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  • Bryan 10:14 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3.0, AIM, , , apps, customers, firmware, , , March 18th, MMS, push notifications, SDK, smart phones, Software, , tethering, Tuesday,   

    iPhone 3.0 Thoughts 

    If you haven’t heard yet, the iPhone 3.0 software will be previewed next Tuesday, March 18th. There are so many features that the customers of the iPhone have been wanting for so long and iPhone 3.0 looks like a great chance for all of these things to be included in the iPhone.

    The first feature that everybody wants desperately is copy and paste. For months now many consumers in the tech industry have been criticizing the iPhone for not having copy and paste when many other phones already have it. All smart phones should have copy and paste including the iPhone.

    Another big feature that could come in the 3.0 upgrade is the “push notifications” feature that Apple promised us back in September. Since Apple wanted to “get it right the first time”, they have been putting the push notifications off for a while. I for one am very excited about the feature coming to the iPhone because this would work great for applications like, Twitter or AIM on your iPhone. Hopefully this will get added as soon as possible because it is over due.

    MMS. Come on Apple! This should have been in the iPhone OS long ago and everybody knows it. It is very sad that the iPhone hasn’t had this put in yet. Even the most basic Verizon and AT&T phones have this, and have had this for years now. This should definitely be put into the 3.0 update and should have been in long ago.

    The last feature that could be added to the 3.0 firmware is tethering. This would be very nice to have on the iPhone. Personally I don’t think the iPhone will get this right now, at least not for the 3.0 upgrade. There haven’t been many rumors about it and I really don’t see Apple doing this just yet.

    I am very optimistic about the new 3.0 update to the iPhone. I think they could put in so many valuable features and improve the stability all around. I would love to hear what all of you think, so please leave a comment.

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    • Steve 1:06 am on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I wish Apple would add video capture to the iPhone. It’s possible with Cycorder and other third-party applications, but I don’t want to jailbreak my iPhone.

    • zombieboy05 4:44 pm on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Push works in my mail app on the iPhone. Maybe you’re referring to bookmarks and the address book and other apps.

  • Bryan 8:49 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 5.1, AX Pro, complex, con, cords, , , , Playstation Network, pro, , surround sound, Tritton, , Xbox Live   

    Review of the AX Pro 

    I recently received the AX Pro for review. It is a gaming headset made by a company called Tritton. We have had other Tritton products reviewed here on Gadgets and Tech and they have turned out pretty good. Over this review I will tell you if the AX Pro continues the pattern.

    Of course what everyone wants to know about gaming headsets is their sound quality. To me this is one of the AX Pro’s biggest pros. This headset has excellent sound quality. The sound quality from these headphones is better than my TV. It also has 5.1 surround sound so you feel even more into your game. To deliver this excellent sound quality the AX Pro has eight speakers, four in each ear.

    One of the items that is included in the box is a controller for the headset. On it you can increase or decrease the volume, turn your microphone on and off and turn the chat on the game higher or lower. You can also choose to turn different parts of the acoustics higher or lower. Just click the part you want to change and put it up or down. You can choose between front, center, rear or subwoofer. If you don’t click a certain one then you will just control all of them by default.

    Since the AX Pro is a gaming headset a microphone is also included. So you can talk to your friends on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or your Mac/PC. I did find one problem with the microphone; it doesn’t pick up quieter sounds. So if you talk softer than most people this might not be for you because the microphone will not be able to pick up your voice. Other than that small problem the microphone has worked fine for me.

    The biggest con I found in the AX Pro is its size and set up time. It did take me a while to figure out where all the cords go because there are many cords that come in the box with the headset itself. The set up process is also fairly complex. There are many different boxes, cords, and outlets, but hopefully you can figure it out with the instruction manual that they give you. This is one thing that I think they could improve on in the next generation of the AX Pro. Once you figure out the set up instructions you are good to go!

    Final Points

    Pros

    • Sound quality is excellent.
    • Surround sound. 
    • Microphone included.

    Cons

    • Very bulky set up with many pieces.
    • Cords seem like they are going everywhere.
    • Microphone doesn’t pick up quieter sounds.

    If you want a great sounding gaming headset with surround sound and you don’t mind a bulky set up system or many cords then the AX Pro would be a great choice for you. You can pick up the AX Pro online for around $160. In my opinion, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

     
  • Bryan 5:19 am on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Is Pc gaming dead? 

    I’m not sure if it’s just me but I really think PC gaming is dying, and very fast. I remember playing Call of Duty 2 online with so many other people, there were hundreds of servers you could play on. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed it, unitll I got my Xbox 360 last Christmas.

