Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Triggertrap and my Canon T4i



Both my iPhone 4S and Nexus 4 mount perfectly. Next up is the Triggertrap mobile dongle, this when then allow me to connect my iPhone or Nexus 4 to my Canon T4i and use the Triggertrap app to control the camera for shooting time lapse. The phone will mount on top of the camera. You have to have both cables, the Triggertrap kit linked below has both cables, 1 that goes to the phone and the other that goes to the camera. The 2 cables will then connect to each other.

I should have my Triggertrap dongle by Friday, once I get it I will do a full review.

The Triggertrap dongle is $30 from Amazon: http://amzn.to/11iGyfg

Free to download, Triggertrap for iOS: http://goo.gl/vsv4P
Triggertrap for Android: http://goo.gl/Zb4Rh


Triggertrap for iOS is iPhone only but works in 2x mode on the iPad. I currently don't have a way to mount my big ol' iPad to my camera though so the iPhone or Nexus 4 will suffice.





I am using the Case Star to mount the phone to the tripod. It works with my iPhone and my Nexus 4. I think the Nexus is about as wide as the mount will go though.

$4.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/113lryP

More info: http://www.crizzo.net/2013/04/case-star-smartphone-tripod-mount-holder.html

Repix adds new features


One of my personal favorite iPad photo editors was updated today. Below you will find the full press release for Repix. You can also check out my initial review of Repix: http://www.crizzo.net/2013/03/repix-for-ios.html.

I have not yet had a chance to play with the new features as I am currently out of town, but I wanted to make sure I let the readers know what is new in the application. I will probably update my video review of Repix as soon as I get home, until then check out my initial review of Repix.

Here is my video review of Repix:

Since our launch last month the reaction of users has been truly amazing”, said Ilkka Teppo, CEO, Sumoing. “We’ve listened the feedback and wanted to make it even easier and faster to be creative with photos. By adding new filters, styles and zero-friction design, we think Repix is the smoothest and most creative photo editor on the market. With this update we remove the need for people to use multiple photo editing apps. We’re looking forward to seeing the creations and hearing the feedback.
So, what’s new?

- NEW - 8 new filters to apply to images for stunning look or final finish

- NEW - Smooth cropping tool with 6 presets

- NEW - New ‘+ style’ feature for selected brushes. Click + to see a new type of effect

- NEW - ‘Starter’ section with images available for users to start editing

- NEW - Direct access to all albums, streams & Facebook

- NEW - Seamless zero-friction design guarantees smooth experience

- Carefully handcrafted selection of 20 brushes include state-of-the art effect, color boosting and artistic styles

- Repix comes with real-time RebecaTM processing engine that seamlessly integrates the power of the CPU and GPU enabling insane performance

- Full resolution 4096x4096 support for iPhone5 and iPad3+

- Studio-grade technology alongside a slick and intuitive interface to inspire new levels of creativity; zero-friction design with ability to switch between tools easily

- Share creations with #repix to Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook

- Free to use with a selection of brushes, with an option to purchase more brushes

Repix is available to download for free from the App Store. The free version of the app offers users access to a selection of tools and users can purchase more tools in-app. For more information about Repix please visit www.repix.it. To see videos of the app in action, visit here. For logos and screenshots, visit here.

Case Star Smartphone Tripod Mount Holder

I have been wanting a tripod mount holder for my iPhone to go with my Joby Gorillapod mount for quite a while now. I finally buckled down and bought one on Amazon this past weekend. I went with the Case Star mount because it will work with not only my iPhone 4S but also my larger Nexus 4.

The mount has a soft foam bottom and the top is a soft rubber, this will help avoid scratching the sides of your phone while it is in the mount. My Nexus 4 fit but I am not sure a wider phone like a Note 2 would fit in this mount. My N4 felt like it stretched the mount fully to get it to go in there. There was very little room to fit anything wider in the mount. I am not saying something wider won't fit, I am just not sure how much wider of a phone would though.

From the product page: "Holder expands to accept devices up to 2.75" (7cm) width"


Order on Amazon for only $4.99: http://amzn.to/113lryP

Action Launcher Pro




I have been using Action Launcher Pro for about a month now and I love the 'Cover Widgets' feature built into the app icon. I have not really been big on having widgets on my home screen and this launcher allows me to have and use widgets but without having to actually have them on my screen.

