I remember the very first Woo Audio headphone amp I heard five years ago; it was the $520 WA-3, and they still make it. The little amp made a strong impression because it so radically improved the sound of Grado headphones. That amp transformed Grados, gave them more soul, more body, and sweetness. I've reviewed a number of Woo products over the years, but the new WA-234 Mono is a very different beast. First, it is as the name implies, a monophonic design, so you need two amps for stereo. The other big difference is that these tube amps … Read more
USB Stick is designed to make file storage on your iOS device as easy as possible, but due to a handful of limitations it falls short of that goal, though not so much that the app cannot be of use. Primarily useful for moving photos to and from your device via iTunes or Dropbox, USB Stick can be used for other types of files, as well, though most file transfers will require a handful of additional steps.
When you load USB Stick for the first time you can connect locally through iTunes to move files to or from the app. … Read more
BERLIN -- What's better than a Windows 8 tablet? Pipe down, whoever said "any other tablet." The correct answer is a Windows 8 tablet that's also a Windows 8 laptop -- like the Asus Transformer Book T300.
Revealed at top technology show IFA 2013 in Berlin, the T300 is the latest hybrid tablet, which unclips the screen from the laptop to become a tablet, giving you the versatility of a full keyboard and the portability of a slate.
But if you want the best of both worlds, you'd better be feeling strong. Both keyboard and … Read more
The kitchen is one of the most upgradable rooms of the house, and Cuisinart would love for you to consider upgrading your toaster oven. The company's top offering, the sleek CSO-300 Combo Steam + Convection Oven, promises to bring the power of steam to your countertop, transforming your standard toaster oven into a more multidimensional cooking contraption. But that expanded functionality comes at a price -- $299, to be exact. If you think $299 is a lot to spend on a toaster oven, you'd be correct, but Cuisinart would argue that the CSO-300 isn't just a toaster oven, … Read more
Fast300Shots is designed to take up to 300 pictures in just a few seconds, allowing you to pull out the perfect frame from a huge collection of shots. If you've ever taken a picture of something that looked just right only to find the image is blurred, slightly discolored, or otherwise not quite right, Fast300Shots is designed to ensure it doesn't happen again.
The app is fairly straightforward in that it offers few additional features or editing options beyond the camera. When you open it, you can select the number of photos you want, how fast the images … Read more
When the Mercedes-Benz SL350 rocked up at the office I knew there was something a bit off about it. It took nearly a week of bimbling around in it to figure out what was irking me, but I got there in the end.
Let's take a look back. The original SL, 1954's 300 SL, is one of the finest automobiles ever made. It was achingly beautiful (if tricky to get into), could hit speeds previously unheard of, and was incredibly luxurious. The SL stands for Sport Light, the car's two main characteristics.
It went through many iterations, … Read more
Sony and Panasonic aim to provide a big boost to the amount of data that can be housed on a single disc.
The two companies will work together to create a new standard for an optical disc capable of recording at least 300GB of information, Panasonic announced Monday. The goal is to unveil the actual technology before the end of 2015. The new disc format will be targeted toward professional users, specifically businesses that need to archive huge amounts of data for long-term storage.
Pointing to one potential customer, Sony cited the video production industry, including motion picture houses and … Read more
#NoCrop solves a problem that millions of Instagram users cite on a regular basis as a major concern -- the inability to upload their images as they want. While the filters are amazing and the sharing functions extremely addictive, it's impossible to avoid cropping images to fit the square format required by the sharing tool. #NoCrop integrates with Instagram so you can shrink your images, add a white background, and upload them uncropped.
Installation requires linking your Instagram account to #NoCrop and allowing access to your images. Once you have done that, however, everything is very streamlined. You can … Read more
Initially launched only for iPhone a few years ago, Viber for Mac today includes all appropriate functions for sending messages, making free calls, and syncing messages and contacts between any smartphone and Mac. Even though some features seem to be still in development, this app shows great results.
After downloading, the program prompts the user to enter information from their phone. Viber for Mac requires that the user own a smartphone--to confirm this, the program sends a message to the smartphone with a code, which verifies the applications and allows it to start. The main menu includes a left-side area … Read more
With its rather basic but intuitive drag-and-drop interface, PDF Merge for Mac successfully combines several PDFs into one file. The program performs only one task, but does it quickly and without any problems.
The free trial version's basic menu lacks any advanced graphics or a user tutorial. Fortunately, the design is intuitive and well thought out. The trial limits the number of PDFs combined to three, but the full version of PDF Merge for Mac with no limits can be purchased for $18.99. A medium-size window has one area where files can be dragged and dropped. Users can … Read more