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Sprint 4G Markets Increasing – But Where are the Phones?

Sprint launched 4G service in seven new markets today, bringing the current total to 43. The company predicts that large markets such as Los Angeles and New York will see the same service before the end of this year. However, there aren’t any phones to be had anywhere. The only available 4G phone (as of the writing of this post) is the HTC EVO 4G. Sadly, HTC cannot begin to keep up with demand due to parts shortages.

The EVO accesses the web over 4G and can also share the WiMAX connection with other devices… for a fee. With capabilities such as this, the phone is the flagship for Sprint’s next-generation network. If the phone isn’t available, though, how much of a crimp does that put into Sprint’s timetable and plans? HTC says that they have contracted with additional suppliers to ratchet up EVO production. Let’s hope this is the case, and that we’ll see EVOs back on the shelves in the near future.

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Are You a Ninja?

According to research conducted at both Facebook and LinkedIn, an increasing number of people have job descriptions that include the word “ninja” in the title. Both sites have in-house researchers who look at all of the junk that is posted on their respective sites and then try to make sense of it. That is a job I definitely wouldn’t want to have.

According to the chief scientist for LinkedIn, “From 2002 to 2007, there was an increase in job titles using the word “ninja” to designate a position requiring a high level of skill. “Evangelist” and “guru” were other titles that rose during the same period, although guru has since dropped in popularity.” Perhaps someone who decides they are the newest social media god (or goddess) will now call themselves a “Social Media Ninja.” Ohhh I know! Maybe Gordon Ramsay is a Kitchen Ninja!”

Are you a ninja?

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Burson Headphone Amp Review


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I am by no means an audiophile. My ears don’t always even work properly. So, when Burson sent along the HA-160 Headamp to review, I knew that this was a job best done by someone like my friend Imei. She has a lot of classical music training in her background. This made her the ideal listening candidate!

There are many times when you may have to use some sort of headphones to listen to your music, watch a video or even play a game. However, you don’t want to lose the quality you’re accustomed to, right? Using this headphone amp is literally like sitting in a concert hall. The sounds are so much crisper and clearer… more separated, even. It’s an amazing difference, even to someone who has ears like mine.

Most headphone amps are built with ICs (integrated circuitry). Listening to an IC based head amp is like trying to listen to a grand concert through a key-hole! The HA-160 has been designed with no ICs within its circuitry. This completely closed unit is ideal for perfect listening experiences.

This, folks, is solid-state done absolutely right.

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Ankit Earbuds Review


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What type of earbuds or headphones are you currently using? Are they comfortable while still providing excellent sound? You’ll get both with the Ankit Ergonomic Noise-Isolating Earphones with G-Bass Technology. They are VERY comfortable, and the sound is honestly – surprisingly – really good. I know that most people don’t expect much in the way of quality when using earbuds. I’m telling you though… these are great!

There are a few points about these particular earphones that are worth noting:

  • Ergonomic – The special curved design of the earplugs fit your ears naturally and comfortably.
  • Noise Isolation – These ergonomic earplugs and the metal-shielded driver blocks out external noises.
  • G-Bass Technology – Delivers rich sound with clear low notes (Bass) and few softened sharp notes.
  • Custom Fit – Comes with 3 different sizes of comfortable silicon earbud tips for all ears (S, M, L).
  • 3.5mm Gold Connector – Works with all your iPods, iPhones, Zunes, PSPs, Nintendo DSs, and what not.

For every pair of these earphones sold, the team at Ankit will plant a tree! They also caution you that you should never listen to music with any type of earbuds at max volume for more than a few minutes at a time. If you do, you can cause irrepairable hearing loss.

If you’d like to win one of four pairs for yourself, leave a video response on YouTube. Show us what you are using now, and tell us why you’d like a pair of these.

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The Beats by Dr. Dre and Monster


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I’m checking out the newest in products from the folks at Monster – The Beats. Would you believe that Dr. Dre himself sent these to me? Ok, so maybe he didn’t. But it’s still pretty cool to think he might have!