To access the cover widgets the application must support widgets, you can either swipe on the app icon to get the widget box to appear.  You can also adjust the settings which will allow you to double tap on the app icon to get the widget box to appear. I personally prefer the double tap method. Some apps have different widget 'modes' that you can choose which mode you prefer to use for the cover widget. An example is Twitter, I can choose between my timeline or my mentions as to what appears in the widget box.

Action Launcher Pro does support import settings from several other launchers, those launchers are as follows:
  • Apex
  • Nova
  • TouchWiz
  • Stock Android Launcher
I was using the Nova launcher previously and I had no problems with importing any of the settings that ALP supported.

Overall this is an innovative launcher that works pretty good overall for the most part. It is a tad buggy though, I have had the launcher remove some apps from my home screen or rearrange apps on my home screen but only a few times. To be fair, the developer does say Cover Widgets are experimental and my be buggy. I haven't found it to be too buggy, I have just noticed my above issues on a couple of occasions. It is definitely worth checking out if only for the cover widget aspect.


Action Launcher Pro is only $3.99, download it here:




Check out these screenshots:
Action Launcher Pro



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wipeout by Activision (review)





Wipeout by Activision is a terrific universal iOS game for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. It is based on the hit ABC television series, Wipeout. Wipeout is an obstacle course themed, time trial based, action game. Wipeout is highly addictive and rather nerve-racking at the same time. The obstacle courses presents an extremely tough challenge when racing against the clock, especially those pesky Big Balls. That is the addictive part, even though I wanted to smash my iPad into 20 pieces, I also wanted to keep trying to get past each level as they are very challenging.

Gameplay

Wipeout is similar to Pitfall, another Activision title that also appears on iOS devices. In Pitfall, the game moves forward for you, but in Wipeout you control the players forward and backward movements. In Wipeout, you compete against computer players in a race against the clock to make it through the obstacle course with the quickest time. If you get knocked on your fanny during the game, the game is not over. In fact, you get rewarded with Style Points as long as your player doesn’t take a splash in the water below. If you do get knocked in the pool, you will start from where you took a dive at. Once out of the pool your player will be dripping wet ready to take the course head on again. When you get wiped-out into the pool, below you have the option of watching the super slow motion replay of your worst nightmare. Reach the end of the course in record time and receive the game coins that can be used to purchase unlocks and new courses. There is also a Time Trial mode in Wipeout where you can compete to finish courses in record time and earn some Ballsy Bucks to purchase even more unlocks.

The Controls

I have never been a huge fan of the on screen controls of the iPad to move the players forward or backwards.  It always feels like my thumbs are sliding over way too far and sometimes it makes the iPad uncomfortable to hold because of that. So when I first downloaded Wipeout and watched the tutorial on how to play, I was skeptical of the controls. After playing 5 or 6 rounds of Wipeout though the controls started to feel natural and I realized that the controls didn’t require much thinking at all, and the maneuvers performed fairly easily. To control your player, you use the lower left portion of the screen to move your player forward or backwards. Push your thumb slightly forward to move forward and slide your thumb backwards to move backwards or to stop running. You can also slide your left thumb down to get your player to duck under obstacles. Your right thumb is used for jumping and diving. You can swipe upward with your thumb to perform a jump or slide down to perform a diving maneuver to get under obstacles that appear in your way.

Wipeout by Activision

The Players

Wipeout features 5 unlockable characters that you can purchase using either Ballsy Bucks or Smallsy Coins earned from playing the game. When you first start Wipeout, you have 1 character already unlocked bringing the total number of characters to 6. You start off with Josie Burton (a female character).  Out of the 6 characters, 3 are female and 3 are male. Each of the characters feature a different skill set that will help you depending on which course you are running, so choose wisely. You can also purchase helmets for your characters using either Ballsy Bucks or Smallsy Coins, the same as buying new characters. The helmets can be used in-game to give you an added boost, helping you score better times and giving an upper hand against the clock. Some of the hats will put you into slo-mo mode or give you super jumping powers to help you soar like an eagle, if you activate them during the game.

Tidbits

You earn coins during the game that help you unlock new characters and allow the purchase of helmets to boost your player. There are also In-App purchases in the game if you do not feel like earning the coins and want to immediately get an advantage in the game. You can also purchase a 2x Smallsy Coin pack that will give you twice as many coins for Style points. Wipeout also connects with Game Center so you can view your scores versus your Game Center friends, or compete against them for the ultimate bragging rights. Unlock badges for pulling off neck-breaking wipeouts and completing courses in record times. Wipeout also features some social network integration which includes Twitter and Facebook. Tweet your high scores or brag about them by posting them on your Facebook wall.

