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  • Prince songs expected to hit Apple Music, other streaming services on Grammy's night

    His last album was just amazing. Xtralovable was finally just perfect. I couldn't stop listening to it.

    I'm still so sad he is gone. Maybe if we are lucky we will get some new material from the vault. Take my money please!
    cali
  • Apple's Tim Cook takes close seat to Donald Trump at tech summit

    mobius said:
    I heard there were suggestions that they should all boycott the meeting. Better to be present to try to persuade, or at least have your voice heard minus the filter of the media and the background noise. Trump may be polar opposites to Cook on many issues, but I'd hope he'd at least listen and possibly move closer to his points of view on issues like security vs privacy. 
    Can you give me one example of an issue where Cook and Trump are polar opposites?

    Tim Cook doesn't believe in anti-minority, bigoted propaganda.
    He does when Apple currently operates in 17 countries where homosexuality is illegal, and four where it is punishable by death.

    quinney said:
    These grandstand plays where the coiffuhrer tries to promote the perception he is open-minded will probably cease after he is inaugurated.  It is sickening that many people seem to believe that he is actually listening and learning from tech CEOs or environmental activists or other reality-based visitors.  The long con continues and I wish Tim had not let himself be a part of it.
    Considering you think of them as nothing more than fluff, why would they need to stop? You call it a long con while also claiming a short term action. Wouldn't a long con go on for a long time?

    Let me ask this instead. This man who has had every possible hateful claim alleged against him has met with and talked to just about anyone and everyone before even becoming president. Staff from President Obama have said he has called him several times. He has spoken to and listened to everyone from Kanye, to Obama to Tim Cook. If this is all an elaborate con, then he has quite the pool of co-conspirators.
    ai46apple ][baconstangpropodradster360gtricoco3
  • Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ev...

    polymnia said:
    razormaid said:
    Ok as an owner of 7 yes SEVEN pairs of PowerBeats2 wireless Bluetooth head phones (each in a different color) lets clear up a few things here:

    You cant put the cable behind your neck as shown in the photos. DONE!!  No more discussion. And you wanna know why?  Because you idiots... your controller is on the cable. Yeah. The controller. The one that lets you press to talk to Siri. To press to change songs. To press to answer a phone call and more importantly THE MICROPHONE!  The very thing you use for that telephone call you're complaining about on the quality!  So a singer at a concert should hold her mic BEHIND her neck and sing and you don't find a problem with that?  Seriously?

    I ride my bike 26 miles every morning. I do apple tech support calls WHILE I RIDE!  I have not ever have anyone say how bad I sounded because it's where it's supposed to be...BY MY MOUTH THATS TALKING. Geez Louise some of these reviews are dumb as a stick!  I take that back... one time I had a client ask if I was ok. "You're breathing a little hard". My response?  "If you saw this hill I'm climbing on my mountain bike at the moment you'd.be breathing hard too!"  Lol. "You're on your bike??"  (Now there's a great ad for these headphones. I was in heavy traffic going up a hill and they didn't even hear the cars).

    Ok onto pairing. 
    This one drives me crazy. It's not the device having trouble pairing (remember I'm on last years model!) it's the person doing the pairing. 

    1. If you currently are paired to a device click the little  "I" on the right side of the device name and unpair the device. If you don't, you will NEVER pair with anything else. It even asks "do you want to remove this device completely?  Or just unpair?". How hard is that?  Just pick one. 

    2.  NOW you can go to the next device whether it be another phone or iPad or computer. Hold the button down for 10 seconds. Not 2. Not 4 - 10!  It tells the headphone and all the other devices "I want to pair to something new now". But this won't happen unless you do step 1 first.

    You can't drive two cars at the same time. You have to turn off one car before you turn on the new car. These headphones are no different.

    And just like those fancy seat setups where you get in your car and press your number and the car seat adjusts to what you set up as comfortable for you... the powerbeats does the same when you unpair them in step1. You can: "save for future use" (no 10 second hold) just unpair. Or you can "wipe out the device setup completely."