Experience music the way the artist wants you to. Beats high definition headphones are precision engineered to reveal the full sound of today’s digital music including the most sonically demanding rock, hip hop and R&B. With advance speaker design, power amplification, and active noise canceling, Beats delivers all the power, clarity, and deep base today’s top artists and producers want you to hear. Beats headphones are luxurious, high quality, and worth every penny.

I have reviewed noise canceling headphones a lot. I won’t go on trips without them. I’m not a big fan of earbuds, so I prefer regular headphones. There are a couple of reasons why I like the Beats more than other noise canceling headphones. One is that I love the way they fit perfectly over my ears.

Another thing I love is that I feel completely immersed in whatever I’m listening to. I’ve tried the surround-sound earphones before, but never really heard the surround. With the Beats, I feel completely IN surround sound. It was a completely new experience, and an amazing one.

I love the cabling of these things. I was confused as to why the cabling is separated from the headphones. Then, I took a better look. I noticed a little box attached to the black wire… and was like WHOA! Connect that wire to the headphones, and something like your iPhone. You can use your Beats with your iPhone, and even take calls without having to remove your very comfortable headset!

Lastly, I am happy with the batteries in this set. They take just regular old AA batteries, instead of a proprietary battery. I’ve been on trips where my old headphones would be completely dead and unusable, due to the battery draining itself. That’s so frustrating. With the Beats, I don’t have to worry about that.

There’s also a small mute button on the side. You can just push the button to stop playback of whatever you’re listening to, in order to focus your attention elsewhere. Once you’re done, push the button again and return to your music or podcast.

If you’re going to spend the money for a good music device, then spend the money on a good pair of noise canceling headphones. If you’re asking my opinion in terms of quality and features – you want the Beats.

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Do You Prefer Earbuds or Headphones?

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I happen to love audio – especially when it’s music from the new and exciting GeeksRadio.fm. GeeksRadio is launching on December 15th. It’s made by Geeks – for Geeks. They will be playing a wide variety of music, with several different types of on-air personalities. If you’re interested in being a part of this new venture, be sure to click the contact button on the site! Also, make sure you join us for the official launch party on December 15th at 6pm EST. I know I’ll be there, and Santa Claus plans to make a special guest appearance!

So when I’m listening to music, should I use earbuds, or headphones? I think it’s a matter of personal preference for everyone, really. It depends on your level of comfort, and what your needs are. I’ve reviewed several different types in the past, so when I was given the opportunity to review the Purebuds, I jumped at the chance.

The blasting sound of most earbuds can potentially damage your sensitive ear drums in which could lead to hearing loss. Purebuds utilizes the revolutionary Reverse Sound Technology to keep your ears feeling safe and listening safe, all day long. The innovative design of the Purebuds channel the sound away from your ear drums for crystal clear audio reproduction reducing the likelihood of potential ear damage. Purebuds delivers you just that, pure & safe sound.

Purebuds goes one step further to deliver you an incredible digital audio listening experience with the special effect audio enhancements it provides. Your Purebuds Headphones come with three different earbud tips. While conventional earbuds provide some earbud tips in a vague attempt to give a variation in size or comfort, we’ve decided to turn the earbud world on it’s ear, so to speak. Each earbud tip provides a different audio ambiance effect, allowing you to customize your listening experience without having to buy three pairs of specialized headphones. No matter which tip you choose, you can rest assured that our innovative “Safe-Sound” technology will bring you pure sound.

What really makes these different is the way they were constructed. Instead of pointing in, the speaker faces outward, and then is dynamically filtered back in. The Purebuds come with three different sets of tips. One is an all-purpose version, another is designed for more bass, and the last specifically caters to surround-sound.

Wow. These are very comfortable, and really deliver what they promise. I never would have thought that rubber tips on an earbud could make so much of a difference, but they do. It’s a very rich sound, and an excellent experience.

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What are the Best Headphones to Buy?


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This particular set of earbuds is compatible with my iPhone. There’s a little button I can push to mute the music and answer a call quickly if one comes in. The headphones also work with pretty much any piece of hardware, so long as it has a standard audio input. This is no regular set of earbuds. These are Coosh headphones.

