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  • iOS 7.1.1 Now Available

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:59AM
    Just as the title says - its time for the latest update from Apple. Bug fixes seem to be the main focus of this update. 
  • Samsung S5 fingerprint scanner already hacked

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 16, 2014 at 04:06PM
    What was it, a week maybe? Early adopters of the Samsung S5 should look forward to an update to fix this security flaw.
    The article can be found here.
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    Actiontec Pwr51w Wireless Network Extender

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 15, 2014 at 09:46AM
    Not too long ago I reviewed a wireless network extender from TP-Link. What was noticeable with that device is that the further the extender got from the base signal the poorer a job it did rebroadcasting the wireless signal. In essence, you have to be close enough to get wireless to be able to...
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    Tone Grenade Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted March 27, 2014 at 04:16PM
    The three main ways to make distortion are with fuzz, overdrive, and a distortion pedals. I tend  to stick to overdrive pedals for a couple of reasons. First, I can get a lot of distortion/gain from just about any amp or even a preamp like a pedal board. Secondly, I prefer the more singing...
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    Lenovo G505s Laptop

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 28, 2014 at 10:26AM
    I've been soldiering on with the same Sony VAIO laptop for quite some time. I love the keyboard and the screen is very good which are both high on my list of needs. My son is an avid gamer and wanted a laptop to web surf with and play games. We tried installing games on my laptop and found that...
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    Sharp LC-70LE65OU 70" LED Smart TV

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 25, 2014 at 10:30AM
    I'm pretty good at taking care of my gear so it shouldn't come as a surprise that my last TV - a 50 inch Samsung Plasma - lasted my family about 6 years of near constant use. That TV is now being used in my bedroom but it was getting time to update to a newer set. New features and better picture...
  • Forthcoming Galaxy S5

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 24, 2014 at 01:54PM
    Anandtech has an article on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. Its big on techie details but basically its more processing power, more memory, and a better camera. Check out the article here.
  • Apple releases iOS 7.06

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 24, 2014 at 10:18AM
    To combat a recently discovered security hole Apple has released a new iOS today. It's small - 13 mb. During the process my phone got stuck on the updating process - I'd get the Apple logo on the screen during startup but the OS wouldn't load. After connecting the phone to my laptop iTunes...
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    Quilter Tone Block 200 Amplifier

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:09AM
    Quilter Laboratories have had a very busy couple of years. They've released amplifier heads, combo units, and now a head that offers some different features you won't find anywhere else. Recently they released the Tone Block 200 amplifier which was a big hit at the recent NAMM show. What is the...
  • Flappy Bird Going Away

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 9, 2014 at 11:14AM
    In a bizarre move the developer of Flappy Bird is pulling the app from the app store. You have until noon Eastern Time to get a copy of the game. This article states its not for legal reasons and the developer was making $50,000 a day in advertising. A strange move that doesn't make sense...
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    Apogee Jam 96 kHz/24 bit guitar input

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 7, 2014 at 10:58AM
    Apogee's original Jam input device gave 48kHz /24-bit recording to musicians but Apogee recently sent out a press release for their 96 kHz Jam guitar input device. With this you can connect your guitar or other electronic instrument to an iPad or an iPhone. This is what intrigued me: 96 kHz /24...
  • iPhone 6 and Phablet news

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted January 7, 2014 at 11:56AM
    Some interesting updates in this article. First, a price drop for the 5s to coincide with the release of a Phablet (phone/tablet) and some more firm news on the iPhone 6. Previously Apple wasn't willing to cut the throat of the iPad with a phablet but that appears to be shifting quickly. 

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    Real Racing 3

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:32AM
    I had thought to originally release this review during the holidays. My logic was that what better than a game played on mobile devices to pass the time during the holidays? As it turned out I had a very busy holiday season with family and work so just goes to show how the best laid apps of men...
  • bublcam announced

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted November 8, 2013 at 03:00PM
    Yesterday I received an announcement for the forthcoming bublcam. Whats a bublcam? Head over to their website and check it out for yourself. I'm hoping we can get one in for review once the product is ready.