    3. If and this is a rare thing trust me - IF you go back to the device (after unpairing from your new one) the fastest way to "re-pair" is to click off Bluetooth and back on. Then pressing the Powerbeats button for a nano second you're connected WHAM (sound of mic dropping to the floor)

    This isn't Apple. This is BEATS!  

    Apple didn't make this this easy BEATS did waaaaay before Apple bought them.

    In fact Apple said straight out after buying them "These will remain two different companies with two different approaches. We will NOT be integrating the two together" and they didn't. That's why Powerbeats 3 is out and working EXACTLY like PowerBeats2 - smooth and easy. 

    Oh oh I forgot to mention one thing that I did different than everyone else..... I READ THE DAMN MANUAL FIRST. Yep. This is all in there folks. And guess what if you do as BEATS states it will work for you too. 
    "NO. WAY. BECKY!"  
    WAY!

    This article did manage to get one recommendation  correct. All those different size ear buds?  Thrown them out - all except the giant flexi one. That one squeezes softly into your ear creating a "suction cup" affect - in essence capturing ALL the sound and not let it slip out of your ear. What does that cause?  Excellent tight bass!  Pristine clarity.

    I wrote about this before:  I was actually packing my first set up to return because they sounded so shity. Then this little black "pouch" fell to the floor. I opened it up and saw all the other sizes. I tried each one
    Small: sounds like shit
    Mefium: sounds like shit
    Large: sounds like shit
    Giant looking flexi thingy: holy crap. Sounds like the BEATS Studio over the ear headphones. No way!  Way!

    SUMMARY:
    unpair all devices before attempting to pair to a new one
    translation:  stop driving one car before you start driving another car!

    don't sit backwards when driving a car
    translation: don't put the cable that controls the damn headphones behind your head trying to use it like  A contortionist and they will actually work correctly 
    While not wishing to argue with your rant as I simply have no clue never having owned anything along these lines but, in the photograph above you seem to take such offense at, the controller looks to be directly below his ear and easily reachable.  Also, perhaps the 'mic' is using the jawbone type input whereby speech is detected without needing to be close to the mouth?  
    razormaid said:
    Ok as an owner of 7 yes SEVEN pairs of PowerBeats2 wireless Bluetooth head phones (each in a different color) lets clear up a few things here:

    You cant put the cable behind your neck as shown in the photos. DONE!!  No more discussion. And you wanna know why?  Because you idiots... your controller is on the cable. Yeah. The controller. The one that lets you press to talk to Siri. To press to change songs. To press to answer a phone call and more importantly THE MICROPHONE!  The very thing you use for that telephone call you're complaining about on the quality!  So a singer at a concert should hold her mic BEHIND her neck and sing and you don't find a problem with that?  Seriously?

    I ride my bike 26 miles every morning. I do apple tech support calls WHILE I RIDE!  I have not ever have anyone say how bad I sounded because it's where it's supposed to be...BY MY MOUTH THATS TALKING. Geez Louise some of these reviews are dumb as a stick!  I take that back... one time I had a client ask if I was ok. "You're breathing a little hard". My response?  "If you saw this hill I'm climbing on my mountain bike at the moment you'd.be breathing hard too!"  Lol. "You're on your bike??"  (Now there's a great ad for these headphones. I was in heavy traffic going up a hill and they didn't even hear the cars).

    Ok onto pairing. 
    This one drives me crazy. It's not the device having trouble pairing (remember I'm on last years model!) it's the person doing the pairing. 

    1. If you currently are paired to a device click the little  "I" on the right side of the device name and unpair the device. If you don't, you will NEVER pair with anything else. It even asks "do you want to remove this device completely?  Or just unpair?". How hard is that?  Just pick one. 

    2.  NOW you can go to the next device whether it be another phone or iPad or computer. Hold the button down for 10 seconds. Not 2. Not 4 - 10!  It tells the headphone and all the other devices "I want to pair to something new now". But this won't happen unless you do step 1 first.

    You can't drive two cars at the same time. You have to turn off one car before you turn on the new car. These headphones are no different.

