Thanks to our fabulous contributors, we’ve got a full-length show this week. We’ll start with the last audio interview from NAB, this time with Audio-Technica about their microphones and headphones (we use both!). Then I have a Tiny Tip about how to fix a problem with multiple monitors on your Mac. I’m trying to be like all of the other cool kids, so I’ve done GDPR work on Podfeet just because it’s the right thing to do. Sandy Foster brings us a review of an app called Electric Quilt. I’ll tell you how underwhelming it was to attempt to rent an electric bike via Explore Bike Share. Joe Dugandzic tells us about a new voice assistant-capable lightswitch from ecobee called the Switch+. Finally, George from Tulsa tells us about an incredibly inexpensive computer he recommends called a NUC running Linux.
Allison interviews Gary Boss from Audio-Technica about their wide range of microphones and headphones. Gary describes the Audio-Technica System 10 digital wireless system made up of a compact receiver you can mount on a cold shoe combined with a handheld mic/transmitter or a lavalier mic hooked to a body pack transmitter. System 10 is easy to use, produces high-quality audio, and avoids interference normally encountered in a dense electromagnetic environment. This the same audio system used to record the audio for NosillaCast interviews (including this one). Gary also describes the AT 2020 USBi mic, perfect for podcasting and recording on the go. It supports digital audio recording to devices with a USB port or to iOS devices with a Lightning port. Gary then moves on to Audio-Technica’s suite of professional headphones ranging in price from $49 to $349. These headphones have a flat audio response, removable ear-pads, and detachable cables. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://audio-technica.com/
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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Audio Hijack from Rogue Amoeba. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a fully-accessible Mac app that allows you to do crazy cool stuff with audio sources. Here’s just a couple of examples of how I use it:
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All the cool kids are moving to Discord for podcasting and chat, and so is the NosillaCast. We’ll hear a CES interview with August about their smart locks (spoiler, I’ve got one). TJ gives us his review of the HiFi ELITE Super66 headphones. Back to CES with the Velco Connected Handlebars for bicycles, and the new fleet of Jabra wireless headphones. In Security Bits, Bart Busschots brings us up to date on Spectre and Meltdown, along with an interesting lesson about spareness and density of data collection regarding how the exercise app Strava showed military installations.
Hi, George reporting in from Tulsa with another episode in my ongoing struggle with Bluetooth.
Back in 2008 Steve Jobs called Blu-Ray a “bag of hurt.” A pretty good description of most of my experiences with Bluetooth. Had a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid that actually worked, though that car’s “Bluetooth Hands-Free” was phone only, no media. My 2017 RAV4 is a rolling Bluetooth disaster. Connections drop during calls, returning the call to the phone which may be in my pocket, and in handset not even speaker mode.. When starting the RAV if it was set for Bluetooth Media, it would randomly start playing random media. Daughter’s fairly recent Subaru shows some of the same behavior with iPhone Bluetooth.
I’m hoping there’s a software update for the RAV Entune system as the “tricks” Google suggested haven’t fixed it.
By the way, I’m not an audiophile so don’t expect this review to rant about the sound qualities. My qualifications simply go from ‘horrible’ to ‘nice’.
Anyway, Allison always asks us what’s the problem to be solved. Well, actually I had two problems to be solved. These are probably very first world problems, but here goes.
My husband likes to watch sports a lot, which I usually can stomach for about 5 minutes. I don’t want to move off to the bedroom or my computer every time I want to watch something else and watching something on my iPad with the TV blasting something different is very difficult. So I was looking for a way to sit in the living room but watch something other than what’s on TV.
While preparing for our overdue summer vacation I realised I’d love to have a noise cancelling headphone so I could watch some TV shows on my iPad during the plane trip. And it could double for blocking out the sports noise from the TV.
Steve Sheridan compares two Bluetooth headphones, the new PowerBeats 3 against the older Jabra Sports, not as much on sound quality but on fit and Bluetooth connectivity. We’ve got our last interview from NAB 2017, with Yi about their 4K+ Action Camera (the guy called it a GoPro killler). I’ll tell you why I think sleep tracking is dumb and Bart will tell you how an Anker 2 port USB charger solved his problem. Joe Dugandzic of Smarter Home Life will tell us about the new offerings from Ikea in affordable smart lighting. Bruce Wilson tells us about the Plantronics Blackwire C435 headset he used for our interview on Chit Chat Across the Pond this week. We’ll finish up with two dumb questions from me to Bart about clicking unsubscribe links in emails and shortened links in Twitter. I learned something new from his answer.
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Hi Allison, this is Steve back with a product review … well actually more of a product comparison. In my endless quest for the perfect sports headphones, I’ll compare the PowerBeats3 Wireless headphones that you recently got me for Father’s Day (thank you very much!) against the previous pair of headphones I used, the older model Jabra Sport Wireless+. As another comparison point, you can check out Allister Jenks’ excellent review of the BeatsX bluetooth headphones back in March.
Both the PowerBeats and Jabra Sport are Bluetooth headphones designed for use on the go or while involved with physical activity. Both headphones are wireless and connect to a Bluetooth enabled device, such as an iPhone. Both have external controls for volume, pause, skip ahead/back and call answering. You may have heard me talk about how almost all regular earbuds do not fit in my ears at all. For example, I haven’t been able to find a pair that will stay in my ears while running. So I depend on headphones that have hooks that attach the earbuds to my ears. Both the PowerBeats and Jabra Sport have these ear hooks to keep the earbuds in place while I’m active.
Bottom line is that I like the new PowerBeats3 headphones but there are still some situations where I prefer the Jabra Sport headphones, so I use both now, but each in different situations.
Now I’ve talked about these headphones’ similarities, so let me talk about where they differ.
Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.