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The Jambox (or its numerous equivalents) is great, but I much prefer the experience of checking out second-hand shops around the city in hopes of finding a tower speaker relic that smells moldy however still has an exuberance of sound and classic appeal. Now a new Kickstarter project wishes to assist make sure correct speakers (the kind with removable cloth covers built stringently for noise first and design second) can quickly take advantage of Bluetooth.
The Vamp is a little cube that has traditional positive and unfavorable speaker cable connectors, together with 3.5 mm audio input in case your gadget doesn ’ t have Bluetooth, a micro USB port for power and an on-off switch. It offers an internal rechargeable battery great for over 10 hours of use, and can be plugged in for constant power too. Among its most excellent techniques is an inbuilt magnet that pairs with a provided metallic disc to connected to any upright surface for hassle-free positioning.
The issues the Vamp addresses that various other Bluetooth stereo receivers wear ’ t include design, cost and sound. It provides high-grade mono audio, which is meant to be utilized with speakers created high-quality sound output. It ’ s expected to retail for ₤ 45 (and is offered via Kickstarter pre-order for ₤ 35), and possibly most importantly, it doesn ’ t need a consistent exterior power source, unlike a whole lot of comparable options. You could actually take it with you to a friend ’ s house and wire their existing setup for Bluetooth noise, without an electrical engineering degree or access to the back of their house sound receiver.
The Vamp is developed by UK-based item designer Paul Cocksedge, who has worked on items for BMW, Swarovski, Sony and Hermes. A few of his previous work is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in London. Cocksedge and his studio have actually dealt with sound amplification tasks in the past, include devices that normally improve noise from mobile devices like iPhones. The Vamp looks to be their first proper digital device, but working prototypes have currently discovered favor with very early customers.
The Vamp declares to have sound quality that ’ s “ richer and more textured ” than the standard Bluetooth transportable speaker offered, and it wants to go quite a bit louder also. Quality issues aside, it ’ s a good, fairly low-cost method to upcycle speakers that in lots of cases have actually only improved with age, and are being rudely projected by more youthful models.
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We have actually never found Sony’s Songs Unlimited to be the most easy to use service around, however for those who signed up with on the low-cost or have little various other option it’s fairly functional– and things just got a little much better with the addition of top quality streaming. That’s if you put on the service on Android, PS3, or a web browser, at least, where you’ll have the ability to pay attention to songs in 320kbps AAC format. Although Spotify already provides 320kbps streams on mobile devices, the quality bump is a big enhancement for Music Unlimited, which previously played back tracks at simply 48kbps.
We tested it out, and sure enough the service now seems a lot better on our Android devices than iOS– though you do have to manually activate it, as Sony …
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Any smartphone owner who’s ever before enjoyed a streaming HD video buffer … and buffer … and buffer on even LTE hookups will value the ITU’s speediness today. Simply months after MPEG proposed the extra-miserly H. 265 video codec, the ITU has actually authorized it as an official requirement. As it’s greenlit up until now, the format (additionally referred to as High Effectiveness Video Coding) consists of 8-bit, 10-bit and photo-oriented profiles that must cover most 2D capture and playback. Pros are promised 12-bit and chroma profiles in the future, while there’s work on 3D for all of us. We’ll have to wait for both software support and hardware acceleration to enjoy the benefits, however there should be lots of: the halved bandwidth demands have apparent benefits for cellular devices as well as 4K media distribution for that rash of big Televisions willing to hit the market. Let’s hope that camera and mobile device makers are simply as impatient as we are.
Neil Young isn’t shy when it comes to embracing new technology, something he put beyond question with his latest appearance on The Late show with David Letterman. The artist took the opportunity to reveal plans for his high-fidelity Pono music service. The aim is to tackle the poor quality in which he believes most people receive their music these days — the humble MP3. Young’s offering would comprise a three-pronged approach, including a music store with high-resolution recordings, a digital-to-analog style conversion technology, and portable hardware to listen to it all with. The simple intention is to offer music as it was originally intended to be heard, but at this time there’s no detail as to what this actually entails (sorry specification fans).