    When I got my 360, it was the first gaming console that I actually played a lot. Before that I had a GameCube which really wasn’t that great. So right when I got it, I started playing Xbox Live. This was so fun because I could play with all of my friends. I think this is why people are moving away from PC gaming.

    Sure you can use things like XFire to play with your friends but it won’t be near the experience that you would get with Xbox Live. Plus there are a lot more people on Xbox Live and PlayStation than on any PC game. The only game that is still really being played on the PC is World of Warcraft, and games like it.

    I think all video games are really turning into mutiplayer games and playing with friends. So what do you think? Is PC gaming dying? Why or why not? Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

     
    • Chris 10:38 pm on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe a shift in PC games but far from dead, my reasoning for this:

      – FPS, diehard FPS fans will not play on a console until they can play using a mouse and keyboard and this is because they offer better accuracy and customization.

      – control pad, alluded to above but until developers allow for control pad customization you won’t even start to pull in from true PC base.

      – this Sims/SimCity/Civilization, you can not recreate the gaming experience that you get on a PC with the console. I think they did a great job porting the Civilization game to the 360 but playing the PC/Mac version is like a completely different beast.

      – no ability for real level building or editing on a console and if there is it’s normally pretty cumbersome, on a PC it’s a better experience.

      and the biggest sign that it isn’t dead or even close is…

      – World of Warcraft…RPG’s can’t be experienced on a console the way they are on a PC.

      Where it does come into play is end users, console games have a longer shelf life because of recycling and bargain bins because people are always adopting new gaming consoles and instead of paying $60 for a new game will pick up 2-3 used games…and the popular games will always have someone online playing them on a console.

      A PC is a different story, you can’t really walk into a game store and pick up a used copy of a PC game anymore, PC gamers buy the game, play it and as soon as it is is updated they’ll buy that new version and stop playing the older version, no recycling and there isn’t really a bargain bins for the games either, they are released, bought, and then pretty much disappear until they end up in the CD jewel case with slip case in the $9.99 section and those games have a very long shelf life, which is to say that they sit on the shelf for a very long time.

      Social gaming and traditional gaming are two different things all together, social gaming is better on a console with friends trash talking each other. That is better on a console because it is a one stop shop, easy to see if friends are on, easy to make sure everyone is playing using the same version of the game (no mods, etc) and can be done on a whim.

      There are more casual gamers on consoles and Xbox Live and Playstation Network.

  • Bryan 6:43 pm on January 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: @bthockey, @cyclingplatypus, @ghall, accounts, follow, , , photoshop, , ,   

    Gadgets and Tech on Twitter! 

    I decided that we should have some way of notifying all of you (our viewers) of when we have new posts up on our website. So I wipped up an icon on Photoshop and made our Twitter account. You can find it at this link > @gadgetsandtech. If you would like to follow us, that would be great! We will tweet when we have some new posts up, so hopefully you will come and see them. Also, if you would like to follow the writers here at Gadgets and Tech here are our twitter accounts. All of our writers have Twitter.

    Bryan Thomas- @bthockey

    Chris Miller- @cyclingplatypus

    Graham Hall- @ghall

     
  • Chris 11:38 pm on January 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – Targus Laser Mouse for Mac 

    I’ve been using this mouse for the last two weeks and didn’t want to post a review here until I used it for a while, the initial part of the review was originally posted on my personal blog.

    If you’ve used Apple’s Mighty Mouse than you know how good it feels and how easily you get used to that little scroll ball, if you’ve used Apple’s Mighty Mouse for any prolonged amount of time you know that that tiny little scroll ball is its achilles heal and the cause of much frustration. A few weeks ago after doing my little ball cleaning ritual after not being able to scroll up I decided that as much as I liked the little guy I’d have to seriously look for a replacement.

    It was at this point that I was going to buy a nice Microsoft Arch mouse, say what you will about Microsoft but they make some fine mice but then I stumbled unto the Targus Laser Mouse that they designed for the Mac and if one laser is good two must be better. The problem with buying a relatively new product like this is that reviews are a bit on the light side and don’t mention somethings that I wanted/needed to know before buying.

    I was looking for a mouse that would allow middle click and allow me to program Expose into a side button…I knew that they Targus one would let me do Expose programming but I did now know, nor could I find any reviews that told me if I could middle click. A lack of middle click was a deal breaker for me. I decided that I’d take a chance and pick up the Targus at my local Buy More, worse case scenario I was back in a week to return it.

