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Blue Yeti Microphone Review

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This my Blue Yeti Microphone review. There are microphones, and then there are microphones. The Blue Yeti is a legend among its kind, and one of the most feature rich mics that you can buy right now.

It’s not the most affordable option around, what with its three-figure price, but you get what you pay for. And that my friends is excellent quality and ease of use, resulting in the best bang for your buck.

A Yeti, you say?

Blue Yeti Microphone side

Blue has been making some of the finest microphones around, with each of their creations allowing users to create highly professional recordings directly on their computers. The Yeti line is a USB microphone from the company, and provides a stable mix of price and performance.

Large and heavy, this the Yeti comes packed with multiple modes like cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo that allow you to capture your voice as you see fit.

You also get gain control, headphone monitor output, and even a mute button. Though sadly, the loud click of the mute button gets easily picked up during recording, which makes it awkward in some cases – like professional recordings for your website, business, capturing a podcast, or even singing.

A more discrete, inaudible option here for muting would have been godsend.

Performance

Blue Yeti Microphone

I have been using Blue Yeti regularly not only for my business, but for also communication purposes, and have found it to deliver really good sound quality in robust little package. Now, while users some may still classify it as midrange, but you can definitely opt for more expensive options.

It will take a you a bit of time to learn how to use the gain and pattern, and even the mute feature, but if your business has you talking to clients and customers, or doing professional recording work, then you’re sure to appreciate the quality and clarity you get in Skype and other recording software.

The Yeti offers a whole bunch more features than other competing mics in this price range, and when you top it up with its solid compatibility with all the latest versions of Windows and Mac operating systems, and availability in seven different colors, you have a winner for sure!

Just be sure to sound proof your recording area if you are doing professional recording, as the Yeti picks up background noise rather easily. It’s perfectly fine for communication, though, and your voice and video calls will sound the best they can.

Verdict

Nowhere near the most affordable microphone around, nor the highest quality, the Blue Yeti nevertheless strikes a rare perfect balance of features, style and value for money. This one is for your if you do voice work, field recordings, conference calls, and podcasts.

Pros

  • Concrete build
  • 
Excellent sound recording
  • Extensive feature set
  • Plug & Play
  • Compatible with all major operating systems

Cons

  • Easily picks up background noise
  • 
Clicky mute button

You can get this here on Amazon.com for about $129.

Blue Yeti Microphone Review
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4.6

Onuora Amobi is VP of Marketing at Learn About The Web. He has an extensive background in both Online Marketing and Enterprise Technology solutions.

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A Failure of imagination – Apple release new iPhone XR iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Apple have taken the easy way out, avoided innovation and are dependent on incremental upgrades

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Apple iPhone XS

I have an iPhone and I love it so I absolutely hate to be THAT guy.

I hate to be the guy who’s going against the grain, who seems to be contrarian where others celebrate but unfortunately, this is one of those articles.

Apple released their new iPhones today.

They released three new models – the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

The new iPhone XS and XS Max are priced at $999 and $1,099 and start shipping out at the end of this month. The iPhone XR starts at $749 and begins shipping out in October.

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS (Image Credit – The Verge)

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688 x 1242 resolution. The iPhone XR, which you can basically think of as this year’s lower-end offering, has a 6.1-inch LCD display with a 1792 x 828 resolution.

At the end of the day, the screen size is the main difference between these three new models.

  • The XS is smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus but the screen is as big as the screen on the 8 Plus.
  • The iPhone XS Max is as big as the iPhone 8 Plus, and its screen is larger.
  • The iPhone XR has a larger display than the iPhone 8 Plus, while its overall size is just slightly smaller.

The iPhone XS and XS Max have dual rear 12-megapixel cameras and improved True Tone flash, and a front 7-megapixel camera. The iPhone XR, as the more budget option, has one 12-megapixel camera on the back, with True Tone flash.

All the new phones are powered by a new seven-nanometer A12 Bionic chip which can handle 512GB of storage. The iPhone XS and XS Max also have faster Face ID, True Tone display, and 3D Touch. They have support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 video.