The In-App Purchases are as followed:
  • $1.99 for 20 Ballsy Bucks
  • $4.99 for 60 Ballsy Bucks
  • $9.99 for 150 Ballsy Bucks
  • $2.99 for the 2x Smallsy Coins for Style Points

Final Thoughts

Overall Wipeout is a fantastic game, and if you have the patience for the Big Balls you will love it. The physics engine of Wipeout is superb, it feels very realistic and when you get wiped out it almost feels as if you are in the game. Wipeout is fun for the entire family and I highly recommend you check it out. Wipeout is currently rated 4 1/2 stars in the App Store. I have thoroughly enjoyed Wipeout these last couple days and I am sure I will enjoy Wipeout the months ahead, well if my iPad remains in 1 piece.
Wipeout is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and can be purchased in the iOS App Store for only $1.99
Wipeout - Activision Publishing, Inc.

Wipeout - Activision Publishing, Inc. (iPad)

Wipeout - Activision Publishing, Inc. (iPhone/iPod)
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AudioBooks.com (review)




Tick-tock, tick-tock... don’t you wish you had more free time?  Time for yourself, perhaps time to read?  If you are anything like me, you may find it tough to find the time to sit down, relax, and read.  If so, Audiobooks.com may be a great solution for you.

Why Audiobooks.com?  Well, in today’s busy, multi-tasking world, it is quite challenging to take the time to read.  When I attempt reading time, I become edgy and do not have peace of mind, because I know there are other productive tasks that still need to be finished. With Audiobooks.com, I am able to read (via listening) while I clean, exercise, walk, hike, commute, and travel.  I love every minute of it.  I feel almost as if I’m in “The Matrix,” having knowledge downloaded into my brain. This, imo, is multi-tasking at its finest.

Audiobooks.com Screenshots

Audiobooks.com features over 15k of the most popular titles available for listening.  The unique thing about Audiobooks.com is that they have an unlimited, all-you-can-read plan for $29.95 per month.  It comes with a free seven-day trial available.  You need to enter in your payment (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, or PayPal) details upon signing up for the free trial.  After the free trial ends, you will be charged $29.95 per month.  So if you do not want to continue after the free trial, be certain to set a reminder for yourself on the seventh day (or sooner) to cancel.  However, should you want to continue the service, simply do nothing and your membership will continue.  There is not a penalty to cancel... no contracts!  If you prefer a-la-carte, there is a $19.99 per book option as well.

There are several ways you can listen to Audiobooks.com... from your browser directly on your Mac or PC (compatible browsers per their website are IE9, FireFox 15.0, and Safari 6.0, however I found it worked wonderfully in Chrome as well). You can also download the free Audiobooks.com app for iOS or Android.

I have been using the Audiobooks.com app on my 3rd generation iPad, iPhone 4s, and Samsung Galaxy S III.  The thing I really enjoy about the app is that the titles are synced at the account level.  Meaning that if I start listening on my GS3, then move over to my iPhone 4s, then hop onto the computer to listen in my browser, and then open the iPad Audiobooks.com app, it remembers where I left off via “Resume.” Also, as I browse the titles online, I am able to “Save for Later,” from the website, or via the app with “Save Book.”

Upon listening to the title in the app, after three minutes the title will download to your device.  This is great so that you will not have to stream the content.  If you are traveling and do not have data connectivity, this option really comes in handy.

I have been listening to audiobooks for many years, and am thrilled to have Audiobooks.com as a source for listening to some of my favorite book titles.

Pros:
  • Unlimited Books
  • Over 15k titles and growing
  • Best Sellers
  • Clean UI
  • Resume feature
  • Download to Device feature
  • Accessible on iOS, Android, and via web
Cons:
  • Playback is not offered at faster speeds (1.5x, 2x, 3x)
  • Title library is limited upon comparison with competition
Overall, I recommend Audiobooks.com.  It is easy to quickly consume audiobook content, especially if you have commutes. "Unlimited Listening" is quite a bargain.  Try it free for seven days, and see if Audiobooks.com is a fit for you!


