My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know all too well that most folks settle for something smaller, and usually it's a case of the smaller, the better. That's why designers are always trying to get bigger sounds out of smaller speakers. Enter the Vanatoo Transparent One, a 10-inch-tall powerhouse armed with a 5.25-inch aluminum woofer, a separate rear-mounted 5.25-inch passive radiator, and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter. This little speaker made a … Read more
A car like the Scion FR-S, driven on a twisty road, makes you feel like a really skillful driver. The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe offers no such validation. Unless you push it to extremely dangerous speeds, it will take that same road and make it feel like a walk in the park.
BMW originally built its M cars as special editions for the company's racing drivers. Since that time the M brand has become popularized to the point where you can even get an M3 Convertible. The M6, however, has the kind of performance chops that can best … Read more
There's no point in pretending the BMW M5 is anything other than a benchmark car. The M Division creates cars that are a perfect balance between the mentalism that falls out of AMG, and the point-and-shoot weapons from Audi's RS team. The M3 may be the poster car, but the M5 is the one that people really lust after.
The 5 Series, classically, is the next step up the ladder. It's the Read moreyou go for when you've reached the top of the chain and need something to show off just how well you've done. …
DownIMG for Mac allows you to quickly save your favorite Web site images, while at the same time giving you multiple conversion options, including PNG, JPG, and GIF. Unfortunately, the app's interface is far from perfect and can be a challenge to use.
DownIMG for Mac installs quickly and opens to a Lilliputian interface that lets you enter a photo or Web site URL to download a specific image or all images from a Web site. The problem with the interface is that it's so small and yet so colorful that it makes the user experience quite frustrating, … Read more
The successor to the HTC One could arrive at all four of the big wireless service providers in early 2014, according to recent chatter.
A pair of tweets from the well-connected @evleaks Twitter feed suggests that HTC will release its next flagship across AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon within the next few months. It's not clear if this means that all four will carry the device on the same launch day, but it would be a big win for HTC no matter what the timing.
Operating under the code name M8, HTC's next big phone is … Read more
Normally we chaps at MotorPunk Magazine don't need much of an excuse to do a road trip, but with Armistice Day on the calendar, we thought we ought to do something over and above the usual hoon.
Captain Albert Ball was one of Morgan Cars' earliest customers for its iconic Three Wheeler. He ordered a special Grand Prix model in 1917, shortly before he met his end in a dogfight with Lothar von Richthofen, the brother of the Infamous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, over the fields of northern France. He was one of Britain's leading fighter aces. … Read more
The House of Marley Liberate headphones don't look or feel like any other $100 pair. Most are flimsy plastic things, while the Liberate's metal, wood, hemp cloth, and vinyl construction gives it the feel of a more expensive design. The Liberate features 40mm drivers and an unusually flexible cable with an iPhone/iPad-compatible mic and inline controls. The headband isn't hinged and the earcups don't fold flat, but the upside to those design choices is the Liberate will probably withstand rough treatment better than most hinged models. Then again, the Liberate's cable isn't user-replaceable, … Read more
Apple's M7 co-processor, which is designed with fitness apps in mind, can now be put to work via Nike+ Move.
The Nike+ Move application is the first to take advantage of the M7 chip in Apple's iPhone 5S. The co-processor records movement, while the Nike application analyzes the data, converts the data into readable form, and measures it in terms of NikeFuel. Throughout the day, people can use their phone to see how close they are to reaching their fitness goals.
Nike showed off the application in September at Apple's iPhone event. Apple indicated at that time … Read more
Novelty foods are all the rage. Just look at the cronut craze that hit New York earlier this fall, with fans shelling out upward of $100 and waiting hours in line for a taste of the new twist on the breakfast staple.
Now, a British foodie has unveiled what might become the next cronut: glow-in-the-dark ice cream.
To create the glowing treat, inventor and entrepreneur Charlie Francis, founder of the Lick Me I'm Delicious ice cream company, synthesized the protein that gives jellyfish their glow. It's similar to the way that scientists produced glowing bunnies earlier this year. … Read more
NCH's Switch Sound File Converter v4.47 has a lot going for it, including the ability to configure encoders and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats. It's a fast, no-nonsense, pro-level tool that extracts audio from CDs, videos, and other files, individually or in batches. It can normalize audio levels, adjust bit and sample rates, and convert audio streams.
Switch is a compact program that downloads and installs quickly. We could also download some extra tools with it, including WavePad, which we've used before and that the publisher recommends. A businesslike user interface makes Switch … Read more