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Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on comparison (Video)

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Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

Today we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S6 to Apple’s iPhone 6. These two devices are from completely different areas in the mobile space, but there are still some striking similarities between the two.

As far as design goes, Samsung has implemented a fresh new design with the Galaxy S6, which in my opinion, looks miles better than its predecessor. Some people have been quick to point out that it appears to be a cross between iPhone 6 and iPhone 4, but honestly, I’m just happy Samsung ditched the plastic builds found on previous generation smartphones. When it comes to thickness, the 6.8mm frame on the Galaxy S6 wins over the marginally thicker 6.9mm found on the iPhone 6.

The Galaxy S6 features a metal frame that’s color-matched depending on the model and Gorilla Glass 4 covering its front and back side. The build quality here appears to be comparable to the iPhone 6 in nearly every way, but Apple ditched the glass panel design years ago and has stuck with metal housing for the last few models.

Check out our full Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 comparison video below:

Unfortunately, the design of the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 comes with a few compromises. You won’t find a removable battery, SD card expansion, or waterproofing on either device.

Around the front of the Galaxy S6 you’ll find a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, while the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,334 x 750. Above the display, The S6 has a 5-megapixel front facing camera, while the iPhone 6 features a 1.2-megapixel shooter.

Below the display, Apple’s iPhone 6 features a home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor called Touch ID. Samsung launched its own fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S5, but has majorly improved it on the S6. It works exactly like Touch ID now, but Samsung may have gone a little too far in mimicking the setup screen. Check out the above video for a side-by-side demo of the fingerprint sensor features. Samsung also uses two capacitive buttons on the front for navigation through the user interface.

On the back side, the Galaxy S6 features a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and LED flash, and a heart rate sensor, while the iPhone 6 sports an 8-megapixel rear shooter, dual-tone LED flash, and the Apple logo.

The button layout between the two are pretty similar, with the volume buttons on the left side and power/lock switch on the right side, but around the top the Galaxy S6 features an IR blaster. On the bottom end, the iPhone 6 sports a microphone, Lightning port for charging, and speaker grill. With the Galaxy S6 you’ll find a very similar layout, but instead we have a Micro USB port for charging.

On the inside, there’s a lot difference between the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, but if you’d like to find out more about Samsung’s latest flagship check out our Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hands-on comparison video or our comparison to the Galaxy S5. Furthermore, you can check out our iPhone 6 review here or our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s comparison for a closer look at it. So which device do you prefer? Let us know with a comment.


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Review: Sengled’s Pulse system combines LED lights and JBL-powered Bluetooth speakers (Video)

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Sengled’s Pulse LED light system is definitely a product I never thought would be a thing. The Pulse series is a system of LED lights with built-in speakers. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s something I never thought would need to exist. That being said, because it was so unique I figured it would be worth checking out and to my surprise, it’s actually pretty cool…

The Pulse system comes as a starter kit which includes a master bulb and a satellite bulb. This alone will allow you to have a stereo speaker system, but you can connect up to seven satellite bulbs (purchased separately) to one master bulb. The bulbs will fit most anywhere with a standard light socket, but they are a little wide so smaller lamps may not work well. Also, each bulb is rated to last up to 25,000 hours and produce a warm-toned brightness of 600 lumen.

Setting up the Pulse system is extremely simple. The connection is made to the master bulb via Bluetooth on your iOS (or Android) device. From there, it will automatically detect and sync up with the satellite bulb. The light and audio settings can be controlled from the Pulse app which can be downloaded free of charge.

The Pulse system will work as traditional Bluetooth speakers, but there’s something interesting about the vibe/ambiance that comes along with playing music through speakers in a lighting fixture. It’s much different from anything I’ve experienced. I have this system installed as two of my overhead lights in the kitchen and it fills the room with music in a very different way.

The best way to describe this system is to show it in action. Check out our review video of Sengled’s Pulse system below:

The 13 watt speakers (at 8 ohms) inside feature JBL by Harmon technology and I found them to be quite pleasant to listen to. They have a 100Hz-20kHz frequency response and the audio quality is pretty good (for a light bulb). I was surprised at how much bass was produced. Another thing to note is that the lighting fixture can change the sound output as well. Depending on the size or shape of lamp, the sound will slightly vary because of how the sound waves bounce around.

As far as the app goes, its functionality is basic, but definitely gets the job done. With the Pulse app, you’ll have the ability to dim the lights (simultaneously or individually), turn them on/off, adjust the speaker output, switch between a mono/stereo signal, and designate which light gets the left/right output. There’s also a handful of built-in EQ presets that will work independently from the EQ presets found in the Music settings on iOS and the app has the ability to add new satellite bulbs. For a detailed look at the app, check out the above video.

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The Sengled Pulse system starts at $179.99 for the starter kit. Given the pricing of other smart LED light systems, that’s not a crazy asking price, but it will definitely be a turnoff to some consumers. Satellite bulbs can be purchased for $79.99 each and as mentioned, you can add up to seven of them to one master bulb.

The Pulse system seems to be proprietary so don’t expect it to work with any other smart wireless systems or platforms. Overall though, there’s not much else to say here. These are LED light bulbs with built-in speakers and after using them for a couple of weeks, I think it’s a fantastic idea. The only real downside comes with the entry price.