Download the free audiobooks application for your iPad in the App Store: Audiobooks - Audiobooks.com
Audiobooks - Audiobooks.com

Toca Tailor for iPad




Toca Tailor is another terrific iPad game from Toca Boca. Toca Tailor is a clothing design game for kids of all ages. The app is easy to use, no learning curve whatsoever, just pick up the iPad and start playing. My daughter not only loves Toca Tailor but she enjoys all the Toca Boca games. If you have younger children and are looking for great games that will be easy for them to play but also give them hours of enjoyment then I encourage you to check out the entire lineup of Toca Boca iPad apps.




KEY FEATURES:

  • 4 fun characters to choose from
  • Mix, match, rotate and adjust 24 different fabric patterns
  • Create your own unique patterns with the camera feature
  • Add 24 different clothing details – buttons, bows and much, much more
  • Style characters with 30 cool accessories – glasses, moustaches, jewellery
  • Use the built-in camera to create your own background for style snapshots
  • Easy-to-use, kid-friendly interface with incredible creative possibilities
  • Beautiful original graphics
  • No rules, stress or time limits – play any way you want
  • No third-party advertising
  • No in-app purchases

Toca Tailor is only $0.99 in the App Store:
Toca Tailor - Toca Boca AB

Visit the Toca Boca website.

Monday, April 15, 2013

How to schedule an upload on YouTube




This is a quick video tip on how to schedule a video upload for YouTube. You must be a YouTube partner: http://youtube.com/yt/creator

Once you are a partner, you will have the option to schedule your upload from the upload screen under the privacy settings drop down menu. Once you select your video to be uploaded you will then have the option to set the date and time under the privacy tab on the right side of the screen.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Samsung Chromebook - First look




I finally got my Chromebook this morning so I did a stupid box break video of it. I am not big on unbox videos but figured I would do one for my Samsung Chromebook. I do plan on doing a real review of the Chromebook after I have had a chance to play with it for a couple of weeks.

My first impressions are pretty good overall for the Chromebook, not impressed with the build quality but it is a $250 laptop and I didn't expect much as far as design goes. It is very light and I have been impressed with the battery life so far. Boots very fast. It sync'd perfectly with all my settings and bookmarks from Chrome on my iMac.



SPECS:
11.6'' display
0.7 inches thin and 2.4 lbs
Over 6.5 hours of battery
Boots up in less than 10 seconds

http://google.com/chromebook


Update:

Those 3 holes on the top:
1 is a microphone
1 is a LED light indicator to let you know the camera is on
1 is a ambient light sensor


The port on the back is where the SIM card would go if it had data like the more expensive Chromebook.

Monday, April 8, 2013

I finally figured out how to mirror Android on my iMac




One of my biggest gripes with Android has been trying to find a way to mirror my Nexus 7 to my iMac, in other words I want "Air Play". Enter AirDroid. I have been using Android solely for 3 months now, since the end of January and and this has drove me nuts as I have been wanting to do App previews on Android like I do on iOS. AirDroid is an app I have been using since the beginning but didn't realize it worked as a mirroring app. It does, someone commented on a post on Google+ about this yesterday. Now I can finally do Android App reviews.

One thing I want to mention is your Android device must be rooted though for this to work. Currently my Nexus 4 is rooted, my Nexus 7 is not.



Google+ post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+svartling/posts/HcG1aDuXt1a
Stefan on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/stefansvartling
You can circle Stefan here: +Stefan Svartling



Download in the Play Store: http://goo.gl/CwcRi
More about AirDroid: http://www.airdroid.com/

ProCutX for iPad


If you are a Final Cut Pro X user and you own an iPad this app may well be worth checking out. It was once $30.00+ app in the iTunes App Store. The developers dropped the price and didn't have success so now they have dropped it to free. I am not sure how much longer this app will remain free but if you check in the App Store right now you can grab it. It hasn't been well received due to the layout/UI which seems like an overload of buttons. I have personally been wanting to play with this app since it was in beta but I refused to pay $30 for it. I even reached out to the developers to see if I could get a review code to download the app for free, they never responded to my request.

I have it now and I will review it and give my thoughts on it some time later this week.




Download it here:
ProCutX for Final Cut Pro X - Pixel Film Studios
Final Cut Pro Portable Genius by GeniusDV [Paperback] (Google Affiliate Ad)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Beam photos in iPhoto




OSX Daily had a very handy tip today about using iPhoto to beam an image from one iOS device to another iOS device. I just wanted to follow up that post with a video demonstration of beaming a photo from one device to another. I also wanted to mention that when you make edits to a photo in iPhoto and then beam them to another iOS device your edited photo will also be beamed as well as the finished photo which is placed in your "Beamed" album. If you open the edited album you can revert the edited image back to the original unedited image. If you are using PhotoStream to send photos from device to device you only get the finished image.


