TV and Hifi accessories http://www.stuff.tv/my/tv-and-hifi-accessories/features en-MY This iPhone 6 case will never have any scratches, ever http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-case-will-never-have-any-scratches-ever/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why? Because it’s got self-healing powers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="576" height="425" title="This iPhone 6 case will never have any scratches, ever" alt="This iPhone 6 case will never have any scratches, ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cover1.jpg?1410766058" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be coming to Malaysia soon, so until then, you i-lovers should be looking into accessories for them if those provided by Apple isn&rsquo;t your cuppa tea.</p> <p>And with a new accessory like <a href="http://www.innerexile.com/service/?act=data&amp;id=378" target="_blank">Innerexile&rsquo;s Hydra case</a>, you won&rsquo;t need another. How so considering that the case is the one that takes most of the beating, bashing, scuffing and scratching when we use it?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An almost indestructible body </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But this isn&rsquo;t technology that we&rsquo;ve not seen &ndash; it pretty much works the same way as LG&rsquo;s G Flex smartphone, which also has the ability to mend itself from minor scratches. So you can expect somewhat of the same result from the Innerexile Hydra case.&nbsp;</p> <p>The case is made of polycarbonate, and boasts an overall thickness of 7.9mm, as well as a weight of just 12.9g, so it shouldn&rsquo;t make your iPhone 6 bulky at all.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Innerexile Hydra will be available for purchase from 19 September, for US$25 (S$32) (Turk and Taylor, Aggregate Supply, Stich, and AC Gears will carry it). You can also have your pick from three transparent colours &ndash; clear, black, or pink.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s something to take note of though &ndash; the company will only selling the casing for the 4.7in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>, meaning that for those of you who want one for your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, sorry but you&rsquo;re out of luck until October.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news">This case will transform any table into a giant trackpad for your iPhone&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/12/innerexile-hydra-iphone-6-case/" target="_blank">Engadget</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/iphone-6-case-that-can-heal-itself-2014-9/" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="This iPhone 6 case will never have any scratches, ever" alt="This iPhone 6 case will never have any scratches, ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/casing.jpg?1410766058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-case-will-never-have-any-scratches-ever/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-case-will-never-have-any-scratches-ever/news#comments Apple Geek accessories iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus TV and Hifi accessories Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:55:14 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447663 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The Smarty Ring, Google's triple threat, and Apple's smart shopping iBeacon hits stores http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-smarty-ring-apples-glass/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get up to date in an instant with our quick fire roundup of all the tech news you may have missed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="550" height="292" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20131111073120-green.jpg?1386761164" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bling ring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If a smartwatch just doesn&#39;t float your boat, how about a ring instead?</p> <p>The Smarty Ring Indiegogo project has raised its target of US$40,000 (RM128,140)&nbsp;with days to spare, so with any luck the slick design could be making an appearance on a finger near you soon.</p> <p>The US$275 (RM881) gadget has a tiny LED screen showing notifications and other info from your phone, and even has hardware buttons to answer and make calls, along with controlling your music.</p> <p>It communicates via Bluetooth, and there&#39;s a companion app so you can set your own ringtones and alert sounds - all without the hassle of, erm, having to look at your wrist.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smarty-ring">Indiegogo</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bXQlpY0LXgg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s newest tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has quietly released a trio of new tablets on its Play Store.</p> <p>There are new Google Play editions of LG&#39;s G Pad 8.3 and Sony&#39;s Xperia Z Ultra, and a Nexus 7 available in white.&nbsp;</p> <p>All are running KitKat, otherwise known as Android 4.4, in Google&#39;s plain edition.</p> <p>First up is a US$349 (RM1118) Google Play edition of LG&#39;s G Pad 8.3 tablet which has an 8.3 inch 1920x1200 display and Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 SoC, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. It&rsquo;s only available in the US, however.</p> <p>Next is a Google Play edition of the Xperia Z Ultra available for US$649 (RM2079) in the US, while bringing up the rear is a special edition white Nexus 7, which will be on sale in the US, UK, and Japan.</p> <p>Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices">Google</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="678" height="452" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/allthreecarousel_678x452.jpg?1386761164" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple switches on the iBeacon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has switched on its iBeacon tracking system in 254 Apple Stores in the US, promising to end the misery of getting lost in a shop.