Latest Apple iPods Not Compatible With Apple Music – Fail!

If you were looking to get one of the newly released Apple iPod Shuffle or Nano to play locally stored music that you got through Apple Music, then you might want to hold off a while. In a twist of irony, it seems that you can’t play this music from Apples own services on their new devices, that is unless you’re going for the also newly released iPod Touch.

Apple’s reason for this move is because the Nano and Shuffle don’t have an internet connection, so Apple can’t check and whether you renewed or canceled your subscription and remove locally stored tracks. Thus, it just won’t allow you to play them at all.

The new iPods were revealed last Wednesday and they are the first iPods released since 2012. The Touch got a healthy bump in speed and the Shuffle and Nano received new available colours.

Apple has downplayed their iPods for a while now and they aren’t easily found on the homepage anymore. It’s only the touch that is left to be found in the top menu and it is sold more as an entry-level iOS device than a music player. Looks more like they’re keeping them in rotation by demand than because they want to and this latest move could very well be a way to force more people over to the more modern devices such as the iPod Touch or even better a brand new iPhone instead.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Apple Updates iPod Touch with New Soc and Camera

Fans of Apple’s iTouch lineup will have reason to rejoice today. Apple has refreshed their iTouch lineup with both new internal and external features. This new 2015 iTouch will replace the aging 5th generation that launched back in 2012, languishing with relatively old hardware.

While the new iTouch keeps the old 4 inch, 1136×640 screen, the CPU and GPU are upgraded significantly. From the old A5 Soc, the new A8 SoC is a significant improvement, being used in the iPhone 6 as well. Though the A8 Soc is underclocked a bit to 1.1 GHz from the standard 1.4 GHz, the lower resolution should actually make the iTouch faster than the iPhone 6 in games. Other changes are a bump in RAM to 1GB, added new M8 motion coprocessor (step, distance, elevation tracking) and support for Metal, iOS 9 and 64bit.

Other changes include the removal of the camera strap and a more pronounced camera bump. The camera itself also gets a bump to 8MP form 5MP though the flash is not upgraded. Connectivity is upgraded to support 802.11ac Wi-Fi which is quickly becoming standard. Capacities come in at 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB for $199, $249, $299, or $399.

While the iPad and iPhone are the major iOS devices, the iTouch still serves an important role in being the entry point for new users, whether they be a younger pre-phone audience or for those who still use feature phones. This does put an end to rumors suggesting Apple would drop the iTouch. The iPod Nano and Shuffle also got updated with new colors today. The iTouch can be found on sale here and Apple’s press release here.

Rumours Suggest iPod Refresh Coming Next Week

Apple are planning to revitalize their traditional iPod range according to a report from French media outlet, iGen. Sources close to the website claim the iPod Touch will receive a technical makeover and transition to a 64-bit architecture. It’s still unknown which processor Apple will adopt but the most likely culprit is the iPhone 5’s A7 chip. Additionally, the iPod Touch alongside the Nano and Shuffle are set to receive a batch of new colours including pink, gold, and dark blue.

At the moment, this is all pure speculation and the 14th July date is based on code embedded in the latest iTunes 12.2 software. Considering Apple is perusing their own music service and attempting to dethrone Spotify, it makes sense to return to their musical roots. However, it is quite surprising as Apple’s focus has been on integrating various services and applications into a higher priced unit. The majority of consumers use their mobile phone for music listening purposes and the need to carry another device around seems rather outdated.

As with any Apple product, I expect the pricing to remain virtually identical to current offerings. Perhaps Apple are thinking about developing a portable music streaming device which relies on 3G connectivity. The problem with that idea is the lack of constant networking unless you pay for a premium data package.

Do you feel the iPod is still useful in 2015?

Thank you AppleInsider for providing us with this information.

Apple Drops the Original iPad Mini from Sale

The Apple iPad Mini has been around for three years now. Since the launch of the first iPad, they have sold more than 258.6 million tablets.

According to the Daily Mail, this totals up to a whopping $8.9 billion dollars in revenue. That is a lot of tablets and a whole lot of money too. No wonder Apple are rolling in money!

The iPad mini original was the last iOS device Apple had available for purchase without a Retina display, with its display panel pumping out a measly 1024 x 768 or 163 pixels per inch. The device was also the last iPad running on a 32-bit framework.

In March last year, Gartner said customers bought nearly 121 million tablets running Google’s Android operating system, which accounted for 61.9 percent of the market.

