Back when you were little your mom told you not to stick things in your ears. You might want to rethink mom’s advice when it comes to Klipsch’s new Image S4 and S4i earbuds, which are right now making their way into retail outlets.
Klipsch’s new beauties come in either black or white, and feature dynamic moving coil micro speakers with a frequency response of 10Hz to 19kHz, a sensitivity of 110db SPL/mw, and a nominal impedance of 18 Ohms. Drive components consist of full range KG 25s. Each has a noise isolation rating of -16.
The difference between the two is the S4i’s inline microphone and three button remote, designed for smoother compatibility with the iPod and iPhone. The remote, according to Klipsch, is the first third-party remote to allow full control of an iPod or iPhone (but it is only fully compatible with the iPhone 3GS, 4th and 5th generation Nanos, 2nd generation Touches, and the iPod Classic).
While now available, there are some caveats. The black versions are widely available, including at Klipsch's own web site. The white version of the Image S4 will be exclusive to Vanns.com, while the white version of the Image S4i will only be available from Apple stores. The S4 has a retail price of $79.99, and the S4i has a retail price of $99.99.
Unlike its companion addon for Firefox, the Chrome Extension uTorrent for Google Chrome doesn't actually give you any way to remotely add a torrent to a uTorrent client that's running on a different, Web-connected system. That's kind of funny, considering that the uTorrent Firefox addon doesn't give you a way to control what's actually being downloaded by the remote system--Google Chrome's extension does.
It's a weird mish-mash of features, but it doesn't mean that uTorrent for Google Chrome is any less valuable of an addon for your daily browsing. If you're a BitTorrent junkie, you'll find this addon to be a considerable upgrade from the experience of having to load the default uTorrent Web UI every time you want to check on (or edit) your downloads.
Web UI... remote BitTorrent... this might be a bit over your head. Let's back out for a second and take a more general look at what this extension actually does after the jump!
Keeping with my uTorrent/BitTorrent theme this week, it only makes sense to show you how you can go about pulling .torrent files through the Firefox browser. But wait, you say! What am I talking about? Clicking on a .torrent link allows you to open it right up in your client of choice (I'll assume uTorrent for the sake of this post), and that, in turn, slots said file (or magnet link) into the application and begins the download.
Why would you need a fancy addon to do that?
Good point. In fact, you don't need an add-on in Firefox to load torrent files. Where an addon becomes handy is when you're using Firefox from a different computer and would like to somehow get a .torrent file you've found onto the download queue of a different machine. Think it's a strange setup? It's not that uncommon: perhaps you've left your PC on at home to make best use of its super-speedy landline connection, yet you're browsing around various BitTorrent sites at work, in a coffee shop, or in your car.
I guess you could email the .torrent file to yourself and queue it up later. That's lame, especially when a little addon called BitTorrent WebUI is ready to do all the work for you! Find out how after the jump.
We hereby crown the new king of home-theater-PC remote controls. There have been many pretenders to the throne, including sticks and donuts (Gyration’s over-complicated Media Center Remote and Hillcrest Lab’s over-simplified Loop Pointer, respectively), miniature keyboards (Logitech’s stylish but imperfect diNovo Mini), and full-size keyboards and mice (Microsoft’s clumsy Wireless Entertainment Desktop), but from this day forward, GlideTV’s Navigator will hold court in our media room.
The Navigator is an odd-looking device, but the genius in its design becomes apparent the moment you pick it up. The bowl-shaped bottom fits perfectly in your cupped hand, and your thumb naturally curves over the top, putting it in the ideal position to stroke the trackpad or press any of the backlit buttons. You can use both hands if you prefer, and an ambidextrous design makes it suitable for both right- and left-handed people.
The Navigator avoids the mistake of trying to handle a PC’s every function in hardware, providing instead an easy means of accomplishing only the most common functions. You’ll find dedicated buttons for managing Windows Media Center (volume, channel up/down, live TV, recorded TV, and electronic program guide), and for controlling media-player software (play/pause, fast-forward/rewind, skip-forward, and skip-back), of course. But the designers also provided equivalents for the right mouse button and the Enter, Escape, Back, and arrow keys that are too-often forgotten with other devices. There’s also a search button and a button that calls up the GlideTV application itself (more on this later).
