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Five Reasons Apple Says Lightning Headphones are Great

According to the article, you will want to get a set of Lightning headphones for your iPhone 7 for several reasons. Some of these include "Hi-Fi Portability", "Louder", "Better Sound" and "Better EQ". Basically the Sine headphones they are talking about are better than Beats - but so are Koss headphones from Walmart. The reality is that most of their "issues" with analog headphones is already solved with software - but Apple wants to lock you into something that is technically better on paper, but in the end - sound is analog. A good set of high-end analog headphones don't have any of the problems stated in the article - and the Sine headphones are not cheap either.

I have been listening to Audeze's Titanium EL-8 and Sine headphones for the past few months, both in the conventional way and through the iPhone's Lightning port. These audiophile cans sound dramatically better when exploiting the all-digital connection with their so-called Cipher Lightning cable, which houses its own digital signal processor, digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and headphone amplifier.

Source: TheVerge

Apple Spaceship Campus a la Drone

Matthew Roberts has a nifty video that he shot during the early construction of the Apple "Spaceship" campus. Take a look as he actually details some of the features that will make this an incredible facility.


People are Getting Less Social

With all the different ways to connect socially, it would seem that people would always be connected. The truth is that people used to be more connected when there were less options. Now, the network is fragmented and way too many people overshare. The fact is that people are becoming more social without the digital network. Human interaction is good.

In the U.S. - typically social media's most lucrative market - Instagram use was down 36.2 percent, Twitter was down 27.9 percent, Snapchat was down 19.2 percent and Facebook fell 6.7 percent. Despite this drop, Facebook users in the U.S. continued to spend the most time using the app: 45 minutes and 29 seconds every day on average. Facebook users in India used the app the least, spending 22 minutes and 59 seconds daily, on average.

Source: CNBC

Smartphone Boom Will End in 2018

High-end Smartphones are nice, but the cost for performance is super high and many people believe that those days are coming to a close. We've reviewed quite a few devices that are budget priced and have great features and performance. While Smartphones will always be with us (in the foreseeable future), the days of the brand-name flagship are coming to an end. Companies like Xiaomi, One Plus and Huawei will end up taking larger market share as they offer better value.

The issue here is the same that it's always been, which is that almost everyone in the world who can afford a smartphone already owns one. For years, China was held up as a beacon of hope for companies struggling to wring more profits out of the US and Europe. With its enormous population and emerging middle class, a desire for smartphones would be impossible to satisfy, or at least that was the theory.

Source: Engadget

6 Fond Memories from Windows 95

I remember the launch of Windows 95. It was amazing. It was the most extreme upgrade Microsoft Windows has ever undergone and there were a few other things that made it so memorable. There is a short list of 6, that I'd have to agree with as I used it long after Windows 98 was released as I didn't have the patience to do the upgrade or install via floppy disks.

Windows 95 had the command prompt version of DOS built-in, but was rarely sufficiently equipped to play games or other native DOS applications properly. Sometimes there was no choice but to reboot and go into real DOS, complete with autoexec.bat and config.sys files to drive everything correctly. Sometimes the old ways were the best...

Source: TheInquirer

Hacking the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

You can hack the Outlander with your phone via WiFi. Oops.


GS7 Has a Huge Battery

There are a few things to like about Samsung's "active" line of phones. While they are a bit thicker, you won't likely need to cover it up with a case and they are much more rugged than their prettier siblings. The biggest feature that may make the GS7 Active sell like hotcakes is the fact that it has a very large battery. With 4,000mAh, you should be able to get through much more than a day.

The innards are otherwise familiar. You're still getting a quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a front fingerprint reader, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. It's hard to complain, mind you, when the base S7 is one of the more powerful smartphones we've seen this year.

Source: Engadget

Everything We Know about the iPhone 7

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference is under a week away and there are more than a few Apple iPhone 7 rumors floating around. If you want to catch a glimpse of what we expect with this next release, make sure you check the link below. Secrecy has all but been forgotten as there are too many 3rd party companies making parts, accessories and more for these new devices. 

We turn our speculative scrutiny to clues about the forthcoming iPhone 7, expected to materialize sometime later this year. In a TV interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer in early May, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone 7 will have a killer feature: "We are going to give you things that you can't live without, that you just don't know you need today."

Source: CNET

Samsung's Tiny 512GB SSD

Samsung is now producing the world's smallest (this week) 512GB SSD. All of the storage is crammed onto a single chip that is about 20mm long. This new SSD has everything packed into the chip and is ready to go. The performance is pretty incredible as well with reports showing it can transfer a 5GB movie in 3 seconds. 

(Entire 512GB SSD on a Chip)

"The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment," Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president of Samsung's Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team, said in a statement.

Source: ComputerWorld

Lumia 550 Gets a Price Cut

Jason and I talk about how the days of the $900 flagship are over, and the fact that Microsoft has just cut the price of their Lumia 550 device to a mere $99 off-contract further clinches my stand on this topic. Of course, the Lumia 550 is a pretty entry-level device, but it does run Windows 10 mobile and has enough features to keep most people happy. The Lumia 650 is a much better beast, but it's also a fair bit more expensive. Still, $99 for a brand-new Window 10 mobile device is pretty solid.

The Lumia 550 is Microsoft's entry-level Windows 10 Mobile handset, which it unveiled alongside its flagships last October. The 550 went on sale in the United States in January, priced at $139 SIM-free and unlocked, but it's currently available for a lot less. The Microsoft Store has slashed $40 (29%) off the Lumia 550, bringing its price down to just $99 unlocked.

Source: Neowin

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