The Apple TV

  

The Apple TV is a device that allows you to enjoy your digital media on the tv. It makes use of the same dual core processor found in the iPod touch 5th generation and offers a wide range of pre-installed apps from Netflix to the news. Apple has been creating a closed ecosystem for the last decade for it’s portable devices… The iPhone, iPad, and now gaining market share in the Mac ecosystem and I’ve been in it since iOS 3.1.3 on an iPod Touch 1st generation I bought from a friend. The reason why iOS has been so successful has to do with the App Store and the developers imaginations. Playing Dead Space on an iPod Touch at the time when it was launched a year later on consoles was unheard of. It was something new and exciting to be able to fit an entire miniature game console, computer, and music library in your pocket. Now with Apple TV, it’s time to bring those things back to your living room and bedrooms. It’s time to bring back the apps from the phone to our TV’s. Our games, friends, and everything about the iPhone that made us feel like kids. Full of wonder and enthusiasm. The Apple TV will not just be the center of our homes in the future, it will be the bridge between work and life. A family hub with a family calendar, a real time digital assistant, a cloud-saving gaming center, an unlimited stream of music and media from all over the world with an AppStore for all languages. The Apple TV is the computer from your pocket that has been refined for 10 years in the making. When the black wall is removed, it’ll be here.

Advertisements

Nocs NS 200/400 Aluminum/Titanium Review

   
The day that I first received a pair of Nocs I thought they had two high of a treble and too low of a bass. They didn’t feel neutral.. But as I listened more to them I started to understand why they weren’t as warm as a pair of old speakers. The music I was listening to was not that great. I have been privileged of owning a 350 W sub that was placed inside of a glass enclosure with sound coming from the top, and a small speaker that had the most warm sound of any speakers I’ve owned. The two of them together sounded like an amplified version of the Bose Sound Link Mini. By a lot. And so after the DAC/AMP unit stopped working I purchased the Nocs NS 400-002’s. A pair of 105 db and 16 ohms versus the 96 db of the NS 200’s. To this day, these headphones are the ones I always keep coming back to because I have come to an understanding that not all artists know how to mix audio. The sound engineer for Lana Del Rey does amazing work. These headphones are the in between of audiophile and consumer level grade. It is the definition of what audio should sound like in the entire frequency spectrum without being warm like an old pair of speakers or a highly powered pair of headphones with 600 ohms of clarity and an O2 amp. Trying to listen to such a range lets you hear the imperfections a lot more clearer and that doesn’t make music enjoyable. It’s like telling a child Santa Claus isn’t real. You’ve removed a filter of clarity. Where the Nocs stand is… minimally designed lightweight earbuds made of aluminum/titanium. The difference being a subtle higher clarity in the 400’s and so on for the higher models. Buying anything higher than the Nocs price range is a waste of money.

  

 

Exclusive PS4 Review

I’ve owned the PS4 for about 3 months and now is the time I give it a piece of my mind. Firstly I’d like to say I’m not a casual gamer but I’m not a hardcore gamer either. I’m in between the middle. This is the grand machine Sony dreamed of.

1. Games

Sony has has a 70% average metacritic lineup of games because they focused on indie developers for their first launch titles alongside AAA publishers- Far Cry 4, GTA V, Destiny, and Bloodborne vs Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number… there are less than 20 good games worth buying. At this time I’d say the PS3 has better games than the PS4, as did the PS2 at the PS3’s launch- but this is the second time… GTA has always been the reason consoles sell more and this time I decided to skip it for the PC version. In the future there’s 3 or four noticeable titles – NFS, No Man’s Sky, Besieged (if they port it) and Uncharted 4. Whatever is left is brand new IP’s from E3 that probably are – Advent from 2K, Doom, Mass Effect 4, and if Criterion ever releases their adrenaline-game we should have a good lineup in the rest of 2015 and on to the rest of 2016- but to me console launches are always the crap of the load.

2. Design

The PS4’s menu feels more complicated than the PS3’s, often making users jump more between menu’s to do things such as powering off the console – it takes more X’s to shut down than the previous consoles and is less interesting than the PS Vita’s menu’s or mini OS that should get more attention if Sony ever wants to take on Apple or Microsoft in the future. That is, I see a bright future for Sony’s Vita mini OS on Sony phones and tablets. Rather than limiting design functions to the PS button menu as MS did with the Xbox 360, Sony spread everything in a long tiled list sorted by frequency of use instead of the interfaces we see on our phones or tablets and to me this interface is dumb because it is not made for muscle memory retention- it shifts around… Now it seems futuristic in paper but it’s not really that great when you are trying to find YouTube behind a bunch of large game tiles that are in the way (and pull on the cloud for descriptions and updates- why you need to know that out of the PSN store is beyond me) and then YouTube is under TV and Video instead of being it’s own app tile. This creates a waste of time and confusion amongst the user experience. A app search function would have been nice or the grid like that of the Vita or iOS even better. Sony has also removed custom themes, picture wallpapers, usb transfers, and made it less of a desirable media playback device than the PS3, I haven’t tested in home video streaming with DivX but by the time I could get it running I’ll have an Apple TV set up for that instead cause iPads are to me slowly becoming the replacement of our notebooks, consoles, and PCs.