</p> <p>The system, which can communicate with iOS devices, is able to tell shoppers exactly where to go, directing them to individual products on shelves, and even show them custom messages on nearby screens.&nbsp;</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://apple.com">Apple</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2102" height="1182" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/53397-beacon_teaser.jpg?1386761164" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chromecast goes up a gear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromecast has been given a major new boost by Google, who have added ten news apps to the tiny TV streamer.</p> <p>Plex, Avia, VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod have been added, along with RealPlayer&#39;s cloud service.</p> <p>They join existing apps including Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO and Hulu Plus.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/new-chromecast-apps-for-holidays.html">Google</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cKG5HDyTW8o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-smarty-ring-apples-glass/feature#comments Apple Chrome OS Google TV and Hifi accessories Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:34:24 +0000 Nigel Yap 1429978 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Every Apple fan should own an Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell explains why Apple’s little black box is a misunderstood and under-appreciated product – seemingly even by the company that made it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-06.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you nip over to Apple&rsquo;s online store, you&rsquo;ll see all manner of shiny things immediately available for purchase.</p> <p>iPhones, iPads, Macs and iPods take up pride of place. Underneath, at the time of writing, Apple proudly and prominently displayed a Nike FuelBand, an iOS-compatible telescope, and hideously expensive Philips Hue bulbs, which quite possibly arrive in a box labelled &lsquo;more money than sense.&rsquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hidden away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking that the Apple TV something of a dirty little secret as far as Apple&rsquo;s concerned. It&rsquo;s barely noticeable on the store home page, and the company rarely mentions it during events.</p> <p>Now and again, a few new channels appear without warning, assuming a half-arsed Apple software update doesn&rsquo;t turn your Apple TV into a shiny black brick, and there&rsquo;s still no hint of an SDK or App Store for third-party apps.</p> <p>That means, out of the box, you&rsquo;re stuck with whatever channels Apple deigns to provide (which isn&rsquo;t much &mdash; and even less for anyone outside of the USA), along, naturally, with the means to buy and rent movies, TV shows and music from the iTunes Store.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-01.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An under-appreciated gem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It all seems so limited and limiting, which is why people are often surprised how highly I rate the Apple TV; in fact, I consider it among the best Apple kit I own, and it&rsquo;s certainly one of the most under-appreciated devices in the company&rsquo;s line-up.</p> <p>Frankly, I was just as surprised myself when I realised how good the Apple TV was, but to be fair it did happen all of a sudden, once AirPlay arrived in fully-formed fashion. AirPlay is Apple&rsquo;s take on wireless media streaming, and it was initially audio-only. As of iOS 4.3, video entered the equation, enabling you to fling pretty much whatever&rsquo;s on your iOS device at your telly, by way of the Apple TV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-04.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Losing the game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The system remains imperfect for gaming &mdash; there&rsquo;s sometimes a perceptible (if only very slight) lag that throws off timing &mdash; but it&rsquo;s excellent for everything else. If your TV outputs to a decent amp, an Apple TV makes a perfect conduit for music and radio apps; when companies don&rsquo;t bafflingly block AirPlay video (I&rsquo;m looking at you, Channel 4), the Apple TV again provides a link between your device and TV.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve a PC or Mac knocking about, various servers (Air Video, StreamToMe, Plex) enable media in all kinds of formats not supported by iOS to be re-encoded, fired across your network to an iPhone or iPad, and then get beamed to the Apple TV, which happily squirts the resulting footage to your telly.</p> <p>It&#39;s even possible to stream audio and video from non-Apple devices. Use an app such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bianor.amspremium&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Flipps HD</a> on your Android smartblower and you get to join in the fun, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-02.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you need an Apple TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Apple TV isn&rsquo;t alone in its niche, and all manner of broadly similar units exist, some boasting features that enable owners to truly geek out, from NAS support to built-in BitTorrent clients. But there&rsquo;s something about the Apple TV&rsquo;s simplicity and elegance combined with the scope evident when it&rsquo;s used in conjunction with iOS devices that makes it truly delightful.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a halo product, the sort of thing that will convert Android advocates or Windows fans to Apple, but any music or telly fan with an iPhone or iPad to hand would be mad to pass one up; and Apple too should give its little black box more TLC, rather than considering it second best to some flashy, expensive Wi-Fi lightbulbs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-05.