    First thing is something that I couldn’t find in any review, this isn’t a 4 button mouse it is a five, the middle scrolling laser is also a button and works just like command+click, i.e. you click on a link in your browser it pulls it up behind in a new tab.

    Second, while it does come with drivers to install so you can program the two left side buttons you might not need to install:

    Out of the box you get:
    Right Click
    Left Click
    Middle (command+click)
    Top button on the left (Expose)

    The fifth button or bottom left button doesn’t do anything out of the box.

    I really like the mouse and while it is slightly larger than the Mighty Mouse it isn’t overly noticeable. The only negative that I can really say is that there is a small learning curve with the top scrolling laser and it takes some getting used to. The clicking is a little louder than MM and while it is nice not having to squeeze the mouse on both sides to activate Expose the preprogrammed button on the side is up a little further than it is on the MM.

    Tracking and scrolling out of the box are a bit on the fast side but easily fixed in System Preferences and I have used it on a mouse pad as well as a couple of other surfaces and haven’t experienced any problems.

    Bottom line is this is a great mouse that gets better once you adjust to using a flat slick plastic surface for scrolling rather than a physical ball or wheel.

    UPDATE: I noticed that the little scrolling laser has a little round of protective plastic on it and removing it improved the scrolling.

    UPDATE – 1.20.09: I’ve used this mouse for the last two weeks and I have to retract my recommendation. As a mouse it is good, until you get to what I originally viewed as a strong point the top scrolling laser. It isn’t as sensitive as a physical ball or wheel. I’m going to keep it and throw it in my laptop bag for use onsite at shoots instead of the trackpad but as a main mouse, I’m pretty disappointed and don’t think I’ll be recommending it to any friends. I’m going to experiment more with it and try to find a way to make the scrolling laser more responsive (maybe a piece of a screen protector will add some tactile feedback that will help scrolling but as it is it’s unresponsive at times and gets worse if you have anything on your fingers (i.e. lotion, donut glaze, etc.).

     
  • Bryan 9:20 am on January 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: $0.99, , application, brain, , , Speed Brain, thinking   

    Review of Speed Brain for the iPhone 

    Recentley Andrea Lawn gave me the game Speed Brain for the iPhone and iPod touch and she asked for a review on it. So thank you to Andrea for making this happen.

    So basically Speed Brain is a application that helps your brain think faster. It’s kind of hard to explain without having you actually use it. Some games similar to this have came out for the Nintendo DS and other gaming platforms.

    This is a pretty simple application. All you have to do us remember the first picture you see then they show you another one. If it is the same as the last picture you press match. If it is a different picture then you press no match. After that then you have to remember the picture that you just did. It does get quite complex and difficult.

    After you are done. It shows you some things like your reaction time and your accuracy of saying match or no match. It also give you a score which you can compare to others.

    I personally use this application in the morning. When I am just sitting on my couch feeling really tired. This is when I think the application has the best use. It really helps wake me up and get my brain working for the day.

    I do think that they could really add a lot to this application. They could add various other games, to make it better than others on the App Store. If you have any un spent Christmas iTunes cards, you can pick up Speed Brain in the App Store for only $0.99.

     
    • Romain David 2:02 pm on January 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Bryan for the great review. We are currently working on new exciting iPhone products and we will keep you up to date.

  • Bryan 8:00 pm on January 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Gadgets and Tech- Looking for writers 

    As many of you can probably tell. Gadgets and Tech hasn’t had too many post up in the past few months. But as the founder of Gadgets and Tech, I am trying to turn that around.

    So if you would like to write for Gadgets and Tech, please send us an email at gadgetsandtech@gmail.com. Please include…

    1. Your name and age
    2. What you would mainly post about.
    3. Why you would like to blog with us.
    4. Any other previous blogging experience.
    5. How often you intend on posting.

    We could really use some new writers.

     
  • Bryan 9:23 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , applications, comment, favorite, , help, , Max OS X   

    Favorite Mac OS X applications? 

    This is just going to be a quick post, asking for your help. For those of you who don’t know, I just recently got my first mac. It is an iMac G4, and I am looking for some nice and useful applications, preferably free that would be good for me to install and use. So please, if you have a Mac please leave a comment telling me what applications you use the most or your favorite applications and give a little bit about what it does.

    Thanks for your help! Also, soon we might be doing a giveaway here at Gadgets and Tech so stay tuned.