3. Flexibility

In terms of portability- you have to buy a Vita or FaceTime your game, try streaming it through twitch since there is no iOS app for that and there is no streaming to PC functionality either… The Vita OS is the only choice asides the Xperia Z3 phone. Battery life on the PS4 remote is crap compared to the Dual Shock 3 because they won’t let us turn off the indicator light and lastly there’s a subscription fee to play online meanwhile on the PS3 there never was but it does have it’s free game benefits – as long as you are a member to play them. PS Vue TV is way too expensive for a model that is outdated- live TV is old and the only good thing I have found about the PS services- PS Now game streaming. This feature alone is worth a PS Vita TV console if they would let us stream our old PS3 and classic console game purchases instead of renting them. Spotify and Netflix are the sprinkles of an unfinished cake (when Spotify adds video streams or decides to pursue database indexing off to become the world’s media library (bigger than Netflix) Sony should by then come up with a phone/tablet mini OS based on the Vita and PS4.

Conclusion.

Sony created the base level of a console that is less feature rich than their PS3 console, less flexible than a Vita, and more UI clustered than a windows 8 tablet but the games that are on it and will be on it – make it worth buying for the living room – leave your fancy computer in the room – should the games be less independent of the device they run on because nowadays we can stream to the iPad and by then the iPad of 2020 will be equally or more powerful than the PS4 with their 3D stacked GPU’s that Apple TV would have ended our need to own a console box unless it’s the cloud-streaming cloud type or tiny m-ATX form factor with powerhouse AMD 3D chip-stacked graphics. It’s becoming clear to me that the store of an OS (with a good amount of storage on a device) is the most important feature for it’s success. If you go to the store that doesn’t have anything good, you leave and go to the next.

i/Phone

I was watching CollegeHumor on YouTube and there’s a video where they talk about the iPhone 6S greatest new feature is getting rid of the phone itself… So i asked myself why is the phone tied down to these stupid companies that charge for access on data plans that are so tiny yet so expensive? This isn’t 1999 and we don’t use nokia’s anymore. The phone like everything else has moved to the internet. And don’t get me wrong Louis C.K. said not to complain about this… But who wants to pay 50-60 dollars for one line a month that gets you so little data… I run through 1 GB on a single download on the iPad getting games likes GTA or Infinity Blade and 30 dollars more gives us unlimited? What? How about dynamic monthly data? Just YouTube or Periscope streaming runs up 100 GB in a month. These companies should get with the times.

What about, Love? Chapter 5

It seems like we’re less than before.

So many people died in the apocalypse.
The water was toxic, the crops were dying, and the underground vaults we lived in when we were young made us similar but we remained unique… but at the same time… I wish we could go back there… Before our homes were destroyed.. My mom was a hard worker. She was always looking out for us… When my father left her I never felt like he was worth keeping in touch with. Me and my mom struggled to get out of the vaults… Jenna was the closest one to us. She and I listened at the sounds of trains passing by the night… I remember there was a male member in our vault that used to talk to her, one day she punched him in the face and broke his nose… He kept teasing her by telling her to clean… I would have done the same but I wasn’t strong enough.

I remember the vaults. Siri helped us with everything… I never knew how to cook till our president left one day and we went out with masks to find his body decomposing a week later. We found him sitting in broken house, in a tub in the woods with his gun in his hands, looking up at the sky… We took the gun from his hands and showed it to his brother. He had been asking for him for a week… And we sat down and cried that night by a fire. The gun reflected it’s flames on a table, and we wondered if he had asked for forgiveness and reached his subconscious before he took his life.

Do you know why the apocalypse happened? One of the world’s leaders had declared war on another country and his nation decided to lock him up in jail instead. He had made contacts with powerful men and they destroyed his entire nation instead of freeing him. By the time we had learned about this, they had fired nuclear missiles at the and they tried telling us it was terrorists… Instead… It was our own government attacking us. I saw a missile hit the Grand Canyon on my phone, and at first I thought it was a comet or fireworks.

