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New Computer Components from Intel and NVIDIA - Episode 194

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New Computer Components from Intel and NVIDIA - Episode 194

2019-04-28

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the new computer components that were announced this week. Starting off is Intel's 45-watt 9th generation H-series processors. The Core i9 (9980HK) now features 8 cores, which is more powerful than any mobile processor in history. The Core i5 and Core i7 feature 4-cores and 8-cores, respectively. These procs are still running on the 14-nanometer architecture that we've had for a few generations and is not running on the 10-nanometer design that the industry is waiting for. The difference between last year's processors and this year's processors is likely marginal.

Any time there is a new generation of processor, there comes a collection of new laptops that use them. This announcement is no different, as many of the major players announced new laptops that feature the new generation of processors. ASUS, for example, has announced new ROG Zephyrus laptop models. While the newer processor is nice, the real winner in these models is the 240-hertz refresh rate. That is an amazing accomplishment on a laptop screen.

In addition to Intel news from ASUS, we also have some AMD news. The company has announced a new AMD-powered gaming notebook, the ROG Zephyrus G GA502. This is the first AMD-powered gaming notebook using the new high wattage Ryzen processor, with NVIDIA graphics. They are running as low as

NVIDIA has also announced a new mobile video card: the GeForce GTX 1650. This new card is not a high-power card but is instead designed to be more of a mainstream card.

April 28, 2019 - Episode 527

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

April 28, 2019 - Episode 527

2019-04-28

This week, Samsung's postponing its launch, PC gamers are switching platforms, and Sinemia is leaving the country.

NEAT Widget Desktop USB Condenser Microphone

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NEAT Widget Desktop USB Condenser Microphone

2019-04-27

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

Widget C is one of a trio of uniquely styled, USB 'plug and play,' high-definition microphones that can capture any sound source on this planet-and probably beyond. Each Widget, while having distinctly different outward appearances, uses the same proprietary capsule and circuit design that delivers remarkable sonic character, regardless of the Widget's shape.

Whether you're recording your weekly podcast, chatting with relatives on the opposite coast, or strumming a demo in your living room, Widget C provides an unrivaled sonic signature usually found only in professional recording environments. Combine all this with Widget C's back-to-the-future styling, and you'll not only capture great audio, but also your imagination.

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone

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NEAT Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone

2019-04-26

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

The Bumblebee is the perfect all-purpose creature for today's digital environments. With its direct USB connection, integrated articulating stand, and built-in control center, the Bumblebee easily pairs with your favorite recording software for simple "plug and play" operation. You can also choose three different Sonic Signatures, so for any application - Vocals to Videos, Conferences to Concerts, Desktop Demos to Hexadecimal Hits-the Bumblebee earns its stripes by giving your recordings or podcasts the finest professional edge.

The Bumblebee features Neat's unique implementation of a pressure-gradient, large-diaphragm condenser mic element with an edge-terminated 6μ pure gold-sputtered mylar capsule membrane.

The Bumblebee delivers pristine sonic fidelity directly to your computer thanks to a built-in, high-quality analog-to-digital converter. It features several onboard audio features: a three-position Sonic Selector, a mic output Gain Control, and a Volume Control for the built-in zero-latency headphone amplifier. Just plug in the Bumblebee, open up your favorite audio software, and start recording!

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT Worker Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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NEAT Worker Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

2019-04-26

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

From vocals to guitars, Accordions to Zithers, and virtually any instrument in the musical kingdom, the Worker Bee collects and captures sound with amazing ease. Add exquisite craftsmanship, and engineering savvy from some of the most experienced minds in the recording industry, and the result is a microphone that is one of the most productive and versatile mics in its field - or any musically flowering landscape!

The Worker Bee has a fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized 24mm diameter condenser capsule.

The Worker Bee's very low noise rating (>7.0 dB) and high output make it the perfect choice for ultra-high resolution digital recording. Instead of integrated circuits (chips), the Worker Bee's Class A discrete amplifier circuitry ensures the most accurate and noise-free signal possible, with minimal distortion and coloration. You can position the side-address capsule, enclosed within its unique grille, for very precise placement.

