We're talking mic upgrades that improve the audio on your video camera. APC Vs. CyberPower: Picking an Uninterruptible Power Supply. Is this a good first smartphone? WikiCancel your way out of anything. Twitter's new Vine... think 6 second tone poems of video fun. And much more!
Plus: Wait... Did RAM prices go up after Christmas? Where can you buy wireless earbuds?And we're talking mic upgrades that improve the audio on your video camera.
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The internet is abuzz with Twitter's new video sharing service. It's called Vine, it helps you share -6 seconds- of video... Hey! Quit laughing, remember when Twitter's 141 characters sounded ridiculous??? Think Instagram, not Youtube, tone poem, not episode. Veronica's got the review!
Ira writes, "My boss told me to run out and buy 10 battery back-up units (UPS) for our office" and asks which ones will "keep an AVERAGE desktop running for about 5 -10 minutes?" We talk CyberPower vs. APC, why we plug in the monitors and why using a product selector is the best way to get your VAC rating!
Michael tweets, "@tekzilla @robertheron @patricknorton@Veronica Is this a good phone for a 1st time smartphone owner? http://bit.ly/WrSZXz " We think HTC's EVO V 4G is a great choice. (PCMag can tell you why!)
Signing up for stuff is easy. Cancelling is the hard part. That's why this week's "Website We Just Can't Get Enough of!" is WikiCancel! It's a pretty straightforward wiki, but it's helpful if you can't figure out how to get out of a seemingly ironclad O Magazine subscription, along with tons of other sites and services that people are trying to get out of like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc, to gym memberships and websites like Netflix or Pandora.
Matt in Maryland wants to upgrade the microphone on his Canon Vixia HF200 and asks, "Would you recommend either a shotgun mic or a wireless microphone?. My goal is to not have the mic visible to the viewer and to have clear sound." We talk shotgun mics vs. lavs (lavelier, or lapel mics), which is most appropriate for different kinds of shoots!
Paul writes, "Was I delusional or were there 2x8 16GB DDR3 RAM in the $50-ish price range before Christmas. Now that I have paid some of those Christmas bills down, the prices are jacked up to the $80+ range (closer to desktop). I just hate to upgrade from 4 to only 8 (only 8, that sounds CRAZY)." We talk memory pricing in the video!
Kris writes "With all the talk about headphones from CES, I was wondering why I never see any wireless earbuds? What's the issue?" You're looking in the wrong place! Amazon has JayBird's Freedom wireless earbuds, and JayBird's BlueBuds X are coming soon. We've seen audiophile wireless earbuds in the past, too, tho we've never been tempted to go wireless with our earbud purchases!