How many YouTube videos do you watch on a daily basis? Worse, how many YouTube videos do you send to your friends on a daily basis? If the answer is anywhere near "one or more," and I bet it is, then I've found the perfect Web app for you. Because one of the tough things about forwarding along a funny YouTube video is that you're forced to watch said person enjoy the experience at their leisure. You can't force them to click play, nor can you really appreciate their laughter and enjoyment as it happens in real-time: You don't know how far along they are in the video, after all.
To address this grave concern, some enterprising folk have come up with a Web App that's one part chat-room, two-parts edit bay. It's called Synchtube, and I bet you can guess exactly what it does by the name alone. Don't let that dissuade you from clicking the jump, however. I'll explore Synchtube's many (two) features and tell you exactly why this little Web app is the future of multi-person video viewing and hilarity preservation.
Now available from USB Geek is the aptly named USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad. The marketing gurus have pegged the device as a simple wireless input device, but this could be the perfect stocking stuffer for HTPC enthusiasts.
You won't find a multitouch interface nor is there an LCD. But it does come with a trackpad, wireless USB dongle, and a QWERTY keyboard in a form factor that will have all those hours honing your text messaging skills paying off.
It works from up to 30 feet away, and a bright backlight ensures you'll have little trouble manipulating your DVR in the dark. It also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery and supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000. And at $62, it's not going to break the bank either.
Check out a video of the remote USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad in action here, then hit up the product page for more info.
Forget about fumbling for batteries in your kitchen junk drawer once your remote loses its juice. If you owned Logitech's new Harmony 700, you could just plug it into the wall with the included adapter to bring it back to life. According to Logitech, the Harmony 700 can go several weeks between charges.
Other tricks include one-click activity buttons for tasks such as "Watch a DVD," a color LCD screen, support for more than 5,000 brands and over 225,000 devices, online setup so you don't have to punch in codes on the remote, and the ability to replace up to six other remotes.
Logitech is taking pre-orders for the $150 rechargeable Harmony, which the company says will ship this month.
Unveiled just this week, Zalman’s new CNPS10X cooler is the first CPU cooler with a removable remote.
The CNPS10X rocks a total of five heatpipes in order to conduct heat away from the processor, all of which feeds into a huge group of fins. These fins are kept cool by a sizable, high-CFM fan.
And, of course, there’s the remote, which will let you adjust the speed of the fan, or lock it into auto mode. The remote can be plugged into the heatsink itself, or work via extension cable. The remote features two LEDs, a surface button and a wheel for all of your speed adjusting needs.
The CNPS10X will be available in several different colors, but no word on when it’ll arrive or how much it’ll cost.
IBM is looking for people to break their Microsoft addiction by launching a Linux-based collection of virtual desktop applications that run on a server – without the need of desktop hardware.
Given current economic pressures, IBM predicts that this virtual route of computing could save some corporate customers up to $800 per user. This, thanks to the low price point put on the Virtual Linux Desktop. It is available today for $59 to $289 per user, all depending on what level of software and service is desired.
“Deploying your technology this way is going to save you something more than 50 percent of your total costs,” said Jeff Smith, IBM's vice president for open source and Linux. “As customers face an increasingly challenging economic situation, they're looking at everything they're spending money on.”
While the idea sounds great in theory, there are some questions that remain. Mostly, will corporate customers really go for a system that stores their data on a server instead of locally?
In what's sure to elicit Tim Allen-like grunts, Philips has unveiled its Pronto TSU9800 touchscreen remote control. The new models retains all the same features as the previous model (TS9600), but upgrades to a bigger full-size 6.4-inch VGA display. Also new to the TSU9800:
Two more buttons + optical rotary wheel
Pronto Link support (allows a homeowner to control home theaters, lights, temperatures, security, and multi-room audio systems via a single remote)
Advanced two-way functionality by receiving feedback from RS-232 or IP-controlled devices in real-time
Philips is offering an optional accessory allowing users to mount the remote to any wall or table top, and will also make available two extenders for integrating into with home controls.