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature#comments Apple Opinion Stuff Says TV TV and Hifi accessories Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:53:26 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1429875 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony gets serious about high quality sound with raft of new gear http://www.stuff.tv/my/mp3-player/ifa-2013/sony-gets-serious-about-high-quality-sound-raft-new-gear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s F886 portable music player and HAP-S1 micro system just want to please your ears with HD audio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony gets serious about high quality sound with raft of new gear" alt="Sony gets serious about high quality sound with raft of new gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-f886.jpg?1378449678" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having co-created the SACD, Sony's been an advocate of hi-resolution audio since before you were in long trousers – but this <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ifa-2013" target="_blank">IFA</a> it's putting in a special effort.</p> <p>It’s releasing a portable and an all-in-one system tailored to listening to files of up to 24-bit/192kHz (a CD is 16-bit/44kHz), and has created a <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/high-resolution-audio" target="_blank">high-res audio hub on its UK website</a> to support them. Let's take a gander.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Portable audio perfection (allegedly) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First up is the smallest member of the HD audio clan, the F886. This 4in, 854x480-screened, Android 4.1-powered micro-tablet (a phone without the SIM slot) will play back up to 26 hours' worth of 24-bit files on a charge, and more if you feed it your audibly mutilated MP3 collection.</p> <p>It contains an S-Master amp apparently tuned specifically for high-res tracks. This is becoming a trend: both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g2/lg-g2-hands-review/news-0" target="_blank">LG G2</a> are also eager to please your ears.</p> <p>The F886 also features NFC and Bluetooth aptX for simple pairing with a wireless speaker. And, as it's running Android, it'll do much more than just play music. Its non-expandable 32GB of storage won't hold too many space-hungry high-res files, mind you, but it still seems a snip at £250 (RM1,291). It's out next month.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony F886" alt="Sony F886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/f886_back.jpg?1378449678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hi-res at home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The £800 (RM4,132) HAP-S1 is a classic micro system with a difference - it has a 40w stereo amp, optical and coaxial inputs, 500GB storage (expandable via USB) and DLNA for streaming of files on your computer, plus vTuner for digital radio. There's a 4.3in screen for control (you’ll also be able to use a smartphone app as a remote) and not a CD slot in sight.</p> <p>It'll play back&nbsp;files of all kinds including AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD, FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA.&nbsp;It goes on sale in two to three weeks, according to Sony’s UK site, priced at £800 (RM4,132).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HAP-S1" alt="Sony HAP-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hap-s1.jpg?1378449678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DAC-tastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There’s also a bonus for anyone who wants to boost the audio quality of their computer or smartphone in the form of the UDA-1 DAC. Hook this up to your source via USB and it’ll take over the job of converting digital audio to analogue from your soundcard or phone’s DAC – and chances are it’ll be far superior to either. A nice way to improve performance from digital audio sources like Spotify or iTunes. Out, again, in two to three weeks, priced at £500 (RM2,582).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony UDA-1" alt="Sony UDA-1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-uda-1.jpg?1378449678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/mp3-player/ifa-2013/sony-gets-serious-about-high-quality-sound-raft-new-gear/news#comments IFA 2013 MP3 player Sony TV and Hifi accessories Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:34:55 +0000 Elissa Loi 1426276 at http://www.stuff.tv How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free up valuable shelf space by squeezing all your HD movies onto a hard drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV" alt="How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blu-ray-ripping-main.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you a “cord cutter”? One of the millions of people now ditching the old ways of home entertainment – broadcast TV and physical media – in favour of downloads and streaming services?</p> <p>Even if you are, you may have a sizeable collection of Blu-ray movies, gathering dust in their cases and gobbling up valuable shelf space. And then there’s the Blu-ray player itself, hulking there under your telly as a reminder of a bygone age of ugly black boxes.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t rip at all – the Digital Copy solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we get started, there’s one solution that could save you a lot of time and effort: Digital Copy. Many Blu-ray (and DVD) discs offer a free digital copy of the movie, available either as a download or on the disc itself. These are DRM-protected however, which may well limit the ways they can be watched.</p> <p>That said, most Digital Copy films will work on iTunes (and therefore Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones) and Windows Media Player. So check to see if your chosen Blu-ray has a free Digital Copy before embarking on what can be a lengthy ripping process.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Digital Copy" alt="Digital Copy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thor-digital-copy.