The iPhone XS and XS Plus come in gold, silver, or space gray. The iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64GB option, and has 256GB and 512GB options as well. The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099, with the same storage options. The 512GB option goes for $1,449.

The Apple iPhone XS Promo Video

My opinion

Unfortunately, this is just more of the same.

Apple have made a larger phone, added more storage and made the camera better. The phone OS will be improved as well but that is really all that happened.

As someone who has an iPhone 7 Plus, I will upgrade at some point but the truth is there is STILL no rush.

I have been waiting for a compelling upgrade from Apple that would force me to head to the store and/or pre-order a new phone and the truth is, this isn’t the one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 seems way more exciting from a consumer point of view because of the screen, the pen and the TONS of innovative new features they bring to the table.

When Steve Jobs died, there was a fervent argument among the faithful that innovation at the worlds most valuable company would start to slow.

Unfortunately I fear this is the case.

The most exciting features of the iPhone (IMHO) are FaceID and the upcoming multi-user FaceTime. Beyond those two features, it seems like Apple is just keeping up with the competition.

Let’s be really clear, these are REALLY GOOD PHONES.

But unfortunately, Apple is in a Michael Jackson type situation where they seem to be unable to do anything better than their greatest hit.

Apple continues to live in Steve Job’s shadow and unfortunately, his genius is really the anchor against which the company’s level of innovation will be measured. Using that yardstick, the company fails to measure up.

Preorders for both phones begin on September 14 and ship on September 21st in select countries, with rollout in other countries to follow.

What do you think? Will you buy an iPhone XS?

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Review Sling TV

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This is my Review of the Sling TV App.

TV has changed. It is an activity that I only enjoy sparingly these days. My busy schedule means that I while I can make time for appointment television for content that I absolutely have to see, mindless channel surfing is out of the equation.

This makes me a perfect candidate for a service like Sling TV. It is a godsend for individuals like me that are either occupied throughout the day, or are on the move.

A subscription based, contract free, Netflix for live TV kind of a deal, that allows users to sign up for a selection of live, HD streams of cable channels like ESPN, Comedy Central, AMC, CNN, and more.

What’s not to like?

Sling TV launched in 2015. Developed by DISH Network, this service finally offers cord cutters a viable alternative that starts at $20 per month.

A selection of channel packages is available that you can tack on, ranging from $5 to $10. A DVR option costs you $5 a month. This is where Sling TV excels, in how it sells you the content.

Sling TV

Rather than forcing you to sign up for an expensive package with a bunch of channels that you do not want, the service offers you two basic options. You then get granular control over the offerings, and can easily add in the channels that you want.

The best part is that Sling TV can be accessed from a wide variety of platforms — Windows, macOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, along with several smart TVs and streaming boxes.

In fact, the only notable exception here are the Sony consoles. PlayStation Vue being a Sling TV competitor means that Sling TV is not available on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 systems. But other than that, you are well covered and can carry your virtual television whenever and wherever you want.

Take your pick

And this is its biggest strength. Live TV streaming whenever and wherever, without the hassle of contracts, equipment, and costly subscriptions. The interface does take some getting used to, but on the flipside, it is neither complicated, nor overly busy. You will make sense of it all in minutes.

Sling TV is not without its minor quibbles, though.

The company offers two packages, Orange and Blue. And while these are enough to get you started, you will have to tack on additional channels if you are a heavy watcher.

Sling TV

I personally spend a fair amount of time watching sports, and this is where Sling TV really shines, offering me access to live sporting events right on my phone. All the added stuff is an icing on the cake.

The company has rolled out a host of updates and cosmetic changes to the service, since the early days of its launch. But some issues still remain that result in this being a great option for some people, instead of being an excellent option for everyone.

Most prominent of these is that streaming tends to struggle a bit on streaming sticks. While the app is very reliable and stable, as long as you have a decent internet connection, the same can sadly not be said when using it on streaming devices like Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.

