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This application was provided to us for review by TumuIt, creators of Hype.

Your workflow can get cluttered on a small screen, but is overall very usable.

$30 (limited time pricing) from the Mac App Store. Requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6.

Ever since the iPhone launched 4 years ago, it has seemed everyone wants to go into the unknown realm of HTML5. Forgetting the slow, buggy Adobe Flash animations that always scream “COMIC SANS!” Until now there hasn’t really been a way for people who didn’t go to a 4 year course in college about coding to actually use HTML5 in their work. Until now, no one has developed a tool as robust as Adobe’s Flash from its popular Creative Suite. A few former Apple engineers saw this moment, a rare time when no one was making a tool for a fresh, but fairly developed technology that allows much desired animations, videos, and interactive sites to work on the most popular phone in the world. They created Hype. Hype not only brings HTML5 to a usable state, but makes it familiar with a timeline view, much like non-linear editing software. You can simply “record” animations, key frame them, add videos, and make a beautiful site. With this you can create amazing ads, websites, games, and more. Due to the video editor-esque layout, this application is truly unlimited on what you can do.

It may take a little while to get used to, but in the end this is an app that will be easy enough for consumers to use, and powerful enough for professionals to use. Once you get beyond the attraction from the beautiful sites this can make, you’ll notice you cannot zoom in or out in the project. I found this to be very annoying on my 13″ MacBook, as it was cumbersome to resize or place something when I can’t see all of. The inspector was a very important tool, but its large size often got in the way of inputting text or moving objects. My final big gripe about it is its font selection. They provide a few basic fonts, and that’s it. You can’t use any of the other fonts installed on your machines, just the ones included. I understand many machines wouldn’t have the exact font I’d like to use, but they could have used a web-based universal font system. This is a 1.0 release, so I can’t expect it to be perfect, but some of the cons seem like a no brainer.

Other than those, the program is fairly intuitive, fast, and can create some excellent sites. One smaller complaint is the inability to natively support background images. This means you’ll have to fumble around with resizing the image and putting it in the back. Buttons on the other hand do support this feature. It’s a small problem and will likely be fixed in the next update, but as of version 1.0.3, you cannot do a default background. Unlike other site creators, “pages” are managed using “scenes,” just like a Movie. You can have anything link to a scene, but no reloading is required, and you can add a glamorous transition. If you are running your site on a slow server, than initial loading times can be slow, and transitions can be choppy at first. There is a quick preview button to take a look at your website in its current state. When exporting, you do have the option to use either a folder on your computer or an integrated Dropbox option. I would say this is a consumer targeted product, but it is defiantly powerful enough for most users. I do hope to see a “Hype Pro” in the future with a little more expandability. Although, If you want to create an intuitive HTML5 site with smooth transitions that require no reloading, this is really the only out-of-the-download tool for you. I have created many sites so far with this tool, and my next tech reviewing site will certainly be made using it. Overall I suggest this app, and with some small updates, I would give this the editor’s choice award.

Pros:
-Easy to use, lets everyone get into HTML5
-Efficient
-Fast, reliable
-Works on all modern browsers
-Powerful
-Good video editor-like UI
-Integration with Dropbox
-Instant previews of your current version

Cons:
-No zooming in and out
-Hard to use on a small monitor
-Poor font selection

4/5 stars

Buy here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hype/id436931759?mt=12&ls=1

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These headphones were sent out for review by MobileFun.co.uk.

Shortly after the last time I reviewed $30 headphones I was forced to quit my job. Although, I don’t see a way for that happening again, as I basically work for myself, although it’s technically a democratic organization of 3 members. Now on to the review. When I first heard about the Sonix line of headphones, I thought they looked a lot like V-MODA’s in-ear headphones. They used a nylon cable, something V-MODA loves to do, they have a “pod-like” design with “L” piece coming out of the earbud – just the cable, they use an all metal design like V-MODA uses, and they use a 45 degree 3.5mm input jack. All of those are characteristics of earbuds I love, and none are V-MODA’s invention, but none the less scream “V-MODA competitor!” The only things included are standard small, medium, and large ear tips, and the ear buds themselves. I’d like to see some sort of pouch included for such nice ear buds, but you have to remember to low price point. Even though the ear buds are somewhat heavy due to the all anodized aluminum design and nylon cable, they still stay in your ears very well. The build quality is excellent due to the high-end materials they used, and they look very modish – although they sometimes give a retro look – in a good way. Moving down to the cable, you’ll notice a nice 45 degree angle jack and some red metal accents. This adds up to a long-lasting, flexible input. Overall build quality is excellent, and they are certainly snazzy.

Now you may be thinking, “so are they just blitz, or do they also pack a punch?” After burning in the ear buds for 24 hours, I got to use them. The experience was like the first time I used good ear buds. Everything got out-of-the-way and I just heard beautiful tunes. You will notice a balanced bass, (so these might not be great for bass junkies) and good highs, mids, and lows. In terms of cable noise, if you’re not listening to music, it is noticeable, especially from the rubber part of the cable, (the braided nylon part seems to block cable noise) but once you turn on music, even at a very low-level like I listen to, you wont notice it. I can certainly say these are the best $30 price range ear buds I have ever used. From my experience testing headphones, these sound and feel more like $100 range headphones, provide nearly as good sound as the V-MODA Vibe Duos, which originally sold for $120, although are now down to $80. Not only that, but some of the best build quality in the in-ear headphone industry, and you’ve got one of the best deals you can find. That’s why I give the Lenntek Sonix ear buds the editor’s choice award for low-cost in-ear headphones.

