Sony DRBT50

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Sony DRBT50

There are some complaints that Bluetooth headphones are more expensive than their feature set deserves. But prices continue to drop as quality continues to improve. One company that is known for the quality of its products is Sony, and the Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset is an excellent example

This Bluetooth wireless headphone is the circumaural closed type.  This just means that the headphones’ earcups go over your ears and enclose them as earmuffs do. Despite this, you will find them quite comfortable due to the well-designed and durable cushioning on the earcups and the headband as well. This design also prevents outside noise from interfering with your listening pleasure. The headband keeps the headphones secure on your ears.

The Sony DRBT50 has accessible and easy to use touch-sense function buttons on the headset. Depending on the Bluetooth device that you are pairing them with, you can control your music player or cell phone with these buttons. With a music player, the buttons will enable you to control Play, Stop, Skip to next/previous track, Fast Forward/Fast Rewind and jump to another selection. When connected to a cell phone with Hands-Free Profile capability, you can Start voice dial, Last number redial, End a call, Answer a call, Reject a call and switch to another caller.

The Sony DRBT50 produces crisp and clear sound with deep bass. It includes top-quality neodymium magnets in the earcups, and the built-in microphone provides good sound quality for making voice calls. The superior sound of these headphones makes them ideal for listening to music or TV sound, and the included microphone enables you to use them with your cell phone too, all without the hassle of wires.

See what a current owner has to say about the Sony DRBT50 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones:

I’m converting from high-end earbuds to the Sony DRBT50

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I recently purchased a blue-tooth compatible PDA phone. I know I had to immerse myself in the unit to fully use it. I ordered two headsets to use with my new phone, a Jawbone, and the Sony DRBT50′s.

While the jawbone is probably one of the best of noise canceling headphones out there, there’s still occasional static and dropouts. I didn’t believe that A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) could pass two channels of music to a pair of headsets without dropout and static.

I charged the units till the lights indicated full charge (about 2 hours) just like you have to do with any electronic before you play with it. The pairing was easy, exactly like every other blue-tooth pairing you’ve ever done. Next, I put the headphones on my head.

Let me tell you that while these units are comparatively large, they fold nicely and yet have some of the nicest and softest feeling paddings around the cans I’ve ever felt. More like high-end audiophile headphones then the usual blue tooth level consumer stuff. Adjust the fit, (stiff sliding shafts just like traditional headphones), and they felt comfortable enough to wear for hours.

I like the travel-ability of my Shure and Etymotic earbuds, they also sound great. I was often intrigued by the Bose (active) noise canceling headphones but put off by the price and the flat reviews from serious music folks.

Next, I opened media player and hit play on one of my favorite songs. The sound was beautiful. Crisp highs, deep lows, and crystal-clear. I ran through about 2 hours of music and couldn’t find a song that wasn’t genuinely impressive on these cans. I forgot about static and dropout, I never heard it once…

Online Advertising For Beginners

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Online Advertising

Online Advertising For Beginners

During the previous days, a lot of entrepreneurs applied the force of the dailies, the radio communication, and the TV set to contact their audience. But as the times pass by, dailies have become out-of-date, and some people are coming up with novel ways to find their daily news report without having to travel to the newsprint stand. Radio communication and TV are not (yet) dead kinds of media but due to the information overload in this form of medium, we in all probability to vary the frequency or channel each time the commercials come out. We follow these mass media for the programs we want to watch, not for the commercials.

But we are in the new century and the time for an Internet-controlled domain where everyone else bears a laptop computer as they go to their offices or even to the shopping malls. In this generation, a vast majority of the populace choose to perform their routines on the internet because of the comfort it provides. Internet advertising is nevertheless remote from reaching its top. SEO and tips to enhance your site traffic are merely in its infancy, so it is advisable to follow the trend of the future this early.

To set up your business enterprise website traffic points, the only thing you need is a computer and a stream of creative juices running continuously. Alternate and targeted traffic to your internet site can be both utilized in an endeavor to grow your website traffic. Supplemental traffic is done once people research for the major phrases on search engines and see your website on the search pages. Straight traffic happens once persons have an antecedent information of your internet site or once different websites make a connection that goes to your internet site.

Online Advertising

The creation of external links (creating commentaries in other web pages that link back pointing your landing page) is an inexpensive method of marketing your business enterprise. You could as well speak with the evolving populace of bloggers to blog about your merchandise or services. Commonly, established bloggers already require a price for blogging about your merchandise or services hence if you don’t wish to exhaust cash in compensating some blogger, then you must launch your individualized blog.

The advantage of these recognized bloggers is that they have their big following and numerous people are taking what these master bloggers have to say. Just like any other newcomer, it will in all likelihood take some time before you will be known by the larger target market.

There is as well a kind of website promotion identified as pay per click ad wherein your ads are situated in a site which has large amount traffic, and the frequency of clicks which your adverts take in will match to the sum of money you need to compensate that site where your advert is published. This is particularly useful when you will promote in websites that accommodate to your target audience. This may be an important means of advertising your merchandise to the bigger market.

SEO, blogging, external links and PPC ad are only some of the systems you will be able to promote online. But with just several instances determine how we have established the future of the internet as a working system of product advertising. And this is merely the beginning of it.

