In leading recording studios around the world, music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. With these P5 mobile hi-fi headphones, the sound you hear is completely natural – as close to the sound of the original recording as they can possibly take you. There are no gimmicky effects like exaggerated bass or artificially enhanced treble, which become tiring with extended listening. A closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place. Perfect for listening to music on the go, P5's high-quality sound and luxury materials are supported by smart design and user-friendly features. The P5s average 4 out of 5 stars from over 280 people on Amazon (read reviews). Their typical list price is $241.53, but if you buy them recertified you save 30% and get them for just $167.99. B&W recertified products have been tested and updated to ensure they meet Bowers & Wilkins high quality standards, and all recertified products come with a two-year warranty. See the recertified P5s now on Amazon.
This week’s roundup brings even more wireless headphone options for your new iPhone 7. Will the flood of new products ever end? Read on!Bose
Bose’s QC35 headphones ($349.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) offers wireless connectivity to your iPhone; they offer up to 20 hours of audio playback on a single charge. All you have to do to pair your headphones with your iOS device is to activate the Bose Connect app and go from there.
DxO recently upgraded OpticsPro, its image processing and editing app for the Mac to version 11. Though it’s a modest upgrade, DxO continues to provide innovative and technically superior solutions to basic photographic problems.What’s new in OpticsPro 11
OpticsPro 11’s Smart Lighting feature now has a spot-weighted option that’s more powerful and more versatile than using spot metering in your camera. For example, take a shot of an informal portrait of someone standing in front of a window at midday, using your camera’s matrix metering system for the best overall exposure. OpticsPro will find the face, recognize the strong backlight, and then automatically try to brighten the face and balance the backlight. If you used fill light while taking the photo, OpticsPro is smart enough to know that it doesn’t need to do anything. Even if there’s no face in the photo, you can draw one or more spot-weighted rectangles in the image yourself and OpticsPro will adjust the light and dark areas of the photo accordingly.
When you use the built-in Camera app, the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t act like it has two distinct cameras each with its own lens. Rather, it shows you a single virtual camera that combines input from two lenses. This is abundantly clear when you use the clever method (suggested by colleague Aurélien Chevaleyrias) of holding your finger over one lens or the other to see what’s really going on. It may surprise you!
I performed a number of tests, some of which you can see in the slideshow below, in labeled comparisons. And I found that iOS makes a lot of decisions on your behalf to obtain the best-lit photo that has the least blurriness and the least sensor noise, rather than the highest resolution. In other words, it favors a good digitally zoomed image over an objectively bad picture, because the goal to is to give you a shot you like. It’s only when you blow the photo up (or look at it on a 4K monitor) that you’re revealing enough resolution to spot the difference.
Alfabeck Lauder finds the way in which Apple manages Wi-Fi logins at public networks a bit maddening:
When I’m travelling, I frequently gain access to the Internet on my Mac via public Wi-Fi networks. Before I can connect, I’m invariably confronted with a window, (“magic window”) giving me instructions and the means for connecting/disconnecting to/from the Internet and monitoring my usage. What on earth are these?
Lauder dislikes these windows because they float above everything else, can’t be resized, and don’t seem to be attached to any app. Lauder lives in a remote location and uses a combination of mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi router, so he sees this magic window (I like the term) all the time, and it interferes with his ability to manage his setup.
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Apple made the Apple Watch faster with the September release of two new models, the Series 1 and Series 2, which both have powerful dual-core processors. But if you bought an Apple Watch when it launched last year and don’t feel like buying a new one, installing watchOS 3 will go a long way toward making your old device feel new.
When you are using Messages, Read Receipts let the person you are communicating with know when you have received and read their message. If, for whatever reason, you want to change this so that you are not sending a read receipt, you can modify it in the Messages app.
It’s important to note that this works only if both users on the chat are using Messages, either on the Mac or on an iOS device. Read receipts are not available when you are using Messages and the person you can chatting with is using another platform like Android.Have Read Receipts on all the time
If you always want to send a read receipt, here’s how to set it in the Messages app.
There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise.
But the industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget. To that end, we’ve picked the best Bluetooth speakers in four broad price ranges: budget, mid-range, high-end, and—yes, there are ultra-high-end Bluetooth speakers—price is no object.
Ultimate Ears slammed down the gauntlet with its Megaboom portable Bluetooth speaker. This loud-and-proud, thoroughly weatherized speaker produces enough sound to fill the average backyard, and it comes with a richly featured app that will make it the life of any party.
A pair of 2.0-inch full-range drivers and dual 2.0 x 4.0-inch passive radiators in a cylindrical enclosure create a near 360-degree sound field. The 1.93-pound speaker comes with a plastic carrying case that makes it easy to take just about anywhere, and its built-in rechargeable battery is rated to last up to 20 hours.
Large plus and minus buttons on the the Megaboom’s face let you raise or lower in the volume manually. Its cap ends are rubberized, with the top end carrying the unit’s power and Bluetooth-pairing buttons.