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

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NEAT Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

2019-04-25

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

Adaptive by nature, the Beecaster is the perfect all-purpose creature for today's digital environments. With its direct USB connection, integrated articulating stand, and built-in control center, the Beecaster easily complements your favorite recording software for simple 'plug and play' operation. Four different Sonic Images are optimized for various applications-so from Vocals to Videos, Conferences to Concerts, Desktop Demos to Hexadecimal Hits, the Beecaster earns its stripes by giving your recordings or podcasts the finest professional edge.

The Beecaster features Neat's unique array of four fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized 24-millimeter diameter condenser capsules.

It delivers pristine sonic fidelity directly to your computer thanks to a built-in, high-quality analog-to-digital converter. The Beecaster features several onboard audio features: A four-position Sonic Image Selector, gain control to adjust the microphone output level, volume control for the built-in zero-latency, headphone amplifier, and a mute function. Just plug in the Beecaster, open up your favorite audio software, and start recording!

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT King Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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NEAT King Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

2019-04-25

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

Just like a beehive, the King Bee is all about reproduction. Its large-diaphragm condenser design is ideal for applications requiring low noise and high sensitivity-the King Bee excels for vocals, drums, electric guitar, piano, and most acoustic instruments, including complex sources like saxophones, flutes, and strings. Thanks to custom Class A discrete electronics, careful mechanical design, and a precision, gold-sputtered microphone capsule, what you hear at the output is what the King Bee hears at its input.

The King Bee is ideal for large-diaphragm condenser microphone applications (like vocals) and earns its royal title with discrete Class-A electronics, superior sound, and a high-quality audio output transformer. The package includes the Beekeeper shock mount and Honeycomb snap-on pop filter. With its exquisite craftsmanship and engineering savvy from some of the most experienced minds in the recording industry, the King Bee is a microphone that, simply put, rules.

The King Bee has an externally polarized pressure-gradient, large-diaphragm condenser mic element with a center-terminated, 6μ pure gold-sputtered mylar capsule membrane.

Its very low noise rating (>7.0 dB) and high output make it the perfect choice for ultra-high resolution digital recording. Instead of integrated circuits (chips), the King Bee's Class A discrete amplifier circuitry ensures the most accurate and noise-free signal possible, with minimal distortion and coloration. You can position the side-address capsule, enclosed within its unique grille, for very precise placement.

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

OV Pro Voice-Activated Headphones

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OV Pro Voice-Activated Headphones

2019-04-24

OV Pro is the world's only headphone that uses your voice and not your hands to send voice and text messages instantly. You can also pull up your playlists, command your smart home, navigate directions. Use hands-free wake words to access the Chat App, harness Alexa, Siri, Googles Assistant. Your voice is a powerful thing. Use it to power your day and get things done.

Voice is Human. Hear true emotion and meaning. Whether you're sharing big news with a friend or making a joke, OV is the most human way to communicate. Voice is Fast. OV sends your true voice and transcribed text simultaneously, completely handsfree. Just tap, speak, and send. Power of voice with the convenience of text. Voice is Safe. OV each other without ever looking down, correcting mistakes, or reading a word. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Master your commands, and designed for your comfort. Comfortably wear OV Pro all day. Designed for ergonomic fit, comfort, and style. Controls and buttons intuitively placed, with a sleek and lightweight design weighing in at less than 1.5 ounces. Earbud magnets assure your cords never tangle to slow you down. All in a stylish brushed Gunmetal Black, or subtle Rose Gold/Clay premium finish.

Sometimes you want to shut out the outside world, and sometimes you don't. Ambient and Chat Modes allow you to jump into a conversation without removing your earbuds. Quick Mute allows you to navigate that call in a noisy environment. Active Noise Cancelling gives you the chance to relax. All controlled directly on the neckband without having to fumble for your phone.

