Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators Review: What A Novelty

IMGP0117Teenage Engineering is a synthesizer, sampler, and sequencer company based out of Stockholm, Sweden. So yes, in essence, they’re about music and the creation of it — they’re particularly famous for their OP-1 synth, which is unconventional but also a well-received product. So, there’s the introduction to a company you may have not heard of.

Now, to the the Pocket Operators, which a collaboration between TE and a collaborator, Cheap Monday: they’re pocket synthesizers powered by two AAA batteries (with two years of standby time).

Matched with a max of 16 patterns/sequencer/pattern chaining, the real magic of the Pocket Operators is that they can be linked together as a trio to create songs, or used independently, even containing built-in speakers, clock and alarm — all in your pocket.

Verizon Is Buying AOL For $4.4 Billion, Or $50 A Share

AOL_VZ_ArmstrongVerizon has taken to buying AOL for a sound $4.4 billion (roughly $50 per share), now an online media network of immense strength with a leading ad division to boot.

AOL itself will be run as a special division within the larger business, but using Big Red’s own distribution channels, content from its largest brands will be circulated actively, including Engadget, TechCrunch and The Huffington Post.

Talk about a massive content push!

Via: VZ, TechCrunch

AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphones Review

_IGP0434In Copenhagen exists a sound hardware company, called AIAIAI. Their directive is to produce high quality audio products, but design for everyday use, sans overbearing logos and design — that is to say, they’re rather minimalistic.

In 2012, the company debuted a pair of headphones that were customizable to much fanfare, but as with any first iteration of a technology product, had some shortcomings.

Enter 2015, and the TMA-2 debuts: a framework that allows for the customization of sound drivers, ear cups, headbands, and cables. After the break; here’s what I thought of it.

LG G4 Review: Some Parts Incredible, Others Not

_IGP0417It’s flagship time at LG, and the G4 is bringing a strong suit of software and hardware to convince buyers to sway away from HTC and and Samsung. But can it do all of this without an all-metal frame, or a outstanding design in general? Also, it’s worth noting that in today’s smartphone market, if the camera isn’t great, then it’s a no-go.

I’ve been using an LG G4 to in the hopes of sorting through it, and finding out.

Nintendo Makes A Profit For The First Time In Four Years

2000px-Nintendo_red_logo.svgFor the first time in four years (read: circa 2011), Nintendo has turned an annual profit. Despite sales being own 3.8 percent year-over-year, Nintendo still managed to return a slim profit margin: ¥24.8 billion (about $207 million) and a net profit of ¥41.8 billion ($350 million) off ¥549.8 billion ($4.6 billion).

The reason being? Well, the Wii U sold 340,000 units over the past three months, so there’s obviously a contributing factor there.

Still, the Japanese video game company of legend needs to turn a few more gamers to its systems before a Mario Party can be thrown.

Via: Nintendo

Finally: Here’s The Final Oculus Rift, Launching In 2016

oculusCompared to the prototypes over the last few years that have garnered Oculus Rift worldwide attention, including an acquisition from Facebook last year, the final version of the Oculus Rift will take all of that and deliver on another level.

Specs are still being kept under wraps, but the new consumer-ready Oculus Rift will launch in early 2016, with better ergonomics, tracking capabilities, a much better design, and of course — top-notch games and tech demos that support it.

Fun (virtual) times are ahead. Via: Oculus

Gunnar Sheadog Review: An Edgy Lightweight


In my years of reviewing gear, I’ve come across many different Gunnar frames (one, two and three, in fact) — computer glasses designed to protect the eyes against the blue light of displays, causing strain and other vision problems. Years after the company first debuted, Gunnars now come in Rx prescription versions, as well as yellow and crystalline lenses.

To this point, they all achieve the desired effect to varying degrees, partly due to how well the frame fits to the face and eyes. So, for me at least, the magic comes from the frame, and not so much the lenses; when in fact, they are the source of the magic that is eye strain reduction.

So naturally for 2015, the lightweight (2o grams) Sheadog frame looked inquisitive to test.

LSTN Zebrawood Bowery Earbuds Review: Rustic Looks, Modern Sounds

IMGP0335 copyAt LSTN Headphones, headphones and earbuds are the only two products sold, but with a twist: wooden housing. This pair of earbuds, called the Zebrawood Bowery feature a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wooden housing, so no two pairs look the exact same. But that’s not all there is to LSTN’s earbuds: a Neodymium magnet mounted to an 8mm driver, a frequency response from 20Hz-20KHz, all of which is connected to a gold-plated 3.5mm headset jack — at the end of a 1.2 meter nylon cable.

So, aesthetically and technically, the Zebrawood Bowery is pretty decent, especially if wood sounds like a good idea.