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Jawbone – BIGJAMBOX

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A few weeks ago I received a Jawbone BIGJAMBOX for testing purposes. The JAMBOX and the BIGJAMBOX are small wireless speakers which can be connected to any device via Bluetooth or – if your device doesn’t inherit Bluetooth – via cable.

 
The BIGJAMBOX is available in red, white and graphite the JAMBOX additionally in blue and black. A nice feature hereby is that the charger and the audio cable are the same color as your chosen speaker. Beside that all cases are designed in a different style like a red dotted case or a black diamond one. At first sight the small speakers seem to be expensive accessories instead of useful audio equipment but after they have been paired with your device they will teach you better.

 

Nevertheless if you play games, watch movies or listen to music on your paired device the speakers stream any type of audio signal and that up to 85 dB or in other words even loud enough for a 60m2 huge space.


The built-in battery service life claimed performance is about fifteen hours depending on volume and usage – I have tested it during a seven hour Kohlfahrt and the performance still was alright.

 

Some nice add-ons are the control system via mobile device, the LiveAudio feature and the hands-free function. When your device is connected to your speaker you’re for example able to control it via applications or to have a look at the battery status. Beside that you’re able to update your JAMBOX to receive audio notifications or to change the speaker’s voice. A really cool feature is the hands-free function. As I already mentioned you’re able to stream any audio signal from your mobile device to your speakers so they can also be used for business or conference calls. The built-in microphone hereby gives you a nice looking well working hands-free device. And if this won’t be enough the hands-free function can be improved by some applications so that you’re for example able to dictate emails. LiveAudio offers you a 3D sound experience in only one speaker, just place it in the middle of a room, close your eyes and feel like you’re attending a concert.

 
Although the JAMBOX for 199,-€ or the BIGJAMBOX for 299,-€ seem to be overpriced design accessories they are good value. The speakers are good-looking, well working and last but not least because of their update function they won’t get technically outdated.

LG DM2350D review

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After I had already tested the LG DM2350D as a computer monitor I used it within the last weeks as a television too. Because of the integrated Hybridtuner with DVB-T, DVB-C HD (MPEG4 AVC) and PAL/SECAM-cable reception it is very easy to use the DM2350D as a tv.

 

As I already mentioned in my first review the monitor has two HDMI/DVI inputs, a Scart, PC D-sub with minijack audio, USB and component AV are mounted. There’s also a RS232 control port, an optical digital audio output and last but not least a headphone jack at the backside. Hereby you‘re easily able to connect your computer/notebook and your sound system with the monitor. The video file support is wonderful, covering MKV, AVI, MP4 and DivX. Music is restricted to MP3 format and JPEG files can be shown with a standard slideshow.

 

 

The LG DM2350D is a lightweight and has already some gaps at its backpanel whereby you can fix it without any interference at a wall. When you use the montior via the integrated Hybridtuner you are able to have a look at the offered videotext and the electronic program guide which is very nice. During the UEFA european championship or the upcoming Olympic Games I recommend you to connect your notebook with the monitor and stream the games. Because of the fact that the DM2350D is able to convert any 2D source into 3D you can have a look at Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Usain Bolt closer than ever before. All in all I‘m still convinced by this wonderful product also because of its cheap price.

LG DM2350D

Since three weeks I‘m testing the LG DM2350D monitor. Beside the fact that it is a 23inch monitor it is the first 3D combination of a monitor and a television by LG. The monitor itself is well designed. The power, volume, program and menu buttons at the frontside are touch buttons and fit very well to the clean design. At the backside two HDMI/DVI inputs, a Scart, PC D-sub with minijack audio, USB and component AV are mounted. There’s also a RS232 control port, an optical digital audio output and last but not least a headphone jack.

 

Unfortunately I have not used the DM2350D as a television so far but I‘ll do so within the next three weeks. What I can tell you until now, is that the monitor as a computer monitor and also its 3D function worked so far very well. The monitors resolution is FullHD by 1920 x 1080 pixels. In addition to its response time rated at 5ms and its brightness of 250cd/m2 the monitor is fine for gamers, or people like me who, beside photo edditing and visual work, are interested in watching movies.

 

I liked the image quality from the first moment on. The 2D view is very clean and the monitor handles also high contrasts like e.g. bright red or yellow colours of some graffiti pictures I took. Like I mentioned before the DM2350D is also able to convert any 2D source into 3D. Therefor you only have to use one of the included pair of passive 3D spectacles which you perhaps know from the cinema.

 

Up to now I can totally recommend the monitor and I think that the television test will also work well.

Kindle <3

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Perhaps you know The Burning House Project. The project is about people and the stuff they would take with them if there house is burning. For me these would be a few things inter alia my kindle wi-fi.

 
I own a few gadgets that make my life easier. My iPhone is a mobile phone, a camera, an email account and in some cases my office. It offers so much opportunities to me that I don’t want to miss it again. My camera is perfect for keeping snapshots of my life and my macbook in comparison to the computers I have to use at some of my clients’ offices is just a dream. Since a few days I own an amazon kindle wi-fi and since the first moment I ask myself why I didn’t buy one before.

 

 
As a student and perhaps an intellectual person I have to read a lot. I like books, not only for reading also to see and feel in some ways photographies in a printed book. The smell of books is awesome and I like to have a look at old books but after a long study day my bag becomes very heavy. If I want to read a book in the train I have to decide which book I want to read before I leave my home or I must take a few with me what means again more weight to carry with me. Some books are just to big to put them in my inside pocket and reading in the sun is also sometimes very difficult. You see reading can be fine but also means a little bit work. My kindle fits perfectly with these problems. It is small, light and fits perfectly in my jacket or any bag.