Apple reportedly dropped from a 53-per cent share of the market to 36 percent with 70.4 million sales.

However, refurbished iPad minis are still available to buy on the multi-billion dollar retailers website while resellers will still have some stock available for the time being.

The decision has followed Apple deciding to remove the iPod from its website menu, with users now having to click on the Music part of the site to find more details about the mp3 playing device.

Last year, Apple put the final nail in the coffin of the iPod Classic by deciding to quietly retire the device.

Thank you to DigitalSpy for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Tech Crunch.

Tony Fadell, ‘Father’ of the iPod, Takes Control of Google Glass

Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and ‘Father’ of the iPod, has been put in charge of the Google Glass project in an effort to resuscitate the ailing project. Glass is to become its own separate division, no longer a Google X experimental project, but is being taken off the market through the Explorer program, only selling to commercial interests in lieu of a full consumer launch.

Fadell, former Senior Vice President of Apple’s iPod division, helped develop the original iPod mp3 player, and later co-founded home automation company Nest Labs. He will run the newly-autonomous Glass project, with current head Ivy Ross retaining day-to-day authority under him.

“Early Glass efforts have broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike,” Fadell said. “I’m excited to be working with Ivy to provide direction and support as she leads the team and we work together to integrate those learnings into future products. I remain fully committed to Nest and am equally excited about our work there, which continues to accelerate.”

Though Google now owns Nest Labs, bought for $3.2 billion early last year, the company will remain a separate entity and Fadell will retain control of the company he helped found, in addition to his duties on Google Glass.

Source: The Verge

14-Day Return Policy Launches for EU iTunes Customers

In line with new European Union regulation, Apple has launched a 14-day return policy for iTunes digital purchases. The new policy affects all downloads from Apple’s iTunes music and movies stores, the App Store, iBooks Store and for any other download purchase made with Apple.

Right of cancellation: If you choose to cancel your order, you may do so within 14 days from when you received your receipt without giving any reason, except iTunes Gifts which cannot be refunded once you have redeemed the code. 
… 

To meet the cancellation deadline, you must send your communication of cancellation before the 14-day period has expired. 

Effects of cancellation: We will reimburse you no later than 14 days from the day on which we receive your cancellation notice. We will use the same means of payment as you used for the transaction, and you will not incur any fees for such reimbursement. 

Exception to the right of cancellation: You cannot cancel your order for the supply of digital content if the delivery has started upon your request and acknowledgement that you thereby lose your cancellation right. – Excerpt from updated iTunes terms and conditions in the EU.

In the US and elsewhere, the terms still state “All sales Final”, while this has always been offered with a degree of flexibility (something I know from personal experience).

Source: MacRumors 

 

Apple Announces Annual Lucky Bag Sale in Japan

Apple has announced that its annual Lucky Bag Sale in Japan will begin on January 2nd.

The lucky bag sales are a New Year tradition in Japan, where customers are offered a bag of mystery items at a set price. The bag could equal or exceed its value, with the potential to make massive savings on some expensive items.

According to MacRumors, last year Apple offered bags for 36,000 yen ($345) and often included “iPods, headphones and t-shirts”. Some lucky customers found themselves with iPads, iPhones and MacBooks all for that extremely low price.

The sale is obviously only confined to Japan, but wouldn’t it be fantastic to have this everywhere else? The sale has become extremely popular in Japan every year now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple try it in some other countries.

Source: MacRumors

 

Apple Wins iPod Trial, Jobs Video Not to Be Released

As many of you will know by now, Apple won that largely pointless iPod/iTunes DRM trial last week. That trial featured a video deposition of Steve Jobs, one that a number of major news outlets attempted to have released to the public. That effort has now been thwarted.

The judge presiding over the case decided that it was not necessary for it to be released as it was “not a judicial record”.

“Here, the Court agrees with the Eighth Circuit and concludes that the Jobs Deposition is not a judicial record. It was not admitted into evidence as an exhibit. Instead, the Jobs Deposition was merely presented in lieu of live testimony due to the witness’s unavailability, and was and should be treated in the same manner as any other live testimony offered at trial. As is typical of all live testimony, it is properly made available to the public through its initial courtroom presentation and, subsequently, via the official court transcript, the latter of which is the judicial record of such testimony.”

Apparently the judge made the decision based on a previous case involving a video deposition of President Bill Clinton and due to the fact that Apple fiercely attempted to prevent its release.