Edifier S880DB Hi-Res Audio Certified Powered Speakers

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Edifier S880DB Hi-Res Audio Certified Powered Speakers

2019-04-23

Introducing the S880DB the first Hi-Res Audio certified speakers from Edifier. These speakers are compact desktop bookshelf speakers designed to connect to computers, gaming consoles, and all types of devices. Achieve a full range of audio from the S880DB bookshelf speakers. These bookshelf speakers come with a wireless remote for controlling sound from any point of the room including from the comfort of your own couch or chair.

The S880DB has a range of inputs including RCA, AUX, USB, optical, coaxial, and Bluetooth. The USB, optical and coaxial inputs have a sample signal rate of up to 192kHz. Adjust volume, bass, and treble controls with knobs located on the back of the speaker with a built-in amplifier. Stream your music wirelessly to the S880DB using Bluetooth v4.1 technology. Connect your laptop, tablet or phone using Bluetooth and get the party started from your playlist.

Need more bass bumps? The S880DB uses a 3.75-inch metal diaphragm mid-range bass speaker unit. The aluminum frame allows for higher power and minimal vibration for crossover. This leads to exceptional sharp dynamics for the S880DB. This 19mm dome treble tweeter driver unit is made from a highly polished titanium-laminate. The S880DB provides a highly sensitive and optimal resolution with a bright and clean performance.

The XMOS processor used is to add the addition of USB audio as an option. Connect your speakers to your computer via USB. USB memory sticks are not supported. Eliminate the need for an external amplifier or receiver with the help of the built-in amplifier. Connect directly to your source with these speakers.

13 Inch HP Spectre x360 - Episode 193

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13 Inch HP Spectre x360 - Episode 193

2019-04-15

This week, Avram Piltch shows off the HP Spectre x360 13" 2-in-1 notebook. This new model of the popular Spectre x360 series has some interesting new features. One of the most interesting, though seemingly simple changes, is the angled back corners. On these corners, which are cut at a 45-degree angle, house the power button and charging port. This minor change is a nice design change but also has a nice functional change. With the charging port at an angle, it makes it easy to get to without having it stick out into your desk or pushing back into the wall.

The laptop is ultra thin, but you don't have to sacrifice a standard USB-A port for the size. With more laptops coming with only USB-C, it's nice to have a laptop with both choices. The laptop comes in a couple of color schemes, including a copper-banded and a blue. There are also two choices for screen resolution, both an HD (1080) and UHD (4k). While the screen is colorful, it does suffer from a lack of brightness.

April 15, 2019 - Episode 526

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

April 15, 2019 - Episode 526

2019-04-15

This week, Google's changing its delivery, PlayStation is changing your ID, and Yahoo is changing its settlement offer.

Hack Computer Kids' Laptop - Episode 192

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Hack Computer Kids' Laptop - Episode 192

2019-04-07

This week, Avram Piltch shows off the brand new Hack Computer, a laptop designed to help teach kids about computers. There are two parts to the computer: the hardware and the operating system. The hardware is a quality laptop manufactured by Asus. Featuring a 1080p screen and lightweight design, it feels at home in the $299 price point. As for the operating system, it is a Linux build with tools and features specifically for the Hack Computer.

Where the Hack Computer really shines is the learning platform. Featuring characters that give you quests, Hack uses those quests to teach kids about the computer and how to code. For example, when in a game, there is a button that allows the child to flip the game over and exposes the inner workings. From there, the child is encouraged to alter the game parameters. As they do, they are given hints on ways they might want to accomplish their goal. They are also given information about coding and the inner workings of the computer.

Some of the information that is given is helpful, while others would seem more at home in a beginning engineering course. It is a little odd to tell an 8-year-old child that Latin root of the word cursor, for example. It's almost as if the target audience of the product changed at some point, but the original content was not removed. Speaking of content, the platform is a little light right now. That is because the platform is designed to expand over time, with a monthly subscription, though you get the first year of content included.

Fortunately, the Hack Computer offers an app store of sorts, so you can install some software you might consider missing as shipped. The Hack Computer is available now for $299.

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