Battleship App Review

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Battleship Ultra- screenshot

Battleship App Review

THE REVIEW

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 50 years or so, you will have probably played or at the very least heard of the game Battleships. In a nutshell, you position some ships (typically 5) on a grid, your opponent does the same, and the idea is to sink your opponents ships before he/she sinks yours.

The app version of Battleships which the developer decided to name Battleship is a brilliant conversion of the classic board game. If you’ve played Battleships before you’ll be playing in no time at all, it’s easy to get cracking and involved in a match without the need for instructions.

Unlike the classic game where you would input a grid reference such as E2 to strike an attack on your opponent, the standard Battleships grid is shown on your iPhone screen, and you just tap the area you intend to attack.

Once you launch an attack, there are some beautiful visuals to further add a sense of anticipation before establishing whether your strike was successful or not. You will quickly find that the visuals repeat themselves but if they do become too repetitive for your liking they can be turned off in the ‘Settings’ menu.

Superweapons and Salvo modes

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Battleship also offers two other game modes as the above title suggests. The principle of winning the game is the same as ‘Classic’ mode. Unlike ‘Classic’ mode where you would choose one square (grid reference) and then take it in turns with your opponent to fire a single shot until only one survives, ‘Salvo’ mode offers the ability to shoot some strikes on a single turn. The number of squares you can choose during your turn is determined by the number of ships you have available. So for example, when you start a new game, you’ll always start with five battleships, and therefore you can strike five times (choose five squares). If you lose one of your ships at any point, then on your next turn you’ll only get to pick four squares, and so it goes on until you or your opponent are out of battleships. It sounds relatively straightforward in principle but can become very tactical and makes a nice change from ‘Classic’ mode.

The ‘Superweapons’ mode is probably the most fun out of the three methods available. When you start the game you’ll be given the option to choose three superweapons out of a possible 13 (see image), although when you first play the game, only four will be available to you, the others will need to be unlocked. Once chosen the game will start as normal and the rules the same, kill your opponent before he kills you but this time you have some funky weapons at your disposal! A ‘Semaine’ for example, which you position on a grid reference, will quietly bob around the surface of the ocean until it comes across a beautiful gunmetal gray battleship and dutifully explodes. Then there’s the ‘Airstrike’ where you’ll see a jet fly over the ocean and drop three bombs on your chosen area. There’s something very satisfying about using ‘Superweapons’ although you can’t just decide to use a ‘Superweapon’ on every one of your turns…oh no, that would be too easy. Instead, you have to wait for them to charge themselves up and only then can you use them. Depending on how powerful and efficient the weapon is the longer they will take to load up and so your decision at the beginning of the game when choosing your weapons, is again a tactical one. If none of your ‘Superweapons’ are charged up, you’ll just use the standard weapon on your turn.

The Good

Excellent implementation of a classic game.
The Superweapons and Salvo modes are a lot of fun and as good as classic style.
Addictive

The Bad

Wifi and Bluetooth unstable so render multi-player useless

AI

Playing on the iPhone is great fun, and the AI is nicely balanced, although quite easy to beat. There are suggestions on some of the ‘App Store’ reviews that the AI works in a pattern. However, we couldn’t couldn’t find any public behavior after playing many games. It would perhaps be nice to offer different levels of difficulty, but overall the AI works well.

Sound

The music is okay on Battleship but nothing overly special. It does get repetitive after a while, but I guess that is to be expected on a simple turn by turn strategy game. You can always turn it off if it becomes too annoying!

Longevity

Battleship is likely to keep you coming back for more, not least because you’ll want to unlock those ‘Superweapons’ which you do by winning games and sinking ships. At the end of each winning play (see image) you’ll be greeted by a little message which states ‘Sink five more ships to rank-up’ or at least words to that effect. It’s like dangling a carrot right in front of your nose; you just have to have one more game or whatever number it takes to get that next weapon, and then once you do, the whole cycle starts all over again!

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Multiplayer

This, unfortunately, is where the game falls short. We were very excited about the possibility of using wifi or Bluetooth and having some heated multiplayer battles! The first thing we tried was wifi (both iPhones must be using the same network), one player would create a game, and the other would join, and so the games began. Unfortunately, after some turns, a screen would appear stating connection lost. We tried this 5 or 6 times and experienced the same problems. The period before the dreaded connection lost screen appeared ranged from 2 – 6 minutes, and we were nowhere near completing a game.

Never mind all is not lost, we’ll just have to play via Bluetooth….Wrong! This was worse that wifi, in fact, we couldn’t even get the iPhones to see each other and so never managed to fire a single strike let alone finish a game.

If you are desperate to play against a friend, then Battleship does have a ‘Pass n Play’ mode, so all is not lost, but it’s not quite the same as using two iPhones.

Options & Settings

There aren’t an enormous amount of settings and options available. However, there doesn’t need to be. The settings available are Sound, Vibration, Cutscenes (on/off), Language and Hidden Targets. There’s also a ‘Help’ menu to explain the different modes of play.

Conclusion

Battleship is an addictive, fun, quick pick-up game that works very well on the iPhone. The developers have thought about the best way to port it to the platform and have done a very nice job indeed. Unfortunately, it is let down by its multiplayer features or lack of, and that’s why we can only offer four stars. If multiplayer worked the way it should, it would easily get full marks. If you’re a fan of the original Battleships, then you’re going to love this, and if you’re not or haven’t played before, you might just be in for a surprise.