Kanto’s YU2s seem to come from a time when speakers were solid, simple structures; proud temples to sound that said of their owners, Hey, I’m serious about music, and I know what I’m doing. Aesthetics were important, of course, but unquestioningly took a backseat to sound. Sound was king.
If you haven’t heard of Kanto before, that’s OK — the Canadian outfit just sprouted up in the Vancouver suburbs around five years ago. The YU2s are Kanto’s latest speakers, the smallest of their lineup of a half-dozen or so, and they’re designed to fit unobtrusively on a bookshelf or desk and play music from your computer or mobile device.
The YU2’s performance during our review, however, was nothing short of astonishing — and they could very capably substitute for larger speakers in a variety of roles.
Google has announced that it will continue to allow Argentinian developers to sell paid apps on Google Play for the time being, extending its deadline to an undetermined date in the future.
On May 25, 2013, the search engine giant gave developers based in Argentina one month’s notice that stated after June 27, 2013, it would stop allowing them to accept payments for apps in the Play Store, regardless of where the purchaser was located.
The easiest way to get your hands on the latest movies, music, and TV shows these days is to download them. The problem with this is, all of your media ends up stuck on your PC and you can’t enjoy it in the car, on your home stereo, or on your TV.
But with Nero 11, it couldn’t be easier to burn that digital media onto good old CD and DVD discs. Nero 11 enables you to create, manage, and share your media thanks to a ton of exciting features, and for a limited time, it’s just $33.99 thanks to Cult of Android deals.
That’s a massive 66% off its regular retail price.
Google has released an interesting update for Google Currents, which adds support for audio playback, along with various other minor updates such as synchronization of post read-states between devices.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Chip maker Qualcomm has teamed up with DoubleTwist, the creator of one of the most popular media players for Android, to develop a new media streaming service called MagicPlay. The open source protocol will allow any Android device to stream media — including music, movies, and photos — to anything with a Qualcomm chip running the AllJoyn protocol, competing with existing streaming services like DLNA.
Wireless speakers are often the best way to enjoy the music you have stored on your smartphone or tablet, but like other electronics, there are some places you wouldn’t want to take them — such as the beach or the lake. Filling them with sand and water will kill them incredibly quickly.
That’s not a worry with the NUU Splash, however, because it’s both dust and water resistant.
LG released a new “smart remote” app onto Android today, allowing users to connect to the same router as their media devices and control their LG networked media products released in 2012. There’s not a major list of compatible devices at this time (mostly Blu-ray Players) but you can expect LG to continue adding support for future devices. As long as you posses any of the following compatible LG media devices, you’ll be able to control them using your Android smartphone:
I’ve complained before about cable providers dragging their feet when it comes to bringing our TV subscriptions to our mobile devices, but today, Comcast takes a baby step with their new XFINITY TV Player for Android. Comcast/XFINITY subscribers will now be able to browse and watch thousands of XFINITY ON Demand TV shows from networks and premium channels such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, Cinemax, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and BBC America (yay for Doctor Who).
If you’re looking for another alternative to sharing media content and making free phone calls over WiFi, you might want to check out Sidecar for Android and iOS. The recently released app allows users a plethora of sharing options as long as all recepients have the app installed. If you try to make a call to someone who doesn’t yet have the app, it will send them a text message asking them to check out the app. Features of Sidecar include
The unfortunate reality of trying to replace cable with video subscription services such as Netflix or Hulu is that, well… they kind of suck. Okay, so that’s my opinion and it’s completely possible that you’re happy with the Walmart bargain bin selection of movies Netflix has to offer, or being last to find out that The Island was just purgatory and the whole point of LOST was, well… pointless. There’s many reasons why I’ve been unable to cut cable out of my life, and if I’m going to be paying for it every month — I might as well get my money’s worth. That’s where the Slingbox SOLO comes in.