walking through an endless art gallery made by my friends. But now it seems like every few posts there's a video sucking down my bandwidth and assaulting my ears with a cut-up of ambient noise.
Close your eyes and your … Read more
Call Recorder for Skype for Mac seamlessly integrates into your existing installation of Skype, providing a number of configuration options for recording calls as well as bundled tools to work with the resulting audio and video. If you're not familiar with various media encoding formats, the configuration screen may provide some challenges, though default selections are enough to get you started.
Installation, a matter of a few mouse clicks, was quick and painless. Skype launched automatically when it finished, and we were brought right to the application's configuration screen, which integrated itself directly into Skype's Preferences panel. … Read more