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play & control music (either on its own, or through a connected speaker/receiver), control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. Right now Amazon is discounting 3 bundles featuring an all new Echo Dot:
SAP Crystal Reports software is the de facto in reporting, and it's currently discounted 10%, through Friday, if you use the code CRYSTAL10 at checkout. With SAP Crystal Reports you can create powerful, richly formatted, dynamic reports from virtually any data source – delivered in dozens of formats, in up to 24 languages. A robust production reporting tool, SAP Crystal Reports turns almost any data source into interactive, actionable information that can be accessed offline or online, from applications, portals and mobile devices.
This device from Anker is small enough to fit in your glove box, but packs enough power to jump start your 3L gas or 2.5L diesel engine a whopping 15 times on a single charge. Advanced safety features ensure total protection against reverse polarity, surges and short circuits. So there's no risk in hooking it up wrong or backwards like with traditional jump starters. It also has two built-in USB charging ports for your mobile devices, and comes with an 18-month warranty. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,000 people on Amazon (read reviews), and its list price has been reduced to just $59. See the discounted Anker car jump starter on Amazon.
Whether used for camping, trick or treating, or power outages, this lantern will provide up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional LED lighting to see your surroundings. When the battery power of the lantern runs low, the brightness will dim to an energy saving mode to provide longer lasting illumination (up to 4 hours of low power usage). It's lighter, brighter and more portable than most flashlights while still featuring the rugged durability to withstand the outdoors. The military grade exterior is water resistant for more practical use in a high range of environments. Ideal for children, the lantern needs no setup or prepping with fires and oil. The design provides full omnidirectional lighting for clear vision no matter where you may turn. The fold-out collapsible handles make for easier portability and hanging. This lantern averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews) and the 3 pack's list price of $45.99 has been reduced 63% to $16.99. (See it on Amazon)
Would you be surprised to learn that Apple makes iPhone design decisions based on how many of its battery cases it thinks it can sell? The Macalope would. He suspects Apple would be, too.
Writing for the Forbes contributor network and bootleg colonoscopy video clearing house, Ewan Spence says the “iPhone 7's Ugly Battery Fix Highlights Apple's Greedy Design.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip Speicher and @designheretic.)
Critics and users alike love to throw shade at those built-in macOS and iOS apps—Mail is often panned for being out of date, most of us don’t want (or need) Stocks, and Maps still can’t hold a candle to Google Maps, four years after the latter was unceremoniously evicted from iOS 6.
For me, Calendar is the weakest of Apple’s built-in apps (with Reminders a close second). While the Mac version is passable enough, the iPhone app is borderline useless, even with split-screen month and list view enabled.
BusyCal 3 is back on the Mac and better than ever with big improvements over Apple’s built-in Calendar.
iOS added print support years ago, and Printopia and then other software rose to meet a challenge: supporting printers that didn’t use Apple’s AirPrint. But they also added a nifty workaround to the missing ability to create PDFs from email and other software that supported print via a Share button, but didn’t have a workflow that led to a PDF.
Printopia had to be hosted on a Mac, and it let you share any printer a Mac could access, as well as add printer and file-storage devices as printers. You could print to PDF on the attached computer or print to Dropbox. iOS 10 finally adds a subtle way to get the same effect without needing additional software. (Printopia ($20) is still pretty cool for a lot of other purposes, by the way.)
Thanks to iOS 10, your Messages app is way more than a texting app. Way, way more. Now that the official release of iOS 10 is out, here’s your guide to using all the new features in Messages, from sending fullscreen effects to installing your third-party iMessage apps from your favorite services like Venmo, ESPN, and OpenTable.
The first thing you should know is that the recipient of your messages will need an iPhone, iPod, or iPad running iOS 10, an Apple Watch running watchOS 3, or a Mac running macOS Sierra in order to view them in their full visual glory. Furthermore, these features are exclusively linked to iMessage, so Android users will have a hard time deciphering the animations as well. For users on Android or running a previous version of iOS, these messages will show up as regular text with a description of what the visual should have been, like “(sent with fireworks).” Not nearly as capitvating.
The iPhone 7 Plus could be Apple’s first major step into augmented reality.
One of the best new features on the iPhone 7 Plus is the dual-cameras that can work in tandem to create awesome photos. But this technology has way more, far-reaching applications for than just taking better pictures inside a bar. In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, Oscar explains how this dual-camera system can create 3D depth maps that could lead to more accurate, real-time AR powered by our iPhones.
Watch the video above to learn about the future possibilities of an AR-equipped iPhone. This may include a more-immersive version of Pokémon Go, Snapchat-style selfie filters for FaceTime, and finding the right-sized furniture for your living room before going to IKEA.
Use your smartphone to open this padlock from Master Lock. Share access, monitor access history and receive alerts if someone is tampering. Designed for outdoor use, its shackle offers 2 inch vertical clearance and is made of boron for maximum resistance to cutting and sawing. The lock features alternate methods of access for when Bluetooth isn't available or the replaceable battery dies. Its typical list price of $89 has been reduced 34% to $59 (see on Amazon). An indoor version is available, also at a discount (28% off, $50 -- See on Amazon).