Source: AppleInsider Via: MacRumors

Old iPods Are Selling for $90,000

Earlier this year, Apple stopped producing the trusty old iPod Classic – what was the only remaining iPod with any resemblance to the legendary original. This particular model was very popular with music fans, as it featured a massive hard drive allowing the very biggest music aficionados to carry their entire libraries with them.

So it’s understandable that demand has grown for eBay sales of the device, but perhaps not too understandable to find that one iPod has sold for $90,000. That particular sale involved the ‘U2 iPod’, a special model released in 2004 in collaboration with the band. It featured a special black and red colour scheme, as well as engravings of the signatures of U2 band members. The model sold on eBay was a “rare” factory sealed UK model. The one if the image above is currently going for $5,000.

Now of course this case concerns a special edition iPod, so it isn’t too surprising it got that much money. However, more common older iPods are still selling for 4 figure sums, alongside the final ‘classic’ iPod fetching double its original price.

Think you might have an old iPod laying around the house somewhere? Get it on eBay, you might just make a small fortune.

Source: Mashable

Lawsuit Against iPod DRM Set to Collapse

The highly publicised trial against Apple this week, that accuses them of unfairly restricting competition by limiting iPods to use music only downloaded from the iTunes Store, is set to collapse according to the BBC.

Apparently, the plaintiffs in the case both purchased iPods after 2009, outside the 2006 – 2009 window that the case concerns. Apple’s lawyers made the discovery after checking the device’s serial numbers.

“I am concerned that I don’t have a plaintiff. That’s a problem,” Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said at the end of the trial’s third day of testimony in Oakland, California.”

The trial has been heavily covered in the news this week, most notably due to the allegation that Apple “removed music from people’s iPods” that was downloaded from rival services. Apple says that this was misconstrued, as the songs were only removed during software updates for security purposes. The company has also argued that the use of Digital Rights Management was a necessary evil, because it was the only way the music companies would give Apple their trust and was also seen as a way to hamper piracy.

If the trial is successful, Apple could have to pay up to $1 Billion in damages.

SourceL BBC News

Steve Jobs to Appear In Court Over iPod Lawsuit (Yes, Really)

No, you are not seeing things, that headline is true. In an example of Steve Jobs’ superhuman nature, tomorrow he will appear in court to argue over an iPod antitrust case. He isn’t exactly rising from the dead, but rather he will appear in a video deposition recorded before his death.

The New York Times says that the video will join emails from the Apple co-founder, in a case against Apple’s early practice of barring music from other download services being playable on the iPod. Yes, in the early days of the iPod you were only allowed to play music either from Apple’s iTunes Store or music ripped from CDs.

It’s been argued that this was an unlawful practice, harming competition, while Apple is reportedly planning to argue that the success of the iPod and iTunes has meant that the price of iPods has fallen over the 13 years they’ve has been available, benefiting consumers. The company will be bringing SVPs Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue to support their side of the case.

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple’s iPod Classic is No More

But wait, there’s more! As we’re all busy “running around like a headless chicken” over Apples announced release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iWatch and Apple Pay – a very special and original Apple innovation has slipped into the shadows.

When searching for a MP3 player for myself in 2010, I had the tough task of finding an alternative that meant I could store copious amounts of data wrapped up into a suitable interface. Now, I’m no Apple fanboy (currently Galaxy S4 user), but the iPod Classic was the only thing I could find at the time to suit my needs. Unfortunately, the old 256mb pen drive sticks of yesteryear would no longer ‘cut the mustard’.

Fast-forward to September 2014 and take a second to look at Apples iPod section, and can you see what’s missing? No official statement has been seen from Apple about this as of yet, but it seems that they are just planning to kill the iPod classic off silently without causing a stir. This marks the end of an era, gone but not forgotten.

So that now begs the question, if you’re still looking for a dedicated MP3 player with large scale capacity and a screen to boot, what are your options. Or is the age of the MP3 player dead as phones now reign supreme?

Cover image courtesy of Apple

Music Proven to be More Effective than Drugs When Fighting Alzheimer and Dementia

Modern medicine nowadays tries to ‘fix’ us with pills and drugs, even when the latter type of medication proves to be ineffective. A natural phenomenon that we tend to medicalize is aging, a process we all have to face sooner or later. Statistics show that around 1.5 million people are institutionalized in the United States alone, 80% of which have been separated because they are suffering from Alzheimer or other forms of dementia.

