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iPhone MagSafe charger is best iPhone accessory ever

It’s not always easy to find innovative, high-quality iPhone accessories amid all the garbage out there. There are some great accessories out there though, and a new one that will be released later this year could very well be the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen.

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thetechgets:

iPhone MagSafe charger is best iPhone accessory ever

It’s not always easy to find innovative, high-quality iPhone accessories amid all the garbage out there. There are some great accessories out there though, and a new one that will be released later this year could very well be the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen.

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YouTube channel woes

As you all may know, I am currently in the process of creating a YouTube channel. At the moment, it is definitely looking… bare. 

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Currently, I have the following already setup:

  • Condenser microphone for review audio.
  • Photo Tent Booth for product photos and videos.
  • Video software.
  • An awesome intro movie completely setup and ready to go. 
  • A setup for my home PC to render and upload videos unattended. 
  • An intentionally configured internet setup to expedite uploads for YouTube (fast!).
  • Screen recording software.

My final step to commence getting some great reviews up is a theme song and some background music. Everyone who’s ever used YouTube in the last year knows that this can be a very tricky process. 

I have two options. 

1. Search far and wide and connect with particular artists to negotiate a theme song that will be entirely free to use and distribute on their terms so I may use it as my introduction music without consequence. They will be credited in the description, the end credits and as an annotation. 

2. Locate a batch of “royalty free” or “ok to use on YouTube” marked artists and apply the same accreditation in step 1. (description, end credits, annotation). 

I’m reaching out now to some awesome artists with this blog post. 

Let me know your terms. Help me spread the word. 

Update 02-07-14: Artist Class-X has allowed permission to use songs! Please take a moment to listen and love the work he puts out. 

Dropbox, meet the underdog that replaces you.

It’s no surprise that with its simple interface, online accessibility, rewards of extra space if you annoy your friends enough and a decent mobile app ability - Dropbox - with an approximate user base of 300 million is still a very popular cloud storage service.

With the recent announcements for apples iOS 8 systems, iCloud has been given some muscle and is being pitted against it’s much taller rival - Dropbox - for less money. But then, sitting in the far corners of the internet, sits the cloud storage you SHOULD be using. Dropbox has had a couple of battles lately. They’ve had corporate companies reject their business grade storage because of the security risk caused from the “dropsmack” hack. This hack is not showing possibility to mitigate the associated risk anytime soon. And this was DEFINITELY not going away when a very  unfortunate person had their entire tax return’s personal details publicly viewable from a shared link.  Now it’s true that Dropbox has been quick to fix the tax return kerfuffle, but we’ve never had word about the Dropsmack issue. That, and Dropbox does not provide an option to exclude your data/folders from falling victim to Google. 

So, with so many other options available, I went on to locate a better alternative. What I found myself touting as a crowd favourite was Mega.

Mega is the cloud storage that fits the vision of internet sensation Kim Dotcom. After the major sting of having the entire Megaupload, MegaVideo and all other sites removed from him, Kim proved to be relentless in his desires to make something that should prove to be a thorn in NSA’s side. 

All of that aside though - here’s my top 5 reasons for choosing Mega:

1. 50GB from the moment you sign on.

That’s right. 50GB for free. You can also purchase additional quotas, but this amount of storage should keep you happy for a while. 

2. No max file size for an upload.

Seriously, how many times have you been disappointed with the snag of another cloud service because you can’t upload that oversize file? The only catch here is that Mega limits the amount of upload data - 10 GB bandwidth, and every 30 minutes it clears 500 MB. Once you’ve dumped a heap of new files to MEGA using the Sync App though, you won’t even remember this limitation existing. 

3. Copyright infringement handling process that works for everyone. 

This is a really interesting approach. Put simply, if content is shared that is copyrighted, the link/content can be removed by the company that created the original content. MEGA gives this power to the companies obsessed with intellectual property under the agreement that they don’t sue Mega or hold the site accountable for the actions of its users.

4. Sync App for all devices makes for easy backing up.

I’ve now replaced iCloud for my camera roll uploads. All 4,500 photos I’ve taken since owning Apple Devices.

5. Guarantee that you won’t be handed over to the authorities.

At least at the time of writing, you can more or less guarantee that while your links to DMCA related issues might find themselves deleted, 10-15 years of your life won’t find itself down the tubes quite as fast. 

So - Mega - give it a try sometime. 

GTA V comes to PC!

That’s right folks! With a totally unbiased heading like this, I must clearly be preferential to a PC over a console, right?
WRONG.
My title for this article is a bitter response to my current distaste for those who are journalists, but insist on creating “tunnel vision” on the facts in an obscure headline.
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Seriously IGN?

Just remember IGN, you also write reviews on things. So, should I start seeing if your game reviews favour a game differently based only on what console it’s on?

So just to make things really crystal clear. 

GTA V - Coming this fall. 

 - PC

 - PS3

 - Xbox One

 - Toaster*

*Pending response from Rockstar

I won a competition to review the Thermaltake V71 Full Tower!!!

I won a competition to review the Thermaltake V71 Full Tower!!!

Beating up Apple

No. You will not ever convince me otherwise. 
When these headphones first came out, Apple was obsessed with really making a statement with their ear pluggers - iPod ads were a special case for this. You know the ads I’m talking about - Black Vector of a person’s silhouette, white headphones on their cable, dancing around like it’s their last dance on earth accompanied by a popular song:
But while the statement of you silhouettes out there make you appear to be just jiving to your own tunes - for everyone around you - all we realistically see is someone who insists that you must jam your musical tastes right up our earholes and deep into our brain canals. Worse still, because of the horrendous design of these buds (if they even deserve the name), we are assured that we know exactly what you’re listening to. On top of this, it’s very well known that - from any sound quality perspective - the stock iearphones are of an appallingly low quality. Now I’ve been very quiet about this claim for a long time. Then, in an amazing flutter of inspiration, Beats headphones were bought out by Apple. 
There was much use of the quote “overly expensive tech at a barely middle ranged quality? They are meant for each other!” on the usual internet comment sections. Personally, I think Beats had the right idea of making a statement - with the only problem being that you’re also paying for the statement on top of your new set of audio goodies. 
This was up until I was graced with a situation that was of an amazing showdown. Shortly after Apple swapped a few pennies (a cool $3 billion) to own Beats, Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue and Beats Co-founder Jimmy Iovine were speaking at the Code Conference in San Francisco. Iovine was swift and ferocious with his Beatdown by stating that the ONLY valid purpose of Apple’s in-ear headphones was "to make sure the iPhone works properly". Even more inspiringly, Iovine stated (about Apple’s in ears) "You listen to Apocalypse Now and the helicopter sounds like a mosquito".
Iovine, if you’re reading this - a lot of the stuff you’ve stated at this conference was merely and clearly blowing smoke at everyone. This statement however, couldn’t be closer to the truth. 
You can read the article details and more here. 
Realistically speaking though - Beats headphones are “okay” at best. But Iovine, you’ve definitely got some guts.