If you've laid down serious cash for a great pair of headphones but they're plugged into your phone or computer, you're missing out on a lot of the sound quality you paid for. Don't get me wrong, phones and tablets can sound acceptable, but their designers didn't focus on sound quality -- that's the last thing they worry about. The cure for so-so sound is straightforward: invest in a high-performance digital converter/headphone amp, like the Cypher Labs Theorem 720. It can be used with iPhones, Android phones, or computers via USB connection with … Read more
Jerry Jones, billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, has a flip phone.
This fact came to Twitter's attention thanks to a screenshot from Sunday's game posted by user Cork Gaines. It led to a considerable amount of mockery with people questioning why Jones doesn't use a few of his copious buckaroos to get an iPhone and hire someone to teach him how to use it.
Before we get too deep into this, I should confess I'm not a Cowboys fan. My two favorite teams are the Chicago Bears and whatever team happens to be playing the Cowboys. That's just the way my football fandom goes. Seeing evidence of Jones with a flip phone should have sent me into paroxysms of snarky joy.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- New law lets teens delete digital skeletons.
- "Dumb and Dumber" sequel in production: Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey share photos from set.
- Netflix launches Spoilerfoiler to stop Twitter from spoiling "Breaking Bad."
- Companies to pay $350,000 fine over fake online reviews.
- "Safe texting zones" coming to a New York state highway near you.
Is there anything more nostalgic than a text adventure? Whether it's a Steve Livingston gamebook or the old Zork games from the early '80s, many of us whiled away happy hours collecting treasure, battling monsters, and being eaten by grues -- all using just the power of words.
Software developer Jerry Belich loves text adventures, too, and has found a way to give them a new and exciting life. He has created the Choosatron, a little text adventure machine that lets users dictate the path of the story and prints out a receipt-like scroll for you to take home and keep. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Here's what we know about Xbox One games.
- Microsoft talks Xbox One naming, privacy and more (Q&A).
- Sharon Vaknin and CNET Reviews' John Falcone at last night's Webby Awards.
As one of the longest-running and most successful Web comics of all time, Penny Arcade has garnered an enormous and devoted fanbase who lives for the topical, no-holds-barred commentary of gamer characters John "Gabe" Gabriel and Tycho Brahe. The Web comic has also spawned the annual gaming convention PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) and multiple video games.
In a recent e-mail interview with Download.com, Penny Arcade's co-creator and writer Jerry Holkins, the man behind Tycho, discussed, among other things, his experiences developing games, current gaming trends, and his top five mobile game apps.
1964 Ears makes custom-molded, in-ear headphones, just like Ultimate Ears, JH Audio, and Westone, but 1964 Ears is a relative newcomer. It has to try harder than the more established brands, so 1964 Ears offers a wider array of customizable features and service options than the others. Prices start a little lower, at $350 for the 1964-D, and $650 for the top-of-the-line model I'm reviewing here today, the 1964-V6. That's significantly less expensive than the established brands' flagships.
I've been listening to Jerry Harvey's custom-molded in-ear headphones for years. The very first one, the UE10, was a game changer; in 2006 it was the best sounding in-ear headphone I'd heard. Now with his new Freqphase JH13 and JH16 in-ears, Harvey's done it again. The performance gains in clarity, detail, resolution, and stereo imaging are huge -- the adrenaline-pumping sound of the music you love over a set of Harvey's headphones can't be matched by any other in-ear 'phones.
Years before he made headphones, Harvey mixed stage monitor sound for Kiss, Van Halen, … Read more
If Apple retail vice president Jerry McDougal was on the short list to head up the company's retail efforts, that list might now be even shorter.
McDougal took off from Apple last week, says IfoAppleStore. Citing sources, the blog -- which has obsessively tracked Apple's retail goings-on -- says McDougal plans to spend more time with his family, a move that puts him out of the running to replace John Browett, whom Apple fired last October.
The blog goes on to say that McDougal was effectively the "right-hand man," of former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson. … Read more