HD programming regularly slips into low-resolution, and occasionally crashes.

As for the experience itself, Sling TV may be live, but it is not fast. Channels take up to 5 seconds to load, and you should also expect a brief buggering for a couple of seconds — no mindless flipping through an endless ream of channels here.

Mac users beware

Upgrading your Mac Operating System to High Sierra seems to cripple the Sling TV app and based on my queries to Sling customer support, it really seems like they are trying to phase out their desktop apps. They are pushing Mac users to the Chrome browser instead.

As a long time Sling customer, I have to say that even though they offer a lot of value, the inability of this company to simply support an app for a MAJOR OS upgrade is very unprofessional and disappointing.

Thumbs down for that.

Verdict

With a slick app design, mostly lag free experience, and straightforward subscriptions, Sling TV is the best cable replacement options available right now.

The content is varied, and even though the base package may be small, to keep things affordable, you do get a selection of over 100 channels to add on. Its value comes down to what you like, and for me, there’s a lot.

You can check out Sling TV here

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Review – Snagit screen capture software

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This is my review of the screen capture program for the mac – Snagit.

Developed by TechSmith, this is a complete screen capture and annotation solution, the best in the business.

Overview

This feature rich program can capture anything on your screen, record video from both your screen and webcam, and also provides a range of borders, effects, and other designs elements to edit the captured content.

Available for both PC and Mac, SnagIt offers a complete toolkit to easily capture whatever you see on your screen, and then edit and share it, all from one convenient program. I use it almost daily to share designs, interfaces, charts and pictures with my team.

Not to mention its use in content creation, everything I create for my websites — tutorials, screenshots, guides, you name it. I can simply capture any part of the screen and paste it anywhere, even scrolling pages, menus, and flowing content from documents and webpages.

Its intuitive interface makes it every easy to capture both images and videos.

snagit

The UI is compact, with three modules to choose from. Namely, All-in-One, Image, and Video.

The first allows you to capture what is going on screen, and take screenshots without interrupting your recoding, while the other two are self-explanatory.

SnagIt 13, the latest version of the program, builds on its excellence by revamping existing tools, and adding new ones. A GIF creator is now available, as are new capture features.

Rounding up the feature set is integration with other capturing sources like your webcam or mic, which allows you to capture audio and even record voice calls from VoIP applications like Skype. It also lets you create preset that comes into play whenever you take a screenshot.

Using this extremely helpful feature lets you skip the editing process by automatically applying effects, or even send the captured images to a desired destination. Speaking of which, images can be exported to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Google Drive, and the company’s own My Places service.

Moving pictures

TechSmith, of course, is also the name behind Camtasia Studio, one of the finest video capture products around. SnagIt is a sister program to Camtasia, with the big difference being that it since it is more focused on taking still screenshots, its editing tools are almost exclusively designed for still images.

Only minimal video editing tools are provided in the program, but there is enough here to allow you to trim the videos that you record.

Snagit video

My biggest knock against the latest version of the program is that it still does not offer the revert feature that lets me undo all modifications I make to a saved image at once. Sure, it is possible to close an image without saving it, and then reopen it, but that is a troublesome workaround.

Priced at $49.95 for a new copy, or $29.95 for upgrades from previous versions, SnagIt may seem expensive, if all you need is basic screen capping features. But if you want advanced options, flexibility, power, and ease of use, then this program is well worth its asking price.

Buyer Beware!

I had to go to the Mac store for technical support because for some reason a program on my Mac was eating up all my RAM. Yup! It was Snagit!

This is a very powerful program but you don’t want this open in the background unless you are actively using it. It’s a RAM hog on the mac and will eat up a lot of RAM even when it’s idle. Make sure you keep it closed when you don’t need it.

Verdict

SnagIt is a beautifully designed, stable and reliable program to efficiently just about everything a screen capture program should be able to capture. Rival products are nowhere near as feature rich, and the program remains my favorite screen capturing application.

You can download a copy of Snagit here

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