I've been playing guitar for over half of my life at this point, and I still love to try new things - new pickups, new amps, new strings, new picks...you get the idea. Of all the things to try out on a guitar, one of the easiest is a new tuning. Assuming you have a set of strings that can handle the tuning you're looking to check out (I wouldn't, for example, suggest trying out Drop A with a 10-46 set), it's pretty much just a task of tuning up the guitar and seeing how you feel about it before actually committing and doing a full setup. Read More
What's better than cloud back-up? Local back-up, I hear you say. But how about both? If your ears perked up, this StackSocial deal could be your answer. Included is a bundle of IDrive's (a company we've already featured in a deal or two around here) new Wi-Fi 1TB Hard Drive and one year access to their 10TB IDrive Pro Personal cloud backup service, for a total of $97 instead of $475 — that's a 79% discount. Read More
If you're a hotel manager, especially at a big, fancy hotel where people can expect to pay a convenience fee for running water, you might be tempted to charge an iniquitous amount of money for your guests to access the Internet. Your guests, in turn, might tell you to suck it and use the Wi-Fi hotspot feature built into just about every new smartphone being sold today. That might make you turn around and consider doing something drastic, like, say, implement an elaborate system of jammers to block or spoof signals and make personal Wi-Fi devices useless. Read More
Evan Blass, better known around these parts as the well-regarded leaker @evleaks, has taken to Twitter (despite being retired) with a leaked thumbnail of what may be renders of the upcoming HTC One M9. We've seen purported images of HTC's next flagship surface already, but word on the street says these were dummy shells the manufacturer produced while developing the device (here's what Blass himself has to say on the matter). Read More
ZTE has announced the Blade S6, a mid-range handset boasting a 5-inch screen and a physical design that, while hardly original, still looks slick. The 4G LTE-enabled device should handle lightweight use just fine thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and Adreno 405 GPU. With Android 5.0, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear-facing camera (5MP on the front), it's packing enough to hopefully keep buyers happy, especially considering its $249.99 price tag. Read More
The Nexus 6 is a very expensive phone compared to the last few Nexus devices. However, it also makes fewer compromises. If you are close to pulling the trigger now that supply is starting to (kind of) catch up with demand, T-Mobile has a deal going that might push you over the edge—it's brought back the $48 discount code for both storage options.
Microsoft's Xbox One SmartGlass Beta lets owners of the console try out a few new features before they reach the release version of the app. In the latest Beta update, SmartGlass gained two new options that must be exciting for Australian TV fans, and just one for Dutch users.
If you live in Australia, Xbox' OneGuide should now be functional for you. This TV guide shows the schedule for various Australian terrestrial channels, letting users browse the programming for a few days and maybe plan some of their entertainment accordingly. Read More
When it comes to storing files on your mobile device, having a 128GB microSD card is the Holy Grail. It's the easiest way to store all the things without having to worry about staying in range of Wi-Fi or burning through limited data allotments. So it's with that in mind that I direct your eyes over to TigerDirect.com. The site is currently offering a 128 microSD card for 79.99, down from $129.99 after instant savings. Read More
Sony has been releasing new flagship smartphones every 6-8 months recently, but that comes at a cost. Now the Nikkei business daily says Sony is planning to scale back its workforce. After cutting 1000 employees in October, Sony is expected to announce a new round of 1000 job cuts in the smartphone division to be completed by March of next year.
With its latest feature, Feedly is going after Google. The company has introduced Power Search, an improvement to its searching mechanism that's reserved for pro accounts. It lets you search for content around the web that isn't saved in your feed without having to fire up a separate tab.
Power search can pull up articles, podcasts, and videos alike. It displays the articles within the usual interface, effectively letting you read stories from outside your list of subscriptions as though you were already following them. Read More