    Bublcam is an innovative 360-degree HD video camera that captures everything around...
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    TP-Link 300Mbps Range Extender

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted November 6, 2013 at 06:09AM
    I've been lucky in my new home not to have WiFi dead spots. This doesn't mean I don't have any, just that in the places I use WiFi the most I'm not in a dead spot. My old home had a lot of them. I'm not sure if it is due to the construction of that home (the new home is also wood frame, sheet...
  • Windows 8.1 Released

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 18, 2013 at 10:32AM
    This news is about 24 hrs old but I waited to see if there were any issues reported. Luckily it looks like this update should be a go for anyone with Windows 8. What's new? As usual there should be a lot of security enhancements but of note is the return of the Start button. A move back to more...
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    ClearClick Software Guitar2USB

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 8, 2013 at 09:54AM
    Seems like any recording devices for audio to computer or instrument to computer cost a hefty investment. Its not unusual to see equipment costing $200 or more and that is a price that can really hurt a struggling musician. I came across ClearClick Software's Guitar2USB setup a short while ago...
  • iMessage not working in iOS7?

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 3, 2013 at 11:10AM
    Apparently I'm not the only one who found that iMessage no longer works in iOS7. Upgrading to 7.02 didn't help either. You did know 7.02 is out right? I suspect an update with a more classic look which also fixes all the glitches mentioned in this article will be out before too long. As far as...
  • Impressions of iOS7 after a week

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 24, 2013 at 09:49AM
    After a week with iOS7 I think we can finally weigh in. We weren't lucky enough to get a pre-release evaluation peek at the OS or new iPhone 5s and 5c so like you we had to download the OS, update, and install. I think that there were conflicting reports out there, some even warning users not to...
  • Is ios 7 more meaningful than the iPhone 5s?

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 11, 2013 at 10:32AM
    Just before the release of iPhone 5s Apple will release ios7. Since most of us aren't going to upgrade our phones, tablets, and watches on release day for 5s I think this will be a more meaningful attempt by Apple to hold onto its market share. If you can survive this long video let us know what...
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    Plutoneium Chi-Wah-Wah Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 10, 2013 at 08:00AM
    Most people's first effect pedal is usually a distortion pedal. What comes next? For most of us its a wah wah pedal. The wah pedal isn't just for 60's rock and roll sounds. Ask guys like Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett why they spend so much time getting their wah technique down. Better yet, search...
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    Seymour Duncan Hotrodded Humbucker Set

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 3, 2013 at 10:45AM
    This is going to be our first guitar pickup review. I'm planning to bring you some different options, some very economical and some not so. Since this is our first pickup review I wanted to cover a well used combination that many players use to get a versatile rig: the Seymour Duncan Hotrodded...
  • Huge iOS, OS X vulnerability uncovered that can render apps unusable

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:52AM
     "Apple has been aware of this vulnerability for six months and has yet to patch the exploit in any currently available operating system build." Yikes, expect an update soon I suppose. So much hype with new OS releases to coincide with iPhone 5s probably made this a back burner at Apple. Read...
  • Pedalboards and Organizing Pedals

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 28, 2013 at 10:05AM
    As we continue our addition of musical audio equipment with our normal tech articles and game reviews it came to me that perhaps a quick tutorial on pedalboards and organizing pedals was needed (clever title eh?). This article isn't going to cover preamp equipment which generally is rack mounted...
  • Building an Astin Martin DB4 with 3D Printing

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 8, 2013 at 12:33PM
    So you read articles how 3D printing will be a new revolution and you wonder how it can do anything for you. I came across this nice site where a car enthusiast is building an Astin Martin DB4 with 4x4 inch squares of plastic printed in a 3D printer here. If I'm understanding his process he will...

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