A poor seal will result in significant loss of audio quality. In this article Steve gives hints and tips on achieving a perfect seal of your in-ear headphones to obtain high fidelity music playback.
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There are some Android devices, like the Nexus 5, which do not feature a removable backplate, which also signals that it will not accept microSD cards, meaning that you will need to decide carefully if 16GB is enough for you, if not you would have to go with the 32GB model. Well the good news for Android users who either have devices that do not support microSD, or who are running low on space, Sony has announced its first dual micro USB flash drive. Basically what the micro USB flash drive does is that it connects to the Android smartphone via the micro USB port at the bottom which is also used for charging.
Users will also need to download a specialized app to make use of the USB drive, and will need to run at least Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich of higher. It will also contain a full-sized USB 2.0 port in which users can then transfer the data from their phones to their computers without having to bring along a cable. The good news is that unlike the i-Flashdrive which is priced pretty high, Sony?s offering is rather affordable at $19.99 for the 8GB model, $29.99 for the 16GB model, and $62.99 for the 32GB model, with the latter model being the most expensive, although we?re not sure what?s with the huge jump in price!
Sony expects that these USB flash drives will be available via the Sony store come January 2014.
The Oppo Find 7 while not yet released, is not exactly a ?new? phone per se, but according to Oppo?s Weibo, the company has teased that the Find 7 will be coming soon, although they did not mention when we might be able to see it. However given that we?re almost at the end of the year, chances are that we will probably be learning more about the device come 2014, either CES or MWC. Like we said earlier, the Find 7 is not exactly a new device as we had heard about the handset earlier this year.
The phone will be the successor to the Oppo Find 5 and interestingly enough it looks like Oppo has given the handset some upgrades to its hardware, bumping its display from a 5? Full HD to a 5.7? 2,560×1,440 2k display, joining the likes of the Vivo Xplay 3S which has been rumored to sport a 2k display as well. It is also rumored to feature an upgraded Qualcomm chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 805, sport 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 4,000mAh battery.
In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but do check back with us in the near future for more details!
The other day we reported that Samsung was rumored to be working on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite that could possibly see an announcement at MWC 2014. Based on the product?s name itself, we could only assume that this would be a slightly less powerful version of the Galaxy Note 3 and would be priced more affordably. According to recent rumors, it would seem as though Samsung has begun production on the Galaxy Note 3 Lite on the 12th of December, and according to the report, Samsung is expecting that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will account for 30% of total Galaxy Note 3 sales.
Assuming that this is case, that would be a lot of Galaxy Note 3 Lite units sold! Last we heard the Galaxy Note 3 managed to achieve 10 million units sold in just 60 days alone, so if we?re basing it on that, it means that Samsung expects to sell at least 3 million units. Since the specs of the Galaxy Note 3 Lite is not official, the rumors are claiming that the handset will be keeping the same display at 5.68?, but it might switch from Super AMOLED to LCD, and will see its camera downgraded from 13MP to 8MP instead. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but we?ll keep our eyes peeled and hopefully we will learn more at MWC 2014.
Electrostatic headphones are the undisputed kings of headgear when it comes to sound quality. In this article Steve explains the inner workings of electrostatic headphones.
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Foxconn is a huge company, but given their affiliation with Apple, many have associated them to be mainly the manufacturers of Apple?s iOS products. Perhaps hoping to break away from that image and reducing their reliance on Apple for business, Foxconn has entered into other ventures, and according to a report by Bloomberg, the Chinese company is looking to start up an investment fund in which it will focus on developing new kinds of wearable technology. Foxconn?s foray into wearable technology is not new as the company has demonstrated their own brand of smartwatch earlier this year.
Foxconn unit, Syntrend Creative Park, will be administering a $6.8 million fund and will be selecting candidates for trial come Q1 2014. It is unclear what sort of products or innovations that would be a result of this investment, so we guess we?ll just have to keep our eyes peeled for more info. This is not the first time Foxconn has reportedly ventured into other areas of business. We had also heard that the company was looking to bid for 4G spectrum in Taiwan, and will also be working with the folks at Mozilla at creating Firefox OS devices.
We have heard not only does the iPhone account for 76% of all smartphones in Japan, but they are leading the US in terms of app revenue as well. Now it turns out that not only are Apple?s iPhones popular in Japan, but it turns out that Apple?s tablets are just as popular too. According to Japan?s BCN, they have revealed that out of the top 10 tablets in Japan, Apple?s iPads are taking six of those slots, with the iPad Air taking four slots, and the iPad mini taking the remaining two. Interestingly enough the streak was broken at third place by none other than the Nexus 7 tablet, making it Japan?s most popular non-iOS tablet.
While one could argue that the Nexus 7?s price could have played a part, it should be noted that Apple?s iPad lineup is more expensive compared to the Nexus 7. Of course this does not paint a complete picture as the numbers originate from BCN alone, and BCN only counts sales from about 2,400 stores in Japan, which reportedly only accounts for 16% of the sales channel. This also does not take into account sales from the Apple Store. Will Apple be able to maintain their dominance? We guess only time will tell, but so far so good.
When it comes to the legal battle against Apple, it seems as though Samsung just can?t catch a break, even in their home of South Korea where the courts have recently ruled against their request for an iOS embargo. According to the lawsuit, Samsung had sued Apple for alleged patent infringement and was seeking an embargo against a variety of iPhone and iPad models in South Korea, and also asked for damages in the amount for $95,100. Unfortunately for Samsung, both the embargo and fine were denied as the judge ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the iPad did not violate any of Samsung?s utility patents regarding short message and message display features.
The judge also stated that Apple could have just as easily developed the technology on their own, and would not have had to copy Samsung?s patent. Unsurprisingly Samsung is none too happy about the ruling, with a statement saying, “As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.” Apple on the other hand was more than happy about the results, with spokesperson Steve Park stating, “We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.”
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