Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Review (Page 1 of 4)

Since today is the beginning of the last month in 2017, I think it makes sense to take a look back at everything that has happened this year. For me, there has been a lot of changes, both good and bad, but it has been positive overall. In May, I went on my first non-work related trip without my parents to San Francisco. I learned to plan and work through trip scheduling, while learning the patience and flexibility needed when plans do not work out. In June, I went through my first breakup. Despite it being a tough time in my life, it was a learning moment as well. In August, I exhausted myself with my first photography gig at a wedding. I learned the work required not only on the day, but also afterwards when editing photos. September was when I was a part of a wedding party for the first time as a groomsman for one of my close friends. I honestly learned a lot about the things to consider should I ever get married, but thankfully that will probably be a while away. As for APH Networks, I also went through a few firsts, including the first RGB mousing surface with the Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris as well as my first V-MODA headphones and router. Thus, if the theme is not clear enough, we have another first-time experience today. This is in the form of the HD 4.50 BTNC from Sennheiser. This may be a new experience working with this company, but audio reviews are not new to us, so let us see how the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC fares today. Maybe I will learn something new too!

Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

Recently, my friend decided her non-Retina MacBook Pro needed an upgrade. Being the last generation of MacBook Pros that still featured an optical drive -- and for some reason, she still thinks having an optical drive is an important feature in 2017 -- she wanted to keep her beloved computer kicking around for at least a few more years. While I am not here to debate the merits of having an optical drive over everything else (After all, you spend a lot more time staring at your screen or using your processor than popping in a DVD), giving that MacBook Pro a performance upgrade is not hard. Unlike the 2015 MacBook Pro I own, its storage and memory is user-upgradeable. She wanted an affordable SSD large enough to replace her hard drive, while giving her system a boost in loading speed and power efficiency. We eventually settled on a Western Digital Blue 500GB SSD and 8GB of RAM to swap out her 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. And just how popular are solid state drives are nowadays? I remember back in 2011, when I upgraded my ThinkPad laptop to an OCZ Agility 240GB, it was practically a marvel among my friends; both in its novelty and a not-exactly-affordable $430 price tag. But SSDs have become much more affordable and common nowadays, thanks to considerable progress made in NAND flash production. SSDs are also no longer reserved only for people who want the cutting edge in heavy lifting performance. Value-oriented HDD replacements are readily available for those who are only looking for an improvement in user experience for casual day-to-day computing. Today, we will take a look at one such product. Featuring Toshiba's third generation 64 layer BiCS triple-level cells, the TR200 480GB wants to replace your aging hard drive at an affordable price. Has the goal been achieved? Read on to find out!

Google’s cute voice experiment lets you track the world with paper

From The Verge: Google’s latest voice experiment is the cutest one yet. Paper Signals is an open-source project that lets you build a paper object that can be controlled with your voice. The paper objects let you see how Bitcoin is doing, get a visual representation of the weather, or even track NASA rocket launches. Google has built a number of different signals, and the code has been open sourced to let developers create their own custom versions.

Qualcomm seeks ban on sales of Intel-based iPhone X in US

From CNET: If Qualcomm has its way, it could get even tougher to buy certain iPhone X models.

The chipmaker on Thursday filed a request with the US International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel's modem. Those would include the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus that run on AT&T and T-Mobile. The phones that run on networks from Verizon and Sprint use Qualcomm's modem and wouldn't be included in the ban.

UK Lawsuit Wants Google to Pay Up for iPhone Snooping

From PC Mag: Google is facing a class-action lawsuit in the UK that claims the search giant illegally snooped on 5.4 million iPhone users between 2011 and 2012.

The company collected users' data by bypassing the default privacy settings on the iPhone's Safari browser, according to Richard Lloyd, a UK consumer advocate who is filing the legal action. The data, taken without users' consent, was then used to create targeted ads over Google's advertising services—in violation of UK data protection laws, Lloyd says.

Google Home can now handle two commands at once

From The Verge: Google Home devices can now process and complete two commands at once. As first reported by CNET and independently confirmed by The Verge, Google Home users can ask their device to do multiple things. So, for example, you could say, "Hey, Google, turn on the TV, and what's the weather?" Your TV would turn on, and Google will tell you the weather, too.

Windows 10 Now Used on 600M Active Devices

From PC Mag: Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting was held on Wednesday, and CEO Satya Nadella took the opportunity to confirm that Windows 10 is now in use on 600 million active devices every month.

To give you some idea of the growth rate, back in May at Build 2017 Microsoft stated Windows 10 had reached 500 million active devices. So that's an additional 100 million devices in six months. As GeekWire reports, Microsoft's original goal back at the launch of Windows 10 in 2015 was to hit one billion devices within three years. That now seems unlikely.

HDMI 2.1 released: 10K resolution, dynamic HDR, and FreeSync-like game smoothing

From PC World: The next generation of HDMI is here, and it holds some major benefits for PC gamers and media buffs alike. The HDMI 2.1 standard, released Tuesday by the HDMI Forum after being announced at CES, supports higher resolutions, new HDR features, and game-smoothing variable refresh rates, among other features.

HDMI 2.1 delivers massively more bandwidth than HDMI 2.0—a whopping 48Gb/s compared to the 18Gb/s achieved by today’s technology. That allows HDMI 2.1 to hit much higher resolutions and refresh rates.

Verizon to launch residential 5G service next year

From CNET: Verizon said Wednesday that it plans to launch wireless 5G service in up to five US cities by the end of next year.

Sacramento, California, is likely to be the first city to get access to the 5G network, which promises to be 10 to 100 times faster than the company's speediest existing cellular connections. That service should begin in the second half of the year, Verizon said in a statement, adding that it will reveal the other markets at a later date.

Snapchat introduces a redesigned app that separates your friends from brands

From The Verge: Snap today introduced a redesign of its flagship app intended to promote more intimate sharing among friend groups while pushing professionally produced content into a separate feed. The redesigned Snapchat includes a new dynamic friends page that incorporates both chat messages and ephemeral stories, and pushes items from your close friends to the top of the feed for the first time. It will begin appearing later this week for a small test group, and is expected to roll out more broadly in coming weeks.


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