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G-Technology announces high-performance twin-drive RAID storage geared to video work

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G-Technology has announced a new high-performance external G-RAID twin-drive storage system aimed at video professionals. Available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB versions, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates of up to 440MB/s, enough to handle multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video …

Both 7200rpm enterprise-class drives are removeable, and the built-in RAID controller offers a choice of RAID 0 for maximum speed or RAID 1 for the security of mirrored data.

As you’d expect from G-Technology, the enclosures are all-aluminum, and use quiet cooling fans.

Pricing is surprisingly reasonable for what you’re getting, starting at $800 for 8TB, through $1000 for 12TB to $1300 for 16TB. A slightly cheaper version is available without Thunderbolt. The G-RAID system will be available in March.

If you don’t need that kind of performance but still want the pro-grade drives and cool styling, check out our review of the company’s G-Drive USB drive.


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YouTube Kids iOS app arrives w/ family-focused content & parental controls

Google just announced that its new YouTube Kids app is available for both iOS and Android devices starting today. The new app for kids is the first of its kind for Google, but the launch follows reports that Google was preparing kid-friendly versions of YouTube, Chrome, Search and other apps.

Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they’re interested in. For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son, who loves watching videos of car washes, Super Simple Songs, and about the universe. We’re not the only ones: Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at YouTube have been working on a new way for our kids—and yours—to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe.

Among the changes Google made for the new app is a new “bright and playful design” including larger images, easier to spot icons, and optimizations specifically for users with smaller hands. In addition, the app includes all family-focused content, as you’d expect, and a large selection of parental control options including a timer, sound settings, search settings, and more.

  • Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;) )
  • Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breather.
  • Search settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.
  • Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included a space for you to give us your feedback.

The new YouTube app for kids is available on the App Store now.

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Review: A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones pack Bluetooth and active noise cancellation in a premium package

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These days, it seems like there is an endless variety of headphones to choose from. With new models popping up on a weekly basis, it’s hard to sort through the crowd to find the ones that fit you best. When it comes to active noise cancellation this elite selection thins out a bit, but there are only a handful that fall into the same category as A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones.

From a functionality perspective, these headphones give you everything but the kitchen sink. They can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with active noise cancellation, in passive (wired) mode, and even feature dual sound profiles. Along with that, they include a wide variety of accessories that offer more than enough for any situation…

Unboxing these headphones was a very pleasant experience. The box opens easily and immediately you are presented with a beautiful carrying case with a carbon fiber-like design. Within this case, you’ll find everything else. First up, you obviously have the headphones, but right in the center of the case is a small little bag being secured by Velcro that houses the headphone accessories.

Among the included accessories you’ll find two 4ft audio cables, one of which is equipped with an in-line remote/mic combo for controlling calls and music playback, a Micro USB cable and wall adapter for charging, a warranty card, microfiber cloth, and even an 1,800mAh rechargeable battery pack to keep you powered on-the-go. This is the first pair of headphones I’ve personally seen that came with its own portable battery pack.

The construction of the Icon headphones is amazing. This particular model comes in Phantom Black or Liquid Chrome and features premium materials where it matters the most. Each ear cup is attached to a steel frame with chrome plating along with leather padding and memory foam to keep you comfortable all day long. It’s hard to describe the premium design with these headphones in-depth, but you can check out our review video for a closer look.

Watch our A-Audio Icon review video below:

Each ear cup features 40mm drivers which are an absolute joy to listen to. Whether you’re utilizing the active noise cancellation or the Bass Enhancer mode, the audio is crisp and clear. These two modes case be switched between with a double-press of the power button on the headphones when in use. As for the passive mode, I didn’t hear a noticeable difference in quality between the ANC and passive modes, which was surprisingly refreshing compared to other comparable headphones.

Pairing via Bluetooth is very simple. Just hold down the power button long enough to kick the headphones into pairing mode and make the correct selection in your device’s Bluetooth settings. You’ll have to be in Bluetooth mode to take advantage of the active noise cancellation or Bass Enhancer mode though. The headphones are also equipped with a built-in mic and audio controls for convenience without relying on the detachable cable.

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The playback/call controls are actually built into the design of the Icon headphones: the right side’s outer plate (where the “A” logo is featured) also works as a three button controller. Press on the top end for volume up, bottom end for volume down, and in the center a single press will play/pause or answer/end calls, double press for skipping tracks, and triple press for moving backwards.

I recently had the chance to test out these headphones on a lengthy flight and they delivered the goods. I was able to enjoy my music/movies in a peaceful environment without the noise and disruptions that come along with travel. The battery life is rated at 12 hours, which I found to be extremely accurate. If you do happen to run out of juice and don’t have the battery pack available, the headphones will also work flawlessly in passive mode, minus the sound modes.

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I wish that the active noise cancellation would function when wired, just in case I don’t want to mess with Bluetooth at the time, but that’s certainly not a deal breaker. The sound quality here is great in my opinion—possibly among the best Bluetooth headphones I’ve heard in a while though the Bass Enhancer mode was a bit too much for my taste. Sound “quality” will always be subjective, but I feel like the Icon headphones hit the nail on the head.

Overall, I don’t have anything to complain about. The Icon headphones are well-built, flexible/durable, feature active noise cancellation, Bluetooth, great battery life, and all the accessories I could ever need. So what’s the catch then? Well, a lot of people will be turned off by this next part…

A-Audio’s Icon headphones retail for $379. I realize that is a pretty penny to pay for headphones and the price point will turn many away, but they are priced semi-comparably with the market, given their feature set. I definitely recommend these headphones, but at this price they aren’t for everyone. Check out the above video for a closer look at them.


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