I'm always on the lookout for great cheap headphones, so when CNET's Matthew Moskovciak suggested I try Sony's MDR-ZX100 I jumped at the chance. We were both knocked out by Sony's MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 headphones, so I bought a pair of MDR-ZX100s on Amazon for $15. I had no expectations it would threaten those two amazing Sonys, but at less than 20 percent of those headphones' current prices I was curious to see how much of the magic trickled down to the MDR-ZX100. The MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 were both designed more than twenty years ago, when … Read more
Logic Master 100 Floors is an interesting app in that the interface, design, and setup are all very rudimentary; but the core logic puzzles are still challenging and rewarding. While you'll deal with pop-ups, ads, mediocre design, and a home screen that doesn't fit the device right, once you get into the logic puzzles, you'll be engrossed trying to solve and advance through the levels.
After installation, the app starts to an off-center home screen and a couple pop-ups. The app is free so there are ads, though they don't appear to intrude too heavily once … Read more
Google Glass may be the only big wearable eyepiece in town, but most people can't even get their hands on one. For the rest, maybe the Vuzix M100 can be an interesting alternative. Or, maybe, Vuzix can even offer aspects Glass doesn't.
I've seen the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses before, at CES 2013 in January. The headset made an appearance at the Wearable Tech Expo in New York City this week. Its capabilities aren't exactly the same as Glass', and neither is the build; instead of a metal visor with a transparent eyepiece attached, the M100'… Read more
Musyc is a confounding app--part game, part musical instrument, and part music exploration. You can create a collection of sounds by dragging and dropping shapes onto other shapes, moving them about the screen, catching them, and creating chains that work in tandem to create those noises. It's simultaneously fun to experience and a little confusing, even after the rather detailed tutorial.
When you first open Musyc it will not be apparent what or how to use the app. So you should always start with the tutorial. Even from there, the game is a little confusing, so you should experiment … Read more
Microsoft's Windows Store has hit the 100,000 apps mark in short order.
"Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store," Microsoft tweeted earlier today.
That was fast. Windows 8 was launched only last October.
How fast? Google took longer to reach that point -- roughly two years after the Android Market formally opened for business.
And it took about a year and a half for the iPad to garner 100,000 iPad-specific apps. "The platform has been out for 453 days, with developers getting access to its software development kit … Read more
EyeFly3D Img is designed to display and help you create 3D images on the iPhone, but whether due to technical limitations or early software bugs, it does not work properly in its current form. While existing photos show up in the sample folders and you can see how the process is performed to create them, neither of the functions--display or creation--quite works as intended, and the effect is disappointing.
When you first open EyeFly3D Img you can choose between viewing the sample 3D images or creating your own, both requiring the thin film from EyeFly3D to turn your iPhone's … Read more
Num Fun - Addition teaches children addition concepts through the use of a fun yet basic game. It's an intuitive app with solid production qualities that is fun to use, though ultimately limited in features. The trial restrictions also present some issues for anyone looking for free educational apps for their children.
Num Fun - Addition, for the most part, does everything a children's educational app should do, correctly. It looks pretty, it has fun music that is pleasant to listen to, and the interface is very easy for a young child to pick up and use almost … Read more
When an audiophile-centric company like Cambridge Audio makes a go at the wireless-speaker market, it can be tough to tell whether it's just hoping to make a quick buck or has a worthwhile new take on the category. The Minx Air 100 ($450) falls into the latter category, with a tasteful, reserved design that immediately distinguishes it from the more eccentric speakers on the market. It supports both Bluetooth and AirPlay, plus it can stream Internet radio directly, making it possible to stream tunes even when you don't have a mobile device on you.
What's disappointing is … Read more
It looks strangely like something Adam West's Batman might drive in 2013, but Aston Martin's 100th anniversary CC100 speedster wasn't designed with superheroes in mind, camp or otherwise. Instead, the yellow-and-blue-gray speedster is an homage to the company's heritage as a manufacturer of luxury sports cars.
The design is based on the 1959 Le Mans and Nurburgring-winning DBR1, with materials and design elements that look to the future, according to the company. "CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin. Fantastic heritage, exceptional design, superb engineering and an adventurous spirit," … Read more
MetroBeat Free is a very straightforward app that does one thing, but it does it very well and provides a much-needed tool for musicians and singers, alike. Because so many music apps, whether training tools or just instrumental supplements, are loaded with features to the point of being unwieldy, MetroBeat Free is a fantastic tool in that it provides something you'll almost certainly need in a basic package.
Open MetroBeat and you'll find a black screen with a number of white buttons and text on it. At the top you can set the beat--4, 8, 12, or 16--and … Read more