You can download iPhoto here: iPhoto - Apple

How to turn on and use Emoji on iOS





How to activate Emoji on your iPad:

1. Go to the Settings app on your iPad and open it
2. Navigate in the left panel General
3. Under the General tab scroll down and find Keyboard, tap that to open it
4. Find International Keyboards, tap that to open it
5. Tap on Add New Keyboards, tap that to open it
6. Scroll down and locate Emoji and tap that to set it

How to use Emoji on your iPad:

1. Open an the Messages app or Email (any app where you can type in it)
2. Tap the text box area to bring up the keyboard, next to the .?123 you will see a Globe icon, tap that
3. Scroll the options and pick your Emoji icon and tap your choice(s)
4. To get back to the keyboard just tap the Globe icon again

New video intro




I have been wanting to update my video intros for a few weeks now. So this is what I might be using, I will be uploading about 4 or 5 more over the next few days to see if I can come up with anything better but I pretty much like this and will probably go with it!

Friday, April 5, 2013

How to setup iBook alerts

There is a nifty little feature in iBooks that allows you to add alerts for your favorite author. Any time your favorite author releases a new book in the iBooks store you will get a pop alert or email alert. You can also set up alerts that will notify you based on previously purchased or downloaded books that reside on your iBook Shelf within the iBooks app.

How to set up alerts

Open iBooks on your iPad, if iBooks opens up to your bookshelf you will need to tap on the store button on the top left. Now that you're viewing the iBooks store you can either search for your favorite author using the search bar on the top right or you can search for a book the author wrote, once you see the search result you are looking for tap book to read the description and the ratings.



On the top right of this page you will see several options, you are looking for "Alert Me"



Tap that and an alert page will open and you will receive a blue popup box asking you to confirm by clicking "OK", tap OK.



After you tap OK you will be on a blank page, tap the Featured button on the top left that will take you back to the previous page. You have now successfully set up an alert for your desired author.

Manage your alerts

You can also manage your alerts or setup alerts for your desired taste in books based off of previously purchased or download books. To do this make sure you are on the "Featured" tab, you can find that in the bottom menu bar (see the first image above), if you are not in the Featured section tap it to open up the Featured page. With the Featured page open scroll to the bottom of the page until you see the Quick Links section, within the Quick Links you should see a My Alerts category. Select My Alerts and a My Alert page will open.



With it open you will see all the books from the authors you either set up alerts for or other books from authors whose books you have previously purchased or downloaded in iBooks.



You can also tap the "Manage My Alerts" button on the top right of this page and a popup window will appear with several settings to choose from. Here you will see a list of all the authors you have set up alerts for, also you can remove them from the list by uncheck marking them and tapping done. You can also set up email alerts or alerts based on previous purchases. Once you have finished adjusting your alerts just tap the blue "Done" button and your changes will be saved.



If you have any questions about this or anything else iPad related send me a message on Twitter @iCrizzo

How to extract a previous iCloud backup




Earlier today someone asked me on Twitter if it was possible to locally extract a previous iCloud backup? Well the answer is YES and NO, technically you can't because iCloud backups would be stored "in the cloud" but there is a work around for this, possibly.



You are able to access the iCloud folders that move data back to your Mac, such as Keynote or Pages documents, OSX Daily has a great write up on how to access that data. But the actual iCloud backup resides somewhere on Apple's servers and the only way to get that data is to restore your iPad/iPhone from a previous backup, I posted step by step instructions on how to do this a few day ago. So if you wanted to access data from a previous backup you would need to restore your iPad using that iCloud backup, once you restored the iPad using that backup you could then connect your iPad to your computer, open iTunes and backup your iPad to iTunes. This would then give you local copy of your backup.


