Sonarworks True-Fi Calibration Software Review

I’m going to do that thing that I do when I explain that I am not really an audiophile. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is what I do when I am reviewing headphones, because I often don’t hear a difference between two individual sets of phones. However, I had the opportunity to review Sonarworks True-Fi calibration software for my PC, and I can honestly say that I can definitely hear a difference.

All that is required to go the Sonarworks site and download it. From there, it asks some questions like your age and gender. Uh, why does this ask this, you might ask? Well, this is all about calibration. You can even see in the illustration the adjustable bar for an age bracket, and it has some interesting effects.

Of course, what you really want to do is calibrate your bass with your unique set of headphones. I had a chance to review it with the Marshall Monitor and the Samson SR920, which are two headphones that I have not had the opportunity to try.

From there, I could adjust the bass, and man, it is great to hear some seriously booming sound. You should be able to purchase this software on the Sonarworks site for $79.99.

VisionTek USB Flash Drive available in 3.0, and 120GB or 240GB options

VisionTek USB driveI see that there is no end to what VisionTek can do. First there was that USB Hub, and now there is the USB Pocket SSD thumb drive.

You read the headline correctly on this one. Not only is it USB 3.0, but they are available in 120GB and 240GB. These USB drives are packed with a high-performance LSI SandForce controller that can read at 455 MB per second, and write at 440 MB per second. You can also install Windows 8/8.1 on it, so you can have a bootable and fully functional Windows environment for wherever you want to plug it into. In fact, I am told that by downloading and installing Boot Camp drivers will allow you to run Windows on a Mac.

In short, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD is like having a hard drive in your pocket, and it is made with aircraft-grade aluminum so it is very, very tough. You should be able to get the 120GB model for $109.99 here and the 240GB model for $174.99 here. This is relatively cheap compared to the competitors.

As a bonus, I have a little video from LinusTechTips about this product, and I think it is pretty interesting. I wonder if I could do videos…hmmm.

The System Mechanic from iolo

system MechanicIt isn’t often that I review some performance solutions software, but I had a chance to try out iolo’s System Mechanic. It is always difficult to review something that improves your PC, for you don’t know how well it will work if you don’t use it

If you want to see it for yourself, just go to and download it. It costs about $39.95 (for now), and it is made for fixing frustrating errors, crashes, and freezes. Then it can restore maximum speed, power, and stability.

System mechanic 2Yeah, I took that from the website. I had a chance to try it out, and it did this to my computer. Okay, I don’t know what this really does, but hey, anything that frees up memory on my computer is pretty good.

My primary worry of using the System Mechanic is that it might mess with my virus program. It didn’t. Give it shot and see if it helps you out. You can get it right here.

Say goodbye to Windows XP

Windows XPDid you know that 75 percent of ATM machines still use Windows XP? Speaking of Windows XP, Microsoft will no longer support this 13-year-old operating system, even though it is the No. 2 operating system.

Okay, that is enough surprising statistics. Microsoft will not be providing any patches or updates against viruses. Many fear that this will make Windows XP machines open to hackers, and several feel that this is just a scare tactic.

I’m not certain what to think of that, and I am definitely running a later version of Windows on my laptop. Some computers that run Windows XP now might not have enough on the inside to handle later versions of Windows. So you could upgrade, if you can, or you could just start fresh with a new operating system.

Google I/O 2013, the bullet points

378318-google-i-o-2013Every year, Google hosts its big I/O conference. Last year, it served as a stage to introduce Jelly Bean and that elusive Nexus Q. This year, there are also some interesting things on display, and here are the bullet points:
• Conversational Search: Apparently, Google is working on some method of searching that could make the verbal search engine Siri look very, very bad. If you thought that the iPhone could put Siri as a great feature, think again.
• New Photo tech: Apparently, Google + wants to put out some photo-enhancing features which will touch-up, fix red eyes, and it may just do this automatically. Not only that, Google+ will up the maximum amount of storage on their social network from 5 GB to 15 GB. Part of it is a tie in with the famous Flickr.
• WebP: What is WebP? Imagine a new file type to deliver lossless images from JPGs or GIFs, at 26 percent smaller sizes. Animations are also possible and it is optimized for Chrome. Now imagine that Google has this tech.
• For Education: Google is working on a new platform for buying applications, textbooks, and even videos for schools. Just imagine Google being your go-to guy when it comes to education.
• Google Wallet: Not only will this program have your address, credit card, and billing zip code, but it could all be available automatically logged on your smartphone.
• Google Play Music All Access: This new paid music subscription service that can be linked and integrated to your Google account. It is good for listening to full tracks, storing tracks, or playing Internet radio. Should iTunes be scared?
• Hangouts: This I discovered while I was on Google Play today, and can do texts, photos, and albums between one person and groups. This is one unified chat.
So, with all this, does Google plan on taking control of the world? Or does it already have it?

Windows Blue (Version 8.1) is coming, and it is free

windows-blueFor a while, Microsoft has been talking in code about Windows Blue, but as to what it is…well, we now know.

Windows Blue is apparently Windows 8.1, and it will be a free, yes, free update. I’m not certain why there was all this secrecy, but Microsoft apparently broke the news with a call to its shareholders.

I guess some big unveiling was out of the question, eh? Well, if you want to try this out, you’ll have to wait fo the preview after the Microsoft build conference at June 26th.


Facebook Home could transform Android phones into social networking machines

facebook-home-notifications-eventIn addition to the HTC First, Facebook was quite a busy company with the introduction of Facebook Home.

Facebook Home is a “suite of apps and a homescreen replacement for Android phones”. It is an entirely free, and it makes the home screen about content rather than a bunch of apps. All of your friend’s updates are seen in real-time on the device’s homescreen, which is quite interesting.

Also, if you want to “Like” a photo, just tap it twice. Then there is something known as “Chat Heads” where you carry your friend’s picture in order to move it around all over the place, multitasking with a lot of other apps.

Facebook Home is coming on April 12th, and this is really interesting to see how this social networking site has really plugged itself into Android almost seamlessly. I believe that this is a good sign for anyone who wants to be more socially networked.

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Google Reader gets shut down

google readerI’m sure that all of you know that most of my posts are inspired by other posts. And for years, I have been viewing them on Google Reader.

It is funny how the thing that you think is going to be permanent just leaves one day. One day I am trying to find the latest on tech, and then I see a window on Google Reader saying that Reader is going down. I’m not certain why Google is killing Reader, as I thought it was the favorite RSS Reader.

I believe that the official word from Google is that the product usage has declined over the years. I guess the other RSS readers will be getting some business when Reader goes completely online sometime in July.

If you want to transfer your Google reader data, just use a little software tool known as Google Takeout, and all your information will be stored.

Well, Google Reader (2005-2013), we didn’t hardly know you. In fact, some of us used you a lot.