     
    • Chris 11:43 pm on January 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite applications are:

      Evernote (the OS X and iPhone app – free)
      Aperture
      Lightroom
      NetNewsWire (RSS reader with iPhone app – free)
      iWork (I use it for invoices and flyers)
      Office
      Adium
      Skype
      Pixelmator or Photoshop Elements (for light photo corrections)

  • Bryan 5:47 pm on December 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Blackberry Storm, Dare, finger, G1, , , touch screens, Voyager   

    iPhone clones 

    I’m getting pretty tired of all of the iPhone clones. If you haven’t noticed there are so many new phones coming out that don’t have a stylus and you just touch them with your finger. Let’s name them! Blackberry Storm, LG Voyager, LG Dare, G1, and some Nokia phones. Just like Apple and Steve Jobs wanted it to be. It just seems like everyone is coming out with touch screen devices, but the touch screens on them are absolutely terrible.

    Now personally I love touch screen phones, if they work. I just recently went to my local Verizon store and tried out the LG Voyager. I don’t want this to be a complete bash on the LG Voyager but their touch screens are absolutely terrible. I really don’t think I could get use to that touch screen because it is a lot worse than the iPod touch. Which is what I use for my touch screen device. For all of you who have an iPhone or iPod touch here is a question for you. Do you feel that all of the other touch screen phones and devices are terrible quality compared to you iPhone or iPod touch?

    I certainly do. I think that every company with a touch screen device just rushed their product out the door to compete with the iPhone when they should have took their time and actually made a quality touch screen. I would love to hear you thoughts on this, please leave comments.

     
  • Bryan 2:45 pm on October 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: afford, Aluminum, , black, border, dropped, inside, MacBook, MacBook Pro, outside, price, size, update, upgrade, white   

    Thoughts on the new MacBooks 

    Just last Tuesday Apple released a whole new line up of MacBooks, and right now I have to say, they look amazing! I really like that they took the new iMac look, because I loved the new iMac when they came out.

    I will start off with my thoughts on the new MacBook. The MacBook, in my opinion looks fantastic. I really like the new aluminum design and I think that it looks more elegant and professional than the older plastic one. Even though I would have loved a black MacBook, I think that these will top the older generation. The first and most noticeable change they made in the internal design was the track pad. The track pad now has no button, the track pad is the button. I really like this idea. I think at first it will be very had to get use to but in the end it will be a habit and everyone will love it. The track pad is now glass. Yes, there were some rumors about the new track pad being glass and it looks like they came true. I haven’t seen or played with the new MacBooks yet. So I’m not sure if I like this idea, but everyone that has one on YouTube seems to be liking it.

    I have two complaints with the new MacBook. One, there is no firewire in it. Two, the price increased instead of decreasing like it should be in this terrible economy. The first complaint, no firewire is terrible. Apple invented firewire back when they made the Mac and they don’t include it in their own computers? When is the last time when someone invented something and they didn’t include that invention in the next creation that they made? I thought that it was really weird for Apple to not put this in their MacBook and MacBook Pro. Also, the price increase for the MacBook is absolutely terrible. Our economy is doing very, very, bad in these times and all of our prices should be going down so people can afford them not up! There is not much more I can say about this but the price should have been dropped.

    Now to the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro looks the same as the MacBook. Aluminum inside and outside, with the black border around the screen. This in itself could be a big mistake for Apple. In the past the MacBook and the MacBook Pro have always had a feature so you could know which one the Pro was. Now with the new update, they are exactly the same except for the size. Apple also “discontinued” the 17″ MacBook Pro. I think that this was a mistake, although you can buy the old one I think people will really like the new one and they will want to buy that one. I think in the next few months Apple will release a 17″ MacBook Pro. Also, the MacBook Pro doesn’t have FireWire, again, that is a problem. The last problem I have with the MacBook Pro is the fact that there is only 2 USB ports. That is absolutely terrible, 2 usb ports on a Pro machine? Apple has always had more than two on their Pro machines. The MacBook Pro needs more than two. But, even though the MacBook price went up the MacBook Pro price stayed the same. I think this was a good idea even though the MacBook should have stayed the same too.

    But these are just my thoughts. I’m sure others would say some of the same things but many different ones. If you have any thoughts please leave a comment. I would love to hear your opinion, you can email me at gadgetsandtech@gmail.com.

     
    • Stacey Derbinshire 3:00 pm on October 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Can you tell me who did your layout? I’ve been looking for one kind of like yours. Thank you.

    • Mike Cohen 10:27 pm on October 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I got a new MacBook a few days ago, to replace my MacBook Pro. Except for the lack of FireWire, it comes very close to being my ideal laptop. It’s faster than my old MBP, has a larger hard drive, and weighs about a pound less.

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