Pros:
-Low price point
-Best of class build quality
-Nylon cable
-Excellent sound quality
-45 degree headphone input that barley works with the iPhone 2G

Cons:
-Very few accessories are included
-The nylon cable only goes up to the yoke

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By Tyler Simpson

I thank Izozzi for sending this case out, but please note I am not at all biased in this review.

Izozzi is a great company that makes iPhone/iPod/iPad cases with artwork on. They have over 40 designs you can choose from, all for just $30. It is a snap-on style case with TPU sides and a polycarbonate (or other plastic) back that protects the artwork.

Design
The overall fit and finish is far above decent and it looks rather studly. I love the TPU, which makes it easy to put on, and the artwork is an original idea that works. The product I got from Hannah Davies has an Apple logo cut out, which is nice. I also noticed the camera hole was surrounded by TPU, not the plastic on the other case I received (which didn’t have the cut-out), this made it easier (then the one sans a cut-out) to put on. Charging with the 30-pin dock connector is a challenge, you must pull up on the TPU to fit it in, and forget about 3rd party adapters. The headphone jack was recessed, but not as recessed as many cases, so it worked with nearly all my headphones. All of the devices side buttons are covered with the TPU material, which is usually okay. I noticed the volume rocker was very difficult to press, and once you did press it it didn’t give any feedback, although the power button was fine. If you can live with those flaws, then I can guarantee you will like this case.

Protection
Otterbox’s are great for protection, but not for style. So is a great looking case un-protective? Summed up, no. The Izozzi case provides a small lip to prevent damage from drops face down, and it uses high quality materials. The lip pushed down at the edges of the iPod touch’s screen, which caused bubbling of my wet apply (like ZAG Invisible Shields) screen-shield. The back piece of a skin should be fine for use with this case, as long as it is fairly thin. If you can live with a couple bubbles, then I defiantly suggest a screen-shield for use with this case I do think this case would protect me from a small drop, but note this cases goal isn’t to be super protective. The TPU sides do provide shock absorption, and also a great grip. Overall this case is somewhat protective, but it is more of a Jack then a King of protection.

Conclusion
Izozzi did a good job at making a high quality case that was unlike any other, which is very hard these days. I could easily recommend them to anyone looking for an iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G or iPad 1 case. I rate this case a 8/10, and if they revise it in the future I am sure that could easily bump up to a 10. For $30 ($40 for iPhone, $80-$170 depending on the artist for the iPad 1) this isn’t the cheapest option, but it is one of the better.

http://www.izozzi.com

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Yesterday I was awaiting a new camera and iPod touch 4G, instead I got a free laptop that I applied for 2 months ago. Yes, Google sent me a free laptop for “testing” purposes. Like any tech I receive for review or I buy I am going to review this.

Hardware
While this is not the purpose of the CR-48 Google did do an excellent job at making a smaller sized notebook/oversized netbook. It has 2GB of RAM which is double what most netbooks have, a 12″ screen that is nearly as beutiful as the LED backlight ones in Macs, and a standard netbook Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor. It has built in 3G (GSM is unofficial but a SIM card slot is present and you can unlock it to run AT&T or T-Mobile, a Verizon CDMA connection is also built in and officail) with 100MB per month of free data through Verizon that will last 2 years. The netbook, as I will call it for a reason you will soon see, looks like a slightly smaller version of my black MacBook from 2007, they both have nearly identicle keyboard keys, 2 finger multitouch gestures on spacious trackpads, black matte finishes, and the same type of hinge. So to condense that sentance it looks like a MacBook (black) clone. Several differances include that the MacBook has more rounded corners, the Mario has no branding whatsover although both of them do not have annoying blinking lights, and the Mario has no optical drive and is thinner. I couldn’t find anything that uses the SD card slot, the monitor port doesn’t give the native (of the monitor) resolution and there is one USB port but that really is only good for a external mouse or keyboard. The last port is a headphone jack which works fine. Another thing to mention is the webcam sucks for video, pixels are very visible and large, but is OK for a quick picture. The screen is bright, matte, and nice but almost looks like its wet when you see a webpage or picture that is white. It now includes (ones shipped before sometime in January will not have these) some contemporary doodles in the form of decals (stickers to add personality to your device) that are customizable.Battery life is outstanding especially for a netbook with 10 hours easily being able to be met. Overall the CR-48/Mario has some of the best netbook hardware and looks I have ever seen.

Software
Now this is why Google actually sent me and 60,000 other people free laptops, the beta software. At first let me tell you the main bug I have had (and many other people to.) On the first thing I played (with audio) it worked fine, then the second it turned into a garbled mess. If I restarted the same thing happened. Luckily in a software update Google fixed this, if you have the same problem and no software update is available just keep on clicking “Check for update” in the “About Chrome OS” menu you can open from the tool icon. After about 15 clicks they let me update, Google does this so they can slowly send out the newest version so their servers never crash.

Besides that it seems very stable, I havent had a single crash yet and it just works. But remember why I started calling it a netbook? Well because thats all it does, surf the net! If you put Chromium OS (the public developer version of Chrome OS available to download and install on any computer) on my MacBook I would still call it a netbook even though it has a dual core 2.0GHz processor and 2GB of Ram with an optical drive and large 13″ screen (netbooks usually are 8.9″-11″). A cool little thing is using this as a smartphone, just sign into your GMail account and click the “Call phone” button to call any phone, calls a OK but holding a 12″ It actually works way better then I expected, you have an app tray when you open a new tab or window, yo can find most utilities in HTML5 goodness and it all works well. I do wish someone would make a email client with multiple accounts like tweetdeck except for email because I can’t stand signing in and out to different accounts (takes 10 minutes just to sign in and out of all my email accounts) when my Macbook does it automatically every 5 minutes. Besides that the software is refined and well done.

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