Tag: Electronics


FCC Asks FAA To Expand Use Of Electronics During Flights

Hate having to turn off your electronic device after boarding a plane? Those days may soon be over, if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has anything to do with it.

Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the FCC has reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration, asking them to allow the use of more electronic devices during flights. According to The Hill, the FCC would like to see passengers be able to have “greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices” while on board.

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Review: Crimson Case for iPhone 4

If there is one type of press release or review request I get a lot of, there is no doubt that I would put iPhone accessories towards the top of the list.  However, while I do get a lot of them, it’s rare that I take up offer to review the product and/or share the news.  Why?  Well, for one, many of the accessories are so similar, if you have seen one iPhone case chances are you have seen them all type of mentality.  How different can they really be?  So I try not to bore you guys with that type of stuff.

That being said, I recently received a press release from an iPhone case accessory (they tell me they have more products in the pipeline) company.  I open the email expecting to see the same old, same old.  But to my surprise what I saw was something new.  So I reply asking for a review unit and they happily oblige, a few days later a box appears at my doorstep.  It is the black Crimson Case for iPhone 4.  And it’s my favorite iPhone case to date.

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Even at $99 the TouchPad is a Bad Buy

But as I’m sure you’ve heard, HP recently made a pretty stunning announcement that they were intent on removing themselves from the mobile industry, and as reports have also speculated, the larger hardware industry altogether. And now that the company is looking to root itself into the software industry HP has taken a number of steps to tie up their loose ends in the hardware sector.

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Google TV: The Missing Feature

Google TV looks great.  There’s no doubt about it.  In fact, it looks so good, I want one even though I just purchased an Apple TV.  However, despite what Google TV has to offer, it’s missing one key feature.  A feature Google TV may not be able to replicate anytime soon because of Google’s insistance of staying away from desktop applications.  I’m referring to the ability to stream content over your network.  In short, Air Play.

Google does have a feature called Fling which allows you to seamlessly share content on a phone onto your TV.  Whether this will be limited to Android devices or not remains to be seen, I would assume iPhone’s will probably be supported, but I cannot verify that.  Nonetheless, what about content on your desktop or laptop computer?  How do you get that onto the TV?  With Google TV it seems you don’t.

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Apple TV Unboxing

Today, I received the brand new Apple TV.  As I previously wrote about, I think the new Apple TV will fill the gap between the computer and the TV.  You can find the full specifications and details for the Apple TV on Apple’s site.  My first impressions after unboxing the device were that it is extremely small.  Steve Jobs wasn’t kidding about that.

Some other things of note, it does not come with an HDMI cable, you need to buy one separately (if you don’t own one already).  The box includes the Apple TV, the remote (which is really sleek), the power cable, and the manual.  It has built-in WiFi (a/b/g/n) and also has an ethernet port on the back if you prefer to hardwire it.

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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Review

When I picked up the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers, I have to admit I was a bit nervous about shelling out $500 for 2.0 speaker set.  Even after listening to them in the Apple store for a while, it was difficult to tell whether or not these speakers could live up to their steep price tag.  Nonetheless, I bought them for my birthday and I do not regret it.  These are amazing speakers.  They produce crisp and clear sound.  The highs, mids, and lows are excellent.

The MM-1 have a very balanced sound, they are not what you would call overpowering in any particular area.  They’re just right.  Even as a 2.0 set these speakers produce some nice bass.  However, I should note if you are looking for some kicking bass, check out the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers (which I also own).  The B&W MM-1’s are USB powered and have a built-in amplifier in the right (master) speaker.  The right speaker also has the headphone and AUX jacks as well as the power button and volume controls which are conveniently placed on both sides.

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