For these people, a normal day starts and ends with powerful psychotropic drugs, with the treatment not aimed at curing the disease, but at making the patients more malleable and manageable. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on these drugs annually, providing limited relief and often comes with significant side effects. However, in this particular case, non-pharmaceutical interventions has proven to be more effective. Whether it is access to companion animals, dietary supplements, memory training or even art therapy, science has proven that the latter provide meaningful benefits without the cost or the dangers of drugs.

One of the most significant of all non-pharmaceutical approaches to Alzheimer and dementia patients has proven to be music. The concept is said to be very simple and involving a simple MP3 player, such as an iPod, and a special playlist for each patient. The benefits resulting from this approach are said to include better memory, improved mood, decreed pain, increased involvement in the world and enhanced well-being. 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Choice Award-winning documentary film by Michael Rossato-Bennett, Alive Inside (video below), is shown to provide a testament to the power of reconnecting dementia sufferers with their deepest sense of self.

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Music is said to be a side door into a part of the mind that is relatively undamaged by dementia. People are said to process music with almost every part of the brain and music with personal meaning can promote extremely strong responses. Clinical studies have demonstrated that it is possible for personalized music to have a greater effect than medication and that it can even trigger long-term memories. It is said that there is currently no drug on the market that can help a person reconnect with their vital essence the way music does.

However, the practices shown in the documentary are yet to be considered as real-life effective treatment for Alzheimer or dementia patients. Nonetheless, this does not stop family members from using the powerful tool of personalized music with their loved ones.

Thank you The Daily Beast for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of The Daily Beast

Steelseries Stratus Bluetooth iOS Mobile Gaming Controller

Introduction


Today I will be taking a look at the latest peripheral in the Steelseries range, the iDevice compatible Stratus controller, a bluetooth analogue control pad designed to enhance your mobile gaming experience. There are many devices like this one the market, but Steelseries have a solid reputation for making premium peripherals, so I would expect this one to be a cut above the rest, especially given that it costs upwards of $60, and that’s after a recent price reduction as it used to be around $90!

With mobile gaming being bigger than ever, mostly thanks to mobile devices now being capable of producing some impressive 3D graphics, we’re still stuck with often clumsy touch screen controls. Touch screen is great for Angry Birds, but it falls flat on its face for 3rd person action and adventure, first person shoots or racing titles. Sure you can still play fairly well via touch, but it’s no match for a good quality controller.

The Stratos is well equipped, offering support for all the latest iOS equipped devices, four pressure sensitive face buttons, four pressure sensitive shoulder buttons, dual analogue sticks, a d-pad, long battery life, USB recharging and more.

The packaging features a large window section that gives us a sneaky peak at the controller, and down the front you’ll find a quick run down of device compatibility.

Around the back you’ll find a picture of the controller and its hard cover, as well as a more detailed run down of features like the 10+ hour battery life.

Everything you need (short of a free iPad) is in the box; a zip lock protective carry pouch, user guide, hard cover, the controller and a microUSB charging cable.

Western Digital Launches WD TV Personal Edition, Featuring Miracast and Remote App

Wester Digital has just announced its launch of the WD TV – Personal Edition, which is described as being an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled media player, able to play any media file stored on USB and network storage devices, as well as any computer on the home network.

“Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “WD’s ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalise the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music.”

The company says that the WD TV – Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media, such as photos, videos and music on their home entertainment system, having support for a wide range of file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and others. The streaming is said to be achieved via USB connected drives such as the My Passport Ultra and My Book product family, cloud and network attached storage drives such as the WD My Cloud product family, digital camcorders or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac computer inside the household.

The WD TV – Personal Edition is said to have an intuitive user interface, allowing users to customise the home page with their favourite apps, setting shortcuts to favourite content folders for quick access, as well as setting auto-run for preferred apps to begin at start-up. In addition to the latter, WD has even added Miracast support to the WD TV – Personal Edition, allowing users to project their Miracast enabled mobile device onto their TV in up to Full HD 1080p. Also, the WD TV includes support for social networks through apps such as YouTube®, Hulu Plus, VUDU®, SlingPlayer®, Spiffy®, Pandora® and Facebook, among many others.

