August 15, 2018 - Written By Daniel Golightly The iHome iAV2 Spot for your Dot improves the Echo Dot across the board and offers good value for money.The second-generation Amazon Echo Dot is already a very popular device for smart home environments but iHome has another ‘Spot for your Dot’ accessory to make the experience even better. Alexa is already a very capable alarm clock but one complaint from some who use it that way is that there’s no way to tell the time on Echo-branded without asking aloud. iHome’s iAV2 changes that by adding an LED digital clock and bumping up the speaker size in use by Alexa by more than double. Those are embedded in specially designed resonance chambers with added bass boosting for optimal sound at the price. That means that those who happen to own a second-generation Echo Dot and a digital alarm clock can finally toss the desk accessory out for a single device. For those who opt to use a smartphone alarm instead, there’s … [Read more...] about iHome iAV2 Review: A Simple Way To Make Your Echo Dot Better
The Amazon Basics 2.1 Sound Bar is a basic sound bar. From Amazon. Blessed be the tech product whose name actually describes what it is. Here's what else it is: A 31-inch sound bar that does what it does pretty well, and does it for $99. It's also a "2.1" sound bar, meaning it's got two channels of speakers (left and right), plus a subwoofer. Not a separate, external subwoofer, mind you. Instead, it's built into the sound bar. Plus this one has a few features you won't find in other similarly priced sound bars. All in all? Not a bad product for just under a hundred bucks. Still need more before buying? Read on. See at Amazon More basics on this basic Amazon Basics sound bar: It's got a 2.7-inch downward-firing subwoofer. It spits out the bottom of the sound bar itself, and that explains the rather large feet that lift the body of the sound bar about three-eighths of an inch above whatever surface you place it on. Air needs room to move, and the sound needs room to escape. (Three … [Read more...] about Amazon Basics 2.1 Sound Bar Review (2018): Better sound for less
August 14, 2018 - Written By John Anon Vivo has grown to become a significant force in the smartphone industry, and its latest phone, the Vivo NEX S highlights how the company is not afraid to do things a little different to the rest. As while the Vivo NEX S look like a standard smartphone on the surface, it’s one which boasts a less than orthodox camera setup. Due to the Vivo NEX S sporting a pop-up front-facing camera. Not only does this add a novelty and futuristic element to the design, but it also means the front panel has been freed of the constraints of a stationary camera. In other words, even more of a bezel-less design than you will find on any other smartphone currently on the market. If all that was not enough, this phone also includes an in-display fingerprint sensor, and now you have the chance to win a Vivo NEX S for free, courtesy of AndroidHeadlines.Besides its bezel-less design, the Vivo NEX S is not short on display real estate due to the inclusion of a … [Read more...] about Win A Vivo NEX S Android Smartphone With AndroidHeadlines – USA Giveaway
When Samsung DeX debuted in early 2017 it was… not great. The idea had been tried by Microsoft and Motorola before them, and it sounds good on paper: you already own a phone, so why not expand it into a desktop to be more productive? Again, that sounds great on paper, but it's a wildly different experience when the rubber meets the road. Or in this case, when the phone meets the dock. I've been playing with DeX for the last few weeks in the ramp up to the Galaxy Note 9's announcement, so it's time to see how DeX has grown in the last year and a half. What hasn't changed The interface looks mostly the same as it did in Spring 2017, and that's perfectly fine. The DeX desktop interface takes a few design cues from Windows 10 and Chrome OS: there's an app list button in the lower left, a taskbar with icons for your active apps along the bottom center, and status icons and quick toggles in the lower right. You also get a proper desktop where you can place app icons, or you can pin … [Read more...] about Samsung DeX review, 2018 edition: More productive, but still problematic
What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring electronic music producer and DJ NGHTMRE. When NGHTMRE is onstage headlining any manner of festival, he’s a spectacle. The trap and bass-driven artist is never still, climbing and jumping off every surface while the stage spits fire, confetti, or blasts of CO2. By the end, he’s drenched, sweat whipping off with every headbang. This mammoth-sized stage persona is markedly different from what The Verge encounters when we meet the DJ and producer to rummage through his bag. Here, on the rooftop of Hotel Americano in New York, NGHTMRE is simply Tyler Marenyi, a soft-spoken 27-year-old with a gentle smile. A signee on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, Marenyi’s festival-driven tracks with wild, snarling synths have cemented him as a bass superstar in the past few years. He’s not … [Read more...] about What’s In Your Bag, NGHTMRE?