To access that data you will need to open your Library folder, Click on an empty part of your desktop and use the keyboard combo = Command + Shift + G:



This will put you in the Library folder, now navigate to Application Support > MobileSync > Backup. If you know the exact date of the backup you are looking for you can right click on the folder and choose "Get Info", you will see the date the backup was created.
A few things to note about this:

* You should backup your iOS device to iCloud before starting this, that way you can restore it to its current state after you are finished.
* I am not sure if you can access every single iCloud backup that has ever been sent to iCloud, you will get a list of previous backups but from my experience it does not look like the complete list.
* This procedure will take quite a while depending how much data you have on your device that you are restoring, so be patient.
I understand this is not an ideal way of handling recovery of data, but if you are using iCloud instead of iTunes for your backup methods, this is the way it works. A couple of weeks ago on Total iPad, Patrick expressed his dismay at the way backup and recovery was handled. I guess until Apple comes up with a way to handle situations like this, work arounds are what we have to do.


If you need help or have a question, try me on Twitter @iCrizzo.

I originally wrote this post on my iPad blog.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My Android Lag Test




This is just a quick post to show how 'laggy' or not 'laggy' Android is. In this video I am using my recently purchased Nexus 7 running stock Android Jellybean 4.2.2. I do have a launcher installed, I am using the Nova launcher.

I have noticed that using the Nova launcher vs. stock Android that my N7 does scroll much smoother on the home screen. Could it be the launcher? It doesn't really matter to me though as I have been enjoying customizing my Nexus 7 these last couple of weeks of usage.

My wallpaper is the Google Now LiveWallpaper.





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Sony PS3 Pulse headset



I recently bought me a pair of the Sony Pulse wireless headset to go with my PS3. I have been wanting a pair of these for about a year now but I never pulled the trigger on them until about 2 weeks ago. I wanted to write a short review and give a few of my thoughts on them.

This headset sounds awesome when using them with the PS3, everything from playing games to even watching movies on Netflix. I have been playing 3 games recently:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
MLB The Show '13
Bioshock: Infinite

Call of Duty is especially more awesome now as I have been playing Black Ops 2 for about 4 months and solely using my t.v. speakers to play. Now I can hear every single footstep, every gun being reloaded, every shot fired. At first it felt a little awkward as it felt like overkill with the sound. After about 3-4 days though I got used to it, now I don't think I could go back to playing without the Pulse headset. It has improved my overall game play as well, seems like I get more kills in game than ever before.

Using them with The Show is just as impressive but in another way, now I can hear all the hecklers in the stands when I am playing with my Giants in Dodgers stadium. The boos are magnified, the crack of the bat has never sounded better, the pop of glove is actually in the game. I never really paid attention to that stuff the last few years of playing The Show, now I can't help but pay attention to it.

The Design

The Pulse headset is all plastic, some people may not like that as they do feel a bit flimsy in the hand, but they also feel very light when you have them on your head. The last thing you want is a pair of big, heavy, headphones weighing your head down for 3 hours of gaming.

Both the actual headset and the microphone are adjustable. I have a decent sized noggin and I am able to leave them at there smallest size and they fit comfortably. If you need to make them bigger though they can easily be slid on both sides to accommodate your head size. The microphone can also be slid out to make it longer, it slides out to an angle as to get closer to your mouth but far enough away that you don't sound like Darth Vader to those on the other end.

The micro-USB port on the headset is one thing I didn't like, I wished it was on the bottom instead of being on the backside behind the ear. You are able to wear the headset while it is charging but due to the port placement it feels very awkward. I thought it would be better if it was placed on the front side or the bottom, where it is placed currently it shortens the length of your USB cable. Of course these are not meant to wear with a cable connected to them, but if you are like me you probably game for hours upon hours at a time. After long hours of gaming your headset battery will wear down thus leaving you with having to plug them in while playing. It is a small annoyance not a deal breaker though.

The headset also has 2 separate volume controls, 1 for the actual volume output and 1 for sound or voice. The volume output controls how loud everything coming through the speakers actually are. The sound vs. voice is used when you are playing multiplayer online games. As an example I will use Black Ops 2, I absolutely hate in-game chat. I don't play in lobbies with my friends, I mostly run lone wolf so I don't care to hear little kids screaming into the microphone, singing, babies crying in the background, racial or homophobic slurs every time I kill someone, etc.. So I set my headset to "sound" and I never hear anyone talking on the other end. Just the way I like it!


Using them on a Mac

I am not sure how to setup the Pulse headset on a Windows machine as I do not own a Windows computer, but I can tell you how to do so on a Mac.

