Author Archives: Adel

09 26 2013 ... I’ve always used an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and Apple Bluetooth Trackpad on my 27″ iMac ever since I got it almost a couple of years ago. I actually bought the Trackpad to replace the Apple Magic Mouse, which came with the iMac, right off because I preferred to move my fingers on a pad rather than move a mouse across a table. I kept the mouse around and use it only when playing games on my iMac, which is...
09 24 2013 ... Late last week, along with the release of the new iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple also quietly released an update to the Apple TV software—Version 6.0. While it doesn’t share the iOS 7 look and feel, it does add a lot of new functionality to the ATV, including more channels, iTunes Radio and iCloud integration. If you’re one of the lucky few who had an ATV, it was good practice to always update the software so...
09 19 2013 ... I just reviewed the Rapoo Wireless Stereo Headset H8030 the other day, and I remarked how not very often it was that I got to review a non-Bluetooth, desktop-or-laptop only headset. Well, it looks like when it rains, it pours. Here I am again, reviewing another headset for the nth time, and it turns out it’s another desktop-or-laptop only kind. Only this time, it’s also wired, not wireless. I’d lik...
09 16 2013 ... As I’ve said before, I’ve reviewed a hell of a lot of headsets here at Technoodling, mostly wired or Bluetooth and built for our mobile devices. But rare is it I get a chance to review something that is strictly for laptop or desktop use only. The one I have now, the Rapoo Wireless Stereo Headset H8030, is one such headset, based on the old reliable 2.4GHz wireless audio and made to connect by inserting a...
09 12 2013 ... Ah, the travails of the humble tech reviewer. I’ve been saddled with more than my share of audio gear in my time here in Technoodling, and here I was, wrapping up the last in a long line of headphone reviews when my editor Jason says, “You game for a couple more headsets?” Sure, I grumble, keep ‘em coming. What’s a guy to do? We can’t all expect brand-new laptops and cellphones all...
09 10 2013 ... Ok, ok, I already reviewed the Braven 850 recently here. The Braven 855s is just its weatherproofed sibling, everything else is the same. So why do another review? Just say this one’s weatherproofed and leave it at that. Well, I would if it were that simple. The truth is, it’s slightly more complicated than that. Let’s get started then, shall we? When I reviewed the Braven 850, I remarked on its si...
09 09 2013 ... Newer tablets, phones and laptops these days come with exacting, power-hungry charging needs. And, with each iteration, they get even hungrier so it’s incumbent on the chargers to provide the power they’re asking for. So as the charger manufacturers ratchet up their products, we’re left with more delicate and finicky circuitry that require extra protection and shielding. Power chargers these days c...
09 05 2013 ... Oy vey, here’s another in a long line of audio products I need to review. Thank God it’s a nice one, otherwise I’d go really batty. (There’s actually another one from the same manufacturer, and that review’s coming up soon.) This time it’s the new Metropolitan Aluminum In-Ear Headphones with Remote/Mic, from id America. In a time when a lot of audio products come from Asia, Metropo...
09 04 2013 ... Sony told us their news a couple of weeks ago, that the Playstation 4 will be released November 15 in the US (November 29 in Europe), and now Microsoft joins the party by telling everyone the big news we’ve all been waiting for. After dragging its feet for the longest time, Microsoft finally tells us the official release date of the Xbox One is November 22! It will be released on that date in the United States ...
09 03 2013 ... Fitness trackers are a dime a dozen these days. Ranging from the plain old mechanical pedometer to the fanciest heart-rate-monitoring Withings Pulse, they run the gamut from the simple to the incredibly sophisticated. Whatever your preferences, there’s a fitness tracker to suit you. The trouble with these though is that they’re not very fashionable. If you were going to wear one on your person 24-7, you&#...
08 30 2013 ... Nintendo seems to be running out of new tricks. In a time of new next-gen gaming consoles, it’s releasing a handheld console which is decidedly a step back from what it has already successfully come out with. Introducing the Nintendo 2DS, coming out October 12th in North America, Europe and Australia, for the equivalent of US$129.99 (the same day Pokemon X and Pokemon Y come out, apparently). It’s essent...
08 22 2013 ... Gaming addicts rejoice! After telling everyone everything about the the PlayStation 4—the features, the specs, the forthcoming titles—Sony has held back on telling everyone when it will actually be available, but now they’ve finally announced the one detail every gamer was waiting to hear. Sony says the PS 4 will hit the shelves later this year (at least in the United States) on November 15. (The European ...