“No Fear” is a popular slogan to put on the back of your pickup truck. It’s also entirely meaningless, and an outright lie. It’s important to fear things; that’s how we, as a civilization, stay alive. One thing we shouldn’t have to fear, however, is poor audio quality when recording podcasts, music and whatnot. That’s why Blue Microphones has released Nessie.
E3 and WWDC 2013 have come and gone, but our Street by 50 on-ear headphones giveaway continues until Saturday night at midnight PDT. The Street by 50s from SMS Audio are valued at $179.95, so don’t miss this chance to get a great new set of cans to hear all that game and app audio in its full glory.
Epson, bucking the trend of ever-bigger devices, has announced a newcomer to their printer family. The Expression XP-410 features a printer, scanner, and copier, but crams it all into a space that’s only as big as two pieces of standard computer paper laid side by side. For small desks, apartments, or just anybody looking to conserve space, this focus on compactness is sure to be appreciated.
During the WWDC 2013 keynote, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stage to introduce the all new Airport Time Capsule and Extreme base stations. These have an all new design with a white tube structure and a silver Apple logo on top, and take advantage of the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.
Want to take your tunes outside with you, but don’t feel like sharing? While BOOM’s excellent Urchin speaker provides water- and shock-resistant music for groups, their Spooners headphones let you keep the party solo while still shaking off dust, water, and a pretty bruising amount of abuse.
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel showed off a new 128GB thumb drive that uses Thunderbolt technology. Intel mentioned that this thumb drive was the “world’s fastest thumb drive,” and they may be right. Thunderbolt technology was developed by Apple in tandem with Intel and was introduced on the 2011 Macbook Pro. The technology is known for its speed capabilities, as it allows data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps.
For the dad born after the popularity of vinyl but before CDs reigned supreme, Soundfreaq’s new Boom Freaq speaker offers up nostalgia and serious audio punch. Based on the Soundfreaq Sound Stack speaker, the Boom Freaq features a customized design by HGTV’s Robert and Cortney Novogratz that makes this speaker dock look like a old school tape-deck-rockin’ boom box.
How many USB-connected devices do you use? iPhone, iPad, external drive, printer, recharging Bluetooth devices, speakers, headphones, microphones…the list goes on. If you’re someone who has a plethora of devices, Satechi has introduced a new 7-port powered USB 3.0 hub with an aluminum finish.
Wireless audio continues its push to the high end with Cambridge Audio’s Minx Air 100 and 200. Featuring AirPlay, Bluetooth, and built-in Internet radio, these powerful wireless speaker systems are designed to play music from just about any phone, tablet or computer in Hi-Fi quality.
Combining spaciousness, an expansive soft shell, and an attractive, clean design, the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 bag is an attractive choice for people who need versatility from their backpack. Pricey but well-designed, this bag is a winner for people who need a backpack with a lot of space, but also want it to look good.
Geneva has introduced the Model S’s successor, which gains not only re-engineered innards but also makes an important gain by losing something. Gone is the iPod Dock, which limited you to small 30-pin small like iPods and iPhones, and in its place is Bluetooth streaming. The Model S Wireless aims to provide the same superlative sound as the original from a much broader range of devices.
Sennheiser has announced three new headphone models with what they’re calling a universal inline remote. Rather than have a dedicated cable for each type of smartphone (one for iPhone and one for all others), these new headphones are designed to work with most popular iOS, Android, and Blackberry phones.