Last but not least, the WD TV Remote app is said to improve the navigation experience for WD TV users by turning their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. The company has stated to have made the product available in the UK at retailers and wdstore.co.uk, having a price tag set at £69.99, having the WD Remote app available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Images courtesy of Western Digital

Attitude 1 Almaz Multi-Format Headset Review

Introduction


I’ve been eager to see what the next product from Attitude 1 would be, it has been 8 months now since I reviewed the Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 headset and while it did have a few minor issues, I was really impressed with its overall sound quality and performance for a budget headset. The one we have in the eTeknix office today is a aimed a little higher up the market, with a price tag of around £100 there is no doubt that this is targeted at the premium market, but at that price we hope it has the features and performance to match.

At this price range you’ve no shortage of great options, with many rival brands new and old offering products that are nothing short of incredible, feature packed, stylish and usually a one or two unique features. Attitude 1 are a fairly new brand to the market and they’ve got everything to prove to win over the end user, so it will be interesting to see what the Almaz has to offer in an already very competitive market.

As you can see from the specifications below we have large and powerful 40mm drivers, an omnidirectional microphone, multi-length cables (more on those in a moment), and a set of gold-plated connectors.

The box is nice and clean-looking with a big photo of the headset on the front, looking good!

The cover flips open to give us a nice look at the headset, microphone and a quick run down of some of the features, but we’ll take a better look at those in a moment.

Tucked away behind the headset is a smaller box filled with all the major cables and accessories, as well as an easy to follow user guide.

In the box you’ll find a borderline crazy number of cables, two for iDevices, two for Android, Hifi cable (standard 3.5mm) and a high quality 6.3mm adaptor.

All the cables are given a soft rubber treatment that should help keep them tangle free. Both the android and iDevice cables feature a flat design and come fitted with an in-line controller. The standard stereo cable is wonderfully long at 7 meters. You’ll also notice a soft carry pouch under the swath of cables in this picture.

The pouch is perfect for keeping the headset scratch free when you chuck them in your bag, and I assure you they fit in there perfectly, I just left them poking out for the photograph.

Finally we have the in-line microphone which features a flexible boom, master mute switch and can be plugged directly into the side of the headset.

Rumors Are That Apple Users Will Get The iOS 7.1 Update As Soon As March

Apple users are anctiously awaiting for the upcoming iOS 7.1 firmware to be released. But apparently they don’t have a long time to wait, since latest news point to a launch date which is just a few weeks away. more specifically the iOS 7.1 is rumored to be released somewhere in March.

While the latest iOS 7.1 Beta5 has been released to developers a few days ago, we can assume that the next build will be a gold master, which is basically a final build that will be released to the public, or at least the final Beta6 build following the gold master release. This point to a few weeks left, or a moth at most before we will see the iOS 7.1 seeding to the public, considering that the iOS 7 had 6 beta builds before releasing it to the public.

However, rumors point to the next build being iOS 7.1 GM, which apparently is said to drop unexpected and be released immediately. Nonetheless, iPhone and iPad (possibly iPod Touch as well if you still have one) owners will should expect the new firmware to release soon, packed with features such as iOS in the Car, Calendar View re-entry, new power buttons, UI tweaks, improvements to keyboard and other minor fixes and improvements.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Apple’s App Store Reaches $10 Billion In Sales From 2013

Looks like Apple has had a good year, with the company making over $10 billion in sales from their App Store. In an announcement released on Tuesday Apple said that over 3 billion apps were downloaded over december to the tune of nearly $1 billion dollars made over the december period alone. It’s not just Apple cashing in either with developers raking in over $15 million collectively.

Eddy Cue Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services released this statement;

 “We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store. The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing, and we look forward to see what developers can create in 2014.”

It looks like the success of 2013 can be credited to iOS7, with a range of new features that became available with its release it gave developers a great chance to re-design apps and take advantage of all new features and interfaces that came with iOS7. We can’t wait to see what exciting new apps will pop up on the App Store this year, with all ready over 1 million apps available on the App Store there is plenty to choose from and many more to come.

Thank you CNET for the information provided

Image courtesy of 9to5Mac 

iOS 7.1 beta 2 Released For Registered Developers

Developers now have access to the iOS 7.1 beta 2 from Apple’s developer website. Those with test devices are receiving it OTA, and the software is identified as build 11D5115d. The update is not for general consumer use and developers are getting the software for testing purposes only. The last publicly released update was iOS 7.0.4, which was sent out last month to repair a bug related to FaceTime that dropped calls using the video chat application.

