Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MashButtons reviews Phiaton's new Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling buds, the BT 220 NC

Phiaton, one of my personal favorite headphone headphone companies for making sleek and stylish headphones with sound quality as strong as their designs, has provided me with their latest Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling earbuds the BT 220 NC. This new model takes the previous PS 210 BTNC and updates the designs, internals, connection, battery and more. These little dongle connected wireless earbuds are equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connections, Active Noise Canceling, Multi-Point Connection and a long battery. Lets see how they perform after improving and already great set of earbuds. 
The first thing I noticed out of the box is the design and material change from the smoothed edged plastic dongle with a spring loaded clip to the hard edged and more narrow design that used metal instead of plastic and uses a stationary clip to attach to your wardrobe. These changes are vast improvements as I felt that the 210’s had a cheaper feel in comparison to the sturdy feeling new 220's. On top of the more durable feel, the buds fit comfortably for extended listening by way of the included various sized ear tips and comply foam tips.
The sound and noise canceling during the extended use is great thanks to the 14.3 MM drivers, which provides clear highs and a nice range for a variety of genres. The noise canceling is not really noticeable while listening to music, but if you are using to drown out ambient noises on a flight or trying to fall asleep in a large city, they work great by canceling out 95% of ambient noises. I have a work phone and a personal phone so the connection abilities provided are what impressed me the most. The Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connection options are fast if not instant to set up and start listening to music or attending conference calls and the Multi-point connection to two devices simultaneously.
In the end, the BT 220 NC is a damn near excellent set of earbuds. Why not perfect, that has to do with the weight of the hanging dongle that clips to my short collar or sleeve which is no slouch felt awkward using while active. The battery life is no slouch either as they tout 16-17 hours of talk or music or 300 hours of standby time to go longer between forget to recharge before use. Phiaton's new Bluetooth Noise Cancelling ear buds are available now for $179.00.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Upcoming Coverage | The Witcher 3, Destiny HOW Expansion and Farming Simulator 15???

Today, May 19th, marks a pretty busy day.  We here at Mashbuttons have our work cut out for us, so lets get down to brass tacks, as they say.

First up, we just received our review codes for The Witcher 3, one of our most anticipated games of the last few years (saw it at E3 almost exactly 3 years ago and knew it was going to be something to behold), The Destiny: House of Wolves Expansion, and Farming Simulator 15.

Yes - Quite the spread.  Super-huge-massive new Open-World to explore.  Ready to dive back into the world of Destiny, and then satisfy a craving we didn't even know we had.  Keeping in mind we're a smaller shop, it may take us some time to get full reviews out, but we'll be sure to post some impressions along the way.

In the meantime, here's the launch trailers for each:

You can purchase these all on Amazon.com

The Witcher

Destiny: House of Wolves

And finally Farming Simulator 15

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Future of Personal Communications: A Holistic Approach to Keeping up With Consumer Demand

This next piece is brought to me from Gene Aikens, founder and CEO of Franklin, TN-based The Power Company.

In today's digital personal communications age, the average person goes through 35GB of data each day, from storing music, photos and movies to uploading sales presentations. As products like Apple's iPhone and Google's Android have caused mass mobile appeal, there will be a big need for new technologies that not only allow these personal "pocket" computers to help us effectively manage our daily lives, but provide ample security and storage. 

And contrary to what legions of cloud providers state, the cloud is not the universal solution for digital communications storage.

Some of these new technologies could completely revolutionize our mobile society, and feed consumers’ appetite for quick and easy on-the-go communications, storage and access. In order to seamlessly integrate and connect all of these mobile devices, consumers will need a universal flash drive, for example, to share files between different operating systems without connecting to a cloud-based system. With all the problems consumers have experienced with the cloud and browser-based storage, we need devices that makes technology users feel more secure by not utilizing an Internet connection.

Mobile phones should have been our personal computers two years ago. As an industry we need to envision the future digital landscape and come up with novel technologies that allow consumers to access what they want when they want it.
Take the Flex-Card, for example. Most consumers and corporations use flash drives/USB to hold sensitive information. The problem is we automatically attribute a flash drive/USB to a computer or the need for a computer to access those files. But, now with a smart phone in our pocket, we can use a mobile USB, whether you’re a DJ who wants to hold all of your 20,000 songs to play directly off his iPhone, a salesman who wants to back up all his presentations, or parents who want to store all their kids’ movies to save space on their iPad.
As we move toward mobile devices becoming comprehensive personal computers, it will be crucial to solve the current glitches associated with transferring data, such as contacts, from one device to the other. A year from now, all major apps will also need offline storage as a space saver on mobile devices.
On the business side of mobile communications, it will also become more and more important to have a device that can store and push out content quickly, efficiently and securely, as companies vie for consumer attention and traction.
While the industry has been pushing to make the mobile phone a personal computer in your pocket, we are not quite there yet. From popular mobile music apps like Musixmatch to hot, wearable electronics like the Apple Watch, the market has had a plethora of new product launches, but not enough communication technologies to make these devices work in harmony. The leaders in this digital race will be the ones who develop a holistic approach to digital communications, and truly empower, engage and satisfy the digital consumer.

Adam & Eve spices up our next product showcase

Next up, we have a product showcase from an industry we do not talk about often, but is likely well known to any woman that is with a gamer, adult sex toys. Much like the season of blockbuster movies, it is a season for AAA games, which usually results in a lack of attention to girlfriends and wives. Adam and Eve has those significant other in mind with the Thruster and the Butterfly Couples Ring. One if for those looks to take care of things themselves and the other, well that's to bring a more pizazz to both parties. I will be discussing both in terms of features and build that both bring to the table, er bedroom, so let's get these toys unboxed.
I will begin with the Thruster, pretty self-explanatory but the lady's best friend offers so much more. Unlike other products out there that vibrate and rotate, the thruster does just what is says, thrusts. You also do not need to worry about burning through batteries using the seven-function clitoral stimulator and three speed thrusting action as the unit is rechargeable. The thruster is not so discreet as it measures in at ten inches by one and a half inches but it IS waterproof for use in the shower, pool, or bath. On a full charge, which takes two to three hours, this beast can do work for up to an hour. The build is great as the thruster uses a hypo-allergenic silicon and the design uses and ergonomic shape to provide a more natural feel and intense stimulation.
Next up is for both parties in the bedroom and comes in the form of a couples ring with butterfly shaped vibrator. Since it is a ring, this is made for the man, or woman with a little creativity, but the two multi speed vibrators inside of the butterfly were definitely used with her in mind by including 7 speeds and patterns. The butterfly ring was made to function like the ever popular rabbit, with extended butterfly wings for clitoral stimulation, while boasting that it naturally increases you beau's size to optimal length and girth. The intense vibration are powered by three LR44 batteries, which mean you will be replacing them, but luckily the first ones are included for immediate play time. The couples ring, like the thruster, also uses hypo-allergenic silicon and measures in with a three inch diameter, so keep that in mind as it can be rather snug for some.
The Adam and Eve Thruster and Butterfly Couples Ring are great additions to spice up most any lull in the bedroom or keep her happy when alone. Both products were very easy to use and liked that the Thruster was rechargeable but the couples ring unfortunately was not. The build quality was great and easy to clean without malfunction and the ability to not worry about allergies care of the hypo-allergenic silicon material and backed by the well known Adam and Eve brand. The Thruster and the Butterfly ring are both available now.