I have to confess that I’m a longtime B&W fan. I’ve had several sets of their speakers for my HiFi and surround setup. My latest speakers are the vintage B&W DM2 MKII from the late 70-ties, early 80-ties. These’re three-driver loudspeaker systems of 47 litres capacity and weigth 60 Pounds (27 KG) each. The bass driver is housed in a critically vented enclosure and has a crossover point of 400 Hz where the vent tuning is so designed to extend the low frequency half point to 45Hz, and that sounds awesome. You can feel the instruments kicking in like the band is playing live in front of of you.
Sound quality like this you can put on your head nowadays with the all new Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 headset series. Their drivers are engineered to work like those of my HiFi speakers with even better precise and controlled movement.
Homeautomation vendors had to wait 7 years to be part of the iOS ecosystem with Apple’s recent announce of HomeKit. Here’s how Apple describes it to its developers;
HomeKit is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home. You can enable users to discover HomeKit accessories in their home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri.
Now enter the development labo of Insteon. Insteon has already over 200 Home-automation products that are controllable via their current Insteon Hub. They’re creating the successor called the Insteon Hub Pro which can be pre-ordered for $150. It’s accompanied by their new Insteon App which you can see in action in the video below.
Apple’s personal voice assistant. With HomeKit, you can create scenarios to direct Siri, such as “Bedtime, Siri,” that would dim the lights, lock the doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.
The buying argument for the ‘iPhone 6 plus’ over of the regular ‘6’ is the big screen of course—next to the better camera—it really shines in some areas like displaying route information when you’re on a trip. The smaller display sized iPhones make it quite hard to see all the little details, like street names and Point of Interests.
Recently we published about how the Navigon for iOS GPS app (version 2.9) has been optimized to take advantage of the bigger 6 plus screen. For those of you who want to complete their in car 6 plus experience any time soon, here is a nice suggestion for a nice car mount. They come in multiple colors, I like the white because my previous black Navigon Design Car Kit has melted by the sun on an average spring day.
Copytrans turned 10 years and for this they redesigned the looks and have some promotions up their sleeves for you. We have reviewed Copytrans in the past, in 2009 to be precise when the iPhone was just 2 years in the market. and since then it only has improved.
So what is in for you;
- Free update for existing users with valid activation code
- And for 3 more days 50% off for new users
For around $100 you can possibly safe your life in a car crash. Automatic the tiny new device that you can plug into the diag-port (OBD-II) of any car built after 1996, records all the live data from the computers in your car. The cool thing is that it can detect a collision and call for help with the Crash Alert live agent. This service is available 24/7 in the U.S. with no recurring fees at all.
That is just one of the most important features, at least if you ask me. Automatic is packed with cool and fun stuff like it remembers where you parked, even after a heavy night out your iPhone tells you that you aren’t parked in the obvious location but somewhere else because there was no place free in front of your house.
Automatic can even interact with other apps and has an API where other soft and hardware developers can hook into.
Taking pictures with the iPhone is so convenient that most people use it as their only active camera, and not surprisingly shooting the best or at least most original photos with it. Your DSLR or pocket camera you only carry with you when you plan to do serious photography. So why not do something with your best shots, do not leave them in digital forms in iPhoto or iCloud but print them and leave them on the coffee table for instance.
This is now possible for a relative cheap price.
Believe it or not, the Apple WATCH is already cloned. Apple normally does not do these early product announcements so it is ahead of the competition and things like this cannot happen. Last WWDC they did the unusual early product announcement of the Apple WATCH. No doubt the Apple WATCH will be one of the most anticipating products for 2015, but for those who like to impress friends, you can buy a WATCH clone already for only 32.50 Euro.
My advise, do not buy this, most fakes and clones are so poor that it isn’t even worth the joke of buying it. And tell your friends to WATCH out and wait for the real deal from Apple next spring.
Bring your living room design ideas to life! Play with real world furniture and make stunning photo-realistic images. Explore and share design ideas with friends.
With Living Room 3D you can refresh the existing room interior or make out a totally new design and arrangement. Move the furniture, change flooring, repaint the walls, add décor and accessories with a finger touch. Hundreds of furniture and décor items, wall and floor coverings are at your disposal. No time consuming learning and expensive professionals needed – you can do it yourself.
eWeather HD is a visually stunning, feature-rich weather app and iOS 8 weather widget for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Get accurate weather conditions and ten-day forecasts, high-resolution animated radar and satellite, severe weather maps and push alerts, temperature on your home screen, sea surface temperatures, multi-layered weather maps and more!
eWeather HD is an elegant, easy-to-use and powerful forecast application. It combines ten day and hourly forecasts from two weather sources with a beautiful radar images and unique “weather wheel” interface. eWeather HD uses the latest technology to show the current temperature right on the home screen and notification center.
Our favorite GPS application has been changed to make use of the bigger screens on the new iPhones. The iPhone 6 Plus is especially more attractive now you can put this huge screen in your car. There aren’t that much new apps yet that use the extra screen estate. So if you aren’t using it yet, get it in the app store, you will not regret it and otherwise it might have been updated in the background and you didn’t even noticed it. Time to fire-up the app on your next road trip.
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