Apple released the first beta of iOS 7.1 last month and while that release was supposed to fix a bug that made iTunes Match load up a music library slower than it should, that bug remains on the changelist for beta 2. In addition, iTunes Match users should have an easier time accessing their tunes from the cloud after installing the new version of the OS. Apple has also relocated certain settings with the “Touch ID & Passcode” option moved to the main menu of “Systems”. And in between “Sounds” and “Privacy” you will now find setting options for Touch ID and lockscreen passcodes. In addition, Apple points out to developers that crash logs are now located in the Diagnostics & Usage Data menu in Settings.

There are still a few bugs left in iOS 7.1 beta 2, such as one that prevents audiobooks from playing. That doesn’t sound too good. Neither does the word from Apple that iCloud Keychain might not be able to be supported when setting up a new iCloud account. Also, 32-bit apps running on 64-bit devices like the Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPad Air and the Apple iPad with Retina display are having problems connecting with Bluetooth devices. Which means that we might have a while to go before the general release of iOS 7.1 sees the light of day.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Phonearena

Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Mobile Headset Review

Introduction


In the last 12 months we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a wide range of products from Mad Catz and their related brands, Tritton, Saitek and Cyborg. In that same time we’ve had the further pleasure to review not one, but two Kunai headsets, the first for the PS3 / PS Vita and we followed that with a review of the Wii U / 3DS edition. Today we complete the set and bring you the third in the Kunai series with an in-depth look at their new mobile edition aimed at users of Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Mad Catz already have one of the hottest ranges of peripherals on the market that spans PC gaming, consoles and mobile and the Kunai Mobile is just the latest addition to their already very successful range. Priced at around £43 here in the UK it is also competitively priced against brands such as Rapoo and Genuine, as there are very few, if any popular gaming brands making headsets anywhere near this price range. However, Mad Catz have long been known for their excellent value and if the Kunai Mobile prove worth just as headphones, then the extra mobile features could be a huge win for the Kunai.

As you can see from the specifications below, the headset features a good cable length, powerful 40mm drivers, in-line controller, built-in microphone and interchangeable covers. However, what we really want to do is see how the headset looks and the of course, put it to the test, so let’s get right to it and see if the Kunai have the looks and performance required to survive in the mobile arena.

Specifications

  • Cable Length: 3.9ft/1.2m
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
  • Resistance: 16 ohms
  • Audio Input Types: 3.5mm

Box contents

  • Kunai Stereo Headset with In-line Audio Controller Featuring Integrated Microphone
  • 2 Additional Sets of Interchangeable Speaker Tags

The packaging is nicely styled, matching the rest of the Tritton range with a great image of the product on the front as well as a few details about the headsets features. Also detailed at the bottom is the compatibility, which is listed as iPod, iPad and iPhone. It is worth pointing out that this really applies to the in-line controller, other wise the headset and microphone will work with any standard 3 or 4 pole 3.5mm audio output.

Around the back we have a more detailed run down of the features, as well as a simple user guide to the main functions of the in-line controller. This includes details on answering calls, the location of the microphone and adjusting music volume.

Removing the slip cover and opening the box we find that the headset is very well packaged, with just one side exposed to be visible from a window panel on the side of the retail packaging.

In the box we found a few extras, these include a simple upset setup guide, warranty information, a few Tritton stickers and two sets of clip on covers.

Sony To Release PlayStation App On iOS And Android Stores This November

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced that it will release PlayStationApp, a new application for mobile devices, on November the 13th, 2013 in North America, and on November the 22nd, 2013 in Europe and will be available free of charge.

The PlayStationApp can be downloaded onto various mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android based smartphones and tablets, from the App Store and Google Play. Once installed, these devices can be used as second screens in supported PlayStation4 titles, and users can easily access the PlayStation Network features such as Friend Lists and Trophies. Furthermore, users will be able to exchange messages with members of their Friends List, and browse through news and information on the official PlayStation website. The PlayStationApp comes with a variety of features that allow users to seamlessly access and enjoy the world of PlayStation.

The following features are available on PlayStationApp:

  • Directly access various PSN(SM) features and information
    • Browse the official PlayStation website and access information
    • PS4 Second Screen Feature
    • Spectate other PS4 users’ gameplay
    • Purchase game content on PlayStationStoreUse a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system
  • Users can access their own profile screen.
  • Users can access/compare their own and friends’ Trophy accomplishments.
  • Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PlayStation3 (PS3) systems, PlayStationVita (PS Vita) systems, and mobile devices installed with PlayStationApp.
  • Access and filter friend profiles.
  • Notify users about their friends’ shared activities on “What’s New”.
  • Notify PS4 users when they receive any new notifications or game invitations. Users can also display their lists of game items.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Google Hangouts 1.3.0 Update Gets Free Address Book Calling For iPhone Users

Google’s latest update for its Hangouts service, 1.3.0, brings a whole range of updates for Apple “iDevice” users. The main noteworthy addition is the ability to call anyone’s number from your address book in your iPad, iPod or iPhone for free providing they are in the USA or Canada when you ring them (international numbers can be rung for a fee). You can also place and receive calls using your own Google Voice number.

