My iPad is my on-the-go computer, and it’s what I take to lectures. I’ve been surprised by how useful multiwindow, the iPadOS feature that allows you to split the same app into multiple windows, has been. In particular, I’ve been using Things 3, my favourite task manager app, a lot with it.
The FX-Audio DAC-X6 is a headphone AMP and a 24 bit DAC. With an AMP, you can power high impedance headphones, and a DAC converts digital sound into analog – essentially smoothing out the stepped digital signal. You can learn much more about this in the brilliant article that can be read here.
In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the DAC-X6 and seeing how it performs with relatively low power headphones, being Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros at 80 Ohms, which are enough to warrant the use of an amp. I won’t be including detailed diagrams and graphs, which you can find here, but will be reviewing based on my opinion of sound quality, build, aesthetics and various other factors.
Ambient noise is a very popular method of environment control, that can help people concentrate and relax. Dark Noise is an app that offers various noises, from water to urban noises. It has an easy to use interface, with close attention paid to animations in the app. In addition to this, Dark Noise takes advantage of many iOS technologies, including Siri shortcuts, widgets, alternative app icons, and much more.
Reddit is a great platform that allows you to find interesting content, sales, deals, and so much more. In this review, I’ll be taking a look at Notifier for Reddit, which allows you to set custom filters that immediately send you an email alert when they are triggered.
I’ve recently reviewed Alerts for Reddit, which offers a similar package to Notifier for Reddit. However, Notifier for Reddit boasts a near-instant alert via email, as well as boolean operators and the ability to use it on desktop.
The Timenoten backpack is a slim, hard case backpack that’s designed for the city. With successful funding in both Japan and South Korea, the backpack is now aiming to enter the Western markets with their Kickstarter.
I’ve been using the eBags Slim Professional for over two years now – I love it’s slim form factor, so it will be interesting to see how the much cheaper, a smaller, Timenoten compares to it.
If you do a lot of programming, writing, or anything that you need to compare versions of different files, you’ll know how important a diff tool is. I’ve been using Meld to compare large directories for websites I’ve been developing, and have been very impressed with the performance and ease of use the app offers.
Meld allows you to see edits, additions, and deletions to individual files, as well as seeing what complete files have been added, changed, or deleted. This makes it incredibly easy to keep track of changes, and can come in handy for group projects.
I’ve been listening to a lot more music recently. On iOS, I use Marvis to play my music. On my desktop, I’ve been using Musicbee. I’m a long time user of this program, and briefly covered it on this site in 2015. However, I want to write a better, more detailed review on it, and some of it’s great features that I’ve been using.
I recently was in the market for a new microphone, and the BM-800 caught my eye – for under £40 (at time of writing), the microphone looked very appealing – it was cheaply priced, however had sparkling reviews and looked very good.
If you are looking for an inexpensive microphone, the BM-800 is a great choice. As it is a condenser microphone, it captures more detail and low volumes than your typical dynamic microphone. For the average person, the BM-800 is a great choice, however if you are looking for something that is crystal clear, you may want to save up more.
If you own a website, you’ll know important speed is. That’s where BunnyCDN comes in – it allows you to serve assets and images from an ultrafast server, from 36 locations around the world. This allows you to save server load, and also dramatically speed up page render times.
Typically, content delivery networks (CDNs) are expensive. However, BunnyCDN only requires a minimum of $10 a year, and has two tiers – $10/TB, with more serving locations, and $5/TB, with slightly less serving locations. This means that BunnyCDN is not only very fast, but also very affordable.
As a person who watches quite a bit of TV, tracking the shows I am watching and airing shows is pretty important to me. I’ve been using Trakt to track my shows after the past year, however was intrigued when I was contacted by Simkl to review their alternative to Trakt.
Specifically, Simkl offers a separate Anime section – the TV genre I watch the most. Whilst Trakt does offer an anime filter in search, Simkl allows you to quickly and easily discover new content to watch – as well as TV shows and movies.