The world is a noisy place, and it’s nice to ensconce yourself in a comforting cone of music. The winner of our June contest will win id America’s Spark earbuds. Modeled after spark plugs, they provide smooth, clear audio and the inline microphone lets you answer calls on an iPhone, too.
We’re in the age of the celebrity headphone. Everyone from Jay-Z to Quincy Jones to, um, Snooki has headphone deals now. Those celebrity endorsement deals don’t come cheap, which is why it’s common to see certain brands costing several hundred dollars. But not everyone wants to drop several bills on a pair of cans. So we rounded up some more moderately priced headphones and put them through their paces. And the results were surprising.
Life's full of problems, so don't let your cords become an issue. This week's Mac|Life Show is all about getting those cords properly wrapped up so they're not impeding on all sorts of other areas in your life--like, uh, that other stuff in your bag.
I accidentally ran my iPhone earbuds through the washer and dryer, and now the cord is bent in so many places that it doesn’t hang loosely like it used to. Is there anything I can do, or am I stuck spending $30 on a new pair of earbuds?
One of the biggest downsides to owning a lot of electronic devices are the cables. Cables can be a pain to manage and keep tangle-free. In this how-to (gallery edition!), we'll show you some easy ways to tie up your USB cables, MagSafe power bricks, and also the ever elusive earbuds. So, if you don't want to end up like that one episode of The Three Stooges, then click through and find out how to de-clutter your cables.
If you're an Apple purist that laments the fact that wearing a pair of the company's iconic white earbuds in public could grab a mugger's attention and lead to a nasty thrashing, we've got great news for you: Universal Designs is offering replicas of Batman's belt from The Dark Knight that come complete with a holster for your iPhone or iPod. It's a sure bet that wearing this baby out in public will guarantee you'll never have to worry about being rolled for your precious Apple products again. After all why would any self-respecting criminal want to beat someone to within an inch of their lives for a portable media device when they could be beating them for wearing superhero memorabilia. I mean, come on--even criminals have priorities.
The iPhone’s iPod functions replaced an actual iPod in my pocket long ago. But as great as it is to have one device I can use to tweet, listen to music, check my calendar, and make the occasional voice call, for me, the iPhone is a less than perfect music player. Without hard buttons for navigation, I can’t skip to my favorite tracks without having to look at the device. Luckily, Etymotic’s new hf3 headset has an inline remote for playback control (and taking calls), and this time around, they’ve added volume buttons as well for the ultimate in control.
Shure’s new SE115m+ headset for the iPhone 3GS does its darnedest to become the next big thing for your iPhone. The “m+” in the name refers to the remote and mic attached to the cable below the right earbud. Like the headphones that shipped with your 3GS, the inline remote controls the volume and makes all the fancy track- and playlist-skipping moves we’ve grown accustomed to. The remote’s volume buttons protrude a bit more than the middle button, which makes it easy to navigate without looking. And its placement and mic sensitivity meant we didn’t have to do the whole “holding the wire up to our mouth to talk” bit. Overall, the headset worked fine for making calls on our phone.