Version 1.3.0 allows you to see which of your friends are using Google Hangouts and whether or not you can reach them. The messaging part of the app now supports inline animated GIFs and they’ve also changed incoming message behaviour so that it only momentarily pauses your music instead of stopping it completely.

You can check out more details and download the latest version of Google Hangouts here.

Image courtesy of Google

Name It! Acronym GameTo Be Released On The App Store This Month

An interesting new trivia game that tasks players with knowing abbreviations, acronyms and symbols is coming to the Apple App Store later this month. If you are the kind of person who gets great satisfaction out of knowing what OMG and YOLO means, this game is for you.

The game is called “Name It!”, and the players will have to match clues with the correct abbreviation, acronym or symbol (AAS). After that the AAS will be dragged into difference categories. The players can then choose one of the AAS’s and will be required to answer 10 questions (minimum) about it and what it represents.

The game is fast paced and there will be timers to beat to earn extra points. These are the features of the game;

· Lots of different AASs/clues
· Several bridge AASs
· At least 170 multiple-choice and true-false questions
· Lots of interesting info
· A lightning round with 10 new AASs/clues

You can also go to the website and submit an AAS if you think you have a good one for them to include in the game. Geeks will definitely love this game.

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Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of NextPowerUp.

Batman Arkham Origins To Release Mobile Edition This Holiday Season

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced at New York’s Comic Con that a mobile version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be arriving this holiday season for Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

Players take up the mantle of Batman as you fight your way through Gotham’s most dangerous areas and fight against some of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins. As you progress, you’ll be able to upgrade your character’s skills and fighting tactics. Also, you will be able to unlock a number of unique Batsuits by earning in-game currency and rewards.

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The mobile game will have some elements of storyline, but the main focus is on punching and kicking foes. Players will tap and swipe the screen, on a variation of the mobile Injustice game control scheme that NeatherRealm also developed, to dish out justice. Naturally, the mobile title will feature a range of iconic Batman locations along with several of the cast that will pose a threat in the console title.

Fans who also own a console version of the Batman: Arkham Origins game and are registered for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account, will be able to get access to exclusive bonus content that is not available elsewhere. Check out the announcement trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins Mobile Edition below.

 Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of NextPowerUp.

Tim Cook Commemorates Anniversary Of Steve Jobs’ Death

Wow, has it really been two years already! I have to admit that I am far from being an Apple fan, but I have nothing but respect for what they have created, the iPad, iPhone and iPod have dominated markets for ages now, millions upon millions of Apple fans appear to agree.

Tim Cook took the top spot at Apple and the Apple CEO took to twitter today to share his thoughts on the anniversary of Jobs’ passing.

Tim Cook also shared an internal letter to Apple employees last Friday, just one day before the anniversary.

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Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Steve’s death. I hope everyone will reflect on what he meant to all of us and to the world. Steve was an amazing human being and left the world a better place. I think of him often and find enormous strength in memories of his friendship, vision and leadership.

He left behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We will continue to honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much. There is no higher tribute to his memory. I know that he would be proud of all of you.

Best,
Tim

I’m still not a fan of Apple, but only time will tell if Tim will ever be able to fill the boots left by Steve. What are your thoughts on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death? Do you think Tim cook is doing a good job as the new CEO?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Woman Gets $3,000 Charge From iTunes App Store

If you have an Apple device or even an Android device you are most likely well aware of apps and how they work. Some apps are free to download, others can cost you. Personally I have let my son play on my iPod, I do not give him the password, and I do not let him download anything. I thought that this was enough, apparently not.

CBC news reported today that a woman allowed her twin 7 year old boys to use the family’s iPod and iPad, they have the same rule that I have in place, do not download anything without permission.

The boys were playing a game that was free to download, but the catch like with many free to play games, is in-game content. In order to play the game the boys needed to log into the iTunes store, then they were free to play the game. As they would play the games, there were most likely pop-ups telling the boys that they could get a certain item, maybe even an additional life for some money.