We had luck…

Back in the living room we could see simulations of our subconscious connected to our brainwaves on our glass ceiling and some of them were too bright for me. I asked Siri to slowly bring us back to consciousness.

Do you want to eat some food? I asked Madison, still adjusting, her pupils dilated back to normal.

We had grown our crops inside, had nothing but natural plants and a little bit of sanitized meat, seafood itself never really tasted good to me anyways although we had Siri to help us with the crops, just wish she could cook.

I heard that… Siri exclaimed.

Siri had the ability to read minds because she had been equipped with microphones that were as good as dolphin ears, sometimes i think that’s not a good thing.

Call Lisa, it’s time for lunch.

As I walked forward the wall in front of me moved a bit so I could see Lisa sitting down by an augmentable glass window looking at a butterfly. She was changing her wings colors and patterns, till a chameleon appeared… The virtual chameleon was not programmed to eat anything. The butterfly landed on it, and they were mirroring each-others colors. I never understood how they were able to do that, but I have to assume that they were highly evolved dimensional creatures even after they were mostly wiped out.

Lisa do you want to eat some food? She smiled and nodded in approval.

Come on down to the living room.

Our beds went below and the table rose higher as it became bigger, and our chairs came up.

A container of apple’s, a few strawberries, and white grapes were brought down the ceiling through a tube.

Our neighbor was now getting home and she had now found her dog… I don’t think she cared about it because she looked at him and walked away… Dogs were cloned anyways. They weren’t as special as cats… Cats had been evolved past dogs so much that some had their fur to look like tiny bears.

Please check Madison’s homework Siri and show us our home stats.

In a grid on the table we could see the Internet usage was beyond 20 terabytes and I wondered if we should stop indexing the P2P clusters from time to time.

France had become the world’s servers AI home to see worldwide stats, however Siri wasn’t allowed to go past her internet cluster unless we asked her to. I just love their coffee.

We sat and ate for a while till it time for us to start working inside of our virtual world, and let me tell you… Madison and I built a forest in it and it is beautiful.

What about, Love? Chapter 4

In our home, the glass windows changed to black and rendered a virtual sky above us with aura’s of all colors. Madison was laying down on the sofa with siri’s device.

Do you want to visit our old home?

Wouldn’t want to miss it.

Siri turned off the TV as I sat down next to Madison waiting for Siri to bring up my bed from the ground. I sat down and looked at Madison, she asked me “What?” looking up at me.
I felt like telling her I was afraid of going to the wrong place but we always found each other at our old home so I said… Nothing, and smiled back. She layed down and shut her eyes as my psycho-tricorder glowed a subtle blue hue around the gems ear piece.

As time passed on, the solfeggio frequencies played together ascending from low to high in a circular quantum form, then it guided us by sound into our bodies light vehicles… Where I thought of our old home in Sim City. Siri had geometrically learned the dimensions and their wavelengths so she played them through our minds and we visualized them like bats when they used to exist. In our minds we had no longer taken the bodies of our digital selfs but instead of our physical selfs, however we kept morphing into other being figures… Our bodies were made of light and shapes and at one moment Madison looked like a stranger I had only seen for a second on a screen when I was younger. I felt the presence of someone who had existed trying to be in my subconscious dream with Madison. But Siri was programmed to only allow matching frequencies to co-exist in our reality. It was actually me and Madison’s minds that were not up to par with Siri’s… Because if we asked her to join our dream she would have probably become the talking house she is, or build an endless hotel of rooms and rooms of people from all over the universe that we could visit if we downloaded their dimensions ideas and shifted our light bodies frequencies to theirs.

Madison asked, “Do you remember who you were in Sim City?”

I don’t. I left home each day in the morning when the sun came up and sped myself up through work… It was all a blur by night.

Her light kept shifting to different colors. “We met on a virtual server hosted by a trillionaire. Do you remember that day?”

I remember visiting the mall and thinking I did not have enough virtual money to get you a present for your birthday. I remember the host saying you were pretty and even then you chose me over him. I feel like you missed out on a lot…

Reality is not as important as it used to be. Virtuality took over and it led us here through neuroscience. Spirituality is the bending of our minds and nature, what is of life other than a lower dimension than is this one and the ones paralleling away from those of gods among us?

We were not daemonic by nature, we were forced to believe in ideas of the dead and most of us were trapped by the wicked. If it wasn’t for the apocalypse things would have always been the same generation after generation, the re-birth of Christ was never in the hands of the churches either. Martin Luther King Jr was not Christian…

I drifted away.