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.
iPods are fantastic, but the most important part of any mobile music
experience is the earbuds or headphones that you connect to your
device. Plenty of people are happy to use the stock Apple iPod earbuds,
but many are less than thrilled by their sound quality--or the fact
that those hard plastic ’buds aren’t the most comfortable things to
stick in your ears. Yurbuds are soft rubber eartips meant to work with
your existing phones, offering better fit and improved performance.
I love my iPod, and I use it every day. But between earbud cables,
straps for my laptop bag, and a jacket (even in summer… it’s San
Francisco), things can get pretty cumbersome. Dew Motion’s Quiver iPod
sash (for lack of a better term) aims to keep you from getting tangled
in your own wires and makes it easier to control your iPod.
Ultimate Ears has been making in-ear monitors for professional
musicians for nearly 15 years. The company was founded by Alex Van
Halen and Jerry Harvey, a sound engineer for the band--a couple of dudes
who know what they’re talking about when it comes to audio. Musicians
rely on UE’s monitors during performances, and now you can bring that
pro-level tech home in the form of earbuds. Even if you’re just
listening to “Panama” while you’re walking the dog, rather than
pounding it out on the skins in a packed arena, Ultimate Ears can make
your iPod rock that much harder.