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Samson Meteor Mic – Review

Samson Meteor Mic – Review

As more and more people strive to create high-quality podcasts and other audio output, the typical microphone found in inexpensive headsets simply doesn’t do the trick nor does it provide the appropriate level of audio quality.
The Samson Meteor Mic is a good looking, high-quality studio microphone that connects to your computer via USB. In appearance, it looks like it’s straight out of a 1950s radio or TV studio.
Setup, well there …

Boxee Box by D-Link – Review

Boxee Box by D-Link – Review


Watching TV programs via the Internet on one’s TV seems as if it should be easy; however, there are actually a few hoops to jump though. Selecting the software, device, and finding the content one wants is not as simple as it should be, and there are many options that range from simply connecting a laptop to your TV all the way to dedicated set top boxes.

One promising option is …

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android – Review

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android – Review

WhatsApp Messenger, an intriguing app by Silicon Valley-based WhatsApp Inc., brings text messaging into the smartphone age.
A number of key features make WhatsApp a must-have. Since the app uses the same Internet data plan that smartphone users have for e-mail and Web browsing, sending texts, audio, images, and video with WhatsApp costs nothing (as long as you don’t go over your data plan’s allowance). Even more important, in a …

New iPad App from Lufthansa Offers Enhanced Interactivity – Review

New iPad App from Lufthansa Offers Enhanced Interactivity – Review

Lufthansa recently released an app specifically geared for the Apple iPad, expanding on the capabilities and services offered in its current iOS app while exploiting the iPad’s large display and finger-tap interface. 
The centerpiece of the new app is an interactive world map displaying all of Lufthansa’s destination airports.  A couple of finger taps allows the user to select departure and destination airports; the app automatically displays the requested route and …

New York Public Library Biblion: The Boundless Library iPad App – Review

New York Public Library Biblion: The Boundless Library iPad App – Review

In the “New Shimmer” skit from Saturday Night Live, a couple argue over whether a  household product is a floor wax or a dessert topping. By the same token, Biblion: The Boundless Library, the New York Public Library’s new iPad app, begs the question: is it a glossy magazine or a useful research tool?  And, like the skit, the answer is “both”— for better or for worse.
According to the library, …

All The News? New York Times versus Wall Street Journal iPad Apps – Review

All The News? New York Times versus Wall Street Journal iPad Apps – Review

With the advent of portable devices such as the Kindle eBook reader and Apple iPad, how we get our newspaper has started to change dramatically.

In designing their first generation iPad interfaces, both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal started with a tabula rasa. The Wall Street Journal chose to adopt iPad conventions in terms of the use of gestures.  As a result, the experience the reader gets doesn’t …

Roaming Prices for Mobile Calls Drop in Europe

Roaming Prices for Mobile Calls Drop in Europe

Rates for mobile phone roaming charges in the EU dropped for the fourth consecutive year today.  Meanwhile, the European Commission is preparing to announce new regulations aimed at closing the gap between domestic and “foreign” call rates to virtually zero by 2015.
The planned cuts will bring charges for making a voice call while abroad in the EU down to €0.35 from €0.39, and €0.11 from €0.15 for receiving a …