    And just like those fancy seat setups where you get in your car and press your number and the car seat adjusts to what you set up as comfortable for you... the powerbeats does the same when you unpair them in step1. You can: "save for future use" (no 10 second hold) just unpair. Or you can "wipe out the device setup completely."

    3. If and this is a rare thing trust me - IF you go back to the device (after unpairing from your new one) the fastest way to "re-pair" is to click off Bluetooth and back on. Then pressing the Powerbeats button for a nano second you're connected WHAM (sound of mic dropping to the floor)

    This isn't Apple. This is BEATS!  

    Apple didn't make this this easy BEATS did waaaaay before Apple bought them.

    In fact Apple said straight out after buying them "These will remain two different companies with two different approaches. We will NOT be integrating the two together" and they didn't. That's why Powerbeats 3 is out and working EXACTLY like PowerBeats2 - smooth and easy. 

    Oh oh I forgot to mention one thing that I did different than everyone else..... I READ THE DAMN MANUAL FIRST. Yep. This is all in there folks. And guess what if you do as BEATS states it will work for you too. 
    "NO. WAY. BECKY!"  
    WAY!

    This article did manage to get one recommendation  correct. All those different size ear buds?  Thrown them out - all except the giant flexi one. That one squeezes softly into your ear creating a "suction cup" affect - in essence capturing ALL the sound and not let it slip out of your ear. What does that cause?  Excellent tight bass!  Pristine clarity.

    I wrote about this before:  I was actually packing my first set up to return because they sounded so shity. Then this little black "pouch" fell to the floor. I opened it up and saw all the other sizes. I tried each one
    Small: sounds like shit
    Mefium: sounds like shit
    Large: sounds like shit
    Giant looking flexi thingy: holy crap. Sounds like the BEATS Studio over the ear headphones. No way!  Way!

    SUMMARY:
    unpair all devices before attempting to pair to a new one
    translation:  stop driving one car before you start driving another car!

    don't sit backwards when driving a car
    translation: don't put the cable that controls the damn headphones behind your head trying to use it like  A contortionist and they will actually work correctly 
    While not wishing to argue with your rant as I simply have no clue never having owned anything along these lines but, in the photograph above you seem to take such offense at, the controller looks to be directly below his ear and easily reachable.  Also, perhaps the 'mic' is using the jawbone type input whereby speech is detected without needing to be close to the mouth?  
    You are right to question the usability of the controller when the wire is routed around back.

    I use my powerbeats2 with the wire routed around back to talk on the phone all the time. No one has ever complained. Honestly, I get more complaints about sound quality when using the iPhone's built in mic.

    When I first got the powerbeats2 I was worried about the same thing and wore the wire around the front for a week or two, but I hated the way it looked. I decided to try the wire around back and I could tell no difference at all.

    Maybe if you have a giant neck that strains the wire and pulls the controller even further back you could have trouble?

    I have removed the clip that lets you shorten the wire loop, maybe that lets more slack wire hang and leave the controller in an ideal position?

    Bottom line, for me, there is no problem with the wire and controller.

    The original commenter went through a 5 paragraph explanation of how simple the default Bluetooth pairing process is. If you need 5 paragraphs to explain how simple something is, you've failed to convince me. I don't pay good money for Apple gear to do things the hard way.
    My two pairs of headphones don't require five paragraphs worth of instructions to use. They can also both pair to two devices each. Apple beats that with their new chip but for me it is beside the point since I don't own an Apple watch nor use the headphones with my laptop. They are paired with my iPhone and iPod and have no issues.

    I can understand Apple's solution but just can't see myself using it that way. Understand that I do use and love features like iMessage on my iPhone, iPad and laptop. However why would I wear my exercise heads phone or even regular headphones for 6-8 hours a day? The one or two hours for exercise for a few days a week is more than enough.
    gatorguy
  • Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ev...

    trumptman said:
    I'll never buy these and this is coming from a guy who owns two sets of bluetooth headphones and uses them daily.