Why Coosh? We listened to your ears. We created Coosh ear buds to stay on and feel good. Coosh ear buds are designed to stay on while you’re running, jumping, dancing or however you move. Coosh more than just stays on; they are made from a durable, ultra-light, flexible and soft silicone. These ear buds feel good! The Coosh listening experience doesn’t stop outside your ears. Sound engineers confirm that Coosh ear buds deliver a top-quality, balanced sound. Treat your ears to Coosh for an ear bud headphone or headset that stays on feel good. Stays on! Feels good! Coosh Headphones works with IPOD, MP3 Players and other audio devices that require a 3.5mm jack. The headphones are soft, light, and flexible. The silicone rings are detachable so you can customize your wearing style. Coosh is designed for extreme comfort, natural fit and emits a stereo sound. The ultra lightweight flexible silicone ear rings secure the ear buds so they stay on. Coosh is quality engineered for a full-bodied sound.

I hate when you’re walking around or something, and one of the earbuds fall out. Then you have a wire hanging down, and you can’t even hear anything. But with the Coosh, there is this little plastic thingie that will keep them from falling off your ears if the earbud pops out.

These are really comfortable, and work amazingly well. They’re super lightweight, and the sound quality is far above what I expected. I definitely recommend picking a set of these up for yourself.

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Top 5 Tips for Buying an Audio Mic and USB Headset

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On occasion, I’ve asked for your Top 5 tips and tricks. Thanks to bowler4ever for this excellent video email.

Top 5 Tips for Buying A Headset:

  • Don’t buy dirt cheap! They break too easily or too soon, they tend to not have any controllers for the microphone and/or headphones (if you have a headset), they tend to not last very long, and the sound quality can be pretty bad and you can get static to no end!
  • Buy within your budget! These $300 headsets may look great, but some can go for $45 and can work just as great or even better. So do your homework on these!
  • Find a set that looks comfortable for your ears and also look for an adjustable mic (so when you’re not using the mic, you can put it off to the side of the headset). Comfort is EVERYTHING in a headset. Make sure you find a headset that will fit your ears comfortably (preferably ones with the padding around the edge) and make sure they’re not too small, otherwise it’ll just keep falling off (having one with a clip that goes around the ear is a GREAT option, as this problem is vitually eliminated!)
  • Make sure the store you buy it at allows you to return it within 1-2 weeks, even if you’ve already opened the product, tried it, and you don’t like it. It makes no sense whatsoever if you buy a headset and try it, but you don’t like it and the store won’t let you return it, ESPECIALLY if they don’t have ones on display that you can try on! Staples is a great place to buy one and it has a 2 week return policy (as far as I know).
  • If you have never tried one that plugs in via USB, I strongly recommend you try one, especially if you have a bad sound card or you have none at all, because the drivers are either on a CD or, when plugged in, immediately recognized by the computer and the software gets installed via Plug-and-Play. (There are ones that come with both analog [which is plugged into the sound card] AND USB [via an adapter that comes with the headset]).

So, those are the top 5 tips for buying a headset! If you have any questions/recommendations for a headset, e-mail me via YouTube or Ustream or just shoot an e-mail to one of the best geeks in the computer industry. His name is Chris Pirillo and he can help you out with a lot of stuff. His e-mail address is [email protected] and if you want to see him in action, please drop by and say hello at live.pirillo.com. Thanks for watching!

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Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ponzi purchased the world’s most expensive noise cancelling headphones from Bose the other day… which cost as much as her second iPod (actually, third – if you want to count the Shuffle). I gotta admit, they’re quite comfortable on the ears. I’ll have to give ’em a good spin to decide if I’m going to pick up a pair, too:

QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones deliver acclaimed Bose performance in a new on-ear design. Just slip them on and experience the difference our proprietary technologies make. Enjoy full-spectrum noise reduction that fades background distractions. Rich, clear audio that reveals nuances you might have missed. And a compact, lightweight, easy fit for hours of comfortable listening.

I hate earphones – I don’t care how much “better” they are. When I was a kid, my mom told me never to stick anything in my ears – especially if it does nothing but collect wax and make my ear canal sore.