According to Rolling Stone, the big three labels are interested, and the goal is to unify, rather than diversify, the quality of recorded content. The Pono players (that yellow wedge you see above) will serve up your existing catalog, but you’ll likely need to re-buy some of your collection if you want the holistic experience. With no cards fully on the table, we’re at the ransom of Young’s celebrity endorsements, which all claim that the benefits are tangible. Young, of course, says “You can’t get better than this, this is what they do in the studio,” but until we get some details, or ears on, everybody knows this is nowhere.
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LG isn’t short of a few Voice over LTE handsets, but this neck-hugging Bluetooth handset promises to offer similarly crisp voice calls, if the feature’s available, without the need to fumble around in your pockets . The Tone + headset totes a pair of in-ear buds, is available in both white and black and will even vibrate in Battle Royale
terror style when you receive a call. LG has built in a “professional grade audio codec”, the aptX, to improve audio performance alongside that VoLTE compatibility. The headphones can event pair to two devices (even two smartphones) and read out your received SMS messages. You can expect the micro-USB rechargeable Tone+ to last around 15 hours of talk-time, or 500 hours on standby. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but LG promise to launch the device in the US, Korea and China by the end of the month.
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Do you own the latest version of the iPod nano (sixth generation)? Do you look for a way to turn it into a watch? If yes, then this watch conversion kit might be the right solution for you. Dubbed nanox, the kit just went on sale in a total of 39 countries via Amazon (US, UK, Japan), and it’s probably the one with the highest quality out there (Facebook page).
Made from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, the nanox is available in the seven colors Apple offers the iPod nano itself in. The kit, which doesn’t require using tools or screws, comes with 2mm thin straps made of 100% silicone and an anti-glare sheet for the nano display.
Maker emonster says the nanox is produced at the same factory as other Apple devices (it’s made of the same aluminum 6061 alloy Apple uses for its products). The kit was designed by acclaimed Japanese designer Noriaki Miyata.
When I go on a trip or just out a-shooting with my camera, I often have a moment of slight panic, in which I try to decide whether I should take my nice big expensive lens with me and risk getting it damaged during the adventure, or take the cheap one for less impressive pictures but also a load off my mind. It’s really a problem when lenses cost more than cameras.
So if you’re shooting an Olympus or Panasonic M4/3 camera, this is probably an even worse problem. There just aren’t many budget lenses out there, and the pancake wide-angles you’d want to take with are probably also your favorite prime. Can’t risk it! So why not pick up one of these “Lo-fi” manual lenses from Photojojo?
Now, just to cut through the nonsense, let’s acknowledge that bokeh isn’t an “effect” so much as just the result of wide apertures in general. And vignetting and lens flare generally accompany lenses of poor quality. But that’s kind of what lo-fi means, right?
This little lens will only set you back $ 90 (free shipping), and though it won’t get you crystal-clear portraits, it might add a little personality to your shots. The 25mm (50mm equivalent) lens itself isn’t plastic, and it opens up to an impressive F/1.4, but there’s “toy camera quirk” that I assume is a coated or otherwise modified element in the assembly that gives that lo-fi charm a boost.
Whatever the quality of the images, an F/1.4 lens for $ 90 is probably a good thing to have around. Good party lens. But be aware! It is all manual! No automatic exposure, no autofocus. Just like the old days!
Back in February this year, Hitachi Displays took the wraps off a super-advanced LCD for smartphones that boasted a 4.5-inch IPS LCD with 720 x 1,280 resolution. Fast forward to today, and the company is now announcing [JP] the development of a very similar panel with (almost) the same quality that costs “10-20%” less than touch displays currently used in smartphones.
This new panel shares the main specs with the one shown in February: same size and resolution, 500cd/m2 brightness, LED backlight, and 329ppi pixel density. The only difference is that the older model had a better contrast ratio (1,100:1 vs. 1,000:1).
And this time, Hitachi used amorphous polysilicon to manufacture the display, a material that’s often used for making TVs and that’s cheaper than the low-temperature polysilicon smartphone panels usually are made of.
Hitachi Displays (or possibly Japan Display) expects to begin mass-production of the new LCD display by the end of this year, targeting phone makers in Japan and abroad.
Note: the picture shows the old model, as Hitachi hasn’t released one showing the new display.