    These are simply not worth $200. The Apple or Beats premium isn't worth that in my view. Perhaps the predecessors were priced at that but like many things Apple related lately, Apple stands still and the world moves on.

    The high end for bluetooth headphones is around $100 right now and there are loads of great sounding headphones in the $20-40 range.

    These are items that are sweated on. The earbuds can get pulled off. They can simply get misplaced or lost. In the past you sucked it up perhaps and gave Apple $30 for a new pair of wired headphones when everyone else was charging half that. Now not so much.

    Beats were so hot a few years ago. I don't think I've seen a kid wearing a pair in the last year though.
    You make no substantive arguments other than your slanted opinion, which as worthless as CNN fake news.

    I've been using this product for a couple weeks now and love them. I also own the previous version which is also quite good.

    Apple really got it right with the Bluetooth pairing. Switching between iPhone, iMac, MacBook, Apple Watch, and Apple TV is sooo much easier.

    They're also more comfortable, and they sound great.
    Thanks for your opinion which I guess in your world is a substantive argument. I named two major name brands with options that cost 75% to 45% of the Apple option. Bose for example isn't know for making cheap stuff and is considered a premium brand like Beats yet are much cheaper and higher rated. In fact all the options I mentioned are rated higher by review sites and store websites. The Powerbeats 3 never rate higher than 3.5 out of five stars even on their own Beats website. That puts them in the mediocre range. Did you note look at my next post a bit further down?

    That is substantive regardless of what you want to claim. They rate no better than my $35 headphones in most comparisons yet cost $200. There are headphones that are better that cost more but Beats is not one of them. Jaybird X3 and X2 are both rated higher for sound and often for fit as well. They cost $129 and $89. When multiple competitors are rated much better and are cheaper that is when you've fallen behind.
    gatorguy
  • Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ev...

    trumptman said:
    I'll never buy these and this is coming from a guy who owns two sets of bluetooth headphones and uses them daily.

    These are simply not worth $200. The Apple or Beats premium isn't worth that in my view. Perhaps the predecessors were priced at that but like many things Apple related lately, Apple stands still and the world moves on.

    The high end for bluetooth headphones is around $100 right now and there are loads of great sounding headphones in the $20-40 range.

    These are items that are sweated on. The earbuds can get pulled off. They can simply get misplaced or lost. In the past you sucked it up perhaps and gave Apple $30 for a new pair of wired headphones when everyone else was charging half that. Now not so much.

    Beats were so hot a few years ago. I don't think I've seen a kid wearing a pair in the last year though.
    Where do you live that you don't see Beats on a regular basis?  And please point me to a review of a great pair of bluetooth earbuds for $100 or $40.  I know for a fact that there are a lot of crap products out there at every price point, so please contribute any wisdom you have.
    I live in Southern California. First a couple of points. We aren't just talking bluetooth headphones. We are talking in-ear, bluetooth headphones meant for exercising. I'm not saying you can't and shouldn't drop $200 on a pair of headphones for listening. I'm simply saying there are great alternatives and lots of them for half the price for something you are going to toss in the gym bag, sweat all over and possibly lose. 

    As for non-crap products out there in the $100 range. I'd look at Jaybird X3 and X2. I'd also look at Bose Sound Sport if you have to have a name brand. They are around $129, $89 and $150 respectively. 

    I've been using headphones like these Soundpeats though for my rides. I'm a decent enough cyclist but if we get above 2,000 ft of climbing in 30 or say 2500 in 40 miles, there are parts where I just am not lean enough to hang. (Got the power, just too many kilograms.) I'll leave those slung around my neck on the magnets and stick one side in for some alone pedaling if I've been dropped for a bit. Both sides if it is a trail or road where there won't be cars.

    The first pair I played around with were Mpow Swift which was a very safe $18 bet when I bought them. I still love using them all the time. At that price they are guilt-free and no worry for exercising. If someone stepped on them or whatever I'd slap another $20 down in a second. I've had them for well over a year though with no problems. The only reason I bought the others were because I thought the magnets would be a nice feature for when they are loose around my neck.
    irelandgatorguy