Papa Sangre by Somethin’ Else may be about the strangest game you’ll play this year. Built entirely around the concept of sound, with an incredibly simple visual interface (just a directional wheel and two foot icons to use to walk in that direction), the game places you in a series of scenarios where you’ll have to escape from various rooms using only the acoustic information available to you.
That being said, here are some tips, tricks and somewhat-sensible-advice for mastering one of the strangest games yet for the iPad.
Active noise cancellation is meant to reduce unwanted sound--the drone of an airplane’s jet engine, the hum of your office air conditioner, that kind of steady background noise. A tiny microphone detects the sound waves outside your headphones, then the headphones play an opposite sound wave which cancels out the original noise. That’s why they need a battery to work.
According to Mac Rumors, Apple is currently conducting an investigation into Monster headphones that uses the inline microphone and remote control. A leaked internal Apple bulletin shows that the company is currently investigating problems whereby iPhones, iPods, and iPads behave erratically when they have Monster headphones plugged in.
You can’t say you didn’t see this one coming: As Apple continues to use their shrink-ray on their already diminutive devices, a new patent application reveals that they may want to clear some space inside those products by implementing different technology inside the headphone jacks they already have.
If you prefer to take your daily dose of out-and-about with a hearty helping of headphone-funneled music, you'll know that from time to time, some of the finer points of the great outdoors, such as blaring truck horns warning you of the possible end of your life, might escape your attention. As tired a phrase as it is, we have to say, there's an App for that.
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
Everyone has a favorite “headphone jam,” and we want to know what yours is. Leave us a comment below with the song title and artist of your favorite tune for headphone listening, and you just might win a sweet pair of iPhone-compatible headphones. We’ll pick a winner at random, but you can only enter once. Good luck!
Many people wouldn’t take a second look at the $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit because they could simply transfer photos and videos from their computer via iTunes. But, this little unsuspecting accessory has hidden powers, with which comes great responsibility.
Dr. Dre’s been known for crafting party-starting beats since the mid-1980s when he was part of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. While the Cru’s break-dance tracks and electro slow-jams would later be eclipsed by his work with N.W.A. and as a solo artist, there’s no doubt that Dre’s been rocking our headphones since the days of the Walkman. And now we get a chance rock his ’phones.