The woman racked up $3,000 in credit card charges from the iTunes store, just from the one app. She can give us a good story though, Apple will be offering her a refund. Not everyone is so lucky though.

Apple has a setting to restrict in-app purchases, while Android devices restrict purchases with a password. Do you think that she should get a full refund, or was it her fault for not paying attention to how the game works before allowing her young boys to play the game?

Thank you CBC for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of iMore.com

Bayan Audio – Bayan 7 iPod Speaker Dock Review

At eTeknix, we’ve rarely ventured into the audio world (other than headsets of course), but recently we’ve been given the opportunity to expand into this unexplored arena and luckily we’ve  managed to get our hands on a speaker dock by Bayan Audio. Whilst we primarily focus on PC hardware, we have also covered some of the mobile peripheral market for some Apple products, so we jumped at the the chance to get our grubby mits on Bayan Audio’s flagship speaker dock.

Bayan Audio are a UK based company (a division of Radiopaq Ltd), that specialise in design, development and manufacturing of home audio products. Their mission is to produce top end audio products that are compatible with the latest media devices, such as  android based smart-phones and Apple products. The current product range of speaker docks include the Bayan 1, 3, 5 and 7, with the Bayan Grand being released later on this year. What we have in today is the Bayan 7, the current flagship speaker dock of Bayan Audio, that has some very interesting features and a unique design, but before we delve into the specifics, let’s just have a quick overview of the current speaker dock market.

Currently when people think speaker dock, they immediately associate it with Apple products – mainly the iPod; the world’s most popular media player. There are many companies that have tapped into this very popular market, producing a variety of products that can be used in conjunction with Apple products. The speaker dock is one of the more popular products that nearly everyone who owns an Apple device, possesses. At the moment there is a large range of speaker docks available, ranging from the very top end brands like Bose and Bang & Olufsen, and scaling all the way down to budget brands like logic3 and Gear4. In most cases in the audio world, quality is reflected in the price (with some exceptions of course), so the more you pay, the better the sound and design of the product. Will this be the case with the Bayan 7? Lets find out.

First up, a brief look at the features we are to expect:

  • Power Performance: A massive 120W power capability, channelled through a twin amplifier set-up generates undistorted monster volume output with depth, definition and zero distortion. When the Bayan 7 is turned up you will literally feel the music.
  • TDMA Noise Rejection: Bayan Audio products are approved with Apple’s stringent TDMA Noise Rejection tests, to ensure there in no interference from mobile phones or other radio transmitter devices when in use.
  • Charge and Play: When you dock either your iPod or iPhone into any of the Bayan Audio systems, they will automatically charge whilst playing music.
  • Twin Amplifiers: The Bayan 7 is driven by two amplifiers. One drives the four mid and high range speakers, and a second is dedicated to driving the 8 inch bass speaker. The amplifiers are linked to produce just the right power, depth, detail and balance through each of the speaker drivers.
  • Music and Voice sound profiles: If you love to listen to internet radio, audio books or podcasts from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, simply switch your Bayan speaker dock from music mode to voice mode. The result is a clearer, more pronounced voice ensuring you don’t miss anything.
  • IR Remote Control: The remote control shipped as standard with all Bayan Audio products allows you to control all aspects of the docking system. You can select tracks, play, pause or mute. You can also change the level of bass, treble and volume as well as switch the system to standby mode.
  • iPad or Tablet charge and play ports: As standard on all Bayan Audio Speaker Docks for iPod, we have incorporated ports at the rear that let you plug in your iPad or Tablet and play it through the docking system. You can also charge the iPad directly from these ports (3.5mm audio + USB A type ports)
  • Apple Approved: Bayan Audio is an Apple licensed partner. This means that all the systems we use to connect to your Apple device are original Apple parts, including certain control components. Our products have been tested and certified to Apple standards. This ensures you can use your Apple devices with Bayan Audio products with confidence.
  • Quality:The choice of materials used to build Bayan Audio products is key, not only to how they look, but also how they perform. We have encased the main speaker in 12mm thick wood to produce a more natural sound and to reduce the reflections internally. All speaker frames (which are critical to the sound performance) are made from metal, not plastic. And finally, the amplifier is built using the best components, enabling us to finely tune each Bayan Audio product to achieve the best sound possible for its configuration.

(taken from Bayan Audio’s website)

Now we know what to expect from Bayan Audio, so now it’s time to have a look.