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a PC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In order to rip a Blu-ray movie onto your PC’s hard drive/SSD, you’re going to need a few things.</p> <p>First and foremost is a Blu-ray drive. Your PC may well have one built-in, in which case bully for you. If not, you’ll have to buy one. The good news is that, because it just needs to be able to read Blu-ray discs and not write them, there are plenty of dirt cheap options around. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plextor-PX-B120U-Loading-External-Blu-ray/dp/B003VJ0FR0/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url">Plextor</a> offers a USB drive for about £60 (RM292), but if you’re willing to spend a little more there’s a gloriously skinny <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Retail-External-Blu-Ray-Writer/dp/B005M3UIS4/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url">Samsung</a> model (which writes too – bonus!) for around £75 (RM364). If you’re a thrift-meister, there are bags of OEM drives at piffling price points spread across the web. Just be wary that the quality may not be as high as with branded drives.</p> <p>You’ll also need to free up a fair bit of space on your computer’s hard or flash drive: there’s vast amounts of data stored on a Blu-ray, and during the ripping process all of it is going to be dumped (if only temporarily) on your PC. The amount of space required will vary with each disc, but for a standard (i.e. non-4K) disc, 60GB of room should suffice.</p> <p>Finally, you need two pieces of software, one to rip the movie off the disc and another to convert it to a more friendly format. While there are lots of options available, we suggest <a href="http://www.makemkv.com/">MakeMKV</a> for the former and <a href="http://handbrake.fr/">HandBrake</a> for the latter. Both are free (well, to be precise MakeMKV is currently free, while it’s still in beta) and relatively easy to use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung BD drive" alt="Samsung BD drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-slim-bd-drive.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Step one: ripping the movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once those are installed, the first step is to rip your chosen Blu-ray using MakeMKV. Open up the program, tap Open Disc and after scanning through your Blu-ray for a while (this may take a few minutes), it’ll list the chapters. Find the movie title and check it. Uncheck the other boxes. Then choose an output folder for the rip to be dumped in, and click the Make MKV button. The ripping process will take a long time (perhaps 30 minutes) so go and make a sandwich or something.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MakeMKV" alt="MakeMKV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/makemkv.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Step two: encoding the movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MakeMKV rips a movie uncompressed at full 1080p resolution, and that takes up a lot of space. So you’re probably going to want to compress the file down to something more manageable, and that’s where HandBrake steps in.</p> <p>HandBrake has a selection of preset formats that change the resolution to suit different device’s screens (such as that of the Apple TV), or you can can set your own. You can keep the original 1920 x 1080 resolution if you wish, as it’s supported by the latest Apple TV, but reducing it to a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution will drastically cut down on the file size while maintaining HD quality. It all depends on how much space you have on your external hard drive, NAS or whatever you’re using as a storage device for your newly ripped movie collection.</p> <p>A constant quality encode is recommended, but which RF quality setting you use in HandBrake is up to you. The lower the RF setting, the less compressed and therefore sharper the image, but higher settings will give you smaller file sizes.</p> <p>If you’re planning on watching on an Apple TV, you’ll have to convert the files from MKV to MP4 H.264 too, as the former isn’t supported by the device. The Apple TV doesn’t support hi-res audio formats either, so you’ll want to have the audio set to either Dolby Digital 5.1 surround (aka AC3) or standard stereo.</p> <p>Click the encode button when all is ready and go and make a cup of tea. Maybe three cups of tea. Encoding takes a long time. Once it's finished, you can move it onto your NAS, hard drive or whatever you're using for storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/handbrake.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a Mac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At present, none of Apple’s computers is available with an integrated Blu-ray drive, making the ripping process more complicated. Basically, you’re going to need an external Blu-ray drive to do this (the Samsung external drive mentioned previously is Mac compatible). Aside from that, the process is pretty much identical to the one described above for PC, as both MakeMKV and Handbrake are available on Mac too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The idiot-proof solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another option, and one which takes all the fuss out of the process, is to buy a self-ripping server like the <a href="http://www.outclassmedia.co.uk/">OutClass</a>. Just pop in your Blu-ray and the server will rip the movie automatically, either in default 1080p quality or in another format you specify. With up to 4TB of on-board storage, or as part of a rack-mounted setup with up to 60TB of space, it’s compatible with Apple TV as well as almost any DLNA or UPnP certified device. It’ll also rip DVDs and CDs. The OutClass is priced from £1,500 (RM7,287) (plus specialist installation).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OutClass" alt="OutClass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/outclass-media-server.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature#comments Blu-ray and DVD How to TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:20:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1424977 at http://www.stuff.tv