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13. Februar 2018

Consumer Reports: Google Home Max and Sonos One Sound Better Than HomePod

Consumer Reports has conducted some early audio testing of the HomePod, and while the full evaluation isn’t yet finished, the site believes that both the $400 Google Home Max and the $200 Sonos One sound better than Apple’s new $349 smart speaker.

The HomePod received a „Very Good“ sound quality rating, as did the Sonos One and the Google Home Max, but the latter two speakers also received higher overall sound quality scores.

Consumer Reports says that its speaker tests are conducted in a dedicated listening room, with experienced testers who compare each model with „high-quality reference speakers.“ In the case of [...]

 
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12. Februar 2018

Audiophile Review: HomePod ‚Sounds Better‘ Than $999 KEF X300A Digital Hi-Fi Speakers

HomePod reviews from the tech press came thick and fast last week, and while the smart speaker’s sound quality was consistently praised, most reviews were based on subjective assessments and didn’t take into account professional-grade output measurements. Early on Monday, however, Reddit user WinterCharm posted exhaustive audio performance testing results for HomePod to the Reddit audiophile community.

Using specialized equipment and a controlled testing environment, the review features in-depth analysis of the smart speaker’s output when compared to a pair of $999 KEF X300A digital hi-fi monitors, representing a „meticulously set up audiophile [...]

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5. Januar 2018

Apple Joins Alliance for Open Media to Pursue Better Video Compression

Apple recently joined the Alliance for Open Media as a founding member, according to an updated member list first noticed by CNET.

The Alliance for Open Media, according to its website, was formed to „define and develop media codecs, media formats, and related technologies to address marketplace demand for an open standard for video compression and delivery over the web.“

The Alliance is developing a royalty-free video codec known as AOMedia Video 1 (AV1), which is designed to compress video before it’s stored or sent over a network. Apple’s move to join the Alliance for Open Media is notable because implementing such technology requires it [...]

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8. Dezember 2017

Yoink 1.1 Update for iOS Brings Better Clipboard Support, Download Option, and Improved iOS Integration

Eternal Storms today released version 1.1 of Yoink for iPhone and iPad, the mobile version of the popular drag-and-drop Mac app. On iOS 11, Yoink acts like a convenient shelf for users to drag in files and other content, do something else (switch apps, tabs, and so on) and then easily access those items again by dragging them out of Yoink.

A handful of new iOS integrations are particularly notable in the latest update. For example, Yoink now offers enhanced clipboard awareness, so that when users copy something to the clipboard, Yoink will automatically offer to store it for them.

Elsewhere, when sharing a URL with Yoink through its new action extension in a [...]

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