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Alternative Web Browsers

Chances are you’re probably using Firefox, Chrome, Safari or (hopefully not) Internet Explorer; and you’ve probably been using it for a while. Well here at Tech Talk & Reviews we’re mostly using Firefox.
It worked fantastically for a long time; until it crashed that is. We had no choice but to switch our main browser on the desktop we typically use to edit and such to something other than Firefox.
Sure we could have chose a “well-known” browser such as Chrome or Safari.

We decided to take the opportunity to experiment with a few browsers; here’s what we found.

 

Great Alternative Web Browsers 

1. Opera

This is the browser we’re currently using full time. So far (the passed 2-3 months of using it) we’ve experienced very little problems. The occasional freeze up but it quickly adjusts. It’s actually crashed 1 time! That’s all!
Opera is of course- FREE so  don’t hesitate to try it out for yourself; and get the unique yet familiar functioning light-weight browser from Opera.

Check it out | http://www.opera.com

 

 

2. Maxthon

Maxthon provides an entirely new- cloud browsing experience to the user. Allowing multiple elements of your daily use to be integrated with nearly every device you might use. It’s widely compatible with most systems so install shouldn’t be a problem. Oh yeah, it’s FREE as well. Definitely a cool option to try something new. Check out Maxthon-The Cloud Browser.

Check it out | http://www.maxthon.com

 

 

3. Midori

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Midori is a light-weight, fast, and free web browser; default web browser of Elementary OS ( we’ll talk about that later) and is actually a very well-coded program. Definitely functions greats, little to no problems and installed on the fly. Very light and quick to use; response time is great. FREE obviously; check out Midori .

Check it out | http://www.midori-browser.org

 

Those are all the main ones we tested; feel free to comment with any ones you want to see a mention (possible full-post) on.

 

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Skullcandy Hesh 2 Review

hesh-2-tormentedSkullcandy already holds within their hands; a reputation for great sounding gear and long lasting units. And it’s no stretch to say these headphones don’t fall short.

 

Coming from someone who works in the field of Audio Engineering almost on a daily basis- when first deciding to buy a Skullcandy product the hardest part was choosing which one. I used the Hesh 2 for “Reference Monitoring” which in term; is testing out how the sound will be presented from “non-studio” monitors such as the Alesis Empower 3’s that we frequently use.

The build quality of these headphones are a matter all in their own. With soft ear-cushions they’re a comfortable option for long uses. The adjustable upper part of the headphones provides easy and smooth adjustments when first putting them on, and feels great whilst using. The model above is the Hesh 2 Tormented Type w/Mic but they’re available in a wide variety of colors.

Boasting a smooth glossy finish these headphones are bound to attract some attention; and not to mention the unmatched sound quality of the speakers. We definitely recommend these headphones if you’re looking for a great alternative to a pricey $300 pair since these are only $59.99; which is very reasonable. For the quality of the speakers the price isn’t much to argue.

Tormented Type

With the conical over-ear housing that fits snug over your ears it delivers attacking bass, great voice tones and precision high frequencies; giving users a truly unique listening experience. Check them out here: http://www.skullcandy.com/shop/hesh-tormented-type

Tech Talk & Reviews YouTube Channel

YouTube ChannelWe’re pleased to announce the latest installment for Tech Tak & Reviews; and that is our newly renovated YouTube channel. On this channel you will find: Review Videos, Unboxings and many more Tech Related content. We’ll be posting videos regularly starting April 2014. You can visit the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TechTalkandReview

Turtle Beach Ear Force XP510 Headset Review

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We’re not what one might call “heavy gamers” per-say, but when playing games using headsets we look for quality nonetheless. 

 

We have used the XP510’s for just over three months so far and can’t say enough about what to expect when purchasing this headset. Upon research when these first came out we noticed Turtle Beach’s website claiming this headset was capable of 15 hours of continuous game play; needless to say we couldn’t wait to try it out.

When opening the container we noticed very few components and almost nothing to assemble (aside from the actual microphone) and a simply connected set up worked directly out of the box. Our first few weeks of testing had been placed on the newest generation Xbox 360 and had very minimal problems. The second half of our testing was on a Playstation 3 and results mirrored those of the Xbox testing.

Out of The Box

A crisp and clean surround sound audio feed from within the headphones made it feel as if the game was all around you. The instant response of the Headset’s microphone made talking to other players an easy and confident experience. And the battery life was spot on to those stated on the Turtle Beach website.

Another great and useable feature is the Audio Presets. Meaning; you can literally adjust to hear things like: “Unseen footsteps in the distance”, “Weapons reloading” or “Tires screeching around a track”. Giving the user a unique gaming experience when using them.

With all devices one must not forget the obvious and expected flaws of a device; although this device in particular is one of the “less-flawed” devices we’ve used in the passed, it does wield a reputable function and design. One of the only flaws to this device (and this might only go for us); the ear-covers got very hot very quick. Making us play for sessions of 2-3 hours or less. As well as the black glossy finish around the outside of the headphones get smudged easily; we understand this might not be a problem for all of you, but it definitely became a problem to us when something as simple as adjusting a preset meant a wipe down of the device directly following a chore.

Every thing Included

Other than the few “cons” of this device we do highly recommend using this device if you’re looking for a crisp and clear gaming audio experience. They are definitely a low-costing alternative compared to the likes of their Premium Gamer Series. This headset falls under their Heavy Gamer Series and is cost effective to those looking to not spend a small fortune on a headset.

We definitely recommend checking out the Ear Force XP510 Premium Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Headset. It can be found here: http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/recertified-headsets/ear-force-xp510-recertified/490

Apple’s Healthbook. What Is It?

There are many speculations and rumors of all the apps to be featured on Apple’s next release of iOS 8. And one thing rose many rumors dealing with the many possibilities iOS 8 may hold. One of these rumors dealt with a new app from Apple called Healthbook. And it is exactly what it sounds like; a health centered app. And this means, in short; it’s a health and fitness type of layout, dealing with multiple variations stats including the likes of blood pressure, physical activity, heart rate, hydration, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and weight.

Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

One of the most noted features regarding Healthbook is the fact it can track blood pressure, and the 2013 statistics from the American Diabetes Association said “approximately 26 million individuals in the United States have diabetes. 1.9 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year, and one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050 if the current trend continues.”

So the very concept of this app can provide promise for those affected and those who are trying to lead healthier lifestyles with a very accessible option to keep record of your stats.

 

The release date of this app have not been released yet but we presume that it will most likely make its debut at Apple’s mid-2014 WDC. We’re sure iOS 8 will as well; but there are no sure-fire ways to tell. All we can do is wait. Wait and scatter through the ever growing web of rumors regarding the latest of Apple’s releases.

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