 
I read a lot online and stuff interesting articles in my instapaper account which had to be read on my macbook or iPad before. Now I’m able to choose some articles, stuff them via wi-fi on my device and can take them with me on my trip. If I read more than one book at a time I can just switch from book A to book B with a few touches. The battery has enough energy for a month so that it is very impossible that my kindle turns off while reading.

 

 
Wi-fi is just enough for me wherefore I don’t need a 3G Kindle or another mobile device beside my iPhone. Indeed it is nice to see some colored pictures in a book but most of the times I need a black text on a white screen so why should I own a colored kindle? Touch gestures are very cool and offer faster gestures but if I read a book and there is a fluff on the screen I don’t want to scroll forward. The kindle wi-fi has four keys and a big cursor on the bottom and two scroll keys left and right which are enough for me. If I want to close a book while my kindle is stored in my jacket or bag I just press the power button on the bottom and my screen is locked. No scrolling, no playing in the calibration just a closed book which waits to be read again.

 
Some of you might say that it is a problem to be addicted to amazon. To be honest most of the books you read can be bought through amazon without paying more than at another store. If you own a kindle you get books cheaper and a lot even for free. I own an US kindle with advertisement. The advertisements are on my lock screen or at the menu, two times while I’m not reading so no problem at all. If I forgot my kindle at home I’m also able to read them on my iPhone with an App for free. I can start at the same page I stopped on my kindle and everything is perfect. E-Ink fastens reading a bit I think and it doesn’t hurt although if I read more than twenty pages one time.

 
All in all, without any fanboy screams, I wouldn’t have thought of such a cool gadget without any apple icon on the back, amazon has done everything right and I’m glad to own this device.

 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – iPad App

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A few days ago I found “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” an iPad App by Moonbot Studios. The App is a lovely designed interactive book by William Joyce who has also worked on Toy Story and A Bug´s life.

According to “The Wizard of Oz”, Buster Keaton and Joyce’s former works of digitalizing child stories,“’Morris Lessmore’ is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.” (Moonbot Studios) Combinig 2D animation, general computer animation and children’s book illustration, the App is an interactive composition of games and books. Together with Brandon Oldenburg, Joyce has created a new way of narrative experience, comparable to Apps from actionboox.

Based on the technically understanding and gameplay of children “Morris Lessmore” starts without any teaching-screens. While “reading” the book the reader is able to play with some feature embedded using the intuitive iPad controls. The fact, that the App does not order the children to act is perfect for their childish grasp. Merging elements from books and games, the interest never really breaks off and forms a perfect overall package.

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” costs about 4,-€ and is available on the iTunes Store.

Die Geschichte der Netzwerke (Infografik)

Heutzutage ist man dank der technischen Möglichkeiten selbst während eines Toilettenbesuchs in der Lage zu twittern, Emails zu lesen oder zu telefonieren. 1979 wäre das lediglich in Japan möglich gewesen und dann auch nur das reine telefonieren. Die Mitarbeiter von getsatisfaction haben die Geschichte der Netzwerke seit dem 18. Jhr. nun in einer Infografik zusammengefasst.

An anderer Stelle bin ich zwar auf die generelle Geschichte des Internets eingegangen, jedoch bezieht sich die Arbeit von getsatisfaction auf die Geschichte aller kommunikativen Netzwerke. Vom Telegrammzeitalter über das Morsen, vom Medium Radio bis hin zum aktuellen Cloud-Computing, nahezu alle technischen Möglichkeiten wurden in der Infografik berücksichtigt und dienen daher als guter Überblick der Kommunikationsmedien.

(via getsatisfaction)

Wie wichtig sind Apps? (Infografik)

Mit Infografiken ist es ja grundlegend so eine Sache. In ihrem Informationsgehalt unterliegen selbige meist nicht nur der Qualität seines Entwicklers sondern überdies auch in seiner letztlichen Aussage. Churchill sagte einst “Ich glaube nur der Statistik, die ich selbst gefälscht habe”, eine Einstellung, welche ich für sehr passend finde.

Dennoch ist es interessant zu sehen, welchen Einfluss Mobile Apps aktuell auf unser Leben haben. Das amerikanische Start-up Unternehmen flowtown hat in einer Studie jüngst das Nutzerverhalten amerikanischer Smartphone Besucher untersucht und den Fokus dabei auf deren Nutzung von Apps gelegt. Laut der Umfrage nutzen 82% der Amerikaner ein App-fähiges Smartphone, lediglich 35% dieser Nutzer besitzen Apps auf ihren Telefon, nur 24% nutzen aktiv die Applikationen. Die Altersklasse 18 bis 29 Jahre nutzt durchschnittlich 22 Apps, die 30 bis 49 jährigen noch 16, die Altersgruppe 50+ lediglich noch 13 Apps. Im Durchschnitt ergibt dies 18 Apps pro Handybesitzer.

Interessant für die Entwickler ist auch die Art der genutzten Apps, so sind mit 60% die meisten Apps aus der Sparte Spiele, 50% Nachrichten oder Wetter Apps, 47% Social Network Apps sowie 18% sogenannte Lifestyle Applikationen. Am häufigsten genutzt werden diese Apps von einer Schicht mit einem grundlegend höheren Bildunsgniveau. Männer sind mit 57% die häufigere Nutzergruppe dieser Softwaresparte. Laut der Studie von flowtown sind die meisten genutzten Apps überdies kostenlos beziehbar, da lediglich jede achte App kostenpflichtig bezogen werden musste.

Quelle: flowtown