If you've laid down serious cash for a great pair of headphones but they're plugged into your phone or computer, you're missing out on a lot of the sound quality you paid for. Don't get me wrong, phones and tablets can sound acceptable, but their designers didn't focus on sound quality -- that's the last thing they worry about. The cure for so-so sound is straightforward: invest in a high-performance digital converter/headphone amp, like the Cypher Labs Theorem 720. It can be used with iPhones, Android phones, or computers via USB connection with … Read more
In Apple's iTunes, a Genius playlist is a special automatically generated playlist based on a specific music selection. By choosing a song and creating a Genius playlist, iTunes will create a playlist of related songs from the available music in your library.
In this way, you can create a playlist of similar music simply by selecting a song, instead of having to peruse your library and manually create a playlist.
In past versions of iTunes, you could create Genius playlists by right-clicking the song and choosing the option to create a Genius playlist based off it. In the latest … Read more
What if King Tut went up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Or Cleopatra seduced Thor instead of Anthony? Would Anubis and Wolverine be best friends or mortal enemies? With Josh Ln's art series "Hero-glyphics," it's not too far fetched to picture some of the world's most beloved comic book and sci-fi characters mingling with Egyptian deities.
"I came up with the idea by reading too quickly," Ln told Crave. "Usually a curse, but this time I read 'hieroglyphics' as 'heroglyphics,' and then I began daydreaming of how cool that would be and which heroes would find themselves carved on ancient walls." … Read more
As with most graphic operating systems where you have filesystem access, OS X offers the ability via the Finder to organize files. You can create new folders and copy or move files into them using the keyboard, but the primary mode for doing this is to click and drag a selection of files using the mouse.
This approach is intuitive, but does have the potential, especially depending on the mouse input device you are using, to run into a problem or two with inadvertently copying or moving files to the wrong location. For instance, if you are not too familiar … Read more
Google is the only big tech company that's visionary and disruptive enough to back an idea like the smart contact lenses to help diabetics monitor blood-sugar levels, right?
Wrong. Microsoft, that dowdy old has-been (at least in Silicon Valley conventional wisdom), was involved in the very same project in 2011. Project co-founder Babak Parviz, who today also leads Google Glass, previously worked on the contact-lens idea while at the University of Washington, cooperating with Microsoft.
The project, at that time clearly at an earlier stage of maturity, is the centerpiece of a Microsoft video spotlighting the idea of a … Read more
Google has been working on smart contact lenses embedded with sensors "so small they look like bits of glitter" and an antenna "thinner than a human hair."
Google announced Thursday that it's been working on this secret project at its Google[x] research lab. Not only has it developed prototypes of these smart contact lenses, but it's also done multiple clinical research studies, met with the US Food and Drug Administration, and is looking for potential partners to bring the product to market.… Read more
It's no secret there's a lot of crossover in the look and feel of Apple's two operating systems, iOS and OS X. It doesn't take long to see how much of an influence iOS has had on OS X over the last few years, and it's only going to continue into the future.
Taking that general idea and adding to it, a developer decided to create and release a free screensaver for OS X to recreate the lock screen of iOS, as 9to5Mac originally reported.
You can download the screensaver here.
To recreate the parallax … Read more
Besides the user account you use to log into the system, OS X contains a number of other accounts, most of which are hidden, but are used for running specific background tasks and system features. One of these accounts is called the "root" account, which is the main overarching system account that has unrestricted access to all system resources. Most of the system's background tasks are run under the root account, as can be seen if you open the Activity Monitor utility and choose "All Processes" from the View menu.
When a program or process … Read more
The process of installing CyanogenMod (CM) on a compatible device has traditionally been something shrouded in ADB commands and trial and error. For those uncomfortable with tinkering and messing around with unlocking a bootloader and flashing files to your device CyanogenMod can be very intimidating.
The CyanogenMod team knew this, so it released a Windows installer late in 2013 and as of early this week, the Mac version was made available. What this means for users is the ability to install the latest stable version of CyanogenMod in under 5 minutes.
Of course, before you dive into any of this … Read more
Terminal is a very powerful tool which can be used for anything from development to running scripts, to finely manipulating the OS X configuration and customizing the system for your needs. For anyone familiar with a standard BSD terminal interface, the OS X Terminal will be very familiar; however, there are a number of small tricks available when using Terminal in OS X, which can greatly enhance your uses of the Terminal.
The two more useful tricks are how you can manage file and folder paths in the Terminal. Often you might be at a specific path in the Terminal … Read more