  • Plug your Bluetooth dongle into your USB port
  • Click on the Apple logo in the top menu bar
  • Open System preferences
  • Open the Sound menu
  • Select Output, then select your Pulse headset
  • Select Input, then select your Pulse headset
The output is for the sound to be played through the headphones, the input is so the microphone works. The only downside to using the Pulse headset on the Mac is the 7.1 surround sound does not work. You still get a decent sound but that sound is really flat and does not offer much bass. I assume that the headset uses some sort of software built into the PS3 that allows the 7.1 surround sound to work on the PS3 that the Mac and Windows OS is not optimized for. These are still great if you want to use them with Skype or another VOIP service.

PROS:

  • Sound excellent when using with the PS3
  • Works with both Mac and PC
  • Very good battery life
  • Very light to wear

CONS:

  • Slight feedback (buzzing noise during silence)
  • 7.1 Surround Sound doesn't work with Mac or PC
  • Wearing while charging is awkward due to mini-USB placement

Final Thoughts

Overall the Pulse headset is a terrific set of speakers to use with your PS3, I would have no problem recommending them to anyone. They sound great, they feel great on the head, the battery last quite a long time, most importantly they are wireless. The sound they produce is excellent and when wearing them I have honestly felt a new experience in gaming. I have never tried any other headset for gaming so I do not have anything to compare them against as far as if they are better than some of the other headsets on the market. With that said, if you are looking for a great pair of bluetooth headphones for gaming on your PS3 then look no further, grab a pair of Pulse today.


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Save money on Google Drive storage on an iPad



A couple of weeks ago I was looking into purchasing more storage for my Google Drive account but the only option was to pay by the month if I wanted to do so. First, I recently purchased a Nexus 4 so that is the main reason I wanted to up my Drive storage. Looking at the "Buy Storage for Drive" you will notice as I mentioned above your only option is to purchase monthly, it is not expensive as it starts out at $2.49 a month which is really cheap if you compare that to the pricing of say Dropbox per month cost. I decided to ask on Google+ if there was a way to pay for a year of Drive storage. Sadly the answer was no. After investigating further I discovered that while $2.49 is cheap, it is also much more expensive than the old pricing of Drive.

Enter Steve Ruge on Google+, he kindly pointed out that in the Google Drive app on the iPad you could still purchase more Drive storage and pay for it for the year via an In-App purchase. Not only could you pay for the year but it will end up saving you $4.98 which is 2 months free if you used the $2.49 a month for 1 year of 25GB storage that is found on the Drive page to purchase more storage.

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The odd thing is you cannot do this on an android device. I tried to purchase more via the Drive app on my android phone and it kicks me out the browser and opens the same Drive upgrade page as linked above. Clearly this is a move to get iOS users using Drive on their devices, saving $5 or getting 2 months free is a good start in my opinion. I only wished I could purchase more than 25GB though. It would have been nice to see the 100GB for $50 available as an In-App purchase. I guess Google doesn't like having to give Apple that 30% cut. Another thing to remember is you will not have to add a credit card to Google Wallet by purchasing in the iPad. This is an IAP and the money comes from your Apple account so if you want to try Drive but don't want to give Google your credit card info then there is that!

To access the upgrade in Drive:
  1. Tap the settings gear on the lower left of Drive (next to your email address)
  2. Tap Storage
  3. Upgrade Your Storage
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GoodReader - Tips, Tricks, and How-to


As someone who has used an iPad since day 1 I have used quite a few apps on my iPad, out of all those apps that I have tried I have found GoodReader to be the most important application of the bunch. I have talked about GoodReader quite a few times on Total iPad but not just on here also on Google+, Twitter, and to my friends and family members who own an iPad. I figured instead of doing post after post on Total iPad about GoodReader maybe I should just dedicate a page to GoodReader so others could find all the content in one place. I will probably still doing separate post about GoodReader but I will also update this page with the same content.

I am not sure what content is best to add to this page, I think I will just add all the videos I have created and upload them here and maybe include a link to the separate articles that I have written that goes along with the video. I personally find watching videos more helpful than reading about how to do something. I think just adding the videos will keep this page clean instead of adding content from many separate post that I have already written, that would seem to get a bit cluttered.

How to download videos on your iPad using Safari and GoodReader:


Link: http://www.crizzo.net/2013/02/how-to-download-videos-onto-your-ipad.html

Getting videos from GoodReader to your camera roll:


Link: http://www.crizzo.net/2013/02/how-to-get-videos-from-goodreader-to.html

Downloading files in Safari using GoodReader:


Link: http://totalipad.com/downloading/

GoodReader USB for OS X and Windows:


Link: http://totalipad.com/goodreader-usb/

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