The biggest complaint we hear about headphones is the lack of bass. And
it makes sense. Asking tiny speakers that go in your ears to recreate
the boom of 12-inch woofers is a tall order. Now that Apple’s iPhone
comes in a 32GB version, more users can forgo the iPod/cell phone combo
in favor of a single device that can make calls, run apps, and hold a
sizable chunk of your music collection. And bass-heads take note: The
Atomic Bass Earphones are as apt a name as we can think of, although
there are some drawbacks.
If you actually use your iPhone’s best features--the 3G network,
push notifications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, all those
bells and whistles that make it so awesome--you’ve probably noticed your
battery needs recharging every day or two at least. We never leave home
without the cable and AC adapter that came with our iPhone, so we’re in
luck as long as we can find a power outlet or USB port to plug in to.
But wandering beyond walls and away from computers requires some extra
gadgetry to keep our iPhone charged, namely Belkin’s Dual Auto Charger
for the car and the iPWR SuperPack backup battery for everywhere else.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And now that multimedia
has taken over the Web, flat 2D images sometimes just aren’t enough
anymore. But going from a series of photos to an interactive 3D image
can take a bit of work. After stitching the photos together, additional
processing is required to turn them into interactive, virtual reality
files viewable in a Web browser. Some stitching programs have the
capacity to output QuickTime VR (QTVR) files. Flash developers,
meanwhile, have made huge strides in coding Flash to display
interactive virtual reality images, and a handful of dedicated programs
now create Flash-based VR files.
Earphones are a personal thing. Everyone has different criteria for
what makes a good set. Some might be looking for bass, others might be
more interested in noise reduction. Certain people might only be
interested in ’phones that come in standard-issue “iPod white,” while
someone else is looking for something a bit more interesting,
Until someone comes up with a simple, reliable, nonfiddly way to get
Hulu on our television, we’re still addicted to traditional TV. That
said, without TiVo, we’d give up on TV in a heartbeat. Back in the day,
piling on to the couch for Must See TV on Thursday nights from 8 to 10
was a given. But now, the ability to time- and place-shift television
is a crucial feature. The only problem is that our TiVo box is
frequently overflowing with content, and it really sucks to lose
crucial episodes of your favorite show because there’s a marathon of
The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo--not that we’d ever watch
anything like that.
Obviously, we’re big fans of MacBooks. We take them everywhere. And
while Apple makes pretty sturdy gear, we’ll admit that we still like to
give our machines a bit more protection. There are tons of laptop
sleeves on the market, but unfortunately, a lot of them strike us as a
bit—well, blah. Haul’s line of MacBook sleeves, on the other hand, are
anything but boring. Made from recycled billboards, each is a
one-of-a-kind piece that can transport your laptop in singular style.